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EHR Systems Should Be Systems of Engagement, Not Recordkeeping

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EHR systems need to be re-engineered as systems of engagement rather than systems of recordkeeping to yield real improvements in clinical efficiency. That was the sentiment of Persistent Systems Digital President Sudhir Kulkarni at the 2018 World...

NIH Searching for Volunteers Nationwide to Contribute EHR Data

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Individuals across the country ages 18 and older will soon have the opportunity to share EHR data with researchers and advance individualized precision medicine, treatment, and patient care delivery through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

PACS Integration Lowers EHR Access Times, Aids EHR Usage

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Patient context integration of a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) with an organization’s EHR can lower EHR access time for radiologists, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging. PACS integration...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

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Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with recommendations...

Communication, Health Data Exchange Lags Between Hospitals, PCPs

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Hospitals need to increase health data exchange and communication with primary care providers (PCPs) to improve care coordination, boost patient health outcomes, and reduce hospital readmission rates, according to former CMS official and current...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Has 6K Unresolved Trouble Tickets

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DoD has so far resolved about 1,000 of a total of 7,000 trouble tickets submitted by clinicians to report problems with the MHS GENESIS EHR system, according to Defense Healthcare Management Systems Program Executive Director Stacy Cummings....

Collaboration Can Aid EHR Use, Adoption in Behavioral Health Space

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Perceived ease of EHR use and perceived usefulness of the technology itself are driving factors toward EHR adoption with physicians in behavioral health, according to a recent study. However, there is still resistance to EHR adoption within behavioral...

Leveraging Provider Communication for Better Care Coordination

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With EHR systems now commonplace in hospitals and health systems nationwide, many healthcare organizations are turning their attention and resources toward EHR optimization to improve care coordination. Before Vanderbilt University Medical Center...

MI Hospital Reduces EHR Use in ICU with Epic Telemedicine Tool

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Michigan-based Beaumont Hospital is utilizing an EHR-integrated Epic telemedicine tool to present critical health data about ICU patients on monitors outside hospital rooms in an effort to improve clinical efficiency and reduce EHR use for providers....

Enhancing Patient Care with Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) ensures that health services are accurately documented and helps healthcare coders and physicians work toward improved patient care while also streamlining productivity. When meaningful clinical data is...

Lean Methodology Reduces Provider EHR Use by 1 Hour per Day

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Utilizing Lean methodology to redesign inefficient, first-generation EHR systems can help to improve clinical documentation, boost provider satisfaction, and cut provider EHR use by almost one hour per day, according to new research published...

Health IT Safety Collaborative Can Aid EHR Use, Patient Safety

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Gathering input from all types of healthcare stakeholders is critical to addressing potential issues with EHR use, which will in turn help to improve patient care and reduce provider burden, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Alert fatigue,...

Will Specializing EHR Interfaces Solve the EHR Usability Problem?

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The arduous process of integrating EHR technology into doctors’ offices has introduced clinicians to a new world of complex daily challenges, and the present lack of EHR usability only serves to exacerbate the problem. Stakeholders are...

IL Obstetrician Refuses EHR Use Training, Leaves Medical Center

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Seventy-five year-old Jeffrey B. Johnson, MD, is being forced to stop seeing patients at Illinois-based Amita Health St. Alexius Medical Center after refusing to participate in mandatory EHR use training, according to Daily Herald. Since starting...

ECRI Launches Health IT Use, Innovation Safety Initiative

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The ECRI Institute recently launched the Insight Culture of Safety Assessment for Health IT Companies program aimed at promoting safety in health IT use, innovation, and implementation. The program is a joint effort between the ECRI...

50% of Physicians Want Better Access to Patient Data in EHR Use

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Healthcare organizations may need to address physicians’ EHR use and how easily they have access to patient data if a recent Surescripts survey is any indication. Half of the 300 US physicians surveyed said they are very or extremely satisfied...

DoD Providers Prefer MHS GENESIS EHR System Over Legacy System

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Some healthcare providers at Department of Defense (DoD) care sites already prefer the MHS GENESIS EHR system to the federal department’s legacy AHLTA system, according to Pensacola News Journal. Naval Hospital Oak Harbor family physician...

Allscripts, CarePort Health Joining for Improved Care Coordination

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Allscripts company CarePort Health will now be managing the Allscripts Care Management solution and services portfolio in an effort to have stronger care coordination offerings to providers, payers and ACOs, according to a CarePort...

Duplicate Patient EHRs Cost Hospitals $1,950 Per Inpatient Stay

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Duplicate patient EHRs cost hospitals an average of $1,950 per patient per inpatient stay, according to a 2018 Black Book survey about the use and value of enterprise master patient index (EMPI) solutions. Black Book researchers surveyed 1,392...

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