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What the CMS Guidelines
Could Cost E-Prescribers

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

Think the new tamper-proof prescription rules don't affect e-prescribers? Think again. Proponents of e-prescribing have added the new guidelines to the laundry list of benefits of switching from paper to computer, but in most cases e-prescribers and electronic health record-users will still have to make some adjustments to their prescribing practices. [Read More]
September 30, 2008  
Editor's Picks
2008: The year healthcare IT stops being compared to the financial world?
You'll often hear that healthcare IT lags behind financial world of IT by about 10 years or that healthcare IT should look to the financial sector for cues about doing IT right. In his latest blog, John Halamka, MD, CIO of the CareGroup Health System talks about why he doubts he'll be hearing either of those tidbits of information in 2008. [Read More]

Hospital, pharmacist associations want relaxed prescribing rules for controlled substances
The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association and the American Hospital Association want the DEA to relax a proposed rule that would allow tightly monitored use of computer technology to electronically transmit prescriptions for controlled substances. Both groups maintain the rule would place undue burden on prescribers and pharmacists. [Read More]

Paging Dr. Google
While Google certainly seems to be the preferred method to searching for . . .well, anything, this New York Times article points out that patients looking for health information could be missing out on a vast landscape of online resources that may not yield to a simple Google search. As one physician says, "patients aren't learning from Web sites—they're learning from each other." [Read More]

NHIN demonstration goes live to rave reviews
The Nationwide Health Information Network moved a step closer to becoming a reality with a recent live demonstration. Representatives of more than a dozen healthcare organizations showed how they could locate a record, retrieve it, and view important information such as the patient's medications, diagnoses, allergies, laboratory test results and recent treatments, according to this Government Health IT report. [Read More]
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