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$1.9M AHRQ Grant to Develop Clinical Decision Support Network

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded Research Triangle Institute with a $1.9 million grant to develop a clinical decision support learning network that helps patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) become more accessible...

Factors Contributing to Hospital EHR Implementation Success

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More than two years ago, Beebe Healthcare in southern Delaware made an important decision about their health IT infrastructure in deciding on EHR replacement technology to demonstrate meaningful use in the near term and prepare for a transformation...

How Physician EHR Use Can Lead Patients to New Therapies

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Every year, thousands of patients are newly diagnosed with chronic conditions and hundreds of new therapies enter the market. Yet connecting eligible patients to treatment plans with the potential to drive better outcomes is often fraught with...

MD Anderson Epic Implementation Led to Financial Decreases

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Clinical productivity at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center took a sizeable hit to its adjusted income in the buildup to an Epic implementation completed in March 2016. Documents from a recent meeting of the UT System Board of Regents...

Managing EHR Optimization in Absence of Physician Champions

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For nearly two decades, EHR implementation efforts at healthcare organizations big and small have included the “physician champion.” This is the bold and trusted ambassador who has embraced modern technology and who will lead the...

NY Gov. Awards $6M for Upgrades to Health IT, EHR Systems

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Some healthcare providers in New York are about to receive a financial boost to upgrade its health IT infrastructure, including updating EHR systems. According to an official announcement on his website, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo...

Joint Commission Program Targets Clinical Quality Measures

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Thirteen-member advisory panel will help The Joint Commission improve support for hospitals on clinical quality measures. The Joint Commission has appointed a baker's dozen of healthcare professionals to provide support  to hospitals...

Oregon Health System Preps for Epic EHR Implementation

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St. Charles Health System in Oregon only recently decided in favor of an EHR replacement that will its Paragon EHR from McKesson make way for an Epic EHR implementation, but the health system is already looking to add 100 new Epic analyst positions...

AHA, AMIA Critique ONC Health IT Certification Program

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More healthcare industry groups have penned letters to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recommending revisions to the notice of proposed rulemaking on its health IT certification program. The American...

How EHR Optimization Can Help Reduce Physician Burnout

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The causes of physician burnout are legion — technology, regulation, reimbursement — but the solution may be as simple as completing certain EHR optimization activities. Mississippi's Memorial Hospital of Gulfport is tackling...

HIMSS Seeks Changes to ONC Health IT Certification Program

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) should encourage health IT developers to continuously improve products rather than employ punitive approaches to health IT certification, according to the Health Information...

Moving from EHR Fragmentation to EHR Optimization in Miss.

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Memorial Hospital of Gulfport currently finds itself in the position of improving inefficiencies in its EHR use following years of health IT maturation at the Mississippi health facility. The EHR optimization process represents a marked departure...

7 Time-Saving EHR Use Tips to Boost Physician Productivity

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There’s an assumption in healthcare that EHRs are too time-consuming. With physicians often stating that the more time they spend using an EHR, the less time they spend with patients. As with many assumptions, the more often something is...

Healthcare Execs Will Invest More in EHR Systems, Health IT

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As a majority of healthcare executives reported that they expect their organization’s revenue and patient volume to grow, so will their investments in EHR systems and other healthcare technologies, reported CIT in its Healthcare Industry...

Using Epic EHR to Survive a Perfect Storm of Regulation

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Much of the attention focusing on the Epic implementation going on at Partners HealthCare focuses on EHR adoption in acute-care settings, but its impact will be especially valuable for its non-acute or post-acute care partners throughout Massachusetts....

Majority of Physicians Seeking Prior Authorization in EHRs

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As the healthcare industry continues to move away from paper-based processing and into the digital era, more healthcare provider are seeking electronic prior authorization methods that integrate with their current EHR systems. According to a...

From EHR Use to Information Exchange for Community Health

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Community health centers rely on EHR use for providing care to high-risk patient populations and reporting required quality metrics for the purposes of certification or grant funding. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is looking...

Does Speech Recognition Aid Clinical Documentation Improvement?

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Despite the availability of speech recognition software and natural language processing over the past two decades, research shows limited evidence proving these technologies to have a clearly positive impact on clinical documentation improvement....

Leveraging Health IT for Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Well before the implementation deadline for ICD-10 last October, clinical documentation improvement was a well-established aim of healthcare organizations and providers seeking gains in both clinical efficiency and data integrity. Now with the...

Office-Based Physician EHR Use Dips Below 60 Percent

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Office-based physician EHR use drops by close to four percent between 2015 and 2016, according to SK&A Market Insights Report on physician office EHR use. A previous report put the percentage of office-based physician EHR use at 62.8 percent...

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