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Latest Health IT Certification Criteria Extends Beyond MU

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Around the same time as the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the 2015 Edition for Health IT Certification...

Are Lab Test Displays Subpar Among EHR Technology?

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EHR technology is a vital part of physician care, starting with the examination and leading toward diagnosis and treatment. An essential part of developing EHRs is ensuring that the information presented in the systems’ screens, such as laboratory...

Epic Trails in Black Book Ranking of Inpatient EHR Vendors

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Between system replacements, EHR interoperability issues, and ICD-10 implementation delays, the health IT landscape has been as complex as ever over the last year. In an effort to get the industry ready for coming challenges, Black Book Market...

How to Improve Patient Engagement in the Provider Community

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Patient engagement strategies have been heavily discussed in the media and among the vendor community, but digital participation on both the provider and patient side has been meek at best. The latest report from Chilmark Research on the patient...

ICD-10 Compliance, Stage 2 MU Prompt More IT Adoption

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The healthcare industry is on track for spending billions of dollars on health IT products throughout 2015. With the ICD-10 compliance deadline looming in October, most providers are looking to adopt advanced IT systems that incorporate the new...

New York Approaches Key Deadline for Electronic Prescribing

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UPDATE: On March 13, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that delays the e-prescribing of controlled substances by a full year. New York healthcare providers and pharmacies are approaching an important deadline for electronic...

Rural Physician Practice EHR Adoption Surpasses Urban Areas

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The tables have turned for physician practice EHR adoption rates in urban and rural settings according on an analysis of 2012 data published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). “The overall finding that...

athenahealth Reaches Health IT Partnership Deal with BIDMC

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Cloud-based health IT developer athenahealth has given itself another foothold in the hospital market by by reaching a health IT partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. On Tuesday, the Watertown-based company announced that it...

Epic Systems Wins Big in “Best of KLAS” EHR Rankings

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A number of Epic Systems products have achieved top marks in the annual Best of KLAS health IT and EHR rankings, including best overall physician practice vendor and best overall software suite in addition to other awards for acute care, ambulatory...

EHR Vendor Cerner Seals Siemens Acquisition Deal

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The EHR vendor community just got a little more consolidated with the announcement that Cerner Corporation has officially completed the Siemens Health Services acquisition process.  The $1.3 billion deal, made public in August of 2014, is...

Can True EHR Customization Help Physician Practices Survive?

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In the rapidly-evolving EHR market, one size definitely does not fit all and true EHR customization can make all the difference. It is a commonly-held belief that the healthcare system in the United States is in need of more than a fairly steep...

Early Look at the ONC Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap

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Within a week of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) setting goals for shifting from volume-to value-based care and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealing its plans to reduce 2015 meaningful use requirements,...

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...