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October 1, 2013 was the first day that many Americans across the country potentially would be able to sign-up for Healthcare in the United States due to healthcare reform legislation – the Affordable Care Act. I am not going to debate the points or merits of the legislation; instead, I just share with you a…

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This week we celebrate National Health IT Week. I have the honor of working with some of the best health IT professionals in the country. As part of the HIMSS eConnecting with Consumers Committee commitment to equip front line clinicians and providers with information and resources on HIT the volunteer Committee is releasing a new white paper, “The…

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To be honest, the first time I heard that the EHR Association (EHRA) and its member companies were developing a code of conduct, I couldn’t help but think about the Pirate’s Code from Pirates of the Caribbean. However, during a meeting at HIMSS 2013, the EHRA invited stakeholders to offer comments on an earlier draft…

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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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A February 12 iHealthbeat article highlighted the explosive growth in the implementation of patient portals by physicians who are using EHRs, driven by the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Dr. Michael Barr also recently reviewed the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements, including the fact that practices will be dependent on 5% of their patients to view/download/transmit…

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Medical practice is never easy. With increasing operating costs, reductions in reimbursement, and the need to implement and maintain an EHR, physicians striving to maintain a traditional solo or small group practice are becoming a dwindling minority. As a result of these pressures, many physicians are choosing to abandon their practices for new business models,…

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One of the major responsibilities and challenges for technology-based healthcare systems is to safeguard the privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI) and to limit access to appropriate individuals only. At the core of this problem is identity management. How does one know whether an individual accessing an EHR or patient portal has been properly credentialed, whether…

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Guest Editorial by Joy Kuhl, Executive Director, Health Story Project, an HL7 Affiliate Medical practices are creatively looking for ways to reduce overhead and improve the accuracy of information in patient medical records by empowering patients to electronically complete certain tasks online, such as filling out registration forms, health history forms, and other types of common…

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Clinicians are health information exchangers. We continuously move voluminous amounts of information around in the care of our patients. Where the healthcare system frequently falls short is during the transitions of care from one setting to another or from one provider to another. This is also where effective appropriate and timely information is most critical….

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A discussion paper just published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and developed at the request of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), “Comparative User Experiences of Health IT Products: How User Experiences Would Be Reported and Used” describes a number of ways “to generate, house, disseminate, and thus maximally leverage comparative…

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