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Georgia Tech Furthers VA Vision for EHR Interoperability


The Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration scored a victory for its patient-centered EHR interoperability solution, the Digital Health Platform (DHP), as part of a proof-of-concept demonstration led by the Georgia Institute...

Study Raises Doubts about Clinical Documentation Accuracy


Researchers at the University of Michigan sought to investigate whether patient-reported eye symptoms were recorded as part of clinical documentation in EHR systems. As part of a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, Valikodath et al. compared...

AMIA Seeking EHR Data Sharing Improvements at NLM, CDC


In separate responses to two federal requests for information, the association has called for improved EHR data access, analytics, and exchange at the federal level. In comments from the American Medical Informatics Association published yesterday,...

HIEs Fail to Meet Needs of Population Health Management


Population health management (PHM) is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in healthcare IT according to a recent Black Book report. Despite the growing relevance of this fast-growing aspect of the healthcare industry, a majority of hospitals...

Nurse Statements in EHR Technology Improve ADR Detection


A new algorithm improves ADR detection through incorporating nurse observations and lab research data into EHR technology. A recent study funded by the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the Ministry...

DirectTrust Increased Health Data Exchange Activities in 2016


DirectTrust recently reported a record 146-percent increase in health data exchange transactions using the Direct health IT standard in 2016. The organization experienced record growth not only in the number of Direct message transactions and...

Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending


A recent study of physician EHR use found that the technology could be responsible for increasing spending in a hospital setting. Since EHR technology has the potential to benefit the healthcare system overall, the healthcare industry has...

EHR Use Assists Warfarin Patients during Transitions of Care


In a recent study, MU Health Care found that EHR use can be useful in improving anticoagulation therapy between outpatient and inpatient settings and across providers. Researchers conducted the study in response to challenges arising from transitions...

AHA: MAP Must Advocate for Streamlined CQMs, Care Improvement


The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a subgroup under the National Quality Forum, needs to advocate for more streamlined clinical quality measures (CQMs) that improve care value for patients while alleviating burden for providers, says...

Patients Harbor Little Concern for EHR Security Events


EHRs have become a ubiquitous fixture in doctor’s offices and hospitals nationwide, with adoption levels reaching nearly 90 percent. With that surge comes an increase in EHR security events during which patient data may be put at risk for...

ONC Announces Provider EHR Use Experience Challenge Winners


A recent challenge for health technology organizations to create innovative tools to improve provider EHR use yielded several new applications aimed at improving accessible health data exchange. On Thursday, the Office of the National Coordinator...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Integrated Primary Care


As integrated primary care and behavioral healthcare services come to the forefront, healthcare organization leaders must establish strong EHR use to enable better care coordination between the two specialties, finds a study published in the...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017


Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

Med School Training Key to Boosting EHR Data, Health IT Use


As the healthcare industry continues to rely on strong EHR data and health IT use, it will be important that today’s medical students are prepared to work with this kind of technology. However, according to a group of researchers from Duke...

Safety Huddles Prove Useful to Ensuring EHR Patient Safety


The authors of a recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found regular 15-minute meetings by administrative, clinical, and IT staff can enable hospitals to identify and address EHR-related patient safety concerns....

EHR Data Helpful in Identifying Positive Drug Combinations


EHR data, alongside other sources of clinical information, can be effective in determining different drug interactions that can help improve lifespan in breast cancer patients, according to a recent study from Stanford Medicine. The study, published...

How Healthcare Providers Can Improve EHR Patient Safety


EHR vendor eClinicalWorks has issued a periodic statement on improving patient safety, reminding end users to always update their EHR software and to ensure accuracy of treatment orders. According to the vendor, patient safety risks are inherent...

OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016


Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which encompasses...

MA Digital Health Council to Spark State Health IT Growth


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the state’s Digital Health Council during its first meeting last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. An offshot of the state’s...

$1.2M Sutter Health Grant Uses EHR Data for Precision Medicine


Sutter Health network has received a $1.2 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop an app that will use both patient-reported and EHR data for multiple sclerosis patients, according to a press release....



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