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Study: Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Former Patients

July 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Medical students are continually using electronic health records (EHRs) in training, using the technology to track former patients after they have left one’s direct care, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The “Father of OpenNotes” Shares His Perspectives on the Movement’s Forward March

July 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Tom Delbanco, M.D., the “Father of OpenNotes,” shares his perspectives on the phenomenon—and on its fascinating future

OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Study: Data-Driven Physiologic Alarm Parameters Can Help Reduce Alarm Fatigue

July 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Alarm fatigue from clinical decision support systems is a significant hazard in hospitals. In a recent study, researchers found that tailoring bedside monitor alarm limits using data-driven physiologic parameters can mitigate alarm fatigue.

Editor’s Notes: The Role of Emotion in Good Decision-Making: Science Is Catching Up to Society

July 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
It's been fascinating to read Jonah Lehrer's 2009 book "How We Decide," and to ponder scientists' recent discoveries around emotion in decisionmaking--and to consider the physician-patient relationship

AHA: Patients’ Ability to Electronically Access Their Medical Records is Increasing

July 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than 90 percent of hospitals now offer patients the capability to view electronic medical records (EMRs) online, and most offer the ability to perform related tasks, according to new research from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide EHR Program Relief

July 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Six U.S. Senators introduced a bill that aims to provide regulatory flexibility to providers and hospitals operating under the meaningful use program by easing reporting requirements and instituting a 90-day reporting period.

Study: During Initial EHR Implementation, Documentation in Paper Records More Accurate Than EHRs

July 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Physicians document progress notes more accurately in paper charts than in electronic health records (EHRs), according to one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Proposes MU Program Changes, Including 90-Day Reporting Period in 2016

July 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
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On Wednesday afternoon, July 6, CMS announced that it was changing what had been a requirement for a year-long EHR reporting period in 2016, to a 90-day period, for hospitals and eligible providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

AHA Calls for Reforms to Stark, Anti-Kickback Laws to Remove Barriers to Care Coordination

July 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) released a report that proposes that the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and regulations impede hospitals’ ability to coordinate care and calls on legislators and regulators to modernize the regulations.

Report: Increased Adoption of Predictive Analytics, Telemedicine Technologies Driving Global EHR Market

July 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare delivery organizations are increasingly implementing predictive analytics technology and integrating telemedicine technologies with information systems and these emerging trends are driving the global electronic health record (EHR) market, according to...

Research Indicates EHR, CPOE Use Linked to Physician Burnout, Dissatisfaction

June 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Many in the healthcare industry have been saying for years that the use of health IT plays a role in physician burnout, now a new study from The Mayo Clinic supports that theory. According to a national study of physicians led by Mayo Clinic, the use of...

Study on EHRs Finds that Many Docs Adhere to “Culture of Silence” around Tech Issues

June 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
A new study on electronic health records (EHRs) from a multi-university team, including Cleveland State University (CSU), has highlighted several gaps and challenges associated with the use of such systems.

McKesson Will Merge IT Unit with Change Healthcare, But Deal Does Not Include Paragon EHR

June 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The speculation swirling around whether McKesson would separate its IT unit is now official as the healthcare services provider and Change Healthcare Holdings announced Tuesday the creation of a new healthcare information technology company.

VA Officials Discuss Modernizing EHR System During Senate Committee Hearing

June 24, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials indicated that the agency will likely look for a commercial electronic health record system during a discussion about its 40-year-old homegrown system at a Senate committee hearing this week.

The Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts: Clinical Information Systems

June 23, 2016  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As a supplement to the Healthcare Informatics 100, Healthcare Informatics will be revealing its top 5 companies—based on percentage of total health IT revenue—within seven different product categories. Next up is Clinical Information Systems.

Former CNO Alleges She was “Forced Out” After Raising Concerns about Hospital’s EMR

June 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A former chief nursing officer (CNO) at California-based Sonoma West Medical Center has filed a lawsuit alleging she was illegally forced out of her position after she raised concerns about the hospital’s electronic medical records (EMR) system, according a...

Cerner Retains Largest Market Share in EMR Industry, Report Says

June 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Cerner continues to hold the largest market share of the $27 billion electronic medical records (EMR) market, thanks to its acquisition of Siemens Healthcare’s EMR business last year, according to a new report from Kalorama Information.

OhioHealth Doctors Hospital Hits EMRAM Stage 7

June 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, based in Columbus, has been awarded with Stage 7 EMRAM designation by HIMSS Analytics.

U.S. State Department Seeks Commercial EHR

June 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. State Department has issued a request for information for project management support services as it looks to deploy a commercial off-the-shelf ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide.

ONC Publishes Two New Reports on Health IT Safety

June 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has recently published two reports on health IT safety as the agency continues to make strides towards the optimization of the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Physicians at Canadian Hospital Petition to Suspend EHR System Roll Out Due to Patient Safety Concerns

June 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
According to local media reports, physicians at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada have signed a petition asking the Vancouver Island Health Authority to suspend the roll out of a new EHR system, citing concerns about patient safety.

Study: Behavioral Health IT Needs Greater Standardization, Better Integration with General Healthcare Data

June 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
A study published in the June issue of Health Affairs, based on research supported by the Commonwealth Fund, addresses the gaps and challenges in behavioral health IT and offers recommendations to better use health IT to promote patient-centered care.

Allscripts, Marshfield Clinic and athenahealth Top Black Book’s Ambulatory EHR User Satisfaction Poll

June 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A recent ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) user satisfaction poll of large physician groups indicates increased satisfaction with EHR system’s functionality and services, in all areas except interoperability.

Survey: Specialty-Driven EHRs Are a Growing Trend in Physician Specialty Practices

June 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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According to a recent survey by market research firm Black Book, 86 percent of specialist surgical and medical practices reported that the biggest trend in physician technology replacements has swung back to specialty-driven electronic health record (EHR) systems.

McKesson May Spin Off Its IT Business Unit, According to Media Report

June 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Following the sale of its ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) assets to e-MDs in March, there is now speculation that McKesson is considering separating its IT unit through a sale or merger, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Study: Geisinger Researchers Utilize EHR Data to Predict Opioid Overdose Deaths

June 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Researchers at Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System used data from electronic health records (EHRs) to profile patients who overdosed on opioids and developed a predictor for patients most at risk of dying or experiencing other serious complications.

IG Audit Report Questions DoD’s Timeline for New EHR Roll Out

June 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General says the DoD’s plan to roll out its $9 billion modernized electronic healthcare record (EHR) system by December “may not be realistic,” according to an audit report.

Feds to List New Transparency Information about Certified Health IT Products

June 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will be listing more detailed and easier-to-comprehend information on its website about implementing and using certified health IT...

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