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Setting Clinical IT Priorities

Setting Clinical IT Priorities

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, a full Professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Emergency Physician.  In my previous writing, I’ve suggested that the federal […]

June 29, 2015 | By More
Incorporating More Social and Behavioral Data Into an EHR

Incorporating More Social and Behavioral Data Into an EHR

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. You all have seen the stats about how our social and behavioral data is a much bigger predictor of our health and wellness than the 15 minutes of data that’s collected during a doctors visit. When people talk about the out of control costs of US healthcare, they often point to these stats and talk about how we have to focus on factors outside of our current healthcare system […]

June 22, 2015 | By More
Informatics is Important When Information Is Important

Informatics is Important When Information Is Important

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU. Many of us in the informatics field, myself included, sometimes believe that the value proposition of informatics is so intuitively obvious that we do not need to explain it to the rest of the world. API-based interoperability? Secondary use of clinical data? Standardized terminology? […]

June 15, 2015 | By More
Are we Chasing the Carrot or Afraid of the Stick?

Are we Chasing the Carrot or Afraid of the Stick?

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. The other day SGC asked in my hospital EHR adoption chart post: “If there were no penalties for non-EHR adoption, what would that chart look like?” For those that are too lazy to click over to that post to see the chart, it basically shows hospital EHR adoption being massively accelerated thanks to the government EHR incentive program. In fact, we’re approaching full adoption of EHR in the hospital space […]

June 1, 2015 | By More