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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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As debt-ceiling talks heat up, there is certainly quite a bit of drama taking place along the six-mile stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House. However, the CompTIA Tech Summit in Washington, D.C., on August 4 promises to deliver high-level panelists and thoughtful discussion, particularly on healthcare IT. From 9:00 a.m….

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One of the great values of the EHR is the ability to exchange information. But how does one protect the privacy of information while ensuring the security of that data? Because EHRs and other clinical information systems are interconnected, security is only as good as the weakest link in the system. The HIPAA Privacy Rule…

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eHI’s National Forum on Health Information Exchange is taking place July 14th in Washington, DC.  For those of you not familiar with eHI, it counts, “over 200 organizations amongst its members, including: clinicians, consumer and patient groups, employers and healthcare purchasers, health plans, health information technology (HIT) suppliers, hospitals and other providers, laboratories, pharmaceutical and…

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Can EHRs be implemented using a reference guide? Anita Samarth and Dr. Trenor Williams, co-founders of Clinovations, a Washington DC-based healthcare and IT consulting group, are the authors of Electronic Health Records for Dummies. Williams and Samarth methodically walk a potential purchaser and EHR user through the selection, adoption, and use of EHRs. The AmericanEHR…

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The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC), in cooperation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has announced a new education resource. As part of NeHC’s effort to promote education and awareness of health information technology (health IT) and ONC initiatives, NeHC has recently made major changes to its Nationwide Health Information…

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Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discusses his experiences using an EHR

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The eHealth Initiative (eHI) is an independent non-profit affiliated organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. On Tuesday, April 19 from 3:00–4:30 pm ET, eHI is offering a free webinar on engaging patients in meaningful use. To realize their health IT investment,…

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Join us at the end of April for a webinar that will focus on Change Management Strategies in the Small Medical Practice. Building upon the successful AmericanEHR webinar series and supported through sponsorship funding provided by Hewlett-Packard, this event will bring together a change management expert and a physician who has gone through an EHR…

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Programs Date & Time: Tuesday March 22, 2011 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET Conference Call Only Dial: 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 51772165 Note: Capacity is limited so dial in early. You may begin dialing in as…

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The following information comes directly from an email I received from CMS. I have copied/pasted it directly here for AmericanEHR users for ease of reference: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new listserv about the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The listserv will provide timely, authoritative information about…

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