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The AMA’s David Barbe, M.D.: Let’s Work Together to Optimize MD Outcomes Reporting

September 16, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The current president of the American Medical Association, David Barbe, M.D., discusses the challenges and opportunities around physician outcomes reporting under MACRA/MIPS—and what healthcare IT leaders can do to collaborate with physician leaders

Use of Medical Scribes Improved Physician Satisfaction, Charting, Study Finds

September 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A randomized controlled trial of medical scribes found that scribes product significant improvements in overall physician satisfaction and charting efficiency, without detracting from patient satisfaction, according to the study published in the Annals of Family...

Study: In 11-Hour Workday, Docs Spend 6 Hours on EHR Tasks

September 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
A study of 42 family medicine physicians in one southern Wisconsin health system found that in a given 11 hour workday, nearly 6 of those hours are being spent in the electronic health record (EHR).

The “Point-Counterpoint” to End All Point-Counterpoints in the Healthcare IT Policy World?

September 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The New England Journal of Medicine hosts contrasting op-ed articles written by, on the one hand, the four most recent National Coordinators, and on the other, two outspoken industry leaders—with a surprising level of agreement on some important points

National HIE Leader Deb Bass Shares her Perspectives on HIEs’ Opportunity in this Moment

September 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Deb Bass, CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), shared insights on the opportunities (and challenges) facing health information exchanges in the present moment in U.S. healthcare

Healthcare Informatics Exclusive: As Harvey Engulfs Houston, Texas HIE Leaders Move in to Help

August 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey continued to devastate Houston and southeast Texas, Texas HIE leaders moved ahead to support healthcare leaders caring for Texans imperiled by the storm—and at the same time, demonstrated the core value of HIE

MGMA CEO: Millennials Entering the Workforce will Spur EHRs’ Redesign

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., president and CEO of MGMA, weighs in on a variety of topics related to healthcare IT and physician burnout.

GAO Examines Patients’ Frustrations with EHRs

July 24, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Following up on a GAO report from earlier this year on patients’ accessing their health records, a new commentary post from the agency explores some of the reasons why people don’t use their electronic health records (EHRs) more.

Beyond EHR Optimization: The Advisory Board’s Barras Parses the Post-Implementation Challenges Facing CIOs

July 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
As the leaders of patient care organizations move forward into the post-EHR-implementation phase, they face a welter of challenges around interoperability and analytics for performance improvement, says Rob Barras of The Advisory Board Company

Study: What do Patients Value about Reading Their Visit Notes?

July 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
New research on the OpenNotes initiative has revealed multiple core themes on what patients value most about having access to their visit notes.

With MDs at the Helm, Might Some of Health IT’s Burdens Be Behind Us?

July 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
During a call with health IT press this week, ONC leadership again affirmed their aim to make EHRs easier to use for doctors. Is this a good sign of things to come?

Are Safety-Net Hospitals Being Unfairly Penalized by Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program?

July 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
An analysis by the Government Accountability Office finds concerning discrepancies between the stated goals of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program and its execution in practice, around the penalization of safety-net hospitals

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