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Improving Patient Safety Through Healthcare Interoperability

December 17, 2018 - With healthcare organization leaders facing federal pressure to increase health data exchange, many stakeholders are focused on developing the business case for healthcare interoperability. Achieving the level of connectivity described in the 21st Century Cures Act will require healthcare organizations and health information exchanges (HIEs) to make significant investments. Experts...


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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...

How HIE Adoption Simplifies, Streamlines Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

After years of frustration among stakeholders over the lack of complete, timely health data exchange across the healthcare sector, CMS is taking a firm stance on interoperability with its Promoting Interoperability programs. CMS announced...

Taking a Multi-Pronged Approach to Achieving EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

While many healthcare stakeholders are dissatisfied with the current state of EHR interoperability and health data exchange, a number of health systems are leveraging existing technology to support care coordination and patient data...

How Health Information Exchanges Can Boost EHR Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Ensuring high levels of accuracy in EHR patient matching across healthcare organizations is increasingly critical as stakeholders work to improve interoperability, increase health information exchange (HIE) adoption, and promote health...

Collaborating With EHR Vendors for Continuous EHR Optimization

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations looking to dramatically improve their clinical and administrative processes through health IT use can choose one of two options: EHR optimization or EHR replacement. Some healthcare organizations opt to invest in...

How IT Support Streamlines EHR Optimization, Boosts EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Most healthcare organizations can expect some slowdowns in clinical efficiency as providers and administrators acclimate to the changes that accompany new EHR system implementations or EHR optimization efforts. While these upgrades help...

Using EHR Voice Recognition to Improve Clinical Documentation, Usability

by Kate Monica

EHR tools with voice recognition capabilities can help to reduce data entry duties for healthcare providers and free up time for face-to-face interaction with patients. Hospitals and health systems are increasingly integrating voice...

PDMP Use More Burden, Less Blessing Without EHR Integration

by Kate Monica

Under pressure to stall the rising death toll associated with the opioid epidemic, CMS and state regulators have pushed the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to ensure healthcare providers understand a...

How Surescripts Lays the Foundation for a Value-Based Care System

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders in the public and private sector have their sights set on delivering high-quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs through the establishment of a value-based care system. The...

Improving EHR Data Quality, Clinical Workflows for MIPS Success

by Kate Monica

Optimizing EHR data quality is top-of-mind as healthcare organizations continue to adjust to the regulatory changes that accompany healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. Eligible clinicians participating...

Achieving a Network-of-Networks with Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

The concept of a network-of-networks lies at the center of several stakeholder efforts to achieve true interoperability. Stakeholders in the public and private sector have touted the benefits of a nationwide network-of-networks for years....

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs...

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...

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...

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