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ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

May 23, 2017 - 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 reality hospitals across the country now face as the healthcare industry becomes a target for cyberattacks. In the early hours of Sunday, April 9, ECMC...


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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...

Epic EHR Data Helps Scientists Detect Heart Failure Earlier

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Joint research between IBM Research and Sutter Health led to the development of methods for predicting heart failure using clues imbedded in patient records in Epic EHR technology. Researchers observed the performance of machine learning models...

Epic Implementation in Boston to Blame for Frustrated Docs?

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In an op-ed to Boston’s WBUR, three doctors — two of whom are currently or once-affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital — voiced concern about the effects of EHR adoption on doctor-patient relationships. The two cardiologists...

New Jersey Healthcare Providers Suffer EHR Security Breaches

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The Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause in New Jersey recently suffered a data breach threatening the security of patient EHRs. While EHRs have made patient information more accessible than ever, the rapid digitization of the...

Vanderbilt Study Shows EHR Use Improves Preventive Medicine

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy successfully used EHR data to create one of the first comprehensive catalogs of diseases to help identify patients at risk for...

AAFP Group Outlines Ten-Year Plan for Health IT Improvements

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A group of technology and health IT stakeholders convened by American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published a plan to foster a healthcare system fulfilling the Triple Aim of better health, quality, and value through improved...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Open for Public Comment

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition recently requested public comment on its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing clinical decision support (CDS) systems. The CDS Coalition — including software developers, hospitals,...

Ambulatory EHR Market to Become $5.2B Industry by 2021

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New market research projects the ambulatory EHR market to reach $5.2 billion by 2012, a 5.8-percent growth rate. The report details the major sources of growth in the market as well as limitations most likely to keep the industry from further...

Surescripts Brings Medication History Data to LTPAC Providers

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Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history...

Why Are So Few Healthcare Providers Using EHR Data Analytics?

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Despite the healthcare industry becoming more data-driven by the day, new research shows many healthcare providers are ignoring opportunities to gain actionable insights by using EHR data analytics tools. A recent MGMA STAT report finds only...

Healthcare Organizations Still Lack National Patient Identifier

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For years, organizations including HIMSS and CHIME have vocalized the need for a national patient identifier. As health IT and health data exchange continue to evolve, the need for a consistent, accurate way to identify patient health records...

VA Pours Resources into EHR, Health IT Modernization Efforts

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working diligently to modernize its health IT infrastructure as it prepares to select a new electronic health record system to replace its existing patient management tools.   Though VistA, VA’s...

Epic Systems Patient Portal Offers Mayo’s Educational Resources

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Users of the Epic Systems MyChart patient portal will now have access to patient-facing educational resources developed by the Mayo Clinic. The partnership offers patients more than 18,000 pages of content on more than 4,000 c health topics....

ONC Seeks Improved Interoperability Standards Measurement

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ONC recognizes the need to push nationwide interoperability further to the forefront of health IT infrastructure. The federal agency recently published a Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework to assess the healthcare industry’s...

7 Trends EHR Vendors Must Address to Survive in 2018

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A new market report addresses areas where EHR vendors will need to improve their systems in order to stay competitive through 2018. According to Kalorama Information, the $28­-billion EHR market dominated by a score large vendors and hundreds...

VA Transfers Paper Records to EHRs in Modernization Effort

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began the process of digitizing health data from older inactive paper health records to streamline claims processes and reduce the amount of office space used to store physical patient health information....

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