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

November 17, 2017 - 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 against eClinicalWorks after Stjepan Tot died of cancer. The complaint alleges Stjepan Tot was “unable to determine reliably when his first symptoms...


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Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT use....

Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, and Jay Holmgren at the University of Michigan found critical access hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use EHR data for performance measurement and patient engagement. According...

Cerner Extends Free CommonWell Services to Users Until 2020

by Kate Monica

Cerner President Zane Burke announced at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference that the health IT company will be extending free CommonWell services to all Cerner users through 2020. Initially, CommonWell services were made free to all Cerner users...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use

by Kate Monica

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...

Rural Hospitals Disagree on Efficiency of MEDITECH EHR

by Kate Monica

Two rural hospitals using MEDITECH EHR systems have reported starkly contrasting levels of success and provider satisfaction in the months following implementation. Colquitt Regional Medical Center noticed a significant boost in clinical efficiency...

US Court Cuts TCS Fine From $940M to $420M in Epic Lawsuit

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, a US court cut the compensatory and punitive damages that major IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) must pay Epic Systems for a trade secret lawsuit by more than half. The Western District Court of Wisconsin issued an...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process

by Kate Monica

Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

WI Health System Suing Cerner for $16M for Faulty Software

by Kate Monica

A Wisconsin health system is suing Cerner Corporation for breach of warranty and fraud over issues stemming from its billing software that allegedly led to more than $16 million in losses. Agnesian Healthcare Inc. filed the complaint on September...

EHR Use, CPOE System Use Common at Majority of US Hospitals

by Kate Monica

A study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHSP) found 99 percent of surveyed hospitals participate in EHR use, while about 96 percent of hospitals use computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE)...

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...

EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

by Kate Monica

A new ONC data brief exploring EHR adoption, use, and interoperability in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found 64 percent of facilities used EHRs to manage patient health data in 2016. The data brief marks a first at ONC in measuring SNF EHR...

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

by Kate Monica

The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer.  ...

Cerner Partners with HealthSouth for Improved Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation is collaborating with HealthSouth Corporation to form the Post-Acute Innovation Center in Alabama in an effort to develop tools to improve care coordination and patient care management. HealthSouth Corporation is a post-acute...

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 health IT...

EHR Adoption Driving Need to Update Human Research Rules

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD requesting the implementation of the updated Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) to keep pace with rapid...

Cerner Population Health Management Platform Gains Health System

by Kate Monica

Cerner recently announced Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) will implement the EHR vendor’s population health management platform HealtheIntent for improved coordinated care. The platform will facilitate care management for more than 12...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Copy-Paste in EHR Clinical Data

by Kate Monica

Providers may be heightening the risk of patient harm by entering repetitive and inaccurate EHR clinical data into physician notes. A recent study by Wang et al. used a new Epic EHR update allowing users to identify the provenance of data in...

Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) yesterday released a report exploring the relationship between patient safety and health IT and ways providers, policymakers and health IT developers can improve it. The organization outlined the progress made...

AAFP Group Outlines Ten-Year Plan for Health IT Improvements

by Kate Monica

A group of technology and health IT stakeholders convened by American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published a plan to foster a healthcare system fulfilling the Triple Aim of better health, quality, and value through improved...

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