electronic health records (EHRs)

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We've been swindled

Paul Levy | Not Running a Hospital | June 24, 2015

...And the fraud is likely to be compounded.  The next step in the process is a forthcoming Department of Defense procurement of an EHR system to serve the military and its dependents, whether being treated at military healthcare facilities or other facilities in the communities in and around our bases and other military installations. As I understand, there is no language in this multi-billion dollar procurement that would require the vendor chosen to achieve interoperability with those EHRs in community facilities where the government will send its patients--or where they might end up for emergent care...

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Wearable Devices With Health IT Functions Poised To Disrupt Medicine

Fred O'Connor | PC World | May 1, 2014

The next innovation in health care may come from Silicon Valley. With Google, Apple and Samsung exploring how to incorporate health IT features into wearable devices, patients may soon provide information to doctors through devices such as smartwatches that can measure and transmit biometric data. 

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Weill Cornell Study Finds Measuring Quality In EHR Era 'Challenging'

Mike Milliard | Government Health IT | January 16, 2013

A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College spotlights the need for improving quality measurement from electronic health records. Read More »

What A Real Open EHR API Should Accomplish

John Lynn | EMR & HIPAA | June 17, 2013

There’s been a lot of talk in the EHR world about APIs and most of the time they talk about it as an open API. The problem is that there’s been a lot of talk about EHR APIs and not a lot of action... Read More »

What Activities Need To Come After An EHR Implementation?

Jerrilyn Cowper | EHR Intelligence | November 19, 2013

Do you long for the day when all of your hard work is put into use, the long awaited go-live is over and your workload will finally slow down? If you have never been through the full lifecycle of an implementation, you may not realize that going live is only the beginning. In fact, many times post go-live work is more than the implementation effort. Read More »

What Consolidation Means For EHR, Health IT Interoperability

Gary Palgon | EHR Intelligence | December 5, 2013

The transformation of the healthcare industry is not unlike a puzzle — with pieces constantly moved until the right “fit” is found. A recent report shows a slight decline in the acquisition of hospitals by each other but a steady increase in health system acquisition of services such as home care, medical group, and rehab services. [...] Read More »

What DThe CommonWell Launch Mean To A Healthcare CIO?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | December 12, 2013

Since its initial launch at HIMSS13, the CommonWell Health Alliance has had many in the healthcare industry wondering when its next step toward true interoperability would take place. Speculation came to an end yesterday when the collaboration of health IT vendors announced the first provider sites to go live with its interoperability service. Read More »

What EHR Vendors Need To Know About Applying For Upcoming DoD Demos

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | October 8, 2013

Nothing like a tight turnaround on a massive tech and consulting project: The DoD on Friday published a notice — albeit neither solicitation nor RFP — revealing that during the week after next it will hold demonstrations essentially courting the EHR to replace its AHLTA. Oh, yes, and applications are due end of October 9, as in tomorrow. Read More »

What Ethical Issues Does the Precision Medicine Initiative Face?

David Raths | Healthcare Informatics | July 10, 2017

"This is the largest government study ever on its own people.” Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, was talking about the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program. Kass says she makes that bold statement deliberately and with humility, because she chairs the institutional review board (IRB) for the project, which aims to create a million-person cohort...

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What Has Physicians So Dissatisfied With Their EHR Systems?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | February 10, 2014

EHR adoption has grown significantly over the past several years and so too has physician dissatisfaction with this technology, according to a national survey by MPI Group and Medical Economics. [...] Read More »

What Health Orgs Need To Know About Heartbleed

Lauren Still | Government HealthIT | April 10, 2014

As the greater health IT collective was preparing for the Windows XP end of life date, and accompanying zero-day attacks, another major security exploit hit the market without warning.

CVE-2014-0160, or Heartbleed (due to it exploiting a feature called heartbeat) nicknamed by the security firm that first publicly disclosed it, is a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL cryptographic software library.

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What is Patient and Family Engagement?

I recently participated in a nationwide (not the United States) healthcare IT planning effort and one recommendation was universal availability of patient portals. Several reviewers commented that patient portal is a loaded term - it implies that clinicians control the data and patients are given a view into it. One person said, “that’s so 10 years ago.” BIDMC has been working with patient/family shared medical records, Open Notes and various consumer-facing apps since 1999. Over that time we've discovered that patients typically do not want raw data, they want something actionable - the tools necessary to assist their navigation through the healthcare process...

What Meaningful Use Means To Non-Meaningful Users: CIO Series

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | September 3, 2013

Just because a provider is not eligible for or participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he can turn a blind eye to meaningful use. [... The] EHR Incentive Programs can still serve as a driver of health IT adoption for non-meaningful users, albeit indirectly, in order for these providers to streamline the business of coordinating and delivering care. Read More »

What Should Your Replacement EHR, Vendor Have On Offer?

Blair Butterfield | EHR Intelligence | April 24, 2013

If you are a small practice, you may or may not have already tried out an EHR vendor in order to qualify for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs. [...] Now that some time has gone by, you may either be happy with your choice or realizing that your choice did not meet your needs in the way you thought it would. Read More »

What To Do (And What Not To Do) When Your $1B System-Wide EHR Fails

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | September 10, 2013

The 24-hospital Sutter Health system in Northern California was the talk of the town late August after a software glitch rendered its $1 billion Epic electronic health record system inaccessible to nurses and clinical staff throughout all Sutter locations. Read More »