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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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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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On September the 11th, 2012, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Health IT Meaningful Usability Summit hosted by HealthIT Now and Sudler eHealth in Washington, D.C. Our mandate was to explore pressing issues and current challenges in eHealth, and to reflect on how they impact and drive usability of technology. Other speakers included…

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Thomas Stringham, President and CTO of Cientis Technologies and AmericanEHR Partners, will be presenting alongside speakers from Congress, The Office of the National Coordinator, The Institute of Medicine, healthcare providers, and patients and caregivers at the Sudler eHealth Group and Health IT Now to Meaningful Usability Summit in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2012. The…

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The final panel discussion today at the PDR Network sponsored PharmEHR conference was a debate among four physicians regarding their experiences using ePrescribing. In response to the question, “Has ePrescribing made your practice more efficient?”, positive responses outnumbered the negative three to one. Although ePrescribing was felt to be beneficial — particularly in relation to…

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Productivity can be defined as “the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services” (Dictionary.com). In a medical office, productivity refers to the number of patients seen and managed during the course of a defined period of work. The implementation of an EHR results in an…

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AmericanEHR Partners released two reports today (10/20/11) based on our extensive survey data from over 2,300 responses in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the Renal Physicians Association. One report (profiled in…

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The AmericanEHR Partners team is proud to announce a new report from our extensive survey data of EHR users entitled, “The Correlation of Training Duration with EHR Usability and Satisfaction: Implications for Meaningful Use.” The report, released today (10/20/11), highlights physicians’ experiences with the usability of EHRs to achieve some Meaningful Use requirements. Based on…

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comment on a draft document titled “Technical Evaluation, Testing and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records” (NISTIR 7804). The public comment period is from October 3 through November 10, 2011. NIST states: Usability is “the extent to which a product can be used…

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New York Times reporter Steve Lohr began his article on 7/16 with the following: “TECHNICAL standards may seem arcane, but they are often powerful tools of economic development and social welfare. They can be essential building blocks for innovation and new industries.” The standards being referenced are those related to the usability of EHRs and if/how…

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Computers are extremely good at performing repetitive tasks, particularly for mundane things such as appointment reminders. By extension, EHRs excel at the same type of functionality, particularly when applied to patients with chronic disease. Individuals with complex co-morbid conditions require a great deal of management and generally this is more about consistently applying rules and…

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