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EHR implementation


October 29, 2013  1:01 PM

ONC study details electronic viewing and sharing of patient information

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, HIE, patient engagement

With meaningful use stage 2 deadline bearing down on providers, the use of EHRs is changing how patient information is viewed and transferred --  an issue that is explored in detail in a recent ONC study. Nearly one-third of physicians shared patient clinical summaries with other providers in...

June 25, 2013  12:05 PM

Ohio nurses call for delay of EMR implementation

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EMR, nurses

Nurses at the Massillon, Ohio-based Affinity Medical Center called for the delay of their facility's EMR implementation due to safety concerns. The nurses outlined their concerns in a letter sent to hospital officials, citing a lack of training with the new system and understaffing in the days...


March 22, 2013  12:09 PM

Report says EHRs can be springboarded to clinical data analytics

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
Big Data, CDS and data analytics, Data Mining, EHR implementation, EHR systems, IHT2

Coupling EHRs with new analytics tools and normalizing best big data practices will be key to effectively utilizing big data in the health care industry, an Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) report concludes. And those best-practices are needed, stat. The


March 20, 2013  3:00 PM

KLAS: Providers need vendors to improve EHR usability, EHR safety

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, EHR implementation, EHR safety, EHR usability, Epic, KLAS, mckesson, Uncategorized

“As suggested by the new 2014 certification standards, vendors should take more responsibility for both the usability and safety of their products. These responsibilities shouldn’t be the sole purview of healthcare organizations and providers like they have been until now.” So said one...


March 11, 2013  10:18 AM

How will regulators measure the success of meaningful use objectives?

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, Farzad Mostashari, Kathleen Sebelius, Marilyn Tavenner, Meaningful use

Before National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., took the stage to deliver his keynote address on the final day of HIMSS 2013, organizers played a prerecorded video message from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She spoke briefly about how to measure the success of health IT...


March 5, 2013  4:11 PM

HIMSS survey shows organizations are striving for stage 2 incentives

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EHR incentive, HIMSS, HIMSS 2013, meaningful use incentives

Three-quarters of respondents to the annual HIMSS leadership survey say they expect their organizations qualify for stage 2 meaningful use incentives in 2014. Only 4% said their facility had...


January 16, 2013  4:04 PM

HIMSS Analytics stats show meaningful use program is working

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics, Meaningful use

The research wing of the Health Information Management Systems Society, HIMSS Analytics, released new stats that show the EHR incentive program is doing what it set out to do -- increase adoption of EHR systems among U.S. physicians. This is good news


January 9, 2013  3:06 PM

CMS issues EHR incentive program guidance for specialists, PCPs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, meaningful use stage 2

Kicking off the new calendar year that will usher in meaningful use stage 2 for early adopters, CMS has offered clarifications on how to comply with some of the criteria that gets eligible providers (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) paid their


January 2, 2013  5:49 PM

ONC EHR safety plan in the works; public comment sought

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHRQ, EHR implementation, EHR safety, ONC, ONC-ACTB

Just before the U.S. health care system went on skeleton crews for the long holiday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT dropped a little policy package under the tree that might seem like an innocent little 39-page PDF, but it could have much larger ramifications for CIOs and the...


December 19, 2012  2:51 PM

ECRI Institute: Mixing up EHR data still top 2013 patient safety risk

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR data, EHR implementation, HIE, ONC, patient safety

"Many care decisions today are based on data in an EHR or other information  system," according to an ECRI Institute report on patient safety risks, "and incorrect data can result in incorrect treatment, potentially resulting in patient harm." "In addition, as EHR data flows through health...


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