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$400 Million Boondoggle Commentary 

$400 Million Boondoggle

Another Boondoggle. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on 12/15/2016: “A huge project to modernize medical record-keeping for California prison inmates has more than doubled in cost from original estimates to nearly $400 million in just three years, the latest in a long string of computer projects that have befuddled state government.” Even for those of us who are familiar... Read More
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words Commentary 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Many patient conditions are difficult to describe accurately but can easily be captured by a digital photo. While most hospital EMRs will accept photo files, the process can be very cumbersome. A digital camera has to be found, the picture taken, then uploaded to the hospital EMR system through a PC. This not only takes time and multiple devices but... Read More
Will Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill Your EMR? Commentary 

Will Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill Your EMR?

Recent reports of hospitals infected with computer viruses have IT managers very worried as well they should be. EMR systems typically run over the same networks as other hospital functions, often leaving the door open to malware and viruses. In two recent examples, hospitals were crippled by what is known as ransomware. Often emanating from Eastern Europe, ransomware hackers infiltrate... Read More
Meaningful Use Has Cost Taxpayers 34.7 Billion Dollars, Was it Worth it? Commentary 

Meaningful Use Has Cost Taxpayers 34.7 Billion Dollars, Was it Worth it?

According to a recent article by John Lynn, founder of HealthCareScene, “CMS has put out the latest data on meaningful use participation and payments. They broke the Medicare dollars out by meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2. Meaningful use Stage 1 cost nearly $20 billion. Meaningful use Stage 2 cost $3.4 billion. The amounts were less for Stage 2, but... Read More