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Practice Fusion lays off one quarter of its workforce

San Francisco-based ambulatory care electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion has laid off 75 employees, about a quarter of its work force.

Clinicians criticize poor workflow, interoperability of EHRs

Clinician organization leaders aired their grievances about electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program Wednesday at the eHealth Initiative's annual conference in the District of Columbia.

 

How EHRs can improve planning for emergency care 'frequent fliers'

Medicaid "frequent flier" patients to the emergency department have different characteristics than infrequent ED visitors, which call for different strategies, according to research published by Big Data.

 

Flint, Michigan: Kudos to the EHR

The news coming out of Flint, Michigan, that the city's decision to switch to a cheaper water source caused a lead poisoning crisis, is tragic. But there appears to be a slight glimmer of good news, and it's coming from a rather stodgy, unlikely hero: the electronic health record of the local hospital.

EHRs can help ID timing, reasons for dialysis initiation

The data in electronic health records can help pinpoint when and why dialysis was initiated for chronic kidney disease, and thereby perhaps make the decision more patient-oriented, according to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Study: Use of OpenEHR can improve standardization of common data elements

Advanced modeling may be able to apply the OpenEHR archetype to improve data sharing among disparate common data elements, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

EHRs continue to frustrate providers

Healthcare professionals are still dissatisfied with their electronic health records, according to a new infographic released by athenahealth, which has been collecting the information as part of its "let doctors be doctors" social movement, which it launched in October 2015. 

AMIA wants 'fundamental overhaul' of eCQMs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the cutoff date for public comment on its request for information regarding the certification frequency and requirements for reporting of quality measures under federal programs.

Report: 73 percent of Canadian PCPs using EHRs

Canada's experience with electronic medical records continues to mirror that of the United States, with increased adoption of the systems by primary care physicians (PCPs) but less data sharing, according to the Commonwealth Fund's 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

EHR helps hospital identify lead problem in Michigan

Flint, Michigan's Hurley Medical Center is crediting its electronic health record system with helping in the detection of unsafe lead levels in area children after the city changed its water supply.

CDC: Almost three-fourths of docs using certified EHRs

The percentage of office-based physicians implementing certified electronic health records climbed to 74.1 percent in 2014, up from 67.5 percent in 2013, according to a new data brief published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

It's time for the healthcare industry to fight back against ransomware attacks

Electronic health records can do many things. But they need a little help when it comes to fending off cybercrime.

Texas hospital's EHR system suffers ransomware attack

Mount Pleasant Texas-based Titus Regional Medical Center is the latest victim of a cyberattack of its electronic health record system, with ransomware making it inaccessible.

Slavitt tells legislators they'll be 'very pleased' with new MACRA rule

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing last week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told legislators that they may be "very pleased" with new proposed rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that will be released later this year. 

Epic, athenahealth among first five vendors to adopt Carequality interoperability framework

Five major electronic health record vendors--athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts--are the first implementers to adopt the enhanced data sharing practices under the new Carequality interoperability framework.

Cerner's Neal Patterson to 'slow down' for cancer treatment

Neal Patterson, Cerner's founder, chairman and chief executive officer, announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer will be scaling back his activities as he begins treatment.

CMS unveils MU hardship exemption application process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published the process that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals can use to apply for the new "flexible" hardship exemption for the 2015 Meaningful Use reporting year created by the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act.

US ambulatory EHR market to grow 30 percent by 2020

The hospital electronic health record market is "mature," but there's still potential growth for the U.S. ambulatory EHR market, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. 

American College of Physicians: CMS should 'reconceptualize' Meaningful Use

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which will move many physicians out of the Meaningful Use program and into a new Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), provides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with an opportunity to "reconceptualize" Meaningful Use, according to Peter Basch, M.D. and Thomson Kuhn with the American College of Physicians.

Meaningful Use is not back because it never actually left

The industry barely had time to decipher Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator's Andy Slavitt's pronouncement last week that 2016 likely marks the end of Meaningful Use before Slavitt and National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo clarified in a blog post January 19 that that's not really what he meant. Time to stop celebrating. Meaningful Use is still here, everyone.

It may sound like Slavitt and DeSalvo are backtracking, but they really aren't.