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Leaders: EMRs Aren't the Answer to Safety Issues
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Electronic data is a solution to what healthcare leaders say is their biggest stumbling block to better patient safety: Poor communication. So why is it that leaders aren't exactly raving about how much electronic medical records systems are helping? [Read More]
June 7, 2011
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Tech Headlines
AHRQ to tackle EHR barriers Medicaid providers face
Government Health IT, June 7, 2011

Body imaging business pushes health scans many don't need
Pro Publica, June 7, 2011

Lost medical records complicate Joplin hospital's tornado recovery
The Post-Dispatch, June 3, 2011

Despite incentives, cost is a barrier to small provider EHR use
Government Health IT, June 3, 2011

The $30B healthcare tech gamble
MarketWatch, June 2, 2011

209K docs at risk for e-prescribing penalties
InformationWeek, June 2, 2011

Hospitals compete for IT talent with funding at stake
Network World/IDG News Service, June 2, 2011

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The New York Times, June 2, 2011

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