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  • DeSalvo, Reider announce ONC departures

    Karen DeSalvo will step down from her role as National Coordinator for Health IT, effective immediately, to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider also will step down in late November.

Adding HIE, eRx data to electronic records improves prescription list accuracy

Combining medication history information from three sources improved accuracy and patient safety, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

EHRs help detect patients at risk of venous thromboembolisms

Electronic health records can help identify patients with pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis with "high accuracy" according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Survey: Mobile device access to EHRs boosts doc satisfaction

A majority of physicians are still struggling with interoperability, but mobile device users were happier overall with their systems, according to Software Advice's latest annual electronic health record UserView survey.

Ex-ONC head David Blumenthal on health IT: 'No going back'

Providers' tendency to blame their electronic health records for problems, as most lately exhibited by Texas Health Resource's initial announcement blaming its EHR system for the misdiagnosis of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, are "understandable but not wholly justifiable," according to David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT and current president of the Commonwealth Fund.

Suggestions wanted, provided in improving EHRs to better screen for Ebola

The Ebola debacle at Texas Health Resources, and the possible role of the hospital's electronic health record system in the misdiagnosis of patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has spurred questions and action regarding how to improve EHRs in screening for the disease.

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