The government campaign to stimulate physician adoption of health information technology is focused on electronic health records. But other types of information technology that are considerably more affordable and less difficult to implement can also help improve safety and care quality.
Health IT & Quality
What is the purpose of health information technology? Why are we spending all these billions of dollars on this “thing” we struggle to understand, implement, and use? Is it achieving the goals of its purpose?
Health Information Exchange
NHIN: The New Health Internet
I have not been a big fan of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) concept. It was — and in large part still is — a top-heavy federal government effort to create a nationwide infrastructure to facilitate the exchange of clinical information. That is a high, lofty, and admirable goal, but one that is too far in front of where the market is today.
Enhancing Patient Safety by Automating Discharge Instructions
By Pattie Boast and Cathy Potts, MT (ASCP)It has been well documented that providing patients with the tools to become active, informed participants in their own care improves decision quality and prevents overuse of medical options (O’Connor et al., 2004).
Facebook. Twitter. Wikipedia. The names alone
may cause eyes to roll and prompt a quick run for the exits. Despite
widespread skepticism, these and other interactive sources of
information and communication, referred to as social media, continue to
Thomson Reuters announced that Micromedex 2.0,
the new web-based version of its market-leading clinical information
system, is now available to current and new customers.
First DataBank and Surgical Information Systems, a provider of
feature-rich perioperative software solutions, have signed an agreement
whereby First DataBank will license its suite of comprehensive drug
information and associated developer software to Surgical Information
Krames has partnered with eClinicalWorks to provide consumer-friendly patient education to physicians using the electronic medical records system, eClinicalWorks 8.0.
GetWellNetwork, Inc. announced a new version of its flagship
interactive patient care system to help hospitals and
nurses streamline some of the most common, yet important