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EHR Optimization Before, During, and After Implementation

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As EHR adoption becomes nearly ubiquitous across all hospital specialties, many providers are also becoming increasingly frustrated with the technology. Well-informed EHR optimization decisions throughout the many phases of implementation can...

Collaborating for EHR Usability Improvements, Patient Safety

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A recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts addressed how collaborating for EHR usability improvements can benefit patient care and safety. In the 32-page report, authors acknowledged that increased EHR use in healthcare has led to clinical efficiency...

EHR Integration Remains Top Priority for CHIME CIOs in 2018

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Thirty-eight percent of CHIME CIOs named optimizing EHR integration with other hospital systems as a top priority heading into 2018, according to a recent Spok survey. Researchers collected survey responses from 46 CHIME CIOs in June of 2017...

Two GA Healthcare Centers to Share Single Epic EHR Platform

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Piedmont Healthcare and Shepherd Center recently signed on to share an Epic EHR platform in a hospital-to-hospital hosting agreement. As part of the agreement, Piedmont will extend its Epic EHR to Shepherd Center to offer patients a single medical...

Review Reveals Problems with Vermont Health Information Exchange

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Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) is suffering from consistent and significant financial and administrative problems, according to a recent review by HealthTech solutions. The exchange is operated by Vermont Information Technology...

Indian Health Service Requests Information for EHR Modernization

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently issued a request for information (RFI) for its upcoming EHR modernization in an effort to improve interoperability. The HHS-affiliated federal agency clarified that the RFI is not a request for proposal...

Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR. Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest for Stage...

Researchers to Benefit from Customizable Patient EHR Data Consent

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A new JAMIA study found many patients have an interest in interactive electronic consent (e-consent) applications and want more detailed information about EHR data use in clinical research. Harle et al. conducted a series of 42 think-aloud interviews...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

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The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute recently announced its Patient Demographic Data Quality (PDDQ) framework is now publically available to help healthcare organizations reduce patient matching errors. Developed in partnership...

Standardizing Adverse Drug Reaction Data in EHR Documentation

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A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) provides a means for improving EHR documentation of adverse drug reactions. “Well-developed documentation standards for EHR systems exist in some...

NJ Medical Group Starts Physician-Led Health Information Exchange

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The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched its statewide health information exchange (HIE) known as OneHealth New Jersey. The HIE will improve physician health data access and streamline communication between hospitals, physician...

Healthcare APIs Enabled 1 Billion Exchanges at Allscripts in 2017

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Allscripts recently announced that its Open ecosystem built on healthcare APIs enabled one billion data exchange transactions over the past year. Surpassing the milestone marks a record-breaking feat for the health IT company after...

Health IT Leader at Center of $800K Fraud Scandal in California

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A former health IT leader at North County Health Services (NCHS) recently pleaded not guilty to defrauding the healthcare organization out of nearly $800,000. The California-based nonprofit healthcare organization provides comprehensive, affordable...

KLAS Report Names Top 3 Best Practices for EHR Optimization

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KLAS recently published a list of best practices for EHR optimization to reduce provider burden as part of a study conducted through its Arch Collaborative initiative. “The Arch Collaborative, in an effort to stem the tide of EMR-related...

AAPA EHR Toolkit Offers Best Practices for EHR Design, Usability

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The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recently released its EHR Toolkit to promote the use of EHR systems designed, selected, and implemented with functionality considerations specifically tailored for physician assistants (PAs)....

6 Use Cases for EHR Data Utilization in Public, Community Health

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EHR data could allow for dramatic improvements in addressing community health challenges, according to a recent report released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers presented six use cases...

Providers Caring for an Aging Population Need Widespread HIE Use

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Health information exchange (HIE) use allows providers caring for a highly-mobile aging patient population to send, receive, and access all types of health data to ensure quality care delivery. As the aging population grows, more and more data...

Steward Health System Expands MEDITECH EHR Implementation

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Steward Health Care System recently announced eight of its hospitals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida will implement MEDITECH Web EHR by 2018. The health system has been a MEDITECH EHR user for 19 years. MEDITECH’s physician-designed...

Smart EHR Implementation Decisions Key to Usability Improvements

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Encouraging healthcare organizations and health IT companies to make smarter decisions during the EHR implementation process is the oft-overlooked but vitally important key to enabling EHR usability improvements, according to experts convened...

Newly-Designed Physician EHR Notes May Improve EHR Usability

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Showing less data in physician EHR notes may produce more benefits for physician productivity, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). The study by Jeffery Beldon, MD et al. compared...

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