HealthLeaders Media IT - October 6, 2009 | Three Barriers to Effectively Using Information Stored in EHRs
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Three Barriers to Effectively Using
Information Stored in EHRs

Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

The healthcare industry won't realize the full value of its investment in electronic health records until it finds secondary uses for all of the data being captured, such as predicting public health trends and improving patient care, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Industries Group. Seventy-six percent of the more than 700 healthcare executives surveyed in June 2009 said that the information gathered in EHRs will be their organization's biggest asset in the next five years. But very few healthcare organizations are building systems and care delivery processes to effectively use the billions of gigabytes of data being collected. [Read More]
October 6, 2009
Editor's Picks
Work begins on national e-health record network
The vision of an interoperable healthcare system where providers can meaningfully exchange electronic health information won't be realized by 2014, according to this article by the Associated Press. One of biggest roadblocks is getting disparate vendor systems to agree on a set of standards in how they present information and connect with each other. Some regional health information exchanges are making headway on those issues, however, and their success at connecting various vendor systems and databases will likely form the foundation of a national network. [Read More]

Blue Cross physicians warned of data breach
Roughly 39,000 physicians and other healthcare providers have been notified that personal information, including Social Security numbers and tax IDs, may have been compromised when a laptop was stolen this past August. The computer, which belonged to an employee from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's national headquarters in Chicago, did not contain patient information or data from personal health records. The data breach occurred partly because the employee had violated company policy and downloaded unencrypted information onto the laptop. [Read More]

Top 10 challenges for meaningful use in hospitals
This report by CSC Healthcare Group highlights 10 barriers that hospitals must overcome to achieve meaningful use of EHRs, such as integrating decision support into CPOE, managing new types of electronic information, and sharing data with patients and other clinicians electronically. The report also advises hospitals to place clinical and operational executives in leadership roles and make the implementation a highly coordinated effort rather than as a series of separate projects. [Read More]

Nurse Leaders Showcased
Today, HealthLeaders Media launched NursingLeaders—its newest weekly e-newsletter. Nurses play a vital role on the senior leadership team of healthcare organizations so it is only fitting that my colleague, Rebecca Hendren, showcases two organizations—Hackensack (NJ) University Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn SUNY Downstate Medical Center—that have demonstrated transformational nursing leadership in this first issue. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Outdated Web Policies Expose Hospitals to Professional and Legal Trouble
Julie McCoy, for HealthLeaders Media - October 5, 2009

Medicare bonuses motivate more physicians to e-prescribe
Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal - October 6, 2009

How electronic medical records affect staffing
American Medical Association - October 6, 2009

How to Submit Notice of a Patient Information Breach
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - October 2, 2009

Blumenthal sends open e-mail updating public on meaningful use
iHealthBeat - October 6, 2009
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Audio Feature

Digitizing Paper Processes Won't Improve Outcomes: Jana Skewes, the CEO of Shared Health, discusses the role of health information exchanges in reducing costs and improving healthcare outcomes. Shared Health manages the data of more than 2.6 million patients in Tennessee and has more than 2,500 clinical users. Recently, it was awarded the State of Mississippi's Medicaid contract for health information exchange for some 600,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. [Listen Now]
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