News&Views

November 24, 2006

It was a very good year (in-review)

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American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2006 Year in Review groups selected articles on medical computing that were published this year in major medical journals by topic, with links to PubMed abstacts. This wonderful resource was created by Daniel Masys, MD chairman of Vanderbuilt University Medical Center Department of Biomedical Informatics and was taken from Dr. Masys’s presentation at a recent AMIA Symposium; his slides can be accessed online as well.



November 7, 2006

Rx: Use Caller ID

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press release on mobile computing has been picked up by several news sources, including iHealthbeat and HealthcareIT News. In mid-2006, the marketing intelligence firm Spyglass Consulting Group conducted telephone interviews on over a hundred physicians and nurses working across the country in inpatient and outpatient settings. The full report costs $2,295 but their lead finding is free: 67% of clinicians interviewed carry multiple mobile communication devices, including pagers, cell phones, smartphones and VoIP phones. Among other findings, these clinicians ”create artifical barriers to prevent unnecessary interruptions and tend to prioritize communications based on whom they know.”                     



November 3, 2006

CCHIT interchat static

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On October 27th, HHS designated the Certification Commission for Healthcare IT (CCHIT) the first recognized certification body to ensure the functionality, interoperability and security of health IT products such as electronic health records (EHRs). (see N&V’s CCHIT Chat) Yet according to an October 30th article in Modern Healthcare.com, interoperability is not yet operable. “CCHIT is still waiting for standard-setting bodies to finish their tasks so, for 2006, the only interoperability requirement needed for certification was the ability to receive laboratory-test results electronically. Starting in May 2007, EHRs will need to be able to electronically transmit prescriptions in order to be certified. And, in 2007, [CCHIT Chairman] Leavitt said they will need to be able to electronically transfer medical-record summaries…’We’re going to get more interoperability criteria every year,’ he said…” 

CCHIT Chairman Mark Leavitt noted the HHS’s recognition will ”serve to promote more interoperability between EHRs because it opened the door for more hospitals, health systems and health plans to donate EHR hardware and software to their affiliated physicians.” (see N&V’s Kicking Back Anti-Kickbacks) A conditions of the new exceptions is that the donated EHR be certified within 12 months prior to the donation by a certification body recognized by the Secretary of the HHS—and right now, that’s only CCHIT. 



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