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CMS Opioid Roadmap Prioritizes Healthcare Interoperability

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A recently released CMS opioid roadmap provides strategies to reduce opioid overuse among Medicare beneficiaries through improved healthcare interoperability. The federal agency’s three-pronged approach focuses on opioid use...

Most Clinical Trial Participants Support Health Data Sharing

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The vast majority of clinical trial participants approve of health data sharing among researchers as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place, according to new findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Despite the...

New York Expands ADT Notification Use Statewide Through SHIN-NY

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The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) will expand the use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications across the state through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) to improve care coordination...

Additional EHR System Features, Interoperability Top 2018 Trends

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There are five key areas that EHR vendors should focus on for the rest of the year to stay competitive, including focusing on specific EHR system features, the continued push for interoperability, and patient engagement needs, according to...

NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated...

Apple Health Records API Now Open to Health IT Innovators

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A new Apple Health Records application programming interface (API) allows health IT innovators and researchers to create apps that leverage health record data to improve medication management, nutrition plan development, disease diagnosis,...

40% of Physicians See More EHR Challenges than Benefits

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Over half – 59 percent – of primary care physicians (PCPs) think that EHRs should be completely overhauled, with 40 percent stating that there are more EHR challenges than benefits, according to recent research from Stanford...

Opening Health IT, EHR Market to Spur Improved Clinical Productivity

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Widespread EHR adoption has so far produced only modest improvements in clinical productivity and efficiency, but two doctors anticipate increased competition, diversity, and growth in the health IT and EHR market will yield the...

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...

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