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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....

CDC Data Show Slight Increase in Physician EHR Use in 2015

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According to the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, 86.9 percent of all office-based physician use an EHR system, 53.9 percent a basic EHR system, and 77.9 percent a certified EHR system (i.e., certified EHR technology or CEHRT)....

EHR Technology a Key Contributor to Physician Burnout

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A group of top healthcare CEOs is calling on their colleagues across the healthcare industry to address physician burnout as a public health crisis and identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor. “The spike in reported burnout...

Updated ONC SAFER Guides Encourage EHR Usability, Safety

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ONC has added updated ONC SAFER Guides to its Health IT Playbook in an effort to help providers improve EHR usability and safety at their practices. The ONC SAFER Guides were designed to help providers ensure patient safety when utilizing new,...

Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

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A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns....

Patient-Generated EHR Data Aids Communication with Providers

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A safety-net clinic pilot demonstrated the benefits of patient-provider collaboration in EHR technology to patient-provider communication in the exam room. A new study found patient-entered electronic visit agendas between patients and providers...

GAO Calls on HHS to Better Encourage Patient EHR Access

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reevaluate the effectiveness of its attempts to promote patient EHR access and EHR data use after finding few patients regularly access...

EHR Data Management Tops ECRI List of Patient Safety Threats

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ECRI Institute recently published their 2017 Top 10 Patient Concerns for Healthcare Organizations using findings acquired through the institute’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) event data, input from healthcare provider organizations,...

Patient, Provider Disagreement Re-emerges in Health Reporting

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found patient-reported self-assessments and provider-reported assessments of patient health rarely align. The study by Elder et al. aimed to gain insight into how often...

3 Health Information Exchanges Experiencing Recent Growth

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Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), a health information exchange (HIE) in Michigan, recently announced their Health Connect service platform has received Certified Status for information security by HITRUST Alliance. The award qualifies GLHC...

Study Aims to Aid Patient EHR Documentation Understanding

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Providers are looking for a way to accurately assess how well patients generally comprehend the technical language used in EHR documentation in order to gauge patient comprehension of health conditions. A recent study by Zheng et al. sought to...

Halamka Offers Guidance for Health IT Implementation, Policies

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, recently published comments on the future of national healthcare IT after attending HIMSS17. The list contained 10 guiding principles for maintaining and improving health IT regulations...

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