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Health IT implementation cuts into workflow

A new Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality study found that health IT caused interruptions to clinical workflow across all participating clinics and work roles.

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.

ONC publishes new review of health IT functionalities

More than three-fourths of studies on health IT have found that technology provides at least some positive impact on patient care, but the studies themselves need improvement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new literature review.

Spotlight: NeHC to develop Patient Experience Framework

The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is creating a Patient Experience Framework to use health IT to bring patients and providers closer together, according to an announcement. The Patient...

EHR question has evolved from 'if' to 'how'

I write a lot about how electronic health records have the potential to improve research, catch diagnostic errors and boost care. Much of this is the macro picture of EHRs and health IT as it...

Let's give kudos to Mostashari--and his 'ONC'ers'

There's been a lot of press this past week about the resignation of National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari--praise for his accomplishments, speculation regarding his replacement and concerns that the timing will adversely affect health IT progress. I'm struck, however, by the evident surprise in the industry of Mostashari's announcement after two years in the top job.

EHR training most sought-after skill in healthcare market

Good news for HIT staff; bad news for their bosses: Employers posted more than 15,000 online job ads for healthcare professionals to manage EHR systems, up 31 percent from last year and up 88 percent...

Survey: Docs adopting health IT slowly

Physicians are adopting electronic health record systems and other health technology, but perhaps not as fast as the government would like, according to Physician Practice's 2012 technology survey.

Poor IT compatibility between VA, DOD hinders care for wounded soldiers

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA) are falling short on efforts to provide care to injured combat personnel because their IT systems lack compatibility, according to a new report by

Study finds dramatic rift in PCP-specialist communication

Whenever physician blogger Kevin Pho, MD, refers a patient to a specialist, a copy of the patient's recent notes, labs and diagnostic tests is faxed to the specialist, often prior to their visit. And