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Category: EHR & EMR


Data Analytics, EHR & EMR, Information Management

Lack of EHR, data interoperability holding back value-based care

September 17, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The lack of electronic health record interoperability and sharing of patient data continue to be major barriers to value-based care in Medicare. That’s the consensus of healthcare stakeholders who testified late last week before the House Energy and Commerce Health […]


EHR & EMR

DoD-VA EHR interoperability needs a single point of accountability

September 14, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

If the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are to succeed in creating interoperable electronic health record systems, an Interagency Program Office must clearly define its role and responsibilities. That’s the contention of members of Congress and a Government Accountability […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

Congressman voices concerns about VA Office of EHR Modernization

August 30, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Responding to the recent departures of senior leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a House subcommittee chairman is worried that the VA office in charge of EHR modernization is floundering. Last month, the VA established the Office of Electronic […]


EHR & EMR, Opinions

Multiple EHRs, lack of interoperability hamper Next Generation ACOs

August 29, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Next Generation ACOs have shown promise to reduce spending without limiting quality, significant health IT challenges may curtail their potential. The new ACO models did well in their first performance year, according to a new evaluation report from the Centers […]


EHR & EMR

Three Ways to Revolutionize EHR With Blockchain

August 20, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

When it comes to EHRs, physicians tend to take them as a necessary evil. While health specialists struggle to work with clogged and slow legacy systems, they can’t just quit on using them. EHRs help aggregate patient data, allowing physicians […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

HHS awards $125M to bolster the use of IT by health centers

August 17, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $125 million in quality improvement grants throughout the country. The agency says the funds will be used to upgrade the health information technology at 1,352 health centers in all 50 states, […]


EHR & EMR

DoD to increase Leidos contract for Cerner EHR by nearly $1.2B

July 25, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Defense is increasing the ceiling for its electronic health record modernization contract with prime contractor Leidos by nearly $1.2 billion. The additional funds are meant to accommodate additional services and capabilities necessary to maintain a standard EHR […]


EHR & EMR

EHR performance standards needed to ensure usability, safety

July 19, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The design, development and implementation of electronic health records must be improved to ensure the usability of EHRs for clinicians and safety for patients. That’s the conclusion of a new EHR usability and safety analysis funded by the American Medical […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

VA, Congress create panels to oversee Cerner EHR implementation

July 16, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

With the recent award to Cerner of a $10 billion electronic health record modernization contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs, both the VA and Congress are taking steps to ensure that the implementation of the EHR system receives sufficient […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

FDA looks to leverage EHR data to better evaluate medical products

July 11, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Food and Drug Administration wants to take advantage of the real-world data available from electronic health records to more fully evaluate medical products in the post-market setting, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. The agency is seeking $100 […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

VA efforts to implement Cerner EHR face close scrutiny from Congress

June 27, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

As the Department of Veterans Affairs looks to implement a new Cerner electronic health record system replacing the agency’s legacy EHR, members of Congress are letting the VA know they are committed to seeing the project through. “$15.8 billion dollars […]


EHR & EMR

The EHR Strikes Back!

June 20, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

The last few years have been challenging for the electronic health record (EHR). While the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act succeeded in transitioning the US healthcare system mostly away from paper¹, the resulting electronic systems […]


EHR & EMR

AMA: Medical students, residents receive insufficient EHR training

June 14, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Medical students and residents are not effectively using electronic health records because they continue to receive insufficient training on the systems as part of their formal professional education. That’s the contention of the American Medical Association, whose policymaking body—AMA’s House […]


EHR & EMR

How EHRs Give Time Back to Nurses

May 7, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

It goes without saying that nurses are busy. Caring for patients and keeping up with documentation (amidst their many other clinical responsibilities) takes up the majority of their time and resources. However, there are tools that nurses should add to […]


EHR & EMR

VA says finalizing decision on EHR modernization is priority

April 27, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Despite its leadership vacancies, the Department of Veterans Affairs insists that finalizing a decision on the agency’s electronic health record modernization is a near-term priority. While acting CIO Scott Blackburn resigned last week and VA Secretary David Shulkin was fired […]