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Evidence Supports Continuity of Care Quality Measures in QPP

November 13, 2018 - Adding quality measures related to continuity of care to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may help lower healthcare costs and reduce hospitalizations, according to a new Annals of Family Medicine study.   Andrew Bazemore, MD, and his team set out to measure how continuity of care affects healthcare spending and patient health outcomes. The team used Medicare claims data for...


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Simplifying Clinical Documentation to Cut Administrative Burden

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Hawaii Pacific Health is working to prevent physician burnout and reduce administrative burden on providers by cutting out the aspects of clinical documentation and EHR use that clinicians find least useful. In a recent New England...

Collaborating With EHR Vendors for Continuous EHR Optimization

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Healthcare organizations looking to dramatically improve their clinical and administrative processes through health IT use can choose one of two options: EHR optimization or EHR replacement. Some healthcare organizations opt to invest in...

EHR Usability Challenges Threaten Patient Safety in Pediatric Care

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Problems with EHR usability can pose a threat to patient safety in pediatric care, particularly during medication prescribing. This finding comes in a new Health Affairs study by a team of researchers from MedStar Health. Raj Ratwani et...

New FDA App Streamlines EHR Patient Data Collection for Researchers

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FDA recently launched a new app designed to allow researchers to easily collect real-world evidence in the form of EHR patient data, claims and billing information, and patient-generated health data through patients’ mobile...

Epic EHR Ranked Highest for Provider Satisfaction Worldwide

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Epic EHR is currently dominating the worldwide EHR market in overall user experience, with nearly 90 percent of all surveyed international users reporting high rates of provider satisfaction. This finding comes in the new Global EMR...

Cancer Screening Test Vendor to Launch Epic EHR Implementation

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Cancer screening test vendor Exact Sciences will launch an Epic EHR implementation to become Epic’s first diagnostic specialty customer, according to Wisconsin State Journal. “Epic will become a core component of our IT...

EHR Medication Lists Lack Accuracy, May Threaten Patient Safety

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EHR medication lists are often inaccurate and incomplete, opening the door for adverse drug reactions, un-informed clinical decision-making, and poor medication monitoring, according to a new JAMA study. Researchers from Vanderbilt...

Pediatric EHR Vendor Initiative to Support Independent Practices

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A pediatric EHR vendor recently launched a new initiative intended to financially assist independent pediatric practices that care for a high-volume of patients in underserved communities. The Physician’s Computer Company (PCC)...

How IT Support Streamlines EHR Optimization, Boosts EHR Usability

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Most healthcare organizations can expect some slowdowns in clinical efficiency as providers and administrators acclimate to the changes that accompany new EHR system implementations or EHR optimization efforts. While these upgrades help...

Epic App Orchard Lowers Participation Fee for Health IT Developers

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Participating in Epic App Orchard will now be more affordable for health IT developers, according to Epic App Orchard Director Brett Gann. Epic launched its marketplace for third-party apps in 2017. The app store allows vendors and health...

EHR Tools May Help to Increase Behavioral Health Screening Rates

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EHR tools designed to address behavioral health needs may help to boost behavioral health screening rates in community health centers, according to new research from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). Jetelina...

eClinicalWorks Launches New EHR-Integrated Opioid Risk Tool

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eClinicalWorks recently launched a new EHR-integrated Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) designed to assess a patient’s risk for opioid misuse and enable providers to address potential cases of substance use disorder in accordance with treatment...

HIMSS, AMIA Suggest Improvements to ONC EHR Reporting Program

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HIMSS and AMIA recently listed ways ONC can ensure the EHR Reporting Program supports interoperability improvements, health IT safety, patient health data access, and compliance with CMS value-based payment and quality improvement...

Using EHR Voice Recognition to Improve Clinical Documentation, Usability

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EHR tools with voice recognition capabilities can help to reduce data entry duties for healthcare providers and free up time for face-to-face interaction with patients. Hospitals and health systems are increasingly integrating voice...

VT Health Information Exchange Working to Reduce Duplicate EHRs

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After more than a year of financial and administrative problems, healthcare leaders running Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) have begun work to reduce duplicate patient EHRs within the HIE and optimize efficiency. Vermont...

Most Providers Look to EHR Vendors to Address Opioid Management

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The vast majority of healthcare organizations expect their EHR vendors to assist in addressing the opioid crisis, according to a new KLAS report. KLAS interviewed 117 clinical and managerial executives from healthcare organizations of...

Two Non-Profit Health Systems Launching EHR Implementations

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Tennessee-based Maury Regional Health and Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) in California are each launching new EHR implementations this fall. NVIH went live with eClinicalWorks cloud-based EHR system across clinics throughout...

PDMP Use More Burden, Less Blessing Without EHR Integration

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Under pressure to stall the rising death toll associated with the opioid epidemic, CMS and state regulators have pushed the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to ensure healthcare providers understand a...

Surescripts Sees 40% Increase in Health Data Exchange Users

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The user base of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange service has grown by more than 40 percent since 2017, representing a surge in the number of healthcare providers engaging in health data exchange over the past year. This increase...

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