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

October 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

What New Research Says about Which Federal Financial Incentives Produce Health System Change

August 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A new study in Health Affairs looks at the extent to which meaningful use incentives actually spurred EHR adoption—and what the implications are for federally driven incentives for change going forward

UC San Diego Health: Moving Its EHR to the Cloud, Strategically

August 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Christopher Longhurst, M.D., CIO, and Adam Gold, CTO, of UC San Diego Health, explain why they’ve moved their EHR to the cloud—and what that move means in the broader context of the health system’s IT strategy

Children’s National Health System Achieves Stage 6 Recognition from HIMSS Analytics

July 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Children’s National Health System has been recognized by HIMSS Analytics for reaching Stage 6 status on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM), an achievement reached by only 32 percent of the nation’s more than 5,400 hospitals.

Micky Tripathi on Surescripts’ E-Prescribing: “A Great Interoperability Success”

July 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last month, Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress report. Healthcare Informatics talked to Micky Tripathi about the report’s biggest takeaways and about interoperability more broadly.

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

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