Health IT

Regina Harrell, MD, detailed a visit to one of her homebound patients and her difficulty in holistically recording his health using an EHR in an article published Nov. 17 on NPR.org.

In the rush to leverage IT and master EHRs, physicians may be overlooking the basics of patient care, Meryl Bloomrosen, MBA, American Medical Informatics Association vice president for policy, contends in a blog post.

Putting a high-tech spin on the checkup, the Glove Tricorder from Augmented Medical Intelligence Labs promises an elegant way to digitize and analyze the results of a physical exam.

Will patient access to a portal improve satisfaction? Will older patients use the portal? How about portal security?These are all questions faced by providers as patient portals gather steam. In an effort to bust some myths related to the use of portals, Rochester, N.Y.-based Carestream commissioned a market consultancy firm to survey patients about portal usage. Some of the findings can be seen in this infographic provided by Carestream:

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services revealed data showing more than 50 percent of doctors have demonstrated meaningful use of EHRs, joining 80 percent of hospitals.

Intermountain Healthcare plans to track patients’ radiation exposure and share it via electronic health record, the Wall Street Journal reported May 21. The data may help reduce unnecessary exams, according to the article. Read more at the link below.

As the massive F5 tornado struck Moore, Ok., the town and its hospital were devastated. NPR visited Moore Medical Center to learn more about how staff and patients weathered the storm. Read more below.

Choosing the right medical technology is a major undertaking for hospitals and health systems. In the short clip below, the ECRI Institute suggests several questions that must be asked when considering new technology.

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a health IT nonprofit in the Empire State, has organized the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge, asking developers to build innovative and user-friendly portals for patient information access.