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EHR Use-Related Malpractice Claims Increased Over Past Decade


A new study found malpractice claims in which EHR use was listed as a contributing factor to patient injury have increased continuously over the past decade. The study by David B. Troxel, MD, and colleagues at physician-owned medical malpractice...

Solo Doctor Forfeits Medical License Over Paper Records


Following an investigation into her into her patient health record keeping, prescribing, and clinical decision making, a physician in the New Hampshire town of New London is no longer licensed to practice medicine. The New Hampshire Board of...

Ophthalmologists Spend 27 Percent of Patient Visits on EHR Use


A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology found ophthalmologists spend 27 percent of a typical patient encounter on EHR use, suggesting a need for EHR usability improvements. The study by Read-Brown...

Unsustainable Workloads Could Lead to Physician Burnout


An athenahealth survey found almost half of practicing physicians believe they will have trouble maintaining their workload in the long term, which could potentially lead to physician burnout if left unaddressed by senior leadership. The...

eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use


This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients. The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use


Innovative EHR use can solve a host of healthcare’s biggest problems, according to a new op-ed in Harvard Business Review. Virginia Mason’s James Bender, MD, and Robert S. Mecklenburg, MD, highlighted how innovative EHR use presents...

Rural Hospitals Disagree on Efficiency of MEDITECH EHR


Two rural hospitals using MEDITECH EHR systems have reported starkly contrasting levels of success and provider satisfaction in the months following implementation. Colquitt Regional Medical Center noticed a significant boost in clinical efficiency...

Most Patients Report EHR Technology Improves Quality of Care


A new survey found 85 percent of patients believe EHR technology and other technological advances will improve the quality of patient care a great deal. Research from The Physicians Foundation gathered responses from over 1,747 patients between...

Team-Based Model Key to Achieving the Quadruple Aim at Reliant


The key to success in value-based care is sharing the workload, claims the head of Reliant Medical Group.  “One of the things we know need to solve for and we have by no means have is getting away from one person needs to shoulder...

CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap


The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) has released a draft of its plan to improve provider data accuracy and issued a call for public comment. CAQH developed the Provider Data Roadmap with Provider Data Action Alliance in order...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching


Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process


Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

How Effective HIE Use Saves Money, Improves Health Outcomes


This week, the regional health information organization HEALTHeLINK welcomed its millionth patient participant. Connecting 1,014 healthcare organizations and 4,600 physicians, the health information exchange (HIE) in western New York and has...

MO Coalition Selects Netsmart for Population Health Management


The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare is teaming up with Netsmart as the state’s care coordination and population health management solutions provider to support the Healthcare Homes Program. Following the success of...

Cerner Named Top EHR Vendor for IT Outsourcing by Black Book


A new Black Book survey puts Cerner Corporation atop all EHR vendors for it end-to-end, complex health IT outsourcing solutions in hospitals and physician groups across the United States. Researchers polled 1,587 health IT users currently outsourcing...

Using Information Governance to Protect, Recover Patient EHR Data


Leadership from a large healthcare system is stressing the importance information governance (IG) in preventing unavailable, incomplete, or inaccurate patient EHRs. In a post on Journal of AHIMA, Director of Catholic Health Initiatives EHR Compliance...

Mayo Clinic Adds Clinical Decision Support Tools to Labs


Mayo Clinic recently partnered with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop a clinical decision support (CDS) tool comprising recommendations for lab test ordering. The tool will be available to healthcare providers through their...

How Efficient EHR Use Can Improve Chronic Disease Management


Effective EHR use can improve care coordination, streamline daily clinical processes, and save hospitals money. However, EHR systems continue to receive blame for contributing to rising rates of physician burnout, a deteriorating patient-provider...

Effective HIE Use, Federal Incentives May Save Medicare Billions


A new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame found health information exchanges (HIEs) could save Medicare billions, reducing healthcare spending by more than $3 billion a year. The study by Idris Adjerid, Julia Adler-Milstein,...

Scribes Improve Physician Satisfaction, EHR Clinical Documentation


The authors of a new study published in the September issue of Annals of Family linked medical scribes with improving all aspects of physician satisfaction, including satisfaction with patient encounters and clinical documentation accuracy. Gidwani...



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