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Bonnie L Westra, Steven G Johnson, Samira Ali, Karen M Bavuso, Christopher A Cruz, Sarah Collins, Meg Furukawa, Mary L Hook, Anne LaFlamme, Kay Lytle, Lisiane Pruinelli, Tari Rajchel, Theresa Tess Settergren, Kathryn F Westman, Luann Whittenburg
BACKGROUND:  Secondary use of electronic health record (EHR) data can reduce costs of research and quality reporting. However, EHR data must be consistent within and across organizations. Flowsheet data provide a rich source of interprofessional data and represents a high volume of documentation; however, content is not standardized. Health care organizations design and implement customized content for different care areas creating duplicative data that is noncomparable. In a prior study, 10 information models (IMs) were derived from an EHR that included 2...
January 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
Simon J Craddock Lee, Stephen J Inrig, Bijal A Balasubramanian, Celette Sugg Skinner, Robin T Higashi, Katharine McCallister, Wendy Pechero Bishop, Noel O Santini, Jasmin A Tiro
The colorectal cancer (CRC) screening process involves multiple interfaces (communication exchanges and transfers of responsibility for specific actions) among primary care and gastroenterology providers, laboratory, and administrative staff. After a retrospective electronic health record (EHR) analysis discovered substantial clinic variation and low CRC screening prevalence overall in an urban, integrated safety-net system, we launched a qualitative analysis to identify potential quality improvement targets to enhance fecal immunochemical test (FIT) completion, the system's preferred screening modality...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Tina Shah, Shilpa Patel-Teague, Laura Kroupa, Ashley N D Meyer, Hardeep Singh
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence suggests electronic health record (EHR)-related information overload is a risk to patient safety. In the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), EHR-based 'inbox' notifications originally intended for communicating important clinical information are now cited by 70% of primary care practitioners (PCPs) to be of unmanageable volume. We evaluated the impact of a national, multicomponent, quality improvement (QI) programme to reduce low-value EHR notifications...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
Leonidas L Fragidis, Prodromos D Chatzoglou
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify the best practices applied during the implementation process of a national electronic health record (EHR) system. Furthermore, the main goal is to explore the knowledge gained by experts from leading countries in the field of nationwide EHR system implementation, focusing on some of the main success factors and difficulties, or failures, of the various implementation approaches. Design/methodology/approach To gather the necessary information, an international survey has been conducted with expert participants from 13 countries (Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Norway, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, the USA, Israel, New Zealand and South Korea), who had been playing varying key roles during the implementation process...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Craig D Newgard, Rochelle Fu, Susan Malveau, Tom Rea, Denise E Griffiths, Eileen Bulger, Pat Klotz, Abbie Tirrell, Dana Zive
Conducting out-of-hospital research is unique and challenging and requires tracking patients across multiple phases of care, using multiple sources of patient records and multiple hospitals. The logistics and strategies used for out-of-hospital research are distinct from other forms of clinical research. The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) by hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies presents a large opportunity for accelerating out-of-hospital research, as well as particular challenges...
March 1, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Mary E Northridge, Sara S Metcalf, Stella Yi, Qiuyi Zhang, Xiaoxi Gu, Chau Trinh-Shevrin
Introduction: While the US health care system has the capability to provide amazing treatment of a wide array of conditions, this care is not uniformly available to all population groups. Oral health care is one of the dimensions of the US health care delivery system in which striking disparities exist. More than half of the population does not visit a dentist each year. Improving access to oral health care is a critical and necessary first step to improving oral health outcomes and reducing disparities...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Brett K Beaulieu-Jones, Daniel R Lavage, John W Snyder, Jason H Moore, Sarah A Pendergrass, Christopher R Bauer
BACKGROUND: Missing data is a challenge for all studies; however, this is especially true for electronic health record (EHR)-based analyses. Failure to appropriately consider missing data can lead to biased results. While there has been extensive theoretical work on imputation, and many sophisticated methods are now available, it remains quite challenging for researchers to implement these methods appropriately. Here, we provide detailed procedures for when and how to conduct imputation of EHR laboratory results...
February 23, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
Dustin McEvoy, Michael L Barnett, Dean F Sittig, Skye Aaron, Ateev Mehrotra, Adam Wright
Objective: To assess the impact of electronic health record (EHR) implementation on hospital finances. Materials and Methods: We analyzed the impact of EHR implementation on bond ratings and net income from service to patients (NISP) at 32 hospitals that recently implemented a new EHR and a set of controls. Results: After implementing an EHR, 7 hospitals had a bond downgrade, 7 had a bond upgrade, and 18 had no changes. There was no difference in the likelihood of bond rating changes or in changes to NISP following EHR go-live when compared to control hospitals...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Harley Ramelson, Amanda Nederlof, Sam Karmiy, Pamela Neri, David Kiernan, Rajlakshmi Krishnamurthy, Adrienne Allen, David W Bates
Objective: To evaluate the impact of a referral manager tool on primary care practices. Materials and Methods: We evaluated a referral manager module in a locally developed electronic health record (EHR) that was enhanced to improve the referral management process in primary care practices. Baseline (n = 61) and follow-up (n = 35) provider and staff surveys focused on the ease of performing various steps in the referral process, confidence in completing those steps, and user satisfaction...
February 17, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
David N Taylor
Objective: The purpose of this study was to review the literature on current challenges and propose solutions for the optimal utilization of the electronic health records (EHRs) in chiropractic practice. Methods: A search was performed in the PubMed, Index of Chiropractic Literature, and Current Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases from November 2005 to February 2015. A combination of the following key words was used: electronic health records , electronic medical records , implementation , documentation , benefits , and challenges ...
December 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Humanities
Benjamin R Kummer, Michael P Lerario, Babak B Navi, Adam C Ganzman, Daniel Ribaudo, Saad A Mir, Sammy Pishanidar, Tim Lekic, Olajide Williams, Hooman Kamel, Randolph S Marshall, George Hripcsak, Mitchell S V Elkind, Matthew E Fink
BACKGROUND:  Mobile stroke units (MSUs) reduce time to thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke. These units are widely used, but the clinical information systems underlying MSU operations are understudied. OBJECTIVE:  The first MSU on the East Coast of the United States was established at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) in October 2016. We describe our program's 7-month pilot, focusing on the integration of our hospital's clinical information systems into our MSU to support patient care and research efforts...
January 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
Jose Felipe Riani Costa, Margareth Crisóstomo Portela
The design and deployment of complex technologies like the electronic health record (EHR) involve technical, personal, social, and organizational issues. The Brazilian public and private scenario includes different local and regional initiatives for implementation of the electronic health record. The Brazilian Ministry of Health also has a proposal to develop a national EHR. The current study aimed to provide a comprehensive view of perceptions by health system administrators, professionals, and users concerning their experiences with the electronic health record and their opinions of the possibility of developing a national EHR...
February 5, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Lena Petersson, Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
BACKGROUND: When the Swedish version of Open Notes, an electronic health record (EHR) service that allows patients online access, was introduced in hospitals, primary care, and specialized care in 2012, psychiatric care was exempt. This was because psychiatric notes were considered too sensitive for patient access. However, as the first region in Sweden, Region Skåne added adult psychiatry to its Open Notes service in 2015. This made it possible to carry out a unique baseline study to investigate how different health care professionals (HCPs) in adult psychiatric care in the region expect Open Notes to impact their patients and their practice...
February 2, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
William G Dixon, Kaleb Michaud
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As digital technology becomes more ubiquitous, understanding the current state-of-the-art in digital information use for clinical care and research for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is timely and relevant. RECENT FINDINGS: The opportunities for recording and utilizing high-quality data from rheumatologists are reviewed, as well as opportunities from collecting, integrating and analysing patient-generated data to deliver a step-change in the support and management of RA...
January 23, 2018: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Honghan Wu, Giulia Toti, Katherine I Morley, Zina M Ibrahim, Amos Folarin, Richard Jackson, Ismail Kartoglu, Asha Agrawal, Clive Stringer, Darren Gale, Genevieve Gorrell, Angus Roberts, Matthew Broadbent, Robert Stewart, Richard J B Dobson
Objective: Unlocking the data contained within both structured and unstructured components of electronic health records (EHRs) has the potential to provide a step change in data available for secondary research use, generation of actionable medical insights, hospital management, and trial recruitment. To achieve this, we implemented SemEHR, an open source semantic search and analytics tool for EHRs. Methods: SemEHR implements a generic information extraction (IE) and retrieval infrastructure by identifying contextualized mentions of a wide range of biomedical concepts within EHRs...
January 19, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
David Hensler, Chad L Richardson, Joslyn Brown, Christine Tseng, Phyllis J DeCamp, Amy Yang, Anna Pawlowski, Bing Ho, Michael G Ison
BACKGROUND: Prophylaxis with valganciclovir reduces the incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection following solid organ transplant (SOT). Under-dosing of valganciclovir is associated with an increased risk of CMV infection and development of ganciclovir-resistant CMV. METHODS: An automated electronic health record (EHR)-based, pharmacist-driven program was developed to optimize dosing of valganciclovir in solid organ transplant recipients at a large transplant center...
January 23, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Darwyyn Deyo, Amir Khaliq, David Mitchell, Danny R Hughes
OBJECTIVES: Hospital sharing of electronic health record (EHR) diagnostic data has the potential to improve communication across providers and improve patient outcomes. However, implementing EHR systems can be difficult for hospitals. This study uses Hospital Compare (HC) and American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Information Technology Survey data to estimate the association between sharing EHR data and patient outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive and multivariate linear regression analyses...
January 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Thomas Isaac, Meredith B Rosenthal, Carrie H Colla, Nancy E Morden, Alexander J Mainor, Zhonghe Li, Kevin H Nguyen, Elizabeth A Kinsella, Thomas D Sequist
OBJECTIVES: To measure overuse of low-value care using electronic health record (EHR) data and manual chart review and to evaluate whether certain low-value services are better captured using EHR data. STUDY DESIGN: We implemented algorithms to extract performance on 13 Choosing Wisely-identified healthcare services using EHR data at a large physician practice group between 2011 and 2013. METHODS: We calculated rates of overuse using automated EHR extracts...
January 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Yuze Yang, Stacy Ward-Charlerie, Ajit A Dhavle, Michael T Rupp, James Green
BACKGROUND: The prescriber's directions to the patient (Sig) are one of the most quality-sensitive components of a prescription order. Owing to their free-text format, the Sig data that are transmitted in electronic prescriptions (e-prescriptions) have the potential to produce interpretation challenges at receiving pharmacies that may threaten patient safety and also negatively affect medication labeling and patient counseling. Ensuring that all data transmitted in the e-prescription are complete and unambiguous is essential for minimizing disruptions in workflow at prescribers' offices and receiving pharmacies and optimizing the safety and effectiveness of patient care...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Raymond P Tucker, Meredith J Tackett, David Glickman, Mark A Reger
Predictive models that utilize data from electronic healthcare records (EHR) have been developed, investigated, and appear to provide an important resource for suicide prevention in medical settings. Actuarial approaches to predicting suicide may be particularly important given the relative inability of clinicians to accurately predict suicide. Although research regarding predictive models that utilize EHR is certainly promising, ethical considerations for the use of these models to trigger suicide prevention interventions warrant careful consideration...
January 18, 2018: Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior
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