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Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use

October 11, 2017 - Innovative EHR use can solve a host of healthcare’s biggest problems, according to a new op-ed in Harvard Business Review. Virginia Mason’s James Bender, MD, and Robert S. Mecklenburg, MD, highlighted how innovative EHR use presents new opportunities to reduce excessive spending, medical errors, and unnecessary surgeries. “Every day, online retailers use computer-based transactions...


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Health IT Developers Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Through its innovation hub, the American Medical Association (AMA) is assisting health IT innovators in developing a new health data exchange system to improve interoperability and help providers meet the needs of the value-based care system....

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...

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,...

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...

A Unique Platform for Educating New Doctors on Efficient EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Over the past few years, the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine began to notice a problem. While EHR technology had become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry, medical school curricula had not evolved to...

Regenstrief to Develop Automated Patient EHR Matching Solution

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) recently began work to develop an automated patient EHR matching solution, using a new $1.7 million grant.* Editor's note: A previous version of this article...

Most Significant Epic, Cerner Health IT Achievements of 2017

by Kate Monica

Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation solidified their status as top dogs in the health IT industry in 2017. Both health IT companies scored massive contracts this year, with Epic continuing to gain popularity among the private sector and Cerner...

Could Automation Solve the Healthcare Industry’s EHR Problem?

by Kate Monica

As healthcare professionals attempt to navigate an increasingly data-driven, high-tech industry, some providers and patients remain skeptical that increased reliance on EHR systems is the right move. EHRs have their advantages: several studies...

ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange. The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered...

Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments. The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

by Kate Monica

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The...

Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice revenue....

Providers, Payers Soon to Implement Digital Transformations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A growing number of healthcare organizations have set 2018 as the year for putting their digital information initiatives into place, according to recent findings from IDC Health Insights. The survey of more than 280 providers and 50 payers focused...

Halamka Offers Guidance for Health IT Implementation, Policies

by Kate Monica

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, recently published comments on the future of national healthcare IT after attending HIMSS17. The list contained 10 guiding principles for maintaining and improving health IT regulations...

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

by Kate Monica

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...

Work by Providers, Payers Needed to Advance Healthcare APIs

by Kate Monica

While patients have eagerly adopted technology powered by application programming interfaces (APIs) for personal use and health data generation, providers have shown great hesitance. Yet new research suggests healthcare APIs to improve provider...

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act for Healthcare Innovation

by Sara Heath

The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 13. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),...

Do Gaps in Health IT Security Laws Stunt Technology Innovation?

by Sara Heath

Gaps in privacy and security law may be hindering the development and expansion of health IT and EHR use across the industry, a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology suggests. The report details...

2017 Federal Health IT Spend Targeted for EHR Modernization

by Sara Heath

Federal health IT spending is on the rise, particularly in the realm of EHR modernization, says a recent report from Govini. A new Govini report details the health IT spending trends in the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department...

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