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Allscripts Debuts Machine Learning, Cloud-Based EHR System Avenel


This week at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Allscripts debuted a machine learning EHR system — Avenel — designed to reduce time spent on clinical documentation and boost EHR usability for providers.  The cloud-based EHR system is...

Cerner, NextGen Healthcare Expand Breadth of Health IT Solutions


Cerner and NextGen Healthcare have recently made efforts to further expand their health IT solution offerings beyond EHR systems. EHR vendor NextGen Healthcare recently announced it is rebranding with a new logo following years of acquisitions...

Allscripts Launches EHR-Integrated Lyft Transportation Service


Allscripts and Lyft recently partnered to launch an EHR-integrated Lyft application programming interface (API) allowing clinicians to order non-emergency transportation services for patients. Lyft will integrate its proprietary API into Allscripts...

93 Percent of Hospitals Allow Online Patient Access to EHRs


Ninety-three percent of surveyed hospitals and health systems allow patient access to EHRs, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA analyzed data from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement...

South Carolina Health System Completes 4-Year Epic Implementation


South Carolina-based Self Regional Healthcare recently completed an Epic implementation across all its hospitals and physician practices after four years of work on the project, according to Index-Journal. Self Memorial Hospital Emergency Care...

eCW, MEDITECH Launch EHR Systems, MU Begins Cerner Implementation


MEDITECH recently announced the launch of its new next-gen, web-based EHR system offering — MEDITECH Expanse.  The EHR platform is an attempt by the health IT company to allow healthcare organizations to further extend their ability...

Cerner Implementation at MO Hospital Causing Billing Problems


Western Missouri Medical Center may soon experience hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as a result of billing problems associated with a Cerner implementation, according to Daily Star Journal. Western Missouri Medical Center Chief Financial...

Healthcare Orgs Increasingly Value Information Governance


More healthcare organizations view information governance (IG) as a business imperative rather than a buzzword, according to a recent survey from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA presented these findings in...

Family Physician EHR Use Outweighs Provider-Patient Interaction


Primary care physicians spend more time on EHR use than they spend interacting with patients face-to-face during clinic visits, according to a new study in Family Medicine. Young et al. conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of family...

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Achieves HIMSS Stage 7 with Epic EHR


Missouri-based Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently achieved HIMSS Stage 7 certification for advanced use of its Epic EHR system based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The 859-bed facility is now among the top 6 percent of...

Patient EHR Data Contained in CT HIE to Aid in Suicide Prevention


Connecticut’s state health information exchange (HIE) — CTHealthLink — will assist in an effort to leverage patient EHR data for improved suicide prevention, according to ShoreLine Times. The HIE will provide centralized patient...

VT Health Information Exchange Improves Following Poor Review


Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) network has taken steps to improve operations and boost value for patients and providers in the months following a poor review, state officials recently told VTDigger. The Department of Vermont...

New Jersey to Launch State Health Information Exchange Network


The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is teaming up with the New Jersey Department of Health to develop new infrastructure for improved patient health data exchange through the New Jersey Health Information Network (HIN). NJ HIN will enable...

HIE Use of ADT Notifications Jumped 95% Last Year at SHIN-NY


HIE use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications grew by an impressive 95 percent among users of the Statewide Health Information Network (SHIN-NY) from 2016 to 2017, according to the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). NYeC...

FL District Court Dismisses Epic Systems False Claims Act Case


A district court in Tampa, Florida recently dismissed a False Claims Act case brought against Epic Systems by a WakeMed Health specialist alleging Epic's billing software had incorrectly billed for anesthesia charges, according to court documents...

How Specialty-Specific EHR Functionality Improves Patient Care


The majority of EHR companies have developed solutions targeting the needs of inpatient and ambulatory organizations and workflows of primary care providers. Allscripts, Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems, and other large enterprise companies offer...

OH Medical Center EHR Data Repository Driving Perinatal Research


Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have launched a regional data repository that integrates maternal, neonatal, and pediatric patient EHR data for perinatal research purposes, details on the official recent CincyInformatix...

How EHR Data Integration, Integrity Hold Back Effective EHR Use


Regulatory pressures have motivated nearly all healthcare organizations across care settings to engage in EHR use. However, problems with EHR data integration and data integrity still bar some hospitals and health systems from getting the most...

Texas HIE to Link Social Determinants of Health to Patient EHRs


Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework a Near-Term Challenge for HIEs


The ONC health data exchange framework — Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) — may cause short-term cost increases and additional levels of complexity for health information exchanges but will ultimately be worth...



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