EHR Lessons from the Zoo
Aug28

EHR Lessons from the Zoo

A closer look at EHR use in zoos reveals HIM professionals and zoo veterinarians have more in common than they might expect might—and could even have something to learn from their practices.

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ONC to Focus on Achieving Interoperable Information Exchange in US

A focus on “what we have in common” to achieve interoperable health information exchange in the US was the message David R. Hunt, MD, FACS, medical director, health IT adoption and patient safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), provided during an update on ONC’s efforts at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit (LTPAC) in Baltimore, MD on Monday.

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North Dakota Launches HIE Boosted by High EHR Adoption Rates

Building on its status as having one of the highest electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates in the US, North Dakota recently announced the launch of its statewide health information exchange (HIE). North Dakota’s Health Information Technology Director Sheldon Wolf has been working with other state officials to develop the HIE for over four years. Wolf hopes to see quality of care improvements and lowered costs within a year of the HIE’s launch.

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CommonWell: Interoperability ‘For the Common Good’

The promise of the newly formed nonprofit was detailed during Monday’s general session, with an overview of the challenges providers face in terms of health information exchange and the solution proposed by the CommonWell Health Alliance.
Also at Monday’s general session, AHIMA presented the family of AHIMA’s late President Kathleen Frawley, who died in June, with two awards to honor her service to AHIMA.

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A Cost-Benefit Model for PHRs

Healthcare is badly in need of some cost-savings. A new study suggests that a change in the way we keep health records could save billions. Last week the industry got a look at a cost-benefit model for personal health records. According to the report, widespread use of PHRs could save the US healthcare industry between $13 and $21 billion a year. The Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL), a nonprofit IT research center...

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