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October 22, 2014

The HIMSS Stage 7 Awards honors ambulatory facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR.

HIMSS Analytics awarded four Mercy Health of Cincinnati hospitals with  Stage 7 Awards, including: Mercy Health – West Hospital and The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana and Mercy Defiance Hospital, and all of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Ohio and Kentucky, withStage 7 Ambulatory Awards. Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of … [Read more...]

KLAS Report: Inter-vendor cooperation a major delay to interoperability

Less than half of providers say their EMR vendor cooperates well with other vendors, and only one-fifth are optimistic about multi-vendor industry initiatives such as CommonWell. These findings and more are included in the latest KLAS report on interoperability.Additionally, a full 82 percent of interviewed providers reported feeling at least moderately successful achieving interoperability, but a mere 6 percent of those providers reported having achieved an advanced state. "There has been a … [Read more...]

Accountable care organizations struggling with HIT interoperability, according to survey

Although most accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the health information technology (HIT) to improve clinical quality, poor interoperability across systems and providers remains a barrier, according to an ACO survey conducted by Premier, Inc. and the eHealth Initiative. Access to data from external organizations was challenging for 100 percent of respondents. The survey, fielded in July-August of 2014, collected responses from 62 ACOs, including members of Premier’s PACT™ … [Read more...]

7 out of 10 providers around the world say clinical usability is the number one factor when choosing an EMR

Nearly 75 percent of interviewed providers around the world reported that clinical usability outweighed every other criteria when choosing an EMR. This, as well as which other factors are driving provider decisions and which vendors hold the most mindshare, is included in the latest KLAS report on global EMR market share.   "The surprise in the feedback is the uphill battle that perceived lower cost vendors are facing as providers weight their selections heavily toward usability and … [Read more...]

ADP AdvancedMD EHR Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

ADP® AdvancedMD has announced it has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. ADP AdvancedMD EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital … [Read more...]

HIMSS Analytics Honors Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System With Stage 7 Award

HIMSS Analytics recognized the two hospitals the Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System, in Naples, Fla., (my home town) with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model  (EMRAM), which tracks EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals … [Read more...]

PwC to Propose Open Source EHR System to the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization Program

PwC US has announced its intent to pursue the Department of Defense (D0D) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Electronic Health Record contract. The DHMSM program would replace and modernize the Military Health System which currently supports more than 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty, retirees and their dependents. PwC US has announced its intent to pursue the Department of Defense (D0D) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Electronic Health … [Read more...]

Walgreens and Greenway Health Complete System Wide EHR Deployment

Greenway Health has completed what they're calling one of the largest centralized pharmacy cloud-based electronic health record systems ever deployed, Walgreens Cloud EHR. Walgreens has deployed the system chain-wide, giving pharmacy staff at over 8,200 locations a single, complete view of patients’ prescription, immunization and health testing records. The EHR platform enables Walgreens pharmacists to share patient information with other providers, helping to ensure continuity and care … [Read more...]

Engage Helps St. Elizabeth Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, Washington is defying the national trend of only 1.5 percent of eligible hospitals attesting in 2014, and has achieved Meaningful Use Stage 2 using MEDITECH technology. St. Elizabeth accomplished Stage 2 with information technology support from Engage, a division of Inland Northwest Health Service. "Our hospital has been a leader in the shift toward electronic health records (EHR) over the last several years," said Danielle Uhler, registered nurse and … [Read more...]

Does EMR Paves the Way for Big Data?

According to Kalorama Information, electronic medical records are the crucial component needed to make Big Data in healthcare a reality, and this a factor that will drive system sales.  As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. government dedicated $20.6 billion to electronic medical record (EMR) projects and penalties will start applying soon for use of paper records.Kalorama Information, in its complete study of the EMR industry, EMR 2014: The Market for Electronic … [Read more...]