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Guess What: Docs Don't Like EHRs

It's kind of "dog-bites-man" type news, but there is even more evidence that physicians not only don't think EHRs are helping them but actually see them as contributing to burnout. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that use of EHRs (or computerized physician order entries -- CPOEs) was associated with lower satisfaction with time spent on clerical tasks, with nearly half of physicians saying the amount of time spent on clerical tasks was unreasonable.  No wonder the AMA CEO recently complained that physicians were turning into the "most expensive data entry force on the face of the planet."

Healthcare IT Spending to Grow by Triple Digits: Black Book HIE Survey

Press Release | Black Book | May 31, 2012

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) hold boundless potential for improving the efficacy and safety of healthcare delivery by moving critical patient data to the point of care, through healthcare communities. The crucial role of HIEs to accomplish a health care organization’s move to patient-centric accountable care is undeniable, however, 97% of US physicians and 80% of hospitals are meaningfully unconnected. A small group of HIE vendors rise to the top of a sweeping early adopter satisfaction survey.

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High Cost Doesn't Equal Better Care

Staff Writer | | May 18, 2012

Almost 100,00 Americans die and about 1 million are injured each year as result of medical failures, reported the Institute of Medicine in 2000. In fact, 30 percent to 40 percent of American health care is wasted due to overuse, underuse, misuse and other factors. And in too many cases, the costs for the new procedures aren't justified. However, the system isn't designed to control costs. Third parties are paying for the procedures.

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iPad-Toting Doctors Fuel Publisher Profits As Paper Fades

Staff Writer | Daily Herald | September 14, 2013

Ohio doctor Mrunal Shah recently shipped four boxes of medical texts to developing countries because he can't recall the last time he cracked a book rather than tapping for information on his iPad... Read More »

IT Entrepreneurs Rush Into Healthcare, But Will Human Touch Be Missing?

Darius Tahir | Modern Healthcare | September 6, 2014

A new health IT firm called Omada Health, which recently secured $23 million in startup financing, is working with people at risk of developing diabetes to help them head off the full-blown condition...

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Lack Of Funding, Clout Didn't Deter Kolodner From Tackling ONC's Top Spot

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | April 10, 2014

Dr. Robert Kolodner had his eyes wide open when he took the top spot at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS.  He knew that his predecessor, Dr. David Brailer, had asked in vain for billions of dollars to help subsidize the cost of EHRS to hospitals and physicians, federal money he thought ONC needed.

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MGMA Urges Hold On Meaningful Use Penalties

Matthew Smith | Health Directions | August 26, 2013

Citing concern about vendor readiness and that "significant investments" in EHR technology could go for naught, MGMA leadership is calling on HHS for an indefinite moratorium on meaningful use penalties for physicians who have completed Stage 1 meaningful use requirements. Read More »

Obama Should Act Immediately On Veterans' Healthcare, AMA Delegates Agree

Andis Robeznieks | Modern Healthcare | June 10, 2014

President Barack Obama should take immediate action to allow veterans to seek care outside of the Veterans Affairs Department's healthcare system, the American Medical Association House of Delegates resolved Tuesday. It also recommended that state and local medical societies and local VA offices create registries of doctors willing to provide immediate veteran care....

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Patients As Hamburgers

Joel Cooper | | January 23, 2013

Most of the doctors I know went into medicine because they really truly wanted to help people. But medicine, long honored as a calling as well as a profession, is facing some tough new challenges... Read More »

Penn Medicine Study Sheds Light on Why Low-Income Patients Prefer Hospital Care to a Doctor's Office

Press Release | PennMedicine | July 8, 2013

Health Reform Initiatives Need to Improve Perceived Quality, Cost and Accessibility of Primary Care to Reduce Low Value Care Read More »

Practice Survival Hinges On New Models, Technology

Debra Beaulieu | FiercePracticeManagement | July 25, 2012

Yet another report--this one released by the Physicians Foundation--paints a bleak picture for the future of physician practices as we know them. Read More »

Practitioners Vent EHR Concerns In Newspaper Op-Eds

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | June 12, 2013

Tired of suffering in silence, physician practices are turning to the editorial pages of their local newspapers to publicize their concerns with their electronic health records. Read More »

RECs on a Mission: Assessing the Regional Extension Center Program

Chris Dimick | Journal of AHIMA | November 1, 2011

The Regional Extension Centers (RECs) faced a near impossible mission. Develop from scratch 62 RECs nationwide, staff them with in-demand health IT consultants, and then convince 100,000 small physician practices and critical access hospitals to either implement an electronic health record system or amp up their current one to meet the government's meaningful use EHR incentive program. And do it in 24 months. Read More »

Regional Extension Centers Struggling to Help Docs Meet Meaningful Use

Marla Durben Hirsh | FierceEMR | November 17, 2011

While the nation's 62 regional extension centers (RECs)--authorized by the HITECH Act to help small practice providers achieve Meaningful Use--recently surpassed an initial goal of signing up 100,000 registrants, additional goals appear to be a bit more elusive, according to an article published recently in the Journal of AHIMA. Read More »

Survey: Physicians Say EMRs A Key Factor To Their Declining Income

Jasmine Pennic | HIT Consultant | July 3, 2013

Physicians feel reimbursement, EMRs and hospital employment as key factors to limiting physician pay according to a recent survey by Medicus Firm. The survey entitled, 2013 Physician Practice Preference and Relocation Survey was conducted with over 2,500 doctors revealed several workforce trends and practice preferences. Read More »