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Research: Physician Burnout is a Public Health Crisis; Improving EHR Usability is Critical

January 18, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Physician burnout is a public health crisis and addressing the problem requires improving electronic health record (EHR) standards with a strong focus on usability and open application programming interfaces (APIs), according to a new report from leading...

GAO Report: Patient Matching Efforts Can Be Significantly Improved

January 17, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
There is a lot that can be done—such as implementing common standards for recording demographic data—to improve patient matching, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that closely examined the issue.

Montana Senator to VA CIO: “EHR Modernization Cannot Fail”

January 14, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Senate VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester has urged new VA CIO James Gfrerer to avoid past failures as he helps to move forward the department’s EHR modernization project.

How Many Health Systems Have Advanced HIT Capabilities?

January 9, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Adoption of advanced health IT capabilities—such as predictive analytic functions and patient access to records—varies among U.S. healthcare organizations.

AMIA Advises CDC to Start with Limited Pilot for Health IT Testing in the Field

January 8, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initially use a limited scope for testing health IT in the field to ensure the future success of the CDC’s National Test Collaborative (NTC).

Senate Confirms James Paul Gfrerer as VA CIO

January 4, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
James Paul Gfrerer, an ex-marine and former executive director at Ernst & Young, has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as assistant secretary of information and technology and CIO of the VA.

Cerner Collaborates with CoverMyMeds for Increased Pricing Transparency

January 4, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Cerner has collaborated with CoverMyMeds to integrate patient-specific information into the EHR for providers to review prescription pricing information with their patients at the point of care.

HHS Pain Management Task Force Recommends Improvements to PDMPs

January 2, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
A HHS pain task force issued a draft report addressing best practices for pain management, and the recommendations include leveraging innovative solutions to pain management such as telemedicine as well improving prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

Could Cerner Upend Epic for VA’s Scheduling System Contract?

January 2, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) preference is to use software from Cerner for its patient scheduling system, according to a recent letter from Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).

Allscripts Sells its Netsmart Stake to GI Partners, TA Associates

December 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Just a few months after Allscripts said it would be selling its majority stake in Netsmart, the health IT company announced today that private equity firm GI Partners, along with TA Associates, will be acquiring the stake held in Netsmart.

Study Links Stress from Using EHRs to Physician Burnout

December 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Physician burnout continues to be a significant issue in the healthcare and healthcare IT industries, and at the same time, electronic health records (EHRs) are consistently cited as a top burnout factor for physicians.

HHS Studying Modernization of Indian Health Services’ IT Platform

November 29, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
With so much focus on the modernization of health IT systems at the Veteran’s Administration and Department of Defense, there has been less attention paid to decisions that have to be made about IT systems in the Indian Health Service. But now the HHS Office...

HHS Issues Comprehensive Draft Report with Eyes on Reducing Health IT Burden

November 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
HHS has issued a federal draft strategy designed to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by technology such as electronic health records.

Meaningful Use of EHRs Leads to Earlier Patient Discharge, Study Finds

November 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
In patient care facilities that meet the highest federal standards for implementing EHRs (electronic health records), greater savings were achieved by reducing the average length of patient stays

Physician Burnout Addressed: How One Medical Group is (Virtually) Progressing

November 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Leaders at Massachusetts General Physicians Organization took to surveying their doctors about burnout, and have since taken the necessary steps to address the issue.

Report: Apple in Talks with VA to Provide Veterans Access to EHRs

November 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Tech giant Apple is in talks with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide portable electronic health records (EHRs) to military veterans, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday.

VA, Cerner Leaders Detail Progress on EHR Implementation, Interoperability Efforts

November 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
The VA’s new $16-billion-dollar Cerner EHR system will use open APIs and FHIR-based integration to enable interoperability with the private sector, according to a Cerner executive testifying to Congressional leaders.

EHR Usability Issues Impact Pediatric Patient Safety, Research Finds

November 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
In an analysis of 9,000 pediatric patient safety reports from three healthcare organizations, researchers found that 36 percent of the reports were related to EHR usability issues.

Veritas Capital, Elliott Management Acquire athenahealth in $5.7B Deal

November 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are acquiring athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR and practice management vendor, for $5.7 billion, according to a Monday announcement.

Seven Best Practices for Optimizing EHRs Clinically and Financially

November 7, 2018  |  Dan O’Connor and Joncé Smith, Industry Voices, Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc.
Healthcare facilities struggle with knowing if they are using their EHRs to the full potential. There are ways to alleviate the confusion and optimize your EHR for combined clinical decision making and operational effectiveness.

Study Shows Rise in Physician Burnout, Female Doctors Report Higher Levels of Dissatisfaction

October 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Two-thirds of physicians say the challenges of practicing medicine in today’s environment have caused them to consider career options outside of clinical practice, an 11 percent increase compared to a similar survey three years ago.

Cerner Exec on DoD Implementations: “We’re Seeing Measurable Progress”

October 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Providing an update on Cerner’s progress with the DoD's EHR implementations, a company executive noted that he is seeing “measurable progress” at the agency's initial operational capability (IOC) sites.

Study: EMR Interventions Help in Providing High-Value Medical Care

October 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
By implementing electronic medical record (EMR)-based interventions, Boston Medical Center was able to reduce unnecessary diagnostic testing while increasing the use of postoperative order sets.

Industry Groups Urge ONC to Reorient Goals of EHR Reporting Program, Focus on Health IT Safety, Security

October 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
AMIA questioned the "constrained scope" of the EHR Reporting Program, noting the program should be closer to a post-implementation surveillance ecosystem, not a government-sponsored "consumer reports."

UnitedHealth Group Plans to Unveil Health Record for Members, Providers in 2019

October 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Health insurer UnitedHealth Group will be unveiling a “fully integrated and fully portable individual health record,” CEO David Wichmann said on the on the company’s third-quarter earnings call yesterday.

UC Davis Health’s Physician-Specific Approach to Addressing Burnout

October 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
In Sacramento, clinical and IT leaders at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Health have been eager to develop and roll-out a program to improve physician efficiency levels within the EHR.

Report: athenahealth Has Multiple Bidders for Sale of the Company

October 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Watertown, Mass.-based health IT company athenahealth has attracted interest from at least five potential bidders for a possible sale of the company, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

KLAS Report: Behavioral Health EHR Vendors Demonstrate Poor Performance

October 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
The behavioral health electronic health record (EHR) vendor market has shown poor performance, to date, according to customers, who cite slow development, implementation challenges and lackluster customer support, according to a KLAS Research report.

Survey: Half of Providers Use Multiple CDS Solutions, Use Varies by Provider

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
While three-fourths of providers currently use some sort of clinical decision support (CDS) solution, more than half are using multiple solutions, which indicates there is still not one solution that is meeting all of providers’ needs, according to a Reaction...


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