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5 unique EHR contract stipulations

It's well established that vendor electronic health record and related contracts  heavily favor the vendor to the detriment of the provider. Many of them limit the vendor's liability, require that the EHR software be taken "as-is," prohibit class-action lawsuits or require arbitration. But some EHR and related contracts contain terms that are a bit unique--and are accessible online (many thanks to Bergman for locating most of them). Here are a few that warrant a second look.

Tennessee credits database, education with cutting doctor shopping in half

One of the few states to make its prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) mandatory, Tennessee cut doctor shopping in the state by half in the past two years, according to an  articl e  from  USA Today.

New Hampshire hospital to open virtual clinic

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will staff a virtual clinic that will review medical information from patients remotely, allowing the hospital increase its use of remote medical sensing equipment and reduce the need for patients to visit the hospital, according to the  Battleboro Reformer.

Google plans rival to Apple's HealthKit

Google plans to launch a health platform called Google Fit that will aggregate data from fitness-tracking devices and health-related apps,  Forbes  reports, citing multiple sources familiar with Google's plans.

3 suggestions for ONC in creating its health IT safety center

It's certainly not unusual for members of Congress to question whether an agency is overstepping its bounds. Just last week, several members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's authority to regulate health IT after the Meaningful Use program ends, as well as the extent to which it can regulate health IT at all for non-Meaningful Use initiatives.

WellPoint: Watson guarantees evidence-based care

When leaders from WellPoint saw Watson's Jeopardy performance, they knew that innovative technology could help them overcome barriers to evidenced-based care, according to participants in a panel discussion Wednesday at the AHIP Institute Data Analytics Forum in Seattle.

Interoperability: It's not just 'nerd talk'

If the healthcare industry is going to achieve the triple aim, systems must be able to share data, industry experts said today at the AHIP Institute Data Analytics Forum in Seattle. Interoperability, they agreed, must be ubiquitous.

Data analytics drives ACO success

A successful accountable care organization rests on the data analytics put in place for the program. Real-time, perspective analytics direct providers to the right type of cares, identify where care improvement opportunities and track outcomes, reported Healthcare Informatics.

Medical homes and EHRs a winning combo

Patient-centered medical homes that use electronic health records improved the care of patients "significantly" over time compared to primary care physicians who used paper records or who used EHRs but weren't affiliated with a medical home, according to a new study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

Patients valuable in catching errors in medical records

As part of a growing movement toward doctors sharing patients' medical information with them online, some physicians ask patients for their help in verifying the accuracy of their records, according to an article from the  Wall Street Journal.