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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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GAO Identifies Additional Efforts to Improve Patient Matching

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Government Accountability Office recently released findings from interviews of nearly two score of physicians, hospitals, and other stakeholders that detail the many challenges in the way of patient matching as well as potential...

Change, Experian Health Partner on Identity Management Platform

by Jessica Davis

Experian Health and Change Healthcare announced they’re working together on new technology that will be capable of accurately identifying patients across the healthcare sector. The two tech vendors are building an identity...

ONC Names Winners of EHR Innovation Challenge for Safety Reporting

by Kate Monica

ONC recently selected three winners of its EHR innovation challenge seeking health IT solutions to ease EHR safety reporting for providers and reduce administrative burden. The Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge is part of the federal...

ECRI Opens Access to Clinical Decision-Making Guideline Portal

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently opened free access to its ECRI Guidelines Trust portal, which offers expertly-vetted, evidence-based guidelines to assist providers with clinical decision-making. The resource will grow overtime as more clinical...

EHR Usability Challenges Threaten Patient Safety in Pediatric Care

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability can pose a threat to patient safety in pediatric care, particularly during medication prescribing. This finding comes in a new Health Affairs study by a team of researchers from MedStar Health. Raj Ratwani et...

EHR Medication Lists Lack Accuracy, May Threaten Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

EHR medication lists are often inaccurate and incomplete, opening the door for adverse drug reactions, un-informed clinical decision-making, and poor medication monitoring, according to a new JAMA study. Researchers from Vanderbilt...

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...

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