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Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending

January 18, 2017 - 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 steadily sought technological advancement and optimization over the past several years. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical...


EHR Use Assists Warfarin Patients during Transitions of Care


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


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


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


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...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Integrated Primary Care


As integrated primary care and behavioral healthcare services come to the forefront, healthcare organization leaders must establish strong EHR use to enable better care coordination between the two specialties, finds a study published in the...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017


Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

Med School Training Key to Boosting EHR Data, Health IT Use


As the healthcare industry continues to rely on strong EHR data and health IT use, it will be important that today’s medical students are prepared to work with this kind of technology. However, according to a group of researchers from Duke...

Safety Huddles Prove Useful to Ensuring EHR Patient Safety


The authors of a recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found regular 15-minute meetings by administrative, clinical, and IT staff can enable hospitals to identify and address EHR-related patient safety concerns....

EHR Data Helpful in Identifying Positive Drug Combinations


EHR data, alongside other sources of clinical information, can be effective in determining different drug interactions that can help improve lifespan in breast cancer patients, according to a recent study from Stanford Medicine. The study, published...

How Healthcare Providers Can Improve EHR Patient Safety


EHR vendor eClinicalWorks has issued a periodic statement on improving patient safety, reminding end users to always update their EHR software and to ensure accuracy of treatment orders. According to the vendor, patient safety risks are inherent...

OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016


Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which encompasses...

MA Digital Health Council to Spark State Health IT Growth


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the state’s Digital Health Council during its first meeting last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. An offshot of the state’s...

$1.2M Sutter Health Grant Uses EHR Data for Precision Medicine


Sutter Health network has received a $1.2 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop an app that will use both patient-reported and EHR data for multiple sclerosis patients, according to a press release....

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse


EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

Health IT Use, Data Exchange Top 2017 Challenges for HHS


Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will face...

Complex Clinical Decision Support May Improve Cancer Care


Clinical decision support (CDS) systems may be able to enhance treatment for patients with multiple, complex symptoms, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers sought to introduce a complex CDS...

Can Natural Language Processing Boost Clinical Documentation?


Numerous reports pointed to EHR use as a contributor to increased physician workloads, specifically citing the time demands of clinical documentation processes. According to a recent study, dictation and natural language processing (NLP) may...

WEDI Clarifies Clinical Documentation in 2017 ICD-10 Guidance


The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released an issue brief on clinical documentation and the 2017 ICD-10 Official Guidelines. The 2017 guidelines include a specific provision about clinical documentation. In guideline 19,...

E-Prescribing, EHR Use May Decrease Medication Non-Adherence


E-prescribing and physician EHR use may be the key to reducing medication non-adherence, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The study, led by researcher Adewole S. Adamson, MD, investigated the frequency of medication non-adherence...



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