electronic health records (EHR)

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Three Areas Where Health Information Technology Needs to Get its House in Order

Health reform is taking off, thanks to pressure from insurers, the promise with which innovative technologies tease us for low-cost treatments, and regulatory mandates dating back to the HITECH act of 2009. Recent hopeful signs for wider adoption of health technologies include FDA forebearance from regulating consumer health apps, calls for more support for telemedicine, and new health announcements from tech giants such as Apple and Google. While technologists push forward in all these areas, we need to keep in mind that several big unsolved problems remain. Let's not get lost in the details--these major issues have to be tackled head on. Read More »

Three Keys To Successful CPOE Implementation

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | June 25, 2013

Training, support and anxiety management all are key to the implementation of computerized physician order entry systems, according to research published this week in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. Read More »

Todd Park: More can, should be done to capture unique EHR safety issues

Dan Bowman | Fierce Health IT | November 17, 2011

As Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, it's Todd Park's job to be excited about innovation. And, as anyone who's seen him speak live can attest, he takes his job very seriously. Read More »

VA contractor digitizes VA benefits backlog now eyes joint EHR

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | July 10, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] has a lot on its plate.  From its rocky path towards interoperability with the Department of Defense to a disability benefits claims queue stretching into the hundreds of thousands, there is a great deal of work to be done in order to provide service men and women with quality healthcare.  Read More »

VA picks Systems Made Simple to head new scheduling system

Katie Dvorak | Fierce Health IT | August 26, 2015

Systems Made Simple has been picked by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create its new scheduling system. The Lockheed Martin-owned company will be responsible for the VA's Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS), which is "one component of the department's strategy to provide state of the art electronic health record, scheduling, workflow management, and analytics capabilities to front line caregivers serving veterans," according to an announcement.

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VA Secretary McDonald Outlines Steps For VA Transformation at Institute of Medicine Annual Meeting

Press Release | US Department of Veterans Affairs | October 20, 2014

As the Nation’s foremost advisory body in medicine and healthcare, you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of overcoming problems involving access to healthcare. We own them, and we’re fixing them. But I know you also know that VA has a legacy of excellence, innovation, cutting-edge research, and achievements in healthcare delivery that is as broad and historically significant as it is profound—and often unrecognized. There’s something else. Right now, VA has before it perhaps its greatest opportunity to enhance care for Veterans in its history. Read More »

VA Selects Jive To Support Strategic Federal Initiative To Improve Veteran Health Care

Press Release | Jive Software | November 10, 2014

Jive Software, Inc today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected Jive to support its employees in achieving the agency's top strategic priority: providing personalized, proactive, patient-driven care to 22 million veterans and their families.

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VistA Academy 2013 - Leading Linux Expert to Teach Classes for Open Source EHRs

Press Release | The Linux ETC Company | September 11, 2013

Crawford Rainwater, leading expert on the use of Linux as a platform for open source electronic health records (EHR) systems, will be teaching Linux Essentials and Beginning Linux Systems Administration courses during the upcoming VISTA Academy 2013 in Seattle, WA, October 18-21. The VISTA Academy is part of an extensive VISTA Expo & Symposium 2013 conference focused on the award-winning VistA EHR developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Reports Third-Quarter Overall Loss

Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal | June 14, 2013

The rollout of the Epic electronic health records system contributed to a worsening of the current financial performance of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Read More »

Wall Street Journal: "ObamaCare’s Electronic-Records Debacle"

This Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Op-Ed could have been entitled "President Sucker: Led Down the Garden Path by The Healthcare IT Industry." It is entitled "ObamaCare’s Electronic-Records Debacle", as below.  First, though: On Feb. 18, 2009 the WSJ published the following Letter to the Editor authored by me...I have a different view on who is deceiving whom. In fact, it is the government that has been deceived by the HIT industry and its pundits. Stated directly, the administration is deluded about the true difficulty of making large-scale health IT work. The beneficiaries will largely be the IT industry and IT management consultants.

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We Have Seen the Future, and It Is...Estonia?

Like me, you may not have been paying close attention to what has been going on in Estonia.  That's probably something many of us should change, at least anyone interested in our digital future(s). OK, I have to admit: I had to look Estonia up on a map.  I knew it was in northern Europe, and that it had been involved in the whole U.S.S.R. debacle.  As it turns out, Estonia sits just across the Gulf of Finland from -- that's right -- Finland, and across the Baltic Sea from Sweden.  Skype was invented there, if you're keeping score. More to the point, over the last twenty years it has evolved into arguable the most advanced digital society in the world.

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What Dangers Does EHR Adoption Present to Patient Safety?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | June 23, 2014

The successful implementation and adoption of EHR technology could still lead to EHR-related patient safety concerns unless procedures are put in place to monitor and remediate them, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Read More »

What the IoT can learn from the health care industry

After a short period of excitement and rosy prospects in the movement we’ve come to call the Internet of Things (IoT), designers are coming to realize that it will survive or implode around the twin issues of security and user control: a few electrical failures could scare people away for decades, while a nagging sense that someone is exploiting our data without our consent could sour our enthusiasm. Early indicators already point to a heightened level of scrutiny — Senator Ed Markey’s office, for example, recently put the automobile industry under the microscope for computer and network security. Read More »

Why Your Organization Can’t Afford To Skimp On Interoperability Anymore

Lisa Khorey | Becker's Health IT & CIO Review | August 3, 2015

Interoperability is a key enabler for providers and payers to deliver on the promise of health care reform. Despite increased adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs), only a fraction of providers can demonstrate the routine ability to exchange data efficiently, prompting public criticism of the application software vendors as a barrier to achieving interoperability objectives. Recognizing that interoperability is essential, the Office of the National Coordinator released an interoperability road map intended to drive the market toward a common data set for easier data exchange.

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Is Digitizing Healthcare Making It Less Safe?

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July 1, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join InformationWeek Radio on Tuesday, July 1, at 2:00 PM EST for a discussion with Scot M. Silverstein, M.D., a consultant and professor in the Drexel University informatics program who is a leading critic of the claims made for EHR systems and researches the pitfalls of the software and the way it is implemented. He blogs at Health Care Renewal as InformaticsMD. One of the issues he highlights is that there is no systemattic tracking of medical errors associated with functionality or usability issues of EHRs, making it hard to judge whether their net effect has been positive or negative. Yet there are troubling signs, in everything from academic studies to malpractice claims, that the risks of EHRs have been underestimated and the rush to implement these systems may be misguided. Read More »