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How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

August 20, 2018 - 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 reducing opioid overuse through prevention, treatment, and health data utilization. Prescribers are better-equipped to leverage health data to address the...


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How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

How to Optimize EHR Downtime Preparedness, Reduce Slowdowns

by Kate Monica

With EHR use now nearly ubiquitous across healthcare organizations, the prospect of a sudden, sustained period of EHR downtime disrupting hospital operations has crept to the forefront of industry concerns.  In 2018, several...

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...

EHR Downtime Drives TN Hospital to Invest in Backup System

by Kate Monica

Tennessee-based Blount Memorial Hospital is investing $30,000 in a backup system for its physicians group after a three-day episode of EHR downtime shut down its network in early May. The system-wide outage affected nearly 90 physicians...

Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the...

Focusing on Patient Care to Fuel Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

Having true healthcare interoperability nationwide has been a key goal for industry stakeholders for years, and recent federal initiatives and evolving technologies are helping to accomplish that goal.   Different healthcare...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR...

Harnessing Effective EHR Use for Improved Patient Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR use can help reduce physician burnout and strengthen the patient care process. When healthcare providers understand how to best leverage new technologies and are able to adopt and implement an integrated EHR system, both...

How Web-Based EHR Systems Save Community Hospitals Money

by Kate Monica

More and more health IT companies are working to develop affordable EHR system offerings geared toward meeting the needs of small, rural, and community hospitals. Enterprise health IT companies such as Epic and Cerner — which...

Refining Patient Matching Process for Stronger Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations understand that patient matching is an important aspect of the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, but providers must ensure they have the right tools to accurately identify patients and then...

How Health Data Exchange Prepares Clinicians for Care Challenges

by Kate Monica

Without access to health data exchange, clinicians risk missing out on key patient information and running into problems with adverse drug reactions, duplicative testing, and medication errors during care delivery. Providers at...

Patient Data Access Next Step in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide healthcare interoperability has been fueled by organizations integrating EHRs and working toward as smooth of a transition as possible into the digital era. Now that the technological aspect is there, it is...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

by Kate Monica

In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a...

AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement with New Toolkits

by Elizabeth Snell

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA...

Leveraging Provider Communication for Better Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

With EHR systems now commonplace in hospitals and health systems nationwide, many healthcare organizations are turning their attention and resources toward EHR optimization to improve care coordination. Before Vanderbilt University...

Will Specializing EHR Interfaces Solve the EHR Usability Problem?

by Kate Monica

The arduous process of integrating EHR technology into doctors’ offices has introduced clinicians to a new world of complex daily challenges, and the present lack of EHR usability only serves to exacerbate the problem. Stakeholders...

How Clinician Engagement Can Make or Break an EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

A poorly-executed EHR implementation project can cause myriad problems for healthcare organizations ranging from financial trouble to internal conflicts between hospital management and staff. In the months after an EHR system go-live,...

How EHR Use Enables Effective Responses to Public Health Crises

by Kate Monica

Last year, providers at hospitals and health systems across the country faced major care challenges when dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the northern California...

How CommonWell Adapts to Constant Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

At the start of 2018, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced health IT innovation would be a top priority among stakeholders. Three months into the year, this assertion has proven true: Google, Amazon, Apple, and other tech titans have...

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