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New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

by Kate Monica

In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data...

EHR Data Management Tops ECRI List of Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently published their 2017 Top 10 Patient Concerns for Healthcare Organizations using findings acquired through the institute’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) event data, input from healthcare provider...

Clinical Decision Support Tools Reduce Re-hospitalizations

by Kate Monica

The benefits of clinical decision support use go beyond the initial point of care, according to new research published in PLOS One. Elliott et al. conducted a study to find if clinical support decision tools have the capabilities to...

NIST Warns of Copy and Paste Threats to EHR Data Integrity

by Kate Monica

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published findings from an EHR usability study of copying and pasting clinical documentation which does not bode well for patient safety. “‘Copy and...

EHR Use Does Not Preclude Provider Data Communication Errors

by Kate Monica

Well-established EHR adoption does not eliminate the potential for inaccurate provider-to-provider clinical data communication. A recent study by Artis et al. of laboratory data communication among intensive care providers at the Oregon...

Safety Huddles Prove Useful to Ensuring EHR Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

The authors of a recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found regular 15-minute meetings by administrative, clinical, and IT staff can enable hospitals to identify and address EHR-related patient safety...

How Healthcare Providers Can Improve EHR Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

EHR vendor eClinicalWorks has issued a periodic statement on improving patient safety, reminding end users to always update their EHR software and to ensure accuracy of treatment orders. According to the vendor, patient safety risks are...

ONC EHR Oversight Rule Needs Better Testing Process, Pew Says

by Sara Heath

Despite intentions to improve patient safety through better EHR oversight and testing, the recent ONC Health IT Certification Program still contains gaps for adverse patient safety events, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. In a recent...

Drug Data Standards Needed for EHR Clinical Decision Support

by Sara Heath

Drug-drug interactions are an integral patient safety component to EHR clinical decision support and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) are likely to benefit from data standardization, recent research shows. According to a new...

3 Barriers Limiting EHR Data Use for Patient Safety Research

by Sara Heath

New research shows that EHR data use for clinical improvement and patient safety research comes with several challenges. In a recent case study of three different commercially-available EHRs, researchers identified three barriers to using...

How Does Health IT Interoperability Affect Patient Safety?

by Sara Heath

According to a recent ONC report, health IT interoperability is a major barrier to patient safety while using technology. The report, which also explores other health IT patient safety barriers, describes five ways in which...

ONC Offers Recommendations for Safe, Effective Health IT Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) has ramped up its efforts to promote proper health IT implementation and use and ensure patient safety. On Monday, the federal agency announced the availability of...

Hospitals Lag in CPOE Implementation, Errors Persist

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite the reported benefits of computerized physician order entry in reducing adverse drug events, many hospitals have yet to move forward with CPOE implementation, according to a new report published by The Leapfrog Group. CPOE use,...

Congressional Hearing to Investigate Health IT Progress

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to discuss the barriers and opportunities in health IT innovation. This a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Healthcare,...

AHIMA Seeks Patient Identifier Talks to Improve EHR Use

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced the launch of a petition to address the need for a “national voluntary patient safety identifier,” which would improve patient matching tools...

Study Supports Alarm Fatigue Concern with Physician EHR Use

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Authors of a recent study find that physicians spend approximately 66.8 minutes per day processing notifications from EHR use. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes alarm fatigue to be a significant burden for...

ECRI to Talk EHR Copy and Paste, Patient Safety at HIMSS 2016

by Sara Heath

Providers need guidelines with regard to copy and paste functions in EHRs to help protect patient safety, according to the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. The Partnership, which is a part of the ECRI Institute, will showcase its...

CHIME $1M Challenge Pushes for National Patient Identifier

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The push for a national patient identifier now includes a financial motivation in the form of a $1-million competition launched by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). On Tuesday, the organization unveiled...

Patient Matching Issues Hindering 50% of HIM Professionals

by Sara Heath

More than half of health IT management professionals regularly work on fixing problems with patient matching and duplicate patient records, according to a recent survey from the American Health Information Management Association...

OpenNotes to Reach 50M New Patients Through Grant Funding

by Sara Heath

Four healthcare organizations have donated $10 million in grants to fund OpenNotes for nearly 50 million patients nationwide, according a recent press release. The funders—which include Cambria Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty...

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