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Why Do Some Hospitals Successfully Implement EHRs and Others Fail?
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

There are pieces of advice I hear repeatedly when talking with technology executives about implementing electronic health records and why some organizations are successful whereas others struggle. Recently, I spoke with Chuck Podesta, senior vice president and chief information officer for Fletcher Allen Health Care, about its conversion to an EHR from Verona, WI-based Epic Systems. [Read More]
November 17, 2009  
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Little Benefit Seen, So Far, in Electronic Health Records
Government policies should focus on helping physicians, hospitals, and public health programs use electronic health records more effectively because right now there is little difference in the cost and quality of care in hospitals with advanced EHRs and those without computerized systems, according to this New York Times article. It highlights a new report that compares 3,000 hospitals at various stages in the adoption of electronic health records. The report led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital compared the hospitals’ performance on quality metrics for congestive heart failure, for example. It found that hospitals with advanced EHRs met best-practice standards for CHF 87.8% of the time, hospitals with more basic EHR systems met standards 86.7% of the time, and those without EHRs met standards 85.9% of the time. [Read More]

Stethoscope uses Bluetooth technology
A new stethoscope developed by Maplewood, MN-based 3M Co. and Stamford, CT-based Zargis Medical can wirelessly transfer sound waves from the heart and lungs directly to a computer using Bluetooth technology. The software can help physicians identify heart murmurs or other ailments. [Read More]

CCHIT Chair Announces Retirement
Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, is retiring from his position as chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology on March 31, 2010. The CCHIT Board of Trustees will start a national search for a successor led by Frank Trembulak, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System. [Read More]

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