A think tank with a healthcare task force chaired by former Senators Tom Daschle, a Democrat, and Bill Frist, MD, a Republican, is advocating for improved and better-used health information technology. Among the group's recommendations is "robust" data exchange. MORE

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As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability January 03, 2012 | Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard - Center for Public Integrity (iWatchNews)
As 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia inch toward a 2015 deadline for creating health information exchanges, those on the front lines of the effort are expressing concern about whether these systems will be able to talk to their counterparts in other regions.
Docs believe EHRs safer than paper, but patients still ambivalent January 03, 2012 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
A survey finds a majority of physicians believing that electronic health records are safer than their paper counterparts, citing accessibility of data as the top safety benefit. But patient perception remains mixed, with nearly half of respondents believing paper records are safer.
Study shows healthcare providers eager for more mobility January 03, 2012 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
While laptop and notebook PCs are commonplace in the medical community, the next wave of mobile adoption is well under way as providers turn to tablets, smartphones and applications to increase productivity and improve patient care, according to CompTIA's Third Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities study.
eRx worthwhile, but still problematic for docs, pharmacies January 03, 2012 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
A study by the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds that physician practices and pharmacies are both keen on e-prescribing's ability to improve safety and save time -- but that both groups face barriers to realizing its full potential.
Booz Allen identifies 9 ways IT is transforming healthcare January 03, 2012 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
As healthcare moves into a new era of efficiency, effectiveness and improved patient outcomes through health information technology, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has identified the top nine ways health IT is transforming healthcare. Among the changes with the greatest impact are reduced medical errors and faster emergency care.
Top 5 IT rules for smaller practices January 03, 2012 | Michelle McNickle - Web Content Producer
Although so many health IT-related discussions tend to focus on large organizations across the country, it's important to remember the smaller practices whose needs differ. In fact, implementing new technologies into a smaller practice can be tricky, depending on the amount of data you have and your willingness to pick up on current IT trends.
10 IT challenges for physician practices in 2012 January 03, 2012 | Michelle McNickle - Web Content Producer
Whether it's meaningful use or simply finding the right personnel, 2012 promises to be chock-full of tricky IT issues for physician practices. Bob Dean, vice president of technology at ChartLogic, gives us the top 10 challenges for physician practices in the new year.
Successful eRx requires 'three-phased approach' January 03, 2012 | Molly Merrill - Associate Editor
A study profiling how five physician practices successfully overcame their e-prescribing challenges has determined that the common thread among them was that each had carefully moved through three phrases: planning, implementation and use of the systems.

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