EHR

EHR: Now Comes the Hard Part

EHR: Now Comes the Hard Part

HHS is taking on a new EHR challenge. In recognition that the time for EHR has come (see our previous posts Are Patients Benefiting from EHR? and EHR Market Maturing), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) faces the huge task of convincing the healthcare industry to adopt EHRs. The push to adopt not only makes sense in terms of patient care benefits and a...

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Are Patients Benefiting from EHR?

Are Patients Benefiting from EHR?

A study of 27,000+ diabetes sufferers in and around Cleveland, Ohio over 3 years found that care afforded to patients with EHRs met standards of care more often than patients with paper records. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, signals that federal investments in electronic health records (EHRs) could be leading to healthier patients. Highlights of the study’s...

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EHR Market Maturing

EHR Market Maturing

One signal that an industry is maturing – in a good way – is when its participants work together to develop standards that enable interoperability. In the case of Health IT, the federal government has promoted industry maturity. HHS has designated six organizations as Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCB).  The designation...

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Health IT Noted in State of the Union

Health IT Noted in State of the Union

During last night’s State of the Union address President Obama spoke of Health IT (HIT). He touted a Veterans Administration HIT success story and envisioned a future that benefits from increased application of HIT. On the success story: Veterans can now download their electronic medical records with a click of the mouse. The reference is to VistA, the Veterans Health Information Systems...

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Medical Images: Control Your Own

Medical Images: Control Your Own

In the not too distant future you may be able to control your medical images the same you control your bank account today. That is the goal of a new project funded by the NIH. The pilot project will allow 300,000 patients to do just that as soon as the first quarter of 2011. Thanks to a contract awarded to LifeImage Inc. of Newton, MA patients will be able to use the lifeIMAGE platform to manage...

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