Electronic Health Records
  • ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

    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....

  • EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs

    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...

  • Patient EHR Data Contained in CT HIE to Aid in Suicide Prevention

    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...

  • Poor Staff Training Contributed to Trying Cerner Implementation

    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...


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Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid epidemic. These...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

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...

EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs

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...

DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, to Step Down

DirectTrust recently announced founding President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, will step down at the end of 2018. The DirectTrust Board of Directors is currently searching for a successor. The nonprofit healthcare industry alliance was created to...

DirectTrust Seeks Changes to ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, recently requested ONC include mention of the Direct or push model of health data exchange in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The request came as part of Kibbe’s...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Achieves HIMSS Stage 7 with Epic EHR

Missouri-based Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently achieved HIMSS Stage 7 certification for advanced use of its Epic EHR system based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The 859-bed facility is now among the top 6 percent of...

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