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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...

EHR System Customization Benefits Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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EHR system customization can help to streamline the implementation of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM.) PCMHs are designed...

Outdated Regulatory Requirements Key Physician Burnout Cause

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Regulatory reform allowing clinicians to cut down on their documentation requirements would improve accuracy, enable better use for research, and help cut down on overall physician burnout, according to recent research published in the...

North Dakota Statewide EMS Initiative Promotes EHR Use

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The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDHS) Division of Emergency Medical Systems is launching an initiative to allow emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to engage in EHR use during fast-paced patient transport. The state...

How Front-End Speech Recognition Adoption Impacts EHR Usability

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It was previously thought that widespread adoption of cloud-based front-end speech recognition systems would have helped solve certain EHR usability issues, according to KLAS research. However, more recent data shows that if an adopted...

Sequoia Project To Launch PULSE Health IT Platform Nationwide

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The Sequoia Project recently announced it will develop a nationwide deployment plan for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) health IT platform that will expand the reach of the disaster response system. ONC and the...

CMS Working to Change Status Quo of High Administrative Burden

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CMS is currently taking steps to reduce the high level of administrative burden and excessive reporting requirements detracting from clinicians’ ability to focus on patient care, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at...

AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement with New Toolkits

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA...

Mayo Clinic Prepares for Early Challenges During Epic EHR Go-Live

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Mayo Clinic is making efforts to accommodate the inevitable period of adjustment that will follow its Epic EHR implementation go-live at Rochester care sites by enrolling staff members in rigorous training and cutting back on appointments,...

Physician Burnout Is a Problem at 83% of Healthcare Organizations

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Eighty-three percent of clinicians, clinical leaders, and healthcare executives view physician burnout as a problem at their organizations, according to findings in a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst spring 2018 report about...

Duplicate Patient Medical Records Stem from Lagging MPI Process

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Discrepancies with duplicate patient medical records are often because of a healthcare organization’s lack of data standardization, specifically with the Master Patient Index (MPI) record process, according to a study published...

EHR Systems Should Be Systems of Engagement, Not Recordkeeping

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EHR systems need to be re-engineered as systems of engagement rather than systems of recordkeeping to yield real improvements in clinical efficiency. That was the sentiment of Persistent Systems Digital President Sudhir Kulkarni at the...

NIH Searching for Volunteers Nationwide to Contribute EHR Data

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Individuals across the country ages 18 and older will soon have the opportunity to share EHR data with researchers and advance individualized precision medicine, treatment, and patient care delivery through the National Institutes of...

PACS Integration Lowers EHR Access Times, Aids EHR Usage

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Patient context integration of a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) with an organization’s EHR can lower EHR access time for radiologists, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging. PACS...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

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Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with...

Communication, Health Data Exchange Lags Between Hospitals, PCPs

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Hospitals need to increase health data exchange and communication with primary care providers (PCPs) to improve care coordination, boost patient health outcomes, and reduce hospital readmission rates, according to former CMS official and...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Has 6K Unresolved Trouble Tickets

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DoD has so far resolved about 1,000 of a total of 7,000 trouble tickets submitted by clinicians to report problems with the MHS GENESIS EHR system, according to Defense Healthcare Management Systems Program Executive Director Stacy...

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