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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has written a letter to CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with recommendations to reduce clinician burden.

Researchers have used data collected from patient electronic health records (EHRs) to train a machine learning algorithm to predict the onset of hypertension in individuals in the next year, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Allscripts has certified Luma Health’s patient communication platform as a part of the Allscripts Developer Program, enabling Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) users to automate patient-provider communication with text-first action.

A natural language processing system that defines medical jargon for patients viewing electronic health record (EHR) notes through portals could improve care outcomes, according to a study published in Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Medical scribes in charge of electronic health record (EHR) documentation could reduce physician burnout and restore joy to practicing, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.


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Survey: Large practices planning on EHR enhancements to boost value-based care

Large practices are increasingly more satisfied with their electronic health record (EHR) vendors and products and plan on implementing updates this year to optimize those systems to assist in value-based reimbursement.

Midwestern health system finds an Enterprise VNA is far more than just an expanded PACS

At ProMedica, a 13-hospital system serving northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan, the lineup of clinical departments soon to benefit from leadership’s decision to expand a long-installed radiology PACS into an enterprise VNA practically reads like a who’s who of the entire system. Cardiology, pathology and ophthalmology are on line or in line to be soon. So too are dermatology, wound care, maternal-fetal medicine, outpatient physician practices and more.

McKesson shopping around health IT unit worth up to $5B

McKesson Corp. is considering a sale or a merger for its IT unit in an effort to contain costs and refocus on its drug distribution business, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Pontiac General Hospital selects OpenVista healthcare IT platform

Medsphere Systems Corporation, a provider of electronic health records (EHRs), announced its OpenVista EHR system will be used at Pontiac General Hospital.

ONC survey: 84% of hospitals have adopted EHR

Nearly 84 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals had adopted a basic electronic health records (EHR) system with notes through 2015, an increase of 8 percentage points from the year before

Note sharing may be a tool to improve doctor-patient communication

A pilot program that promotes easy, quick sharing of medical notes aims to improve patient engagement and education at three hospitals with 105 primary care physicians and 13,564 patients.

Cerner boosts 1Q revenue but falls short of projections

Cerner Corporation released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2016, announcing revenue increased when compared to the first quarter of 2015 but fell short of projections.

Digital transactions could save insurers, providers $8B

Healthcare industry observers shouldn’t be surprised that electronic transactions have become more and more commonplace. What might raise an eyebrow, though, is the claim the industry could save as much as $8 billion a year by converting to fully digital processes for transactions.

DeSalvo, Slavitt provide more details on shift away from Meaningful Use

The federal government is working to implement a payment program that is "more flexible, outcome-oriented and less burdensome," according to a blog post written by National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, and Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Name of Mayo Clinic's Epic implementation honors legacy

Mayo Clinic is calling its Epic implementation "Plummer" in an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of the organization, reports The Post-Bulletin