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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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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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