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Partners HealthCare Launches Epic EHR-Integrated PDMP Connection

March 15, 2019 - Boston-based Partners HealthCare recently became the first health system in Massachussetts to offer an EHR-integrated link to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP.) The health system fully integrated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) to offer clinicians access to complete controlled substance information at the...


International Health IT Project Will Utilize Allscripts EHR


A joint international health IT project between Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine and Alfardan Group in Qatar will enable providers and patients in the Middle East to utilize Allscripts EHR for well-informed care delivery. Northwestern...

Health Systems Expect More from Regulatory Reporting Health IT Tools


Healthcare organizations are raising their expectations for health IT vendors developing quality management solutions as federal reporting requirements continue to shift and increase in complexity. A recent KLAS report on quality...

ECRI Institute Names Provider Burnout Top Patient Safety Concern


ECRI Institute placed provider burnout near the top of its list of patient safety concerns in 2019 in a recent report. “Burnout is indiscriminate,” wrote authors in the report. “It affects physicians (including...

CIOs Prioritize Interoperability During Early-Phase EHR Adoption


Health IT interoperability and cybersecurity rank as top priorities during early-phase EHR adoption among CIOs, according to the results of a recent focus group discussion of 31 healthcare executives. LexisNexis hosted a roundtable...

Alabama Health System Begins Cerner EHR Implementation


Escambia County Healthcare Authority in Alabama is taking steps to launch a new Cerner EHR implementation across its facilities as part of an effort to streamline patient health data access and exchange across care settings. ECHA will...

Allscripts Enabling EHR-Integrated Multifactor Authentication


Allscripts will offer users EHR-integrated multifactor authentication to improve identity proofing when electronically prescribing controlled substances. The health IT company partnered with identity proofing services provider ID.me to...

Hospitals Frequently Use EHR Workarounds During Morning Rounds


A recent study looking into the benefits of EHR use on inpatient care delivery found EHR workarounds are common at hospitals during critical points of care. Assis-Hassid et al. assessed EHR use at a major teaching hospital in New England...

FDA Using De-Identified EHR Data to Improve Cancer Treatment


In an effort to use EHR data to gain insights into cancer treatment trends and health outcomes across the country, FDA has expanded its research collaboration agreement with Flatiron Health and the Information Exchange and Data...

OH Medical Center Launches EMS Health Data Exchange Pilot Program


Premier Health Atrium Medical Center is launching a new health data exchange program centered on enabling emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and first responders to enter and share patient health data through EHR technology while...

AZ Patients Gain Access to Health Records in Shutdown EHR System


A Maricopa County Superior Court judge recently approved a plan to use $92,000 in assets from two closed Arizona hospitals to pay the fee needed to reactive a shutdown EHR system and enable patients to access their health records,...

Yale Establishing Health Informatics Division to Improve EHR Use


A new health informatics division at the Yale School of Public Health (SPH) is slated to open in August to encourage students to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve EHR use, according to Yale News. Students in...

AZ Student Struggling to Access Health Records in Medhost EHR System


Physicians treating Arizona college student Cailtin Secrist are unable to perform potentially life-saving surgery due to ongoing problems gaining access to her complete health information, which is locked in a repossessed Medhost EHR...

KY Health System Launches Epic EHR Tool to Cut Patient Delays


Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky recently launched an Epic EHR tool designed to help patients through the discharge process faster and decrease length of stay. The Discharge Readiness tool allows providers to identify common,...

Nanaimo Hospital Physicians Remain Dissatisfied With Cerner EHR


Physicians at Nanaimo General Regional Hospital are still manually ordering medication through paper-based processes nearly three years after going live with a Cerner EHR implementation, according to the Time Colonist. Physician David...

Apple Health Records Now Available to CPSI EHR System Users


CPSI is the latest organization to join the Apple Health Records beta project in an effort to improve patient data access for patients at healthcare organizations using its EHR technology. By allowing users of its Evident EHR system to...

EHR Use Satisfaction Higher at EMRAM Stage 7 Health Systems


Physicians at healthcare organizations that have achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) maturity model report higher levels of EHR use satisfaction, according to a recent KLAS report. In...

Boosting Quality Outcomes with EHRs, Health IT Remains Top Priority


Improving quality outcomes using EHR systems and other health IT is a top priority among healthcare executives, according to the 2019 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey. In addition to boosting quality outcomes, achieving high levels...

EHR Association Voices Support for HHS Clinician Burnout Strategy


In a recent letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the EHR Association (EHRA) commended the majority of recommendations proposed in the federal agency’s draft strategy designed to reduce clinician burnout related to EHR use. “As...



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