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How Health Orgs Realize EHR Benefits, Quality Improvements

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For healthcare organizations to benefit from EHR use and achieve quality improvements, they need to engage in robust strategic planning, articulating their goals and how they will achieve them, according to healthcare IT consultancy Impact Advisors....

ONC Releases Guide, Playbook to Support Physician EHR Use

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As a part of National Health IT Week, ONC has released two learning materials to help providers with EHR implementation and use, according to a public statement. The agency issued an EHR contract guide — EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting...

EHR Health Data Collection to Impact Health Industry Shift

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EHRs and health data collection will be primary drivers behinds a shifting healthcare ecosystem over the course of the next decade. According to a report from the PwC Research Health Institute , the healthcare industry is facing a “seismic...

Epic Systems, Cerner, McKesson Make Key EHR Technology Moves

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EHR vendors Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, and McKesson Health Solutions have all made recent advances driving population health management, healthcare quality, and health IT interoperability. Epic Systems is set to implement its population...

Vets Call for VA EHR Optimization, Interoperability Advances

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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs an overhaul of its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista) EHR — either in the form of EHR optimization or a commercial EHR replacement — to improve care quality for...

Is EHR Usability Design Ethical for Behavioral Healthcare?

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While EHR usability design is often centered on producing quality care outcomes, they may not be ideal for integrating the tools into behavioral healthcare. In many cases, EHR design may not be ethical for behavioral healthcare. In a recent article...

Top 3 EHR Challenges Facing the Healthcare Industry, Providers

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When the HITECH Act first came into play, it was meant to spur widespread EHR adoption to help the healthcare industry achieve the Triple Aim. But with every improvement, there have also been EHR challenges for providers to mitigate. Many healthcare...

92% of Nurses Dissatisfied with EHR Technology, Health IT

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Although EHR technology has improved patient safety and team-based healthcare, nurses still report negative opinions of the tools, according to a recent survey from the Adventist University of Health Sciences. The survey questioned nurses about...

Physician EHR Use, Workload Trumping Face Time with Patients

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For every hour physicians spend with patients, they spend another two hours on physician EHR use and deskwork, according to a recent study from the American Medical Association. The AMA study highlights what many consider the primary issue with...

Top Physician EHR Issues Disrupting Clinical Workflows

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Although the technology has been widely implemented, physician EHR use raises significant clinical workflow issues. Survey after survey point to some of the fundamental problems physicians have with their EHRs and the ways in which they often...

Epic Systems Tops Cerner as Top-Used Physician EHR Vendor

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Epic Systems continues reigns as the most widely used physician EHR system, followed far behind Cerner, according to the Medscape EHR Report 2016. The report, which surveyed 15,285 physicians from 25 different specialties, found that 28 percent...

EHR Use May Not be Adequate for Precision Medicine Research

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Precision medicine research may not be making the process it once strive for, and EHR use could be one of the culprits. According to a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, precision medicine research...

Could Reduced Physician EHR Use Improve Quality Healthcare?

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Despite some of their benefits, reducing the emphasis on physician EHR use may be key to improving patient care. In a recent op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors Donna M. Zulman, MD, MS, Nigam H. Shah, MBBS,...

3 Barriers Limiting EHR Data Use for Patient Safety Research

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New research shows that EHR data use for clinical improvement and patient safety research comes with several challenges. In a recent case study of three different commercially-available EHRs, researchers identified three barriers to using EHR...

AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

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At the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has asked the federal government to repeal the prohibition on the use of unstructured data in order to help patients access all of their health information. In...

Why EHR Clinical Decision Support Tools Need More Research

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Real-time, patient-specific clinical decision support tools should be integrated into physician workflow, especially given the near-ubiquitous adoption of EHRs. Despite this, physicians seen many barriers to integrating CDS tools into their EHRs,...

How MIPS, APMs Work Under MACRA to Improve Value-Based Care

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While CMS highlights how the proposed MACRA rule is more streamlined than previous value-based care programs, many healthcare providers are still trying to digest the potential changes to Medicare reimbursement starting in 2019. In an attempt...

How Value-Based Care Looks Under the Quality Payment Program

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In light of the recent notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation, CMS has released a fact sheet on the Quality Payment Program, which outlines the new programs for assessing and reimbursing value-based care. The proposed Quality...

Moving from EHR Fragmentation to EHR Optimization in Miss.

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Memorial Hospital of Gulfport currently finds itself in the position of improving inefficiencies in its EHR use following years of health IT maturation at the Mississippi health facility. The EHR optimization process represents a marked departure...

Organizations Seek Care Coordination Improvements, Fall Short

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Interest in care coordination improvements fails to have the financial backing necessary for realizing their benefits to providers and patients, according to a recent survey of healthcare professionals. Eighty-six percent of respondents to a...

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