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Survey: Physicians Want Better Electronic Access to Patient Data

April 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Half of physicians said they feel that their electronic access to patient data—such as someone’s clinical history—could be much better, according to a new Surescripts report.

Prior Authorization Burdens Hindering Patient Care, AMA Survey Finds

March 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Approximately 64 percent of physicians in a recent American Medical Association (AMA) survey said they wait at least one business day before getting a response from a health plan regarding a prior authorization (PA) decision.

CMIOs Parse the Complexities of Physicians' Dissatisfaction with EHRs

March 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the CMIO Roundtable held Tuesday afternoon at HIMSS18, leading medical informaticists parsed the complexities of the current situation around physician dissatisfaction with EHRs—and delved into potential solutions

Senate Bill Mandates e-Prescriptions to Fight Opioid Crisis

February 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A group of senators have introduced the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act to combat opioid overdoses by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances under Medicare.

Kibbe to Step Down as CEO of DirectTrust

February 21, 2018  |  David Raths
news
David Kibbe, M.D., M.B.A., announced he would step down as president and CEO of DirectTrust at the end of the year.

Does NDSC Acquisition Signal a “Change?”

January 26, 2018  |  Joe Marion
commentary
NDSC is being acquired by Change Healthcare, which places greater pressure on the payor vs. provider side of clinical decision support.

Healthcare IT: Where Did it Come From and Where is it Going?

January 11, 2018  |  Joe Marion
commentary
Dan Brown's book, Origin, offers some interesting insight on where cognitive computing is taking healthcare IT

Epic, CVS Health Team Up to Use Analytics for Informed Medication Insights

October 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced an initiative in which analytics and data sharing will be leveraged to generate insights surrounding dispensing patterns and behaviors around medication adherence.

Drilling Down into Important Issues Around the Use of Medical Scribes

October 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Two recent studies are shedding light on some of the challenges inherent in the growing use of medical scribes by physicians in medical practice—and highlighting the need for better professional preparation and standardization of practice among scribes

Pew Calls on ONC to Improve Usability of Pediatric EHRs

September 29, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
EHRs while reshaping healthcare delivery, also have contributed to new and unanticipated safety concerns—some of which directly affect care for pediatric patients, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Survey: Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Use EHRs, CPOE Systems

September 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Ninety-nine percent of hospitals across the country now use electronic health record systems (EHRs), compared to about 31 percent in 2003. Computerized prescriber-order-entry (CPOE) systems with clinical decision support are used by 96 percent of hospitals,...

At Sentara Healthcare, Combating Alert Fatigue with Enhanced Clinical Decision Support

August 30, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Leaders at the 12-hospital health system knew that while medication alerts should improve patient care, unhelpful alerts may be viewed as “noise” by providers and rarely lead to beneficial medication management changes.

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