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Survey: CMIOs Cite Need for Better Technologies to Address High Drug Costs, Opioid Abuse

September 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Physician IT leaders believe that progress has been made to improve medication management, however, there is more work to be done to address gaps that could potentially impact patient safety, such as high drug costs and opioid abuse, according to a recent survey...

Geisinger’s Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse

April 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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During a webinar sponsored by the CHIME Opioid Task Force, executive leaders at the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System outlined a multifaceted, data-driven initiative by health system leaders to address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.

UK Health Physician Helps SAMHSA to Develop New Guidelines on Opioid Maintenance Therapies

March 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A leader in the medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Lexington) has been involved in assisting a major federal healthcare research agency in developing new guidelines regarding the use of opioid maintenance therapies

One Industry Expert’s View of How State Efforts to Manage the Opioid Crisis Will Affect HIT Leaders

February 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Connie Sinclair, R.Ph., has been leading a team of researchers and analysts at the Point-of-Care Partners consulting firm in tracking the exploding state-level requirements around the prescribing of opioids—with a new summary report on the phenomenon

Looking at the CVS-Aetna Deal: One Academic Sees Major Disruptive Potential

February 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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One academic researcher looks at CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna, and shares her perspective that the proposed deal could have a very big disruptive impact on U.S. healthcare—including on provider organizations

Mike Davis Looks at the Past, the Present, and the Future of EHR Adoption—and Customization

February 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Mike Davis, perhaps best known as one as a co-creator of the EMRAM schematic, which measures EHR implementation advancement, in his work at KLAS Research, is working to advance EHR development globally

One Expert Looks at the CVS/Aetna Combination through the Broader Lens of Health Industry Change

January 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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David Friend, M.D., the chief transformation officer in the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation, shares his perspectives on some of the new business combinations that are disrupting all healthcare sectors

Union Hospital of Cecil County Receives Stage 7 Designation

November 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Union Hospital of Cecil County, a community hospital located in Elkton, Maryland, has been recognized by HIMSS Analytics as a Stage 7 hospital on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Using HIT to Improve Patient Identification and Analyze Care Gaps

November 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Serving an immigrant community with complex medical and support needs, the Chinese Community Health Care Association (CCHCA) is moving forward to implement strategies that optimize patient identification and care management.

A Health Affairs Study Finds ACOs Moving Forward Quickly—If Unevenly—Into Risk

October 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A study published online this week in Health Affairs offers some of the best analysis yet, based on survey data, around the accelerating pace of ACO development—and its numerous implications for healthcare IT leaders

Former Allscripts CTO Joins InteliSys

July 14, 2017  |  David Raths
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Stanley Crane, who has served as chief technology officer and chief innovation officer at Allscripts, has been named CTO at InteliSys Health of San Diego.

Survey: 75 Percent of CIOs Concerned About Incomplete, Inaccurate Medication Data

June 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Despite multidisciplinary efforts to improve medication reconciliation, hospital CIOs still report unsatisfactory results, with three out of four concerned that their organization’s medication history data is incomplete or inaccurate, according to a new survey...

Michigan Plans to Link State PDMP with Provider EHRs

June 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The State of Michigan is directly adding the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) into the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state.

At UTMC, Data-Driven “Meds to Beds” Program Leads to 20 Percent Drop in Readmission Rates

May 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is leveraging data analytics to improve medication compliance and patient outcomes. Through its use of a health care data integration and analytics platform, UTMC has reported a 20...

Empowering Nurses to Address the Persistent Challenge of Medication Errors

November 15, 2016  |  Katherine Kenny, D.N.P., R.N., associate dean of academic affairs, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
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Medication learning tools provide nurses with the tools and technology that help them better recognize potential for medication error before the point of need.

Organizations Connecting Behavioral Health Providers through HIEs

November 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Health information exchanges (HIEs) are making progress with connecting behavioral health providers with HIE services, in order to facilitate better data exchange, according to two briefs released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this...

UPMC Enterprises Invests in Predictive Analytics Startup RxAnte

October 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Portland, Maine-based predictive analytics company RxAnte has received a growth equity investment from UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh.

From Information to Knowledge: How Medication Learning Optimizes Patient Outcomes

August 23, 2016  |  Anthony Donato, M.D., M.H.P.E., Gregory Hood, M.D., M.A.C.P.
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Medication learning tools that are concise, evidence-based and delivered at the point of care may reduce variability and errors in prescribing, and could improve the overall patient experience.

More Clarity on Cardiac Bundled Payments: Time to Look at Transitions to Post-Acute Care

August 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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A report in the American Journal of Managed Care online is shedding some light on some of the care transitions that will need to be optimized, as mandatory bundled payments are mandated for cardiac care

Ready For the New World of Mandatory Bundles? Because the Federal Payment Reform Train Is Clearly on a High-Speed Track Now

July 28, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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HHS’s announcement on July 25 of two new mandatory sets of payment bundles for cardiac care is confirming the emerging reality of Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and doctors going forward

OpenNotes Now: How the Movement Will Change the Physician-Patient Relationship

July 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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OpenNotes has already had a major impact on physician documentation, and now provider leaders ponder: What does the future hold for this pioneering movement?

When It Comes to Care and Transition Management, We’ve Got to Get the Basics Right First

July 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The details of a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Health News report on a patient safety event involving a fatal pharmacy dispensing error speak to the challenges and opportunities inherent in improving transition management and care management going forward

As Opioid Legislation Moves Forward, AHA, Other Organizations Call for Changes to Part 2 Privacy Rules

May 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Several healthcare organizations are pressing federal legislators to amend the privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 to enable providers to access a patient’s entire medical record in order to better coordinate care for patients with substance use disorders.

Yale New Haven’s Interim CIO: Laser-Focused on Right Data, Right People, Right Time

May 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Yale New Haven Health System's interim CIO Lisa Stump shares how the health system's thoughtful approach to deploying health information technology can transform data into meaningful information for clinicians to drive improved outcomes.

Report: Health IT and Patient Identification Errors Are Top Patient Safety Concerns

April 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Within healthcare delivery organizations, when health IT configurations and organization workflow do not support each other, communication suffers, which is why the ECRI Institute cited this issue as its top patient safety concern in its annual executive brief.

Study: Behavioral Health Diagnoses, Visits and Hospitalizations Underrepresented in EHRs

April 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Electronic health records inadequately capture mental health diagnoses, provider visits, specialty care, hospitalizations and medications, which could lead to medical errors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

ONC Launches Website Highlighting Role of Health IT to Address Opioid Misuse and Abuse

April 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The federal government continues to actively respond to the growing opioid crisis, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) launched a new resource page highlighting health IT tools that are available to help care providers address the issue.

Report: CPOE Systems Failed to Flag 13 Percent of Potentially Fatal Medication Orders

April 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In conjunction with Medication Safety Awareness Week, the Leapfrog Group released a report this week that found hospitals’ computerized physician order entry (COPE) systems are not operating as well as they should and failed to flag potentially harmful or even...

When Properly Used, PDMPs Prevent Overprescribing of Opioids and Help Identify Addiction, Report Says

March 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) can be an effective and valuable tool to help identify and prevent prescription drug misuse, however, in most states, prescriber participation is very low, a new report states.

In St. Paul, Documented Patient Outcomes Improvement in MSSP ACO Development

March 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Tim Hernandez, M.D, the medical director of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Community Health Network, shares encouraging results from IT-facilitated care management in his organization’s MSSP ACO development

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