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Lessons learned during an unplanned EMR downtime

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to On a Thursday in April, my practice upgraded its electronic health record to the next version, the “latest and greatest” with more features, as well as compliance with meaningful uses 2 through infinity. That was the good news. The bad news was that it meant

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Vote for EHR 2.0 submission for creating online privacy practice notice

EHR 2.0’s team is participating in ONC challenge to create online notice of privacy practice entry.  Our online application requires only few minutes of customization by Covered Entities to create notice of privacy practices that they could provide to their patients via mobile, web or other end-user […]

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HIPAA Security Vulnerability

What is the Heartbleed bug? The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. OpenSSL is an implementation of the SSL/TLS encryption protocol used to protect the privacy of Internet communications between two parties.  Many websites and applications like email, Instant messaging […]

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Vacation Rental Property Trends

An emerging trend with regard to vacation rental property is that travelers are starting to look more and more for rental properties with the many benefits of a hotel along with all the comforts and spaciousness of a traditional house rental. There are many reasons why anyone might seek out this type of lodging. It […]

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Making the 15 minutes more valuable: It’s time to flip the clinic

Fifteen minutes. Give or take. That’s about how long a patient typically spends with a primary care doctor during an office visit. If you’re lucky enough to be healthy, maybe that visit comes once every year or two.  Or if you’re less healthy, maybe every few months. In either case, it’s not a lot of

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The population health benefits of EMR implementation done right

I’m back at it again, talking about my continued love/hate relationship with EMRs. From my conversations with doctors at different hospitals in our region, it seems that most docs appear to be falling into the “hate” column. Meanwhile, I’m still chugging along with the EHR that’s been installed in my office. And while it works

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What if medical records worked like Wikipedia?

I’ve been thinking about EMRs, electronic medical records, lately. It’s a subject, despite some professional experience, I don’t feel particularly close to. In fact, if anything, they are a source of consternation. As an industry insider, I see them as an expensive albatross around our collective neck. As a human centered design adviser, I see

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How wearables can objectively track outcomes in patients

There are few certainties in medicine. But treating rotator cuff injuries has revealed one to me: People with rotator cuff tears don’t sleep well. If you want a glimpse into the life-altering symptoms of shoulder pain, just ask one of these patients how many times a night he or she wakes up with pain. Hearing the

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What health care can learn from Katz’s Delicatessen

Sometime during the last year of the second millennium, I wrote my last letter in response to the last letter I have ever received. It’s been email ever since. I don’t recall making a conscious decision to stop writing letters. It just happened. I cannot pinpoint the exact date when my work memos, agendas, proposals

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The Heartbleed bug compromises EHRs: Physicians and patients beware

Technology finds its way into our lives not so much in big flashy ways as little ones. Oh, I can do this a little bit faster now, isn’t that cool? Wow, isn’t this convenient? Oh, isn’t this a huge risk to my privacy? Oftentimes, when I start talking about Linux or scripting or the command

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