What's going on with the Veterans' Administration (VA) these days? The VA, with its vast electronic health record system, seemed ahead of the curve. It was a trendsetter, spearheading patient access to EHRs with the adoption of its MyHealtheVet access pilot. It increased veterans' access to mental healthcare by launching a videoconferencing program. Veterans, who have long suffered with overcrowded emergency departments, understaffing, and other problems in accessing care, finally were getting an innovative, sophisticated health benefit. Until they weren't. Now it seems that the VA has gone rogue on us when it comes to EHRs.
The bulk of spending on the joint EHR proposed by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs went to support service contracts in 2012, according to a new report from the Interagency Program...
I'm never surprised when readers comment on my editorials, either on the FierceEMR website or to me personally. I try to address timely, thought-provoking topics that give readers pause, as well as the opportunity to weigh in. But I was a bit surprised when a news story I wrote last week about a study published in Health Affairs quickly generated comments. The study predicted, based on its analysis of electronic health record literature, that if just 30 percent of community-based physicians fully implemented health IT in their offices, the demand for physicians would decrease 4 to 9 percent. Evidently, the gains in efficiency claims in this study hit a nerve, with commenters strongly disagreeing with this conclusion. What I also was expecting--and haven't seen--was comments on the other conclusion of the study: that EHRs will cause significant physician job loss.
EHR and e-health use will "dramatically" impact the amount and type of physician services needed in the future, according to a new study in the November issue of Health Affairs.
While one intention of electronic health record implementation is to improve provider workflow, that was hardly the case for pair of southern California hospitals.
The Veterans' Administration (VA), one of the nation's leaders in electronic health record use, also leads the nation in EHR privacy violations, according to a recent in-depth investigation.
Sutter Health's nearly $1 billion electronic health record system crashed Monday, leaving staff at its California hospitals and doctor's offices without access to patient records for a full day.
A nurse at Ontario's Norfolk General Hospital has been fired after the hospital discovered she had been improperly accessing patients' medical records in the hospital's electronic health record system for the past nine years, in violation of Canada's Personal Information Protection Act.
I read with dismay yet another instance of a security breach of a provider's electronic health record system at the hands of healthcare staff who intentionally accessed patient data for...
True to its word, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is moving at full steam to provide governance support to health information organizations (HIOs) to spur the industry to widespread electronic data exchange. ONC has formed a governance framework with business, trust and other principles to create a "common foundation" for all types of health information exchange governance models. Still, I wonder if this decision ultimately may come back to haunt the industry.