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AAFP Group Outlines Ten-Year Plan for Health IT Improvements

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A group of technology and health IT stakeholders convened by American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published a plan to foster a healthcare system fulfilling the Triple Aim of better health, quality, and value through improved...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Open for Public Comment

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition recently requested public comment on its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing clinical decision support (CDS) systems. The CDS Coalition — including software developers, hospitals,...

Ambulatory EHR Market to Become $5.2B Industry by 2021

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New market research projects the ambulatory EHR market to reach $5.2 billion by 2012, a 5.8-percent growth rate. The report details the major sources of growth in the market as well as limitations most likely to keep the industry from further...

Surescripts Brings Medication History Data to LTPAC Providers

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Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history...

Why Are So Few Healthcare Providers Using EHR Data Analytics?

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Despite the healthcare industry becoming more data-driven by the day, new research shows many healthcare providers are ignoring opportunities to gain actionable insights by using EHR data analytics tools. A recent MGMA STAT report finds only...

Healthcare Organizations Still Lack National Patient Identifier

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For years, organizations including HIMSS and CHIME have vocalized the need for a national patient identifier. As health IT and health data exchange continue to evolve, the need for a consistent, accurate way to identify patient health records...

VA Pours Resources into EHR, Health IT Modernization Efforts

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working diligently to modernize its health IT infrastructure as it prepares to select a new electronic health record system to replace its existing patient management tools.   Though VistA, VA’s...

Epic Systems Patient Portal Offers Mayo’s Educational Resources

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Users of the Epic Systems MyChart patient portal will now have access to patient-facing educational resources developed by the Mayo Clinic. The partnership offers patients more than 18,000 pages of content on more than 4,000 c health topics....

ONC Seeks Improved Interoperability Standards Measurement

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ONC recognizes the need to push nationwide interoperability further to the forefront of health IT infrastructure. The federal agency recently published a Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework to assess the healthcare industry’s...

7 Trends EHR Vendors Must Address to Survive in 2018

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A new market report addresses areas where EHR vendors will need to improve their systems in order to stay competitive through 2018. According to Kalorama Information, the $28­-billion EHR market dominated by a score large vendors and hundreds...

VA Transfers Paper Records to EHRs in Modernization Effort

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began the process of digitizing health data from older inactive paper health records to streamline claims processes and reduce the amount of office space used to store physical patient health information....

Arizona Health Information Exchange Rebrands to Continue Growth

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Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), a statewide nonprofit health information exchange operating since 2007, is relaunching under the new brand Health Current. The relaunch and new name are emblematic of the community-based HIE’s significant...

Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

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The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU)...

New NATE Member to Focus on Improving Patient EHR Data Access

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The Health Record Banking Alliance (HRBA) became an association member of the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) to promote patient control over electronic health records earlier this week. Founded in 2006, the alliance is a non-profit...

Epic Modules Supporting Care across Healthcare Settings

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Epic Systems offers one of the top-ranked EHR systems in the country as well as a range of products and services to help providers in various specialties deliver quality patient care and meet federal reporting requirements. Not...

Virus-related EHR Outage Forces NY Hospital Back to Paper

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and its long-term care facility at Terrace View have been battling a virus responsible for EHR outage since Sunday afternoon. UPDATE: Some computers have been restored and ECMC is working to bring the entire...

Health Data Integrity the Focus of ONC Innovation Challenge

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ONC recently announced its new Health Data Provenance Challenge to address health data integrity at the point of care. As part of the contest, the federal agency is inviting participants to develop innovative solutions for determining the...

Putting Epic EHR Data to Work for Quality Improvement

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Quality improvement can be defined in several ways, but federal programs such as the Quality Payment Program tend to define quality based primarily on patient safety and preventable health conditions. Like many other hospitals and healthcare...

Administrative Burden Remains Top Challenge for Physicians

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Administrative burden, stress, and lack of time made up the top-three challenges facing respondents a survey on physician satisfaction which the American Medical Association (AMA) conducted last month. Despite these and other challenges —...

Hospital EHR Use Helps Improve Weekend Health Outcomes

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According to researchers from Loyola University Medical Center, hospital EHR use can counteract the weekend effect, a phenomenon wherein health outcomes for patients following weekend surgeries compared to those of their weekday counterparts....

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