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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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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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New York Times Article on Internet Data Center Power Consumption Disappoints

I’ve been reading the New York Times since first obtaining a subscription in the 6th grade over 50 years ago. The paper was delivered to my classroom at school. I recall keeping the February 21st, 1962 version of the paper … Continue reading

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