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EHRs, Clinical Decision Support Top 2017 Patient Safety Hazard List

March 15, 2017 - Information management errors in electronic health records, incorrect use of clinical decision support, and poor prescribing habits are among the most dangerous health IT hazards for 2017, according to ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety list. The repeat offenders are joined by a number of workflow and process shortfalls that can leave hospitalized patients without sufficient monitoring,...


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EHRs, Clinical Decision Support Top 2017 Patient Safety Hazard List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Information management errors in electronic health records, incorrect use of clinical decision support, and poor prescribing habits are among the most dangerous health IT hazards for 2017, according to ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety...

EHR Use Correlated with Higher Rates of Blood, Imaging Tests

by Thomas Beaton

A recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) found that physicians using electronic health records tended to order more CBCs, CT scans, and x-rays for their patients than non-EHR users, calling into question the idea...

Regenstreif EHR Developers Win AMIA Healthcare Informatics Award

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Informatics Association is honoring Burke Mamlin, MD, and Paul Biondich, MD, of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine with the 2016 Donald A.B. Lindburg Award for Innovation...

How Population Health in Med School Preps Docs for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is a curious mix of cutting-edge innovation and deeply entrenched traditions. Staggeringly complex surgical technologies, electronic health records, and interventions tailored to each patient’s unique DNA live side-by-side...

93% of CMIOs Experience Clinical Decision Support Malfunctions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinical decision support tools may not be as useful or reliable as clinicians could like, states a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), and may be prone to significant, widespread, and long-term...

New York Requires 100% e-Prescribing, But Adds Big Loopholes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nation’s e-Prescribing networks may be some of the nation’s most successful health information exchange systems, but healthcare providers in New York State are concerned that they may not be able to meet a new requirement to send...

How to Turn EHR Data into Actionable Big Data Insights

by Dan O'Connor, RN

Electronic health records (EHRs) have been transformative in the healthcare industry, enabling faster patient information access, improved workflow, reduced costs and information sharing. Healthcare providers, however, are flooded with big data...

Patient Safety, Engagement Relies on Crafting a Culture of Change

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether it’s the first time or the fiftieth, an inpatient admission can be an extremely frightening event for a patient. Unwell and anxious, surrounded by unfamiliar people and places, subject to invasive and uncomfortable procedures,...

Can Full EHR Adoption Decrease Adverse Patient Safety Events?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records haven’t always had a spotless reputation when it comes to patient care, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) believes that a comprehensive EHR adoption program can, in fact, slash the number...

EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

MA Unveils Healthcare Big Data Analytics, EHR Innovation Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is setting its sights on becoming the cornerstone of the nation’s digital healthcare sector, officials announced yesterday, by launching a new public-private initiative to foster innovation in the development...

Examining Ambulatory EHR Vendor, Big Data Adoption Trends

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even as the healthcare industry celebrates the start of 2016, provider organizations are keeping a wary eye on the future of the EHR technology market.  Almost before they know it, physicians may be forced to upgrade their electronic health...

CMS Seeks Input on Clinical Quality Measures, 2015 CEHRT

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is starting off the new year in listening mode with a request for public comment on several key health IT initiatives, including clinical quality measures (CQMs) and the testing and certification processes involved in readying EHR modules...

EHR Use, Big Data Analytics Help Hospitals Earn Top EMRAM Marks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Advanced use of electronic health records to improve patient safety, care coordination, HIE, and provider productivity is the hallmark of the upper echelons of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) score, and a number of hospitals have proved...

AMA Tackles EHR Usability, Physician Burnout, Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association has a lot on its plate as it enters 2016, a year in which the powerhouse organization hopes to solve pressing concerns over EHR usability, widespread physician burnout, and the challenging pace of meaningful use....

EHRs, Alarm Fatigue Remain Top ECRI Patient Safety Concerns

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHRs may be changing the healthcare industry at a lightning pace, but it appears that the patient safety downsides of health IT, including alarm fatigue and workflow struggles, remain sadly the same.  These issues, along with patient monitoring...

Stage 3 MU Steadily Loses Favor as EHR Usability Concerns Rise

by Jennifer Bresnick

Support for Stage 3 meaningful use is ebbing to an all-time low as medical societies and prominent stakeholders continue to push back against the program’s ambitious – and some say untenable – implementation timeline and requirements. ...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics in Med School Marks Turning Point

by Jennifer Bresnick

With all of the comments made about Millennials these days – their unbreakable addiction to technology; the high value they place on meaningful, informed, predictive services; their demand for flexibility and personalized care – it...

HHS Releases 2015 CEHRT, Meaningful Use Flexibility Rules

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it isn’t the Stage 3 meaningful use delay that many stakeholders are anxious to see, HHS has finally allowed the healthcare industry to view and comment on the flexibility provisions for the EhR Incentive Programs, which will primarily...

EHR, Health IT Spending Rises as Provider Satisfaction Drops

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter how much money healthcare organizations seem to spend on their electronic health record capabilities, provider satisfaction with their abilities to care for patients appears to be continuing its downward trajectory.  Spending on...

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