Though the total number of unique apps that integrate with major EHRs, like Epic and Cerner, increased from 600 at the end of 2019 to 734 in December 2020, growth in the number of apps that support the FHIR data exchange standard was stagnant.
Epic’s Covid-19 vaccine credential, which shows up as a QR code within the MyChart patient portal, can be used to verify a person’s immunization status. About 25 million people currently have access to the vaccine credential, and Epic plans to expand it to 100 million by 2022.
As a result of the partnership, clinicians using Epic will be able to order Foundation Medicine’s genomic profiling tests directly from the EHR and view results in the system, providing them with clinical decision support.
The EHR giant will integrate its payer platform with the insurer’s operating system to facilitate two-way data exchange with providers. Through this integration, the organizations hope to support clinical decision-making and streamline administrative processes like prior authorizations.
Epic led EMR purchasing globally in 2020, a year that saw strong activity in the arena despite the pandemic. But certain regions did experience a downswing, including Latin America, where Brazil saw a 50% drop in EMR purchasing.
The partnership between the insurer and EHR giant — announced a year and a half ago — will now focus on streamlining prior authorizations and offering providers enhanced insights about their patients. Ochsner Health will be among the first to implement the new capabilities offered by the companies.
A recent report from the Epic Health Research Network shows that amid a steep drop in emergency department visits during the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an increase in the number of ED patients who needed to be hospitalized.
Beaumont Health’s CIO Hans Keil spoke with MedCity News about the incident where an unknown user publicly shared a link to access its Covid-19 vaccination scheduling services, the safeguards the health system has put into place since and what his team’s IT priorities are for the year ahead.
An unknown user publicly shared a link to access Beaumont’s Epic-enabled vaccination scheduling services, which resulted in 2,700 people making unauthorized appointments for a Covid-19 vaccine. The Michigan-based health system had to shut down its vaccination scheduling services and cancel the appointments.
A group of organizations have come together to work on a solution that will provide digital access to Covid-19 vaccination records. As the country eyes a challenging transition to the new normal, a verifiable vaccine record will be necessary to ensure individual and community safety.
Meditech continues to hold the largest EMR market share in Canada, but it is losing customers — mostly to Epic, which has seen a rapid rise in popularity, a new KLAS report shows. The report delves into market share data and customer satisfaction insights to assess EMR vendors’ positions in the Canadian market.
Health systems and EHR vendors have been working for months to comply with the ONC’s final rule on interoperability and information blocking that goes into effect in April and is expected to grant patients unprecedented access to their health information. Here is a look at some of the issues they contended with.
Rideshare app Lyft is partnering with corporations and healthcare organizations to create an initiative that will help connect members of underserved communities to vaccination sites once the Covid-19 vaccine becomes widely available.
A risk prediction model for Covid-19, developed by researchers at Cleveland Clinic, is now available to all health systems worldwide that use the Epic MyChart patient portal. The model will help clinicians estimate the likelihood of a patient testing positive for the disease.
As hospital admissions rebound to near-normal levels, total admissions are still expected to be down 10.5% for the year, according to an analysis by the Epic Health Research Network and the Kaiser Family Foundation.