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Patient Records Crucial to Apple Health Strategy, Study Finds

January 10, 2019 - The personal health records of consumers will be key to Apple’s app, wearable strategies, and services as the tech giant moves into the health and wellness market, according to new research from CB Insights. The goal is to take advantage of the gap in existing third-party developer ecosystem with Apple building the first open tool for the market, which will mirror its app store...


Change, Experian Health Partner on Identity Management Platform


Experian Health and Change Healthcare announced they’re working together on new technology that will be capable of accurately identifying patients across the healthcare sector. The two tech vendors are building an identity...

UChicago Improves Patient Sleep with Hospital EHR Use Changes


The University of Chicago Medicine was able to adjust hospital EHR use and educate doctors and nurses on how to reduce in-hospital sleep deprivation, thereby improving sleep for patients staying at the hospital. The changes were part...

Banner Health Recovered From EHR Downtime Following Network Outage


Banner Health recently recovered from a computer outage resulting in a sustained period of EHR downtime. A nationwide outage affecting Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink impacted Banner Health’s internet and phone...

7 New Hospitals, Clinics Join Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer


The list of health systems, hospitals, and clinics supporting the Apple Health Records EHR data viewer continues to grow, with seven additional health systems signing on to the beta project this month. The tech giant updated its list of...

Regenstrief Initiative to Boost Health Data Exchange for Research


The Regenstrief Institute is partnering with health IT developer MDClone, the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health, and the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) to streamline health data...

EHR Use Helps to Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Length of Stays


The ongoing debate over whether EHR use improves or impedes patient care has persisted for nearly ten years. While the technology is unpopular among many of its users, a recent study by Wani et al. offers evidence to suggest the...

Michigan State Police Request Access to State PDMP Data


Michigan State Police are requesting that lawmakers grant them increased access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to leverage health data about controlled substance use to combat the opioid crisis, according...

Allscripts, athenahealth Acquisitions Head Top 10 Stories of 2018


The EHR market has undergone several shake-ups in the past year, indicating big changes to come as larger EHR vendors cement their presence in the inpatient market and begin branching out into niche areas such as long-term post-acute care...

Minnesota Enables EHR Integration of PDMP Data for Safe Prescribing


Healthcare providers and prescribers across Minnesota now have the opportunity to leverage EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to make safer prescribing decisions. The state PDMP recently went live with Appriss...

EHR Alerts Reduce Overuse of Cardiac Monitoring, Cut Costs


EHR alerts can be helpful for reducing unnecessary use of cardiac monitoring — or telemetry — and cutting excess hospital spending, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers at the Division of...

EHR Data Helps Predict Survival for Patients With Circulatory Issue


A group of researchers from Mayo Clinic used EHR-integrated risk calculators to predict survival rates for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using EHR data. The study demonstrating the effectiveness of EHR-integrated risk...

BlueCross BlueShield Will Contribute Claims Data to HEALTHeLINK


BlueCross BlueShield in Western New York recently announced plans to contribute claims data to New York-based health information exchange (HIE) HEALTHeLINK to improve health outcomes and care coordination for BlueCross BlueShield...

UCSF Leveraging Epic EHR, FHIR to Manage Newborn Weight Loss


University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a new tool that leverages data from the health system’s Epic EHR to enable clinicians to improve clinical decision support for providers caring for newborns in the first...

Nearly 70% of Physicians Suffering Stress Related to Health IT Use


Almost 70 percent of physicians who use EHR technology during patient care delivery have experienced stress as a result of the demands of health IT use, according to a recent JAMIA study. Health IT-related stress can contribute to...

Integrating EHR Use, Health Data Exchange Into Behavioral Health


While EHR systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for nearly a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care...

Physician-Led HIEs Gain Access to Opioid Dashboard Health IT Tool


Physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) in Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana will now have access to an opioid and controlled substances health IT tool designed to promote safer...

OH Hospitals Recover From EHR Downtime Following Ransomware Attack


Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) and East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) have fully recovered from a sustained period of EHR downtime following a ransomware attack on their computer network and will not need to pay a ransom to hackers,...

EHRA Publishes EHR Implementation Guide for Opioid Prescribing


Volunteer members of the EHR Association (EHRA) have developed a guide to help healthcare organizations apply the 12 recommendations outlined in CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to EHR implementations. CDC...

ONC Names Winners of EHR Innovation Challenge for Safety Reporting


ONC recently selected three winners of its EHR innovation challenge seeking health IT solutions to ease EHR safety reporting for providers and reduce administrative burden. The Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge is part of the federal...



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