Electronic health records in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) could be modified to synthesize the vast amounts of data available to assist in clinical decision making and offer variations based on clinician role, according to a new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
Electronic health record vendor Epic is going on the offensive after claims that it impedes data-sharing, according to an article in Politico.
Electronic health records can improve the quality of physicians' clinical notes, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Electronic health records increase physicians' administrative burdens rather than decrease them as expected, according to an article in the International Journal of Health Services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to employ the strategy of encouraging the adoption of electronic health records without relying on the Meaningful Use program, this time by putting major emphasis on EHRs and interoperability into its new Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.
David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT and current president of the Commonwealth Fund, published a very insightful and thought provoking blog post last week about the fact that electronic health records are now the industry's "understandable but not wholly justifiable" scapegoat for many of the problems in healthcare. Among other things, he pointed to the human tendency to want to cast blame rather than take responsibility for mistakes, the fact that EHRs are "imperfect" systems, and that they're at the forefront of clinicians' minds, literally "in their faces" all day long. But there is one item in his article with which I don't agree.
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.
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.
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.
The Meaningful Use incentive program may not have been the best use of the government's money since the industry was already moving toward using electronic health records and would have met the same adoption goals just two years later, according to a new paper from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research.