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HHS Draft Strategy Aims to Reduce Administrative Burden of EHR Use

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A new draft strategy from HHS addresses administrative burden on providers caused by EHR use and includes recommendations to boost provider satisfaction. HHS announced the release of the draft strategy and issued a request for public...

Amazon Service Analyzes Patient EHRs, Health Data For Diagnoses

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Amazon confirmed it is developing a new HIPAA-eligible machine learning service that enables developers to analyze patient EHRs to identify information including patient diagnoses, treatments, dosages, symptoms, and signs in a Tuesday blog...

Hixny NY Health Information Exchange Earns HITRUST Certification

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Hixny recently became the first health information exchange (HIE) in New York to earn HITRUST CSF certification on Version 9.1 for patient information security to fulfill the aims of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York...

NC Department of Health Enabling EHR Integration of PDMP Data

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking steps to promote safer prescribing practices across the state by enabling EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data. NCDHHS will...

ECRI Opens Access to Clinical Decision-Making Guideline Portal

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ECRI Institute recently opened free access to its ECRI Guidelines Trust portal, which offers expertly-vetted, evidence-based guidelines to assist providers with clinical decision-making. The resource will grow overtime as more clinical...

DHMC Working With Epic EHR, NIH to Research, Improve Cancer Care

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is one of six health systems sharing a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage Epic EHR for research into improving cancer care. NIH and the Beau Biden Cancer...

Evidence Supports Continuity of Care Quality Measures in QPP

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Adding quality measures related to continuity of care to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may help lower healthcare costs and reduce hospitalizations, according to a new Annals of Family Medicine study.   Andrew Bazemore, MD, and...

Simplifying Clinical Documentation to Cut Administrative Burden

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Hawaii Pacific Health is working to prevent physician burnout and reduce administrative burden on providers by cutting out the aspects of clinical documentation and EHR use that clinicians find least useful. In a recent New England...

Collaborating With EHR Vendors for Continuous EHR Optimization

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Healthcare organizations looking to dramatically improve their clinical and administrative processes through health IT use can choose one of two options: EHR optimization or EHR replacement. Some healthcare organizations opt to invest in...

EHR Usability Challenges Threaten Patient Safety in Pediatric Care

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Problems with EHR usability can pose a threat to patient safety in pediatric care, particularly during medication prescribing. This finding comes in a new Health Affairs study by a team of researchers from MedStar Health. Raj Ratwani et...

New FDA App Streamlines EHR Patient Data Collection for Researchers

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FDA recently launched a new app designed to allow researchers to easily collect real-world evidence in the form of EHR patient data, claims and billing information, and patient-generated health data through patients’ mobile...

Epic EHR Ranked Highest for Provider Satisfaction Worldwide

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Epic EHR is currently dominating the worldwide EHR market in overall user experience, with nearly 90 percent of all surveyed international users reporting high rates of provider satisfaction. This finding comes in the new Global EMR...

Cancer Screening Test Vendor to Launch Epic EHR Implementation

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Cancer screening test vendor Exact Sciences will launch an Epic EHR implementation to become Epic’s first diagnostic specialty customer, according to Wisconsin State Journal. “Epic will become a core component of our IT...

EHR Medication Lists Lack Accuracy, May Threaten Patient Safety

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EHR medication lists are often inaccurate and incomplete, opening the door for adverse drug reactions, un-informed clinical decision-making, and poor medication monitoring, according to a new JAMA study. Researchers from Vanderbilt...

Pediatric EHR Vendor Initiative to Support Independent Practices

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A pediatric EHR vendor recently launched a new initiative intended to financially assist independent pediatric practices that care for a high-volume of patients in underserved communities. The Physician’s Computer Company (PCC)...

How IT Support Streamlines EHR Optimization, Boosts EHR Usability

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Most healthcare organizations can expect some slowdowns in clinical efficiency as providers and administrators acclimate to the changes that accompany new EHR system implementations or EHR optimization efforts. While these upgrades help...

Epic App Orchard Lowers Participation Fee for Health IT Developers

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Participating in Epic App Orchard will now be more affordable for health IT developers, according to Epic App Orchard Director Brett Gann. Epic launched its marketplace for third-party apps in 2017. The app store allows vendors and health...

EHR Tools May Help to Increase Behavioral Health Screening Rates

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EHR tools designed to address behavioral health needs may help to boost behavioral health screening rates in community health centers, according to new research from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). Jetelina...

eClinicalWorks Launches New EHR-Integrated Opioid Risk Tool

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eClinicalWorks recently launched a new EHR-integrated Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) designed to assess a patient’s risk for opioid misuse and enable providers to address potential cases of substance use disorder in accordance with treatment...

HIMSS, AMIA Suggest Improvements to ONC EHR Reporting Program

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HIMSS and AMIA recently listed ways ONC can ensure the EHR Reporting Program supports interoperability improvements, health IT safety, patient health data access, and compliance with CMS value-based payment and quality improvement...

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