February 22, 2018 - As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most stakeholders applauded TEFCA upon its release, concerns about the framework’s complexities, costs, and lack of clarity are beginning to surface....
February 21, 2018 - EHR adoption has not significantly reduced administrative costs related to billing and insurance activities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Duke University and Harvard Business School conducted interviews with 27 health system administrators and 34 physicians in 2016 and 2017 and built a process map charting the...
February 20, 2018 - Connecticut’s state health information exchange (HIE) — CTHealthLink — will assist in an effort to leverage patient EHR data for improved suicide prevention, according to ShoreLine Times. The HIE will provide centralized patient health data for a project funded by a $1.9-million, three-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. As part of the Institute’s...
February 15, 2018 - Workarounds, poor staff training, and problems with system stabilization and revenue cycle management were the primary causes of complications during a Cerner implementation at Medical Center Health System (MCHS). MCHS President and CEO Rick Napper stated during an Ector County Hospital Board of Directors meeting earlier this week that the challenging EHR implementation is one of the most...
After months of development, ONC released its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft in an effort to push the healthcare industry closer toward its goal of achieving true interoperability characterized by advanced health data exchange. In accordance with provisions of the 21st Century...
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