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CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

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In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that enables...

Top Epic EHR Implementations in First Half of 2018

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There have been numerous Epic EHR implementations in the first six months of 2018, with many private health systems looking for improved options for patient care delivery and care quality. Some of the health IT investments have totaled over $1...

Case Study Supports EHR-Integrated Patient Generated Health Data

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Collecting EHR-integrated patient generated health data (PGHD) may help to effectively improve chronic care management for patients with asthma, according to one case study in Nature. Genes et al. prompted four study participants part of the...

House to Form VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight Panel

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House representatives recently announced plans to form an oversight panel to ensure the $10 billion VA Cerner EHR implementation goes smoothly, according to the Military Times. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) formally...

AHRQ Awards Patient-Reported Outcomes Contract to MedStar Health

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded an 18-month contract to MedStar Health researchers for improving how patient-reported outcomes are collected and how that data is integrated into EHRs. Researchers can develop and...

CMS Seeks Public Comment to Reduce Stark Law Regulatory Burden

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CMS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment and recommendations about ways the federal agency can reduce the regulatory burden associated with the physician self-referral law (Stark Law). The federal agency is especially...

HealthlinkNY Incentivizing Healthcare Orgs to Engage in HIE Use

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HealthlinkNY has secured connection funding and is currently offering New York-based healthcare organizations up to $89,000 to engage in health information exchange (HIE) use until September 30, 2018. The HIE will offer discounts up to $76,000...

Allscripts, Greenway Health, InterSystems Forge New Partnerships

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Allscripts, Greenway Health, and InterSystems each announced new partnerships with health IT solutions providers this week that will leverage patient health data to improve care delivery. In an effort to promote safe prescribing practices and...

Focusing on Patient Care to Fuel Healthcare Interoperability

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Having true healthcare interoperability nationwide has been a key goal for industry stakeholders for years, and recent federal initiatives and evolving technologies are helping to accomplish that goal.   Different healthcare organizations...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

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ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health IT...

HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

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Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about funding authorities...

What are Potential Benefits, Challenges of HIE Use?

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Health information exchange (HIE) will be critical for improving interoperability, especially as technology continues to evolve and the options for transferring and receiving information increase. Along with having the necessary tools for HIE...

athenahealth Mobile App Offers Clinicians Drug Therapy Resources

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Therapeutic Research Center (TRC) recently partnered with athenahealth to provide clinicians and users of athenahealth’s Epocrates mobile app with medication therapy clinical resources and advisory articles for better-informed clinical...

Google Expands EHR Project Leveraging AI, Voice Recognition

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Google is looking to expand an early-stage EHR project part of the Google Brain healthcare group that will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and voice recognition software to streamline clinical documentation and EHR use for providers, according...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the legislation,...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

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healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR matching...

Nurses Asked to Falsify Patient Health Records at Kansas Hospital

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Kansas-based Blue Valley Hospital nurses told CMS inspectors that they were asked to falsify patient health records to include medical complications that would justify keeping patients in the hospital longer to earn Medicare reimbursements, according...

How Google, Microsoft, Apple Are Impacting EHR Use in Healthcare

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Large technology companies are likely going to continue to affect EHR use in healthcare, especially as they file healthcare patents and develop innovative ways to improve patient care. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are just three of the increasingly...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

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Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere — received...

AMA Adopts Policy to Expand EHR Use Training in Med Schools

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AMA recently adopted a new policy to promote EHR use training in medical schools as part of an effort to reduce administrative burden associated with clinical documentation and ensure future physicians are adequately prepared to enter a digitized...

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