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Nurses Have No Love Lost for EHRs

Come on health IT admins! You can’t just launch an EHR and be done with it. There needs to be follow-up to see how it is performing and how it is or is not interrupting nurses’ workflows. There needs to be hard data collected regarding time spent charting versus time spent providing patient care so an honest evaluation can be made. Patient outcomes and experiences also need to be assessed to see how the technology is affecting those situations.

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IHE IT Infrastructure Work Items Selected

The IHE IT Infrastructure Committee has selected its work items for the next annual cycle. This year, a significant increase in total work made it through the process. To accommodate the extra work, some load balancing will be done and a staggered approach will be applied. Here’s a quick summary of the approved work items.

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World Series: SF Giants

Let’s Play Ball! The Future of Baseball is Tracking Health Data

During this tech boom, is it a coincidence that the tech savvy San Francisco Giants are in the World Series for the third time since 2010? In this post, we take a look at the relationship of technology, leadership, big data analytics, and baseball. In particular, we explore how Major League Baseball manages its player/patient population, and the trends they are following since converting players from paper medical records to EHR.

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EHRs: First, Do No Harm

First, do no harm. Four simple words that are synonymous with healthcare. It’s a principle that everyone in the industry – not just physicians – should adhere to. So shame on us all for our part in allowing an EHR vendor to shut off a practice’s access to their patients’ medical records and for recklessly putting patients at risk. Whether our role in healthcare is policy maker, technology developer, provider, or HIT geek, we really need to do better.

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When ‘New and Improved’ Makes You Wish for the ‘Old and Unenhanced’

In a perfect world, end users would be fully aware of any product limitations before making a purchase or an upgrade. Since the world is not perfect, often the best course of action for technology developers, suppliers, and users is to figure out how make the best of the situation. Most wrinkles can be ironed out – unless, of course, your coffee maker only makes tea. A few quick tips, should your new-and-improved solution include any surprises. Read more…

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20 Questions for Health IT

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2., we will begin publishing one health IT topic per day from 20 different individuals with a deep understanding of the topic. The author of each question was generous enough to stick her or his neck out and pose a short answer to the question in the hopes it will encourage further discussion in the comments section and also on Twitter using the #20HIT tag. Stay tuned as we launch into a month-long discussion that hopefully will educate and just maybe lead to a breakthrough idea that will evolve into something much bigger.

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Focusing on Fun and Interactivity Can Improve Health Outcomes

Interactivity, and not just technological interactivity, may be the secret to getting patients engaged. Doing is infinitely more interesting than being talked at or just handed information. That’s why we do science experiments in school. Theory is one thing but seeing an idea in action, and being a part of that action, makes the concepts so much more concrete. Making the action fun just adds to the chances of success. That’s why nursery rhymes and the ABC song have been used as learning tools for decades.

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