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Certified EHR Use Central to New Advanced Primary Care Model

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a new advanced primary care model which has certified EHR use listed as a core element of its two tracks. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model is slated for implementation in...

EHR Vendor athenahealth Expands Scope of Healthcare Services

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EHR vendor athenahealth has expanded its services to provide for a wider array of healthcare practice needs. According to a recent press release, athenahealth has acquired Arsenal Health as a schedule optimization tool for providers. Arsenal...

Epic Systems Wins $940M in TCS Dispute over Trade Secrets

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A Wisconsin jury found Tata Consultancies Services liable for gaining unauthorized access to Epic Systems trade secrets for the purposes of improving its own competitive EHR technology, according to Reuters. The jury's decision resulted in...

CMS, ONC Fall Short of Addressing Fraudulent EHR Use

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Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have fallen shorting in implementing safeguards for preventing fraud related to EHR use. In its annual...

CMS Seeks Comments on Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

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CMS is calling for public comment on its draft 2017 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR), according to a recent statement. The draft 2017 implementation guide is designed to...

Epic Systems Taking TCS to Court over Theft of Trade Secrets

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A complaint filed in Wisconsin district court pits EHR vendor Epic Systems against IT consultancy Tata Consultancy Services for the alleged theft of proprietary information used to advance a competing health IT product. The plaintiff Epic alleges...

UMass Memorial Prepares for 2017 Epic Implementation

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Another Massachusetts health system is staring down a sizeable Epic implementation although its first go-live event isn't scheduled to take place until July 1, 2017. Lisa Eckelbecker of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports the cost...

Hospitals Lag in CPOE Implementation, Errors Persist

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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, however,...

MACRA Raises Need for EHR Optimization, Other Improvements

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Imminent changes to care delivery and reimbursement under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) heighten the need for EHR optimization and other improvements for providers to remain successful in value-based care, according...

Mass. General Implements Epic EHR to Boost Interoperability

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As part of a $1.2 billion upgrade across the Partners HealthCare network, Massachusetts General Hospital to a new Epic EHR system to increase interoperability and health information exchange, according to a report in The Boston Globe. MGH implemented...

Unpredictable Physician Workflows Warrant Revised EHR Design

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A lack of a common physician workflow requires a re-evaluation of EHR design to support the unique interaction between providers and patients, according a recent study of primary care physicians and the tasks performed during patient encounters....

ONC Highlights Role of Health IT Use to Fight Opioid Crisis

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A new resource page put together by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) highlights three forms of health IT use that could help address the growing opioid crisis. "Since 1999, deaths from prescription...

EHR Downtime Results from Ransomware Attacks at CA, IN Hospitals

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Ransomware attacks have been putting hospital technologies out of commission, pushing some healthcare organizations into EHR downtime. The attacks, which involve viruses infecting hospital files, lock users out of IT systems until they pay a...

NYCHHC Reaches Key Epic Implementation Milestone on Schedule

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D-day came and went for the Epic EHR implementation at NYC Health + Hospitals and the health system in New York City is reporting success. "We are pleased to announce that the first phase of the largest public health care system implementation...

Epic EHR Implementation Cited in Denver Health CEO’s Departure

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UPDATE: Denver Health has issued an official statement on the departure of its CEO. Is the forthcoming retirement of Denver Health CEO a sign of bad things to come for the health system which is set for an Epic EHR go-live in a week's time?...

Epic EHR Implementation Causes Financial Issues at MA Hospital

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A Massachusetts hospital will be laying off 95 employees as a result of financial losses following an Epic Systems EHR implementation. According to Jessica Bartlett of Boston Business Journal, Southcoast Hospital will be cutting one percent of...

MedStar Health Working to Fix Malware-Related EHR Downtime

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The health IT systems at MedStar Health are not completely back online following the EHR downtime caused by a ransomware attack earlier this week, the health system has revealed. In a series of official updates on its website, the health system...

Why EHR Replacement Projects Should Take a Slow Trajectory

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As the healthcare industry shifts to new models of care, healthcare organizations look to enhance their EHR technology through EHR replacements and EHR optimizations. Between care coordination, patient-centered care, and the persistent push for...

Ransomware Leads to EHR Downtime at DC-Area Health System

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UPDATE: Cerner Corporation has commented on the ransomware attack. Many providers in the Capital Beltway found themselves working with paper records as a result of EHR downtime caused by a ransomware virus on the MedStar Health network, according...

NY e-Prescribing Mandate Takes on Controlled Substance Abuse

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For those looking to address the abuse of controlled substances, an important mandate goes into effect this weekend in New York State requiring electronic prescribing of controlled substances (ePCS) for all prescribers. The effective date for...

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