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Canadian Physician Suspended for Deceptively Altering Patient EHR

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A Canadian physician at Quance East Medical Clinic has been suspended for one month and fined $7,484 by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan after admitting she altered a patient EHR several times in eight months following the...

athenahealth Overtakes Cerner in KLAS Physician Practice Rankings

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athenahealth beat out Cerner, Allscripts, and eClinicalWorks in the 2018 KLAS overall physician practice vendor rankings in KLAS’s Software & Services report. While athenahealth held its own, enterprise EHR giant Epic received Best...

EHR Problem Lists Not Accurate Enough for Risk Adjustment

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Comorbidity data derived from EHR problem lists is not accurate enough for risk adjustment, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). EHR problem lists comprise patient diagnoses entered into EHR systems by...

Google Study Uses Entire Patient EHR for Predictive Analytics

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A recent study by researchers from Google, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Stanford University, and University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) found representations of a comprehensive patient EHR using Fast Healthcare Interoperability...

FL Orthopedics Practice Sues Allscripts Over Ransomware Attack

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Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics has filed a class action lawsuit against Allscripts for allegedly failing to secure its systems during the ransomware attack that affected about 1,500 Allscripts users on January 18. “As a result of the...

Novant Health, Wake Forest Enter Epic MyChart Collaboration

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Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina recently merged Epic MyChart accounts to ensure patients visiting either organization have access to their complete EHRs.  The collaboration called Happy Together went live on...

Allscripts Recovering From EHR Downtime After Ransomware Attack

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Allscripts is still working to fully recover from a period of EHR downtime brought on by a ransomware attack targeting its cloud-based EHR and electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) systems less than a week ago. The ransomware...

VA Proposed Rule to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent

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A new VA proposed rule looks to streamline health data exchange of veteran EHRs by allowing health information exchanges (HIEs) to more easily obtain patient consent. The legislation would allow VA to amend current consent regulations so that...

EHR Data Useful for Measuring Low-Value Clinical Service Overuse

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EHR data can be useful for accurately measuring overused clinical services and low-value testing, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). A research team led by Thomas Isaac, MD, extracted performance...

Small, Rural, Specialty Ambulatory Practices Lacking in EHR Use

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Small, rural, and specialty ambulatory care practices are less likely to engage in advanced EHR use, according to new research published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study by Rumball-Smith et al. measured differences in...

Scribes Reduce EHR Use, Restore Joy of Practice for Physicians

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A recent study by Sattler et al. found integrating scribes into primary care clinics can reduce administrative burden associated with EHR use, improve levels of physician satisfaction, and allow for higher quality care. Beginning in 2015, researchers...

EHR Use, Administrative Burden Accelerating Physician Burnout

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In response to a new study about high levels of physician burnout among family physicians, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center family physician Donald O. Mack, MD, suggested the recent transition to a value-based care system and increased...

GaHIN Awards $500K in Grants to Improve Health Data Exchange

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The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to its members in 2017 to help providers connect to the HIE and expand health data exchange statewide. Over the past three years, GaHIN’s Intermediary...

Epic, DaVita Partner to Develop Chronic Kidney Disease EHR System

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Epic will partner with DaVita Physician Solutions to improve capabilities within DaVita’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) EHR system offering. Effective chronic disease management is especially critical for CKD patients given the importance...

athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic to Launch Virtual Assistants

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Health IT companies including eClinicalWorks, Epic, and athenahealth are developing EHR-integrated virtual assistants akin to Amazon’s Alexa to reduce provider burden and secure a competitive advantage in the crowded EHR marketplace. ...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

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Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand its real-time...

275 Adventist Health Jobs Transition to Cerner for Partnership

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Adventist Health will transition about 275 jobs from its headquarters in Roseville, California to Cerner Corporation. Approximately 190 of these jobs will become health IT positions. The other 85 positions will transition to revenue processing....

Mercy Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care, Extends Epic EHR

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Mercy recently partnered with GoHealth Urgent Care to create a network of 30 co-branded urgent care centers across the Midwest operating on a single, unified Epic EHR system. The partnership will improve patient care delivery and health data...

4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

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Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also introduces...

Cyberattack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime in Western New York

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A recent cyberattack has led to EHR downtime approaching one week at Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Wellsville, New York. Patient health records and email have been inaccessible to all providers at the hospital, according to a report by Buffalo...

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