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  • Contributing Writer · January 12, 2012

    EHR Data Will Help Advance Comparative Effectiveness Research

    Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) has been an ongoing effort to identify best-practices for health care, based on clinical evidence. The AHRQ defines comparative effectiveness as research “designed to inform health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options.”


  • Contributing Writer · January 10, 2012

    HIPAA Privacy and Security is an Ongoing Task

    Many clinicians who have now completed their 2011 EHR Incentive Program attestation may now, feeling a sigh of relief, believe that keeping track of privacy and security is done – that it was a one-time effort needed in order to comply with one of the...


  • Contributing Writer · December 8, 2011

    How Will EHRs Help Shape Healthcare Reform?

    Never since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s, or perhaps the first run at Managed Care in the 1970s and 1980s, has health care been poised to undergo the kind of dramatic change that we are seeing now. With various efforts underway...


  • Contributing Writer · November 29, 2011

    Clinical Quality Measures and EHRs

    It’s tempting to look at the Clinical Quality Measures portion of Meaningful Use as just another hoop to jump through, with little actual clinical impact on day-to-day care. But, upon a little reflection, embedding Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) into Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems is...


  • Contributing Writer · November 15, 2011

    IOM Weighs in on EHR Safety

    Recently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), chartered by the National Academy of Sciences to advise the federal government on issues of medical care, research and education, delivered a publication on Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.