July 31, 2011 |
The physician was full of bluster, threatening to sue the software vendor that had landed his practice in a quagmire as it tried to convert from paper medical files to an electronic database. "I'm feeling betrayed," he said last week, sitting in a crowded back office. Office manager Liz Wiener listened, letting the sound wash over her as she slumped over a conference table. Beth Schindele, Delaware's high-tech equivalent of the state agricultural extension agent, nodded her head in sympathy.
April 21, 2011 |
The rise in electronic medical records has given Brittany Fera, a premed student at Temple University, an "awesome" job that she had no idea existed before she saw an ad last year. It's not the geeky programming kind of job you might guess. The new record-keeping systems, which are touted as a way to improve efficiency and quality, slow down emergency medicine physicians so much that the doctors are hiring young people like Fera to input data for them. They call this growing group of employees "medical scribes.
October 11, 2010 |
In a move to improve medical care and cut unnecessary services, Camden's three health systems will begin to go live Monday with a citywide health record that should enable doctors to better know their patients' medical histories. The Camden Health Information Exchange is one of the most advanced of a small number of efforts nationally that seek to create broader medical-record systems, experts said. Unless patients opt out during any hospital visit, anyone with a Camden address will be included in the records exchange, making their recent hospital admissions, hospital-based lab and radiology results, medical tests, and discharge reports part of the database.
October 7, 2009 |
October has arrived, and so has Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as it has come to be known since 1985. For me and others who have been affected by the disease, breast cancer is something we are aware of 12 months a year. For the rest of the world, designating this month provides an opportunity for special events, media attention, and bringing a number of issues related to breast cancer to the forefront. I have one that doesn't get much attention. As a seven-year survivor of breast cancer, I am a cancer graduate.
January 29, 2009 |
Tucked inside the $819 billion economic stimulus package that passed the House yesterday are provisions to spur the adoption of electronic medical records. The relatively modest $20 billion for health information technology would be, by far, the biggest government infusion to enable medical information to follow patients back and forth among doctors' offices, hospitals and other providers. If successful, experts say, electronic medical records would improve quality, reduce duplication of services, and limit errors - ultimately saving the nation hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
October 10, 2008
SEN. McCAIN has chosen Gov. Palin, who is clearly unprepared to be the vice president during such a turbulent, chaotic, and pivotal time. So it's vital that voters know the facts about McCain's health and demand that his medical records be fully released. We have yet to see a full, public release of McCain's medical records. A "release" in May was restricted to about 20 reporters, and they were allowed only three hours to review 1,173 pages. They were not allowed to make copies, consult with medical experts or use cell phones or have Internet access during their review.
July 22, 2007 |
If you haven't been in a hospital for a few years, you might be surprised at how technology aimed at making your stay safer and more enjoyable is emerging in this notoriously paperbound industry. Your doctor may wheel a computer into your room during an exam. Your nurse may scan the bar code on your ID bracelet before giving you a pill. If you face a long wait for a procedure, a hospital employee may give you a pager much like the ones those perpetually busy chain restaurants hand out. Your preemie may send you an e-mail.
March 14, 2006 |
Disoriented and scared, Rosalyn Atkinson awoke crying and asked the nurse at her bedside a prophetic question: "Am I going to die?" It was Oct. 18, 2002, and Atkinson was on the 11th day of an 18-day odyssey that would take her from the Delaware County jail to a local hospital, back to jail, and then, as she feared, to her death. Officially, Atkinson, 25, died because of a fatal overdose of a single high-blood-pressure drug administered by jail infirmary staff, the Delaware County medical examiner determined.
May 10, 2005 |
Patients can now create their own online medical records, receive electronic health alerts tailored to their ailments, and exchange e-mail with their doctors free of charge, under a service unveiled yesterday. The for-profit venture, called iHealthRecord, is part of an ongoing trend toward converting patient records, many of which still are maintained on paper, to the Internet. Health-care economists say conversion of patient records to databases linked to the Internet would save billions of dollars and greatly improve patient care by, among other things, helping to avoid medical errors.
March 21, 2005
How can any regulation be called a "privacy rule" when it permits sharing Americans' most personal medical information with 800,000 or so health, business and government entities? Even a hospital gown offers more privacy, and this widespread access to medical records should leave patients with a different sort of chill running up the spine. How can they be open about their medical needs if traditional doctor-patient confidentiality has been eroded? Medical privacy rules put in place in 2003 under HIPPA - the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - can make it harder to send someone flowers in the hospital, or check on their condition, than limit access to patient records.