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 July 2012
The American Medical Association wants health insurers to standardize their doctor profiles and include clinical data from electronic health records; many carriers still balk.
Partners Healthcare specialists will work with CHS Healthcare Services, a large onsite clinic operator, to provide telemedicine services to its corporate clients.
Cerner's national network went down for a day, forcing physicians to resort to handwritten orders.
Many health information service providers can't forward messages to providers that use other HISPs. ONC aims to ensure security and common standards across all direct communications.
American Hospital Association says if the government issues a final rule and deadline on the new diagnostic code set, reticent healthcare groups will work hard to meet it.
By letting FDA proceed with developing regulations for mobile health apps, Congress assures mHealth industry that clarity is on the horizon.
Three-quarters of doctors surveyed say their electronic health records systems can help them show Meaningful Use, but other polls challenge that optimistic view.
Electronic heath records still lack the tools necessary to carry out population health management, including the ability to generate work lists, says Health IT guru Shahid Shah. Some of those missing tools might be required in stage 3 of Meaningful Use.
Multidisciplinary unit will develop new IT tools for public health and accountable care, partner with private firms to bring them to market.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's new registry of registries would provide access to data from observational trials, quality improvement programs, and perhaps accountable care organizations.
Physicians use digital dictation more than they used to, but obstacles remain to widespread adoption.
More than 150 ACOs are now contracting with Medicare to cover 2.4 million seniors. They're going to need a lot of IT support.
Researchers devise tool to track CPOE snafus, such as prescribing drugs for the wrong patient, and suggest ways to reduce potentially life-threatening mistakes.
Private sector asks the feds to ease up on Nationwide Health Information Network governance; too much regulation could squash growing health information exchanges, they say.
Federally mandated regional extension centers have helped providers get on the EHR bandwagon; the Association of Regional Centers of Health Information Technology will now help these RECs stay afloat.
John Halamka, CIO for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, believes health information exchanges should use an 'opt-in to disclose' policy to safeguard patient data.