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EHR Usability Depends on Practice Culture, Provider Needs


In recent years, EHR adoption has reached near ubiquitous levels, but have received scrutiny across the healthcare industry. Several of these critiques center on EHR usability and the way in which it improves clinical workflow. What makes...

Reviewing the State of EHR Adoption Under Meaningful Use, MACRA


As the healthcare industry began to focus on value-based care models, EHR adoption flourished. Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ EHR Incentive Programs, or meaningful use, individual providers and hospitals...

Is Physician Dissatisfaction with EHR Use on the Rise?


Researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland State University have pinpointed challenges contributing to physician dissatisfaction with EHR use. A team led by the Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology's Tait Shanafelt, MD, conducted a...

Groups Wary of Plan for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Federation of American Hospitals (FHA) have issued comments critical of electronic clinical quality measures under the the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment...

Engaging Physicians to Aid Standardized Ambulatory EHR Use


Since its formation back in 1999, Banner Health has made a name for itself by increasing the clinical standardization of its EHR technology to support clinical improvements. As a result of its push toward value-based care and population,...

EHR Use Continues to Contribute to Physician Burnout


A recent survey of primary care physicians found EHR technology as the second most-commonly cited factor contributing to physician burnout. EHR use came in behind time pressures as the most frequently reported stressor. According to one...

Cerner Tops McKesson, Epic as Top EHR Vendor by Market Share


Cerner maintains a slight advantage over McKesson as a result of its acquisition of Siemens Healthcare in 2015, according to Kalorama Information. Additionally, the report indicates a shift over the past five years in terms of the focal...

Beginning an Information Governance, EHR Optimization Project


As healthcare technologies like EHRs are near ubiquitous throughout the industry, IT leaders and providers alike are charged with the task of wading through a vast sea of data. In order to make such store of data more manageable,...

State Department Considering Commercial EHR Implementation?


The United States Department of State is the latest federal agency considering a commercial EHR implementation. Earlier this month, the federal agency posted a request for information on EHR project management support services although it...

Improvements Needed for Hospital Clinical Quality Measures


A pilot for validating hospital electronic clinical quality measures has revealed the need for increased outreach, education, and guidance on the part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A summary of the pilot (per AHA...

ONC Offers Recommendations for Safe, Effective Health IT Use


The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) has ramped up its efforts to promote proper health IT implementation and use and ensure patient safety. On Monday, the federal agency announced the availability of...

Practice Fusion Settles with FTC over Consumer Deception


EHR vendor Practice Fusion has reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to charges of misleading consumers about doctor reviews that were publicly posted without properly informing them of plans...

McKesson Reportedly Open to Ending Its Role as EHR Vendor


The end may be nigh for McKesson health information technology. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal raises the possibility of a sale of the company’s health IT unit, McKesson Technology Solutions, in order to focus on its...

Cost, Hospital Efficiency Still Major Barriers to EHR Adoption


Despite potential for incentive payments, cost, as well as other challenges, remains a significant barrier to EHR adoption, finds a recent study published in JMIR Medical Informatics. In the study, lead author Clemens Scott Kruse, MBA,...

Patient Views on EHR Use Tied to Limited Health Literacy


New research highlights a potential connection between patient health literacy or language proficiency and patient attitudes of clinician EHR use. The research by Ratanawongsa et al. focused on the experience of patients with limited...

EHR Optimization to Boost Value-Based Care for Larger Practices


As the healthcare industry shifts away from fee-for-service payment structures, more healthcare organizations are relying on EHR optimization projects to help implement value-based care models. A recent Black Book survey found that...

VA EHR Optimization Efforts a Concern for Congress


The Department of Defense (DoD) isn't the only federal agency in the midst of a major EHR modernization project, with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also working to upgrade its current EHR technology known as the Veterans...

Will the DoD EHR Modernization Project Stay on Schedule?


Department of Defense Office of Inspector General earlier this week published an audit report of the EHR modernization that raises doubts about the federal agency's ability to meet the end-of-the-year goal for EHR implementation. The...

ONC Shares Updates on Health IT Certification Transparency


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is starting to make good on its promise to increase transparency  of information on certified EHR technology and health IT systems. Before the start of the...

Hospital EHR Adoption of Basic Systems Tops 83%, CEHRT 96%


Certified EHR technology is in place at most hospitals with basic EHR technology adoption also reaching an all-time high, according to new data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The...



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