Electronic Health Records

EHR Use

UVA Researchers Recommend Using EHRs for Reduced Medical Testing

by Kate Monica

Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and other universities have developed a plan to cut unnecessary medical testing in an effort to save money and improve patient safety, satisfaction, and health outcomes in part by...

MI HIE Introduces Alerts for Social Determinants of Health

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has chosen Holon Solutions to assist in delivering alerts and referrals to providers involving data on social determinants of health.   The effort is part of a plan by the health information exchange to...

EHR Use-Related Malpractice Claims Increased Over Past Decade

by Kate Monica

A new study found malpractice claims in which EHR use was listed as a contributing factor to patient injury have increased continuously over the past decade. The study by David B. Troxel, MD, and colleagues at physician-owned medical malpractice...

Solo Doctor Forfeits Medical License Over Paper Records

by Kate Monica

Following an investigation into her into her patient health record keeping, prescribing, and clinical decision making, a physician in the New Hampshire town of New London is no longer licensed to practice medicine. The New Hampshire Board of...

Behavioral Health System Invests Millions in Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services recently approved a multi-million dollar investment in an Epic implementation at all of its facilities. The organization did not disclose the official amount of the deal. The Pine Rest Board of Directors...

Ophthalmologists Spend 27 Percent of Patient Visits on EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology found ophthalmologists spend 27 percent of a typical patient encounter on EHR use, suggesting a need for EHR usability improvements. The study by Read-Brown...

Cerner Releases Consumer-Facing EHR to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Cerner confirmed its commitment to improving interoperability at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference earlier this week by offering a new consumer-directed patient EHR. Cerner President Zane Burke announced the consumer-directed patient health record...

Unsustainable Workloads Could Lead to Physician Burnout

by Kate Monica

An athenahealth survey found almost half of practicing physicians believe they will have trouble maintaining their workload in the long term, which could potentially lead to physician burnout if left unaddressed by senior leadership. The...

eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

by Kate Monica

This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients. The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Innovative EHR use can solve a host of healthcare’s biggest problems, according to a new op-ed in Harvard Business Review. Virginia Mason’s James Bender, MD, and Robert S. Mecklenburg, MD, highlighted how innovative EHR use presents...

CMS Details 2018 Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

by Kate Monica

“Eligible hospitals that do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use for an EHR reporting period associated with a payment adjustment year will receive reduced Medicare payments for that year,” clarified the federal agency in a...

Rural Hospitals Disagree on Efficiency of MEDITECH EHR

by Kate Monica

Two rural hospitals using MEDITECH EHR systems have reported starkly contrasting levels of success and provider satisfaction in the months following implementation. Colquitt Regional Medical Center noticed a significant boost in clinical efficiency...

Most Patients Report EHR Technology Improves Quality of Care

by Kate Monica

A new survey found 85 percent of patients believe EHR technology and other technological advances will improve the quality of patient care a great deal. Research from The Physicians Foundation gathered responses from over 1,747 patients between...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

eClinicalWorks Allows Integration with CommonWell, Carequality

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks will now allow users to connect with both CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality with a new self-service option. Over 400 health systems have already connected to the interoperability service providers in an effort to improve...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process

by Kate Monica

Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

96% of Paragon EHR Users Confident About Allscripts Acquisition

by Kate Monica

A recent Black Book survey found 96 percent of surveyed Paragon users are confidently optimistic the Allscripts acquisition will improve daily clinical and operational processes and benefit their healthcare organizations. Black Book researchers...

NQF Promotes Use of Quality Measures to Improve Health Equity

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a roadmap outlining ways to use care quality measures to improve health equity nationwide. “The health equity roadmap gives the nation a blueprint to eliminate healthcare disparities,” said...

Epic EHR Contributed to Major Operating Losses for Dana-Farber

by Kate Monica

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently claimed problems with its Epic EHR contributed to significant losses and decreased revenue in its third fiscal quarter. The hospital reported operating losses of $44.2 million in its third quarter ending...

WI Health System Suing Cerner for $16M for Faulty Software

by Kate Monica

A Wisconsin health system is suing Cerner Corporation for breach of warranty and fraud over issues stemming from its billing software that allegedly led to more than $16 million in losses. Agnesian Healthcare Inc. filed the complaint on September...

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