Giants of industry push for electronic medical records

According to the Economist magazine (“Bit by bit“), firms such as Wal-Mart, Pitney Bowes, and Intel are announcing plans to launch an online patient-information service next year with the non-profit firm Omnimedix Institute. The consortium aims to develop Dossia, which—according to the institute—is “a secure, private, independent network for capturing medical information and delivering it…

Physician-Patient email communication: a review

We are now in the information age. Let’s take a look at the following numbers: Internet World Stats reports that approximately 70% of Americans now have access to the Internet. (This puts it 7th in the world in terms of Internet penetration). Over 85% of physicians have access to high speed internet in their offices.…

Nearest doc: 200 miles

A very interesting book I recently came across is Arctic Village by Robert Marshall.  The book recounts the author’s two year stay in Wiseman, Alaska during the 1930s.  Wiseman is a town (if you could call it that) located above the arctic circle and is made up of less than 200 people.  The book details…

1.5 million harmed annually by preventable drug errors

MedPage Today reports that the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) claims that preventable drug errors are widespread in the U.S.  It is estimated that 1.5 million American are harmed each year from preventable drug errors; the treatment of these cases adds $3.5 billion of yearly cost.  How can we fix this problem?  The authors…

Medicaid and IT

The National Governors Association (“Florida Invests $308 Million in New Medicaid Computer System“) reports that Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has won a contract to “develop a new Medicaid computer system beginning March 1, 2008” for the state of Florida. The system is supposed to help participants navigate Florida’s Medicaid system, file claims, and report fraud.…

Google Health

Fard Johnmar of the Healthcare Vox blog has written a post regarding the introduction of Google Co-op.  Google Co-op allows users to perform detailed searches regarding medical issues.  You can search by symptom, condition, medical test, etc.  Johnmar states that: What’s interesting about this service is that Google is not taking responsibility for vetting healthcare…

Computerized Drug Ordering Reduces Chemotherapy Errors

Here’s one for The Healthcare IT Guy… MedPage Today reports that “Computerized Drug Ordering Reduces Chemotherapy Errors.” Some excerpts: Using the system reduced the likelihood that a child would get the wrong daily chemotherapy dose by 74%, and virtually eliminated the risk of dose calculation errors, wrote Christopher U. Lehmann, M.D., of Johns Hopkins, and…

IT usage in the Health Care sector

When I go to Ralph’s, my La Jolla grocery store, I scan my Ralph’s club card. The firm then is able to track all of my purchases and offer me customized coupons. If I go another Ralph’s store in Clairemont, this store still has access to all my prior purchases and I still receive a…