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UCSF Leveraging Epic EHR, FHIR to Manage Newborn Weight Loss

December 7, 2018 - University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a new tool that leverages data from the health system’s Epic EHR to enable clinicians to improve clinical decision support for providers caring for newborns in the first month of life. The tool leverages SMART on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to power the new tool, which will automatically collect data...


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Nearly 70% of Physicians Suffering Stress Related to Health IT Use

by Kate Monica

Almost 70 percent of physicians who use EHR technology during patient care delivery have experienced stress as a result of the demands of health IT use, according to a recent JAMIA study. Health IT-related stress can contribute to...

Integrating EHR Use, Health Data Exchange Into Behavioral Health

by Kate Monica

While EHR systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for nearly a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care...

ECRI Opens Access to Clinical Decision-Making Guideline Portal

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently opened free access to its ECRI Guidelines Trust portal, which offers expertly-vetted, evidence-based guidelines to assist providers with clinical decision-making. The resource will grow overtime as more clinical...

Health IT Adoption of Surescripts Price Transparency Tool Surges

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is experiencing a surge in new users as health IT adoption of its Real-Time Prescription Benefit tool increases fortyfold in a year. Prescribers have so far used the tool 30 million times to view patient-specific price and...

11 Ways Medical Practices Can Get More Out of Their EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

A new Stanford University School of Medicine white paper informed by feedback from healthcare industry experts offers medical practices 11 recommendations for improving the effectiveness of their EHR systems. Stanford curated the...

EHR System Costs Contributed to Bankruptcy at 3 MS Hospitals

by Kate Monica

A Tennessee-based healthcare company that owns three hospitals and several physician practices in Mississippi recently filed for bankruptcy in part due to costs associated with its EHR system. Curae Health in Knoxville filed for Chapter...

Texas Health Honored for Advancing eCQM Collection, EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Texas Health Resources has been named a 2018 Pioneer in Quality Expert Contributor by the Joint Commission for advancing electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) collection and use. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit, independent...

West Virginia Hospital To Go Live with Cloud-based MEDITECH EHR

by Kate Monica

West Virginia-based Montgomery General Hospital will go live with a cloud-based MEDITECH EHR via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model. MEDITECH’s Expanse EHR offering enables users to utilize a range of health IT tools...

CORHIO Uses Wolters Kluwer Health IT to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) recently deployed two Wolters Kluwer health IT solutions as part of an effort to promote interoperability, improve health data standardization, and offer network participants...

How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Identifying ways to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic is a top priority among state health departments and federal entities including CMS and ONC. An opioid roadmap released by CMS earlier this summer listed several strategies for...

HHS Grants Health Centers $125M for Quality Improvement, EHR Use

by Kate Monica

HHS recently granted health centers in all 50 states and territories $125 million in health center quality improvement awards, including EHR Reporters Awards offered for health centers that employed EHRs to report on all clinical...

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...

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...

Trump Nominates James Gfrerer as VA CIO, Assistant IT Secretary

by Kate Monica

President Trump has nominated James Paul Gfrerer to spearhead the IT department at VA, according to a public statement from the White House. The former marine and executive director at Ernst & Young — a cybersecurity practice...

How to Boost Clinical Efficiency During Health IT Adoption

by Kate Monica

Introducing new technologies into physicians’ offices, emergency departments, and hospital rooms gives clinicians opportunities to optimize clinical efficiency, access accurate health data, and deliver high-quality patient care. But...

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...

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...

CHIME Outlines Top Health IT Innovation Priorities for HHS

by Kate Monica

Promoting clinician engagement in health IT design, improving patient identification, and closing the digital divide should be primary areas of focus for a new HHS health IT innovation and investment workgroup, according to the College of...

PI Program Should Support Health IT Improvement, CEHRT Adoption

by Kate Monica

UPDATE: CHIME has submitted comments to CMS about PI proposed policies. The CMS promoting interoperability (PI) program should advance health IT improvement and 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) adoption among hospitals, according to...

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