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CMIOs Parse the Complexities of Physicians' Dissatisfaction with EHRs

March 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the CMIO Roundtable held Tuesday afternoon at HIMSS18, leading medical informaticists parsed the complexities of the current situation around physician dissatisfaction with EHRs—and delved into potential solutions

Study: In Family Practice Visits, EHR Time Exceeds Face-to-Face Patient Time

February 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Primary care physicians spent more time working in the electronic health record (EHR) than they spent in face-to-face time with patients in clinic visits, according to a recently published study conducted by a team of physician researchers.

Clinicians to CMS, ONC: “Right the Ship” to Simplify Reporting, Ease Regulatory Burdens

February 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
article
During a daylong listening session sponsored by ONC and CMS on the issue of reducing clinician burden, healthcare industry stakeholders shared a litany of frustrations and complaints about EHRs contributing to administrative burden and physician burnout.

Survey: Infrastructure, Interoperability Key Barriers to Global HIT Development

February 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
A new survey report from Black Book Research on global healthcare IT adoption and records systems connectivity finds nations in various phases of regional electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The survey results also reveal rapidly advancing opportunities for...

Enhancing Pediatric EHR Functionality: In North Carolina, One Organization Won’t Give Up

February 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Even today, several issues specific to children raise the risk that EHR usability can contribute to medical errors. In North Carolina, one organization is determined to change things.

AAFP Calls on ONC, CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden for Docs

February 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling for CMS and ONC to take a number of steps to reduce clinician burden from health information technology.

Investigation Launched Following Aetna Medical Director’s Admission of Never Looking at Patients’ Health Records

February 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
A former Aetna medical director has admitted to not looking at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care, according to an exclusive investigation by CNN.

Mike Davis Looks at the Past, the Present, and the Future of EHR Adoption—and Customization

February 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
Mike Davis, perhaps best known as one as a co-creator of the EMRAM schematic, which measures EHR implementation advancement, in his work at KLAS Research, is working to advance EHR development globally

Study Finds Health IT Adoption Has Positive Effect on Medical Outcomes

February 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
In a recently published study, two healthcare researchers analyzed the effect of the adoption of health information technology on medical outcomes since 2011.

AMIA Urges More Work on FDA’s Decision Support Guidance

February 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
In comments submitted to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) this week, the Bethesda, Md.-based American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) said new draft guidance is well-timed to initiate a broad discussion over the future of clinical decision support...

Despite Deadline Reprieve, Imaging Informatics Teams Feel Sense of Urgency About Clinical Decision Support

January 31, 2018  |  David Raths
article
Although implementation of a law to require clinical decision support use involving imaging orders was delayed, imaging informatics executives still feel pressure to accelerate efforts to deploy a CDS system.

Lawmakers Urge Coast Guard to “Piggyback” on New DoD/VA EHR System

January 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Two years after cancelling an electronic health record modernization project with Epic, at a cost of about $60 million, the Coast Guard continues to use a paper-based process to maintain health records and Congressional leaders want answers to what went wrong and...

Epic Tops in Best in KLAS for Eighth Straight Year

January 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The 2018 Best in KLAS Software and Services report, released this week by Orem, Utah-based KLAS, named the top-performing companies within various market segments based on customer feedback, and once again Epic earned the ranking of number-one Overall Software...

Two Large N.C. Healthcare Orgs Collaborate on MyChart Record Sharing

January 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The two largest healthcare organizations in Winston-Salem, N.C.—Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health—are now collaborating on an initiative that will merge critical health information for patients.

Yale New Haven Hospital Works with Epic to Create Capacity Command Center

January 26, 2018  |  David Raths
news
Yale New Haven Hospital and Epic Systems have worked together to a Capacity Command Center that it says combines real-time data analytics with physical co-location of key operational services to enhance patient safety and care quality.

Study: 40 Percent of Ambulatory Care Practices "Under-Users" of EHR Tools

January 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. ambulatory care practices are “under-users” of health information technology functionalities, a recent study found. What’s more, those “under-users” are more likely to be smaller, rural and specialty ambulatory care practices.

Apple Confirms “Health Records” Solution with Aim to Bring Medical Records to iPhone

January 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
In breaking digital health news today, Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records right on their iPhone.

Study: Inaccuracies in EHR Problem Lists Pose Problems for Risk Adjustment

January 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Inaccuracies in EHR problem list–based comorbidity data can lead to incorrect determinations of case mix, according to a study that took place at two southern California Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.

VA-DoD: Winning the (Ongoing) Battle for Interoperability

January 22, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
commentary
Recently, there’s been a perfect storm of bad news for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and their efforts to modernize their electronic medical record (EMR).

Global Open Source HIT Project Gets $1M Donation From Cryptocurrency Philanthropy

January 19, 2018  |  David Raths
news
OpenMRS, Inc., an open source medical records platform used in developing countries, has received a $1 million donation from the Pineapple Fund, an $86 million cryptocurrency philanthropy created by an anonymous donor known only as “Pine.”

Healthcare Groups Call for Improvements to Prior Authorization Process

January 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
A collaborative of healthcare organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, released a joint statement this week calling for improved prior authorization procedures,...

Reports: DoD-Cerner EHR Rollout Postponed for 8 Weeks

January 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Department of Defense (DoD) and Cerner are suspending their MHS Genesis electronic health record (EHR) modernization project for eight weeks, according to multiple media reports.

DaVita Physician Solutions to Replace Nephrology-Specific EHR with Epic

January 12, 2018  |  David Raths
news
DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services, has announced that DaVita Physician Solutions will partner with Epic to replace Falcon Physician, its nephrology-specific electronic health record.

Ochsner Health System Integrates Prescription Drug Monitoring Tool into EHR

January 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Ochsner Health System is utilizing a tool that has enabled the integration of Louisiana's state PDMP information directly into its Epic electronic health records.

Survey: 16 Percent of Ambulatory Physicians Looking to Replace EHR Vendor

January 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
It is widely known that many physicians are dissatisfied with their electronic health record (EHR) system and a new survey examines EHR satisfaction according to physicians. The survey found that 11 percent of physicians working in acute facilities and 16 percent...

Allscripts to Acquire Practice Fusion for $100 Million

January 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
In a move that expands its client reach in the ambulatory space, Chicago-based Allscripts has announced it will acquire electronic health record (EHR) vendor Practice Fusion for $100 million.

In Lawsuit, Physician Practices Claim eClinicalWorks Software Failed to Meet MU Standards

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Electronic health records (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks now faces a second class action lawsuit in a little over a month as continued fallout from allegations that the company’s software does not meet Meaningful Use requirements.

Study: Ophthalmologists Report Declining Productivity, Revenues Following EHR Adoption

January 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Approximately 72 percent of U.S. ophthalmologists have adopted EHRs, but they are reporting that their net revenues and productivity have declined since implementing these systems, and that practice costs are higher with EHR use.

Indian Health Service Seeking Input on Modernizing its Health IT Systems

December 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued a request for information (RFI) as part of the agency’s health information technology modernization effort.

Loma Linda University Medical Center Gets HIMSS Stage 7 Designation

December 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Loma Linda University (LLU) Medical Center and other patient care facilities linked to the health system have achieved Stage 7 designation on HIMSS Analytics’ inpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

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