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Alan Brookstone, MD

Family Physician, Chairman, Cientis Technologies and Co-Founder of AmericanEHR Partners

As of September 25, 2013, the list of EHR products certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2 is quite limited. Seventeen Ambulatory EHR products have been certified for Base EHR; of these, only five ambulatory products have been certified for recommended adult core CQMs for Eligible Providers. In a September 25 article in Modern Healthcare, Joseph…

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(Posted on behalf of HIMSS) HIMSS is collaborating on an academic study on “concierge” medical practices (e.g. retainer medicine, direct primary care, other types of fee for care preventative medicine). Please take a moment to complete and help promote this survey. Eligible participants: Physicians that either own or partially own the concierge practices Office managers…

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For those who have been intimately involved with health information technology, particularly Electronic Health Records over the past decade, the speed of adoption and change in practice workflow has been breathtaking. This is not just a North American phenomenon — it has happened in similar fashion across the Western World and in many parts of…

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Unintended Consequences of EHRs: Patient Safety Risks – Bloomberg – While EHRs have reduced errors relating to issues such as illegible handwritten prescriptions, there are also unintended consequences that can result in significant negative outcomes. Some may be related to human error, for example inputting the wrong drug information into the EHR; however, technical errors…

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Patients Want to Communicate with Doctors Using Mobile Devices – Healthcare IT News – According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay, 1/3 of Internet-using adults were interested in using smartphones or tablets to make doctors appointments, receive medical test results, or communicate with their doctors. However, the majority of respondents were concerned about…

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ACOs Begin to Generate Savings – Health Data Management – In advance of the Affordable Care Act kicking in, the Accountable Care program is beginning to generate savings in hospitals. For example, Mt. Sinai in New York has reduced emergency room visits by 54 percent among high-risk patients. Other examples abound and the savings are beginning to add…

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We are very pleased to announce the winner of the draw for the AmericanEHR Tablet Survey. Congratulations to Dr Lawrence Li. Dr. Li is a family physician at the Lompoc Community Health Center in Lompoc, California and is the winner of a set of Bose QuietComfort® headphones. When he received his prize, Dr Li commented,…

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In an eight-country survey conducted by Accenture, U.S. doctors were most strongly in support of patients updating the majority of their information in their health record in comparison to other international countries surveyed (Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain, and the United States) According to the survey, U.S. physicians felt that patients should be…

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The Slow Crawl Toward Improved EHR Usability and Interoperability – iHealthBeat (Stack, May 30). In this report, while the Medicare/Medicaid EHR incentive program is credited with accelerating adoption of health IT, it has also created negative consequences relating to the lack of interoperability and optimization of EHRs in order to meet the needs of clinicians. According to…

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FDA Certification of Mobile Apps Lacks Clarity – FierceMobileHealthcare (Slabodkin, May 28) reported that the FDA expects to release final regulatory guidance mobile apps. The issue revolves around whether an app meets the definition of a medical device. For companies that produce mobile apps this may result in more costly and complex processes in order to receive…

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One might argue that physicians are primarily information managers — using key pieces of clinical information to guide and support medical decisions. However, it is equally important to be able to exchange information with other care providers. This information exchange capability is critically dependent on the use of standardized processes and terminologies so that it…

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