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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...

Using EHR Voice Recognition to Improve Clinical Documentation, Usability

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EHR tools with voice recognition capabilities can help to reduce data entry duties for healthcare providers and free up time for face-to-face interaction with patients. Hospitals and health systems are increasingly integrating voice...

VT Health Information Exchange Working to Reduce Duplicate EHRs

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After more than a year of financial and administrative problems, healthcare leaders running Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) have begun work to reduce duplicate patient EHRs within the HIE and optimize efficiency. Vermont...

Most Providers Look to EHR Vendors to Address Opioid Management

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The vast majority of healthcare organizations expect their EHR vendors to assist in addressing the opioid crisis, according to a new KLAS report. KLAS interviewed 117 clinical and managerial executives from healthcare organizations of...

Two Non-Profit Health Systems Launching EHR Implementations

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Tennessee-based Maury Regional Health and Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) in California are each launching new EHR implementations this fall. NVIH went live with eClinicalWorks cloud-based EHR system across clinics throughout...

PDMP Use More Burden, Less Blessing Without EHR Integration

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Under pressure to stall the rising death toll associated with the opioid epidemic, CMS and state regulators have pushed the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to ensure healthcare providers understand a...

Surescripts Sees 40% Increase in Health Data Exchange Users

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The user base of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange service has grown by more than 40 percent since 2017, representing a surge in the number of healthcare providers engaging in health data exchange over the past year. This increase...

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...

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