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3 EHR Vendors Release Million Hearts EHR Optimization Guides


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...



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