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EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption has not significantly reduced administrative costs related to billing and insurance activities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Duke University and Harvard...

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Achieves HIMSS Stage 7 with Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Missouri-based Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently achieved HIMSS Stage 7 certification for advanced use of its Epic EHR system based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The 859-bed facility is now among the top 6 percent of...

Patient EHR Data Contained in CT HIE to Aid in Suicide Prevention

by Kate Monica

Connecticut’s state health information exchange (HIE) — CTHealthLink — will assist in an effort to leverage patient EHR data for improved suicide prevention, according to ShoreLine Times. The HIE will provide centralized patient...

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation and...

Poor Staff Training Contributed to Trying Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

Workarounds, poor staff training, and problems with system stabilization and revenue cycle management were the primary causes of complications during a Cerner implementation at Medical Center Health System (MCHS). MCHS President and CEO Rick...

Problems with Cerner EHR Replacement Persist at Banner Health

by Kate Monica

Problems with a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement at Banner Health’s Tucson hospitals and clinics have persisted into 2018, according to a report from Arizona Daily Star. The health system first began experiencing difficulties in October 2017...

OH Medical Center EHR Data Repository Driving Perinatal Research

by Kate Monica

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have launched a regional data repository that integrates maternal, neonatal, and pediatric patient EHR data for perinatal research purposes, details on the official recent CincyInformatix...

How EHR Data Integration, Integrity Hold Back Effective EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Regulatory pressures have motivated nearly all healthcare organizations across care settings to engage in EHR use. However, problems with EHR data integration and data integrity still bar some hospitals and health systems from getting the most...

Texas HIE to Link Social Determinants of Health to Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations...

MT Hospital Swaps NextGen EHR for athenahealth EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

After going into considerable debt under the financial stress of a NextGen implementation, Mineral Community Hospital (MCH) in Montana has decided to swap the system for an athenahealth EHR replacement.  The MCH Board of Directors assisted...

Canadian Physician Suspended for Deceptively Altering Patient EHR

by Kate Monica

A Canadian physician at Quance East Medical Clinic has been suspended for one month and fined $7,484 by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan after admitting she altered a patient EHR several times in eight months following the...

EHR Problem Lists Not Accurate Enough for Risk Adjustment

by Kate Monica

Comorbidity data derived from EHR problem lists is not accurate enough for risk adjustment, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). EHR problem lists comprise patient diagnoses entered into EHR systems by...

Perry County Memorial Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Missouri will soon begin a Cerner implementation across all acute and ambulatory care sites. The integrated Cerner Millenium EHR will enable providers at the community hospital to access comprehensive...

Google Study Uses Entire Patient EHR for Predictive Analytics

by Kate Monica

A recent study by researchers from Google, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Stanford University, and University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) found representations of a comprehensive patient EHR using Fast Healthcare Interoperability...

Alameda Health System to Begin $200M Epic Implementation Project

by Kate Monica

The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees recently approved a $200 million Epic implementation project to improve care coordination for the 1,100 physicians part of the health system. The fully-integrated Epic EHR system will enable physicians...

Diagnostic EHR Data Sharing in Health Systems Improves Outcomes

by Kate Monica

A recent study ties hospital and health system sharing of diagnostic EHR data to lower patient mortality rates and improve health outcomes. Researchers studying CMS and AHA data published their findings in the American Journal of Managed Care....

VA Proposed Rule to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent

by Kate Monica

A new VA proposed rule looks to streamline health data exchange of veteran EHRs by allowing health information exchanges (HIEs) to more easily obtain patient consent. The legislation would allow VA to amend current consent regulations so that...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads

by Kate Monica

Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the Cincinnati-based...

EHR Data Useful for Measuring Low-Value Clinical Service Overuse

by Kate Monica

EHR data can be useful for accurately measuring overused clinical services and low-value testing, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). A research team led by Thomas Isaac, MD, extracted performance...

Small, Rural, Specialty Ambulatory Practices Lacking in EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Small, rural, and specialty ambulatory care practices are less likely to engage in advanced EHR use, according to new research published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study by Rumball-Smith et al. measured differences in...

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