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CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap


The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) has released a draft of its plan to improve provider data accuracy and issued a call for public comment. CAQH developed the Provider Data Roadmap with Provider Data Action Alliance in order...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching


Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process


Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

How Effective HIE Use Saves Money, Improves Health Outcomes


This week, the regional health information organization HEALTHeLINK welcomed its millionth patient participant. Connecting 1,014 healthcare organizations and 4,600 physicians, the health information exchange (HIE) in western New York and has...

MO Coalition Selects Netsmart for Population Health Management


The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare is teaming up with Netsmart as the state’s care coordination and population health management solutions provider to support the Healthcare Homes Program. Following the success of...

Cerner Named Top EHR Vendor for IT Outsourcing by Black Book


A new Black Book survey puts Cerner Corporation atop all EHR vendors for it end-to-end, complex health IT outsourcing solutions in hospitals and physician groups across the United States. Researchers polled 1,587 health IT users currently outsourcing...

Using Information Governance to Protect, Recover Patient EHR Data


Leadership from a large healthcare system is stressing the importance information governance (IG) in preventing unavailable, incomplete, or inaccurate patient EHRs. In a post on Journal of AHIMA, Director of Catholic Health Initiatives EHR Compliance...

Mayo Clinic Adds Clinical Decision Support Tools to Labs


Mayo Clinic recently partnered with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop a clinical decision support (CDS) tool comprising recommendations for lab test ordering. The tool will be available to healthcare providers through their...

How Efficient EHR Use Can Improve Chronic Disease Management


Effective EHR use can improve care coordination, streamline daily clinical processes, and save hospitals money. However, EHR systems continue to receive blame for contributing to rising rates of physician burnout, a deteriorating patient-provider...

Effective HIE Use, Federal Incentives May Save Medicare Billions


A new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame found health information exchanges (HIEs) could save Medicare billions, reducing healthcare spending by more than $3 billion a year. The study by Idris Adjerid, Julia Adler-Milstein,...

Scribes Improve Physician Satisfaction, EHR Clinical Documentation


The authors of a new study published in the September issue of Annals of Family linked medical scribes with improving all aspects of physician satisfaction, including satisfaction with patient encounters and clinical documentation accuracy. Gidwani...

AHRQ, PCORI to Fund Learning Health System Research, Training


The Agency of Research and Quality (AHRQ) is teaming up with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to award grants of up to $8 million to nearly a dozen career development programs in an effort to promote a sustainable learning...

Primary Care Doctors Spending 6 Hours Daily on EHR Data Entry


A new study by the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association (AMA) found primary care physicians spend almost six hours on EHR data entry during a typical 11.4 hour workday. Research by Arndt et al. published in the Annals...

EHR Use, CPOE System Use Common at Majority of US Hospitals


A study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHSP) found 99 percent of surveyed hospitals participate in EHR use, while about 96 percent of hospitals use computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE)...

Yale to Integrate State Prescription Drug Data into Epic EHR


Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have partnered with the State of Connecticut and a technology vendor to integrate data from the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPRMS) into its Epic EHR in an effort...

Cerner Partners with HealthSouth for Improved Care Coordination


Cerner Corporation is collaborating with HealthSouth Corporation to form the Post-Acute Innovation Center in Alabama in an effort to develop tools to improve care coordination and patient care management. HealthSouth Corporation is a post-acute...

A Unique Platform for Educating New Doctors on Efficient EHR Use


Over the past few years, the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine began to notice a problem. While EHR technology had become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry, medical school curricula had not evolved to...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity


ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC health IT...

HIE Collaboratives Helping to Advance Health IT Interoperability


Health information exchange (HIE) collectives and networks-of-networks including eHealth Exchange, CommonWell, and Surescripts help promote secure health data exchange across healthcare facilities nationwide. The Strategic Health Information...

HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes


Health information exchanges (HIEs) can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care. For ten years, the Utah Health Information Network...



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