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EHR System Tech Support Greatly Impacts Patient Care Delivery

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Health IT companies that do not offer clinically-based EHR system tech support, either internally or through an outsourced support firm, have far less opportunities to positively affect patient care through EHR use, a new Black Book survey found....

The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare

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While healthcare industry stakeholders agree on the benefits of EHR use and health data exchange among hospitals and primary care facilities, EHR use in behavioral health settings is still uncommon and lagging behind.   One behavioral and...

Regenstrief Begins Two-Year Study of Emergency Department HIE Use

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The Regenstrief Institute is launching a multi-year study into the effect of health information exchange (HIE) use on patient outcomes in emergency departments.   Scientists at the institute will use a two-year grant from the Agency for...

athenahealth EHR Users Report Financial Gains 5% Over Baseline

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athenahealth recently announced a period of continued growth and improvement, reporting its EHR users have experienced average financial gains of 5 percent over baseline. Specifically, the health IT company stated users in the community hospital...

UVA Researchers Recommend Using EHRs for Reduced Medical Testing

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and other universities have developed a plan to cut unnecessary medical testing in an effort to save money and improve patient safety, satisfaction, and health outcomes in part by...

Epic Named Best EDIS Enterprise Vendor in Overall Satisfaction

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The September 2017 KLAS report for emergency department information system (EDIS) usability showed provider leadership at organizations using Epic EHR have significantly higher rates of overall satisfaction than those using other enterprise...

HIE Partnership Targets Health Data Exchange, Population Health

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) has entered into a formal partnership with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to improve patient care delivery, health data sharing, and population health management....

EHR Use-Related Malpractice Claims Increased Over Past Decade

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A new study found malpractice claims in which EHR use was listed as a contributing factor to patient injury have increased continuously over the past decade. The study by David B. Troxel, MD, and colleagues at physician-owned medical malpractice...

Solo Doctor Forfeits Medical License Over Paper Records

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Following an investigation into her into her patient health record keeping, prescribing, and clinical decision making, a physician in the New Hampshire town of New London is no longer licensed to practice medicine. The New Hampshire Board of...

Ophthalmologists Spend 27 Percent of Patient Visits on EHR Use

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology found ophthalmologists spend 27 percent of a typical patient encounter on EHR use, suggesting a need for EHR usability improvements. The study by Read-Brown...

Unsustainable Workloads Could Lead to Physician Burnout

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An athenahealth survey found almost half of practicing physicians believe they will have trouble maintaining their workload in the long term, which could potentially lead to physician burnout if left unaddressed by senior leadership. The...

eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

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This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients. The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use

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Innovative EHR use can solve a host of healthcare’s biggest problems, according to a new op-ed in Harvard Business Review. Virginia Mason’s James Bender, MD, and Robert S. Mecklenburg, MD, highlighted how innovative EHR use presents...

Rural Hospitals Disagree on Efficiency of MEDITECH EHR

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Two rural hospitals using MEDITECH EHR systems have reported starkly contrasting levels of success and provider satisfaction in the months following implementation. Colquitt Regional Medical Center noticed a significant boost in clinical efficiency...

Most Patients Report EHR Technology Improves Quality of Care

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A new survey found 85 percent of patients believe EHR technology and other technological advances will improve the quality of patient care a great deal. Research from The Physicians Foundation gathered responses from over 1,747 patients between...

Team-Based Model Key to Achieving the Quadruple Aim at Reliant

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The key to success in value-based care is sharing the workload, claims the head of Reliant Medical Group.  “One of the things we know need to solve for and we have by no means have is getting away from one person needs to shoulder...

CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap

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The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) has released a draft of its plan to improve provider data accuracy and issued a call for public comment. CAQH developed the Provider Data Roadmap with Provider Data Action Alliance in order...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

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Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process

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Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

How Effective HIE Use Saves Money, Improves Health Outcomes

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This week, the regional health information organization HEALTHeLINK welcomed its millionth patient participant. Connecting 1,014 healthcare organizations and 4,600 physicians, the health information exchange (HIE) in western New York and has...

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