HealthLeaders Media IT - September 29, 2009 | EHR Implementation is a Journey, Not a Destination
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EHR Implementation is a Journey, Not a Destination
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

If you have seen one physician practice, you have seen one physician practice. I often hear that phrase when talking with healthcare executives about best practices and lessons learned from successful electronic health record implementations. Health systems, hospitals, and clinics all have their own unique personality that is shaped by their geographic and organizational culture. That means there is no set formula to guarantee a successful EHR implementation. Organizations must find the path that works best for them. [Read More]
September 29, 2009
Editor's Picks
New York health system makes $400 million investment in EHRs
Physicians affiliated with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York have another incentive to adopt electronic health records. The 13-hospital health system is offering its 7,000 affiliated physicians subsidies of up to $40,000 each over a five-year period to adopt EHRs. That is in addition to federal incentives in the stimulus package that can total $44,000 per doctor over five years to digitize patient records. North-Shore wants to share data with physician offices, labs, and hospitals in order to better coordinate patient care, reduce unnecessary tests, and cut down on medical mistakes, according to this article in the New York Times. [Read More]

Dell, Perot Merger Could Impact HIT
This past week, Dell jumped into the healthcare IT sector with both feet by purchasing information technology specialists Perot Systems for $3.9 billion. Under the agreement, Perot Systems will become Dell's services unit and be led by Peter Altabef, the current Perot CEO. This acquisition may be just the first of many in the health IT sector, according to this story by colleague John Commins. "Acquisitions and consolidation is the name of the game for HIT, particularly when you're talking about the stimulus money out there," says Mark Reiboldt, vice president of Atlanta-based Coker Capital Advisers. [Read More]

Providers Not Ready for HITECH Compliance
Healthcare providers are just not ready for the stricter HIPAA regulations outlined in the HITECH Act, according to experts at last week's 17th annual HIPAA Summit in Washington, DC. Providers—especially small physician practices—are overwhelmed and having difficulty keeping up with the multitude of hospital regulations. Many are out of compliance, according to Kate Borten, president of The Marblehead (MA) Group. "When [covered entities] and [business associates] still believe in 2009 that a patient name alone, without a dx code, is not PHI, it's pretty scary." [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Change of Heart: Online Assessment Reaches Patients Before They Enter ER
Cynthia Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media - September 28, 2009

Hospitals Fined for Forgotten Surgical Devices, Wrong Surgeries, Burnt Patient
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - September 25, 2009

Intense tracking for swine flu shot's side effects
AP/Yahoo News - September 29, 2009

When online, med students may get out of line
MedPage Today - September 24, 2009

EHR subsidies require CFO support
Health Data Management - September 29, 2009
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