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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...

Understanding Large-Scale Health System EHR Implementations

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Health systems draw mainstream attention when they make the decision to implement a new EHR technology across their entire network, both inpatient and ambulatory. Several large-scale health system EHR implementation are currently underway —...

ONC Beacon Program Highlights EHR Adoption, Use Challenges

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A research program out of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) offers insights into how communities use health IT and EHR adoption to achieve the triple aim of better care, better costs, and overall better patient health....

HELP Committee Passes Patient Centered Care EHR Bill

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee legislation on improved EHR use has passed, according to a public statement from the committee. The bill’s passage was unanimous. Earlier this year, the HELP Committee drafted...

Are Industry Rankings Really Indicative of EHR Usability?

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A high ranking for an EHR might not be indicative of its actual usability. This becomes clear when one compares recent industry rankings with polls and testimony coming straight from users. Just last week, KLAS released its Best in KLAS rankings,...

Epic Systems Sweeps Again in 2015 Best in KLAS EHR Rankings

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KLAS has officially released its 2015/2016 Best in KLAS Rankings, with EHR vendor giant Epic Systems leading the pack. For the sixth straight year in a row, Epic Systems has brought home the Overall Software Suite award. The vendor also received...

Physician EHR Use Increases, Health Data Exchange Still Lags

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Office-based physician EHR use jumped from 67.5 percent in 2013 to 74.1 percent in 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. This jump could be credited to the meaningful use programs, which provide incentives for effective...

EHR Adoption to Support Healthcare Data Evolution in 2016

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In just a few years, we’ve seen many notable developments, including a steady move toward value-based care, more widespread EHR adoption and a greater provider focus on patient engagement; not to mention technology advancements —...

How Changes in Primary Care Delivery Impact EHR Selection

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The EHR selection process is about choosing the right tool for the right purpose. If EHR technology is to support care delivery, then its functionalities must be well suited to the clinical workflows of its end-users. This is hardly a reality...

Ambulatory EHR Products to Focus on User-Centered Solutions

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The ambulatory EHR market is expect to grow by 30 percent throughout the next five years, with innovative and provider-oriented systems leading the charge. According to Frost & Sullivan’s US Ambulatory Electronic Health Record Market:...

HELP Committee Drafts Bill To Drive Patient-Centered EHR Use

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New health IT and EHR legislation will largely focus on data sharing, patient access to health information, and effective patient matching, according to a summary draft of Chairman Lamar Alexander’s promised health IT legislation. The draft...

Congressional Intervention on its Way for EHR Use

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Congress plans to intervene on the future trajectory of EHR and health IT use, according to a public statement from the office of Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. On February 9,...

CHIME $1M Challenge Pushes for National Patient Identifier

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The push for a national patient identifier now includes a financial motivation in the form of a $1-million competition launched by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). On Tuesday, the organization unveiled the...

Improving Physician EHR Use Key to HL7/ONC C-CDA Challenge

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A new challenge co-sponsored by Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) looks to improve physician EHR use and avoid information overload. The C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge...

3 Best Practices For Effective EHR Replacement, Adoption

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The health IT industry is changing, and an upsurge in EHR replacement makes that change clear. From ever-changing meaningful use requirements to varying practice needs, healthcare organizations find that their original EHR acquisition may not...

How EHR Implementation Challenges Pay Off in the Long Run

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Successful EHR implementation is hard work, but the payoff is eventually worth it, according to the CEO of Avera McKennan Hosital & University Health Center. Avera McKennan was recently recognized with the HIMSS Stage 7 recognition, which...

AMA, Health2047 to Make Health IT Focused on the Physician

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The driving force behind the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) $15 million investment in the startup Health2047 is to work on health IT that is going to benefit the physician and the patient, according to James L. Madara, MD,...

Physician EHR Use Benefits Quality Performance, Productivity

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Nearly 83 percent of health IT users have seen some kind of quality performance benefit in physician EHR use, according to a recent survey from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The survey, which questioned advanced...

Mass. Initiative to Spark Health IT Business Development

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Massachusetts has officially expanded its stake in the healthcare industry after it announced a new hub for health IT in the state. According to a public announcement out of Governor Charlie Baker’s press office, Massachusetts will begin...

Why Epic Systems Made Strategic Purchase of Mayo Data Center

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Epic Systems became the EHR vendor of choice for Mayo Clinic in a decision one year ago and now news has broken that the Wisconsin-based EHR company is now the owner of the latter's 62,000-square-foot data center, according to a Milwaukee...

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