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EHR Downtime Drives TN Hospital to Invest in Backup System

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Tennessee-based Blount Memorial Hospital is investing $30,000 in a backup system for its physicians group after a three-day episode of EHR downtime shut down its network in early May. The system-wide outage affected nearly 90 physicians...

Physician Burnout Rates Remain Low in Small, Independent Practices

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Despite the rapid rise of physician burnout nationwide, burnout rates are relatively low among providers in small, urban, independent primary care practices comprising less than five physicians. This finding comes from a recent Journal of...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

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Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

AK Hospitals Connect to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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Hospitals throughout Alaska recently connected to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through care collaboration network Collective Medical as part of an effort to enable safer prescribing practices. The...

Voice Recognition Accuracy Lacking in EHR Clinical Documentation

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EHR clinical documentation generated through voice recognition software may be error-prone, according to a recent JAMA study. In the study, Zhou, MD, et al. aimed to identify and analyze errors at each stage of the voice...

Cerner, Lumeris Partner for EHR-Agnostic Value-Based Care Solution

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Cerner and value-based care managed services operator Lumeris recently announced a ten-year collaboration intended to streamline health data exchange, claims processing, and reimbursement cycles through a new health IT product...

CHIME Outlines Top Health IT Innovation Priorities for HHS

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Promoting clinician engagement in health IT design, improving patient identification, and closing the digital divide should be primary areas of focus for a new HHS health IT innovation and investment workgroup, according to the College of...

Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the...

Different EHR Implementation Strategies May Affect EHR Usability

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The wide array of different approaches healthcare organizations take to EHR implementation projects may have a significant impact on EHR usability, clinical efficiency, task duration, and accuracy, according to a recent JAMIA...

EHR Patient Data Utilized in Mercy, Johnson & Johnson Collaboration

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Mercy and Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) have joined together to utilize EHR patient data to evaluate medical device performance. The collaboration will use “real-world clinical data” in an effort to...

Cleveland Clinic Joins Apple Health Records for EHR Patient Access

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The Apple Health Records beta program continues to build momentum as Cleveland Clinic and 27 other hospitals sign on to improve EHR patient access by allowing patients to view their information through iOS devices. “A growing list...

HealthSteps Wins AMA, Google Health IT Innovation Challenge

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HealthSteps won first place and $25,000 Google Cloud credits as part of Google and AMA’s health IT innovation challenge for its mobile health platform enabling health data exchange and access between patients and providers. The...

MHS GENESIS EHR System at Oak Harbor Care Site Passes Inspection

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Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is the first MHS GENESIS EHR system user to successfully complete a Joint Commission (JC) and Navy Medicine Medical Inspection General (Med IG) accreditation survey and inspection process. In...

MEDITECH Extends CommonWell Interoperability to OH Hospital

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MEDITECH will extend CommonWell interoperability services to Ohio-based Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) to improve health data exchange and care coordination among providers. The non-profit community hospital is among the first to...

Focal Areas for Improving Patient Matching in Provider Settings

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Accurate patient identification is a critical aspect of healthcare, especially as healthcare organizations are implementing new EHRs and connecting to HIEs in the push toward nationwide interoperability. Patient matching issues can occur...

Opioid Roadmap Stresses Regulatory Requirements on EHR Integration

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Adopting electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) through modern regulatory requirements, including improved EHR integration, is one critical solution to opioid abuse, according to the Healthcare Leadership Council’s...

CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

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In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that...

Case Study Supports EHR-Integrated Patient Generated Health Data

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Collecting EHR-integrated patient generated health data (PGHD) may help to effectively improve chronic care management for patients with asthma, according to one case study in Nature. Genes et al. prompted four study participants part of...

HealthlinkNY Incentivizing Healthcare Orgs to Engage in HIE Use

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HealthlinkNY has secured connection funding and is currently offering New York-based healthcare organizations up to $89,000 to engage in health information exchange (HIE) use until September 30, 2018. The HIE will offer discounts up to...

Allscripts, Greenway Health, InterSystems Forge New Partnerships

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Allscripts, Greenway Health, and InterSystems each announced new partnerships with health IT solutions providers this week that will leverage patient health data to improve care delivery. In an effort to promote safe prescribing practices...

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