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Fraud and Abuse are Bad – But Disease and Death are Worse

A January 8 story in The New York Times shone a bright light on the perils of implementation for electronic health records. “The report was critical of the lack of guidelines around the widely used copy-and-past function…available in many of the largest EHR systems. The...

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Divorcing Electronic Medical Records from the Patient’s Paper File Costs Lives and Money

In June, Bloomberg published a story that put the blame for a hospital patient’s death squarely on electronic medical records (EMR). When it appeared that Dr. Scot Silverstein’s 84-year-old mother was having a stroke, she was admitted to the hospital. Checking her EMR, Dr....

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How we can make EHR even more secure

Browsing through news online recently, I came across a troubling story. Last month, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta announced that 10 discs containing electronic records on 315,000 patients had gone missing. That’s sensitive information on every patient who had surgery at three hospitals...

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A proper backfile conversion is key to EHR implementation success

I recently spent some time participating in a LinkedIn discussion about the most common reasons behind the failure of electronic health records implementations. As I thought through my posts, something dawned on me: The key to successfully transitioning to EHR (or EMR; whatever your preferred...

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The Plague of Paperwork is Over: The New Reality of Healthcare

Healthcare has clearly lagged behind other industries in the adoption of automated digitizing solutions. That trend is quickly changing, as electronic health record (EHR) adoption is increasingly becoming a reality thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ...

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Enhancing Information Management in Health Care

A common topic of discussion in my classes and at various speaking engagements is how digital patient records are here and there is no place to hide from it. The mandate came early from President Obama and was soon followed by another mandate regarding the reporting of information breaches with...

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