Health IT & HIE News

In A Digital World, Health Care Stuck on Paper

Colorado Public Radio  (July 15, 2013)

Despite incredible advances in medical technology, health care still remains behind the times when it comes to information technology. In the last couple of decades, information technology, or IT, has transformed other kinds of businesses—like banking, retail and manufacturing—which are radically more efficient now and it’s because they can quickly gather information, analyze it and act on it to be more competitive and to improve customer service. But, for the most part, that hasn’t happened in health care. And with health care being pretty close to 20% of the U.S. economy, the fact that they’re so far behind is a pretty big deal. In this story a Colorado doctor shares her thoughts on moving from paper to digital records.  MORE +

Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

NPR, All Things Considered  (July 15, 2013)

Uncle Sam wants your doctor go to digital. And the federal government is backing that up with money for practices that start using computerized systems for record keeping. Nearly half of all physicians in America still rely on paper records for most patient care. Time is running out for those who do to take advantage of federal funds to make the switch. So practices like are scrambling to get with the program.  MORE +

Electronic Medical Records May Boost Patient Safety

NPR, All Things Considered  (July 15, 2013)

Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology who leads the federal government's efforts to have doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records. The goal is to make sure the medical practices are using those systems well, and that those IT systems talk to each other to make medicine more efficient.  MORE +

Health Information Exchanges Gain Doctor Interest

American Medical News - a publication of the American Medical Association  (July 1, 2013)

Now that physicians have become comfortable with having electronic health records in their practices, they are ready for more advanced uses of the technology, including participation in health information exchanges.  MORE +

Small Data for Big Wins

HIE Watch - Healthcare IT News  (June 27, 2013)

Barely a week passes without news about how big data stands to transform healthcare delivery and outcomes. Without question, we are seeing some amazing examples of its potential. It is important, however, in our quest to advance care, we not think only "big," but we also think about small data -- in other words, the quest to have the right information where it can make the most impact -- the point of care. Providers need the benefit of both to improve care and drive clinical outcomes.  MORE +