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EHR design: A mold in need of breaking

Apparently I struck a nerve with last week's commentary on making the transition to electronic health records. The editorial generated quite a few comments, and every one of them were against...

Fierce Q&A: EHR vendors propagating a myth about their products

EHRs can and should be redesigned and adopt modern technologies wherever possible, says Kenneth Mandl, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital Informatics Program. In an exclusive interview with FierceEMR , Mandl explains why EHRs would be better if standard technology were incorporated with, or alongside the systems.

Online nurse support improves vascular disease risk factors

A personalized website and the support of nurse practitioners helped improve some risk factors in patients with vascular disease, according to a study published this week in the  British Medical Journal.

Cleveland Clinic's e-tools enable coordinated care

Health information technology will be the "fundamental enabler" of new care delivery models and disease management, Cleveland Clinic CIO Martin Harris, M.D., said yesterday at the opening keynote of the iHT2 summit in Ft. Lauderdale. The e|Cleveland Clinic suite is helping the organization prepare for new care delivery and reimbursement models and is also helping to dissolve the distinction between clinical practice and technology, he said.

Skyrocketing HMO imaging rates add to cancer fears

The use of diagnostic imaging has more than doubled since 1996, as has the mean per-capita radiation dose, raising concerns about patients' lifetime cancer risk, according to a study published this week in the  Journal of the American Medical Association . The study, out of the University of California, San Francisco, however, finds a similar pattern in HMOs, where doctors receive little or no financial incentive.

Crowdfunding site wants to back health IT startups

A new "crowdfunding" website--MedStartr--is aimed squarely at the healthcare industry, and will focus on providing alternate funding for innovative healthcare startups, according to an article in MedCity News .

Make technology 'simple, effective' to boost doc adoption

Making health technologies simple and effective are among five recommendations made in a blog post by healthcare consultant David Lee Scher, M.D., for getting doctors to adopt such tools.

Drug tracking database law passes in New York

Doctors in New York will be required to issue electronic prescriptions for painkillers within three years and will have to check patient records online before doing so after state legislators unanimously passed the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) this week.

Computer model helps predict drug adverse effects

A set of computer models holds promise to predict negative side effects in drugs, helping researchers develop safer medications and potentially save billions of dollars spent on developing drugs that fail.

Study links HIE use to less imaging in the ER

Use of a health information exchange helped curb repeat imaging tests for headache patients who went to Memphis emergency departments, but didn't cut overall costs, according to a recent study.