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Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done to address this growing health issue. Researchers Martin Makary and Michael Daniel recently published findings in BMJ revealed that deaths caused b...


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Boosting EHR Usability, Safety Throughout the EHR Life Cycle

by Kate Monica

A new report from AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts, and MedStar Health outlines recommendations on how stakeholders can improve EHR usability and safety throughout the entire EHR life cycle, as well as criteria for rigorous safety tests. The...

AMIA Notes Health IT Safety Considerations to FDA in EHR Use

by Elizabeth Snell

There are key considerations within EHR use related to health IT safety, AMIA explained in response to FDA’s request for input on health IT benefits and risks associated with the software functions excluded from the 21st Century...

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...

ONC EHR Innovation Challenge to Streamline Safety Reporting

by Kate Monica

A new ONC EHR innovation challenge prompts health IT developers to create solutions that ease safety reporting for providers to reduce administrative burden and optimize EHR-related safety. Specifically, the Easy EHR Issue Reporting...

42% of Healthcare CIOs List Patient Matching Issues a Top Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

While healthcare CIOs cite patient matching as a top issue at their institution, there is still a lack of awareness for how large of a problem duplicate or fragmented patient EHRs can be for providers, according to recent...

Health Information Exchange Hindered by Patient Matching Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

Clarifying the unique patient identifier to enable patient matching is critical to ensure the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, and the federal government must take strides to aid the private sector in these...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with...

Health IT Safety Collaborative Can Aid EHR Use, Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

Gathering input from all types of healthcare stakeholders is critical to addressing potential issues with EHR use, which will in turn help to improve patient care and reduce provider burden, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Alert...

ECRI Launches Health IT Use, Innovation Safety Initiative

by Kate Monica

The ECRI Institute recently launched the Insight Culture of Safety Assessment for Health IT Companies program aimed at promoting safety in health IT use, innovation, and implementation. The program is a joint effort between the...

EHR Usability Problems Likely Contribute to Patient Harm

by Kate Monica

EHR usability may contribute to possible incidents of patient harm, according to a new JAMA study. Keene et al. analyzed free-text patient safety reports from 2013 to 2016 retrieved from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority database....

EHR Data Useful for Measuring Low-Value Clinical Service Overuse

by Kate Monica

EHR data can be useful for accurately measuring overused clinical services and low-value testing, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). A research team led by Thomas Isaac, MD, extracted...

4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also...

Collaborating for EHR Usability Improvements, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts addressed how collaborating for EHR usability improvements can benefit patient care and safety. In the 32-page report, authors acknowledged that increased EHR use in healthcare has led to...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

by Kate Monica

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute recently announced its Patient Demographic Data Quality (PDDQ) framework is now publically available to help healthcare organizations reduce patient matching errors. Developed in...

CHIME Suspends 2-Year National Patient ID Challenge Initiative

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced it will suspend the National Patient ID Challenge Initiative after nearly two years of work. “Though we’ve made great progress and moved...

EHR Use-Related Malpractice Claims Increased Over Past Decade

by Kate Monica

A new study found malpractice claims in which EHR use was listed as a contributing factor to patient injury have increased continuously over the past decade. The study by David B. Troxel, MD, and colleagues at physician-owned medical...

$178M Cerner EHR System Under Review After Persistent Problems

by Kate Monica

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix is launching an independent review of Island Health’s Cerner EHR system, marking the system’s second review in a little over a year. The $178 million Cerner EHR system — called...

Surescripts, Allscripts Collaborate to Assist Hurricane Irma Victims

by Kate Monica

Surescripts and Allscripts have partnered to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for a limited time. The health information...

HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Health information exchanges (HIEs) can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care. For ten years, the Utah Health Information...

Rush Medical Seeks $18M for Defective Patient Monitoring System

by Kate Monica

Rush University Medical Center is suing the developer of its $18-million patient monitoring system for fraud after the system allegedly proved defective. On August 18, the medical center filed the complaint in federal court accusing...

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