Health IT & HIE News

In a Disaster, Could an Electronic Health Record Save Your Life?

AARP Blog  (May 28, 2013)

Everyone expects a hospital to be ready to jump into action when disaster strikes. But what about when the disaster devastates the hospital itself? Turns out, it helps a lot to have an electronic medical record system in place.  MORE +

The Impact of Outdated Communications Technologies in Health Care

MedPage Today / KevinMD.com Blog  (May 23, 2013)

As a physician, I experience first-hand the impact that internal communication at a hospital—both good and bad—has on patient care. If I am able to quickly access clinical systems, analyze patient information and collaborate with colleagues, I can diagnose and interact with the patient much more efficiently and effectively. Conversely, breakdowns and inefficiencies in the communications process can inhibit the delivery of quality patient care by bogging down workflows, creating delays and disrupting the care team’s collective thought process.  MORE +

A Consensus on the Need for Collaboration to Implement the Coming "Revolution"

Healthcare Informatics  (May 16, 2013)

In a wide-ranging panel discussion that brought together leaders from a variety of stakeholder groups across healthcare—hospital organizations, physician practices, integrated health systems, organized healthcare, and vendor organizations—industry luminaries agreed on May 16, in the opening panel discussion of the Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit being held in San Francisco, on the urgent need for cross-stakeholder collaboration. The panel discussion followed immediately upon the opening keynote address by Russell Branzell, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Branzell was a panelist. The coming healthcare “revolution” that Branzell had just spoken of was broadly cited by panelists during the discussion.  MORE +

Communication Skills Key to Exam Room Computing: AMA Report

Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)  (May 13, 2013)

There is no consensus about the best way to incorporate computers into a patient visit, but whether computers are a negative or positive influence in the exam room appears to depend on the communication skills of the physician, according to a report from the American Medical Association board of trustees.  MORE +

Nearly Half of Eligible Professionals Have Received EHR Payments

Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)  (May 1, 2013)

More than a quarter million physicians and other professionals eligible for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment programs have received payments, according to the latest government data.  MORE +