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How Strong EHR Contracts Can Improve EHR Replacement Projects


When healthcare organizations find that their EHR systems no longer support their needs, they typically begin an EHR replacement project. According to the recently released ONC Health IT Playbook, robust contract negotiations may lead to more...

Outpatient EHR Adoption Reaches 92%, Nears Market Saturation


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...

How the EHR Selection Process Influences Specialist EHR Use


Key to a successful EHR selection process is meaningful use dialogue between providers and EHR vendors. This is especially true for specialists for whom fewer EHR products are designed and available. That is one of several takeaways from a five-year...

Federal Commission Calls for VA Commercial EHR Replacement


In a final report, the Commission on Care cited forces in play contributing to deficiencies in the Veterans Health Administration's EHR platform warranting a reconsideration of its EHR selection strategy, one including a potential commercial...

State Department Considering Commercial EHR Implementation?


The United States Department of State is the latest federal agency considering a commercial EHR implementation. Earlier this month, the federal agency posted a request for information on EHR project management support services although it remains...

AMA: EHR Interoperability Part of Today’s Digital Snake Oil


Over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the group's Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, wasted little time in criticizing the abundance of digital health tools that have failed to prove...

McKesson Reportedly Open to Ending Its Role as EHR Vendor


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...

VA EHR Optimization Efforts a Concern for Congress


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...

ONC Releases Health IT Certification Surveillance Results


Healthcare stakeholders can now view surveillance results for products in the Health IT Certification program on the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology’s (ONC) website, according to an official blog post....

Provider Consortium in OH Promotes Value-Based Care, EHR Use


Many healthcare providers are starting to transition to value-based care, but, in order to do this, providers may need to assess EHR use to ensure that it promotes the care model and satisfies new health IT use regulations. While many larger...

Legacy Data Management Strategies Key to EHR Replacement


Whether a healthcare provider is seeking next generation capabilities in a new EHR system or a hospital is forced to switch systems following a merger, most healthcare stakeholders are left with more questions than answers about what to do with...

Oregon Health System Preps for Epic EHR Implementation


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...

EHR Replacement Rush a Regret for Many Struggling Hospitals


The fury of EHR replacement over past several years proved costly to cash-strapped hospitals looking for a return on investment from new EHR technology, according to new Black Book research. The findings from a crowd survey of 1204 hospital executives...

Bill Foresees VA EHR Replacement as Interoperability Threat


New revelations that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is considering a commercial EHR technology to replace its VistA EHR are having a direct impact on the federal agency's budget for fiscal year 2017. In its report on the Military...

Value-Based Care to Require New EHR Selection Tools, Resources


The implementation of value-based care models, notably MACRA, in coming months will bring with it increased demand for certified EHR technology (CEHRT), but a lack of reliable information to compare health IT products and services could undermine...

Customer Loyalty to EHR Systems Declines to 75% in 2016


Loyalty to inpatient EHR vendors decreased from 81 percent to 75 percent in 2016, according to a recent Black Book Inpatient EHR survey. As the healthcare community seeks new innovations in EHR systems, cloud capabilities, and interoperability,...

UMass Memorial Prepares for 2017 Epic Implementation


Another Massachusetts health system is staring down a sizeable Epic implementation although its first go-live event isn't scheduled to take place until July 1, 2017. Lisa Eckelbecker of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports the cost...

Why EHR Replacement Projects Should Take a Slow Trajectory


As the healthcare industry shifts to new models of care, healthcare organizations look to enhance their EHR technology through EHR replacements and EHR optimizations. Between care coordination, patient-centered care, and the persistent push for...

Allscripts Eyes Post-Acute Care, Behavioral Health Markets


EHR vendor Allscripts and private equity firm GI Partners have reached an agreement with Netsmart Technologies to fold the health IT developer of EHR technology and practice management systems for post-acute care and behavioral health settings...

McKesson to Sell Several Ambulatory EHR Products to e-MDs


Several ambulatory EHR technologies developed by McKesson will soon become the property of fellow EHR vendor e-MDs, the latter announced midweek. The ambulatory EHR, practice management, and revenue cycle management company reached an agreement...



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