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99% of Healthcare Organizations Fully Access EHR System Remotely

November 1, 2018 - Ninety-nine percent of surveyed clinicians can fully access their EHR systems remotely, according to CHIME’s Most Wired National Trends 2018 report. CHIME surveyed 618 healthcare organizations to gain insight into each organization’s strategies for approaching health IT adoption, development, and optimization. While past Most Wired research has focused primarily on...


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Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Steadily Gaining Traction

by Kate Monica

Patients at Henry Ford Health System will now have the opportunity to access their own health information through iOS devices after the health system announced it will support the Apple Health Records EHR data viewer. The app serves as a...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Use Mandatory for CA Docs

by Kate Monica

California physicians and prescribers must query the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids or other controlled substances, according to newly-passed state legislation. The new law is part of...

Specialized EHR Systems Help Docs Collect, Share Valuable Insight

by Kate Monica

Customizing or specializing EHR systems to meet the unique needs of providers in different specialties, care settings, and hospitals can prevent clinicians from spending a significant portion of their workday sifting through large amounts...

Hixny Extends Health Data Exchange Services to 9 New NY Counties

by Kate Monica

New York-based Hixny will now provide health data exchange services to nine additional counties as it expands its territory over an 18-month period. The health information exchange (HIE) is one of New York’s eight qualified entities...

7 Medical Societies Use Health Data Exchange to Boost Health Equity

by Kate Monica

Medical societies in seven states recently teamed up with KAMMCO Health Solutions to launch a new initiative leveraging health data exchange capabilities and data analytics to reduce health disparities across patient populations. The...

Nevada HIE Wins $1.2M to Expand Health Data Exchange Capabilities

by Kate Monica

The Nevada Board of Examiners recently approved $1.2 million in funding to support the state’s health information exchange (HIE) — HealtHIE Nevada — in its efforts to improve health data exchange for area...

Epic EHR Fuels Yale New Haven Hospital Care Coordination Center

by Kate Monica

Yale New Haven Hospital is using Epic EHR to provide detailed data about patient health, available beds, bed-cleaning time, transport time, hospital safety, and quality to streamline processes at its care coordination center, according to...

How Most Office-Based Physicians Utilize Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Advancing health data exchange is a top priority among stakeholders in the private and public sector. Health IT companies including MEDITECH and Epic have made efforts to expand interoperability and promote health data exchange among...

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...

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...

CMS Creates CHIO Role to Spearhead MyHealthEData Initiative

by Kate Monica

CMS recently created a new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position to spearhead CMS initiatives including MyHealthEData, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, and the EHR Incentive Programs overhaul. The federal agency is currently in the...

Epic EHR at UNC Health Care Now Integrated with State PDMP

by Kate Monica

University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care recently became the first healthcare organization in the state to link its Epic EHR to the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) as part of a mission to combat the opioid...

AK Hospitals Connect to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

by Kate Monica

Hospitals throughout Alaska recently connected to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through care collaboration network Collective Medical as part of an effort to enable safer prescribing practices. The...

Allscripts, Greenway Health, InterSystems Forge New Partnerships

by Kate Monica

Allscripts, Greenway Health, and InterSystems each announced new partnerships with health IT solutions providers this week that will leverage patient health data to improve care delivery. In an effort to promote safe prescribing practices...

Most Clinical Trial Participants Support Health Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of clinical trial participants approve of health data sharing among researchers as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place, according to new findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Despite the...

GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

by Kate Monica

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s...

How Health Data Exchange Prepares Clinicians for Care Challenges

by Kate Monica

Without access to health data exchange, clinicians risk missing out on key patient information and running into problems with adverse drug reactions, duplicative testing, and medication errors during care delivery. Providers at...

EHR Patient Data Access Remains Expensive, Challenging for Some

by Kate Monica

While regulators and patient advocacy groups alike have been pushing for improved EHR patient data access in recent months, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found some patients still run up against hefty fees or...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

by Kate Monica

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to...

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