Profile of Ken Terry
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Ken Terry is a freelance healthcare writer, specializing in health IT. A former technology editor of Medical Economics Magazine, he is also the author of the book Rx For Healthcare Reform.
Articles by Ken Terry
posted in October 2012
Association representative says government is moving in right direction to facilitate reporting of clinical quality measures.
Hospitals that are worried about security and privacy risks can purchase technology to fill the gaps. The bigger problem is getting staff to follow policies and procedures.
Year-long test has already signed up 56,000 veterans; plug-and-play testing for nationwide exchange to play role in expansion.
Most healthcare executives are dissatisfied with their organization's measurement of electronic health record ROI, finds Beacon Partners survey.
For health information exchanges to gain a foothold in the U.S., patients need to get on board. A recent pilot project spearheaded by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT leads the way.
Epic, Cerner electronic health records get free text transcription from smartphones and tablets; computerized physician order entry and natural language processing are in the works.
Office of Inspector General investigating whether providers' EHR use has resulted in Medicare overcharges.
Electronic checklists help reduce mistakes, study shows, but key to effective medication reconciliation lies in health information exchanges.
Computer-assisted "brain training" and mobile apps probably won't replace psychologists, but some experts suggest they could be a useful adjunct.
Public-private partnership aims to simplify making connections among EHRs and HIEs, decrease interface costs, and better integrate clinical workflows.
Digital Health Accelerator program provides $300,000 grants to 8 health IT firms that focus on team-based collaborative care applications.
Some health IT leaders are already enthused about the potential of big data, but questions persist about its relevance to healthcare delivery reform.
Community doctors who use electronic health records are more likely to order recommended preventative and chronic care, reports Weill-Cornell Medical Center study.
Competition between Michigan HIEs on different platforms illustrates a growing national problem, says expert.
Many clinicians blame bottleneck on lack of interoperability and infrastructure, according to survey.
Four-year program in 145 nursing facilities aims to reduce hospital readmissions, including exploring how electronic records can be more easily shared with hospitals.
Smartphones and tablets are playing a bigger role in healthcare, and more change will take place when providers connect with patients using mobile apps, healthcare experts say.
Healtheway, a public-private not-for-profit firm, is now the business arm of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Exchange.
Doctors' fears that allowing patients to read electronic health record reports would increase workloads are unfounded, Harvard study also reports.
Nearly 70% of doctors now have EHRs, with those in freestanding practices outnumbering their hospital-based colleagues.
Health IT staff retention is a growing concern for healthcare CIOs, even as they have trouble filling existing openings, reports College of Healthcare Information Management Executives poll.
West Health Institute will test new application, which employs Microsoft motion-sensing technology to measure results of exercises at home.