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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...

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Patient Records - But Mine Is Special

Over the past few months, I have had the good fortune to speak at several events focused on healthcare. This is something I heard many times, “but mine is special”. The reference here was what the Reseller attendees were telling me they hear form their clients in relation to patient...

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Paper: Why take the risk?

I was just reviewing the listings on the US Department of Health and Human Services website, citing patient information breaches affecting more than 500 individuals. At the time of this writing, there were 113 reported incidents. Of these, 35% were due to paper loss or mismanagement. Given the...

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Content Strategy for Healthcare (Webinar Oct 3)

Earley & Associates is hosting a webinar on Content Strategy for Healthcare organizations on Wednesday October 3rd at 1:00PM Eastern. Go here to register: http://www.earley.com/webinars/content-strategy-for-healthcare Here’s a brief summary of the webinar. ...

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Doctor it hurts when I do this

I know, and the punch line is well don’t do that, barump ching! In the case of patient records, what hurts or can hurt many is non-compliance to regulatory mandates, especially when something can be done to prevent it. This is an area where I can find 6 people who will say one thing and 6...

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No Cloud - No Healthcare

Did I get your attention? You are probably wondering how the cloud and healthcare are related. Well here is a little story based on real life experience. I am preparing for a trip outside the US – no surprise there – but this time I am required to get some vaccinations due to my...

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Paperless in Heathcare: The Carrot and the Stick

I was thumbing through this week’s InformationWeek magazine and ran across an ad promoting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incentives for professionals and hospitals who can demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The way...

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Meanigful Use?

I went to visit my Doctor this week for the usual check-up. I am happy to say all is fine with me but the visit did spark something of a discussion in his office about regulatory compliance and how it is managed. When I checked in for my appointment, I was presented with a form to complete, as...

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Coming to a landfill near you: Health Records!

Did I get your attention? Good. You need to pay attention to this message because it not only shows vulnerability and lack of control but reinforces the need for strong governance over records and emphasizes just how much of a positive impact moving to an all digital patient records model will...

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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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