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Rural doctors slow to adopt electronic medical records

These days when you go to the doctor, many rely on an electronic health records system. With just a few clicks of a mouse, they can bring up your medical history, prescribe you medication, or chart your test results. The 2009 Recovery Act actually set aside $20 billion to help health care providers ditch the paper records and go electronic. The idea was to cut soaring health care costs in the U.S. But while physicians...

Electronic Health Records Shown to Improve the Quality of Patient Care

A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, provides compelling evidence that electronic health records (EHRs) enhance the quality of patient care in a community-based setting with multiple payers, which is representative of how medicine is generally practiced across the United States. Read about it here.

EHRs boost adherence, monitoring in diabetics

Use of electronic health records 
improves medical outcomes among patients with diabetes, according to a recent study conducted by Kaiser Permanente. Read the rest here, via Drug Store News.

Docs helping docs embrace IT

At last year's meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, held in February in Orlando, Fla., a small group of well-known health information technology leaders from the public and private sectors met to discuss the need to create a resource for physicians who were struggling to implement IT systems in their practices.

Patients want to read, share their medical records

Patients want easy access to any notes their doctor has recorded about them, and they want the right to let others view their medical information, according to a pair of U.S. studies.Read the complete story here. Source: Reuters, reporting by Kerry Grens in New York, editing by Steve Orlofsky.

Physicians Require More EHR Training

Physicians need at least three to five days of training to feel satisfied with their electronic health-record system, and being able to easily use the EHR functions required for meaningful-use incentive bonuses took two weeks of training—but almost half of the doctors responding to a recent survey reported that they received three days or less of EHR training.

Four in 10 Physicians Seek Federal EHR Incentive Payments

Forty-one percent of physicians plan to seek federal incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health-record systems, according to a National Center for Health Statistics survey. Read more on "Four in 10 docs plan to see EHR money: HHS" -

Mobile Devices Become More Important in Healthcare

Smartphones, tablet PCs and other wireless devices are poised to play a greater role in healthcare as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said Thursday. A study from Manhattan Research found that 71 percent of physicians consider a smartphone essential to their practice.Read more on "Mobile Devices Become More Important in...

Pricing transparency gaining renewed interest

Led by a physician lawmaker, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have shown renewed interest in mandating a boost in healthcare pricing transparency, including charges for physician services. Read more on "Pricing transparency gaining renewed interest"

Electronic medical orders may save lives

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors at a California children's hospital have found the first evidence that using an electronic system to communicate their orders may save lives. Computerized physician order entry (CPOEs) allow doctors to relay prescriptions to pharmacists without delay, and without the need for the pharmacist to decipher doctors' scrawl.

At Dallas summit, health professionals seek tech experts' help on medical data

The Texas Health Information Technology Summit aims to answer health providers' questions about e-prescribing, stimulus funding, work flow design and project management.

More Doctors Are Prescribing Medicines Online

Doctors are increasingly prescribing medications electronically, abandoning the traditional paper scripts that can result in drug errors due to hard-to-read writing or coverage denials by a patient's insurer. Read more on "More Doctors Are Prescribing Medicines Online" 

Stimulus cash to help doctors go electronic

Columbus-area doctors who don't have the time or money to find an electronic medical-records system for their office will soon get help. Gov. Ted Strickland announced yesterday that the Central Ohio Health Information Exchange will receive $6 million in federal funds to help 1,352 primary-care physicians switch from paper to electronic health records. Moving to an electronic system is expected to save money by reducing repetition of tests and medical errors, proponents...

Nearly A Third Of Physicians Use Handheld Devices

According to SDI's Mobile & Social Media Study: Physicians' Views of Emerging Technology, approximately 30% of physicians access medical information using a handheld device or smartphone. The most popular handheld device or smartphone is the Apple iPhone, with 31% of respondents owning one. Not surprisingly, 95% of physicians who use handheld devices/smartphones download applications to access medical information. The most popular application reported is...

Report: More physicians communicating online with patients

While the majority of doctors still do not communicate with patients via email, secure messaging portals or instant messaging, online patient-physician communication is no longer a rarity, according to a new report from Manhattan Research. About 39 percent of physicians now have electronic communications with their patients, a 14-point increase since 2006, the healthcare market research company says. This embrace of technology could bode well for the coming push to adopt electronic...

Physicians: Health IT Roundup: Buyers' Remorse, Usage Survey

Huffington Post Investigative Fund: The federal government has made investing in electronic medical records a priority by channeling billions of dollars to help doctors and hospitals go paperless, "[b]ut there's also concern that the government may not be doing enough to ensure that taxpayer money isn't wasted on faulty systems. What's more, doctors often have little expertise in buying electronic health records, commonly called EHRs, and do not always know what questions to ask or what...

CDC: More than 40 percent of docs have EMRs

There are only three types of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics. And in the spirit of Benjamin Disraeli (or Mark Twain or whoever actually originated that phrase) comes the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from the CDC, which estimates that 43.9 percent of office-based U.S. physicians used some form of EMR or EHR in 2009. That number, considered a preliminary estimate, is up slightly from 41.5 percent in 2008. Compare and contrast that to the less than 20 percent of...

Physicians, pharmacists slam e-prescribing technology, rules

CMS has paid a small bonus for electronic prescribing since the beginning of 2009, and e-prescribing will be a component of "meaningful use" of EMR when that incentive program gets underway in 2011. But the technology still has a number of shortcomings, several constituencies said this week. At a meeting of the federal Health IT Policy Committee this week, Virginia family practitioner Dr. Alex Krist noted that his practice has an EMR with e-prescribing that has allowed the doctors...

Physicians Can Receive Federal Incentives For Switching To Electronic Medical Records

From the Chicago Tribune: "Beginning next year, physicians will be eligible for extra payments from federal health insurance programs upon implementing an electronic medical record system. The enhanced reimbursements were made possible by the federal stimulus bill signed into law last year by President Barack Obama. In the meantime, private firms are beginning to offer incentives to help doctors finance their electronic health record systems, which can cost several thousand dollars even...

Are Electronic Medical Records Helpful for Care Coordination? Experiences of Physician Practices.

Abstract of a study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change on physician practices using EMRs. Read more on "Are electronic medical records helpful for care coordination? Experiences of physician practices"

Physicians More Likely To Report Drug Safety Information Through Electronic Health Records System

Pfizer announced results of a survey the company recently sponsored that shows physicians are more likely to report side effects through an electronic health records (EHR) system, as compared to traditional paper methods. Nearly 60 percent of physicians who responded to the survey also agreed that adverse event reporting through an EHR system would improve patient care."Patient safety continues to be a top priority at Pfizer," said Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, Pfizer's chief medical...

Data Miners Can Inform Drug Companies Of Doctors' Prescribing Habits

The Baltimore Sun reports: "[P]harmaceutical companies that make … prescription drugs are also looking over the doctor's shoulder, keeping track of how many prescriptions for whose drugs the individual physician is writing." The data is used to hone marketing pitches to individual physicians with carefully selected research findings. "Medical data firms annually blend several billion prescription records purchased from pharmacies and health insurers with physician data … and sell the...

Doctor-Pharmacist Teams Boost Blood Pressure Control

High blood pressure is better controlled by doctor-pharmacist teams working hand-in-hand than by doctors and pharmacists working alone, a new study shows. "When physicians work with pharmacists, medications are intensified, dosages increased, medications used more effectively," said Barry L. Carter, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and lead author of a report in the Nov. 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Medication...


Electronic Health Records 2.0: What Does the Future Hold?

This Expert voices panel focuses on Electronic Health Records 2.0, which aired on Federal News Radio (WFED) on February 28, 2012. Panelists include: Peter Basch, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Ambulatory EHR...

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