Health IT & HIE News

The Truth Behind "Free" EHRs

Healthcare Technology Online  (January 25, 2013)

Everyone loves free stuff. There’s just something so intoxicating about receiving a product or service without having to shell out your hard-earned dollars in return. Doctors aren’t immune to this sensation. This is one of the reasons several “free” ambulatory EHR platforms have become so popular with physician practices — particularly independent practitioners. However, for this demographic, a free EHR can mean more than a sense of euphoria. In many cases, the ability to sidestep the often substantial upfront costs necessary to implement an EHR can keep a practice from shutting its doors or physicians from taking an early retirement.  MORE +

EHR Adoption Pitfalls, Strategies to Overcome Problems Are Focus of White Paper

AAFP News Now  (January 23, 2013)

The ability of primary care practices to successfully adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) is driven, in large part, by how well they integrate EHRs into six major practice areas. That's according to a white paper recently issued by Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care consulting company that manages the Washington and Idaho Regional Extension Center (WIREC).  MORE +

Growing Pains As Doctors' Offices Adopt Electronic Records

National Public Radio  (January 22, 2013)

Information technology has transformed much of the American economy, but its use in health care still lags, especially when it comes to electronic medical records. Here's an example: The state of Colorado runs a computerized registry where any provider who gives a child a vaccine can report that information. The system should help kids stay current with their immunizations. But the state's computer system isn't compatible with most of the ones doctors use, so many practices don't update the central database because it's just too much extra data entry, says Dr. Allison Kempe, director of the Children's Outcomes Research Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  MORE +

EHR Adoption Could Exceed 80% by 2013, New Study Finds

Healthcare IT News  (January 15, 2013)

Family physicians are adopting electronic health records (EHRs) at a much faster rate than previous data suggested, reaching a nearly 70% adoption rate nationwide, new study findings reveal. The study, published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, shows EHR adoption by family physicians has doubled since 2005, with researchers estimating that the adoption rate will exceed 80% by 2013.  MORE +

ONC Contest Finds Ways to Make EHRs More Readable, Patient-Friendly

Health Data Management  (January 15, 2013)

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT has announced winners of a contest to convert printed text-based electronic health records into far more consumer-friendly versions. The goal is to make it easier for consumers to find and understand information in a printed record, whether downloaded via the government-funded Blue Button technology or through proprietary vendor technology.  MORE +