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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed an algorithm capable of extracting data from patient electronic health records (EHRs) to show the difference in care provided by physicians and nurses. Findings were published online Feb. 9 in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

On the heels last week’s announcement of Uber’s healthcare-focused initiative, Lyft has agreed to partner with Allscripts to offer ride-sharing services to patients through physicians and hospitals.

At HIMSS 2018, Nuance Communications and Epic announced a partnership that will integrate Nuance's new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant platform into Epic’s electronic health record (EHR).

Researchers established a system of alerts based on electronic medical records to identify patients who qualify for cardiac rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In just nine months, the program boosted referral rates from 12 percent to 75 percent.

Implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system does not affect a hospital’s bond rating, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.


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61% of healthcare professionals rate ROI of EHRs as 'poor,' 'terrible'

Following the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) incentivizing Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, healthcare organizations invested heavily in their EHR systems—but many feel the return on investment (ROI) is underwhelming.

EHR alert increases hepatitis C screening in elderly patients

The implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) alert system increased screenings for hepatitis C in geriatric patients, according to a study published in Hepatology.

Primary care physicians spend 52% of day entering EHR data

On average, primary care physicians spend more than half of their 11.4-hour workdays on data entry in electronic health records (EHRs), devoting 5.9 hours to the tasks each day. Findings were explained in a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Skilled nursing facilities increase utilization of EHRs

Utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) has increased in the past year, according to a report conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

81% of hospitals have basic EHR programs; advanced utilization lags

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has occurred in the majority of hospitals but healthcare organizations often do not use the platform for advanced measures to improve outcomes. In a study published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers examined the rate of hospitals using advanced EHR functions.

Electronic documentation increases length of stay in ED

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) are meant to streamline healthcare organizations with quicker, more efficient documentation. But according to a study published in in Annals of Emergency Medicine, electronic documentation adversely affects the efficiency of emergency departments (ED).

44% of healthcare organizations open 3+ patient records at once

About half of healthcare organizations report opening three or more patient records within electronic health records (EHRs) at a time, increasing the likelihood these files can become infected if the platform is not protected, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Research data gathered via EHRs differ from info from traditional means

Medical researchers are utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) to conduct research on a variety of conditions. A recent study in Circulation evaluated the accuracy of EHR data provided for cardiovascular care traditionally obtained data.

EHR clinical decision support tool IDs kidney disease risk

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have developed an electronic health record (EHR) tool capable of assisting physicians in accurately pinpointing patients at risk for chronic kidney disease.

Researchers ID what patients value about access to visit notes

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of U.S. healthcare organizations. Many are now offering patients the ability to review notes taken during their visits by their physicians through secure patient portals. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, from researchers at OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcases exactly what patients value in having the ability to view visit notes.