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EHR & EMR

 

Following the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) incentivizing Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, healthcare organizations invested heavily in their EHR systems—but many feel the return on investment (ROI) is underwhelming.

On average, primary care physicians spend more than half of their 11.4-hour workdays on data entry in electronic health records (EHRs), devoting 5.9 hours to the tasks each day. Findings were explained in a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has occurred in the majority of hospitals but healthcare organizations often do not use the platform for advanced measures to improve outcomes. In a study published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers examined the rate of hospitals using advanced EHR functions.

About half of healthcare organizations report opening three or more patient records within electronic health records (EHRs) at a time, increasing the likelihood these files can become infected if the platform is not protected, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have developed an electronic health record (EHR) tool capable of assisting physicians in accurately pinpointing patients at risk for chronic kidney disease.

 

Recent Headlines

Epic implementation costs lead to layoffs for Mass. provider

The costs associated with implementing an Epic EMR has lead to the lay off of 95 Southcoast Health employees.

 
Cerner facing class action lawsuit regarding overtime pay

Cerner could be facing a class action lawsuit over lack of overtime pay, according to multiple reports coming out of Kansas, City, Mo., the health IT vendor's home base.

Ohio Supreme Court rules on patient data

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that all patient data kept by healthcare providers generated in the process of a patient's treatment and pertains to the patient's medical history, diagnosis, prognosis or medical condition is a medical record.

AHA to CMS: Eliminate all-or-nothing approach to MU

The American Hospital Association is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to eliminate the "all-or-nothing approach" to Meaningful Use.

ONC schedules sixth annual meeting

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will hold its sixth annual meeting May 31 – June 2 in Washington, D.C.

Indiana HIMSS, Eskanazi Health, Epic collaborate on connectathon

Indiana HIMSS, in collaboration with Eskenazi Health and Epic, will host a connectathon aimed at building the next generation of integrated and interoperable health solutions.

McKesson offering IT disaster recovery service

To help healthcare organizations maintain their mission-critical capabilities when the unexpected occurs, McKesson has launched a tiered offering of cost-efficient disaster recovery services that can be scaled to fit the needs and budgets of smaller to average-sized hospitals.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital achieves Stage 7

HIMSS Analytics has awarded Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami with a Stage 7 Award, the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Organizations urge 90-day MU reporting period for 2016

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and 32 other organizations are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to shorten the Meaningful Use reporting period for 2016 from 365 to 90 days.

ONC offers more details about enhanced certification proposed rule

During the most recent Health IT Joint Committee meeting, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT took the opportunity to clear up confusion about the proposed rule regarding enhanced health IT oversight and accountability.

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