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VA Proposed Rule to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent

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A new VA proposed rule looks to streamline health data exchange of veteran EHRs by allowing health information exchanges (HIEs) to more easily obtain patient consent. The legislation would allow VA to amend current consent regulations so...

EHR Data Useful for Measuring Low-Value Clinical Service Overuse

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EHR data can be useful for accurately measuring overused clinical services and low-value testing, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). A research team led by Thomas Isaac, MD, extracted...

Small, Rural, Specialty Ambulatory Practices Lacking in EHR Use

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Small, rural, and specialty ambulatory care practices are less likely to engage in advanced EHR use, according to new research published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study by Rumball-Smith et al. measured...

Scribes Reduce EHR Use, Restore Joy of Practice for Physicians

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A recent study by Sattler et al. found integrating scribes into primary care clinics can reduce administrative burden associated with EHR use, improve levels of physician satisfaction, and allow for higher quality care. Beginning in 2015,...

EHR Use, Administrative Burden Accelerating Physician Burnout

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In response to a new study about high levels of physician burnout among family physicians, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center family physician Donald O. Mack, MD, suggested the recent transition to a value-based care system and...

GaHIN Awards $500K in Grants to Improve Health Data Exchange

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The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to its members in 2017 to help providers connect to the HIE and expand health data exchange statewide. Over the past three years, GaHIN’s...

Epic, DaVita Partner to Develop Chronic Kidney Disease EHR System

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Epic will partner with DaVita Physician Solutions to improve capabilities within DaVita’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) EHR system offering. Effective chronic disease management is especially critical for CKD patients given the...

athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic to Launch Virtual Assistants

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Health IT companies including eClinicalWorks, Epic, and athenahealth are developing EHR-integrated virtual assistants akin to Amazon’s Alexa to reduce provider burden and secure a competitive advantage in the crowded EHR...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

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Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand...

275 Adventist Health Jobs Transition to Cerner for Partnership

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Adventist Health will transition about 275 jobs from its headquarters in Roseville, California to Cerner Corporation. Approximately 190 of these jobs will become health IT positions. The other 85 positions will transition to revenue...

Mercy Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care, Extends Epic EHR

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Mercy recently partnered with GoHealth Urgent Care to create a network of 30 co-branded urgent care centers across the Midwest operating on a single, unified Epic EHR system. The partnership will improve patient care delivery and health...

4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

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Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also...

Cyberattack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime in Western New York

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A recent cyberattack has led to EHR downtime approaching one week at Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Wellsville, New York. Patient health records and email have been inaccessible to all providers at the hospital, according to a report by...

EHR Optimization Before, During, and After Implementation

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As EHR adoption becomes nearly ubiquitous across all hospital specialties, many providers are also becoming increasingly frustrated with the technology. Well-informed EHR optimization decisions throughout the many phases of implementation...

Collaborating for EHR Usability Improvements, Patient Safety

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A recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts addressed how collaborating for EHR usability improvements can benefit patient care and safety. In the 32-page report, authors acknowledged that increased EHR use in healthcare has led to...

EHR Integration Remains Top Priority for CHIME CIOs in 2018

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Thirty-eight percent of CHIME CIOs named optimizing EHR integration with other hospital systems as a top priority heading into 2018, according to a recent Spok survey. Researchers collected survey responses from 46 CHIME CIOs in June of...

Two GA Healthcare Centers to Share Single Epic EHR Platform

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Piedmont Healthcare and Shepherd Center recently signed on to share an Epic EHR platform in a hospital-to-hospital hosting agreement. As part of the agreement, Piedmont will extend its Epic EHR to Shepherd Center to offer patients a...

Review Reveals Problems with Vermont Health Information Exchange

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Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) is suffering from consistent and significant financial and administrative problems, according to a recent review by HealthTech solutions. The exchange is operated by Vermont Information...

Indian Health Service Requests Information for EHR Modernization

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently issued a request for information (RFI) for its upcoming EHR modernization in an effort to improve interoperability. The HHS-affiliated federal agency clarified that the RFI is not a request for...

Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR. Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest...

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