“It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

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Today we have an opinion piece from Dr. Edmund Billings from Medsphere relaying a message that we have all probably thought about at one time or another if you are in the Health IT business.  How did all of this transpire in the medical record business?  Continue reading: “It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

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Today we are featuring an opinion piece written by Edmund Billings, MD, CFO of Medsphere.  The company has been in business since 2002.  The company markets an EMR that was converted from VistA to OpenVista.  They  took the original system from the Veteran’s Administration and created a commercial version of the software suitable for use outside the VA. Here’s a short description of what they do followed by his article about the the high costs of Healthcare IT systems today.  Continue reading: A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

Is Open Source Software the Answer to Broader EHR Adoption?

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Rural communities are particularly underserved when it comes to Healthcare IT and EHR implementation. With all the buzz lately about incentives and the need to expand EHRs nationally, who would have thought  West Virginia might be “ground zero” for the push in that direction? Continue reading: Is Open Source Software the Answer to Broader EHR Adoption?

White House Announces Plan to Integrate DOD and VA EHRs

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Administration officials believe that once accomplished, the Joint Virtual Lifetime Record between DOD and VA could serve as a model for a national EHR system.