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61% of Physicians Say EHR Systems Reduce Clinical Efficiency

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EHR systems continue to fall short of provider expectations and detract from the joys of practicing medicine, according to a recent national survey by The Doctors Company.  More than 3,400 physicians from 49 states and the District...

Two New York HIEs Partner to Expand Health Data Exchange Services

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Two New York-based health information exchanges (HIEs) recently entered into a strategic partnership to boost HIE use among area providers and optimize the cost and efficiency of patient care delivery through health data...

4 UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals Use Epic EHR to Achieve HIMSS Stage 6

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Four hospitals part of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Pinnacle health system recently achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) using Epic EHR. UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, Lancaster,...

Health Information Exchanges in FL, CT Combatting Opioid Overuse

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Providers across Florida and Connecticut are working to curb opioid overuse and opioid-related deaths by integrating prescription drug data into health information exchanges (HIEs) and encouraging providers to closely monitor patient...

EHR Tools Collecting Social Determinants of Health Data Need Work

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Integrating social determinants of health (SDH) data into EHR systems may help providers address the economic and social risks that negatively affect patient health. However, a recent Annals of Family Medicine study by Gold et al....

CO Health System May Save $5M on Epic EHR Replacement Over 5 Years

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Colorado-based Memorial Regional Health will invest in an Epic EHR replacement project as part of a decision to affiliate with SCL Health St. Mary’s Regional Health System, according to Craig Press. The Memorial Regional Health...

14 Healthcare Stakeholders Launch EHR Patient Data Request Tool

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Fourteen organizations including AHIMA, X4 Health, CareJourney, and CARIN Alliance recently launched a new health IT tool designed to offer users an easier way to request EHR patient data. A team of health IT developers and organizations...

EHR Implementation Launch Increases Labor Costs For 6 Months

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While launching a new EHR implementation may help to reduce hospital spending in the long run, new research suggests labor costs may actually increase for up to six months after healthcare organizations go live with a new system. A...

Improving EHR Data Quality, Clinical Workflows for MIPS Success

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Optimizing EHR data quality is top-of-mind as healthcare organizations continue to adjust to the regulatory changes that accompany healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. Eligible clinicians participating...

11 Ways Medical Practices Can Get More Out of Their EHR Systems

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A new Stanford University School of Medicine white paper informed by feedback from healthcare industry experts offers medical practices 11 recommendations for improving the effectiveness of their EHR systems. Stanford curated the...

HealthlinkNY Opposes Planned Expansion of Hixny HIE Services

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HealthlinkNY has stated its disapproval for Hixny’s plans to expand its health information exchange (HIE) services into regions including the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and the Southern Tier of New York State. These areas are already...

MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

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MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to...

How Providers Use Clinical Documentation Improvement Tools

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools can help healthcare organizations accurately represent information about patient health events, clinical status, and office visits in EHRs as coded data. This coded data is used for quality...

EHR Design, Interoperability Top List of Physician Pain Points

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Problems with EHR design and interoperability are primary causes of physician dissatisfaction, according to a September 2018 survey of America’s Physicians by the Physician’s Foundation. The Physician’s Foundation and...

Hixny Extends Health Data Exchange Services to 9 New NY Counties

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New York-based Hixny will now provide health data exchange services to nine additional counties as it expands its territory over an 18-month period. The health information exchange (HIE) is one of New York’s eight qualified entities...

Lack of EHR Interoperability, API Use Hinder Value-Based Care

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Almost a decade after healthcare organizations across the country began investing in EHR technology, problems with EHR interoperability still obstruct care coordination, health data exchange, and clinical efficiency. Consistent,...

7 Medical Societies Use Health Data Exchange to Boost Health Equity

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Medical societies in seven states recently teamed up with KAMMCO Health Solutions to launch a new initiative leveraging health data exchange capabilities and data analytics to reduce health disparities across patient populations. The...

Two-Thirds of Physicians Left Out of EHR Optimization Efforts

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Many healthcare organizations are missing a valuable opportunity to boost EHR usability, physician satisfaction, and clinician engagement by leaving physicians out of the EHR optimization process. This finding comes from a recent 2018...

HIMSS Supports Promoting Interoperability, 2015 Edition CEHRT Use

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HIMSS recently stated its support for CMS efforts to require adoption of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) by 2019, as well as the federal agency’s proposed policies surrounding the implementation of a Promoting...

Nevada HIE Wins $1.2M to Expand Health Data Exchange Capabilities

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The Nevada Board of Examiners recently approved $1.2 million in funding to support the state’s health information exchange (HIE) — HealtHIE Nevada — in its efforts to improve health data exchange for area...

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