Tag Archives: EHR

Making the Case for Affordable, Integrated Healthcare Data Repositories and PHRs

Navigating today’s complicated healthcare ecosystem and the nuances of ACA demands that individuals take more responsibility for managing their own and their family’s healthcare services. This includes selecting a variety of healthcare professional partners who will help guide us through our health and wellness journey so we can receive the best possible health care advice and services. Healthcare data is undeniably one of those partners. Individuals and providers must work together to update, manage and secure healthcare data to increase the likelihood that information contained in medical records is used to improve individual wellness or aggregated to drive insights that benefit health populations. To that end, there are indeed viable, innovative and affordable solutions to pursue. Continue reading

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Why Six Republican U.S. Senators are Right, and Wrong, about HITECH and EHR Interoperability

A whitepaper published by six Republican U.S. Senators brings up several valid points about lack of interoperability, potential misuse of funds and fraud, issues with security and long term program viability, a lack of oversight and a rush to move smaller less well funded healthcare providers through Healthcare IT adoption requirements to qualify for ObamaCare meaningful use dollars. However, the paper fails to produce any viable suggestions to improve on what CMS and the ONC have so far put in place. This post makes several practical, cost effective suggestions for improving interoperability at the provider level first. Continue reading

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Information Governance: Rx for Electronic Healthcare Records Interoperability Dilemma

The healthcare industry could benefit enormously from the implementation of information governance programs and solutions. Healthcare, like every other industry, is inundated with data – now generically referred to as Big Data. In particular, unstructured data (mostly text) found in documents, emails and SOAP notes is a huge challenge for providers to manage as that data is often locked into distributed systems and formats that are difficult for health systems to access because they lack the ability to exchange data. Continue reading

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Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Solution Failures and Potential Fixes

Earlier this month The Rand Corporation published a report entitled, What It Will Take To Achieve The As-Yet-Unfulfilled Promises Of Health Information Technology. As a recent New York Times article points out, it was a Rand Corporation report published in 2005 that helped fuel the EHR solutions juggernaut by offering a too rosy prediction that $81 billion in annual savings were to be had with rapid adoption of health IT. In the intervening years, healthcare costs have continued to escalate thanks, in part, to missed opportunities and flawed policies surrounding the deployment, use and funding for EHRs. So why are EHRs failing and what can government, the healthcare industry and consumers do about it? Continue reading

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New York Times, Wall Street Journal Articles Expose Downside of Electronic Health Records – and Feed the Trolls

Underlying all the “truths” and near-truths circulating about the value of implementing electronic health record solutions (EHRs) is the one unalterable truth: Digitizing health records costs a lot of money. Given the high cost of medical care in the USA coupled with the difficulties inherent with introducing new, mostly unproven and poorly designed technologies into an already highly inefficient and largely information technology phobic work environment, why should anyone expect anything else? Continue reading

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