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GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

February 28, 2017 - Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal agency’s own goal to promote EHR use in post-acute settings (e.g., nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals), GAO found that HHS has fallen short in...


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Survey Demonstrates Effectiveness of Secure Messaging in ED

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A recent report found despite secure messaging being cited as the second-most effective real-time communication in emergency departments (ED) behind face-to-face interactions, less than fifty percent of surveyed hospital ED staff report utilizing...

CIOs Set to Channel Future Spending Toward EHR Optimization

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The industry-wide push for EHR adoption led to hasty EHR implementations which in turn have healthcare CIOs focused on EHR optimization efforts. According to a KPMG poll of more than a hundred College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME)...

Ohio Hospital Improves Patient Outcomes Using EHR Technology

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A successful initiative at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center found quality improvement methods — including the development of EHR registries and tools — improves clinical, functional, and patient-reported outcomes for...

DirectTrust Recommendations Encourage EHR Interoperability

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DirectTrust has issued a white paper for public comment consisting of 50 recommendations for over 350 EHR vendors and health IT companies providing Direct interoperability. The recommendations focus on improving the usability of EHR and health...

Clinical Decision Support Tools Reduce Re-hospitalizations

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The benefits of clinical decision support use go beyond the initial point of care, according to new research published in PLOS One. Elliott et al. conducted a study to find if clinical support decision tools have the capabilities to reduce re-hospitalizations...

NIST Warns of Copy and Paste Threats to EHR Data Integrity

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published findings from an EHR usability study of copying and pasting clinical documentation which does not bode well for patient safety. “‘Copy and paste’ functionality...

HL7, HSPC Partner to Initiate Interoperability FHIR Projects

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Health Level Seven International (HL7) and Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) have reached an agreement to pursue the development of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, the organizations announced this...

Using EHR Research to Identify EHR Optimization Activities

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Realizing the benefits of advanced EHR use could prove to be a rockier process than many healthcare providers expected. As a result, EHR optimization should be a top prerogative for healthcare organizations and providers heading into...

Georgia Tech Furthers VA Vision for EHR Interoperability

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The Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration scored a victory for its patient-centered EHR interoperability solution, the Digital Health Platform (DHP), as part of a proof-of-concept demonstration led by the Georgia Institute...

Study Raises Doubts about Clinical Documentation Accuracy

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Researchers at the University of Michigan sought to investigate whether patient-reported eye symptoms were recorded as part of clinical documentation in EHR systems. As part of a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, Valikodath et al. compared...

AMIA Seeking EHR Data Sharing Improvements at NLM, CDC

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In separate responses to two federal requests for information, the association has called for improved EHR data access, analytics, and exchange at the federal level. In comments from the American Medical Informatics Association published yesterday,...

HIEs Fail to Meet Needs of Population Health Management

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Population health management (PHM) is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in healthcare IT according to a recent Black Book report. Despite the growing relevance of this fast-growing aspect of the healthcare industry, a majority of hospitals...

Nurse Statements in EHR Technology Improve ADR Detection

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A new algorithm improves ADR detection through incorporating nurse observations and lab research data into EHR technology. A recent study funded by the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the Ministry...

DirectTrust Increased Health Data Exchange Activities in 2016

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DirectTrust recently reported a record 146-percent increase in health data exchange transactions using the Direct health IT standard in 2016. The organization experienced record growth not only in the number of Direct message transactions and...

Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending

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A recent study of physician EHR use found that the technology could be responsible for increasing spending in a hospital setting. Since EHR technology has the potential to benefit the healthcare system overall, the healthcare industry has...

EHR Use Assists Warfarin Patients during Transitions of Care

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In a recent study, MU Health Care found that EHR use can be useful in improving anticoagulation therapy between outpatient and inpatient settings and across providers. Researchers conducted the study in response to challenges arising from transitions...

AHA: MAP Must Advocate for Streamlined CQMs, Care Improvement

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The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a subgroup under the National Quality Forum, needs to advocate for more streamlined clinical quality measures (CQMs) that improve care value for patients while alleviating burden for providers, says...

Patients Harbor Little Concern for EHR Security Events

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EHRs have become a ubiquitous fixture in doctor’s offices and hospitals nationwide, with adoption levels reaching nearly 90 percent. With that surge comes an increase in EHR security events during which patient data may be put at risk for...

ONC Announces Provider EHR Use Experience Challenge Winners

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A recent challenge for health technology organizations to create innovative tools to improve provider EHR use yielded several new applications aimed at improving accessible health data exchange. On Thursday, the Office of the National Coordinator...

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