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Open Source Will Help Drive EHR Costs Down

From 44,000 to 98,000 hospital deaths each year are caused by preventable medical errors, representing the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States. These errors, however, can largely be eliminated through the...

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Hang On

A special issue to get you through the downturn and to forecast what the healthcare industry will be on the other side. Get ready for the failure of the HIT stimulus dream, episode of care contracting, the end of easy...

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Digital health: Struggle or a pipedream?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Creating an electronic health record for every American by 2014 is a big part of Obama's agenda but it may be easier said than done.For one, the cost can be prohibitive - easily running into...

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Open Source as a Healthcare Solution

The headlines in the US media warble every day with dispatches of how the government wrestles with the question of providing better healthcare for the nation's residents. The debate now in Congress has proven to be a...

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Medsphere's Open Source Health Upgrade

The other day I spoke with Rick Jung, COO of Medsphere, providers of the commercial open source health care software package OpenVista. Their mission: to get health care providers of all strata to use open source, save...

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Open-Source Community Welcomes New EHR Certification Possibilities

While big-picture health reform efforts on Capitol Hill are getting most of the mainstream media attention this month, another more focused kind of reform also is under way a few blocks down the road.Last week, a...

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CIO Chat: Open Source Meets Health Care

How one hospital slashed the cost of its electronic medical records implementation[Interview with David Whiles, CIO of Midland Memorial Hospital]Changing from paper charts to electronic medical records sounds like a...

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Code Red

The central contention of Barack Obama’s vision for health care reform is straightforward: that our health care system today is so wasteful and poorly organized that it is possible to lower costs, expand access, and...

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Open Source EHRs Set to Grow; Government backing gives open source a boost.

(Editor's note: For more on open source software, read the June 2009 print cover story titled "Open Sesame.")On the surface, open source technology seems questionable—software engineers finagling with code and cobbling...

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Is VistA a viable replacement for paper records?

How is it possible that only 1.5 percent of hospitals in the United States have gone paperless? Furthermore, how is it possible that West Virginia—which is not exactly a financial or technological hotbed—is one of the...

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