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CTHealthLink, DSS Partner to Improve Health Data Exchange

March 16, 2018 - CTHealthLink recently teamed up with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to improve health data exchange between the state’s Medicaid patients and Connecticut healthcare providers. The year-old state health information exchange (HIE) will assist healthcare providers in developing single, longitudinal patient EHRs to allow for more comprehensive patient care delivery. Additionally,...


Health IT Use, Workarounds Among Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns


EHR system workarounds, lack of health IT use safety, and problems with internal care coordination were named among the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a report from ECRI Institute. ECRI Institute...

Maximizing EHR Use of Problem Lists for Improved Health Outcomes


Healthcare organizations, policymakers, and health IT developers can take steps to increase clinician EHR use of problem lists for improved health outcomes and clinical efficiency, according to researchers from the University of Utah Department...

ONC Declares Winning Solutions of Health IT Innovation Challenge


ONC recently announced the Phase 2 winners of its health data provenance challenge intended to spur health IT innovation. The federal agency launched the challenge in April 2017 to promote the development of solutions capable of improving health...

Patient-Focused Health IT Innovation the Next Frontier for Healthcare


Now that providers have near universally adopted EHR systems across the country, what is the next frontier for healthcare technology? Based on some recently launched tools, health IT researchers and vendors are focused on health-data monitoring,...

Allscripts Debuts Machine Learning, Cloud-Based EHR System Avenel


This week at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Allscripts debuted a machine learning EHR system — Avenel — designed to reduce time spent on clinical documentation and boost EHR usability for providers.  The cloud-based EHR system is...

Cerner, NextGen Healthcare Expand Breadth of Health IT Solutions


Cerner and NextGen Healthcare have recently made efforts to further expand their health IT solution offerings beyond EHR systems. EHR vendor NextGen Healthcare recently announced it is rebranding with a new logo following years of acquisitions...

Allscripts Launches EHR-Integrated Lyft Transportation Service


Allscripts and Lyft recently partnered to launch an EHR-integrated Lyft application programming interface (API) allowing clinicians to order non-emergency transportation services for patients. Lyft will integrate its proprietary API into Allscripts...

93 Percent of Hospitals Allow Online Patient Access to EHRs


Ninety-three percent of surveyed hospitals and health systems allow patient access to EHRs, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA analyzed data from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement...

South Carolina Health System Completes 4-Year Epic Implementation


South Carolina-based Self Regional Healthcare recently completed an Epic implementation across all its hospitals and physician practices after four years of work on the project, according to Index-Journal. Self Memorial Hospital Emergency Care...

eCW, MEDITECH Launch EHR Systems, MU Begins Cerner Implementation


MEDITECH recently announced the launch of its new next-gen, web-based EHR system offering — MEDITECH Expanse.  The EHR platform is an attempt by the health IT company to allow healthcare organizations to further extend their ability...

Cerner Implementation at MO Hospital Causing Billing Problems


Western Missouri Medical Center may soon experience hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as a result of billing problems associated with a Cerner implementation, according to Daily Star Journal. Western Missouri Medical Center Chief Financial...

Healthcare Orgs Increasingly Value Information Governance


More healthcare organizations view information governance (IG) as a business imperative rather than a buzzword, according to a recent survey from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA presented these findings in...

Family Physician EHR Use Outweighs Provider-Patient Interaction


Primary care physicians spend more time on EHR use than they spend interacting with patients face-to-face during clinic visits, according to a new study in Family Medicine. Young et al. conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of family...

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Achieves HIMSS Stage 7 with Epic EHR


Missouri-based Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently achieved HIMSS Stage 7 certification for advanced use of its Epic EHR system based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The 859-bed facility is now among the top 6 percent of...

Patient EHR Data Contained in CT HIE to Aid in Suicide Prevention


Connecticut’s state health information exchange (HIE) — CTHealthLink — will assist in an effort to leverage patient EHR data for improved suicide prevention, according to ShoreLine Times. The HIE will provide centralized patient...

VT Health Information Exchange Improves Following Poor Review


Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) network has taken steps to improve operations and boost value for patients and providers in the months following a poor review, state officials recently told VTDigger. The Department of Vermont...

New Jersey to Launch State Health Information Exchange Network


The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is teaming up with the New Jersey Department of Health to develop new infrastructure for improved patient health data exchange through the New Jersey Health Information Network (HIN). NJ HIN will enable...

HIE Use of ADT Notifications Jumped 95% Last Year at SHIN-NY


HIE use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications grew by an impressive 95 percent among users of the Statewide Health Information Network (SHIN-NY) from 2016 to 2017, according to the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). NYeC...

FL District Court Dismisses Epic Systems False Claims Act Case


A district court in Tampa, Florida recently dismissed a False Claims Act case brought against Epic Systems by a WakeMed Health specialist alleging Epic's billing software had incorrectly billed for anesthesia charges, according to court documents...



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