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Survey: Physicians Sour on Value-Based Care Metrics, EHRs

September 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
More than 50 percent of U.S. physicians who receive value-based care compensation said they do not believe that the metrics the reimbursement is tied to improve the quality of care or reduce costs, according to a new survey.

Brigham Health’s 3-Pronged Approach to Reducing EHR’s Contribution to Burnout

September 18, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
With EHR documentation ranked high among aspects of their work physicians are dissatisfied with, Brigham Health has taken a three-pronged approach to reducing the pain.

Physicians Cite Lack of Interoperability, Documentation Burden as Top EHR Pain Points

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
A recent survey of primary and specialty care physicians by Deloitte reveals that physician feedback on how to improve EHRs is often overlooked as physicians continue to be frustrated with EHRs, particularly due to lack of interoperability and the burden of...

Designing Safe and Effective Digital Health Applications

September 10, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D. and Maulin Shah, M.D., Industry Voices
Health IT is on the cusp of an “app revolution.” Careful attention to basic design principles combined with a methodical approach to screening and addressing issues can go a long way.

AMIA, MGMA, AMGA Offer Comments on CMS’ Latest E&M, Quality Payment Program Proposals

September 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Leading health IT associations have varying sentiments and recommendations for CMS regarding its Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program proposed rule.

Report: Elliott Leads in athenahealth Takeover Bid as Cerner, UnitedHealth Pass

September 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Elliott Management is the favorite to win the athenahealth takeover bid now that Cerner and UnitedHealth have declined an opportunity to acquire the health IT company, according to a report.

How to Choose Wisely: Researchers Confirm the Value of Clinical Decision Support

September 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
A recent study by leaders at Cedars-Sinai and Optum provides nuanced insights into the complexity of clinical decision support—while affirming its advantages

Congressman Raises Concerns about "Deteriorating, Rudderless” Leadership of VA’s EHR Project

August 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Rep. Jim Banks, chairman on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, voiced concerns about the “deteriorating and rudderless leadership" of the OEHRM program in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Study: Docs Like EHRs, So Long as Routines aren’t Changed

August 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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.

AMA, 150 Medical Groups Show Support for CMS’ E&M Documentation Reform Proposals

August 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
The AMA and some 150 medical groups have sent a letter showing support for CMS' recent proposals around Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding reform.

Duke, Cerner Partner on Cardiac Risk Calculator App

August 24, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
EHR vendor Cerner has collaborated with Duke Clinical Research Institute to develop a SMART-on-FHIR atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app.

Just One Month In, Genevieve Morris Steps Down from Leading VA's EHR Project

August 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
In the latest leadership shake-up at the VA, Genevieve Morris has stepped down from her role as CHIO at the VA’s newly established Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM).

ONC Issues RFI on Electronic Health Record Reporting Program

August 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is seeking public input on reporting criteria under the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program for health IT developers, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

Study: Clinical Decision Support EHR Alerts Can Lower Health Costs, Complications

August 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
When physicians follow the recommendations of context-specific clinical decision support at the point of care, clinical and financial outcomes should improve, according to new research.

Study: Many U.S. Hospitals won’t Reach HIMSS Stage 7 Until 2035

August 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Unless the healthcare IT ecosystem experiences major policy changes or leaps in technological capabilities, many hospitals will not reach Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model until 2035, according to new research.

HHS OIG Fines eClinicalWorks $132,500 For Violating Corporate Integrity Agreement

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) fined electronic health record vendor eClinicalWorks $132,500 for failing to report patient safety issues to the regulatory body as reportable events in a timely manner.

Survey: Physicians Cite EHRs as Biggest Contributor to Burnout

July 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi
A recent survey on physician burnout and stress found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, physicians cited electronic health records (EHRs) as the top factor contributing to stress, followed by dealing with payers and pre-authorization and then regulatory compliance.

Report: DoD-Cerner EHR Contract Ceiling to be Raised by $1B

July 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Defense (DoD) will increase the ceiling of the contract to modernize its electronic health record (EHR) system, MHS Genesis, by an estimated $1.1 billion, according to a report

Media Report: Medical Errors Reported during Banner Health’s Switch to Cerner EHR

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
After Phoenix-based Banner Health implemented a new Cerner electronic health record (EHR) at its Tucson, Arizona-based hospitals and clinics back in October, at a price tag of $45 million, there were “numerous” reports of medical errors, according to a state...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

July 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Robert Wilkie, a nominee of President Trump, was confirmed Monday by the Senate as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs by a vote of 86 to 9.

EHR Design, Development Needs Improvement, Study Finds

July 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A new study involving clinicians using EHRs to perform certain common tasks provides evidence that the design, development and implementation of these systems need to be improved so that they are easier to use and safer for patients.

Study: EHRs Tied with Lower Hospital Mortality, But Only After Systems Have Matured

July 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Over the past decade, there has been significant national investment in electronic health record (EHR) systems at U.S. hospitals, which was expected to result in improved quality and efficiency of care. However, evidence linking EHR adoption to better care is...

Nursing Notes Can Help Predict ICU Survival, Study Finds

July 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.

At Northwell Health, IT Leaders are Revamping the EHR with AI, NLP and Voice Tools

July 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Major tech companies and health systems are revamping EHRs with artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology. Project leaders at Northwell Health have developed an EMRbot that enables physicians and nurses to “talk” with a patient’s medical record.

Michigan Behavioral Health Provider Goes Live on Epic with Eyes on Care Coordination

June 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based behavioral health provider, has became the first free standing behavioral health system to implement Epic’s electronic health record (EHR).

VA Plans Cerner EHR Go-Live at Three Sites by 2020; Lawmakers Call for Close Project Oversight

June 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin deployment of a new $16 billion EHR system at three sites in the Pacific Northwest—Spokane, Seattle and American Lakes, all in Washington—in October 2018 with a goal of full capability by March 2020.

GE to Spin Off Healthcare Unit as Separate Company

June 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
General Electric (GE) will spin off its healthcare unit and operate it as a separate company, senior executives announced today.

What Does the Future Hold for athenahealth, and Its Customers? Industry Insiders Weigh In

June 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
With new leadership coming in and a potential sale on the horizon, athenahealth is facing significant changes. Healthcare industry insiders weigh in on the company's possible suitors and how the changes could impact the company's customers.


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