Healthcare News & Insights

Use your EHR to open lines of communication between patients and providers

You’ve heard the complaints before: Electronic health record (EHR) systems make it harder for patients and providers to communicate. Patients feel like their providers aren’t paying attention to them and are focusing on a computer screen, while providers suffer under the increased administrative burden and spend less time on patient care. 

Learning health systems: What they are & how they help patients

The best-performing hospitals treat every patient encounter as an opportunity to learn how to improve the care process. Instead of having a culture focused on secrecy, they promote transparency and the open sharing of information. Many facilities have achieved these objectives by becoming part of a learning health system. 

Failed sepsis EHR alert leads to surprising discovery

Alerts may be annoying to your hospital staff, and they might be overused in some cases. But they also provide opportunities to improve patient care, even if they may not be working as intended initially. One health system’s attempt to create an alert designed to root out sepsis ended up with a different, yet still […] [MORE]

Is your EHR contingency plan complete? Feds weigh in

For many hospitals, it’s essential to have an effective electronic health records (EHR) system. And it’s equally as important to have a plan in place if something happens to disrupt an EHR’s operations, whether it’s a natural disaster or a cyberattack. 

Hospitals make strides with patient-centered technology

Hospitals are being called upon to make care more patient-centered so patients can take an active role in their care and recovery. As part of that philosophy, facilities have been asked to improve patients’ access to their electronic medical records. In a short time, they’ve come a long way toward meeting this goal. 

Why EHRs have trouble reporting quality measures

If you’ve had issues with reporting quality measures using your hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) system, you aren’t alone. According to the results from a pilot project conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), not all EHRs are effective at accurately reporting quality measures – and the reasons why are common across multiple systems […] [MORE]

Avoid 4 common errors with your hospital’s EHR

Hospitals need to have electronic health records (EHR) systems that meet the needs of staff and patients. Using a system that doesn’t work for both groups can hurt your ability to provide high-quality care in an efficient manner, which could cause many problems down the line.  

EHRs don’t always catch medication errors: How to respond

Medication errors can cause serious harm to patients – and even death. Many hospitals try to prevent them with the use of electronic health records (EHR) systems that flag providers if issues arise. But these methods are far from foolproof, according to a new report. 

3 steps to make your EHR more user-friendly

Making electronic health records (EHR) systems more user-friendly for physicians has been a significant challenge for many facilities. But it’s an issue that your hospital needs to address directly. 

Meaningful use is ending: What’s next from the feds?

There’s some good news for hospitals that have felt burdened by the requirements of the federal meaningful use program: It’ll be a thing of the past sooner than you may think. In fact, as of this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to make some big changes that’ll transform meaningful […] [MORE]