Health Information Technology

Improving EHR interoperability a 'national priority'

Improving EHR interoperability a 'national priority'

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says interoperability necessary to achieve optimal benefits with electronic health records.

Quality measures added to doctor shopping website

Quality measures added to doctor shopping website

Provider-level data on specific health outcomes, such as blood glucose and blood pressure control rates, is now available on Physician Compare.

The meaningful use paradox

The meaningful use paradox

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'Quality indicators' and 'benchmarking' have become buzzwords in many practices, but are efforts truly benefiting patients?

What's new with EHRs?

What's new with EHRs?

Advances are outpacing arrival speed for this potentially lifesaving technology.

Medical Economics compiles top 100 EHR systems

Medical Economics compiles top 100 EHR systems

First time shoppers should ask about how EHR system will handle Meaningful Use 2 requirements if not already certified.

Eye contact affects patient satisfaction

Eye contact affects patient satisfaction

Patients perceive clinicians who make direct eye contact as being more empathetic.

EHRs failing to meet user expectations

EHRs failing to meet user expectations

Poor software performance may trigger many small physician practices to leave vendors.

Google, Apple announce health technology plans

Google, Apple announce health technology plans

Google launches California Life Company to research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO.

Digital technologies offer opportunities to reach underserved

Digital technologies offer opportunities to reach underserved

The majority of low-income patients have access to the Internet and most express interest in receiving health information digitally.

Few met EHR meaningful use criteria in 2012

Few met EHR meaningful use criteria in 2012

Only 1-in-10 physicians surveyed met stage one meaningful use criteria necessary to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments in early 2012.

HHS: 2013 EHR targets met early

HHS: 2013 EHR targets met early

The U.S. has achieved the end-of-2013 goal of implementing EHRs in 50% of doctor offices and 80% of eligible hospitals.

HealthMap identifies online vaccine misinformation in real time

HealthMap identifies online vaccine misinformation in real time

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An automated data collection system enables public health officials to categorize online vaccine information as negative or positive, and by location.

Clinician satisfaction with EHRs down

Clinician satisfaction with EHRs down

Overall, clinicians were less satisfied with the ability of EHRs to improve care and with ease of use in 2012 versus 2010.

Social networks help predict obesity prevalence

Social networks help predict obesity prevalence

Locales on Facebook in which a greater proportion of the population indicated an interest in television correlated with higher obesity prevalence.

Response to patient emails delayed, especially on weekends

Response to patient emails delayed, especially on weekends

Many messages sent via secure electronic message systems at primary care health clinics do not receive a response within 24 hours.

Improving patient engagement with telemedicine

Improving patient engagement with telemedicine

Transitioning telemedicine systems from resource limited settings to widespread use could improve health outcomes in patients with chronic conditions.

Flaws in patient privacy, data security must be addressed

Flaws in patient privacy, data security must be addressed

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Medical identity theft and data security breaches are growing, with thousands of cases reported per year.

Coping with EHR implementation

Coping with EHR implementation

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During the transition to electronic health records patient face time may suffer, despite other benefits.

mHealth apps help promote safe sex among teens

mHealth apps help promote safe sex among teens

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When patients use their smartphone in the exam room use it as an opportunity to discuss health-promoting apps.

EHRs: It will get better!

EHRs: It will get better!

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One day health-care providers will wonder how we could have possibly ever gotten by without EHRs.

Including pictures in EHRs reduces errors

Including pictures in EHRs reduces errors

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Including a patient photograph on a verification screen in electronic health records could help prevent clinicians from placing incorrect orders.

Applying triathlon techniques to EHR implementation

Applying triathlon techniques to EHR implementation

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I don't think it will be easy. I know it will be somewhat painful. But in the end, I hope that I will be able to provide my patients with better care using electronic health records.

Medical pocket references: From index card to smartphone

Medical pocket references: From index card to smartphone

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Health-care technology has advanced in leaps and bounds during the past 20 years. Do you think it's helped or hindered your practice?

Smart phone app useful for detecting concussions

Smart phone app useful for detecting concussions

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Having a very high index of suspicion for concussion is extremely important in protecting children and adolescents. Did you know there's an app for that?

Smartphone apps screen for melanoma

Smartphone apps screen for melanoma

Smart phones or tablets are being used to revolutionize clinical diagnosis and patient care, but they pose a number of risks and benefits.

Are you prepared for EHR 'meaningful use' deadlines?

Are you prepared for EHR 'meaningful use' deadlines?

Hospitals and clinics that do not meet EHR meaningful use requirements by 2015 will face escalating Medicare and Medicaid payment penalties.

iPads improve resident efficiency

iPads improve resident efficiency

Internal medicine residents who were given Apple iPads were more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients, reporting about an hour saved each day.

Mobile technology may distract clinicians, increase malpractice risk

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Clinicians sometimes use their smart phones and tablet computers for personal matters — checking social networking websites, news and even airfare prices while on the job — in a phenomenon termed "distracted doctoring."

Rushing electronic health record implementation may introduce liability

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A recent white paper from AC Group, a Texas-based health IT research and consulting firm, suggests that the rushing to implement electronic health records (EHRs) may actually expose physicians to a greater risk for malpractice lawsuits as many introduce technically inadequate EHRs that are missing important components.

Relative value units do not adequately assess clinician worth

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Assigning a clinician a number value based on the quantity of patients treated and services provided overlooks many important aspects of health care, including patient satisfaction.

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