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HealthSteps Wins AMA, Google Health IT Innovation Challenge

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HealthSteps won first place and $25,000 Google Cloud credits as part of Google and AMA’s health IT innovation challenge for its mobile health platform enabling health data exchange and access between patients and providers. The...

MHS GENESIS EHR System at Oak Harbor Care Site Passes Inspection

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Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is the first MHS GENESIS EHR system user to successfully complete a Joint Commission (JC) and Navy Medicine Medical Inspection General (Med IG) accreditation survey and inspection process. In...

MEDITECH Extends CommonWell Interoperability to OH Hospital

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MEDITECH will extend CommonWell interoperability services to Ohio-based Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) to improve health data exchange and care coordination among providers. The non-profit community hospital is among the first to...

Focal Areas for Improving Patient Matching in Provider Settings

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Accurate patient identification is a critical aspect of healthcare, especially as healthcare organizations are implementing new EHRs and connecting to HIEs in the push toward nationwide interoperability. Patient matching issues can occur...

Opioid Roadmap Stresses Regulatory Requirements on EHR Integration

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Adopting electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) through modern regulatory requirements, including improved EHR integration, is one critical solution to opioid abuse, according to the Healthcare Leadership Council’s...

CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

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In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that...

Case Study Supports EHR-Integrated Patient Generated Health Data

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Collecting EHR-integrated patient generated health data (PGHD) may help to effectively improve chronic care management for patients with asthma, according to one case study in Nature. Genes et al. prompted four study participants part of...

HealthlinkNY Incentivizing Healthcare Orgs to Engage in HIE Use

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HealthlinkNY has secured connection funding and is currently offering New York-based healthcare organizations up to $89,000 to engage in health information exchange (HIE) use until September 30, 2018. The HIE will offer discounts up to...

Allscripts, Greenway Health, InterSystems Forge New Partnerships

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Allscripts, Greenway Health, and InterSystems each announced new partnerships with health IT solutions providers this week that will leverage patient health data to improve care delivery. In an effort to promote safe prescribing practices...

HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

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Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about...

athenahealth Mobile App Offers Clinicians Drug Therapy Resources

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Therapeutic Research Center (TRC) recently partnered with athenahealth to provide clinicians and users of athenahealth’s Epocrates mobile app with medication therapy clinical resources and advisory articles for better-informed...

Google Expands EHR Project Leveraging AI, Voice Recognition

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Google is looking to expand an early-stage EHR project part of the Google Brain healthcare group that will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and voice recognition software to streamline clinical documentation and EHR use for providers,...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

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healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR...

How Google, Microsoft, Apple Are Impacting EHR Use in Healthcare

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Large technology companies are likely going to continue to affect EHR use in healthcare, especially as they file healthcare patents and develop innovative ways to improve patient care. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are just three of the...

AMA Adopts Policy to Expand EHR Use Training in Med Schools

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AMA recently adopted a new policy to promote EHR use training in medical schools as part of an effort to reduce administrative burden associated with clinical documentation and ensure future physicians are adequately prepared to enter a...

UCHealth Innovation Center to Advance Clinical Decision Support, AI

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A new innovation center at Aurora-based University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will support health IT innovation to improve clinical decision support, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics, as well as advancements in virtual...

Bill Promoting Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes House

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The House of Representatives recently passed 25 bills aimed at combating the opioid crisis, including one piece of legislation that establishes a demonstration program to test federal incentive payments for behavioral health EHR...

Harnessing Effective EHR Use for Improved Patient Care

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Improving EHR use can help reduce physician burnout and strengthen the patient care process. When healthcare providers understand how to best leverage new technologies and are able to adopt and implement an integrated EHR system, both...

Sequoia Project Modernizes Patient EHR Matching Framework

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The Sequoia Project recently released an updated national patient EHR matching framework to streamline health data exchange across healthcare organizations. The framework is detailed in a revised white paper titled “A Framework for...

CMS Urges EHR Integration of PDMP Data to Reduce Provider Burden

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State Medicaid programs should improve EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to reduce provider burden and allow healthcare organizations to easily track patient information related to opioid use, stated CMS...

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