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Geisinger, Merck Partner to Launch EHR-Integrated FHIR Apps

by Kate Monica

Geisinger Health System and Merck have partnered to launch two new EHR-integrated, web-based health IT tools that leverage FHIR to utilize health data from a variety of EHR systems from different vendors. The two applications were...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft Commit to Improving Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A group of large tech companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, and Oracle recently stated their commitment to advancing healthcare interoperability and health data exchange through artificial intelligence (AI) and...

3 Ways to Promote Clinician Engagement During EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

EHR implementation projects are notoriously stressful for hospital management and staff as providers, administrators, IT staff, and leadership adjust to changes in daily operations. Without sufficient EHR training and communication...

Apple Health Record Participation Grows By 9 Hospitals, Clinics

by Kate Monica

Nine hospitals and clinics including locations part of the Baptist Health network in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois have signed on to allow patients to access EHR data through the Apple Health Records data viewer. In addition to Baptist...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

by Kate Monica

Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

Few WI Providers Using EHR-Integrated PDMP Link to Full Potential

by Kate Monica

Most users of Wisconsin’s EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) are not taking full advantage of all features of the PDMP system, according to a recent user survey by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and...

NE Health Center to Launch EHR Replacement for Connected Care

by Kate Monica

The Lexington Regional Health Center (LRHC) board of directors recently issued authorization to move forward on plans to launch an EHR replacement project to swap out the disparate systems in LRHC’s hospital and clinic. The board of...

NIST Offers Guidance for Securing Patient EHRs on Mobile Apps

by Kate Monica

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailed best practices for sharing, collecting, storing, or processing patient EHRs on mobile devices in new guidance intended to promote health data security. “Healthcare...

MI Physicians Struggle to Access Patient EHRs Through State PDMP

by Kate Monica

Less than half of Michigan physicians can access the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through their EHR systems a year after the state spent $2.8 million upgrading the PDMP to support EHR integration. Michigan state...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

by Kate Monica

While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare...

Virginia Launches Emergency Department Care Coordination Program

by Kate Monica

Virginia recently launched its emergency department care coordination (EDCC) program to connect all emergency departments in the Commonwealth for streamlined communication and collaboration across healthcare facilities. The program...

3 Ways to Improve Patient Safety, Diagnoses with Health IT Use

by Kate Monica

Improving communication between providers, diagnostic testing and medication tracking, and documentation through health IT use can help to reduce delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnoses. This set of safe health IT use recommendations was...

EHR Data Helps to Predict Short-Term Mortality for Cancer Patients

by Kate Monica

Combining the power of EHR data with machine learning may be the key to more accurately predicting mortality among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This finding comes from a recent JAMA study by Elfiky et al. that explored the...

How to Optimize EHR Downtime Preparedness, Reduce Slowdowns

by Kate Monica

With EHR use now nearly ubiquitous across healthcare organizations, the prospect of a sudden, sustained period of EHR downtime disrupting hospital operations has crept to the forefront of industry concerns.  In 2018, several...

FDA Provides Guidance for EHR Data Use in Clinical Investigations

by Kate Monica

FDA released new guidance this month intended to inform EHR data use in clinical investigations, ensure EHR data quality and integrity, promote interoperability between EHR systems and electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and relay FDA...

Banner Health $45M Cerner EHR Replacement Led to Medical Errors

by Kate Monica

Providers at Tucson-based Banner Health filed several medical error reports following a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement, according to public records from an Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) investigation obtained by the Arizona...

ECRI Will Host Retired AHRQ Clinical Decision-Making Guidelines

by Kate Monica

The ECRI Institute recently announced it is bringing the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) retired National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) back online to provide healthcare professionals with clinical...

5 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout in the Age of the EHR System

by Kate Monica

Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the...

Cass Regional MEDITECH EHR Back Online After Week of EHR Downtime

by Kate Monica

Cass Regional Medical Center recently came back online with its MEDITECH EHR system for the first time since a July 9 ransomware attack prompted hospital leadership to shut down its health IT infrastructure for a sustained period of EHR...

EHR Downtime Drives TN Hospital to Invest in Backup System

by Kate Monica

Tennessee-based Blount Memorial Hospital is investing $30,000 in a backup system for its physicians group after a three-day episode of EHR downtime shut down its network in early May. The system-wide outage affected nearly 90 physicians...

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