Electronic health records are used more frequently as healthcare providers learn to balance their function against EHR regulations. Patients also are clamoring for access to their data as a way to communicate with their physicians and better understand their care.
Meaningful use requirements, which hounded many hospital EHR efforts, will change with new regulations that will require physicians and healthcare systems to prove they're not blocking information flow among EHRs. The lack of interoperability between EHR systems is a common problem making headlines that healthcare providers and vendors will need to tackle more aggressively.
In this SearchHealthIT essential guide, read about EHR regulation updates, common EHR interoperability and security issues and what EHR software vendors are up to -- plus, top patient record concerns.
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EHR regulation news and updates
EHR systems are often big news in the health IT world. That is likely to continue as providers work to ensure their systems and those belonging to their business partners comply with the major health IT regulations, such as the meaningful use and the upcoming Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA). For some, this has meant staying the course on their steady EHR implementation. Dissatisfaction with an ill-fitting system has driven some providers to drop their EHR systems and select new ones.
One top CMS professional says meaningful use is dead, but another suggests it will live on -- changing under the MACRA healthcare law. Continue Reading
A new Medicare reimbursement law requires physicians and healthcare systems to prove they are not blocking information flow by proving EHR systems allow timely access to patient data, among other things. Continue Reading
Numerous healthcare groups, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, had a positive response to the updated meaningful use reporting requirements. Find out why those groups were pleased. Continue Reading
Electronic health record systems will be part of the future of health IT, but they won't be where providers are spending the majority of their budgets. Continue Reading
Organizations call on CMS to 'act quickly' and shorten the meaningful use reporting period from 365 days to 90 days. Shaun Sutner talks to CHIME's CEO and board chairman. Continue Reading
EHR interoperability: Issues and news
Some vendors are reluctant to turn away from their legacy systems and join policymakers in their march toward EHR interoperability. However, the federal government is making moves to decrease information blocking. In the meantime, providers are still adopting and upgrading EHR systems and considering how their systems will hold up in the future. New technology presents providers with resources in the EHR interoperability struggle.
At the CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum, Kristen Lee talks to Colonel Nicole Kerkenbush, military deputy program executive officer for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems, and Zane Burke, president at Cerner Corporation, about interoperability. Continue Reading
Open EHR systems can be more interoperable, but developers must strike a balance between open and closed systems or data governance can suffer. Continue Reading
Jonathan Niloff, M.D., explains why interoperability is so important to population health. Read the feature to learn obstacles, the role of cloud and best patient engagement strategies. Continue Reading
Two healthcare CIOs share stories about EHR issues. Spoiler alert: Interoperability is to blame. Continue Reading
To reform the nation's healthcare delivery system, the government's top healthcare official suggests instituting interoperability and health IT standards. In this news story, read this and more from HIMSS 2016. Continue Reading
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Common EHR errors and security issues
Patient trust grows as EHRs become more widely utilized, but patient data security is still a major concern for healthcare organizations. For starters, electronic records are often riddled with errors. Then, there are ongoing debates related to information sharing and probability of data breaches. Read on to see how to remedy certain EHR errors, protect patient data and avoid breaches.
Over the past few years, patients' trust in providers' abilities to protect their health data has increased, says ONC poll. Get the numbers in this Health IT Pulse blog post. Continue Reading
John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, advises healthcare CIOs to give up on privacy. In this video, listen to Halamka's extreme view on patient data sharing. Continue Reading
In the healthcare industry, 89% of organizations have been breached, and 50% of those data breaches were from cybercriminals, according to a Ponemon Institute report. Continue Reading
Medical data is valuable. A report by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation breaks down the price of patient records on the black market. Continue Reading
EHR systems vendors and software
As the EHR market continues to grow and evolve, vendors like Epic Systems Corp. and Cerner Corp. battle for the top spot. Healthcare organizations shopping for electronic health records software have a lot to consider -- the price tag, interoperability, security and compliance are all top-of-mind. In this section, dive into the market numbers from CMS and KLAS. Then read use cases from nurses and healthcare CIOs.
Epic Systems Corp. continues to lead the pack in the EHR market, but Cerner Corp. is in a close second, according to meaningful records from CMS. See stats in this SearchHealthIT infographic. Continue Reading
Epic still tops the list of EHR vendors in the United States, but Cerner could catch up. Learn what KLAS' VP of clinical research has to say. Continue Reading
A group that includes Cerner Corporation won the $4.3 billion U.S. Department of Defense EHR contract over other bidders. A trio of health IT analysts break down why Cerner's victory wasn't an upset. Continue Reading
Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems Corp. were predictably atop the leaderboards for having most ambulatory and inpatient customers that attested to meaningful use criteria. However, there were some surprises hidden in the mass of attestation data. Continue Reading
Swapping out core healthcare systems that document patients' clinical, billing, scheduling and registration information is a demanding process. This tip explains common reasons to go the EHR replacement route. Continue Reading
According to a Black Book Market Research survey of healthcare executives and IT staff, EHR replacement didn't negatively impact patient care. However, 96% of nurses said they weren't included in the planning process, and 90% of them reported the changes that resulted from transitioning to a new EHR reduced their ability to effectively administer care. Continue Reading
In this feature, two CIOs discuss their single-solution EHR migrations. The executives suggest that while the EHR software improved workflow and patient care, it didn't solve every problem. Continue Reading
A revenue cycle management experts shares six tips for lessening the financial burden of installing an EHR system. Continue Reading