Health IT & HIE News

3 Reasons Many EHR Vendors Will Be Out of Business By 2017

FierceEMR  (July 17, 2013)

The crowded field of electronic health record vendors likely will be slashed to less than half by 2017, or by the implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 3--whichever comes first--according to a new Black Book Market Research report. Most vendors are likely to go out of business, merge or be acquired, according to the survey of 880 EHR consultants, analysts, managers and support team members.  MORE +

A Physician’s Take on Transitioning to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

EHR Intelligence  (July 17, 2013)

Like any health IT project, Meaningful Use is a continual process of planning, implementing, reporting, and then starting the process all over again. For eligible providers already having demonstrated meaningful use in the first phase of the EHR Incentive Programs, the challenge of ensuring continued success is found in how well they transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Meaningful use.   MORE +

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 +