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How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

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The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Copy-Paste in EHR Clinical Data

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Providers may be heightening the risk of patient harm by entering repetitive and inaccurate EHR clinical data into physician notes. A recent study by Wang et al. used a new Epic EHR update allowing users to identify the provenance of data in...

Realizing the Benefits of Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Physician practices and healthcare organizations have been batting around the idea of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for over ten years. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has taken a particular interest...

HIE Use Reduces Repetitive Therapeutic Medical Procedures

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A recent study by Eftekhari et al. found connecting to a health information exchange (HIE) can help physician practices lower the amount of repeated therapeutic medical procedures administered to patients. “Repetition of medical services...

DE Health Information Exchange Improves EHR Patient Access

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The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) recently began offering patients a tool allowing for easier access to patient health data shared between providers.  “When you provide transparency, you reduce the stress people feel when...

MEDITECH Web EHR Gains 5 New Health Organizations

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MEDITECH today announced its contemporary and clinically-integrated web EHR is experiencing continued growth with five new healthcare organizations signed on to utilize the technology. The vendor’s integrated Ambulatory solution designed...

Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems

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The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) yesterday released a report exploring the relationship between patient safety and health IT and ways providers, policymakers and health IT developers can improve it. The organization outlined the progress made...

ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

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A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American...

Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

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Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments. The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services...

VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage...

Cerner HIT Supporting Population Health Management at TMC

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Cerner has joined forces with Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City to launch comprehensive disease management programs using remote patient monitoring technology.  The initiative will utilize algorithms configured in the Cerner population...

Epic EHR Data Helps Scientists Detect Heart Failure Earlier

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Joint research between IBM Research and Sutter Health led to the development of methods for predicting heart failure using clues imbedded in patient records in Epic EHR technology. Researchers observed the performance of machine learning models...

Epic Implementation in Boston to Blame for Frustrated Docs?

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In an op-ed to Boston’s WBUR, three doctors — two of whom are currently or once-affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital — voiced concern about the effects of EHR adoption on doctor-patient relationships. The two cardiologists...

New Jersey Healthcare Providers Suffer EHR Security Breaches

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The Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause in New Jersey recently suffered a data breach threatening the security of patient EHRs. While EHRs have made patient information more accessible than ever, the rapid digitization of the...

Vanderbilt Study Shows EHR Use Improves Preventive Medicine

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy successfully used EHR data to create one of the first comprehensive catalogs of diseases to help identify patients at risk for...

AAFP Group Outlines Ten-Year Plan for Health IT Improvements

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A group of technology and health IT stakeholders convened by American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published a plan to foster a healthcare system fulfilling the Triple Aim of better health, quality, and value through improved...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Open for Public Comment

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition recently requested public comment on its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing clinical decision support (CDS) systems. The CDS Coalition — including software developers, hospitals,...

Ambulatory EHR Market to Become $5.2B Industry by 2021

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New market research projects the ambulatory EHR market to reach $5.2 billion by 2012, a 5.8-percent growth rate. The report details the major sources of growth in the market as well as limitations most likely to keep the industry from further...

Surescripts Brings Medication History Data to LTPAC Providers

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Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history...

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