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11 Ways Medical Practices Can Get More Out of Their EHR Systems

September 21, 2018 - A new Stanford University School of Medicine white paper informed by feedback from healthcare industry experts offers medical practices 11 recommendations for improving the effectiveness of their EHR systems. Stanford curated the recommendations during a healthcare industry symposium held June 4, 2018. By implementing these suggestions, industry experts anticipate EHR systems will...


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HealthlinkNY Opposes Planned Expansion of Hixny HIE Services

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HealthlinkNY has stated its disapproval for Hixny’s plans to expand its health information exchange (HIE) services into regions including the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and the Southern Tier of New York State. These areas are already...

MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

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MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to...

How Providers Use Clinical Documentation Improvement Tools

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools can help healthcare organizations accurately represent information about patient health events, clinical status, and office visits in EHRs as coded data. This coded data is used for quality...

EHR Design, Interoperability Top List of Physician Pain Points

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Problems with EHR design and interoperability are primary causes of physician dissatisfaction, according to a September 2018 survey of America’s Physicians by the Physician’s Foundation. The Physician’s Foundation and...

Hixny Extends Health Data Exchange Services to 9 New NY Counties

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New York-based Hixny will now provide health data exchange services to nine additional counties as it expands its territory over an 18-month period. The health information exchange (HIE) is one of New York’s eight qualified entities...

Lack of EHR Interoperability, API Use Hinder Value-Based Care

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Almost a decade after healthcare organizations across the country began investing in EHR technology, problems with EHR interoperability still obstruct care coordination, health data exchange, and clinical efficiency. Consistent,...

7 Medical Societies Use Health Data Exchange to Boost Health Equity

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Medical societies in seven states recently teamed up with KAMMCO Health Solutions to launch a new initiative leveraging health data exchange capabilities and data analytics to reduce health disparities across patient populations. The...

Two-Thirds of Physicians Left Out of EHR Optimization Efforts

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Many healthcare organizations are missing a valuable opportunity to boost EHR usability, physician satisfaction, and clinician engagement by leaving physicians out of the EHR optimization process. This finding comes from a recent 2018...

HIMSS Supports Promoting Interoperability, 2015 Edition CEHRT Use

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HIMSS recently stated its support for CMS efforts to require adoption of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) by 2019, as well as the federal agency’s proposed policies surrounding the implementation of a Promoting...

Nevada HIE Wins $1.2M to Expand Health Data Exchange Capabilities

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The Nevada Board of Examiners recently approved $1.2 million in funding to support the state’s health information exchange (HIE) — HealtHIE Nevada — in its efforts to improve health data exchange for area...

Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

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MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

How Improved Pediatric EHR Certification Boosts Patient Safety

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A team of researchers from Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar recommended ONC develop more rigorous, specialized EHR usability and safety testing for pediatric EHR certification in a recent JAMA article. EHR vendors and healthcare...

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

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Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs...

EHR Data, Machine Learning Predict Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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A team of researchers from Stanford University created a personal health management tool that combines EHR data with machine learning to accurately diagnose patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA. A new report recently...

CT Secures $12.2M in Funding to Launch Health Information Exchange

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Connecticut is a step closer to successfully launching its first statewide health information exchange (HIE) after securing $12.2 million in funding through a grant awarded by CMS, according to a recent announcement from Connecticut...

Kansas Community Hospital Launches athenahealth EHR Replacement

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Hiawatha Community Hospital will go live with a cloud-based athenahealth EHR replacement on September 11 after about a year of preparation. The athenahealth EHR will take the place of the hospital’s former Paragon EHR system,...

Epic EHR Now Includes Nuance Voice-Enabled Clinical Workflows

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Providers using Epic EHR will now have access to voice-enabled clinical workflows powered by Nuance virtual assistant technology for faster, more efficient data access. The voice-enabled clinical workflows are now commercially available...

Open Source EHR Alliance to Launch International VistA System

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The Open Source EHR Alliance (OSEHRA) is creating a new version of its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) EHR system designed for international implementation. VA established OSEHRA in 2010. VistA...

5 EHR Optimization Activities for Improving Clinical Efficiency

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Clinical efficiency and provider satisfaction often suffer after hospitals and health systems go live with new EHR implementations. Disruptions to clinicians’ daily routines can sour providers and administrators against EHR...

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