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Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in April 2011
12 Hot Mobile Medical Apps
Slideshows  |  4/29/2011  | 
Mobile medicine is everywhere. There's the iPhone app that lets you cut away images of muscle layers to see what lies beneath, an e-health record system for the iPad, and a smartphone-based blood pressure monitor. Here are a dozen innovative ones.
Guerra on Healthcare: MU Debate On Lab Reporting
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Some members of the Meaningful Use Workgroup question the need for office labs to keep public health agencies in the loop on diseases and lab data.
Program Links Hospital Labs To Public Health Agencies
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The Lab Interoperability Cooperative program is designed to help public health officials act more rapidly and efficiently to control disease.
Electronic Patient Consent System Planned
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Given the public's concerns about online privacy and ID theft, ONC is launching a pilot project that will build trust in data exchange.
IT Support Of Healthcare Quality Key To Reform
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Philip Bredesen, former Tennessee governor and national e-health alliance co-chair, remains frustrated with the slow pace of change in the industry.
Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
State-of-the-art clinical decision-support systems can sharpen a veteran physician’s reasoning skills, but they're far from perfect.
Chicago HIE To Host 9.4 Million Healthcare Records
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council will use Microsoft, CSC, and HealthUnity technology in what's planned to be the nation's largest metropolitan health information exchange.
Supreme Court To Hear Doctor Pharmacy Data Case
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Data collection firms are challenging a Vermont law limiting use of doctors' prescription records for targeted marketing programs by drug companies.
EMRs Provide Valuable Genetic Data Quickly
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Researchers can use electronic medical records to cut the time and expense of recruiting thousands of patients.
Healthcare Providers Voice Gripes At EHR Usability Hearing
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The federal Health IT Policy Committee's Adoption/Certification Workgroup became a sounding board for doctors frustrated with complicated electronic health record software.
Is Flood Of Medical Alerts Harming Patients?
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Alarms from increasingly sensitive health IT could be desensitizing clinicians to signs of patient danger.
AMA Launches Suite Of Health IT Tools
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
The Amagine platform gives physicians a single point of access to more than 20 health IT systems, knowledge and communication tools, and consulting resources to improve practice efficiency and patient care.
CHIME Seeks Refinements In Stage 1 MU Compliance
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Unreasonable expectations from ONC on Meaningful Use guidelines may discourage widespread adoption of EHRs.
IT Drives Patient Education
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Computer-generated questionnaires, medication resolution programs, and sophisticated videos are making a difference in patient care.
American Well Launches Telehealth For SMB Practices
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
For medical offices that lack IT muscle, Online Care for Providers offers two-way video, live chat, billing, and more.
Microsoft Collaborating On Chronic Condition Management Systems
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Customized systems, like the one EMC Consulting and Microsoft developed for Denver Health, help providers to better manage care for patients with chronic health problems.
Healthcare Providers Frustrated By Excessive EHR Alerts
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
The flood of notifications coming from electronic health records distracts medical personnel from addressing urgent messages about patients' abnormal test results.
Medicare Opens EHR 'Meaningful Use' Attestation
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Healthcare providers can now begin the process of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentive payments.
Patient Safety Initiative To Leverage Health IT
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
The $1 billion federal Partnership for Patients initiative aims to cut $35 billion in healthcare costs, save 60,000 lives, and decrease hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by 2013.
Meaningful Use Quality Reporting Haunts CIOs
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
Capturing and submitting data to CMS directly from an EHR remains a big concern, according to a recent CHIME survey.
Allscripts, Xerox To Host IT Services For Clinicians
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
The partnership will manage clinical and EHR technology apps for clients, and ACS also will offer mainframe, server, storage, back up, recovery, and network support.
Healthcare Providers Find Options Narrowed For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Exemptions in the electronic health record incentives program may not be available to some providers, depending on how prepared their state is for accepting data.
VA Launches Health Information Exchange Pilot
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Veterans Affairs teams up with health IT group to reduce time needed to access medical records.
Doctor Practice Uses BI Tools To Improve Care
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Southeast Texas Medical Associates has employed IBM business intelligence software to analyze patient care and reduce hospital readmissions.
Guarded Optimism For Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
An informed newcomer looks critically at EHRs, clinical decision support software, and proprietary databases and wonders: is health IT all it's cracked up to be?
Guerra On Healthcare: Clinicians Work In Flawed System
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
A recent hospital stay by family members generates equal parts admiration and frustration.
Consumers Slow To Adopt Electronic Personal Health Records
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Some patients are still concerned about online security, while healthy consumers seem indifferent to the benefits of PHRs, according to a study by IDC Health Insights.
Guerra On Healthcare: Gathering Support For Your EMR
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
To get a capital-intensive health IT project funded, you may need some advanced political skills.
Verizon, Medfx Pilot Health Information Exchange
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Virginia test integrates federal Direct Project protocols and Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange standards to create secure, two-way exchange of patient health information.
CDC Sees EHRs As Public Health 'Game Changer'
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Health information exchanges and electronic health records will advance the ability of doctors, hospitals, and federal health officials to identify, monitor, and communicate disease outbreaks, says the agency's IT chief.
Five Leading Healthcare Organizations To Exchange Patient Data
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Health, and Group Health Collaborative form new consortium to share patient e-health records on-demand and serve as a national model for data interoperability.
GE Healthcare Intros Clinical Research Management Solution
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Centricity Research will support clinical trial billing compliance and drive better administration of treatment plans, processes, and protocols, said GE.
Lawson Offers Analytics Tools For Healthcare Organizations
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
Supply chain and staffing are among the operational areas that Lawson Analytics for Healthcare may help providers gain insight and identify potential cost savings.
VA Advances Plans For Open Source EHR System
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a draft request for proposals to help transform its VistA electronic health record system.
Guerra On Healthcare: In Meaningful Use, Knowledge Is Power
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
The key to success in today's ever-changing healthcare policy environment is to gather information wisely and selectively from a wide range of sources.
HHS Proposes Accountable Care Organization Rules
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
The agency is seeking public comment on the regulations, which seek to align reporting requirements between the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.
Health IT Advisers Blast Data Exchange Policies
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
A federal workgroup said that data element access services provisions are "fundamentally flawed," pose privacy challenges.

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