HealthLeaders Media IT - June 17, 2008 | Is the E-Prescribing Jar Half Full or 98% Empty?
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Is the E-Prescribing Jar
Half Full or 98% Empty?

Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

A new report by the eHealth Initiative lays out, in painstaking detail, the current state of affairs in electronic prescribing. At first glance, the numbers suggest real progress. But then the report notes: "The adoption level at the end of 2007 represented approximately 2% of the potential for electronic prescribing." [Read More]
June 17, 2008  
Editor's Picks
A second opinion, available from afar
Mayo Clinic has initiated "virtual visits," an innovative practice that appears to have caught on with patients. This article in the Star Tribune includes a comments box at the end, in which readers—a few caregivers among them—weigh in on the technology in a positive way. One advantage of the pilot program is how it reduces the wait time to see a Mayo specialist. [Read More]

Online insurance company opting to use agents
Here's a story about how online technology may not hit the mark. Precedent Insurance gave up on an effort to sell its health insurance solely online, and is opting to return to traditional agents. "Insurance is complex, and our appointed agents are the best way for consumers to have their questions answered," a spokesman says. [Read More]

Cleveland Clinic profile
Time magazine spotlights the noted clinic in this in-depth profile. In addition to its EMR, Cleveland Clinic offers an array of IT services, including direct access to their own chart. What better way to curry patient participation in their own care? [Read More]

Indianapolis imaging provider to join Indiana data exchange
Indianapolis is a community quietly making progress on the data exchange front. This article discusses the newest member of the data exchange, which has pushed out to the state's boundaries. At the core of this effort is the Regenstrief Institute, which has been doing the heavy lifting for years, and is now seeing its work come to fruition. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Massachusetts hospital projects may need green seal
Boston Globe - June 12, 2008

Online medical records offer convenience, may limit privacy
USA Today - June 12, 2008

HHS announces 12 communities selected to advance use of EHRs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - June 10, 2008

Why Haven't More Hospitals Jumped on the eICU Bandwagon?
Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media - June 11, 2008
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