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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...

Rural Illinois ACO to Implement Cerner Population Health Platform

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Illinois Rural Community Care Organization (IRCCO) recently selected Cerner HealtheIntent to serve as its population health management platform in an effort to improve care quality for Medicare patients statewide. The accountable care organization...

Specialty EHR Products Tied to Highest Physician Satisfaction

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Specialty EHR product categories were given the highest physician practice satisfaction scores, according to a recent Black Book survey. Researchers interviewed 18,950 physician practices in client experience and satisfaction and gathered customer...

Netsmart to Acquire Change Healthcare Home Health IT Solutions

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Behavioral health IT company Netsmart recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Change Healthcare’s home care and hospice health IT solutions in an effort to strengthen its presence in the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC)...

Allina Health Recovers From System-Wide Stint of EHR Downtime

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Minnesota’s Allina Health has successfully recovered from a period of EHR downtime that compromised its Epic EHR system on April 4, according to a report from CBS Minnesota. The health system’s computer network went down on Wednesday...

EHR-Integrated Tools Help Improve Chronic Kidney Disease Care

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A quality improvement program combining EHR-integrated tools and patient engagement strategies can significantly improve quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

New ONC Guide Supports MyHealthEData, EHR Patient Data Access

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ONC recently released a new online resource titled “ONC Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records” intended to assist patients and caregivers in more easily accessing EHR patient data per provisions of the 21st Century Cures...

EHR Use Ineffective in Improving Heart Failure Health Outcomes

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Despite early promises that EHR use could assist in reducing hospital readmissions and boosting care quality, new research from the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found EHR use has been largely ineffective in improving health...

Oregon Health System to Go Live With $79.5M Epic Implementation

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After two years of development and preparation, Oregon-based St. Charles Health System will go live with a $79.5 million Epic implementation on April 7, according to KTVZ.com. St. Charles patients will benefit from a new Epic MyChart patient...

Reducing EHR Notifications Enables More Efficient EHR Use

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Reducing low-value EHR notifications cut EHR use for primary care providers at VA healthcare facilities by 1.5 hours per week, according to a recent study. Researchers affiliated with TNT Health Enterprises, VA Sunshine Network, VA Heartland...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Now In Use at 39 Health Systems

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Apple recently announced 39 health systems have signed on to enable patient access to health data through the technology company’s Health Record EHR patient data viewer, according to a recent Apple newsroom blog post. Johns Hopkins Medicine,...

EHR Usability Problems Likely Contribute to Patient Harm

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EHR usability may contribute to possible incidents of patient harm, according to a new JAMA study. Keene et al. analyzed free-text patient safety reports from 2013 to 2016 retrieved from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority database. The...

Improving Clinician EHR Use Through Provider Communication

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Implementing an EHR-integrated provider communication tool may help health systems improve clinician EHR use, according to researchers at the Augusta University (AU) College of Allied Health Sciences. Researchers implemented a social knowledge...

How EHR Use Enables Effective Responses to Public Health Crises

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Last year, providers at hospitals and health systems across the country faced major care challenges when dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the northern California wildfires. The latter...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Should Prove Positively Disruptive

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Apple’s work to give patients at 13 large health systems access to their health records via a new iOS EHR patient data viewer should open the door to a multiplicity of new ways to leverage data, claim two prominent subject-matter experts...

Mayo Clinic Cuts Cluttered EHR Data with AWARE EHR Interface

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Mayo Clinic is using a new EHR interface powered by ambient intelligence applications to strip away excess EHR data and deliver meaningful information to clinicians for improved clinical decision-making.   Herasevich, MD, et al. noted that...

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