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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?

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.

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

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.

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.

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host the first Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the General Services Administration national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

In Connecticut, Hartford Health is Ahead of the E-Prescribing Curve

May 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Connecticut has joined just a handful of states that have passed electronic prescribing mandates. Hartford Health’s CMIO discusses the process in having to meet the requirement and the results that have been gained.

POLITICO Discloses Pentagon Review of a Military EHR Implementation Described as “Devastating”

May 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Friday, the publication POLITICO published an article that reveals details of a Pentagon report on the progress of a DoD EHR project that experts who have seen it, say speaks to problems the VA will face with its own rollout going forward

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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

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.

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