Date General EHR Industry Articles Summary
01/19/05 S. Shore medical groups to invest $8M in electronic medical records Five practices representing 200 physicians and thousands of patients in metro Boston will be investing $8 million in an advanced electronic medical records system.
01/18/05 Leading Health Care and Information Technology Groups Endorse Common Framework for Health Information Exchange to Support Improvements in Health and Healthcare Thirteen major health and information technology organizations, in an unprecedented joint collaboration, today endorsed a “Common Framework” to support improved health information exchange in the United States while protecting patient privacy.
12/29/04 Benefits of implementing an EMR outweigh barriers Electronic medical record systems can reduce overhead and eliminate need for chart materials, storage, transportation and destruction.
12/22/04 Electronic Medical Records – Multiple Data Input Options Users simply point and click to select appropriate choices from lists of choices to record a patient encounter. The end result would be a document that closely resembles a transcribed procedure note.
12/05/04 Physician goes it alone in effort to get back to basics He met children of doctors who were adamant that they didn’t want to follow in their parents’ footsteps, because their parents were never home.
11/25/04 Health IT: Unlocking the Logjam Doctors who adopt health information technology will take a financial hit, said Glaser in an interview with “The average EMR [electronic medical records system] costs $10,000 to $12,000 a year. The average economic value is about $20,000 a year. But two-thirds of the economic value falls to payer or employer.”
11/17/04 Health: When the wait is as bad as the disease Moreover, voice recognition technology today dramatically shortens the time it takes a radiologist to finalize a report. “A CT scan these days takes 15 minutes to do, an MRI might take 30 to 45. In a complicated case, it could take up to half an hour to read the scans,” said Dr. David Levin, former chairman of the radiology department at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
11/09/04 ITSPA: 2005 Healthcare Technology Trends Will Have Strong Impact On Smaller Businesses As pressure increases to raise profits by cutting costs, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that provide healthcare products and services are looking to several technology solutions to increase patient safety, reduce medical errors and improve bottom lines, stated the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA), a national, non-profit alliance that helps SMBs understand how technology and local technology providers can help them succeed.
11/8/04 Services pop up to help doctors pick EMR system “I’m going to fail or succeed in the long run based on my reputation. If my reputation is such that I give accurate, objective information irrespective of a referral fee, I’ll succeed,” Dr. Fishman said. Since the company was launched in June, “the majority of referrals I’ve made to physicians have been to manufacturers that I do not have an agreement with.”
11/4/04 Stentor and MEDITECH Announce Successful Integration Stentor, a leader in medical image and information management, and MEDITECH, a leader in health care information systems, today announced the successful integration of Stentor’s iSite® PACS with MEDITECH’s EMR.
11/2/04 Medical Societies Establish EMR Selection Services In June, Dr. Eric Fishman, an orthopedic surgeon in West Palm Beach, Fla., launched, which helps physicians pick EMRs after completing a free online questionnaire. The service then recommends three to five products within 24 hours. While the service is free for physicians, it aims to make money by getting referral fees from vendors
11/1/04 The Portable Medical Record Debuts With Web access to a patient’s records, ER doctors could treat incapacitated patients with full knowledge of vital medical history. The RedMedic service, which charges consumers $3 a month and employers lower group rates, lets individuals enter their personal medical data through an electronic form.
10/29/04 OCG Technology Announces New Consumer Driven Insurance Product Online (“PCO”). PCO enables health insurers to reduce the cost of primary care insurance for enrollees and introduce a new cost-effective product to millions of uninsured Americans.
10/28/04 Health agency closes gap on verification Updated system lets hospitals check insurance eligibility ….the hospital and several other IHS offices and facilities have been using a free, hosted Web-based verification system developed by two employees from IHS’ Shiprock, N.M., unit, that offers instantaneous verification of a patient’s insurance coverage.
10/20/04 The search for practice management software should begin with EMR evaluation SoftScript, a leading health information technology firm specializing in medical transcription services for hospitals and health systems, is proud to announce the launch of its newest product offering, CodingLynx. Building upon its existing cutting-edge technology, SoftScript is now able to provide health care organizations with remote coding technology in addition to medical transcription services.
10/18/04 Analysts: Demand Low for Medical RFID Tagging The RFID chip from Applied Digital Solutions that links patients to their medical records has kicked up a media furor over potential privacy concerns after the Food & Drug Administration approved it earlier this week.

But so far, analysts remain largely skeptical that the technology will have any substantial impact yet for patients. Rather than sparking a technological revolution, it seems the RFID (radio frequency identification) chip may be drawing attention to flaws in the existing health IT infrastructure.

10/14/04 New System Helps Physicians Choose Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Software has developed a method to assess EMR software programs to facilitate a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of medical records software products
10/7/04 Bucking the Outsourcing Trend, Health Care Technology Company Finds That Utilizing 100% U.S.-Based Employees Improves Patient Care and Helps Hospitals’ Bottom Line SoftScript, a leading health information technology firm specializing in medical transcription services for hospitals and health systems, is proud to announce the launch of its newest product offering, CodingLynx. Building upon its existing cutting-edge technology, SoftScript is now able to provide health care organizations with remote coding technology in addition to medical transcription services.
9/22/04 Electronic medical records are taking root locally “The simple vision is that we want to see every American covered by one or more regional health-information organizations,” says David Brailer, who was appointed as the nation’s first health-information-technology coordinator this year.
9/12/04 Digital Docs “Many thought it would be difficult to get physicians to use the technology,” Chin said, “but doctors found out that it helps them take care of patients. We also learned electronic systems can give you a more comprehensive view of your patient more quickly. For instance, our system will automatically tell doctors every six months to remind their patients to stop smoking. We’ve been able to document that these people have a higher quit rate.”
8/11/04 Doctors turn to digital data “Federal officials want doctors’ offices and hospitals to convert to electronic patient records, and they’re willing to provide financial incentives to those who do.”
8/04 Which Way Do I Go? Choosing the Right EMR for Your Practice From MD Net Guide: “Before settling on an EMR vendor, be sure the company understands the diagnostic spectrum covered by your practice, as well as the volume of patients served, and that its product reflects this understanding. “
7/27/04 Report Says 195,000 Deaths Due to Hospital Error HealthDay News article about HealthGrades, Inc.’s recent report: “An estimated 195,000 people in the United States die each year due to potentially preventable medical errors in hospitals, a new report contends. That’s almost twice the number reported by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its landmark 1999 report, To Err Is Human, which cited 98,000 preventable deaths each year.”
7/26/04 Pilot Project Studies EHR Implementation Issues From the American Academy of Family Physicians: “The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has a more ambitious goal: to have 50% of active members using EHRs by the end of 2005. To help make that goal a reality, the Academy is conducting a pilot project that should find out exactly what it will take to implement an EHR system in a family medicine setting.”
7/19/04 Most Wired Lead Nation’s Hospitals in Embracing Electronic Medical Records PRNewswire: “A new survey shows that America’s
hospitals are rapidly moving to establishing electronic medical records (EMR).”
7/07/04 A Paperless Health-Care System? BusinessWeek Article: “Middleton believes that better and broader use of IT could slice at least $130 billion off health-care costs annually.”
3/08/04 E-Medical Records Get Marketing Makeover Article in InformationWeek: “Last week, a team at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business began evangelizing the value of electronic medical records in an effort to prompt at least 20 million people to participate in the Health Data Exchange initiative.”
2/09/04 Small practices fuel sales of EMR systems Pressure from payers and a growing interest by physicians have analysts expecting large growth in electronic medical record sales to small groups.