HealthLeaders Media IT - March 17, 2009 | Wal-Mart, eClinicalWorks Deal Exposes Need for EMR Price Transparency
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Wal-Mart, eClinicalWorks
Deal Exposes Need for
EMR Price Transparency

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

The big health information news is that Wal-Mart's Sam's Club is partnering up with electronic medical record vendor eClinicalWorks and Dell Inc. to sell electronic medical records to physicians. Sam's Club will offer the package this spring starting at under $25,000 for the first physician in a practice and $10,000 for each additional doctor. Ongoing costs will be $4,000 to $6,500 per year. The reaction to the news of an "EMR-in-a-box" has been remarkable. [Read More]
March 17, 2009
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EMR adoption up, user satisfaction is not
A new survey of 1,000 American College of Physician Executives' members reports that more physicians than ever are using health information technology, but they don't like it. More than 64% of respondents said they use electronic medical records, up from 33% in 2004. But users report the systems are clunky, hard to use, and poorly developed. Just how frustrated some physicians have become is glaringly apparent in this doctor's comment: adopting electronic medical records has been "the worst aspect of my 25 years in medicine. It has ruined doctor productivity, produced lower quality care, and encouraged notes that are false to the point of fraud." [Read More]

Kaiser to cut 15% of IT workforce
Kaiser Permanente is cutting 860 information technology jobs nationwide under a realignment that includes a $500 million deal giving IBM management duties at Kaiser's medical records data centers. According to local news reports, 700 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the seven-year deal with IBM, under which the health maintenance organization will outsource tech work to IBM. Another 160 jobs will be eliminated across 30 locations as Kaiser cuts back spending due to the impact of the economic downturn. [Read More]

The move to digital medical records begins in Tampa
Officials in Tampa, FL, are not messing around when it comes to heeding President Obama's call for a digital nation. The city plans to digitize every prescription and patient history written in the 10-county area surrounding Tampa and St. Petersburg. Over the next two years, Tampa's leaders plan to train every one of the 8,000 physicians in the area in electronic prescribing, with the goal of having at least 60% of all eligible prescriptions by Tampa Bay doctors written on a computer instead of a prescription pad. [Read More]

House again considers electronic records bill
The House is set to consider legislation that would expand the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) power to dictate how agencies and the White House preserve electronic records. Under the proposed legislation, NARA would require agencies to capture, manage, and preserve records in an electronic format and that agency would develop regulations for how agencies maintain electronic records. NARA would also have to certify the electronic records management system to be used by a president. [Read More]

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