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Health IT Safety Collaborative Can Aid EHR Use, Patient Safety

April 19, 2018 - 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 fatigue, over customized EHRs, auto-refresh mix-ups, unclear default settings, and incomplete lab results are all possible EHR usability issues that can cause...


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30% of Practices Look toward EHR Replacement Options by 2021

by Elizabeth Snell

Having cloud-based mobile solutions for on-demand data with actionable insight into financial performance is one of the top reasons healthcare practices may be considering an EHR replacement option, a recent Black Book survey found. Thirty percent...

EHR-Integrated Tools Help Improve Chronic Kidney Disease Care

by Kate Monica

A quality improvement program combining EHR-integrated tools and patient engagement strategies can significantly improve quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

Reducing EHR Notifications Enables More Efficient EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Reducing low-value EHR notifications cut EHR use for primary care providers at VA healthcare facilities by 1.5 hours per week, according to a recent study. Researchers affiliated with TNT Health Enterprises, VA Sunshine Network, VA Heartland...

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. The...

Improving Clinician EHR Use Through Provider Communication

by Kate Monica

Implementing an EHR-integrated provider communication tool may help health systems improve clinician EHR use, according to researchers at the Augusta University (AU) College of Allied Health Sciences. Researchers implemented a social knowledge...

EHR Clinical Documentation Differs Between Nurses, Physicians

by Kate Monica

Physicians and nurses note very different concepts in EHR clinical documentation during patient visits, according to a recent study by researchers at the in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Boyd et al. conducted the study to...

Could Goal-Directed EHR Functionality Optimize Health Outcomes?

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center...

Maximizing EHR Use of Problem Lists for Improved Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations, policymakers, and health IT developers can take steps to increase clinician EHR use of problem lists for improved health outcomes and clinical efficiency, according to researchers from the University of Utah Department...

Family Physician EHR Use Outweighs Provider-Patient Interaction

by Kate Monica

Primary care physicians spend more time on EHR use than they spend interacting with patients face-to-face during clinic visits, according to a new study in Family Medicine. Young et al. conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of family...

Canadian Physician Suspended for Deceptively Altering Patient EHR

by Kate Monica

A Canadian physician at Quance East Medical Clinic has been suspended for one month and fined $7,484 by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan after admitting she altered a patient EHR several times in eight months following the...

Apple Debuts Patient-Centered EHRs With Health Records App

by Kate Monica

Apple recently launched its Health Records app to provide users with a comprehensive view of patient-centered EHRs on iOS devices. Health Records is available as an update through Apple’s existing Health app. The update allows patients...

Scribes Reduce EHR Use, Restore Joy of Practice for Physicians

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Sattler et al. found integrating scribes into primary care clinics can reduce administrative burden associated with EHR use, improve levels of physician satisfaction, and allow for higher quality care. Beginning in 2015, researchers...

EHR Use, Administrative Burden Accelerating Physician Burnout

by Kate Monica

In response to a new study about high levels of physician burnout among family physicians, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center family physician Donald O. Mack, MD, suggested the recent transition to a value-based care system and increased...

Newly-Designed Physician EHR Notes May Improve EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Showing less data in physician EHR notes may produce more benefits for physician productivity, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). The study by Jeffery Beldon, MD et al. compared...

Solo Practitioner Not Using EHR System Denied License Reissue

by Kate Monica

A New Hampshire judge has denied a request from solo practitioner family physician Anna M. Konopka, MD to regain her medical license in part because of her decision to practice without an EHR system. The octogenarian was forced to stop seeing...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Increase HPV Vaccination

by Kate Monica

Physicians using EHR systems with clinical decision support are more likely to lead to the ordering human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines when alerts are included, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Bae...

EHR System Tech Support Greatly Impacts Patient Care Delivery

by Kate Monica

Health IT companies that do not offer clinically-based EHR system tech support, either internally or through an outsourced support firm, have far less opportunities to positively affect patient care through EHR use, a new Black Book survey found....

athenahealth EHR Users Report Financial Gains 5% Over Baseline

by Kate Monica

athenahealth recently announced a period of continued growth and improvement, reporting its EHR users have experienced average financial gains of 5 percent over baseline. Specifically, the health IT company stated users in the community hospital...

UVA Researchers Recommend Using EHRs for Reduced Medical Testing

by Kate Monica

Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and other universities have developed a plan to cut unnecessary medical testing in an effort to save money and improve patient safety, satisfaction, and health outcomes in part by...

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