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Epic EHR Best Supports Success in Meaningful Use Performance

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A recent study by Holmgren et al. found Epic EHR was associated with significantly higher performance in five of six Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, beating out Cerner, Allscripts, MEDITECH, and other top health IT companies. Researchers...

Rumored Cerner EHR, Amazon Partnership Talks in Final Stages

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A major Cerner EHR and Amazon partnership will likely be announced at Amazon’s annual conference later this week, according to CNBC. Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy will reportedly discuss the company’s entrance into the...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Increase HPV Vaccination

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Physicians using EHR systems with clinical decision support are more likely to lead to the ordering human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines when alerts are included, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Bae...

Few Providers Satisfied with EHR System Success in QPP

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On average, only 38 percent of providers are satisfied with their EHR systems’ ability to meet the requirements of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to the State of QPP Preparedness Industry Report. Conducted by Porter Research...

AMA CEO Outlines Problems with EHR Use, Clinical Data

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Stakeholders should turn their focus to organizing and presenting EHR data in a meaningful way to allow for more efficient patient care delivery, according to American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President & CEO James Madara,...

Post-Acute Care EHR Adoption, Health Data Exchange Lags Behind

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Inpatient post-acute care organizations lag significantly behind other healthcare settings in EHR adoption and health data exchange, according to a recent Black Book survey of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Black Book surveyed...

Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

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A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT use....

Consumers Split on Role of EHR Use in Improving Patient Safety

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Fifty-one percent of surveyed western New Yorkers believe EHR use improves patient safety, according to a recent survey by HEALTHeLINK. In September of 2017, the regional health information exchange (HIE) gathered responses from about 1,000 healthcare...

Most Healthcare Execs Doubt EHR Use Can Support Population Health

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EHR systems do not yet have the necessary capabilities to support population health management and value-based care, according to a recent study published by Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI).  The study by...

Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use

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A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, and Jay Holmgren at the University of Michigan found critical access hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use EHR data for performance measurement and patient engagement. According...

Allscripts Expects Paragon EHR Success After Encouraging Quarter

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Allscripts executives expect Paragon EHR to excel as an integrated EHR and revenue cycle management solution for community hospitals following its successful acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business, according...

EHR Data Use Can Help Identify Senior Patients At Risk of Falling

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EHR data use can assist in clinical decision support to more efficiently identify senior patients with a high risk of falling, according to a study published in the Fall 2017 issue of AHIMA’s online journal, Perspectives in Health Information...

HIE Use Cuts Costs, Increases Productivity in STI Treatment

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Health information exchange (HIE) use can lead to cost savings and increased productivity in sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and management, according to a new study published in Health Information Management Journal. Haque et...

EHR System Tech Support Greatly Impacts Patient Care Delivery

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Health IT companies that do not offer clinically-based EHR system tech support, either internally or through an outsourced support firm, have far less opportunities to positively affect patient care through EHR use, a new Black Book survey found....

The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare

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While healthcare industry stakeholders agree on the benefits of EHR use and health data exchange among hospitals and primary care facilities, EHR use in behavioral health settings is still uncommon and lagging behind.   One behavioral and...

Regenstrief Begins Two-Year Study of Emergency Department HIE Use

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The Regenstrief Institute is launching a multi-year study into the effect of health information exchange (HIE) use on patient outcomes in emergency departments.   Scientists at the institute will use a two-year grant from the Agency for...

athenahealth EHR Users Report Financial Gains 5% Over Baseline

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athenahealth recently announced a period of continued growth and improvement, reporting its EHR users have experienced average financial gains of 5 percent over baseline. Specifically, the health IT company stated users in the community hospital...

UVA Researchers Recommend Using EHRs for Reduced Medical Testing

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and other universities have developed a plan to cut unnecessary medical testing in an effort to save money and improve patient safety, satisfaction, and health outcomes in part by...

Epic Named Best EDIS Enterprise Vendor in Overall Satisfaction

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The September 2017 KLAS report for emergency department information system (EDIS) usability showed provider leadership at organizations using Epic EHR have significantly higher rates of overall satisfaction than those using other enterprise...

HIE Partnership Targets Health Data Exchange, Population Health

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) has entered into a formal partnership with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to improve patient care delivery, health data sharing, and population health management....

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