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GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

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Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s...

OCHIN Partnership to Improve EHR Use for Epic, NextGen Users

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Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) will integrate electronic consultation services (eConsult) into its Epic and NextGen EHR systems in an effort to streamline EHR use for providers and enable single sign on...

ONC EHR Innovation Challenge to Streamline Safety Reporting

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A new ONC EHR innovation challenge prompts health IT developers to create solutions that ease safety reporting for providers to reduce administrative burden and optimize EHR-related safety. Specifically, the Easy EHR Issue Reporting...

How Increasing EHR Adoption, HIE Use Fuels Healthcare Industry

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The push for nationwide interoperability, while still ensuring health IT usability, has quickly become a top initiative for healthcare organizations. Subsequently, increases in health information exchange (HIE) systems and EHR adoption...

How Health Data Exchange Prepares Clinicians for Care Challenges

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Without access to health data exchange, clinicians risk missing out on key patient information and running into problems with adverse drug reactions, duplicative testing, and medication errors during care delivery. Providers at...

1UPHealth Wins ONC API Innovation Challenge Using FHIR Server

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1UPHealth recently won the ONC application programming interface (API) innovation challenge by identifying weaknesses in a server built on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, and then finding ways to strengthen...

MI Health Information Exchange Joins Opioid Research Project

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Michigan health information exchange (HIE) Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) will assist in a University of Michigan project centered on researching the scope and impact of the opioid crisis. Editor's note: A previous version of this...

System-wide Epic EHR Downtime Affects 24 Sutter Health Hospitals

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Sutter Health is in a period of EHR downtime affecting its Epic EHR and all internal communications across its 24 hospitals, according to The Press Democrat.  The system-wide network outage occurred at about 10:30 PM on May 14. The...

EHR Patient Data Access Remains Expensive, Challenging for Some

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While regulators and patient advocacy groups alike have been pushing for improved EHR patient data access in recent months, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found some patients still run up against hefty fees or...

Stigmatizing Language in Patient EHRs Influences Clinician Bias

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Stigmatizing language used in patient EHRs can potentially influence the attitudes of physicians-in-training with regard to patients, possibly impacting physicians’ medication prescribing behavior, according to research published in...

42% of Healthcare CIOs List Patient Matching Issues a Top Priority

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While healthcare CIOs cite patient matching as a top issue at their institution, there is still a lack of awareness for how large of a problem duplicate or fragmented patient EHRs can be for providers, according to recent...

Cerner EHR Ranked Highest for 3rd Year in Nursing EHR Satisfaction

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There has been a definite shift in nursing EHR satisfaction levels over the past few years, showing the perceived value in EHRs in delivering higher quality care, according to recent Black Book research. Cerner EHR received top rankings...

EHR System Customization Benefits Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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EHR system customization can help to streamline the implementation of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM.) PCMHs are designed...

Outdated Regulatory Requirements Key Physician Burnout Cause

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Regulatory reform allowing clinicians to cut down on their documentation requirements would improve accuracy, enable better use for research, and help cut down on overall physician burnout, according to recent research published in the...

North Dakota Statewide EMS Initiative Promotes EHR Use

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The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDHS) Division of Emergency Medical Systems is launching an initiative to allow emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to engage in EHR use during fast-paced patient transport. The state...

How Front-End Speech Recognition Adoption Impacts EHR Usability

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It was previously thought that widespread adoption of cloud-based front-end speech recognition systems would have helped solve certain EHR usability issues, according to KLAS research. However, more recent data shows that if an adopted...

Sequoia Project To Launch PULSE Health IT Platform Nationwide

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The Sequoia Project recently announced it will develop a nationwide deployment plan for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) health IT platform that will expand the reach of the disaster response system. ONC and the...

CMS Working to Change Status Quo of High Administrative Burden

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CMS is currently taking steps to reduce the high level of administrative burden and excessive reporting requirements detracting from clinicians’ ability to focus on patient care, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at...

AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement with New Toolkits

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA...

Mayo Clinic Prepares for Early Challenges During Epic EHR Go-Live

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Mayo Clinic is making efforts to accommodate the inevitable period of adjustment that will follow its Epic EHR implementation go-live at Rochester care sites by enrolling staff members in rigorous training and cutting back on appointments,...

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