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Category: EHR & EMR


EHR & EMR

Kaiser Permanente Launches EHR Integrated Social Health Network to Address SDoH

May 7, 2019

Via: HitConsultant

Kaiser Permanente is partnering with social coordination platform Unite Us to launch a comprehensive health network called Thrive Local. The social health network will connect healthcare and social services providers to address the pressing social needs including housing, food, safety, […]


Data Analytics, EHR & EMR, Information Management

Study: Data standardization improves patient matching

April 26, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Standardizing address information and last names could help to link patient health records by as much as 8 percent in the United States. Such relatively simple standardization efforts could result in more than 2 billion additional records matched to patients, […]


EHR & EMR

EHR study shows dangers of variability in opioid dosages

April 26, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Results from a 12-year study involving more than 14,000 Kaiser Permanente members’ electronic health records shows the risk of opioid overdose increases when doses vary over time. The $2 million, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted […]


EHR & EMR

Hospital EHR, add-ons helps reduce costly, unnecessary GI testing

April 24, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

An alert and “hard stop” programmed into an electronic health records system at an academic medical center resulted in a significant reduction in inappropriate gastrointestinal panel testing and cost savings. Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center hard-wired criteria […]


EHR & EMR

Study finds first-year interns spend 43% of their day on EHR

April 16, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Internal medicine residents devote 87 percent of their work time away from patients, about half of which is taken up interacting with electronic health records. That’s the finding of a new study, conducted by researchers at Penn Medicine and Johns […]


EHR & EMR

DoD-VA EHR interoperability efforts lack single point of accountability

April 3, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs has tried to modernize its legacy electronic health record system in four separate attempts over two decades, with the latest initiative already facing serious challenges. That’s the contention of a Government Accountability Office official who […]


EHR & EMR

Hospital work environment impacts how nurses perceive EHRs

March 18, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Data gathered from more than 12,000 nurses at 353 hospitals in four states reveal that those working in less favorable healthcare environments are dissatisfied with their electronic health record systems. Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research (CHOPR) […]


EHR & EMR

Do We Want To Use EHRs To Foster Physician Behavior Changes?

March 14, 2019

Via: EMR Thoughts

Healthcare organizations already do much to foster physician behavior changes, to varying degrees of success. Sometimes they share educational materials, sometimes they pass on insurance company sanctions and once in a while, they choose the (to my mind) nuclear option […]


EHR & EMR

More EHR Usability Issues Rear Their Ugly Heads

March 12, 2019

Via: EMR Thoughts

Since they first began to be adopted in force, far too many physicians have found EHRs to be difficult to use. In fact, when researching this item, I noted with little surprise that I first began writing EHR/EMR workarounds back […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

Lawmakers voice concerns about VA’s plans for Cerner EHR

March 7, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Members of Congress are growing increasingly concerned about Department of Veterans Affairs plans to implement the same Cerner electronic health record system as the Department of Defense. Senior VA officials incurred the wrath of a House appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

FDA post-market drug surveillance system to tap EHR data

March 1, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Sentinel, which monitors FDA-approved drugs through active surveillance, is being enhanced to capture clinical data to better detect potential new safety problems. “We’ll be working to link claims data in Sentinel to electronic health records, to improve our ability to […]


EHR & EMR

The Promise of Electronic Health Records: Are We There Yet?

February 18, 2019

Via: HITECH Answers

The meeting took place nearly 15 years ago, but I still remember vividly the bold declaration by a former Congressional leader advocating for technological reforms in healthcare. “Paper kills!” he warned. “Paper records are an utterly irrational national security risk.” […]


EHR & EMR

DoD and VA still working out how to create single EHR

February 14, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are still trying to figure out how to best align their agencies’ respective plans to create a common Cerner electronic health record system. Speaking on Wednesday at the HIMSS19 conference in Orlando, DoD […]


EHR & EMR

MedStar calls on lawmakers to make EHR usability a priority

February 5, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The largest healthcare provider in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area is urging Congress to take action when it comes to the link between electronic health record usability and patient safety. MedStar Health has drafted a letter to Senate and House committees […]


EHR & EMR

Messages in patient portal help predict medication discontinuation

February 1, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Researchers say electronic communication between patients and providers via an online portal can indicate their potential for stopping therapy. A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center analyzed messages sent over a 12-year period by more than 1,100 breast […]