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Pentagon Resists Administration’s Mandate For An Open Source Health Records System

A leaked Pentagon memo reveals that President Obama’s administration has repeatedly recommended that DoD implement a more cost effective open source system like VistA, but that the Pentagon has resisted due to "an incorrect assumption that modernizations based on open systems, as opposed to proprietary commercial systems, will take too long."

CMS Listening Session: Billing and Coding with Electronic Health Records

CMS and ONC will hold a meeting to discuss the increase in code levels billed for some Medicare services associated with EHRs and appropriate coding in an increasingly electronic environment.

Bennet, Burr, Harkin, Alexander Release Draft Bill to Improve Safety of Nation’s Drug Supply

Bipartisan senators unveiled a draft bill calling for a uniform standard for drug tracking that would result in an interoperable, unit level drug product tracing.

Doctors-In-Training Spend Very Little Time at Patient Bedside, Study Finds

A recently published Johns Hopkins study finds that medical students are spending just 12 percent of their time with patients and more than 40 percent of their time on the computer. Researchers say residents spend significantly less time with patients now than they did before 2003, when hospitals were first required to limit the number of consecutive working hours for trainees.

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  1. Doctors spend more time with the computer than with the patient as do the nurses in modern medicine. What is wrong with this picture? I might add, these doctors adapt to the computer being the patient for the rest of their carrers, and the patient learns quickly that the computer has becoem the doctor.

    Is it any surprise that outcomes and costs of care have not improved? This is merely another reason for the bottom line.

  2. I am declaring Jenny the new Suzy.

    [From Mr H] It is the same person posting under a variety of names. I can tell from the IP address of the hospital they work for; you can tell from the unwavering anti-EMR sentiment.

  3. I’ve been seen by nurses & physicians who do a nice job of not letting the machine interfere with the visit, and I’ve been seen by ones who have adapted horribly to it. At the same facility. Like all things, it will trend upward but there will always be room for improvement.

  4. Since “Suzy” likes to go around posting under a variety of names, perhaps it would elevate the discussion if every comment from that IP were flagged with a little message like “This post came from an IP associated with Suzy, RN, a user who posts under a variety of usernames to obfuscate the comment’s origin and generate a false appearance of consensus. Take this statement with a grain of salt.” I’m sure many of your readers could write a script to do exactly that.

    If other comments were posted from that hospital they would be flagged as well, which is not ideal, but just how many commenters do you have from that single IP? A similar script could even show a warning message in the “Leave a Reply” section informting the user that their post will receive this identifying flag.







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