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Standardizing Adverse Drug Reaction Data in EHR Documentation

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A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) provides a means for improving EHR documentation of adverse drug reactions. “Well-developed documentation standards for EHR systems exist in some...

NJ Medical Group Starts Physician-Led Health Information Exchange

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The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched its statewide health information exchange (HIE) known as OneHealth New Jersey. The HIE will improve physician health data access and streamline communication between hospitals, physician...

Healthcare APIs Enabled 1 Billion Exchanges at Allscripts in 2017

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Allscripts recently announced that its Open ecosystem built on healthcare APIs enabled one billion data exchange transactions over the past year. Surpassing the milestone marks a record-breaking feat for the health IT company after...

Health IT Leader at Center of $800K Fraud Scandal in California

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A former health IT leader at North County Health Services (NCHS) recently pleaded not guilty to defrauding the healthcare organization out of nearly $800,000. The California-based nonprofit healthcare organization provides comprehensive, affordable...

KLAS Report Names Top 3 Best Practices for EHR Optimization

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KLAS recently published a list of best practices for EHR optimization to reduce provider burden as part of a study conducted through its Arch Collaborative initiative. “The Arch Collaborative, in an effort to stem the tide of EMR-related...

AAPA EHR Toolkit Offers Best Practices for EHR Design, Usability

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The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recently released its EHR Toolkit to promote the use of EHR systems designed, selected, and implemented with functionality considerations specifically tailored for physician assistants (PAs)....

6 Use Cases for EHR Data Utilization in Public, Community Health

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EHR data could allow for dramatic improvements in addressing community health challenges, according to a recent report released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers presented six use cases...

Providers Caring for an Aging Population Need Widespread HIE Use

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Health information exchange (HIE) use allows providers caring for a highly-mobile aging patient population to send, receive, and access all types of health data to ensure quality care delivery. As the aging population grows, more and more data...

Steward Health System Expands MEDITECH EHR Implementation

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Steward Health Care System recently announced eight of its hospitals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida will implement MEDITECH Web EHR by 2018. The health system has been a MEDITECH EHR user for 19 years. MEDITECH’s physician-designed...

Smart EHR Implementation Decisions Key to Usability Improvements

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Encouraging healthcare organizations and health IT companies to make smarter decisions during the EHR implementation process is the oft-overlooked but vitally important key to enabling EHR usability improvements, according to experts convened...

Newly-Designed Physician EHR Notes May Improve EHR Usability

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Showing less data in physician EHR notes may produce more benefits for physician productivity, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). The study by Jeffery Beldon, MD et al. compared...

Epic EHR Best Supports Success in Meaningful Use Performance

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A recent study by Holmgren et al. found Epic EHR was associated with significantly higher performance in five of six Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, beating out Cerner, Allscripts, MEDITECH, and other top health IT companies. Researchers...

Rumored Cerner EHR, Amazon Partnership Talks in Final Stages

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A major Cerner EHR and Amazon partnership will likely be announced at Amazon’s annual conference later this week, according to CNBC. Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy will reportedly discuss the company’s entrance into the...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Increase HPV Vaccination

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Physicians using EHR systems with clinical decision support are more likely to lead to the ordering human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines when alerts are included, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Bae...

Few Providers Satisfied with EHR System Success in QPP

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On average, only 38 percent of providers are satisfied with their EHR systems’ ability to meet the requirements of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to the State of QPP Preparedness Industry Report. Conducted by Porter Research...

AMA CEO Outlines Problems with EHR Use, Clinical Data

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Stakeholders should turn their focus to organizing and presenting EHR data in a meaningful way to allow for more efficient patient care delivery, according to American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President & CEO James Madara,...

Post-Acute Care EHR Adoption, Health Data Exchange Lags Behind

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Inpatient post-acute care organizations lag significantly behind other healthcare settings in EHR adoption and health data exchange, according to a recent Black Book survey of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Black Book surveyed...

Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

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A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT use....

Consumers Split on Role of EHR Use in Improving Patient Safety

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Fifty-one percent of surveyed western New Yorkers believe EHR use improves patient safety, according to a recent survey by HEALTHeLINK. In September of 2017, the regional health information exchange (HIE) gathered responses from about 1,000 healthcare...

Most Healthcare Execs Doubt EHR Use Can Support Population Health

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EHR systems do not yet have the necessary capabilities to support population health management and value-based care, according to a recent study published by Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI).  The study by...

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