electronic medical records (EMR)

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2015: End Of The Road For Meaningful Use?

Frank Irving | Medical Practice Insider | January 5, 2015

You can lead doctors to EHR systems — but you can't make them attest.  A poll of nearly 2,000 physicians, in fact, reveals that 55 percent do not plan to attest for meaningful use Stage 2 in 2015...

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Big Tech Should Stay Out of Healthcare

Matthew Buck | Washington Monthly | December 2, 2019

...The use of digital technology in health care has enormous promise, to be sure. But, as the Wall Street Journal's coverage of Google's Project Nightingale revealed, there is also a potential dark side to these projects. Ascension, it noted, "also hopes to mine data to identify additional tests that could be necessary or other ways in which the system could generate more revenue from patients, documents show." That detail raises a key question that's largely overlooked in our health care debates: should the drive to maximize corporate revenues determine how health information technology develops and becomes integrated into medical practice, or should that be determined by medical science and the public?...An alternative path exists. In the 1970s, the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) developed VistA, an open-source code system that was the country's first EHR system... Read More »

BlueEHS™ Attracts 1,100 New Medical Practices Each Month

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | February 23, 2016

ZH HealthcareTM (ZH), the leading provider of Health IT as a ServiceTM (HITaaSTM), today presented its 2015 report card and announced major initiatives for 2016...In 2015 ZH defined its mission: “to make health information technology and electronic medical records affordable and accessible to everyone.” Mr. Hameed declared that, “The path to achieving ZH’s mission is by delivering a platform that enables healthcare providers and innovators to quickly build and deploy their Electronic Health Solution, using a set of tools and modules available on the cloud, with minimal time and cost...

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Burlington hospital expansion includes buying a $160 million EHR System

Steven Rosenberg | The Boston Globe | August 11, 2013

Lahey Health plans to spend over $170 million on its hospital facilities, with a new $162 million electronic medical records system as the centerpiece. Read More »

Feds Move Into Digital Medicine, Face Doctor Backlash

Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell | USA TODAY | February 1, 2015

"Physicians passionately despise their electronic health records," says Lexington, Ky., emergency physician Steven Stack, the American Medical Association's president-elect. "We use technology quickly when it works … Electronic health records don't work right now."

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Genetic Link to Skin Cancer Found in Medical Records

Susan Young | MIT Technology Review | November 24, 2013

Researchers uncover new ties between genetics and skin cancer by mining patients’ medical records. Read More »

HHS on EMR Adoption and Paying to Keep People Healthy

Brian Klein | medGadget | October 3, 2011

Over 80,000 providers, as of July 31 of this year, had registered to participate in the meaningful use program, which is a great start. Read More »

HHS Releases Landmark Report: Reforming America's Healthcare System

On December 3, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an extensive, 120-page report on the administration's proposals to reform the healthcare system. The report, titled Reforming America's Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition, is divided into four major sections. The report that government policy of the last few years has suppressed competition, increased prices for healthcare, and limited choices for consumers. Though rich in detail as it tries to prove each of these points, the more than fifty recommendations are often broad and aspirational rather than practical. Since I am not a health economist, I will leave the market issues to others to discuss (many of the ideas in this report have been vetted and discussed by others previously). But there are two sections of the report which make direct mention of Health IT.

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How Hospitals Are Changing

Kimberly Leonard | U.S. News & World Report | October 28, 2013

...The Affordable Care Act [ACA], cuts to Medicare, lack of Medicaid expansion in some states and hospital debts are contributing to transformations in hospitals. Read More »

Infographic: Patients Want Access To Their Electronic Medical Records

Fred Pennic | HIT Consultant | October 8, 2013

...41% of consumers are willing to switch physicians to gain online access to their EMRs highlighting the growing trend towards patient engagement. Read More »

Is The EMR Market In The US Heading For The Cliff?

Kyle Murphy, PhD | EHR Intelligence | September 18, 2013

The market for electronic medical record (EMR) systems in the United States appears to have reached its tipping point with the market expected to begin its decline in 2013, according to Millennium Research Group (MGR).

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Medical Record Advocate Dr. Donald M. Voltz Leads National Grassroots Petition Drive To Reduce 1,000 Daily Medical Error Deaths

Press Release | Dr. Donald Voltz | March 23, 2015

A national grass roots campaign launches today to reduce the medical miscommunications in healthcare systems that cause almost 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S. This campaign seeks to forge a government and industry solution in solving this lapse in electronic healthcare communications, a cornerstone of Obamacare. The campaign is headed by Dr. Donald Voltz...Voltz petition on Change.org demands that the government and medical industry implement a solution to end what is a very easy problem to fix.  Once signed by 25,000 U.S. residents age 18 and older, the petition will be sent to the White House for review and a specific, timely action plan.

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Most health care records now are electronic

David Jackson | USA Today | July 16, 2013

An ever-expanding amount of the nation's medical records are now computerized and part of an ambitious electronic medical records program, the Obama administration reports. Read More »

Nine types of Usability Problems w/EHRs

There is no shortage of complaints about the usability of Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs). More and more evidence is emerging regarding the lack of EHR usability. Speaking at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) warned that: “Satisfaction and usability ratings for certified electronic health records (EHRs) have decreased since 2010 among clinicians across a range of indicators.” Barr’s presentation at HIMSS focused on “ the need for the Meaningful Use program and EHR manufacturers to focus on improving EHR features and usability.”

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Off the Charts: Technology shifts health record keeping from paper to digital

Anna Lamy | Hernando Today | October 6, 2011

Traditionally, hospitals and physician practices process their billing of services electronically, but maintain paper charts for their patients. Paper charts are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Electronic billing and medication prescribing were the initial steps to bringing this part of healthcare into the 21st century. Read More »