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  1. Factors in low physician adoption.
  2. The NRHA 32nd Annual Convention.
  3. ActiveHealth PHR (personal health record) saves lives after learning about the removal of the drug, Raptiva.

Category: EHR Matters
Date: April 28, 2009
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Hello I’m Lindsay Pine and this is EHR Matters for Tuesday, April 28th.

With the average price tag for a typical EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) implementation ranging anywhere from $15 – $50,000.00 – cost is certainly a factor in low physician adoption. However, according to the Washington Post – it is far from the only one. In a recent article the Post points out that doctor/physician resistance is still a problem, especially among older physicians. The article cites a 2008 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that found 29% of hospitals pointed to doctor resistance as a “major barrier,” while 42% claiming it was a “minor barrier.” Recently appointed Health IT Czar Dr. David Blumenthal agrees there are several barriers to adoption. In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Blumenthal writes, “beyond cost, the barriers to adoption of EMRs/ EHRs (electronic medical records/ electronic health records) include the perceived lack of financial return from investing in them, the technical and logistic challenges involved in installing, maintaining, and updating them, and consumers' and physicians' concerns about the privacy and security of electronic health information."

The National Rural Health Association will hold it’s 32nd annual convention at the historic Fountainbleau Resort in Miami Beach May, 5th through the 8th. The challenges of EMR/ EHR (electronic medical records/ electronic health records)adoption in rural America is expected to be one of the major topics at the show. Exhibitors will include representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the USDA, and the FDA, among other state and federal agencies. Mike McNeely from the Office of Rural Health Policy will be giving a talk on “The Rural Perspective for HIT (health information technology) Deployment.”

Prominent EMR/ EHR (electronic medical records/ electronic health records) software companies such as Allscripts™ will be on hand to showcase the state of the art in EMR/ EHR (electronic medical records/ electronic health records) Applications.

EHRtv cameras will be there covering the convention, providing reports on breaking news and interesting interviews from the exhibit floor. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for our complete coverage.

If you have been wondering what all the buzz with Personal Health Records (PHRs) is about – consider this breaking news of a PHR (personal health record) in action. New York based ActiveHealth Management provides PHR (personal health record) services to several health plans. Earlier this month ActiveHealth received word that the pharmaceutical company Genentech was voluntarily removing its prescription drug, Raptiva from the market. The drug is used for the treatment of Psoriasis, which has been linked to a rare brain infection. ActiveHealth was able to analyze its 19 million records, found the 288 members that had the drug listed in their PHRs (personal health records) - and in less than 48 hours had sent notifications of the recall, via e-mail to the patients and their prescribing doctors. Technically, Raptiva remains on the shelves until June 8th – however this rapid deployment of info based on PHR (personal health record) profiles – may have saved a few lives!

I’m Lindsay Pine and this has been EHR Matters– Thanks for watching.

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