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Big Marketing Push Underway for EHRs in Developing Nations


Big Marketing Push Underway for EHRs in Developing Nations   electronic health records EHRs E Health Records International developing nations With electronic health records now a fixture across much of North America and Europe, the practicality and prevalence of EHRs may soon be equally apparent in vastly diverse markets, specifically those of developing nations.

But transitioning from paper records to electronic medical records in regions lacking adequate computer network systems won’t be easy. And that’s where mobile technology comes into the picture.

Consider one such effort in Sebastopol, California today.

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New Report Assesses The Financial Health of HIT Companies


New Report Assesses The Financial Health of HIT Companies   technology mobile tech Medical Economics HIT health information technology electronic health records EHRs On Monday, Medical Economics – a leading business publication for physicians in the United States – released a new report ranking the top 100 health information technology (HIT) companies with complete electronic health records (EHR) systems.

According to the details shared with mHealthWatch, an estimated 729 companies offer EHR systems targeting healthcare providers.

Though experts say the market is ripe for consolidation, the financial health of these companies remains the most important determinant for product development, innovation and the ability to meet the next challenges of interoperability posed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) EHR incentive program for Meaningful Use 2.
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Top EHR Named in Black Book Ranking’s 2013 Survey


Top EHR Named in Black Book Rankings 2013 Survey   mobile app mHealth electronic health records EHR drchrono drchrono – creator of the original Electronic Health Record (EHR) iPad app – was recently ranked as the top EHR for iPad by physicians in Black Book Ranking’s 2013 survey.

Black Book is one of the largest independent technology services and market opinion research companies with a dedicated healthcare division.

BlackBook ranked drchrono the top EHR for the iPad based on a survey of 485 EHR vendors used by 16,623 physicians in the United States.
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HealthID Gives South African Market a Helpful EHR App


HealthID Gives South African Market a Helpful EHR App   South Africa iOS HealthID electronic health records EHR apps Last year, health insurance provider Discovery Health introduced to the South African market a groundbreaking electronic health-record application called HealthID.

For the time being, HealthID is available on the Apple iPad but it will soon be Android compatible.

The electronic health record is at the heart of the application and stores valuable clinical information derived from claims data and pathology laboratories.

According to Engineering News Online, doctors can access their patients’ details of previous medical consultations with other doctors and at hospitals.

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Who is Struggling with EHR Adoption?


Who is Struggling with EHR Adoption?   electronic health records EHRs EHR adoption A compelling study published last week in Health Services Research reveals that healthcare providers in metropolitan areas are less likely to have implemented an electronic health records (EHR) system than their rural counterparts.

This information may come as a surprise to those who previously thought that rural providers would be more likely to struggle with adopting electronic recordkeeping systems than their urban counterparts.

The far-reaching study, which was conducted in 2011, examined over 261,000 ambulatory healthcare sites throughout all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

Researchers found that healthcare providers located in areas with proportionately large minority and low-income populations were less likely to have implemented an EHR than rural providers. In fact, those providers serving urban areas typically had the worst track records in terms of adopting EHR systems out of all the providers examined in the study.

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Sexual Orientation to Become Standard Info for Electronic Health Records


Sexual Orientation to Become Standard Info for Electronic Health Records   UC Davis mHealth LGBT lesbian gay electronic health records EHRs bisexual and transgender According to an announcement made earlier this week, UC Davis Health System will become the first academic health system in the United States to document sexual orientation and gender identity as “standard demographic elements” within the electronic health records for its patients.

A press release from UC Davis asserts that physicians and patient advocates believe that the new measure is an important step toward improving health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals “who often have avoided medical clinics out of fear of being humiliated or rejected.”

Today, the health system posted a questionnaire that invites its patients to share their sexual orientation (attraction to one’s own gender or a different gender) and gender identity (the gender an individual identifies with) with their providers.

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Electronic Health Record Alerts May Help Preserve Blood Supplies


Electronic Health Record Alerts May Help Preserve Blood Supplies   Stanford Hospital & Clinic electronic health records EHRs blood transfusions Electronic health record alerts have helped medical professionals at Stanford Hospital & Clinic reduce use of blood products over the last four years, according to an article published this week by Stanford Medicine’s Scope blog.

The trend reflects a growing awareness that while blood may be life-saving, it also carries risks to patients, an important consideration in deciding whether a patient should receive a transfusion, said Lawrence Goodnough, MD, a professor of pathology and hematology at Stanford.

Dr. Goodnough serves as director of the transfusion service at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

In 2009, Stanford Hospital initiated a porgram designed to “make doctors think twice” before they order blood for a patient.

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