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EHR systems


November 6, 2012  11:11 AM

Cost of EHR implementation thinning ranks in private practice

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EHR incentives, meaningful use incentives

Doctors are expected to leave private practices for hospitals at an increased rate over the next 18 months. Technology mandates and increasing costs of maintaining a...

November 1, 2012  3:00 PM

Push for clinical data analytics systems puts small providers in tough position

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Analytics, electronic health records, hospital information systems, Meaningful use, small practice

There's no doubt that big data promises to drive new payment models like accountable care organizations and their population management requirements. But health IT optimists are increasingly being accompanied by naysayers who feel that clinical data analytics may not be all it's cracked up to be....


October 31, 2012  10:22 AM

Users and designers should get involved in EHR usability, data output

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR systems, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange, Uncategorized

CAMBRIDGE, MD -- Like many people I know, work friends can't be Facebook friends. I save my Facebook account for personal screeds on politics and religion and for sharing family pictures with interested friends and relatives separated by geography. Occasionally, however, the discussion turns to...


October 18, 2012  3:45 PM

Providers are still distracted by the ‘holy grail’ of EHR integration

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, EHR vendors, Integration

Health care providers may be enticed by a single vendor's ability to offer a complete, fully integrated IT system, but ultimately these systems may not offer the advantages doctors believe they will and may not exist in the first place. Last month I reported on the myth of


October 10, 2012  10:48 AM

U.S. House leaders endanger patient safety with EHR incentive gambit

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use

In the fourth scene of the first act of Hamlet, Marcellus remarks that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. In examining the context, scholars feel Shakespeare didn't mean "state" in the sense of Danish geography. Instead he was referring to the rulers inhabiting Elsinore, the...


October 9, 2012  12:04 PM

OpenNotes study highlights enthusiasm for patient portal engagement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR billing, patient engagement, patient portal, remote patient monitoring

Access to electronic doctors' notes make patients more likely to take medications appropriately, have a better understanding of their medical issues and feel more in control of their health care, as evidenced by the...

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September 20, 2012  1:21 PM

Getting nurses involved in EHR implementation may pay off

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, nurses, physicians

We hear a lot about how physicians are dealing with the transition to electronic health records (EHR) and whether or not EHR implementation supports their ability to deliver care. But could it be that the focus on physicians' use of EHRs overlooks the experience of


September 6, 2012  4:17 PM

J.D. Power: It’s the people in health care, not the facility

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, J.D. Power

Last year, a source wondered what it would do for health care if someone like J.D. Power and Associates ranked medical devices the way it ranks cars. This year, J.D. Power released...


August 30, 2012  10:56 AM

EHR quality improvements help hospitals settle finances

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, hospital information systems, quality of care

Last week we reported on the high cost of long-term electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Experts said that while EHRs add a major cost to hospitals' budgets for years to come...


August 28, 2012  12:52 PM

Electronic health record use rising amid concern of design specialists

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EMR, meaningful use stage 2

Health care providers continue to adopt electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) technology despite concerns from EMR design specialists that the current systems slow workflow and create safety concerns for patients at the facilities that have adopted new...


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