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Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

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MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

How Improved Pediatric EHR Certification Boosts Patient Safety

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A team of researchers from Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar recommended ONC develop more rigorous, specialized EHR usability and safety testing for pediatric EHR certification in a recent JAMA article. EHR vendors and healthcare...

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

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Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs...

EHR Data, Machine Learning Predict Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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A team of researchers from Stanford University created a personal health management tool that combines EHR data with machine learning to accurately diagnose patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA. A new report recently...

CT Secures $12.2M in Funding to Launch Health Information Exchange

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Connecticut is a step closer to successfully launching its first statewide health information exchange (HIE) after securing $12.2 million in funding through a grant awarded by CMS, according to a recent announcement from Connecticut...

Kansas Community Hospital Launches athenahealth EHR Replacement

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Hiawatha Community Hospital will go live with a cloud-based athenahealth EHR replacement on September 11 after about a year of preparation. The athenahealth EHR will take the place of the hospital’s former Paragon EHR system,...

Epic EHR Now Includes Nuance Voice-Enabled Clinical Workflows

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Providers using Epic EHR will now have access to voice-enabled clinical workflows powered by Nuance virtual assistant technology for faster, more efficient data access. The voice-enabled clinical workflows are now commercially available...

Open Source EHR Alliance to Launch International VistA System

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The Open Source EHR Alliance (OSEHRA) is creating a new version of its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) EHR system designed for international implementation. VA established OSEHRA in 2010. VistA...

5 EHR Optimization Activities for Improving Clinical Efficiency

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Clinical efficiency and provider satisfaction often suffer after hospitals and health systems go live with new EHR implementations. Disruptions to clinicians’ daily routines can sour providers and administrators against EHR...

MEDITECH Offers Users EHR-Integrated PDMP Link through Expanse

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In an effort to reduce provider burden and improve clinical efficiency, MEDITECH will now offer users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link. MEDITECH collaborated with...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability

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With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies now committed to advancing healthcare interoperability, DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe anticipates the industry will soon benefit from significant improvements in...

EHRs, Health IT May Not Contribute to Early Physician Retirements

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EHR technology may not be driving physicians to quit practicing medicine, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. The researchers found no correlation between EHR adoption and physician retirement, contradicting the...

Boosting EHR Usability, Safety Throughout the EHR Life Cycle

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A new report from AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts, and MedStar Health outlines recommendations on how stakeholders can improve EHR usability and safety throughout the entire EHR life cycle, as well as criteria for rigorous safety tests. The...

Researchers Doubt Clinical Efficiency, Effectiveness of PDMP Use

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A team of researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center determined prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use negatively affects clinical efficiency without offering much benefit as a tool for reducing opioid prescribing for...

Epic EHR Fuels Yale New Haven Hospital Care Coordination Center

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Yale New Haven Hospital is using Epic EHR to provide detailed data about patient health, available beds, bed-cleaning time, transport time, hospital safety, and quality to streamline processes at its care coordination center, according to...

InterSystems, Texas HIE Partner to Boost Health Data Exchange

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InterSystems recently partnered with Greater Houston Healthconnect to boost health data exchange, care coordination, and interoperability for providers across 24 counties in Southeast Texas. Greater Houston Healthconnect functions as the...

West Virginia Hospital To Go Live with Cloud-based MEDITECH EHR

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West Virginia-based Montgomery General Hospital will go live with a cloud-based MEDITECH EHR via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model. MEDITECH’s Expanse EHR offering enables users to utilize a range of health IT tools...

3 Ways EHR Alerts Can Help to Improve Patient Health Outcomes

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During EHR implementation and optimization projects, hospitals and health systems have the option of integrating a variety of different types of EHR alerts into clinical workflows and clinical decision support functionality. While alerts...

Patient, Physician Satisfaction with EHR Systems Remains Low

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Patient and provider satisfaction with EHR systems remains lacking despite improvements in health data availability, access, and exchange. This finding comes from a recent JAMIA study by Meyerhoefer et al. at Lehigh University. The team...

CORHIO Uses Wolters Kluwer Health IT to Improve Interoperability

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The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) recently deployed two Wolters Kluwer health IT solutions as part of an effort to promote interoperability, improve health data standardization, and offer network participants...

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