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Doctor Shares Components of a Successful EHR Implementation

June 20, 2017 - In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group Robert M. Pearl, MD relayed his experiences installing an Epic EHR system ten years ago and the factors responsible for a successful EHR implementation. Despite the hefty cost of implementation — in the area of $4 billion — the EHR system quickly proved beneficial in delivering more efficient,...


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How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Copy-Paste in EHR Clinical Data

by Kate Monica

Providers may be heightening the risk of patient harm by entering repetitive and inaccurate EHR clinical data into physician notes. A recent study by Wang et al. used a new Epic EHR update allowing users to identify the provenance of data in...

HIE Use Reduces Repetitive Therapeutic Medical Procedures

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Eftekhari et al. found connecting to a health information exchange (HIE) can help physician practices lower the amount of repeated therapeutic medical procedures administered to patients. “Repetition of medical services...

Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) yesterday released a report exploring the relationship between patient safety and health IT and ways providers, policymakers and health IT developers can improve it. The organization outlined the progress made...

CVS Among Newest Additions to Surescripts Medication Service

by Kate Monica

Surescripts now covers nearly 240 million patients after expanding its Medication History for Panel Management data service to six more pharmacies, the organization announced Monday. The health information network will provide prescription data...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American...

Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments. The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services...

Vanderbilt Study Shows EHR Use Improves Preventive Medicine

by Kate Monica

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy successfully used EHR data to create one of the first comprehensive catalogs of diseases to help identify patients at risk for...

Why Are So Few Healthcare Providers Using EHR Data Analytics?

by Kate Monica

Despite the healthcare industry becoming more data-driven by the day, new research shows many healthcare providers are ignoring opportunities to gain actionable insights by using EHR data analytics tools. A recent MGMA STAT report finds only...

Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU)...

New Policy Should Accomodate Physician EHR Documentation Demands

by Kate Monica

A recent study of physician EHR documentation activities under fee-for-service reimbursement shows that physicians spent less time with patients than anticipated by federal incentive payment programs. Tai-Seale et al. analyzed EHR data and found...

Administrative Burden Remains Top Challenge for Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Administrative burden, stress, and lack of time made up the top-three challenges facing respondents a survey on physician satisfaction which the American Medical Association (AMA) conducted last month. Despite these and other challenges —...

CDC Data Show Slight Increase in Physician EHR Use in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

According to the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, 86.9 percent of all office-based physician use an EHR system, 53.9 percent a basic EHR system, and 77.9 percent a certified EHR system (i.e., certified EHR technology or CEHRT)....

EHR Technology a Key Contributor to Physician Burnout

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of top healthcare CEOs is calling on their colleagues across the healthcare industry to address physician burnout as a public health crisis and identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor. “The spike in reported burnout...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Integrated Primary Care

by Sara Heath

As integrated primary care and behavioral healthcare services come to the forefront, healthcare organization leaders must establish strong EHR use to enable better care coordination between the two specialties, finds a study published in the...

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 inherent...

Two Adventist Hospitals Recognized for Exemplary EHR Use

by Sara Heath

Two Adventist Health System Hospitals have been recognized with HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 awards, recognizing outstanding EHR use, according to a press release. After implementing its EHR system in 2006, Florida...

Complex Clinical Decision Support May Improve Cancer Care

by Sara Heath

Clinical decision support (CDS) systems may be able to enhance treatment for patients with multiple, complex symptoms, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers sought to introduce a complex CDS...

Mercy Health System Recognized as Top Epic EHR User

by Sara Heath

Mercy has been recognized as a top EHR user by technology vendor Epic Systems, the health system recently announced. The health system joins three others as Gold Star users. Mercy received this recognition after adding its 700th item to its Epic...

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