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Meeting Meaningful Use

Kern Medical Center embraces open source technology to achieve clinical transformation and HITECH requirements.A hospital can spend millions of dollars on a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR), but if it's not...

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Out of the School

Behavioral health facilities seek to be included in meaningful use incentive payments.The Health Information Technology Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act, currently in committee, would extend federal...

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How electronic records transformed care for veterans

Ken Kizer is the miracle man of U.S. health care. Mr. Kizer brought in bold reform that transformed the vast and woeful Veterans Health Administration into an efficient, effective model institution with sky-high patient...

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Technology Emerges as a Tool to Recruit Clinicians

In the 2010s, what’s the latest tool for recruiting the best clinicians to your hospital? Is it the professional pride of being associated with an organization that provides the best care in the region? Is it showing...

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VA's Baker: Modernize rather than replace VistA

The Department of Veterans Affairs won't be trying to replace VistA anymore, but instead will be looking for ways to improve the powerful EMR system via open-source collaboration with the private sector."Let's be clear...

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The endless war

Veteran IT watchers who caught the webcast of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee last week saw something all too familiar.The IT history of the Veterans Affairs Department has been one of intermittent battling...

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Statement of Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

The following testimony by Medsphere Chairman Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, was given on October 6, 2010.Thank you Chairman Akaka, Ranking Member Burr, and Members of the Committee for inviting me to present this testimony...

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HISTalk Interviews Paul Hensler, CEO, Kern Medical Center

Paul Hensler, FACHE is CEO of Kern Medical Center of Bakersfield, CA.Tell me about Kern Medical Center.KMC is a 222-bed academic medical center. We have eight residency programs with the UCLA School of Medicine. We’re...

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CIO Chat: Lessons from a Security Breach

An attack downloaded pornographic images to a hospital's computers.In late July Kern Medical Center's information system came to a grinding halt.The hospital believed it had the standard security systems in place to...

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Political rhetoric gives Medsphere an opening

It seemed at first like a standard bit of political rhetoric from Epic CEO Judy Faulkner, at a policy committee meeting on the meaningful use standards.“I am nervous that the government is going to get into the EHR...

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