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Five Key Considerations for a Successful EHR Optimization

An electronic health records (EHR) system is not only meant to be a database for patient information, but its purpose is to also streamline and improve your healthcare organization’s processes and outcomes. Optimizing and customizing EHR workflows requires the identification of pain points and any unique requirements for a specific organization. Then, step by step, […]

Is Your Healthcare Organization Ready to Make the Move to Epic Hyperdrive?

In November 2021, Epic Hyperdrive was released for initial testing. Then, in May 2022, an update provided access to this application for most users, and some healthcare organizations began their Epic migration from Hyperspace at that time. If you haven’t yet done so, then your organization has until November 2023 to move to Epic Hyperdrive. […]

Hospitals Suffer Financially Post-COVID: What That Could Mean For The Future

According to the Kaufman Hall National Hospital Flash Report in September 2022, U.S. hospitals are still operating “substantially” below pre-pandemic levels—calling the first nine months of 2022 an “extremely challenging year characterized by dramatic fluctuations in margins.” Year-to-date margins using the Kaufman Hall Operating Margin Index were -0.3% through August; this demonstrated “continued losses hospitals […]

EHR Optimization vs. Replacement: Which Side Is Your Healthcare Facility On?

Once your healthcare facility’s EHR system is out of date or has become inefficient, it’s time to start considering an EHR optimization or replacement. Having an electronic health records (EHR) system that satisfies your healthcare team is crucial for patient care, as well as employee retention. In fact, physicians and advanced practice providers who consider […]

How Epic’s Market Dominance Affects The Healthcare System

Epic’s stronghold on the electronic health records (EHR) market is undeniable. With over 250 million patient records and a 32.9 percent hospital market share, it’s clear that this leading EHR system is having an impact on the healthcare industry. Additionally, its numbers continue to grow. In 2021, Epic was implemented in seventy-four hospitals, which was […]

How EMR Optimization Empowers Your Healthcare Facility’s Top Talent

Recruiting and retaining star talent is a challenge for healthcare facilities today as professionals retire or decide to leave the medical field because of burnout. A key way to keep yours is through creating an environment that supports them and streamlines their work to allow them to focus on providing top-quality patient care—instead of more […]

Inefficiencies in EHR Systems Can Cause Healthcare Worker Burnout

Burnout in the healthcare industry is real—and it’s significant. A KFF/Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey found that 55 percent of front-line healthcare workers stated they’ve experienced burnout, which was defined as “mental and physical exhaustion from chronic workplace stress” during the pandemic. The youngest group (aged 18 to 29) reported this in the […]

The 21st Century Cures Act and its Impact on Interoperability and Healthcare

On March 20, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), released the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule. This ONC release was to carry out the 21st Century Cures Act passed by the United States Congress—with the “Final Rule” focusing on […]

EHR Advancements for 2023 and Beyond

As the year 2022 wound up, industry experts shared their EHR predictions for the upcoming year, including those made in HealthCareITNews.com. The discussion there focused in part on the impacts of critical staffing shortages and inflation with the following statement made: “The constraint on health IT to deliver immediate value has never been more severe, […]

How to Succeed in HIT Implementation: Taking Technological Change to the Next Level

As a CIO or healthcare IT professional, much of your success is dependent on the successes of your end users, co-workers, and customers. The role of IT has changed, though, which has caused the definition of success to evolve, putting you in a position where you can’t afford to mark a project complete upon system […]