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Mayo Clinic, NDSC Launch EHR-Integrated Blood Management Tool

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Mayo Clinic has partnered with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to launch an EHR-integrated blood management solution that pairs Mayo Clinic’s clinical expertise with NDSC’s EHR-enabled clinical decision support product...

How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

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Identifying ways to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic is a top priority among state health departments and federal entities including CMS and ONC. An opioid roadmap released by CMS earlier this summer listed several strategies for...

How Most Office-Based Physicians Utilize Health Data Exchange

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Advancing health data exchange is a top priority among stakeholders in the private and public sector. Health IT companies including MEDITECH and Epic have made efforts to expand interoperability and promote health data exchange among...

Red Tape Relief Project to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

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The Committee on Ways & Means reiterated the importance of stakeholder collaboration to further the aims of the Medicare Red Tape Relief project designed to reduce administrative burden associated with federal regulations. This...

HHS Grants Health Centers $125M for Quality Improvement, EHR Use

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HHS recently granted health centers in all 50 states and territories $125 million in health center quality improvement awards, including EHR Reporters Awards offered for health centers that employed EHRs to report on all clinical...

Geisinger, Merck Partner to Launch EHR-Integrated FHIR Apps

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Geisinger Health System and Merck have partnered to launch two new EHR-integrated, web-based health IT tools that leverage FHIR to utilize health data from a variety of EHR systems from different vendors. The two applications were...

EHR System, Physician Burnout Contributed to Problems at ME Hospital

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Executives at Central Maine Healthcare have been struggling to reduce high rates of physician burnout with 80 of the health system’s 300 employees leaving in the past fiscal year partly because of dissatisfaction with its EHR...

EHR Patient Data from Rochester RHIO Fueled HPV Vaccine Study

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Rochester RHIO is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assess the impact of HPV vaccinations by contributing EHR patient data to researchers. The CDC-sponsored project is spearheaded by the Center for Community...

Breaking Down How the Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Works

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The Apple Health Records EHR data viewer released in 2018 has steadily grown in popularity over the past eight months, and industry leaders already expect the feature will make waves in health IT innovation, patient engagement, and...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

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The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

Few WI Providers Using EHR-Integrated PDMP Link to Full Potential

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Most users of Wisconsin’s EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) are not taking full advantage of all features of the PDMP system, according to a recent user survey by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and...

NIST Offers Guidance for Securing Patient EHRs on Mobile Apps

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailed best practices for sharing, collecting, storing, or processing patient EHRs on mobile devices in new guidance intended to promote health data security. “Healthcare...

MI Physicians Struggle to Access Patient EHRs Through State PDMP

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Less than half of Michigan physicians can access the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through their EHR systems a year after the state spent $2.8 million upgrading the PDMP to support EHR integration. Michigan state...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

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While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare...

Virginia Launches Emergency Department Care Coordination Program

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Virginia recently launched its emergency department care coordination (EDCC) program to connect all emergency departments in the Commonwealth for streamlined communication and collaboration across healthcare facilities. The program...

3 Ways to Improve Patient Safety, Diagnoses with Health IT Use

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Improving communication between providers, diagnostic testing and medication tracking, and documentation through health IT use can help to reduce delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnoses. This set of safe health IT use recommendations was...

EHR Data Helps to Predict Short-Term Mortality for Cancer Patients

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Combining the power of EHR data with machine learning may be the key to more accurately predicting mortality among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This finding comes from a recent JAMA study by Elfiky et al. that explored the...

How to Optimize EHR Downtime Preparedness, Reduce Slowdowns

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With EHR use now nearly ubiquitous across healthcare organizations, the prospect of a sudden, sustained period of EHR downtime disrupting hospital operations has crept to the forefront of industry concerns.  In 2018, several...

CRISP HIE Adopts API Infrastructure to Boost Health Data Exchange

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The Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP) health information exchange (HIE) recently adopted an application programming interface (API) gateway into its infrastructure to improve health data exchange and EHR interoperability for...

Docs Access GA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Using Epic EHR

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Southeast Permanente Medical Group (SPMG) recently connected to Georgia’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through its Epic EHR to enable safer prescribing practices among clinicians and improved substance abuse disorder...

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