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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...

UK Hospitals See EHR Implementation, Data Transfer Issues

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An EHR implementation has introduced hospitals in the United Kingdom to a considerable number of complications, according to a Hull Daily Mail article. After the East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust installed its new Lorenzo electronic personal...

Benefits of Patient-Generated Health Data to EHR Use

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Between completing EHR information and empowering the patient as a part of the care team, patient-generated health data has the potential to be an integral part of enhancing the overall care for an individual. The healthcare industry is making...

CMS Requests Comments on EHR, Health IT Certification Rule

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As one of their final acts of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a request for information regarding the certification of EHRs and health IT used...

The Biggest Cerner Corp EHR, Health IT Stories of 2015

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As far as EHR vendors go, Cerner Corporation has proven itself a force to be reckoned with. Over the course of 2015, Cerner has shown itself as the major competitor for other top-tier vendors such as Epic Systems, Allscripts, and athenahealth,...

EHR Adoption, EHR Use More Effective in Team-Based Settings

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As EHR adoption becomes more ubiquitous throughout the healthcare industry, one study shows that the cohesiveness of a care team using these technologies can affect patient outcomes. In a retrospective study, Kaiser Permanente Northern California...

Epic Systems, Epic EHR Technology Dominate 2015 Headlines

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Known as the EHR vendor giant, Epic Systems has had quite a year in the news. And when large healthcare organizations -- health systems and hospitals -- are knee deep in EHR selection decisions, Epic’s name is generally on the shortlist....

Success of a Step-By-Step EHR Adoption Approach at HealthNet

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HealthNet, an Indianapolis-based health system, has seen enormous success with its EHR use in the five years that have passed since implementation. Since its EHR implementation, the healthcare organization has managed to successfully transition...

Best Practices for Approaching EHR Optimization Projects

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EHR optimization projects are set to be an industry focus in light of the increased adoption of health IT. This focus is perhaps a natural transition, as providers are realizing that just because a healthcare organization adopts an EHR does not...

Epic EHR Implementation Costs Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Executives at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital remain confident that the near-term financial losses stemming in part from an Epic EHR implementation are only temporary, according to a report in Boston Globe Media's national publication...

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