Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Week in Review - April 9, 2009

A look back at some of the best news stories (and some entertaining diversions) from the week in health care.

Florida Times-Union reports on slow costly transition to electronic medical records.

New York Times editorial weighs in on the "miles to go on e-health records".

iHealthBeat reports on remote patient monitoring and its use for chronic diseases (see above).

Time Magazine contributor Dr. Scott Haig challenges Electronic Medical Records, calling them the "wrong prescription" to reduce health-care costs.

"Two-thirds of U.S. hospitals have made significant progress toward implementing comprehensive electronic health records, HIMSS Analytics contends. The assertion comes in reaction to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine that claimed only 1.5% of hospitals have a comprehensive EHR in place."

Why don't the HIPAA rules apply to Google and Microsoft?

Open-source gateway software for the nationwide health information network released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

PHR's and portals are up and comers - - but just not quite yet.

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