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EHR Usability Problems Likely Contribute to Patient Harm

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EHR usability may contribute to possible incidents of patient harm, according to a new JAMA study. Keene et al. analyzed free-text patient safety reports from 2013 to 2016 retrieved from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority database....

Improving Clinician EHR Use Through Provider Communication

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Implementing an EHR-integrated provider communication tool may help health systems improve clinician EHR use, according to researchers at the Augusta University (AU) College of Allied Health Sciences. Researchers implemented a social...

How EHR Use Enables Effective Responses to Public Health Crises

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Last year, providers at hospitals and health systems across the country faced major care challenges when dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the northern California...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Should Prove Positively Disruptive

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Apple’s work to give patients at 13 large health systems access to their health records via a new iOS EHR patient data viewer should open the door to a multiplicity of new ways to leverage data, claim two prominent subject-matter...

Mayo Clinic Cuts Cluttered EHR Data with AWARE EHR Interface

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Mayo Clinic is using a new EHR interface powered by ambient intelligence applications to strip away excess EHR data and deliver meaningful information to clinicians for improved clinical decision-making.   Herasevich, MD, et al....

Wyoming, Medicity to Create Statewide Health Information Exchange

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The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is partnering with population health management and health data exchange solutions provider Medicity to establish a statewide health information exchange (HIE) called the Wyoming Frontier Information...

EHR Clinical Documentation Differs Between Nurses, Physicians

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Physicians and nurses note very different concepts in EHR clinical documentation during patient visits, according to a recent study by researchers at the in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Boyd et al. conducted the study...

Could Goal-Directed EHR Functionality Optimize Health Outcomes?

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Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences...

CTHealthLink, DSS Partner to Improve Health Data Exchange

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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...

Health IT Use, Workarounds Among Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

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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...

Maximizing EHR Use of Problem Lists for Improved Health Outcomes

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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...

ONC Declares Winning Solutions of Health IT Innovation Challenge

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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...

Patient-Focused Health IT Innovation the Next Frontier for Healthcare

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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...

Allscripts Debuts Machine Learning, Cloud-Based EHR System Avenel

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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...

Cerner, NextGen Healthcare Expand Breadth of Health IT Solutions

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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...

Allscripts Launches EHR-Integrated Lyft Transportation Service

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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...

93 Percent of Hospitals Allow Online Patient Access to EHRs

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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...

South Carolina Health System Completes 4-Year Epic Implementation

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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...

eCW, MEDITECH Launch EHR Systems, MU Begins Cerner Implementation

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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...

Cerner Implementation at MO Hospital Causing Billing Problems

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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...

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