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AHA, AMIA Critique ONC Health IT Certification Program


More healthcare industry groups have penned letters to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recommending revisions to the notice of proposed rulemaking on its health IT certification program. The American...

How EHR Optimization Can Help Reduce Physician Burnout


The causes of physician burnout are legion — technology, regulation, reimbursement — but the solution may be as simple as completing certain EHR optimization activities. Mississippi's Memorial Hospital of Gulfport is tackling...

HIMSS Seeks Changes to ONC Health IT Certification Program


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) should encourage health IT developers to continuously improve products rather than employ punitive approaches to health IT certification, according to the Health Information...

Moving from EHR Fragmentation to EHR Optimization in Miss.


Memorial Hospital of Gulfport currently finds itself in the position of improving inefficiencies in its EHR use following years of health IT maturation at the Mississippi health facility. The EHR optimization process represents a marked departure...

7 Time-Saving EHR Use Tips to Boost Physician Productivity


There’s an assumption in healthcare that EHRs are too time-consuming. With physicians often stating that the more time they spend using an EHR, the less time they spend with patients. As with many assumptions, the more often something is...

Healthcare Execs Will Invest More in EHR Systems, Health IT


As a majority of healthcare executives reported that they expect their organization’s revenue and patient volume to grow, so will their investments in EHR systems and other healthcare technologies, reported CIT in its Healthcare Industry...

Using Epic EHR to Survive a Perfect Storm of Regulation


Much of the attention focusing on the Epic implementation going on at Partners HealthCare focuses on EHR adoption in acute-care settings, but its impact will be especially valuable for its non-acute or post-acute care partners throughout Massachusetts....

Majority of Physicians Seeking Prior Authorization in EHRs


As the healthcare industry continues to move away from paper-based processing and into the digital era, more healthcare provider are seeking electronic prior authorization methods that integrate with their current EHR systems. According to a...

From EHR Use to Information Exchange for Community Health


Community health centers rely on EHR use for providing care to high-risk patient populations and reporting required quality metrics for the purposes of certification or grant funding. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is looking...

Does Speech Recognition Aid Clinical Documentation Improvement?


Despite the availability of speech recognition software and natural language processing over the past two decades, research shows limited evidence proving these technologies to have a clearly positive impact on clinical documentation improvement....

Leveraging Health IT for Clinical Documentation Improvement


Well before the implementation deadline for ICD-10 last October, clinical documentation improvement was a well-established aim of healthcare organizations and providers seeking gains in both clinical efficiency and data integrity. Now with the...

Office-Based Physician EHR Use Dips Below 60 Percent


Office-based physician EHR use drops by close to four percent between 2015 and 2016, according to SK&A Market Insights Report on physician office EHR use. A previous report put the percentage of office-based physician EHR use at 62.8 percent...

Certified EHR Use Central to New Advanced Primary Care Model


The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a new advanced primary care model which has certified EHR use listed as a core element of its two tracks. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model is slated for implementation in...

EHR Vendor athenahealth Expands Scope of Healthcare Services


EHR vendor athenahealth has expanded its services to provide for a wider array of healthcare practice needs. According to a recent press release, athenahealth has acquired Arsenal Health as a schedule optimization tool for providers. Arsenal...

Epic Systems Wins $940M in TCS Dispute over Trade Secrets


A Wisconsin jury found Tata Consultancies Services liable for gaining unauthorized access to Epic Systems trade secrets for the purposes of improving its own competitive EHR technology, according to Reuters. The jury's decision resulted in...

CMS, ONC Fall Short of Addressing Fraudulent EHR Use


Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have fallen shorting in implementing safeguards for preventing fraud related to EHR use. In its annual...

CMS Seeks Comments on Reporting Clinical Quality Measures


CMS is calling for public comment on its draft 2017 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR), according to a recent statement. The draft 2017 implementation guide is designed to...

Epic Systems Taking TCS to Court over Theft of Trade Secrets


A complaint filed in Wisconsin district court pits EHR vendor Epic Systems against IT consultancy Tata Consultancy Services for the alleged theft of proprietary information used to advance a competing health IT product. The plaintiff Epic alleges...

UMass Memorial Prepares for 2017 Epic Implementation


Another Massachusetts health system is staring down a sizeable Epic implementation although its first go-live event isn't scheduled to take place until July 1, 2017. Lisa Eckelbecker of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports the cost...

Hospitals Lag in CPOE Implementation, Errors Persist


Despite the reported benefits of computerized physician order entry in reducing adverse drug events, many hospitals have yet to move forward with CPOE implementation, according to a new report published by The Leapfrog Group. CPOE use, however,...



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