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Electronic Health Records: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

George Palma | Becker's Hospital Review | October 14, 2013

With passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, electronic health records have been widely adopted across healthcare organizations large and small. While there are many benefits to EHRs — improved accessibility to patient data, increased charge capture and improved preventative health — there are inherent problems in adopting this technology. Read More »

2013 Most Wired

Matthew Weinstock | Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) | July 1, 2013

H&HN's 15th annual survey shows U.S. hospitals have made big strides in laying the foundation for robust clinical information systems. The next step: harnessing IT for the real work of improving care delivery. Read More »

3 Steps To Improving Medical Data Error Reporting

Kristine Martin Anderson, Kathryn Schulke, Booz Allen Hamilton | Government Health IT | January 7, 2013

As is often the case in life, we hope to learn from our mistakes, and not repeat them. The same could be said for our healthcare system. Read More »

9 Ways Health IT – Beyond EHRs – Helps Patients

Kristine Martin Anderson | Government Health IT | December 12, 2011

Even among very knowledgeable people, the concept of health information technology is often equated with its most familiar element, “electronic health records.” Adoption of electronic health records are a critical first step to realizing the transformational power of Health IT – but getting out of paper enables even greater HIT capabilities. Read More »

A Primer on the Open Source Movement from a Health Care Perspective

Open source, in myriad forms, has emerged as a significant development model that drives both innovation and technological dispersion. Ignore it at your peril, as did the major computer companies destroyed or totally remade by Linux and free software, or encyclopedia publishers by Wikipedia, or journalists and marketers by social media. The term "open source" was associated first with free software, but it goes far beyond software now. People around the world use open hardware, demand open government, share open data, and--yes--pursue open health. The field of health, in particular, will be transformed by open source principles in software, in research, in consultations and telemedicine, and in the various forms of data sharing all these processes call for.

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AMIA: 10 Ways To Improve EHR Safety, Usability

Ashley Gold | FierceEMR | January 31, 2013

In response to questions about efficacy and safety of electronic health records, the American Medical Informatics Association published a position paper in its journal outlining 10 ways to reduce errors, imcrease patient safety and improve efficiency. Read More »

Avoid EHR 'Backlash' With Better Implementation Processes

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | July 3, 2013

Electronic health record "backlash"--the opposition to EHR adoption and Meaningful Use by clinicians and other staff--can be avoided by better planning and implementation, according to a recently published article in EHR Intelligence. Read More »

Boston Patients Exposed To Virus Due To Lack Of EHR Training

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | August 2, 2013

Thirteen dialysis patients at Boston Medical Center (BMC) were exposed to hepatitis B earlier this year when two nurses from an outside dialysis contractor failed to receive access to the hospital’s EHR system, which would have let them know that an infected patient had used equipment that was then shared with the victims... Read More »

CDC Calls Out Antibiotic Prescribing Problems

Lisa Schnirring | Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) | March 4, 2014

In a major report today that looked at antibiotic usage, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some clinicians in similar hospital units prescribe triple the amounts, with some making the types of errors that fuel drug-resistance problems that put many more patients at risk. Read More »

CDC: Some Hospitals Need Assistance Using Antibiotics Properly (And The New Federal Budget May Help)

Maryn McKenna | Wired | March 4, 2014

[...] In an analysis of several sets of hospital data, gathered by the agency and also purchased from independent databases, the CDC said it found that more than 37 percent of prescriptions written in hospitals involved some sort of error or poor practice, increasing the risk of serious infections or antibiotic resistance. Read More »

Collaborative Drugs Management "Reduces Errors By Nearly 80%"

Lynne Taylor | PharmaTimes | February 19, 2014

A new, more collaborative approach to medicines management for hospitalised patients has been shown to reduce medication errors by nearly 80%. Read More »

Dangers In Electronic Medical Documentation!

Chris Brown | Medicaltranscriptionsservice.com. | March 4, 2014

Slip-shoddy documentation can lead to disastrous consequences. And more often than not it is hapless patients who pay the price for it. The shocking news of patients dying due to documentation errors, is hitting the headlines more frequently. Though it is easy to lay the blame squarely on EHRs identifying the flaws in the documentation process is even more important. Read More »

Digital Health Records’ Risks Emerge As Deaths Blamed On Systems

Jordan Robertson | Bloomberg | June 25, 2013

When Scot Silverstein’s 84-year-old mother, Betty, starting mixing up her words, he worried she was having a stroke. So he rushed her to Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania... Read More »

Doctors' Dissatisfaction With EHRs May Be 'Early Warning Of Deeper Quality Problems'

Susan Jones | CNS News | October 18, 2013

Electronic health records are a source of frustration to many physicians, according to a study on physician satisfaction sponsored by the American Medical Association. Read More »

DoD: New EHR not about interoperability with VA

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | July 30, 2015

When Defense Department officials briefed reporters prior to announcing that the Cerner, Leidos and Accenture team won its EHR modernization contract, they were adamant that so much speculation about the DoD’s ability to share patient information with the Department of Veterans Affairs had been unfounded. "There is not a big interoperability problem with the VA and DoD today," said Frank Kendall, DoD Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. "It’s a big misconception out there that this software system we’re buying is about interoperability." Read More »