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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...

How Physician EHR Use Can Lead Patients to New Therapies

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Every year, thousands of patients are newly diagnosed with chronic conditions and hundreds of new therapies enter the market. Yet connecting eligible patients to treatment plans with the potential to drive better outcomes is often fraught with...

MD Anderson Epic Implementation Led to Financial Decreases

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Clinical productivity at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center took a sizeable hit to its adjusted income in the buildup to an Epic implementation completed in March 2016. Documents from a recent meeting of the UT System Board of Regents...

Managing EHR Optimization in Absence of Physician Champions

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For nearly two decades, EHR implementation efforts at healthcare organizations big and small have included the “physician champion.” This is the bold and trusted ambassador who has embraced modern technology and who will lead the...

NY Gov. Awards $6M for Upgrades to Health IT, EHR Systems

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Some healthcare providers in New York are about to receive a financial boost to upgrade its health IT infrastructure, including updating EHR systems. According to an official announcement on his website, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo...

Joint Commission Program Targets Clinical Quality Measures

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Thirteen-member advisory panel will help The Joint Commission improve support for hospitals on clinical quality measures. The Joint Commission has appointed a baker's dozen of healthcare professionals to provide support  to hospitals...

Oregon Health System Preps for Epic EHR Implementation

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St. Charles Health System in Oregon only recently decided in favor of an EHR replacement that will its Paragon EHR from McKesson make way for an Epic EHR implementation, but the health system is already looking to add 100 new Epic analyst positions...

AHA, AMIA Critique ONC Health IT Certification Program

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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

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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

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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...

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