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Survey: Half of Providers Use Multiple CDS Solutions, Use Varies by Provider

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While three-fourths of providers currently use some sort of clinical decision support (CDS) solution, more than half are using multiple solutions, which indicates there is still not one solution that is meeting all of providers’ needs, according to a Reaction...

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Mission Health’s CQO Shares About the Quality Journey

October 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, Mission Health CQO Chris DeRienzo, M.D. discussed the challenges—and the accomplishments—in his organization’s continuous performance improvement journey

Coping With a Prolonged EHR Downtime

September 28, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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How ready is your health system to survive a prolonged EHR downtime? Do your clinicians have alternate ways to record their prescriptions, lab orders and progress notes?

Survey: 62 Percent of Docs Use Speech Recognition, But Cite Concerns About Accuracy

September 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians are currently using speech recognition technology with their electronic health record (EHR) solution, yet 23 percent have no plans to adopt speech recognition, according to a Reaction Data survey about the use of speech-enabled EHRs.

How BI Tools Are Helping Jefferson Health Battle the Opioid Crisis

September 21, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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With guidance from their chief medical officer, the business intelligence team at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia has created dashboards highlighting potential opioid prescribing issues.

Brigham Health’s 3-Pronged Approach to Reducing EHR’s Contribution to Burnout

September 18, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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With EHR documentation ranked high among aspects of their work physicians are dissatisfied with, Brigham Health has taken a three-pronged approach to reducing the pain.

EHR-Compatible Pharmacist Care Plan Standard Opens the Door to Cross-Setting Data Exchange

September 14, 2018  |  Zabrina Gonzaga, R.N., Industry Voice
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To address the issue of trapped pharmacy data, Lantana Consulting Group and Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) developed an electronic document standard for pharmacist care plans.

Physician Groups Ask Congress to Curtail Appropriate Use Criteria Law

September 13, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Although implementation of a law to require clinical decision support (CDS) use involving diagnostic imaging orders was pushed back from 2018 to 2020, medical organizations are asking Congress to consider modifications to reduce the burden on clinicians.

Physicians Cite Lack of Interoperability, Documentation Burden as Top EHR Pain Points

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A recent survey of primary and specialty care physicians by Deloitte reveals that physician feedback on how to improve EHRs is often overlooked as physicians continue to be frustrated with EHRs, particularly due to lack of interoperability and the burden of...

In South Los Angeles, a High-Tech Hospital Delivers Healthcare to an Underserved Community

September 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Executive leaders at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital discuss the organization's journey to achieve HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 and meeting the healthcare needs of an underserved community.

AMIA, MGMA, AMGA Offer Comments on CMS’ Latest E&M, Quality Payment Program Proposals

September 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Leading health IT associations have varying sentiments and recommendations for CMS regarding its Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program proposed rule.

Putting Social Determinants of Health Data into Action

September 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Leading hospitals, medical groups, and health systems, as well as ACOs and health insurers are moving forward to address social factors impacting health with a number of different approaches.

Survey: CMIOs Cite Need for Better Technologies to Address High Drug Costs, Opioid Abuse

September 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Physician IT leaders believe that progress has been made to improve medication management, however, there is more work to be done to address gaps that could potentially impact patient safety, such as high drug costs and opioid abuse, according to a recent survey...

How to Choose Wisely: Researchers Confirm the Value of Clinical Decision Support

September 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A recent study by leaders at Cedars-Sinai and Optum provides nuanced insights into the complexity of clinical decision support—while affirming its advantages

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: There’s Value in AI, but Where Is the Value Greatest?

August 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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We sought out to ask industry leaders what they were seeing and hearing about the AI supercomputer Watson, and how its performance has affected the broader artificial intelligence landscape.

Study: Docs Like EHRs, So Long as Routines aren’t Changed

August 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that “basic” EHRs (electronic health records) actually have increased doctors’ tenure at hospitals, while “advanced” EHRs have caused doctors to shift to other hospitals.

AMA, 150 Medical Groups Show Support for CMS’ E&M Documentation Reform Proposals

August 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The AMA and some 150 medical groups have sent a letter showing support for CMS' recent proposals around Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding reform.

At Wake Forest Baptist Health, What the Mechanics of Clinical Transformation Look Like

August 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Chi Huang, M.D., executive medical director of general medicine, is helping to advance clinical transformation processes at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

EHRs Leave Docs, Patients Unsatisfied, Study Shows

August 21, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Even after full implementation, electronic health records (EHRs) are leaving doctors and patients unsatisfied, according to a new study.

Study: Clinical Decision Support EHR Alerts Can Lower Health Costs, Complications

August 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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When physicians follow the recommendations of context-specific clinical decision support at the point of care, clinical and financial outcomes should improve, according to new research.

A Pioneering M.D. Leader Shares Insights on Successfully Navigating the Massachusetts Healthcare Market

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston Health IT Summit, the veteran healthcare expert dropped in to give attendees an inside look at how her organization has achieved value-based care success

A ‘Google’ for Clinical Notes Draws Interest

August 8, 2018  |  David Raths
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A grant from the National Cancer Institute will allow five academic medical centers to deploy EMERSE, which allows users to search free-text clinical notes from the electronic health record.

Michigan State Leaders Turn to Technology in their Fight Against Opioid Abuse

August 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An assessment was completed by the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Appriss Health—a Louisville, Ky.-based technology company—as part of Michigan’s strategy to prevent opioid abuse.

EHR Design, Development Needs Improvement, Study Finds

July 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new study involving clinicians using EHRs to perform certain common tasks provides evidence that the design, development and implementation of these systems need to be improved so that they are easier to use and safer for patients.

Survey: More Effective IT Needed to Improve Patient Safety

July 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a Health Catalyst survey, physicians, nurses and healthcare executives said ineffective information technology, and the lack of real-time warnings for possible harm events, are key obstacles to achieving their organizations' patient safety goals.

Nursing Notes Can Help Predict ICU Survival, Study Finds

July 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.

BREAKING: CMS Proposes Dramatic Changes with Aim to “Modernize Medicare and Restore Doctor-Patient Relationships”

July 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS today proposed changes that the agency believes will “fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their EHRs to document clinically meaningful information.”

Why FDA’s Scott Gottlieb Wants to Create a ‘National Utility’ for Real-World Evidence

July 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is signaling its intent to expand its work to get real-world data from EHRs and other data sources to assess product efficacy and safety.

Mission Health M.D. Leader on The Power of Technology to Improve Health and Bring Humanity Back to Medical Practice

July 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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At Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health, senior leaders have created a culture of continuous improvement grounded in analytics and this is driving significant clinical and operational improvements across the enterprise.

ONC LEAP Projects to Study APIs, Data-Driven Medicine Infrastructure

July 3, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced funding opportunities for two Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) to address key challenges that inhibit the interoperability of health IT.

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