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How patient privacy laws impedes electronic communication with doctors

I recently spoke at Grand Rounds in my local hospital, talking about how doctors and other medical professionals can better use social media to interact with patients.

Already, the majority of patients access the web for health information, and that number is only going to increase – especially as their use of social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, grows.  Despite that, however, adoption of these digital mediums of communication remains …

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5 reasons why Apple’s iPad will have trouble in health care

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Colin Crawford

The Steve Jobs iPad Tablet media show held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco was always going to have a hard time living up to the ridiculous pre-launch hype that’s been circulating around the Web.

Steve’s presentation was more moderate than at previous product launches as he tried to manage expectations positioning …

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How many more doctors are using electronic medical records?

Originally published in MedPage Today

by Emily P. Walker, MedPage Today Washington Correspondent,

Just over 40% of office-based physicians reported using electronic health record (EHR) systems in 2008, more than double the percentage at the start of the decade.

From 2007 to 2008, usage of EHRs increased by nearly 19% according to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), conducted by the …

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Why physician practices find it difficult to upgrade their computers to Windows 7

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Jonathan Bertman, MD

I recently talked about Microsoft’s newest desktop operating system, Windows 7, and outlined several reasons why you might want to purchase it when it comes out this year. Windows 7 will include some really cool features—like multi-touch technology and usability improvements—that can benefit medical practitioners and their office staff.

Because it is in Microsoft’s best interest …

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Do electronic medical records decrease liability risk?

Doctors are pushed to adopt electronic medical records harder than ever before.

However, costs are often the prohibitive obstacle, and whether the current generation of EMRs improve patient care remains in question.

But what about liability? Surely, more complete, legible medical records would reduce the risk of being sued. Right?

Well, it’s not that cut and dry.

In a story from American Medical News, doubts remain as to whether EMRs reduce the …

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How health IT can bankrupt healthcare

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Alberto Borges, MD

For those interested in health information technology, there is now an excellent, new, powerful article about this topic entitled, “Can Cleveland Clinic Be a Model for Digital Medicine?” where they discuss how this hospital system has failed to recoup their $100 million investment to date.

Here is my take on the Cleveland Clinic story, beyond the …

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iPhone medical apps can be improved by Google Android

by Felasfa Wodajo, MD

In a recent post, entitled, Why doctors should choose Google Android over the iPhone for medical apps, the author seems to have gone out out of his way to make a series of increasingly hyperbolic arguments declaring Motorola Droid superior to the iPhone.

The long trail of negative comments on the site demonstrate that perhaps not all readers were …

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Why electronic medical records won’t improve patient care or cut costs

Have electronic medical records made a difference in patient care?

According to a study looking at digital medical record adoption of 3,000 hospitals, electronic records have made little difference in cost or quality of care.

That’s discouraging, considering that the government is investing billions of dollars into the technology.

Very few physicians use electronic record systems effectively. For instance, many are simply scanning paper records into a computer, which provides minimal …

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iPhone radiology app to diagnose appendicitis

Originally published in MedPage Today

by Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today Staff Writer

For years, the pager and cell phone have summoned on-call radiologists to the emergency room. Now this leap in technology: an iPhone App that lets radiologists diagnose a patient remotely, wherever they may be.

Using a $20 iPhone application called OsiriX, radiologists made correct diagnoses of appendicitis in 124 of …

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The privacy and security risks of electronic health records

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Anthony Niehaus

As part of the 2009 HITECH Act, a national health information technology infrastructure (NHITI) is required for access and use of electronic health records resulting in a more “effective marketplace, greater competition… [and] increased consumer choice (HITECH Act, Section 3001(b)).”

Such a system is not only necessary, but it is cardinal to improving delivery and reducing costs …

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