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VA-DoD hospital governance issues may impede future joint efforts

Difficulties the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense face when it comes to governance of the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center may impede future collaboration, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Room for error: EHRs in the ER pose safety risks

As electronic health records become a part of healthcare's "new normal," particularly in the emergency department, experts are concerned the new status quo is introducing new categories of medical error, according to Kaiser Health News.

3 tips to tighten your patient collection process

Practices that want to increase their revenue efficiency might want to look into patient collection trends that offer opportunities above and beyond the usual belt-tightening expense controls, according to an article in  Medical Economics.

Aetna's Gary Loveman: Healthcare can learn a lot from hospitality/casino industry

Individuals working in the healthcare industry could learn a lot from the hospitality/gaming industry, according to Aetna Vice President of Consumer Health & Sciences Gary Loveman.

ONC finds significant disparities in use, access to online medical records

The number of people using IT for their health needs increased "significantly" between 2013 and 2014, but socio-demographic disparities remain, according to the latest data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

EHRs and evidence-based medicine can lead to better patient outcomes

As more hospitals and health systems acquire independent physician practices, there's a real opportunity to leverage the electronic health record and evidence-based medicine to improve outcomes for patients, according to a recent commentary on  Medscape  by Cheryl Pegus, M.D., director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Docs rarely disclose conflicts of interest when discussing drugs and devices on social media

Healthcare professionals rarely note conflicts with interest when promoting prescription drugs or medical devices on social media--including whether they have been paid by drug and medical device companies to do so--a practice that has begun to raise ethical questions among some of their peers, according to an article published by  STAT.

Doc offices: Get ready for digital insurance ID cards

Cell phone apps have begun to replace the stack of identification and affiliation cards patients used to keep on keychains and in wallets. Now health insurance companies have joined the fray by providing their customers with digital identification cards, sometimes to the dismay of doctor's offices set up to deal with physical cards, according to a article from  AAFP News.  

New York providers face challenges in meeting e-prescribing law deadline

E-prescribing in the state of New York becomes mandatory in a little over a month, but some hospitals and physicians are not quite ready.

Why apps, APIs are key to helping patients share health records

Application programming interfaces and apps could help patients easily share their health data with providers and others--and there are no regulations preventing this from happening, Eric C. Schneider, M.D., Aneesh Chopra and David Blumenthal, M.D., write in a post at The Commonwealth Fund Blog.