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EHR Usability Issues Impact Pediatric Patient Safety, Research Finds

November 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

DoD-Cerner MHS Genesis Project Moves onto New Site Locations

October 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Department of Defense (DoD) is moving onto a second set of site locations for its Cerner electronic health record (EHR) rollouts.

Pew Report Digs Deep into Patient Matching Challenges, Recommendations

October 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts outlined several key themes related to patient matching, while also suggesting recommendations to improve matching and the infrastructure needed for more robust progress in the medium and long term.

Survey: EHRs, Value-Based Care Causing Docs to Sour on Profession

October 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Seven out of 10 physicians are unwilling to recommend their chosen profession to their children or other family members, with frustrations over EHRs and value-based care ranking as key reasons why.

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?

Health IT Experts Develop the “Wizard” for Easier Health Record Access

September 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new tool has been developed that aims to streamline the process of patients getting copies of their medical records.

Survey: 62 Percent of Docs Use Speech Recognition, But Cite Concerns About Accuracy

September 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians are currently using speech recognition technology with their electronic health record (EHR) solution, yet 23 percent have no plans to adopt speech recognition, according to a Reaction Data survey about the use of speech-enabled EHRs.

Could Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status Help Predict Health Outcomes?

September 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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One’s neighborhood socioeconomic status may not contribute much more to risk prediction than information already within electronic health record (EHR) data, according to new research.

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.

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

September 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

August 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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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.

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