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

August 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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
article
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
news
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
article
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
news
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
news
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
article
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
news
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
article
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
news
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
news
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
article
Nurse informaticists continue to pursue additional informatics education and training, according to a newly released HIMSS 2017 workforce survey.

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