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MACRA Raises Need for EHR Optimization, Other Improvements


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

Why ONC Seeks New Authorities Over Health Data Blocking


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...



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