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EHR Use Fuels Research, Interventions to Close Gaps in Care

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EHR use is helping to drive research aimed at improving racial, socioeconomic, and geographic gaps in care. In a paper recently published in Health Affairs, researchers detail inequities in quality healthcare and discuss the methods by which...

Increasing Health IT, EHR Investment Runs Up Practice Costs

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Health IT and EHR investments are costing physician-owned multispecialty practices thousands of dollars per physician, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue Report shows...

Do Gaps in Health IT Security Laws Stunt Technology Innovation?

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Gaps in privacy and security law may be hindering the development and expansion of health IT and EHR use across the industry, a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology suggests. The report details...

Physician Feedback Key to EHR Usability Improvements

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In order to improve physician EHR use, health IT developers need to take into consideration the needs of end users and practice managers. New research shows that developers can improve EHR usability when they collect user feedback periodically....

Outpatient EHR Adoption Reaches 92%, Nears Market Saturation

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Outpatient EHR adoption has increased steadily over the past eight years, reaching near universal adoption, shows a new essentials brief from HIMSS Analytics. The brief includes results from a nationwide survey detailing PM and EHR adoption trends...

Understanding How EHR Use, Adoption Impacts Physicians

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Since the 2009 passage of the HITECH Act and the start of meaningful use, EHR adoption has become widespread throughout the healthcare industry. Despite the near ubiquity of EHR use, provider opinion is split: some think EHRs are critical to...

EHR Adoption Positively Impacts Nurses, Clinical Workflows

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EHR adoption is linked to improved clinical workflows for nursing staffs, helping them to improve the quality of care they provide, new research shows. In a study, led by AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, EdD, RN, a research team measured care quality and...

Do EHR Implementations Have Negative Short-Term Effects?

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A new EHR implementation has little to no short-term effect on patient safety and care outcomes, showing that the anticipated disruptions EHR implementation may not be something for providers to worry about, new research shows. In a study published...

Epic Systems, Cerner Top EHR Vendors for Meaningful Users

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Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation continue to be the top dogs when it comes to the EHR Incentive Programs. According to new data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the two EHR vendors are the...

Nearly All Hospitals Have Contingency Plans for EHR Downtime

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With 59 percent of hospitals experiencing EHR downtime in the past year, the importance of EHR contingency plans comes to the forefront. In a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General, experts explain the need for EHR contingency...

2017 Federal Health IT Spend Targeted for EHR Modernization

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Federal health IT spending is on the rise, particularly in the realm of EHR modernization, says a recent report from Govini. A new Govini report details the health IT spending trends in the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department...

Advanced EHR Use Shows Potential to Lower Patient Costs

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Advanced EHR use may lead to significant per patient savings, showing promise for an eventual return on investment, shows a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study included a retrospective analysis of the National Inpatient...

EHR Adoption, Use Remain a Source of Frustration for Docs

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EHR adoption is still seen as a win-some, lose-some situation, with users reporting many positives and negatives about the technology, shows a recent survey conducted by Physicians Practice. The survey, which included responses from 1,568 healthcare...

AMIA Challenges FDA over EHR Data Quality Claims

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is raising concerns over EHR data quality in current systems in comments on draft guidance issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of EHR data for clinical investigations....

Fraudulent EHR Use Leads to Multi-Million Dollar Settlement

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Fraudulent EHR use was one of several alleged illegal business practices leading a Kentucky home health provider to pay millions in reparations to the federal government. Last week, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with Louisville-based...

Does MACRA Implementation Require New EHR Safe Harbors?

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) is advocating for changes to fraud and abuse laws to support MACRA implementation, including EHR safe harbors for using shared EHR infrastructure to meet the law's goals for care coordination. According...

EHR Usability Depends on Practice Culture, Provider Needs

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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 ensuring...

Reviewing the State of EHR Adoption Under Meaningful Use, MACRA

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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 across...

Is Physician Dissatisfaction with EHR Use on the Rise?

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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 national...

Groups Wary of Plan for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

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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 Systems...

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