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Two-thirds of US Hospitals Achieved Upper HIMSS EMRAM Adoption

April 18, 2018 - By the end of 2017, 66.7 percent of US hospitals reached either Stage 5 or Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), according to HIMSS Analytics data. HIMSS EMRAM adoption shows how organizations are moving closer to a paperless environment and utilizing technology for improved patient care. Approximately 6 percent of hospitals had achieved HIMSS...


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Cerner Crying Foul Over University of Illinois Epic EHR Contract

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Cerner Corporation is holding back its displeasure at the awarding of a University of Illinois Hospitals EHR contract to its chief rival Epic Systems. According to NBC Chicago, Cerner claims the Epic EHR contract will end up costing...

Alabama Community Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

After an EHR selection process spanning six months, Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) will begin a Cerner implementation to improve patient EHR access and streamline care coordination for providers at the Alabama hospital.  PCMC...

Cerner, athenahealth Report Success in Changing EHR Market

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation and athenahealth reported significant growth in the fourth financial quarter of 2017 after expanding their respective client bases in both the ambulatory and community hospital EHR markets. For its part, Cerner...

AMIA Submits ONC Interoperability Framework Recommendations

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD with recommendations to improve the ONC Interoperability Framework. Representing...

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the...

Inpatient, Outpatient EHR Are Top Provider Buying Priorities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recent survey of healthcare executives shows that inpatient and outpatient EHR technology are top of mind for provider buying priorities for health IT purchases, trailing only telemedicine. A third of 248 respondents to a Research Data...

Hospital EHR Use Helps Improve Weekend Health Outcomes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

According to researchers from Loyola University Medical Center, hospital EHR use can counteract the weekend effect, a phenomenon wherein health outcomes for patients following weekend surgeries compared to those of their weekday...

NYCHCC Epic Implementation Will Not Hit 2018 Deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation will not complete its system-wide EHR implementation by the end of 2018 as planned, according to the New York Post. Spokesman Robert de Luna indicated that the delay would push the...

Is Health Information Exchange Headed in the Wrong Direction?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Factors impacting health information exchanges and HIE use are the subject of two studies published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The first could signal the beginning of the end for many standalone health information...

Engaging Physicians to Aid Standardized Ambulatory EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Since its formation back in 1999, Banner Health has made a name for itself by increasing the clinical standardization of its EHR technology to support clinical improvements. As a result of its push toward value-based care and population,...

EHR Use Continues to Contribute to Physician Burnout

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recent survey of primary care physicians found EHR technology as the second most-commonly cited factor contributing to physician burnout. EHR use came in behind time pressures as the most frequently reported stressor. According to one...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health information exchange. The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) published new data on providing insight...

Hospital EHR Adoption of Basic Systems Tops 83%, CEHRT 96%

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Certified EHR technology is in place at most hospitals with basic EHR technology adoption also reaching an all-time high, according to new data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The...

Ransomware Leads to EHR Downtime at DC-Area Health System

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: Cerner Corporation has commented on the ransomware attack. Many providers in the Capital Beltway found themselves working with paper records as a result of EHR downtime caused by a ransomware virus on the MedStar Health network,...

Understanding Large-Scale Health System EHR Implementations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health systems draw mainstream attention when they make the decision to implement a new EHR technology across their entire network, both inpatient and ambulatory. Several large-scale health system EHR implementation are currently underway...

Readying EHR Technology for Population Health Management

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The path forward to population health management isn't a straight one for EHR technology which must adapt to new forms of clinical quality reporting and value-based payment. While clinically integrated networks go a long way toward...

Health IT Know-How Essential to More Than Healthcare CIOs

by Sara Heath

The growth of health IT adoption and use continues to raise the importance of technological know-how among hospital leadership. According to a recent Black Book survey, knowledge of health IT systems such as EHR technology and data...

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