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Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in March 2012
Today's Hottest Health IT Jobs Are Epic
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Got Epic Systems implementation experience or certifications? If so, you're among health IT's most sought-after professionals.
IT Decisions Hang On Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation could influence the direction of health IT.
Some States Slow To Pay Medicaid EHR Incentives
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Some are making strong efforts to spread health IT, but a dozen are not yet paying providers for EHR adoption.
11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  3/21/2012  | 
We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
Doctors Can't Tear Themselves Away From Paper Records
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Despite electronic health record proliferation, 80% of medical offices are still using paper records, reports digital pen vendor's survey.
Can Personalized Medicine Improve Drug Safety?
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Personalized medicine programs can find better treatments based on patients' genetics. Why can't the same tools be used to predict--and prevent--adverse drug reactions?
Smarter Voice Capabilities Will Transform Medical Documentation
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Natural language processing combined with voice recognition produces clinical language understanding, which has the potential to profoundly change how information gets into clinical systems.
EHRs Aren't Specialist-Friendly Enough
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
KLAS survey shows that most electronic health records systems are not tailored to medical or surgical specialties.
Healthcare CIOs Need To Understand Physicians' Pain
Commentary  |  3/14/2012  | 
Clinicians are frustrated by immature clinical information systems and questionable pay-for-performance rules. Understanding their angst can bring about cost-effective patient care.
EHRs Become More Popular With Small Medical Practices
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Cloud services, help from feds, and backing from parent institutions all credited for recent surge in adoption of electronic health records by small physicians' offices.
Health IT Priorities: Time To Deliver
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
Grabbing federal incentive dollars and meeting pay-for-performance regs are the top issues keeping IT execs awake at night.
Clinical Analytics Boosts EHR Effectiveness
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
PricewaterhouseCoopers study reveals that more providers, payers, and pharma companies are investing in business intelligence tools needed to make data more actionable.
When EHR Critics Jump To Bad Conclusions
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
If you think the recent Health Affairs report proves e-access to patient records increases healthcare costs, you need to take a closer look at the data.
What Universal Device Identifiers Could Do For EHRs
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
FDA and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT discuss including a universal device identifier (UDI) in stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program to boost patient safety.
Health IT Infrastructure Often Comes Second
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
CDW Healthcare report shows that caregivers value their electronic tools, but many gripe about network speed. At many hospitals, EHRs come first and infrastructure improvements follow.
Nationwide HIE Corrals 500 Hospitals, 4,000 Practices
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Most hospitals and medical offices that have enrolled in the Nationwide Health Information Network exchange are connecting to two key government programs.
Give Patients EHR Control, Says Civil Liberties Union
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
A New York Civil Liberties Union report urges New York State health officials to provide patients with greater control over their health records.
IT-Enhanced Medical Homes Aren't A Quick Fix
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
Patient-centric medical homes are touted to fix the healthcare cost crisis, but the deep pockets and extensive IT resources they require aren't available to every healthcare provider.
HIMSS Survey: Advanced EMRs Make A Difference
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
Hospitals that use advanced electronic medical records are more likely to see improvements in clinical quality, operational management, and administrative tasks.
Contrarian Study Disputes EHR Savings Wisdom
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
Health Affairs study contradicts conventional wisdom that EHRs will save big bucks by cutting down on needless lab and imaging testing.
How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposals raise the bar for online patient engagement, highlighting how important it is for healthcare providers to communicate with patients and give them access to their information.
Natural Language Processing Takes Center Stage In EHRs
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
NLP tied to speech recognition software can help physicians enter structured data into computers more easily.
Epocrates To Sell Electronic Health Records Business
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
News comes just a week after company shows native iPad version of EHR at HIMSS conference.
Interoperability Initiative Adds Structure To Clinical Text
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Industry-wide alliance Health Story aims to use natural-language processing to turn free text such as doctors' notes and reports into exchangeable e-documents.
Docs Value EHRs, But Older Physicians Lag In Adoption
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Poll suggests that most physicians recognize the value of the technology but don't believe it improves diagnosis or treatment.
EHR Certification Proposal Stresses Interoperability
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hopes new rules will improve communications between providers through use of single standard for continuity of care documents, standardized terminology, and Direct secure messaging.

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