New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

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Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week about the importance of electronic medical records and cites how during the Sandy hurricane that patient care kept going during the natural disaster. Continue reading: New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

EMR Platforms and 3rd Party Data Solutions Grow Closer -Cerner Selects Scalable Payer Platform

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We certainly have come a long way since the early days of electronic medical records.  When you reflect back to the early days you might remember when e-prescribing and charting were two different types of technology offerings and of course today almost nobody operates an medical record system without e-prescribing being an included module.  Continue reading: EMR Platforms and 3rd Party Data Solutions Grow Closer -Cerner Selects Scalable Payer Platform

Studies Show EHRs Hold a Big Connection With Better Preventive and Chronic Care

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A select number of studies have been produced that actually record and take into account where some of the most common care issues fall when using electronic medical records.  This report in Information Week has the details on which items were evaluated and how. A third party was used to aggregate the data since many insurers still do not share information with each other.   The comparison was made between electronic and paper records and in almost every area, the doctors using EHRS were the winners.  There were almost equal amounts of over 200 on each side of the fence.

This is certainly a bright spot as thus far the link between care and using electronic medical records has not been documented.  This is only the first study and there will be more, just so a good number of doctors and records are entered into the mix. Continue reading: Studies Show EHRs Hold a Big Connection With Better Preventive and Chronic Care

PHR Products – Content and Protection

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There are many new PHR products that run on USB keys, flash drives, mobile phone devices, PDA’s and more being introduced to the market every day. For a PHR application to be truely beneficial it must be platform independent, have a zero footprint, be accessible , with a permissions structure, be available to the provider, first responder, patient and most important provide encryption or at a minimum a password and ID functionality to protect the contents of the device.

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