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GAO Report: VA Pharmacy System Must Improve Ability to View, Exchange Data

June 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pharmacists cannot always efficiently view necessary patient data among Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical sites, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Surescripts Touts Interoperability Success in 2016 Progress Report

June 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress Report today, June 7, which revealed that 10.9 billion secure health transactions took place in 2016 via its network—a 12 percent increase from 2015—including 1.6 billion e-prescriptions.

At Hackensack Meridian Health, an Innovative Approach to CDS in Cancer Care

May 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Clinicians at Hackensack Meridian Health, led by hematologist/oncologist Andrew Pecora, M.D., have been involved in an initiative that is bringing clinical evidence to the point of decision-making, and changing specialist care delivery

Bipartisan Policy Center Issues Health IT Safety Recommendations

May 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In order to advance health IT safety, healthcare industry stakeholders need to launch a coordinated effort, supported by public and private sector funding, to set health It safety priorities, drawing upon existing reporting and analysis efforts, according to a...

In Georgia, Helping Physicians Move Forward on MACRA/MIPS, EHRs, and APMs

April 25, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC) is offering a lifeline to practicing physicians in the Peach State, as practicing doctors attempt to ramp up to meet the demands of MACRA/MIPS

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report: Patient Safety Improving, but Critical Work Remains

April 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Leapfrog Group has released its spring 2017 hospital safety grades this week, with the results showing that two-thirds of the more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals measured received either an “A” or a “B” for patient care safety.

PA Patient Safety Report: HIT Contributed to 889 Medication-Error Events in Six Months

March 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the first six months of 2016, Pennsylvania healthcare facilities reported 889 medication-error events that indicated health IT as a contributing factor, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Survey: Nurse Informaticists Seek More Training, Certification

February 21, 2017  |  David Raths
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Nurse informaticists continue to pursue additional informatics education and training, according to a newly released HIMSS 2017 workforce survey.

Toronto-Based Hospital Gets HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award

February 2, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Toronto-based North York General Hospital (NYGH), a community academic hospital, has been named a 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient for its diverse use of health IT to improve patient outcomes.

Opening the HIT Summit in San Diego, UCSD’s Chris Longhurst Examines the Potential for EHR-Fueled Clinical Transformation

January 24, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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UC San Diego Health CIO Christopher Longhurst, M.D. shares with Health IT Summit-San Diego attendees his perspectives on what is being learned around EHR-facilitated clinical transformation—and what needs to happen next

Report: Global E-Prescribing Market to Reach Nearly $900M by 2019

November 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The global e-prescribing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5 percent from 2013 to 2019, to reach an estimated value of $888 million in 2019.

At Small, Rural Hospitals, Telepharmacy Technology is Advancing Pharmacy Practice

November 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Just as with many other areas of hospital operations, healthcare leaders are increasingly adopting and implementing IT solutions within pharmacy departments to streamline medication-management systems, improve workflow and increase patient safety.

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