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David Elyard, a health IT coordinator in West Virginia's bureau of behavior health and health facilities, drove the winding roads of his mountainous state last week to trouble-shoot the launch of the computerized laboratory information module being added onto the predominately open-source VistA electronic health-record system developed by the Veterans Administration.

The seven communities, home to an acute-care...

Shed the status quo in favor of a customer-centric approach to healthcare IT

The upfront investment, development charges and personnel costs associated with traditional electronic health record (EHR) implementations make clear that getting to Stage 1 Meaningful Use is only the beginning of the investment. Additional enhancements required for Stage 2, changes in the regulatory environment, even minor code fixes – all will...

In October, the Open Source Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) will hold its first summit, bringing together the government and open source developers, two radically different camps united in their goal to improve a lauded electronic health record in need of a face lift—the Veterans Affairs’ VistA. “We believe open source will help us innovate quickly,” says Mike O’Neill who sits on the board of OSEHRA, and is senior advisor to...

Leveraging "open source" EHR technology can substantially reduce the cost of acquiring an EHR system for behavioral health.

There are a bevy of beneficial and documented reasons for behavioral health providers to implement an electronic health record (EHR) – the most notable is the increased productivity EHRs provide. The problem has been justifying these benefits when weighed against costs in both time and money. As a...

The marriage between open source technology and electronic health records is at first blush, greeted by many with skepticism regarding robustness and efficacy. In truth, persistent myths obscure an intriguing reality: Open source EHR systems are not only possible but already in place.

Case in point: VistA is an enterprise-wide clinical information management solution used throughout the U.S. Department of Veterans...

ARLINGTON, VA – The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to make its open source agent operational Tuesday and make available the software code of various applications in the electronic health records of VA and the Defense Department.

Users of the applications will also have a method to report back to the open source agent changes to the software.

A custodial agent is an organization that has experience in...

Electronic health record vendors Epic Systems and Cerner may face competition from a joint patient information-sharing network being developed by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, analysts said.

Prompted by President Obama’s push for medical facilities to adopt electronic records, hospitals may pay companies to modify the open-source code likely to power the government-developed system, rather than buying...

Pompano Beach, FL - EHR Doctors, Inc. and Midland Memorial Hospital announced today that Midland Memorial Hospital is now live with the Social Security Administration (SSA) MEGAHIT project. EHR Doctors, Inc. became the first nationwide health information exchange to connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) and the SSA MEGAHIT project. “EHR Doctors is proud to announce that we can on-board any hospital...

This story was produced in collaboration with the Washington Post.

When the president of the Joint Commission, the Chicago-based group that accredits the nation's hospitals, unveiled mandatory rules to prevent operations on the wrong patient or body part, he did not mince words.

"This is not quite 'Dick and Jane,' but it's pretty close," surgeon Dennis O'Leary declared in a 2004 interview about the "universal...

The first milestone for the upcoming joint Veterans Affairs and Defense Department electronic health record platform is a common graphical user interface to be in place by July, according to W. Scott Gould, deputy secretary for the VA.

A prototype interface already has been developed, Gould told the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on May 18.

The user interface provides the front end and a point-of-entry for...

Kenneth Kizer has been around the quality block more than a few times.

He directed the VA Health Care System during its metamorphosis; led the California health department during the early years of HIV, spearheaded a blunt anti-tobacco campaign that politicians tried to quash, and coined the term "never events."

Perhaps most significant, in 1999 this former emergency room physician founded and directed the...

The Resource and Patient Management System, the electronic health-record system developed by the Indian Health Service, announced it has been certified as capable of meeting HHS' criteria through which providers can meet meaningful-use targets and receive federal financial incentives for health IT adoption.

Thus, the IHS becomes the first federal agency whose EHR system has achieved certification under the incentive...

In today’s difficult economic climate, the Obama administration and congressional leaders are searching for ways to make the government more affordable and efficient. The nation’s fiscal state demands that we examine our services and make important choices.

Decision makers would do well to study the health care delivery system of the Department of Veterans Affairs. To meet the challenges of the nation’s largest...

Formally Announces Request for Proposal...

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday he and Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed on March 17 that their departments would develop a common electronic health record system.

A former high-ranking federal health information technology official, who declined to be identified, said the agreement ultimately could save the two departments billions of dollars in development and maintenance costs.

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Healthcare reform has many in the industry contemplating partnerships between hospitals and physicians in new accountable care organizations or sharing bundled payments, which is prompting more talk about improving hospital and physician relations. But some hospitals have made collaboration a priority in the quest for better patient outcomes.

“Transition of care points improve if we are aligned correctly and that...

Kenneth W. Kizer, one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on public health and health-care quality improvement, has been named the director of the new Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) at UC Davis Health System, and a Target of Excellence professor at the School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

As director of the IPHI, Kizer will launch an initiative to determine how...

A hospital’s emergency department is frequently the initial point of entry for patients. It may also be the first place a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system arrives in a medical facility.

Hospitals face pressure to adopt CPOE technology, which is notoriously tricky to deploy. Stage one of the government’s “meaningful-use” criteria calls for hospitals to handle at least one...

As computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems come online, organizations are integrating CPOE data into their EMRs to leverage safer and more accurate ordering among providers across multiple settings. But that’s just the beginning. Facilities are finding new ways to tap that data to boost clinical decision support in other areas.

New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), an academic medical...

The Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments will decide by late March the technical method they will pursue to create a common electronic health record. The two departments are able to exchange some patient information now, but their systems are not interoperable, even though many military members and veterans receive treatment in both systems.  

The VA and DOD secretaries are committed to do this together and make...

Following a four-month survey of 30,000 healthcare records professionals, physician practice administrators, and hospital leaders in the information technology arenas, Black Book Rankings has compiled its findings evaluating the highest ranked electronic health and electronic medical records (EHRs/EMRs) for inpatient organizations in 2011.

The New York-based technology market researcher narrowed down its results to the...

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are close to reaching an agreement to use a single electronic health record system, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker told lawmakers at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing today.

If this deal goes through, the single Defense-VA electronic health record system would be the largest in the world today, serving 15.8 million patients -- 9.6 active-duty service...

Silver Hill Hospital of New Canaan, Connecticut, recently joined a select group of psychiatric hospitals in the United States that have implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system. Founded in 1931, Silver Hill Hospital is a 129-bed not-for-profit psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient and residential transitional living programs for adolescents and adults. Silver Hill brings particular expertise to the...

Silver Hill Hospital unites disparate business and specialty platforms under an open-source EHR and database solution

A farmhouse until 1930, the Patricia Regnemer Main House is the centerpiece of the Silver Hill Hospital campus in New Canaan, Conn.

About five years ago, Silver Hill Hospital was looking for a new electronic medical record solution. “We felt that we needed a psychiatric system and, at the time, we...

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