Study Says e-prescription Reduces Medication Errors

A study conducted by Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City has found that among 12 New York State primary care practices, the six that had adopted “e-prescribing” systems reduced their prescribing errors by nearly seven-fold over one year. Errors included mistakes like giving patients the wrong dose, wrong duration of use or incorrect or missing usage directions.

Electronic prescribing has been widely seen as a way to improve efficiency, save money and cut medication errors, such as cases where a pharmacy dispenses the wrong drug due to a doctor’s illegible handwriting. The systems also typically provide doctors with a drug’s allergy warnings, potential for interacting with other medications and other information that could help prevent adverse effects.

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An E-book for Selecting Right EMR


John Lynn has released a new e-book on ‘How to Select an EMR’ . This would be very helpful reference book for Doctors and Practice managers to narrow down their EMR system choices and also to plan for things to do before selecting an EMR. As John indicates this EMR selection e-Book has a good mix of education about the various types of EMR softwares and the advantages and disadvantages them.

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Has Innovation Taken Backbench in Healthcare IT?

question-markI was reading Chilmark and Healthcare IT guy’s about their take on innovation in healthcare IT both of them have almost expressed similar opinion on Innovation in healthcare IT and apparently, both of them feels that they didn’t see any significant innovation being announced in this HIMSS10.

Chilmark nicely puts it as ‘No tsunamis, just ripples on a pond’ with these articles it is quite evident that the vendors of all sizes are fully occupied with the buzz word ‘Meaningful use’, of course, looking at the current market opportunities it is sensible why companies are so keen on this & I guess this is positive stage for industry which I call ‘opportunity encasement’ & this would follow ‘new market creation’ with innovation.

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IBM Donates Supercomputer For Biomedical Research

ibmsupercompIBM unveiled a new high-performance computing (HPC) initiative for biomedical and life sciences research that features one of the most powerful supercomputers in the Texas Medical Center. Rice scientists will use the supercomputer in collaboration with researchers from across the medical center to study cancer, AIDS and other complex diseases.

The POWER7-based supercomputer is the centerpiece of a $7.6 Million IBM Shared University Research (SUR) award to Rice for advanced biomedical research. The award — the largest for HPC infrastructure in Rice’s history — also includes HPC software, services and life sciences expertise from IBM. Dubbed “BlueBioU,” the HPC project will bring together researchers from Rice, IBM and collaborating partners within the Texas Medical Center.

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Qualibria, GE’s New Clinical Knowledge Platform Set for Late 2010 Launch

GEHClogoGE Healthcare introduced Qualibria, its new clinical knowledge platform that enables healthcare delivery organizations to improve performance against their quality targets.  Qualibria gives clinicians more control over patient outcomes by bringing together real-time data from existing IT systems and comparing these data against shared baselines of evidence-based best practices.

Qualibria is the result of a multi-year collaboration between GE, Intermountain Healthcare and the Mayo Clinic.

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GE Healthcare Unveils Future of Healthcare IT at HIMSS10

GElogoThis week in Atlanta, healthymagination takes center stage as GE Healthcare uses its technology expo to demonstrate how it will affect cost, quality and access in healthcare systems across the world.  At the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the company will showcase new innovations and achievements from each of its healthcare IT divisions.  Among the highlights:

  • Debut of GE’s new clinical knowledge platform that enables healthcare delivery organizations to improve performance against their quality targets.
  • Launch of GE’s next-generation eHealth Solutions platform – an infrastructure offering that includes expanded services for health information exchange, a clinical portal and a patient health management system.
  • Demonstration of planned enhancements to eHealth Information Exchange (HIE) which are expected to enable the HIE to view reports on healthcare quality at the provider level, state level and information exchange level based entirely on information collected from participating providers.
  • Enhancing the quality of patient care and addressing the needs of IT professionals, GE Healthcare IT’s latest imaging solution debuts with new technology to bring images to the EMR using a single point of access.
  • A suite of rapid implementation packages for GE’s proven electronic medical record and revenue cycle management solutions.
  • Announcing the addition of thirty hospitals to the business’ latest Centricity® Enterprise EMR platform since November, fueling double-digit growth.

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Communities CONNECTing to the NHIN

HITThis week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is sponsoring a series of demonstrations at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase that illustrate innovative efforts to achieve progress toward secure, nationwide health information exchange across providers and jurisdictions.

The ONC and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) showcase will feature 25 demonstrations that involve 42 organizations. These organizations illustrate broad uses of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), a set of standards, services, and policies that enable the secure exchange of health information over the internet.  The demonstrations also highlight the use of CONNECT, an open source NHIN gateway that was developed by the FHA program for organizations wanting to securely exchange health information using NHIN constructs.  Demonstrations are grouped into four areas that align with key health outcome policy priorities: Continue reading


HIMSSHealth IT professionals from around the country will be convening in Atlanta at the beginning of March for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Annual Conference. HIMSS will provide a unique opportunity for ONC to speak to, learn from and interact with 27,000 leaders in the health IT field. This year’s theme — change is everywhere, opportunity is here — aptly sets the tone for ONC’s participation and related presentations that will highlight the administration’s efforts to support the adoption of health IT and the promotion of secure, nationwide health information exchange. Here are some of the events we will be participating in at the conference:

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Microsoft Acquires Sentillion

microsoft1Microsoft Corp. has completed the acquisition of Sentillion Inc., a privately held company specializing in software for the healthcare industry. Microsoft will add Sentillion’s technologies to its portfolio of health solutions to make it easier for doctors and nurses worldwide to deliver better patient care by streamlining access to multiple health IT applications and data. The acquisition brings the Sentillion team and products to the Microsoft Health Solutions Group led by Corporate Vice President Peter Neupert. Operating out of its offices in Andover, Mass., the Sentillion team will continue to sell and support its product line while Microsoft invests in the long-term evolution of the combined Sentillion and Microsoft health solutions. “We’re excited to bring Sentillion’s talent, thought leadership and innovation in health IT into the Health Solutions Group,” Neupert said. “Combining our assets will allow us to offer healthcare providers a much simpler way to access and use the applications and information they need to perform at the highest levels. Acquiring Sentillion will allow us to amplify and accelerate our impact on health IT and health globally.” By combining Sentillion’s context management and single sign-on technologies with Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS), a real-time data aggregation solution, Microsoft’s goal is to give clinicians new insight about patients in real time and enable them to perform the appropriate task with unprecedented speed. At the same time, the workflow of clinicians will be simplified, allowing them to spend less time navigating different IT systems and more time with patients. Microsoft also will further explore synergies between Sentillion technologies and Microsoft’s identity and access management solutions, including Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010.

Via Microsoft Press Release