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Sexual Orientation to Become Standard Info for Electronic Health Records


Sexual Orientation Becoming Standard Info for Electronic Health RecordsAccording 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


200248852-001Electronic 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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‘Voice Recognition’ Critical to EHR Efficiency


'Voice Recognition' Critical to EHR EfficiencyA new report from EHRintelligence is underscoring the dramatic effect voice recognition may have on EHR efficiency in the years ahead.

In an interview published Tuesday, Dr. Bud Lawrence, Director of Risk Management at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, California, said that with voice recognition software integrated into the hospital’s EHR, “documentation is simple and efficiency numbers are through the roof.”

So will voice recognition soon become an inextricable component of EHR?

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Study Shows Benefits of EHR-Connected mHealth Apps


Physicians and patients have something in common. Both have a voracious appetite for mHealth applications.

According to a new survey spearheaded by EHR vendor eClinicalWorks, 9 in 10 physicians support mobile health apps, particularly the variety tied to electronic health records (EHRs).

The same survey found that 93 percent of physician respondents believe that mobile health apps can improve a patient’s health outcome, and 89 percent are likely to recommend a mobile health app to a patient.

A corresponding infographic shows the emerging popularity of mHealth apps and their hastened adoption by doctors, patients, and a wide variety of healthcare industry professionals.

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9 in 10 Doctors Would Recommend mHealth Applications to Patients


It’s an incredible statistic that underscores the rampant adoption of mHealth tools by physicians eager to bolster quality healthcare through the advancements of contemporary technology.

A new survey of healthcare providers conducted by eClinicalWorks, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, shows that 93 percent of physicians find value in having a mobile health app connected to electronic health records (EHRs).

The same survey found that 93 percent of physician respondents believe that mobile health apps can improve a patient’s health outcome.

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AirStrip Expands Remote Patient Monitoring Solution to Include Real-time Mobile Access to EHR Systems


AirStrip Technologies, a company known for its mobile patient monitoring solutions, announced recently a new addition to its platform that allows real-time access to Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.

“For the first time, within a single mobile solution, physicians have real-time access to medical device data such as ECG waveforms as well as all other current and historical patient information imperative to clinical decision-making but formerly locked away in difficult to access, often disparate records repositories,” the company explained in a press release.

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Allscripts and MyCareTeam Launch Integrated Diabetes Management System


It’s been announced that Allscripts and MyCareTeam (MCT) have launched a new integrated diabetes management solution that will integrate the latter’s application with Allscript’s Enterprise EHR platform.

Patients will leverage “MCT-Clinical for Diabetes,” which after being combined with Allscript’s Electronic Health Records system, will transmit blood glucose readings directly from patient’s glucose meters, along with blood pressure, weight, vital signs, caloric intake and exercise to a central web-based database.  With the Allscripts integration, this data automatically connects to the Allscripts Enterprise EHR, and can create user-defined alerts that are routed to a diabetes educator, a care manager, a nurse, the patient’s primary care physician or, if serious enough, an endocrinologist.  This process facilitates remote monitoring and coaching, increases user compliance with protocols, and most important, based on early results from UMASS and other studies, reduces hospitalizations.

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