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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.

 

Recent Headlines

AMDIS, Compuware launch meaningful use Web site The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and Compuware have jointly launched a Web site to promote and advance the national dialogue and education around the term, "meaningful use."
X-rays help predict jawbone damage from bisphosphonates Oncologists and dentists are now using x-rays to detect ghost sockets' in breast cancer patients that take bisphosphonates, which have been found to place people at risk for developing osteonecrosis of the jaws--early detection of these ghost sockets can help avoid permanent damage to the jawbone of these patients, according to research in the March/April issue of General Dentistry.
RadNet ups revenue, trims losses in Q1 Diagnostic imaging center owner and operator RadNet reported double-digit revenue gains while slashing its losses for the firms fiscal 2009 first quarter (end-March 31).
GE, Hansen further establish EP alliance GE Healthcare has teamed with Hansen Medical to co-develop products that integrate the Innova x-ray platform with the Sensei robotic catheter system.
SCCT publishes CCTA acquisition, radiation exposure guidelines
The Society of Cardiovascular CT (SCCT) has issued guidelines to establish a consensus of the minimally required standards for appropriate coronary CT angiography (CCTA) acquisition, as well as to provide recommendations for methods to avoid unnecessarily high radiation exposure, to be printed in the May/June issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.
CT lung cancer screening is more accurate than x-ray Choosing CT or x-ray for lung cancer screening to detect the disease at an early stage can have different impacts on five-year survival rates, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
Report: More states should tap into VA software for EMR adoption West Virginia has created a paperless records system for its state-run hospitals and nursing homes by using an EMR system built by the Veterans Administration (VA) with taxpayer dollars, saving millions in software licensing fees charged by commercial software vendors, according to the Boston Globe.
Philips acquires interventional radiology developer Traxtal
Royal Philips Electronics has acquired Traxtal, a Toronto-based developer of minimally invasive instruments and software for image-guided intervention and therapy.
Imris nets CE Mark for interventional imaging system Imris has received CE Mark approval for its integrated MRI and x-ray angiography suite that enables physicians to diagnose, intervene, resolve and confirm the effectiveness of treatment with one integrated system.
MR assessment of breast water detects early cancer risk A mother-daughter study that used MRI to measure breast density in younger women shows that the percentage of breast water could be linked to the risk of breast cancer in middle age and older, according to a study published online April 29 in Lancet Oncology.

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