Tag Archives: electronic medical records

The Medical Record – Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

The medical record has been a problem ever since Hippocrates, in a moment of spite, invented it. Until the advent of the electronic record it had existed on paper and was stored in a variety of inaccessible locations by the Department of Medical Records, or by a similarly named entity. Once entombed in the medical…

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The Electronic Record and the Doctor

Everyone seemed surprised when investigators from the RAND Corp  reported in the January 2013 issue of Health Affairs that the widespread use of the electronic medical record had not resulted in reducing medical care costs  – see the NY Times incredulous reaction. The RAND team of course said if we just tried a little bit harder, say…

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Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record

As part of last year’s economic stimulus act congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). “HITECH broadens the scope of privacy and security protections already available under HIPAA. This law also increases the potential legal liability for non-compliance and provides for more enforcement. HITECH requires data breach notification for…

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