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Practice Fusion Rebuilds Its Electronic Health Record For Apple And Android Tablets

Practice Fusion unveils a new tablet-based version of its EHR, which CEO Ryan Howard says will differentiate it from competitors because “Most vendors’ mobile electronic health record is a half-assed version of desktop.” The company will now shift its focus toward creating a smartphone version.

A Letter from Dean Klag to Governor Chris Christie

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH writes a letter to NJ Governor Chris Christie criticizing his newly instituted 21-day involuntary quarantine for care workers returning to the US from West Africa.

Patient-To-Physician Messaging: Volume Nearly Tripled As More Patients Joined System, But Per Capita Rate Plateaued

A study conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center finds that patient-to-physician email traffic has tripled in the last 10 years, but that the per capita rate has stabilized at around 18 messages per month, per 100 patients.

Mass. HIT survey shows high rates of EHR adoption; enthusiastic public

A government run health IT adoption survey soliciting opinions from a group of Massachusetts hospitals and practices finds positive physician support of EHRs, with 82 percent reporting that EHRs improve care, 80 percent reporting that EHRs reduce errors, and 75 percent reporting that EHRs enable better decision making.

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  1. “She has tested negative for Ebola and, according to news reports, has no symptoms.” Are news reports the only source of info on her symptoms? Does a decisive govt action increase paranoia or decrease it?

  2. Maybe they refer to news reports because they haven’t examined the patient themself? Or being very direct so as to avoid a HIPAA violation?

    As for the several governors who have made this decision to quarantine patients who are not sick, I think it actually doubles up on the lack-of-good it does. I don’t think the act itself increases paranoia… but I think the extreme actions taken makes any possible symptom from any possible person who may have only a remote connection to some country in Africa even that much more “scary” which increases paranoia. To decrease the paranoia, we’d be better off making informed decisions. Would we all be safer if no one drove? Yes. Does that mean we should stop driving? No.

    On top of that, the pretty much unanimous answer from anyone who has any knowledge of Ebola and outbreaks has said that stopping Ebola at the source is the best way to avoid further spread. The areas most impacted do not have the infrastructure necessary w/o aide from outside sources to do that. If I know that when I come home I’ll be subject to house arrest… or something worse… for 21 days, do I still go? Jersey will pay if your employer won’t… but I don’t know what that looks like and I don’t know if I’d take the risk of some other not-so-comfortable quarantine.

    If I do go over and want to avoid quarantine… do I do something less honest to get back into the country so I don’t have to deal with it? Avoid stamps on my passport. Lie to the authorities. All kinds of things. Now – rather than doing something medically appropriate and less invasive like regular monitoring of low to medium risk individuals, we are imprisoning (with good food, apparently) honest people coming back, discouraging some from going to help, and potentially getting a bunch of people in the country that we don’t know about.

    So… I love Christie as much as the next guy… and I’m sure the other governors are good folks, too. But, while this may seem like a popular idea… I think it does very little good and potentially a lot of harm.

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