HealthLeaders Media IT - May 1, 2007 | Would Patients Pony Up?
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Would Patients Pony Up?
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

My physician is a master at getting to the point. So I turned the tables on him. "How come you don't have an EMR?" I wondered aloud. He grinned and said, "We have good reasons and bad reasons." Like most physicians, my internist's group practice is semi-automated, with a practice management computer system and paper charts. They have a barebones Web site (with links to, of all places, Dr. of dot-com notoriety!), and under "contact us" reside phone numbers, not e-mail addresses. This kind of semi-automation has its downsides for patients. Reaching clinicians can be a frustrating exercise in phone tag. And those precarious, well-worn paper charts do not inspire confidence. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
May 1, 2007
Editor's Picks
Hospitals put costs of care online
The Tennessee Hospital Association launches a Web site telling patients, in advance, about how much they'll pay. [Read More]

Hospitals check their charts
In another take on Web-enabled transparency, the Washington Post weighs in on the "baffling new world" of online performance data. [Read More]

Governor Schwarzenegger visits Eureka's telehealth center to push for healthcare reform
The Eureka (CA) Reporter describes how Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger watched telemedicine in action. Did he cry "Eureka!"? [Read More]

Patients' blogs keep concerned friends in the loop
A Chicago Tribune columnist gets an electronic update when his physician falls ill. [Read More]

DOD, Florida to exchange e-health records
The military and a state data exchange announce a major new initiative. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Pharmacy reform reduces Rx errors: '05 CVS mishap spurred action
Boston Herald - May 1, 2007

Alabama mulls electronic trauma network
Huntsville Times - May 1, 2007

CMS relaxes its insistence on provider ID adoption
Government Health IT - May 1, 2007

Fewer CIOs reporting to CFOs
CIO Nation (blog) - May 1, 2007

Exposure to medical device radiation in the U.S. on the rise
Health Imaging News - May 1, 2007
Events & Product News
Oregon Health & Science University integrates Steamline, Epic

Groups launch national study on telehealth in home care

St. Barnabas Hospital deploys EMR from Eclipsys

Iowa Health Selects World Wide Packets for multi-state medical health network

New York group practice picks MedcomSoft Record for EMR
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