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ONC to Scale Back Oversight of EHRs With Updates to Health IT Certification

September 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on Thursday announced two major changes to the ONC Health IT Certification program that signals it will relax its oversight of how well electronic health records (EHRs) meet government...

With Patient Input as North Star, University of Michigan Urology Builds Telemedicine Program

September 20, 2017  |  Sarah Kwon
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Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., and his colleagues at the University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine have been listening--really listening--to patients enrolled in their urology video visit program--and are making use of what they're hearing

Paragon EHR Users Divided on Impact of Allscripts-McKesson Deal

September 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Among current users of McKesson’s Paragon electronic medical record (EMR) system, confidence about Allscripts’ future development of Paragon varies, with current Paragon users equally split on Allscripts ability to improve the technology, according to a new Flash...

Survey: 1 in 3 Healthcare Consumers Lack Easy Access to Medical Records

September 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey of more than 1,100 healthcare consumers found that 97 percent across all age and gender demographics are familiar with cloud technology, yet 31 percent cannot easily access their medical records and only half of those can access medical records online...

Most Medicare Plan Members Unsure if Telemedicine is Offered

September 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) of Medicare health plan members aged 65 and over said they are unsure if their health plan offers telemedicine, while another 31 percent said that telemedicine is not offered by their plan, according to a recent survey.

In Washington State, a Community Hospital Changes its Mobile Landscape for Clinicians

September 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, have implemented new technology and processes to improve communication among physicians and nurses

Legislative Roundup: Bill to Reduce MU Burdens, Telehealth Legislation Moves Forward

September 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health on Wednesday approved a bill, H.R. 3120, designed to ease meaningful use requirements on physicians and the bill will now move forward to the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Health IT Expert Tripathi Digs Deep on Impact of Epic’s Share Everywhere Release

September 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., discussed the impact of the Epic interoperability news, what’s specifically unique about it, and more wide-ranging interoperability issues at hand.

Use of Medical Scribes Improved Physician Satisfaction, Charting, Study Finds

September 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A randomized controlled trial of medical scribes found that scribes product significant improvements in overall physician satisfaction and charting efficiency, without detracting from patient satisfaction, according to the study published in the Annals of Family...

Survey: Healthcare Execs See Poor ROI from EHRs but Optimistic about Analytics

September 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Sixty-one percent of healthcare professionals view the “return on digital investment” produced by the billions of dollars spent on electronic health records since 2009 as “terrible” or “poor”, yet the majority of survey respondents rated analytics as extremely...

Epic’s Faulkner on New Share Everywhere Solution: “Putting Interoperability Control in Hands of Patients”

September 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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Epic Systems has announced a new solution that aims to allow patients to grant access to their data to any providers who have internet access—even if they don’t have EHRs.

Study: In 11-Hour Workday, Docs Spend 6 Hours on EHR Tasks

September 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A study of 42 family medicine physicians in one southern Wisconsin health system found that in a given 11 hour workday, nearly 6 of those hours are being spent in the electronic health record (EHR).
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