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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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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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Document imaging for healthcare

Like distributed capture, and SharePoint; document imaging in the healthcare / insurance space is one of those trends that is always at the top of the interest list, but not very mature. The demand to find solutions for reducing paper in healthcare is driven by the need for efficiency,...

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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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