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Improvements Needed for Hospital Clinical Quality Measures

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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 News Now)...

ONC Offers Recommendations for Safe, Effective Health IT Use

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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 two...

Practice Fusion Settles with FTC over Consumer Deception

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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 for disclosing...

McKesson Reportedly Open to Ending Its Role as EHR Vendor

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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 business...

Cost, Hospital Efficiency Still Major Barriers to EHR Adoption

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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, MSIT,...

Patient Views on EHR Use Tied to Limited Health Literacy

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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 health literacy...

EHR Optimization to Boost Value-Based Care for Larger Practices

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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 healthcare...

VA EHR Optimization Efforts a Concern for Congress

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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 Health...

Will the DoD EHR Modernization Project Stay on Schedule?

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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 purpose...

ONC Shares Updates on Health IT Certification Transparency

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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 second day...

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

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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 latest...

How Does a National Patient Identifier Help Cybersecurity?

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The latest call for a national patient identifier has come from an unlikely place — a hearing on healthcare cybersecurity convened by the House Subcommittee on Health. In written testimony for the hearing, “Examining Cybersecurity...

Incorporating Record Locator Services into Clinician EHR Use

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SSM Health in St. Louis recently made news in being the first organization to implement the Surescripts National Record Locator Service into its Epic EHR system. But hospital leadership is more concerned with the significance associated with...

Clinical Decision Support Decreases Sepsis Mortality in AL

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A pair of clinical informaticist consultants found clinical decision support (CDS) systems to have a positive impact on identifying instances of sepsis and reducing sepsis mortality at an Alabama hospital. According to the research published...

Recent Ransomware Attacks Show Need for EHR Downtime Plans

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Ransomware attack led heart hospital in Kansas to pay hackers although no instances of EHR downtime are reported, according to Wichita's KWCH. The Kansas Heart Hospital experienced lost access to files last Wednesday evening at 9PM local...

Concerns, Questions Surround Erlanger Epic EHR Selection

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Documents ascertained under the Tennessee Open Records Act and shared with EHRIntelligence.com raise doubts about the recent EHR selection process at Erlanger Health System, a public health system in the state. On May 28, 2015, the health system's...

Partners Epic Implementation Causing Headaches for Some

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The $1.2-billion Epic implementation at Partners HealthCare remains on schedule, but some of the early adopters of the health system's new EHR technology are reporting frustrations in learning and adapting to the new platform, according to...

How EHR Cloud-based Solutions Support Provider Independence

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A prevailing opinion in healthcare holds that myriad and increasing regulatory mandates make the task of operating an independent physician practice overly fraught with challenges and  likely not worth the risk. Jeremy Luckett, MD, of Vineyard...

$1.9M AHRQ Grant to Develop Clinical Decision Support Network

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded Research Triangle Institute with a $1.9 million grant to develop a clinical decision support learning network that helps patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) become more accessible...

Factors Contributing to Hospital EHR Implementation Success

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More than two years ago, Beebe Healthcare in southern Delaware made an important decision about their health IT infrastructure in deciding on EHR replacement technology to demonstrate meaningful use in the near term and prepare for a transformation...

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