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How Improved Pediatric EHR Certification Boosts Patient Safety

September 11, 2018 - A team of researchers from Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar recommended ONC develop more rigorous, specialized EHR usability and safety testing for pediatric EHR certification in a recent JAMA article. EHR vendors and healthcare organizations need to design different systems for children and adult patients, researchers maintained. Some problems with EHR usability can pose a higher...


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Boosting EHR Usability, Safety Throughout the EHR Life Cycle

by Kate Monica

A new report from AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts, and MedStar Health outlines recommendations on how stakeholders can improve EHR usability and safety throughout the entire EHR life cycle, as well as criteria for rigorous safety tests. The...

ONC Continues Overhaul of Health IT Certification Program Testing

by Kate Monica

ONC will no longer support and maintain the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use for the Health IT Certification Program — instead, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) will take over the...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere —...

HIMSS Suggests CMS Reduce Administrative Burden of eCQM Reporting

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS recommended several ways the federal agency can improve electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development, implementation, and reporting to reduce administrative burden on...

Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote...

NC Hospital to Swap Cerner System for Epic EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

Cape Fear Valley Health in North Carolina recently announced a decision to launch an Epic EHR replacement project to swap out its Cerner EHR system. The new Epic system will provide a single, unified EHR platform for all hospitals and...

Cerner, Epic 2015 CEHRT Most Commonly Used by Eligible Clinicians

by Kate Monica

The highest number of eligible hospitals and clinicians used the 2015 edition Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) from Cerner and Epic to attest to meaningful use from 2011 to 2016, according to ONC. ONC recently posted two data...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance...

ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kate Monica

ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification...

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

by Kate Monica

ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to...

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...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand...

Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR. Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest...

eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

by Kate Monica

ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency...

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...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity

by Kate Monica

ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC...

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