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EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Integrated Primary Care

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As integrated primary care and behavioral healthcare services come to the forefront, healthcare organization leaders must establish strong EHR use to enable better care coordination between the two specialties, finds a study published in the...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017

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Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

Med School Training Key to Boosting EHR Data, Health IT Use

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As the healthcare industry continues to rely on strong EHR data and health IT use, it will be important that today’s medical students are prepared to work with this kind of technology. However, according to a group of researchers from Duke...

Safety Huddles Prove Useful to Ensuring EHR Patient Safety

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The authors of a recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found regular 15-minute meetings by administrative, clinical, and IT staff can enable hospitals to identify and address EHR-related patient safety concerns....

EHR Data Helpful in Identifying Positive Drug Combinations

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EHR data, alongside other sources of clinical information, can be effective in determining different drug interactions that can help improve lifespan in breast cancer patients, according to a recent study from Stanford Medicine. The study, published...

How Healthcare Providers Can Improve EHR Patient Safety

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EHR vendor eClinicalWorks has issued a periodic statement on improving patient safety, reminding end users to always update their EHR software and to ensure accuracy of treatment orders. According to the vendor, patient safety risks are inherent...

OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016

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Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which encompasses...

MA Digital Health Council to Spark State Health IT Growth

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the state’s Digital Health Council during its first meeting last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. An offshot of the state’s...

$1.2M Sutter Health Grant Uses EHR Data for Precision Medicine

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Sutter Health network has received a $1.2 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop an app that will use both patient-reported and EHR data for multiple sclerosis patients, according to a press release....

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

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EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

Health IT Use, Data Exchange Top 2017 Challenges for HHS

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Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will face...

Complex Clinical Decision Support May Improve Cancer Care

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Clinical decision support (CDS) systems may be able to enhance treatment for patients with multiple, complex symptoms, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers sought to introduce a complex CDS...

Can Natural Language Processing Boost Clinical Documentation?

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Numerous reports pointed to EHR use as a contributor to increased physician workloads, specifically citing the time demands of clinical documentation processes. According to a recent study, dictation and natural language processing (NLP) may...

WEDI Clarifies Clinical Documentation in 2017 ICD-10 Guidance

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released an issue brief on clinical documentation and the 2017 ICD-10 Official Guidelines. The 2017 guidelines include a specific provision about clinical documentation. In guideline 19,...

E-Prescribing, EHR Use May Decrease Medication Non-Adherence

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E-prescribing and physician EHR use may be the key to reducing medication non-adherence, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The study, led by researcher Adewole S. Adamson, MD, investigated the frequency of medication non-adherence...

EHR Vendors Still Seeing Low Physician Satisfaction Scores

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Poor usability and lack of desired functionality are causing most physicians to be dissatisfied with their EHR technology, finds a new survey by Peer 60. However, EHR vendors can improve upon this by taking notice of physician satisfaction feedback....

Clinical Decision Support Tools May Improve Kidney Treatment

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EHR clinical decision support tools might show promise in improving testing and maintenance for chronic kidney disease, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. According to a research team led...

EHR Improvements Needed to Improve Physician Productivity

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Physicians want to see more EHR system improvements to boost productivity and practice costs, according to the Deloitte 2016 Survey of Physicians. The survey of 600 primary care physicians shows that providers still largely view EHRs in a negative...

How Health Orgs Realize EHR Benefits, Quality Improvements

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For healthcare organizations to benefit from EHR use and achieve quality improvements, they need to engage in robust strategic planning, articulating their goals and how they will achieve them, according to healthcare IT consultancy Impact Advisors....

ONC Releases Guide, Playbook to Support Physician EHR Use

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As a part of National Health IT Week, ONC has released two learning materials to help providers with EHR implementation and use, according to a public statement. The agency issued an EHR contract guide — EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting...

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