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Shulkin Details Planned 2018 VA EHR Modernization Activities

June 26, 2017 - VA Secretary David Shulkin recently released a statement delving into the specifics of a VA budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and the department’s EHR modernization plans and other health IT investments. The FY 2018 budget submission includes legislative requests proposed to increase financial flexibility at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). A recently issued appropriations...


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Epic Clinical Documentation Module Utilizes AI Solution

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Epic’s clinical documentation improvement (CDI) module NoteReader will now utilize artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for automated physician feedback. M*Model and its embedded M*Modal Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD)...

How Surescripts Approaches Patient Safety Improvements

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Accurate patient identification and data retrieval is crucial to ensuring patient safety in care delivery. The potential repercussions of misidentification range from adverse drug reactions to inadvertent patient harm resulting from unknown allergies...

Two New Healthix HIE Connections Improve Patient EHR Exchange

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The health information exchange (HIE) Healthix in New York recently connected to Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Health System using InterSystems Healthshare information exchange platform to enable improved patient data exchange. The integration...

ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

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A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes...

NC Health System Adds Epic Patient Monitoring Technology

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Novant Health is the latest to join a handful of other healthcare organizations as users of Epic’s newest patient monitoring technology. The North Carolina provider will use Epic’s Healthy Planet link to share dashboard information...

Halamka: EHR 2.0 Will Improve Usability, Patient Satisfaction

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A recent blog post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, predicted EHRs are headed in a more patient-centric direction with a focus on improved usability. In part, Halamka attributed the upcoming shift in EHR design...

Could Automation Solve the Healthcare Industry’s EHR Problem?

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As healthcare professionals attempt to navigate an increasingly data-driven, high-tech industry, some providers and patients remain skeptical that increased reliance on EHR systems is the right move. EHRs have their advantages: several studies...

How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

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The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Copy-Paste in EHR Clinical Data

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Providers may be heightening the risk of patient harm by entering repetitive and inaccurate EHR clinical data into physician notes. A recent study by Wang et al. used a new Epic EHR update allowing users to identify the provenance of data in...

Realizing the Benefits of Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Physician practices and healthcare organizations have been batting around the idea of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for over ten years. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has taken a particular interest...

HIE Use Reduces Repetitive Therapeutic Medical Procedures

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A recent study by Eftekhari et al. found connecting to a health information exchange (HIE) can help physician practices lower the amount of repeated therapeutic medical procedures administered to patients. “Repetition of medical services...

DE Health Information Exchange Improves EHR Patient Access

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The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) recently began offering patients a tool allowing for easier access to patient health data shared between providers.  “When you provide transparency, you reduce the stress people feel when...

MEDITECH Web EHR Gains 5 New Health Organizations

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MEDITECH today announced its contemporary and clinically-integrated web EHR is experiencing continued growth with five new healthcare organizations signed on to utilize the technology. The vendor’s integrated Ambulatory solution designed...

Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems

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The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) yesterday released a report exploring the relationship between patient safety and health IT and ways providers, policymakers and health IT developers can improve it. The organization outlined the progress made...

ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

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A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American...

Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

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Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments. The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services...

VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage...

Cerner HIT Supporting Population Health Management at TMC

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Cerner has joined forces with Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City to launch comprehensive disease management programs using remote patient monitoring technology.  The initiative will utilize algorithms configured in the Cerner population...

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