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athenahealth Makes Big Move into Rural Hospital EHR Market

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The rural hospital EHR market is set to see a shakeup after athenahealth’s announced acquisition of RazorInsights, a cloud-based EHR and financial management vendor focused on critical access hospitals (CAH) and smaller facilities in sparsely...

UDIs Sought for Meaningful Use, EHR Certification Rules

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A coalition led by the Pew Charitable Trusts is seeking to make unique device identifiers (UDIs) a mandatory component of meaningful use and EHR certification rules, according to a recent letter to the Department of Health & Human Services...

Is Patient-Generated Data the Solution to Incomplete EHRs?

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Directly incorporating patient-generated data into the physician EHR should address challenges related to review of systems (ROS) and their effect on billing, clinical workflows, and patient outcomes, according to a recent article in the Journal...

Kaiser, Mayo Clinic Make Hospital EHR Adoption Headlines

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Two the leading health systems in the country have made decisions and with them hospital EHR adoption handles — one in EHR use and another in EHR selection. The former concerns the 350 Kaiser Permanente ambulatory clinics that have received...

Group Seeks Changes to Meaningful Use EHR Certification

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A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for the decoupling of EHR certification from the EHR Incentive Programs along with several other recommendations for the certification of EHR technology...

Effect of Meaningful Use on Hospital EHR Functionality

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A study of hospital EHR use shows a pattern of EHR functionality implementation influenced by hospital type and its participation in Stage 1 Meaningful Use. “We find stronger homogeneity among small, rural, and non-teaching hospitals, which...

Wash. Health System Pilots IBM-Epic EHR Platform for DHMSM

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More than a week, representatives from IBM and Epic Systems revealed details about their joint big to receive the $11-billion Department of Defense (DoD) EHR modernization award. These included pilot tests of its unique Epic EHR within an IBM...

Debating Role of Patient Portal in Health Data Integration

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Patient portals are growing in number and popularity as healthcare organizations and providers seek to contend for consumers in a new value-based healthcare economy or meaningful use requirements centered on patient engagement and health data...

EHR Technology Patent Lawsuit Deemed Abstract, Ineligible

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MyMedicalRecords has failed in an EHR technology patent lawsuit brought against numerous competitors, according to an Electronic Frontier Foundation report. The court’s ruling applies to a consolidation of cases with MyMedicalRecords as...

Epic-IBM DoD EHR Modernization Award Bid Making Progress

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EHR testing activities and naming of advisory group comprise the Epic-IBM DoD EHR modernization bid for DHMSM award. Epic Systems and IBM continue to strengthen their pitch to land the $11-billion Department of Defense (DoD) EHR modernization...

Physician Office EHR Adoption Increases, Meaningful Use Lags

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Physician offices continue to adopt EHR technology so why is meaningful use participation being ignored by these eligible providers? Physician office EHR adoption continued its upward swing between 2013 and 2014, but less than half of physicians...

AMA Lists EHRs, Meaningful Use, ICD-10 as Top 2015 Challenges

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Meaningful use, ICD-10, and financial sustainability rank among the American Medical Association’s top challenges for physicians in 2015. The New Year’s celebrations may be dying down this week as the healthcare industry gets back to...

How Meaningful Use, EHR, ICD-10 Implementation Fared in 2014

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While this week marks the end of one and beginning of another year, those in the healthcare industry should take note of all that transpired in the previous year to avoid similar setbacks in 2015. This is especially true for matters scheduled...

Nebraska Docs Feel Pressure of Meaningful Use Requirements

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Not long after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its plans to send notices to eligible professionals to be subject to Medicare payment adjustments in 2015, stories about the challenge of meeting meaningful use requirements...

Role of Integrated EHR Technology in Solving Fragmented Care

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Authors of a recent Harvard Business Review article claim that integrated care hold the key to resolving fragmented healthcare in the United States. Pioneering healthcare organizations demonstrate that it is now possible “the integrated-care...

DoD EHR Selection, Interoperability with VA in Omnibus Bill

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Omnibus bill places requirements on the DoD and VA concerning their EHR selection, optimization, and interoperability projects. As part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill, the federal government has set goals for the Departments of Defense (DoD)...

HIMSS mHealth Study, Technology in Healthcare

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Use of mHealth within the healthcare industry on the rise. The use of mHealth within the healthcare industry is on the rise according to a study published by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The findings within...

Are Additional EHR Implementation Resources Worth the Price?

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Tell me if you have heard this story before. A mid-sized physician practice that was embarking on replacing its EHR technology tells me that the new vendor is going to provide it with the best and most experienced talent in the company to implement...

How 2014 Proved the Need for Long-Term Care EHR Technology

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This past year continued the healthcare trends of recent years with significant ongoing change in the industry, particularly in senior care and the need for long-term care EHR technology and care coordination tools. The increase in the number...

Bill Aims to Limit Oversight of Clinical Decision Support

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A draft bill called the MEDTECH Act aims to remove aspects of EHR technology from the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight. Senators Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently drafted he Medical Electronic Data Technology...

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