"I had an ever increasing need for better performance," said Chris Swartz, senior network and server analyst at Hutchinson Clinic. "It's the trickle-down effect, if I have one system running slowly, it can affect the rest of the organization."

By Jessica Davis 04:24 pm August 01, 2016
One 90-provider specialist practice is seeing improved workflows and better patient care after deploying hybrid storage capabilities aimed at accelerating the performance of its electronic health record, billing and practice management systems.
reduces medical missteps
By Kaiser Health News 02:39 pm August 01, 2016
The hospital created a web-based tool that ties into its EHR that is being used to mitigate medical errors when residents hand off patients at their end of their shifts. 
MACRA IT payment model

iHealth Innovations chief growth officer Justin Barnes said the hospitals cannot simply throw technology at the new payment model. Instead, thriving under MACRA will take leadership and analytical thinking. 

By Diana Manos 07:21 am August 01, 2016
The regulation as it stands today is confusing. Don’t panic. Crush it instead. Experts share tips on how to make that happen. 
Beacon Cerner revenue cycle

Beacon CIO Mark Warlick said the hospital intends to align tasks such as billing, registration and scheduling on a single platform.

By Bernie Monegain 11:17 am July 29, 2016
The hospital is working to integrate systems to it can enable clinicians to use data for more effective decision making.
EHRs patient experience
By Jack McCarthy 09:28 am July 29, 2016
A new study found that patients of all ages, with Baby Boomers leading the charge, are interested in accessing medical records online and tapping into portals to book appointment, pay bills, and refill prescriptions. 
ONC Interoperability IXTF

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By Jack McCarthy 03:13 pm July 28, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT advisory group, IXTF, outlined suggestions spanning government policy, technology, and public-private collaborations to improve health data sharing. 
By Bernie Monegain 11:09 am July 28, 2016
Despite what appear to be common industry fears about new electronic health records having adverse effects on care delivery, Harvard’s School of Public Health officials said recent research should be encouraging to doctors.
EHR extinguish HIE
By Jack McCarthy 07:12 am July 28, 2016
With the number of health information exchanges declining since 2012, and EHR makers creating their own exchanges, the latter might just be a more effective way to share patient data. 
Huron Consulting HSM EHR
By Bernie Monegain 10:35 am July 27, 2016
Consultancy adds specialist in Cerner, Meditech, Allscripts, NextGen and other electronic health records products to its expanding lineup of services for healthcare entities.
athenahealth Inovalon EHR interoperability
By Jack McCarthy 07:19 am July 27, 2016
The deal will enable clients to exchange clinical data to eliminate the need for chart extractions and foster collaboration between healthcare payers and hospitals. 

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