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April 27, 2011  12:07 PM

‘Death by PDF’: Don’t kill the messenger

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
data exchange, EHR, EMR, HIPAA, PDF, phr, Regina Holliday

Just in case some readers might consider this a conflict of interest, I'll say it up front: I covered the world of PDF for nine years at, a site affiliated with eWeek. PDFzone's mission was to evaluate PDF document technologies and the market in which they lived, in a...

February 24, 2011  1:45 PM

HIMSS survey: Give it up for the CNIO

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CNIO, CPOE, EHR, EMR, HIMSS, HIMSS 2011, HIMSS11, Meaningful use, nurse, salary survey

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The chief nursing information officer (CNIO) position is often overlooked among health IT leaders. But just try to implement a new tech initiative in your hospital without a nurse informaticist to help determine the best devices and software to fit your workflow, and to evangelize...

January 20, 2011  12:00 AM

New meaningful use videos instruct, yield laughs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
David Blumenthal, EHR, EMR, I-HITEC, Meaningful use, ONC, REC, regional extension centers

Some IT managers might liken the experience of deploying electronic health record (EHR) software to a 1950s campy B- or C-grade horror movie in the Ed Wood vein. The Indiana Healthcare Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC) is...

January 5, 2011  12:00 AM

State Medicaid EHR incentive programs open for business

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
blumenthal, CMS, EHR, EHR incentives, EHRIP, EMR, medicaid, medicare, ONC

Turning the calendar over to 2011 means it's a whole new ballgame, both for NFL players -- who have finished their regular season and are about to embark on their playoff march to the Super Bowl -- and for physicians planning to reap Electronic Health Records Incentive Program (EHRIP) funds from...

December 28, 2010  7:45 AM

Electronic medical records may help the SSA with claims processing

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, EMR, National Health Information Network, NHIN

Health care institutions aren't the only ones aiming to go digital this year: The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been advised to move the majority of its business transactions online. A technology guidance report by...

November 22, 2010  10:40 AM

EHR systems can cut health care costs, GAO reports

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR systems, EMR, gao, IDS

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) took a look at electronic health records (EHRs) as they relate to improving health care and cutting costs. It examines the stories of 15 health care providers that have formed integrated...

November 17, 2010  12:50 PM

The pros and cons of Epic’s growth for EHR systems

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
eClinicalWorks, EHR, EHR systems, EMR, Epic

A recent WTN News report runs down some epic growth stats for electronic health record (EHR) systems vendor Epic Systems Corp. in Verona, Wis. The company continues...

November 11, 2010  12:00 AM

U.S. docs: Suck it up and take a few EHR implementation cues from abroad

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR implementation, EMR, ipad, Netbook, Ubuntu

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Chatting with health IT leaders from such developing countries as Tanzania, Nigeria and Lesotho -- and with the people in the U.S. public sector doing their best to assist them with limited resources -- here at the mHealth Summit, a...

October 27, 2010  8:26 AM

HP aims Slate 500 Windows tablet at health care

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Apple, EHR, EMR, Hewlett-Packard, ipad, Microsoft, slate

Our TechTarget colleague Jamison Cush -- editor at -- got his hands on the new Hewlett-Packard Slate 500 tablet. It runs...

October 6, 2010  12:00 AM

Health IT sending older physicians over the retirement cliff?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR implementation, EMR

File this one under "heard on the health IT street": At the American Health Information Management Association convention last week in Orlando, FL, representatives from the central Florida and combined Minnesota-North Dakota health IT regional extension centers (RECs) gave presentations on their...

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