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Monthly Archives: September 2011

In a September 19 news release, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a Text4Health task force and recommendations on health text messaging and mobile health technologies. The accelerated growth of smart phones and mobile applications puts a great deal of communication power in the hands of consumers; however, in addition to more…

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Selecting and implementing an EHR can be a daunting process. Even a “tech savvy” clinician can be severely taxed by the sheer volume of work needed to make a decision regarding the choice of an EHR and coordinating the implementation and use of that system within the medical practice. A wide range of consultants is…

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We are very pleased to announce the winner of the draw for an iPad2 in the recent ACP AmericanEHR Partners EHR satisfaction survey. The winner is Dr. Eric Christoff, who is an internist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. AmericanEHR Partners conducts regular EHR Satisfaction Surveys in conjunction with professional society partners to assist…

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The British government announced October 22 that it is going to “axe” the 2002 National Programme for IT (NPfIT). In April 2005, the UK Department of Health announced the formation of NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) that was responsible for delivering the NPfIT. Initially expected to cost £2.3 billion ($3.5 billion) over three years, the…

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In a September 22, 2011, announcement, AMIA (the association for informatics professionals) announced that Clinical Informatics (CI) has become an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) subspecialty. The CI examination will be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and available to physicians who have primary specialty certification through the American Board of Medical…

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Since the advent of computerization in healthcare, the promise of clinical decision support has been seen as a holy grail: the ability to integrate a variety of technology and knowledge/evidence based tools into the care delivery process and at the point-of-care. HIMSS defines Clinical Decision Support (CDS) as: “A process for enhancing health-related decisions and…

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Every week seems to bring its share of crises. This morning, headlines continue to feature the possibility of a Greek debt default as the country does not have sufficient funds to continue functioning beyond October. Markets are see-sawing every week by wide margins and no matter how good a visionary one is, there are too…

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A colleague who attested for Stage 1 Meaningful Use sent me an email stating: I just learned that I “passed” the attestation process for meaningful use, but I won’t get any money until I hit the $24,000 allowable charge threshold. Sure enough, a few days later, he evidently did hit the $24,000 threshold and received…

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President Obama declared this week National Health Information Technology Week. Here’s the text of an email I received from the Office of the National Coordinator: White House Proclaims National Health Information Technology Week President Barack Obama has declared the week of September 11–17, 2011, National Health Information Technology Week. National Health Information Technology Week is…

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In a New York Times commentary last week, Dr. Danielle Ofri, an internist, laments about computers getting in the way of interacting with her patient during visits. She writes: “Both physically and psychologically it has placed a wedge in the doctor-patient relationship.” Dr. Ofri then describes the process she followed when using a paper chart —…

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The following information was prepared by the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Regulatory & Insurer Affairs Department for informational purposes only. It is also posted on the ACP site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule that updates the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program for 2011. The rule expanded…

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