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ACP: EHRs Have Great Benefits, but Raise Ethical Questions, Too

March 24, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Electronic health records (EHRs) should facilitate high value patient-centered care, strong patient-physician relationships, and effective training of future physicians, but they also raise ethical questions, the ACP wrote.

Allegheny Health Network, VA Pittsburgh Integrate EMR Systems

March 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Allegheny Health Network (AHN), based in Pittsburgh, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), have announced the successful integration of their electronic medical record (EMR) platforms.

How Is Health Tech Like Harry Potter's Wand?

March 23, 2017  |  Glenn Pearson
commentary
A recent Healthcare Informatics webinar I was a part of included many nuanced comments about the value and challenges of incorporating and implementing technology in healthcare.

What Do Primary Care Docs Need in Terms of Genomic Clinical Decision Support?

March 23, 2017  |  David Raths
article
At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, work on genomic clinical decision support has started with a focus on primary care.

ONC Updates SAFER Guides to Address EHR Safety

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published updated safety best practices, called the Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience (SAFER) Guides, to identify recommended practices to optimize the safety and safe use...

HHS Hires Deputy Health Technology Secretary, Raising More Questions about ONC’s Future

March 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has hired former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, M.D., as a deputy assistant secretary for health technology within the federal agency.

A Canadian Hospital Leverages IT to Optimize the Prevention of “Code Blues”

March 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
At Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario, leaders have leveraged leading-edge IT to help optimize processes around monitoring patients in deterioration and averting “code blue” emergencies

GAO Report: HHS Needs to Step Up Efforts to Encourage Patient Access, Use of EHRs

March 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Health care providers that participated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. However, a recent...

PA Patient Safety Report: HIT Contributed to 889 Medication-Error Events in Six Months

March 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
In the first six months of 2016, Pennsylvania healthcare facilities reported 889 medication-error events that indicated health IT as a contributing factor, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Eight Health IT Companies Upgrade to Second Version of EHR Developer Code of Conduct

March 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Eight electronic health record (EHR) developers, including Cerner, Epic and Allscripts, have signed on to the second iteration of the EHR Association’s EHR Developer Code of Conduct.

Health IT Now Coalition Questions ONC’s Role in Letter to Secretary Price

March 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Health IT Now Coalition has written a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, M.D., calling out concerns the organization has with the ONC.

ECRI Institute Releases Annual List of Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

March 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Healthcare providers have troves of information to manage, and the advent of electronic health records (EHRs) has brought this challenge to the forefront, which is why the ECRI Institute cited information management in EHRs as its top patient safety concern in...

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