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AHIMA: ONC Funding Key for Interoperability, Precision Medicine

April 26, 2017 - As Congress continues the contentious debate over the federal budget for fiscal year 2018, AHIMA is urging lawmakers not to hamstring the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) by cutting interoperability and data standards development funding apportioned to the agency in the 21st Century Cures Act. In a pair of letters addressed to House and Senate leaders, the health information management...


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Patient Safety Errors are Common with Electronic Health Record Use

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Electronic health record users are highly prone to making medication errors that negatively impact patient safety, says the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in a recent report.  Close to 70 percent of all medication errors reach the...

AMA: Real EHR Data in Med School Will Boost “Informatics IQ”

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The American Medical Association is continuing its efforts to modernize the medical school experience by partnering with the Regenstrief Institute to integrate electronic health records more deeply into physician education. As part of the AMA’s...

AMIA, Dryad Partner for Healthcare Research Big Data Access

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The American Medical Informatics Association and the Dryad Digital Repository have announced a new partnership that will expand the availability of healthcare research big data for the validation, repetition, and expansion of published studies....

APIs, EHR Data Integrity, Patient Access Key to Value-Based Care

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Before providers can truly embrace value-based care, they must focus on making some significant improvements to the healthcare industry’s basic electronic health record ecosystem, states the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)...

Donald Rucker Named New National Coordinator for Health IT

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has a new leader in Donald Rucker, MD, a Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford graduate who will leave behind a role as Adjunct Professor in The Ohio State University Medical School’s...

AMA: Physicians Love Their Jobs Despite EHR, Financial Woes

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Physician dissatisfaction might not be quite as rampant as EHR naysayers are apt to believe, according to new survey results from the American Medical Association.  Despite the challenges brought on by regulatory and reimbursement changes,...

ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

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As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first released...

EHR, Big Data Analytics Success Hinges on Holistic Change Management

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The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus probably didn’t have electronic health records, value-based care, and big data analytics in mind when he said that “change is the only constant in life,” but most modern healthcare organizations...

30-Day Patient Mortality Rates Drop During Hospital Inspections

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30-day patient mortality rates notably drop in hospitals experiencing surprise quality inspections conducted by The Joint Commission (TJC), says an article from JAMA Internal Medicine, indicating that clinicians may not always be on their absolute...

Google DeepMind: Blockchain Can Ensure Health Data Integrity

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When healthcare experts talk about data integrity, they’re not just thinking about whether or not the original authors filled in all the fields and ticked all the boxes.  They are talking about trust.  Completeness is one small...

Seema Verma Receives Confirmation as New CMS Administrator

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Seema Verma, the former head of Indiana’s Medicaid agency, will lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as Republican lawmakers seek to make significant changes to both public programs.    In a 55-43 vote that saw...

Unfiltered EHR Data Overloads Physicians, Perpetuates Burnout

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Interoperability and seamless data exchange are all the rage among regulators and vendors looking to give providers every decision-making advantage they can.  From meaningful use and MACRA to 21st Century Cures, CommonWell, and Carequality,...

Healthcare Orgs Struggle to Meet EHR, Big Data Workforce Needs

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ORLANDO – Talent shortages, differing priorities, and a chronic inability to achieve ROI from electronic health records are leaving healthcare providers without the resources, staff, and direction they need to engage in more advanced population...

Data Governance Key to Hospital’s Natural Language Query Project

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Whether inside or outside of the hospital, data is everywhere – and consumers of data are getting used to a certain level of speed, accuracy, and trustworthiness when they ask questions of Google, Siri, or Cortana.  In everyday life,...

Social Media May Provide Big Data Insights into Drug Misuse

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A new study in the Journal of Internet Medical Research indicates that monitoring social media feeds can provide clinicians and big data analytics professionals with valuable insight into potential drug misuse. Healthcare providers and community...

Slavitt: Affordable Care Act Uncertainty Threatens Value-Based Care

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Since the November 8 election, proponents of the Affordable Care Act have been nervously eyeing the executioner’s axe hanging above President Obama’s signature healthcare reform package, waiting for the heavily Republican Congress...

PCORI Offers $200M in Grants for Patient-Centered Research

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Patient-centered research projects are getting a significant financial boost early in the year thanks to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has allocated a total of $200 million for research proposals that compare...

AMIA Advises PCORI on Sharing Big Data for Health Research

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has suggested that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) should adopt new policies that focus on expanding grant opportunities and funding data collection efforts to improve...

Epic EHR, Big Data Tools Bring 2016 HIMSS Davies Award to Mercy

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Mercy, a large Catholic health system headquartered in Missouri, is the winner of the 2016 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, HIMSS announced.  Mercy has developed big data analytics dashboards within its Epic EHR to help providers...

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