When a new doctor joined our clinic, she spent a week learning our electronic medical record. She had used two other systems before, so she was no stranger to EMRs, but that’s how different they can be. That’s crazy! EMRs should be like cars, which range from the likes of Smart, Mini Cooper, and Skoda to Mercedes Maybach, Rolls Royce, and Porsche. They range from simple to sophisticated, from nimble city cars ...

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At HIMSS, I listened carefully to payers, providers, patients, developers and researchers. Below is a distillation of what I heard from thousands of stakeholders. It is not partisan and does not criticize the work of any person in industry, government or academia. It reflects the lessons learned from the past 20 years of health care IT implementation and policy making. Knowing where we are now and where we want to be, ...

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"There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism." - Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History It is 1940, and the Nazi horror is bearing down on Europe.  France has fallen, and refugees are streaming out, fleeing to safety through neutral states and America.  Walter Benjamin, a Jew, and a German philosopher, joins a small group being guided through southern Spain with ...

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When I began my tenure at the University of Florida, the departure of a colleague left a very large inflammatory bowel disease practice that involved a lot of work both in and outside of clinic, just as the electronic healthcare record became mandatory. One unanticipated consequence of EHR is that physicians have to review everything before it is final in a patient’s chart. Thus, I spent countless hours in the EHR ...

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Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is something that every physician up and down the country will be familiar with. For anyone non-medical reading this, it’s the process by which physician orders are now placed in nearly all U.S. hospitals. As little as five years ago, most hospitals were still using pen and paper to place medication, laboratory, radiology and all other orders. Being able to do this now by computer ...

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This week is Physicians Week, and this is one in a series of interviews with members of the physician community that are bringing a variety of ideas and networks together in order to improve the relationships between physicians and between physicians and their patients. Dr. Colm Murphy is a cardiologist and the founder of a tech company that is about building a community of physicians in order for them to help ...

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Technology has been moving at a lightning pace the past two decades. Technological advancements have crept into every facet of life, from HD screens that now blare ads at us at gas station pumps to disruptive start-ups like Netflix, Airbnb, and Uber, which have rocked entire industries, the air of change is inescapable. The medical field, on the other hand, remains in many ways the same as it has been ...

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The current American climate seems to champion those outside the establishment and eschew the experience of career professionals. Medicine, like politics, has not been immune to the rise of populism. There exists a growing distrust of traditional medical institutions and a movement to concede medical expertise to the public, particularly evidenced by the development of platforms that crowdsource diagnosis. While online medical crowdsourcing is trendy and has received nearly universal ...

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A few weeks ago, I found myself in the midst of car trouble. A low tire pressure light illuminated my dashboard, and despite my best effort to replenish the air, I had to concede that my front tire was punctured and that I needed to make an emergency visit to an auto shop. As it always seems to go with any car check-up, the mechanics discovered multiple co-morbidities; a nail ...

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The SOAP note isn’t what it used to be. And what it has become needs to be scrapped, because it has made the office practice of medicine cumbersome and unsafe. In simpler times, when medical records were written by and for doctors, the SOAP note represented a significant leap forward in expanding and organizing office notes and also notes from emergency rooms and walk-in clinics. Before that notes sometimes only documented ...

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