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Choosing an electronic health record (EHR) vendor can determine a hospital's ability to improve performance based on meaningful use criteria, according to a study published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have the promise of increasing efficiency, but only 25 percent of healthcare executives agree the technology has helped achieve the growing needs of consumers, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute.

As the number of physician’s offices and hospitals implementing electronic medical records (EMRs) has increased so has the number of EMR-related medical malpractice claims, according to a report conducted by the Doctors Company, a large medical malpractice insurer.

Paper-based records and electronic medical records (EMRs) differ in content, documentation process and structure, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Following the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) incentivizing Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, healthcare organizations invested heavily in their EHR systems—but many feel the return on investment (ROI) is underwhelming.


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Report: Health IT could help reform U.S. primary care system The New England Healthcare Institute on Tuesday released a report that identifies the challenges facing primary care and offers new approaches to improving care quality and outcomes.
IHS to spend $85M of stimulus on health IT The Indian Health Service (IHS) is set to release $500 million of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including $85 million for IT enhancements in facilities throughout the U.S. that serve Native American and Alaska Native communities.
Axolotl appoints Scarbrough as director of IT operations Axolotl, a health information exchange solutions and services company, has appointed Robert Scarbrough as director of IT operations.
Patient orientation may reduce x-ray radiation for the obese Effective doses from radiographic exams in the extremely obese can exceed 100 mSv from only a small number of abdominal exams and should be minimized to the extent possible and monitored, according to study published online April 29 in Radiology.
Patients willing to forgo some health IT privacy for availability A qualitative study conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston revealed that patients want full access to all of their medical records; are willing to make some privacy concessions in the interest of making their medical records completely transparent; and expect that computers may one day substitute for face-to-face doctor visits.
Digital mammo developer moves HQ Bioptics, a digital mammography company, has moved to a new 22,000 square-foot facility in Tucson, Ariz.
Health IT players form EHR Stimulus Alliance for physician education Allscripts, in conjunction with Nuance Communications, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Intel and Intuit Microsoft, is co-launching the EHR Stimulus Alliance, aimed at educating 500,000 U.S. physicians about opportunities aligned with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by delivering virtual and physical education programs.
Calgary Scientific integrates advanced viz platform with Optimed EHR Calgary Scientific has licensed its PureWeb and Resolution software to Optimed Software for integration into the latter's Accuro product line.
Viztek scores ortho PACS order in Massachusetts Radiology solution provider Viztek has installed its Opal-Ortho PACS at the Boston Sports and Shoulder Center (BSSC) in Waltham, Mass.
CT screening may benefit lung cancer patients CT screening may be able to detect early stage lung cancers, and improve the prognosis of lung cancer patients, according to a retrospective study in the May issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.