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Why ONC Seeks New Authorities Over Health Data Blocking

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Increases in EHR adoption and the growth of EHR use since the passing of the law creating the EHR Incentive Programs and defining the authorities of the Office of the National Coordinator require Congress to provide the federal agency with new...

AHIMA Seeks Patient Identifier Talks to Improve EHR Use

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced the launch of a petition to address the need for a “national voluntary patient safety identifier,” which would improve patient matching tools associated...

EHR Implementation Projects Impact EHR Optimization Efforts

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A hasty approach to EHR implementation presents healthcare organizations and providers now with opportunities for EHR optimization through a thorough, data-driven assessment of EHR technology already in place, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers...

Impact of Meaningful Use Requirements on Health IT Leadership

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A new white paper by the AMIA Task Force credits the creation of the EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use requirements with spurring demand for health IT leaders trained to keep pace with healthcare reform and health IT innovation. "Through...

4 Steps for Ensuring a Successful EHR Optimization Project

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With EHR adoption widespread across the healthcare industry, providers are now looking for opportunities for EHR optimization to make up for inefficiencies and other problems ailing their technology use. However, EHR optimization projects take...

Study Supports Alarm Fatigue Concern with Physician EHR Use

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Authors of a recent study find that physicians spend approximately 66.8 minutes per day processing notifications from EHR use. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes alarm fatigue to be a significant burden for physicians. Hospitals...

ONC Seeking Public Comment on Health IT Certification Rule

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is looking to get the most out of public comment on its recent proposed rule for health IT certification. The division within the Department of Health & Human...

Top Ranked Cancer Hospital Completes Epic EHR Implementation

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One of the country's top cancer hospitals has completed its Epic implementation, according to the Houston Business Journal. Joe Martin reports that the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center went live on its Epic EHR platform late...

Debating Role of EHR Use in Behavioral Health Integration

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While many inpatient and ambulatory care organizations and providers are maturing in their EHR use, their counterparts in behavioral health continue to lag behind in their use of the technology for documenting and coordinating care delivery....

Groups Seek Changes to Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

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The Medical Group Management Association is using findings from a recent survey of the resources used by physician practices report clinical quality measures to call attention to the need for reforming the current system for clinical quality...

3 EHR Vendors Release Million Hearts EHR Optimization Guides

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Allscripts, Cerner, and NextGen EHR users now have access to EHR optimization guides for reporting clinical quality measures related to Million Hearts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) national initiative to prevent one...

Epic EHR Patient Portal Gets Interoperability Makeover, CEO Says

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The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may be best known for bringing together tens of thousands of excited health IT experts with big data and ambitious new innovations on their minds, but the real heart of the largest gathering of healthcare...

ONC Tabs $625K for Health IT, EHR App Development Contests

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A total of $625,000 is up for grabs in three new healthcare app and health IT developer contests, announced earlier this week by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The agency has begun three different contests for healthcare...

Interoperable EHRs Coming to More Care Facilities, CMS Says

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Health technology and interoperable EHRs are about to reach even more patients, according to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In a blog post, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt and Department...

ONC Proposed Rule Calls for New Certified EHR Technology Process

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The certified EHR technology process is getting an overhaul, as detailed in a new proposed rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) earlier this week. In the rule, ONC proposed a new process for certifying EHR technology...

EHR Adoption Growing Despite Industry Challenges, ONC Reports

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is making considerable progress in fostering ubiquitous adoption of EHRs and health IT, as well as promoting interoperability and health information exchange between those systems. The agency...

Are Medical Residents Spending Too Much Time on EHR Use?

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Internal medicine interns spend between five and seven hours per day on EHR use when caring for about 10 patients, research shows. In a study led by Lu Chen, MS, researchers looked at the large amount of time medical students spent navigating...

Health IT Vendors Urge HELP Committee to Pass MEDTECH Act

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Several notable health IT industry vendors have expressed support for the re-introduction of the Medical Electronic Data Technology Enhancement for Consumer’s Health (MEDTECH) Act into the Senate Health Committee. The MEDTECH Act, introduced...

EHR Usability, Proficiency Increases with Physician Experience

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EHR usability increases modestly with long-term use and more experience, according to a new study published in JMIR Human Factors. A research team led by Martina A. Clarke, PhD, examined physician EHR use and proficiency as they gained experience...

EHR Loyalty Shows User Satisfaction, Financial Investment

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EHR user loyalty can take many forms, including those customers who are genuinely satisfied with their system to those who feel trapped within their system due to hefty monetary investments. These varying levels of EHR and health IT system customer...

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