Health IT & HIE News

Attorney Tells Doctors: Share Your Notes with Patients

HIE Watch - Healthcare IT News  (November 14, 2013)

David Harlow, principal at The Harlow Group, LLC, a healthcare attorney and consultant and author of the Healthcare Blawg says doctors should have no concerns with showing their notes to patients. “The patient has a right to access their record,” Harlow says. “There are certain types of notes not releasable to patients, but those are few and far between. You should assume that something you are putting in a record is something that can be read by a patient.”  MORE +

Online Course Helps Health Care Professionals Improve Patient Safety When Using Health IT

eWeek  (November 12, 2013)

The National Patient Safety Foundation has released an educational offering geared toward helping health professionals align their health information technology strategy with overarching patient safety goals. The course, "Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety," is an educational module that explores the fundamentals of health information technology (HIT) and examines the challenges of information collection, use and application in health systems. Those who complete the course can earn CME credit.  MORE +

Study: Physicians Can See More Patients, Lighten Workload with Health IT

Healthcare IT News  (November 7, 2013)

If more office-based docs got on board with health information technology solutions, they'd be able to see more patients while also lightening their overall workload, according to the findings of a new Johns Hopkins study. The study, conducted in collaboration with the Commonwealth Fund, underscores the impact of electronic health applications on the future of physician services, suggesting that perhaps, just perhaps, the physician shortage won't be as big of a problem as we thought.  MORE +

Patient Portals Bring New Security Needs

Healthcare IT News  (October 31, 2013)

As health care facilities launch their own patient portals, technology is only the first step. Administrators are learning that decisions need to be made on everything from patient login protocols to support for patient record revisions.  MORE +

Stage 2 Proves Challenging for EHR Vendors

Healthcare IT News  (October 23, 2013)

“It has been a slow start," said Alisa Ray, executive director and CEO of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, of EHR vendors' readiness for Stage 2 Meaningful Use. "They’re working hard. They’re struggling a little bit." That stands to reason, considering that, when comparing Stage 1 to Stage 2 certification, technology developers are "navigating a higher bar and increased complexity," she said.  MORE +