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May 29, 2013  9:13 PM

CMS stats on EHR adoption



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ARRA, EHR implementation, HHS

Health IT initiatives have been on the rise since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Recently, department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided some key statistics to support the claim that there is an increase in electronic health...

May 7, 2013  8:40 PM

Should EMR vendors target and market to patients or physicians



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR vendors, mhealth, mobile apps

The outcome of much of research done around the value of mHealth Apps to patient care has been consistent across the board. The results show that patients benefit tremendously from these tools because they provide caregivers with critical information about the patient’s health. Adoption of these...


March 25, 2013  9:12 PM

When choosing an EHR, consider all options



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud EHR, EHR, EHR systems, Electronic health records, ONC, SaaS

Since the enactment of ARRA and the stimulus package, which offered financial incentives for the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) for eligible physicians and hospitals, the adoption rate of EHRs has increased significantly.  According to a


March 4, 2013  10:30 PM

McKesson announcement: HIE alliance



Posted by: RedaChouffani
AllScripts, AthenaHealth, Cerner, EHR, Greenway, HIE, John Hammergren, jonathan bush, McKesson, RelayHealth

Today at  HIMSS 2013, an announcement made by John Hammergren, Chairman & CEO of McKesson, showed the willingness of some of the biggest players in EHRs to...


February 18, 2013  10:22 PM

Natural language processing: Changing health care



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, information extraction, NLP, text analysis, text parsing

An area of computer science long studied by university graduates and professors is becoming one of the leading informational technologies: natural language processing. Many markets already...


February 11, 2013  10:21 PM

EHR vendors help PHR portals succeed



Posted by: RedaChouffani
API, eClinicalWorks, EHR, Healow, mhealth, PHR

This week, eClinicalWorks announced its new PHR offering, Health and Online Wellness “healow."  The device is a portal that has a mobile app. It helps patients manage both their and their family members' health...


February 11, 2013  10:20 PM

Proposed child health record standards for EHR



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Child Records, EHR, HL7

In most cases, vendors that provide EHR products to primary care physicians or pediatricians also offer software packages that track data elements. These data elements in turn track  health information related to the children they care for, including items like immunizations, growth data and other...


February 4, 2013  10:22 PM

Tablets in health care: where’s the value?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, tablets

Clinical departments across all hospitals are continuing to adopt tablets at increasing rates. These devices have similar functionality to mobile phones or smart mobile devices, yet offer longer battery life as well as larger displays. As we begin to question why these devices are, in some...


January 28, 2013  8:46 PM

What does a hospital-based EHR or SaaS mean to innovation?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, EHR, SaaS

As we continue to see a shift toward new payment models for care delivery and more care collaboration and information sharing, adopting or participating in Software as a Service (SaaS) by a hospital for...


January 21, 2013  10:00 PM

Latest HIPAA rule protects EHRs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
data breach, EHR, EHR implementation, HIPAA, Updated security

Many consider the several data breaches in hospitals across the nation clear indications that more should be done to ensure the security and protection of EHRs. In recent months, some breaches, like those at the University of Virginia's


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