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May 19, 2015  1:22 PM

New survey: Physicians most likely to make patient notes, prescriptions in electronic systems



Posted by: adelvecchio
clinical decision support, e-prescribing, EHR, EHR systems

Physicians have come a long way in a short time in getting comfortable working with EHR systems and other healthcare technology. Nearly 80% of U.S. physicians say they are more proficient with EHRs than they were two years ago. American doctors made up 601 of the more than 2,600 physicians from...

May 7, 2015  11:44 AM

Researchers: Stop charging patients for paper copies of records



Posted by: klee34
certified EHR technology, EHR, EHR certification

Despite 94% of hospitals in the United States having already adopted a certified EHR system, many state regulations are still focused on paper records. That's the word from Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at...


May 5, 2015  2:05 PM

Senate health committee leaders form bipartisan EHR improvement group



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, EHR adoption, EHR standards, EHR usability, HITECH Act, reboot

A member of a Republican group that previously targeted the meaningful use program has crossed party lines to work with Democrats on a mission to improve the use of EHRs. Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Ranking Member...


April 28, 2015  11:28 AM

CMS: Technology can tighten link between quality measures and improvement



Posted by: adelvecchio
AHRQ, EHR, quality measures

In publishing a final draft of its Physician Quality Reporting Programs strategic vision, CMS reiterated that it stands with the growing crowd of healthcare entities that are supporting a move away from fee-for-service payment models. The official


April 13, 2015  10:39 PM

HIMSS 2015 attendees just want to find their way



Posted by: Scott Wallask
EHR, health IT innovation, HIMSS 2015, precision medicine

When I got into the taxi to catch my plane from Boston to the HIMSS 2015 conference, my cabbie didn't know how to get to Logan Airport. He needed a GPS to guide him. Then, in Chicago,...


April 2, 2015  4:29 PM

Joint Commission issues warning on EHR safety



Posted by: ShaunSutner
EHRs, HIMSS, HIMSS 2015, Joint Commission

EHR errors can cause serious problems. The Joint Commission, the independent healthcare accreditation agency that functions as a quasi-governmental body, issued that warning in the days before the giant


March 13, 2015  4:02 PM

Why I’m more worried about EHR theft today than I was last week



Posted by: Scott Wallask
cybersecurity, EHR, Electronic Medical Record, prescriptions

I had not been convinced about the dangers of one's EHR getting stolen in a data breach -- until now. If a cyberthief robs you of your financial information, that clearly...


March 5, 2015  10:39 AM

Brookings Institution scholars give meaningful use good marks, but say it needs more work



Posted by: ShaunSutner
EHRs, Interoperability, Meaningful use

Meaningful use has overall been a positive force for digitizing U.S. healthcare, but the EHR incentive program and its federal overseers still must overcome major problems if the promise of health IT is to be fulfilled. That’s the core message embodied in a succinct Brookings


February 17, 2015  2:02 PM

Patients want more options when scheduling medical appointments



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, mHealth, mHealth applications, mobile apps, telehealth

There is a distinct gap between how often patients in the United States are able to use digital technology to access their health information compared to how often they wish they could. If the next generation of patients gets its way, the difference between those two values will shrink...


February 3, 2015  2:20 PM

Cerner Corp. closes purchase of Siemens Health Services



Posted by: adelvecchio
Cerner, EHR, Siemens Health Services, Soarian

Closing the books on a deal that was at least six months in the making, Cerner Corp. announced it has finalized its purchase of Siemens Health Services, an EHR and business unit of


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