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Q&A: Between the lines of NEJM EHR report – ‘Trust trumps technology’ for EHR success, authors say

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | September 1, 2011

Distinguishing itself from previous efforts to prove the viability of EHRs and meaningful use, a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine shed light on just what can be accomplished by using electronic medical records rather than paper records. Read More »

Q&A: Mostashari on the Innovations Electronic Data Will Spark

Mary Mosquera and Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 17, 2011

Electronic health records are only a beginning of sorts. Although a top priority for providers, the meaningful use of EHRs is not the end goal – rather, the health data that EHRs make more accessible stands to unleash a wave of applications, products and services that ultimately catalyze improvements in health care, delivery and outcomes for both individual and population health. Read More »

Readers respond: Control is an issue for open source pieces of DoD/VA joint EHR

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | October 7, 2011

The massive undertaking to create a dual-agency EHR that serves both DoD and VA patients with a system woven from existing proprietary and open source components might demand something to which the federal government is largely unaccustomed. Read More »

Report: EHR Market to Hit $6.5B in 2012

Jeff Byers | Health Imaging | October 18, 2011

The U.S. market earned revenues of $973.2 million in 2009 and total market revenues are expected to peak at $6.5 billion in 2012, primarily due to new licensing and upgrades as hospitals scramble to get certified EHR systems in place, according to a report from market researcher Frost & Sullivan. Read More »

RWJF, ONC, National Health Leaders Launch Quality Effort

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | September 1, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched an effort to increase awareness about what consumers can do to identify and receive higher quality health care. The “Care about Your Care” project is a month-long effort starting Sept. 1 to help consumers become more aware about the uneven quality of care that the U.S. health system delivers. Read More »

Survey shows Physicians getting hooked on EHR websites

Editor | iHealthBeat | December 7, 2012

Physicians spend more time on Web-based electronic health record portals than on other health-related websites, according to a survey by ComScore and Symphony Health Solutions. Read More »

The Top 5 Roadblocks HIEs Face

GHIT Staff | Government Health IT | September 28, 2011

Just as young businesses of most any sort must circumvent myriad challenges to succeed, health providers are encountering multiple roadblocks in the implementation of HIEs. At the core of those: financial sustainability. The root of many, perhaps, money is neither the only problem, nor the most trying. Read More »

U.S. Health Reform Expert Shares Experiences

Staff Writer | People's Daily Online | February 25, 2012

World-renowned leader in health care philosophy, Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, advocated expanding health care in communities and adopting telemedicine approaches as China works to reform its publicly-funded hospital system. Read More »

Usability of Health IT Tools

Andy Oram | EMR & EHR | October 22, 2015


A recent article of mine celebrated a clever educational service offered on the Web by theUS Department of Health and Human Services. I ended with a list of three lessons for the health care field regarding usability of health IT Tools, which deserve further explanation. Communications can be improved by using the advanced features provided by the Web and mobile devices. In the HHS case, developers went to great lengths to provide a comfortable, pleasant experience to anyone who viewed their content, even if the viewers were visiting a different web site and the HHS content was merely embedded there.

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VA CIO: ‘When we get it done, it will be open source’

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | September 2, 2011

The joint electronic health record for the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments will in effect be open source when it is complete, according to a senior VA official, who provided more details about how that will occur. VA is developing an open source track to modernize its VistA electronic health record and will incorporate the approach with DOD in the joint system. Read More »

VA Launches Its Open Source EHR Custodian

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | September 8, 2011

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), on a joint path with the Department of Defense, has gone live with its open source electronic health record agent (OSEHRA) to create a single EHR for veterans and service members. Read More »

VA open source custodial agent opens doors

David Perera | Fierce Government IT | August 31, 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department officially launched Aug. Read More »

VA Tests Nationwide Health Information Exchange

Ken Terry | Information Week | September 23, 2011

The VA has joined forces with military and private-sector healthcare providers in a pilot project that tests the value of using the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) to share data among providers that care for veterans and active military personnel. Read More »

VA to Make National VLER Deployment Decision

Jennifer Prestigiacomo | Healthcare Informatics | October 7, 2011

Some light was shed on the progress that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been making on its Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) project at a National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) webinar earlier this week. Read More »

VA, DOD Choose Open Source to Combine EHRs

Ken Terry | Information Week | September 9, 2011

In a decisive break with the past, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), which operate the two largest healthcare systems in the country, on Aug. 30 officially launched an open-source community to help them revamp and unify their electronic health records. Read More »