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Physicians Pinpoint Frustrations with EHRs in Published Commentary

August 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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EHRs have been known to frustrate physicians, and a recent commentary from practitioners in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) further clarifies what about the technology aggravates doctors so much.

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis

August 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
As Karen DeSalvo, M.D. leaves the ONC, a kaleidoscopic array of policy and process issues faces her successor and the agency itself, at a time of tremendous change and challenge for healthcare IT and healthcare IT policy

Survey: Workflow Design is Key to Improving the Quality of Health IT Implementation

August 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare quality leaders say improving workflow efficiency should be a top priority to help healthcare organizations strengthen the quality of their technology implementation, according to a survey by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

AMA Immediate Past President Challenges Healthcare IT Leaders to Fix EHRs

August 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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In the opening keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Steven J. Stack, M.D., immediate past president of the AMA, called on healthcare IT leaders to pressure vendors to improve the usability and reliability of EHRs

Veterans Affairs Seeking Feedback on New Commercial EHR

August 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a request for information regarding commercial off-the-shelf EHR systems, which appears to be the most recent indication that the agency is moving forward on plans to replace its decades-old, homegrown EHR system.

Geisinger’s Chief Strategic Information Officer: OpenNotes Is the Future

August 8, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Alistair Erskine, M.D., chief strategic information officer at the pioneering Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, sees OpenNotes as a key element in the new patient-physician—and consumer-health system—relationship

Study: Web-Based Software Tool Reduces Medical Errors During Hospital Shift Changes

August 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Miscommunication during a patient handoff could mean that key information about a patient’s condition gets lost in the shuffle. The use of a web-based handoff tool can improve communication and reduce medical errors, according to a new study.

Can EHR Data Identify Patients Who May Be Falling Through the Cracks of Your Healthcare System?

August 5, 2016  |  David Raths
commentary
For the term "learning health system" to become more than a buzzword, health systems will have to devote more resources to using their clinical data for process improvement and patient safety research.

National Cancer Institute Will Fund Projects to Develop Informatics Tools that Measure Cancer Care Coordination

August 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute will fund close to $2 million for projects that study and develop informatics tools to measure cancer care coordination.

Study: Outpatient EHR and Practice Management Tools Nearing Universal Adoption

August 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Market adoption of practice management and electronic health record (EHR) solutions has been trending upward since 2008 and is now nearing universal adoption, according to a recent HIMSS Analytics study.

Moving Ahead Into OpenNotes: One Medical Specialist and Medical Informaticist Shares Her View

August 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Allison Weathers, M.D., associate CMIO at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, shares her perspectives on the opportunities and challenges around the OpenNotes movement—from a specialist perspective

EHRs Have Largely Positive Impact on Patient Care, Survey Finds

July 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Electronic health records (EHRs) and other patient-directed technologies are having a profound, and mostly positive, impact on patient behavior—sometimes enough to cause shifts among patients from one provider to another, according to a new survey from CareCloud.

Study: New EHR Go-Lives Don’t Impede Patient Care

July 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite concerns that the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) might unfavorably impact patient care during the technology transition period, no negative short-term affects were found for 17 U.S. hospitals, according to new research published in the...

Study: Implementation of Integrated EHR System Improved Nursing Care Quality

July 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Incorporating electronic, evidenced-based practice tools into bedside nurses’ workflow promotes decision making at the point of care, which may improve patient care quality, such as reducing hospital-acquired falls, according to a recent study.

ONC Data Reveals Top Vendors Used for Meaningful Use Program

July 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released data for the health IT vendors most used by providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

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
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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
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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.

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