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EHR System Transformation at Center of Penn Medicine Initiative

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Penn Medicine recently launched an initiative intended to transform EHR systems into more interactive, intuitive tools to ease provider burden, improve patient health outcomes, and boost clinical efficiency. “We recognize that EHRs...

Cerner Launching EHR-Integrated Opioid Toolkit for Safe Prescribing

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Cerner is launching a new suite of EHR-integrated health IT tools in the coming weeks designed to promote safer prescribing practices among clinicians in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. At the 2018 Cerner Health Conference (CHC),...

Patients Overwhelmingly Support Unique Identifiers for EHR Matching

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The vast majority of patients support the use of unique identifiers to improve patient EHR matching, according to new original research by Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization teamed up with Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research...

VA Awards $11.4M to Liberty IT Solutions to Enhance VistA EHR

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VA recently awarded Liberty IT Solutions a three-year, $11.4 million task order for the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Enhancements Phase 2 (EP2), which will help to enhance care coordination and patient health data access for...

32% of EHR Vendors Use FHIR to Meet 2015 Edition CEHRT Requirements

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Nearly a third of EHR vendors are using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard to meet 2015 Edition certification requirements, according to ONC officials. FHIR is an internet-based standard developed and...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Use Mandatory for CA Docs

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California physicians and prescribers must query the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids or other controlled substances, according to newly-passed state legislation. The new law is part of...

AMA Expanding EHR Training, Medical Education Consortium

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The Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium launched by AMA in 2013 to promote EHR training, physician leadership, and other skills is so far yielding positive results, the association stated October 2. AMA and its 32 medical...

61% of Physicians Say EHR Systems Reduce Clinical Efficiency

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EHR systems continue to fall short of provider expectations and detract from the joys of practicing medicine, according to a recent national survey by The Doctors Company.  More than 3,400 physicians from 49 states and the District...

Two New York HIEs Partner to Expand Health Data Exchange Services

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Two New York-based health information exchanges (HIEs) recently entered into a strategic partnership to boost HIE use among area providers and optimize the cost and efficiency of patient care delivery through health data...

4 UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals Use Epic EHR to Achieve HIMSS Stage 6

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Four hospitals part of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Pinnacle health system recently achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) using Epic EHR. UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, Lancaster,...

Health Information Exchanges in FL, CT Combatting Opioid Overuse

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Providers across Florida and Connecticut are working to curb opioid overuse and opioid-related deaths by integrating prescription drug data into health information exchanges (HIEs) and encouraging providers to closely monitor patient...

EHR Tools Collecting Social Determinants of Health Data Need Work

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Integrating social determinants of health (SDH) data into EHR systems may help providers address the economic and social risks that negatively affect patient health. However, a recent Annals of Family Medicine study by Gold et al....

CO Health System May Save $5M on Epic EHR Replacement Over 5 Years

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Colorado-based Memorial Regional Health will invest in an Epic EHR replacement project as part of a decision to affiliate with SCL Health St. Mary’s Regional Health System, according to Craig Press. The Memorial Regional Health...

14 Healthcare Stakeholders Launch EHR Patient Data Request Tool

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Fourteen organizations including AHIMA, X4 Health, CareJourney, and CARIN Alliance recently launched a new health IT tool designed to offer users an easier way to request EHR patient data. A team of health IT developers and organizations...

EHR Implementation Launch Increases Labor Costs For 6 Months

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While launching a new EHR implementation may help to reduce hospital spending in the long run, new research suggests labor costs may actually increase for up to six months after healthcare organizations go live with a new system. A...

Improving EHR Data Quality, Clinical Workflows for MIPS Success

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Optimizing EHR data quality is top-of-mind as healthcare organizations continue to adjust to the regulatory changes that accompany healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. Eligible clinicians participating...

11 Ways Medical Practices Can Get More Out of Their EHR Systems

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A new Stanford University School of Medicine white paper informed by feedback from healthcare industry experts offers medical practices 11 recommendations for improving the effectiveness of their EHR systems. Stanford curated the...

HealthlinkNY Opposes Planned Expansion of Hixny HIE Services

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HealthlinkNY has stated its disapproval for Hixny’s plans to expand its health information exchange (HIE) services into regions including the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and the Southern Tier of New York State. These areas are already...

MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

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MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to...

How Providers Use Clinical Documentation Improvement Tools

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools can help healthcare organizations accurately represent information about patient health events, clinical status, and office visits in EHRs as coded data. This coded data is used for quality...

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