Electronic Health Records

EHR Use

MI Health Systems Implement Epic Healthy Planet Constellation

by Kate Monica

Affirmant Health Partners signed a deal with Epic to implement its population health management and accountable care platform — Healthy Planet Constellation — designed for clinically integrated networks. The coalition of health systems...

Using Information Governance to Protect, Recover Patient EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Leadership from a large healthcare system is stressing the importance information governance (IG) in preventing unavailable, incomplete, or inaccurate patient EHRs. In a post on Journal of AHIMA, Director of Catholic Health Initiatives EHR Compliance...

Widespread Health IT Standards Use to End Information Blocking

by Kate Monica

Lately the discourse among healthcare leadership surrounding interoperability has morphed into a debate about information blocking — is it a real barrier to health data exchange or simply a red herring unfairly directing blame at EHR companies?...

Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

by Kate Monica

With the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA now in its first year, both healthcare providers and federal agencies such as CMS hope participating hospitals and physician practices are better prepared to meet requirements and avoid payment...

HIPAA, HITECH Still Limiting Health Data Exchange Innovation

by Kate Monica

The author of a new editorial on the Health Affairs Blog asserted that federal regulations HIPAA and HITECH— not EHR companies — are responsible for limiting interoperability improvements and obstructing health data exchange. The...

Mayo Clinic Adds Clinical Decision Support Tools to Labs

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic recently partnered with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop a clinical decision support (CDS) tool comprising recommendations for lab test ordering. The tool will be available to healthcare providers through their...

EHR Companies Deny Data Blocking, Defend Interoperability Fees

by Kate Monica

The EHR Association (EHRA) Executive Committee has fired back at accusations that EHR companies are partially to blame for interoperability problems, claiming health data exchange is progressing quickly. The association published a response to...

$178M Cerner EHR System Under Review After Persistent Problems

by Kate Monica

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix is launching an independent review of Island Health’s Cerner EHR system, marking the system’s second review in a little over a year. The $178 million Cerner EHR system — called IHealth...

How Efficient EHR Use Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

by Kate Monica

Effective EHR use can improve care coordination, streamline daily clinical processes, and save hospitals money. However, EHR systems continue to receive blame for contributing to rising rates of physician burnout, a deteriorating patient-provider...

Mayo Clinic Offers Symptoms Assessment Tool in Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic is now offering its secure, web-based symptom assessment tool Ask Mayo Clinic through Epic MyChart to assist patients in managing their own care. The tool is available 24/7 through any computer or mobile device with internet access....

Effective HIE Use, Federal Incentives May Save Medicare Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame found health information exchanges (HIEs) could save Medicare billions, reducing healthcare spending by more than $3 billion a year. The study by Idris Adjerid, Julia Adler-Milstein,...

House Subcommittee Okays Bill to Reduce Provider EHR Use Burden

by Kate Monica

The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday approved legislation to remove a requirement from the HITECH Act that increases the stringency of meaningful use standards for EHR use overtime. The bill is designed specifically “to...

UMass Memorial to Invest $700M in Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

UMass Memorial Health plans to invest approximately $700 million in its Epic EHR implementation process over the next decade. The current EHR systems in place at UMass hospitals and healthcare facilities often lack interoperability, slowing health...

ONC Pushes Public Health Agencies to Improve HIE Integration

by Kate Monica

An ONC resource on how public health agencies utilize health information exchange (HIE) integration contains best practices and insights using interviews from public health agencies in 16 jurisdictions. The findings detailed in the report focus...

UI Trustees Debate Value of $62M Epic EHR Replacement Deal

by Kate Monica

University of Illinois (UI) is set to sign off on a $62-million EHR replacement contract to upgrade its best-of-breed, 20-year old EHR technology to a single Epic system. Implementing the Epic system at UI hospitals in Chicago should simplify...

EHR Use, CPOE System Use Common at Majority of US Hospitals

by Kate Monica

A study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHSP) found 99 percent of surveyed hospitals participate in EHR use, while about 96 percent of hospitals use computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE)...

Improving Provider Satisfaction in the Post-HITECH Era

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the impact of the HITECH Act on EHR adoption and advised policymakers on ways to improve provider satisfaction and health IT innovation in the post-HITECH era.   Co-authors...

Yale to Integrate State Prescription Drug Data into Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have partnered with the State of Connecticut and a technology vendor to integrate data from the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPRMS) into its Epic EHR in an effort...

EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

by Kate Monica

A new ONC data brief exploring EHR adoption, use, and interoperability in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found 64 percent of facilities used EHRs to manage patient health data in 2016. The data brief marks a first at ONC in measuring SNF EHR...

Epic EHR Replacement Success at Lovelace Health System

by Kate Monica

Lovelace Health System recently completed an Epic EHR replacement process at all hospitals and clinics in its network in an effort to offer patients a single, comprehensive health record for improved quality of care. Lovelace will use also use...

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