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Allscripts, Cerner top EHR user satisfaction rankings

Allscripts, Cerner and CPSI all retain the top spot in their respective markets for user satisfaction, according to the latest report from market research firm Black Book Rankings.

Bill aims to revive quest for joint DoD-VA record system

Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) has reintroduced a bill calling for development of an integrated electronic health record system between the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

EHR inaccuracies threaten patient safety

Electronic health records are not doing a good job of creating accurate and clear graphs of patient information, which may adversely impact patient safety, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

Physicians will focus on EHR screen less over time

Patients may view an electronic health record as in intrusion and distraction for the physician, but those problems will dissipate over time as physicians get used to using them, according to an article in U.S. News and World Report.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 not the end of government health IT involvement

Assuming Stage 3 is even needed, what happens when it's over? Does the government pack up its health IT bags and go home?

Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules ambitious but burdensome, providers say

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use represents an ambitious attempt to jumpstart interoperability in the healthcare industry, there are concerns that it could be a difficult row to hoe for providers.

4 ways providers can avoid EHR copy-and-paste errors

Providers must take steps to prevent adverse patient safety events caused by use of an electronic health record's copy-and-paste function, according to an alert from The Joint Commission.

CMS, ONC release proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have issued their proposed rules outlining the requirements for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Meaningful Use must be malleable in the shadow of health reform

The call for change of the Meaningful Use program is taking a new twist, here on the eve of the release of the proposed rule implementing Stage 3.

Stakeholders had been urging that the Meaningful Use program to make a lot of changes, including greater interoperability, fewer burdens and the like. But now, the conversation has shifted to money--and not just the costs to providers or the profits of the vendors. Stakeholders and analysts are saying that the program may hurt the economy and efforts to reform healthcare. 

Lawmakers, policy experts blast barriers to EHR interoperability at Senate hearing

Lawmakers focused on the problems created by the lack of interoperability among electronic health record systems at a Tuesday hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Questions raised about 'sponsored' CDS alerts

Sponsored electronic health record alerts are a boon to some and a concern to others, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

Consolidation, EHR infrastructure on tap for Defense Health Agency

While 2014 was about bringing the Defense Health Agency into existence, 2015 will be about consolidation of all the moving parts of the separate armed services' medical organizations, according to Military Health System CIO David Bowen.

How health IT, MU policy could 'hinder' payment reform

Meaningful Use helped accelerate the adoption of electronic health records, but now should be changed to align IT with other payment reforms and policies and support higher value care, according to a new health policy brief from the Brookings Institution's Engelberg Center for Health Reform.

WEDI: Blue Button awareness improving 'slowly'

The Blue Button initiative is beginning to catch on, according to the latest survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

New York grants one-year reprieve on e-prescribing requirement

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation delaying mandatory use of electronic prescribing for one year, according to an announcement from the New York State Medical Society.

Cerner, Validic to integrate patient-generated info into patient portal, EHR

Cerner and digital health platform Validic have teamed up to enable patient-generated information to be added into Cerner's systems.

Pentagon EHR process: More scrutiny needed?

I sure don't envy the Pentagon. I've now had the pleasure to interview representatives from the three finalist bidders for the $11 billion coveted Department Healthcare Military Systems...

Pentagon EHR bidders state their case

By Marla Durben Hirsch The U.S. Department of Defense's decision about which bidding group will be awarded the coveted contract to modernize its electronic health record system is coming down the...

OIG to audit Medicaid MU incentive payments made to Pennsylvania hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has begun an audit of the Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments made by the state of Pennsylvania to hospitals, according to the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

Meaningful Use barriers remain for behavioral health providers

Behavioral health providers continue to lag behind others in the industry when it comes to adoption of electronic health records, despite advocacy groups pushing for their inclusion in programs like Meaningful Use.