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Is an EHR backlash brewing?

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | February 19, 2013

#EHRbacklash was born as EHRs, vendors, and the meaningful use incentive program are under perhaps as much fire as they’ve faced yet. On Tuesday, in fact, Black Book Rankings managing partner Doug Brown essentially struck at all three by saying that “meaningful use incentives created an artificial market for dozens of immature EHR products,” a scenario that may trigger “the year of the great EHR switch,” in 2013. Read More »

Is the Technology Gap the Reason Why Medical Errors are the 3rd Leading Cause of Death in the US?

Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology (IT) mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio show joke contest, “Can You Top This” except that increasingly the joke is on us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks, to critical financial systems in the Department of the Treasury that run on assembler language code (a computer language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was developed), to medical systems that cannot exchange patient records leading to a large number of needless deaths from medical errors.

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Lurking Healthcare Technology and Financial System Crises Increase Demand for Control Experts in 2017, Says Black Book Annual Healthcare PR Survey

Press Release | Black Book Market Research | November 23, 2016

Black Book's annual poll of public relations and crisis management firm clients noted the key shift from past years' workforce issues, physician satisfaction and medico-legal problems, to the reputation-challenging technology and financial problems facing both provider and payers in 2017. The potential catastrophes caused by technology-related events ranked first on the 2017 list compiled from healthcare industry executives, followed by financial issues, patient dissatisfaction events, nursing staff issues, clinical and disease emergencies, hospital performance outcomes and patient safety mishaps, and social media impacts...

Many Dissatisfied Physicians To Switch EHR Vendors

Pamela Lewis Dolan | amednews.com | March 12, 2013

Practices say they’re stuck with systems that haven’t been customized, but some concede they didn’t adequately assess their needs before buying them. Read More »

Nurses Not Happy With Hospital EHRs

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | October 20, 2014

'A poorly implemented EHR with chaotic processes and bungling IT support is becoming a detriment to hospital nurse retention and recruitment'...

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Nurses Not Included In Hospital EHR Planning

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | October 20, 2014

Nurses are being left behind when it comes to planning and implementing electronic health records...The survey of nearly 14,000 U.S. nurses found that 98 percent of licensed RNs say that they have never been included in hospital technology decisions or design...

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Pending Upheaval In"The Year Of The Great EHR Switch" Shifts Spotlight To e-Health Industry's Best, Black Book Reveals 2013 Top Scoring Vendors

Press Release | PRWeb | March 4, 2013

With more electronic health record systems continuing to fall short of providers' expectations, a new report by Black Book Rankings suggests that 2013 may indeed be the "year of the great EHR vendor switch"... Read More »

Plug and Play Healthcare: Open Middleware and the Emergence of a Functional Interoperability Framework

“A middleware architecture has been shown to be the best technological solution for addressing the problem of EHR interoperability. The middleware platform facilitates the transparent, yet secure, access of patient health data, directly from the various databases where it is stored. A server-based middleware framework supporting access to the various patient health data stores allows for a scalable, unified and standardized platform for applications to be developed upon.  The middleware architectural design has been successfully used to link data from multiple databases, irrespective to the database platform or where the database is located,” says Voltz. Read More »

Population Health Management Becoming a Priority for Providers, but Many Struggle With Stop-Gap Solutions and Lack of Infrastructure, Says Latest Black Book Survey

Press Release | Black Book Market Research | January 30, 2017

Black Book’s most recent report on the state of population health management (PHM) reveals that it is among the fastest-growing areas in the healthcare IT space and several effective end-to-end solutions emerging. Record PHM spending underscores its increasing importance with a reported $8B invested in digital health in sum in 2016, with the majority going to population health and patient experience tools. But even as PHM solutions are quickly becoming a priority for healthcare organizations, in Q1 2017, 81% of providers are tackling population health projects without a strategic technology purchase that meets all their needs...

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The Great EHR Switch

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | April 15, 2013

With more electronic health record systems continuing to fall short of providers' expectations, a recent report by Black Book Rankings suggests that 2013 may indeed be the "year of the great EHR vendor switch." Read More »

Upsurge in Emergency Department Information Technology Replacements, 72% of Hospitals Dissatisfied With Interoperability & Usability Finds Black Book

Press Release | Black Book Market Research | October 28, 2015

Black Book surveyed 738 emergency department administrative and nursing managers, and 1,104 ED physicians (over half are members of the American College of Emergency Physicians). 89% of ED leaders believe their hospitals rushed to purchase new EHRs and ED systems between 2010 and 2013 for meaningful use dollars, just to see productivity fall, liability rise and connectivity stall. Read More »

Use of iPad & Mobile EHR Apps Skyrocket According to Black Book Survey

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | May 30, 2013

2013 isn’t just the year of EHR replacement: it’s the year of anywhere, anytime access to EHRs through iPads, smartphones, and other mobile devices, according to new survey data released by Black Book Market Research. Read More »

Will “Digital Fingerprint” Forensics Thwart the Data Thieves Lurking in Hospital EHR Corridors?

As Halloween approaches, the usual spate of horror movies will intrigue audiences across the US, replete with slashers named Jason or Freddie running amuck in the corridors of all too easily accessible hospitals. They grab a hospital gown and the zombies fit right in.  While this is just a movie you can turn off, the real horror of patient data theft can follow you...Unfortunately, this horror movie scenario is similar to how data thefts often occur at medical facilities. In 2015, the healthcare industry was one of the top three hardest hit industries with serious data breaches and major attacks, along with government and manufacturers. Packed with a wealth of exploitable information such as credit card data, email addresses, Social Security numbers, employment information and medical history records, much of which will remain valid for years, if not decades and fetch a high price on the black market.

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