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New scoring system will use EHR data to reduce adverse drug events

Researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and UF Health are collaborating to develop a complexity score that can help hospitals determine the best pharmacist staffing to prevent adverse drug events in patients.

Researchers: Ensure management transparency when moving to a cloud-based EHR

Healthcare providers that plan to use cloud-based services to host their electronic health records should first audit such providers via an external company to help build a relationship of trust, according to a new study published this week in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

The cost-benefit calculation of electronic health records systems

It's discouraging to read that more than half of physicians say the costs of electronic health records systems outweigh the financial benefits. But it's also heartening to see that, in the survey of 1,200 employed and independent physicians, most agree the benefits to patient care do justify the investment. Reminds me of the much-spoofed MasterCard commercial: Electronic health records system: $15,000 to $70,000. Patient safety and quality: Priceless.

The importance of interoperability--from a son's perspective

Earlier this summer I wrote about the importance of provider health IT adoption from my vantage point as a parent. I'd like to add on to that commentary, but this time from my perspective as a...

HRSA gives community health IT efforts a shot in the arm

Six community health center networks will receive a total of $3 million in grants to boost information technology use, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced this week.

EHR risk stratification can reduce readmissions

Real-time, electronic health record-based risk stratification can reduce hospital readmissions, according to a new study published online in  BMJ Quality & Safety.

3 ways to improve health IT usability

All too often, usability issues can hamper the successful implementation of technology in healthcare settings. 

EHRs boost vaccine efficiency

Electronic health records can help fight vaccine-preventable diseases by automating immunization data, according to research recently published in the journal  Applied Clinical Informatics.

Legislators: Expand EHR anti-kickback safe harbors

In a recent letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, House legislators call for the expansion of the physician self-referral law exception and anti-kickback statute safe harbor for electronic health records.

Mostashari: Emphasize training when adopting health IT

To successfully implement technology--such as electronic health record systems--into healthcare processes, providers need to spend ample time ensuring employees are trained to use such tools, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari.