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Guest Editorial The rise of online social media and the related wave of people sharing experiences, advice and plans has had a huge impact on healthcare. Before social media, as the British Medical Journal points out, patients received advice and referrals from their private social networks — friends, family and their personal physicians. Now, robust…

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Guest Editorial Interoperability is not just a set of technical hurdles, programming considerations, and communication initiatives—though it certainly entails plenty of such challenges. It is about realizing the much talked-about Continuum of Care, aligning doctors, specialists, nurses, patients, pharmacists—the many individuals and operating environments involved in delivering 21st century whole-person healthcare. Glaringly absent from popular…

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As a physician and long-time EHR user, I live and work in a world of discrete, narrative and non-narrative data. Notes that I or my colleagues have entered into the EHR, documents that have been scanned as image files or pdf documents into the document repository and discrete elements such as laboratory results. The data…

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ACP is assisting on an HL7 project to address one of the common barriers to the exchange of patient information between providers for continuity of care: the inconsistent use of standards and poor usability. Many physicians have reported that the Transitions of Care Documents (ToC) using Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) for Meaningful Use are not as…

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The American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) are co-sponsoring the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Usability Workshop in Chicago on December 8, 2015. This free, day-long event will bring together clinicians and EHR developers, providing the opportunity to better understand and practice successful techniques for…

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The recent release of the AmericanEHR Partners research report, Physicians Use of EHR Systems 2014 prompted a number of media responses, one of which questioned the process and methodology by which the data was collected from target populations in conjunction with professional society partners. In order to respond to the question of survey populations, I…

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Guest Editorial by Benjamin Shibata If you want to give hospital clinicians severe heart burn or an arrhythmia, talk to them about implementing a new state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.  Although EHRs may seem like an intuitive improvement over paper health records, the transition has been a huge headache because the process is being…

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Over the past week, AmericanEHR has received hundreds of EHR ratings and comments from physicians across the US as part of a survey that we are conducting with the American Medical Association. Having both used an EHR for many years as well as going through a recent implementation in an Addiction Medicine practice, I have…

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Join the conversation. AmericanEHR has been refreshed with some useful new features. It is now easy to share your EHR experiences, make comments and join product discussions. All that is needed is a verified user account. Initially commenting is available to verified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and EHR vendors. Activity feeds are displayed on…

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A few weeks back, with the assistance of Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan, I had the opportunity to participate in an “exit interview” with outgoing ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD. On behalf of my Medical Practice Insider readers, I asked Mostashari what business benefits — aside from meaningful use incentive payments — could accrue…

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John Halamaka, co-chair of the Health IT Standards Committee and CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offered some advice to the next National Coordinator on his blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO. Here are his general recommendations: ICD-10: Consider voluntary transactions for October 2014 and provide a 6 month grace period before enforcing the…

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