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Health IT should rely on design, not engineering

When creating new technology for healthcare, new tools should not be engineered so users have to conform to them, but designed with how it will be used in mind, according to Leonard D'Avolio, director of Informatics at Ariadne Labs, a joint venture of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Next-generation health IT requires primary care input

Practicing clinicians and patients have the clearest understanding of what they need from health IT and should be shaping the national HIT research agenda, according to an article published in the latest edition of the  Journal of the   American Board of Family Medicine.

Patient-centered medical homes don't maximize HIT to coordinate care

Physicians practicing in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) still depend on non-health IT methods of coordinating care, and their use of electronic health records for supporting coordinated care were not aligned with their priorities, according to a new study from the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Hospital designs make room for technology

Hospital room designs are changing to accommodate technology's rising role in care and to help improve patient safety.

Price transparency, provider collaboration will drive payer analytics adoption

As the Affordable Care Act's rules and regulations continue to evolve, payers need health IT tools and analytics to better asses overall clinical and financial performance across multiple dimensions, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights.

Health IT to help fight negative health impacts of climate change

The White House is turning to data and the innovative power of both individuals and tech companies to prepare health systems in the U.S. for changes global warming will bring.

3 ways providers can mitigate health IT harm

Electronic health records introduce new kinds of risks into an already complex healthcare environment, according to a new Sentinel Event Alert published this week by the Joint Commission.

Inspector General slams VA's IT oversight

More than five years after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new system to manage its IT projects, its still lacks the required discipline and accountability for effective oversight, according to a new inspector general report.

Docs to ONC: Ease administrative burden of health IT

The American Academy of Family Physicians is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to ease the burden on physicians trying to comply with federal health IT goals.

Why HIT doesn't ensure better care coordination

Doctors who use EHRs are only slightly more likely than those who don't to receive the patient information they need for coordinated care, according to research from AHRQ researchers who surveyed 4,500 office-based physicians. They found that roughly 33 percent used an EHR system and shared patient health information electronically.