Monthly Archives: July 2011

New CHIDS Working Paper: “The Information Value of Online Physician Ratings”

CHIDS Fellow and Ph.D. candidate Brad Greenwood recently presented the Working Paper “The Information Value of Online Physician Ratings” at this year’s INFORMS Healthcare conference. The paper examines potential biases among Internet users who “rate” general practitioners using websites such as Angie’s List, healthgrades.com, RateMds.com, Vitals.com, and Yelp.com. Click here to access the paper. Click […]Continue reading «New CHIDS Working Paper: “The Information Value of Online Physician Ratings”»

Customized Common Industry Format Template for Electronic Health Record Usability Testing

The ARHQ Innovations Exchange has a PDF template that vendors, health care providers, and researchers can use to report the results of electronic health record (EHR) usability testing. The template is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Guide to the Processes Approach for Improving the Usability of EHRs. Click here to […]Continue reading «Customized Common Industry Format Template for Electronic Health Record Usability Testing»

EHRs Promote Care Coordination, Improve End of Life Care

Health IT Buzz, the blog for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has an interview discussing a case where the use of an integrated system of electronic health records (EHRs) extended the life and improved hospice care for an 85 year old cancer patient. Daughter of the patient and eHealthDC team member, […]Continue reading «EHRs Promote Care Coordination, Improve End of Life Care»

Online Event: “Best Practices for the Implementation of Telepresence in a Telehealth Solution”

The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) will tomorrow host a 60 minute web conference featuring Michael Young, Director of Telemedicine at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (July 20 at 1pm ET). Sharing recommendations and industry “best practices,” Mr. Young will discuss ways that providers can maximize returns on an […]Continue reading «Online Event: “Best Practices for the Implementation of Telepresence in a Telehealth Solution”»

University of Maryland Professor quoted in New York Times article on Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

An article in Sunday’s New York Times discussed the debate around how to “improve the usability of computerized [health] records.” Our colleague in the Department of Computer Science, Professor Ben Shneiderman, is quoted as saying, “This is an issue that potentially affects the health and safety of every American.” Reporter Steve Lohr argues that the […]Continue reading «University of Maryland Professor quoted in New York Times article on Electronic Health Records (EHRs)»

Electronic Alerts Related to Black Box Warnings Do Not Affect Overall Physician Prescribing Habits in Outpatient Clinics

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange reports on Partners HealthCare System’s efforts to develop and integrate electronic alerts based on black box warnings (BBWs) into an existing decision support system. Although the alerts program did have a positive impact in some specific areas (e.g., drug–pregnancy interactions), a test conducted in 51 […]Continue reading «Electronic Alerts Related to Black Box Warnings Do Not Affect Overall Physician Prescribing Habits in Outpatient Clinics»

Phamacies Use McKesson Software to Maximize Benefit of Participating in Drug Discount Program

The McKesson Corporation reports that, by using its “helper” software, the 340B Manager, to maximize benefits of participating in the Federal 340B Drug Discount Program (operated by HRSA), 175 health-system pharmacies last year were able to save nearly $85 million (compared to the previous year of participation) while also improving access to care for low-income patients. Although 340B allows […]Continue reading «Phamacies Use McKesson Software to Maximize Benefit of Participating in Drug Discount Program»

2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) to Discuss Using Social Media to Implement HIV Prevention

This conference, convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be held on August 14-17 in Atlanta, Georgia. Special sessions will provide training on social media applications and also offer advice on how to tailor social media strategies to the cause of HIV prevention. Click here for more information on the conference. […]Continue reading «2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) to Discuss Using Social Media to Implement HIV Prevention»

Nurses Use Electronic Templates to Provide Customized Support at Every Visit, Contributing to Improved Patient Behaviors and Outcomes

The LESS initiative (“Lose weight, Exercise, and Stop Smoking and/or avoid Second-hand Smoke”) has just been added to the Agency for Healthcare Research Foundation (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange. Implemented in 1999 at the Southeast Texas Medical Associates group practice, LESS nurses use templates within a secure electronic medical record (EMR) to assess patients’ weight-related health risks, […]Continue reading «Nurses Use Electronic Templates to Provide Customized Support at Every Visit, Contributing to Improved Patient Behaviors and Outcomes»

Surescripts Highlights Difference Between “E-Prescribing” and Computer-Generated Prescriptions

Surescripts, operator of America’s largest e-prescription network, has clarified that any process described as e-prescribing should include both the computer-generation of prescriptions and their electronic transmission to pharmacies. This clarification was seen as necessary after it was decided that a Surescripts-funded study on errors associated only with the computer systems for generating prescriptions could be […]Continue reading «Surescripts Highlights Difference Between “E-Prescribing” and Computer-Generated Prescriptions»