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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

June 25, 2012  9:05 PM

Who are the next big data players and what data can they leverage



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BIG DATA, EHR, Electronic health records, Patient health information, Patient health record, PHI, PHR

Almost everyone in the tech world has now been exposed to the term big data.  This is one of the most significant growth areas standing to make a real impact in the health care landscape, a technology trend making good use of existing patient and health data collected within...


December 18, 2011  9:51 PM

Lessons for EHR vendors from Office 365 and Google Docs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR functionality, EHR usability, EHR vendors, Electronic health records, Electronic medical records, EMR, Google, Google Docs, mhealth, mHealth apps, Microsoft, Office 365

For a while now, Google has been the front runner when it comes to web-based productivity applications.  With their Google Docs application, the company released a 100% browser-based solution that allows end users access to and use of a cost effective substitute to the Microsoft Office suite. But...


November 13, 2011  11:57 PM

Barriers to achieving health information exchange



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, Data management and standards, EHR adoption, EHRs, Electronic health records, Health information exchange, HIE

During a recent discussion with a hospitalist, I was asked to explain why health care as an industry is still not at a place where providers can readily receive a patient’s health information electronically whenever they need it.  While the value of EHRs is seemingly...


October 30, 2011  9:38 PM

New proposed bill to help increase adoption of EHR by reducing the legal burdens on physicians



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR liability, Electronic health records, HR 3239

 In October 2011, US Rep.Thomas Marino introduced legislation that will offer limited legal protection to eligible physicians who use EHRs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

HR 3239, the bill in question, would create a...


October 17, 2011  8:50 PM

6 reasons not having an EHR will put your practice at risk



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR adoption, Electronic health records, EMR, Physician groups, risks

For many physicians who are not currently using electronic health records (EHRs), they are constantly being told through one form or the other of how EHRs will help to improve patient...


June 25, 2011  3:36 PM

Google puts the breaks on Google Health, and that’s a bad idea



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, Electronic health records, Google, Google Health, HealthVault, Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records, PHR

For most patients, having access to their medical records electronically is definitely a plus, but not something they see as a must. And with the majority of PHRs not as widely used as initially anticipated, Google decided that their Google Health Personal Health Records system was no...


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