Federal Survey Will Help Evaluate Electronic Health Record Systems
Clinicians, pharmacists and hospital information technology staff will be asked to answer questions evaluating the EHR systems' interoperability, usability, privacy and other factors. In other news, a doctor faces trial after reports that he mistreated patients with unnecessary gynecological surgeries.
Federal EHR Compare Program Finalizes Reporting Criteria
Electronic health record vendors on Tuesday got their first look at the questionnaire users will use to evaluate their software products for an HHS comparison program. As part of a voluntary survey, clinicians, pharmacists and hospital information technology staff can answer 28 questions evaluating EHR products for an HHS program that will compare the software systems. The questionnaire asks users to evaluate the EHR systems' interoperability, usability, privacy and other factors. (Cohen, 10/13)
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A Doctor Is Accused Of Years Of Unnecessary Hysterectomies. The Women Who Trusted Him Want Answers.
The last time Brittni DuPuy-German saw her trusted gynecologist, she once again explained that the stabbing, mystery pain in her abdomen had not gone away. It first appeared two years earlier, after she said her doctor, Javaid Perwaiz, surgically tied her tubes. To fix it, he had proposed more surgery — three additional procedures in nine months that she said included a hysterectomy when she was 29. But the pain persisted. (Mettler and Schmidt, 10/13)
Teladoc Sues Amwell Over Alleged Patent Infringement
In a move that sets up an intellectual property battle between telemedicine’s two most powerful companies, Teladoc has sued its rival Amwell for allegedly infringing on its patents. Teladoc’s complaint, filed on Monday in federal court in Delaware, seeks to recoup damages and to block Amwell from continuing to market the products that it believes infringe on its patents. (Robbins, 10/13)
UNE To Move Its College Of Osteopathic Medicine To Portland
Funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation will help the University of New England move the College of Osteopathic Medicine from the main campus in Biddeford to a 100,000-square-foot building in Portland, the university announced Tuesday. The $30 million grant also will be used to accelerate high-growth undergraduate and graduate programs to meet student demand and workforce needs in areas like aquaculture, entrepreneurship, criminal justice and sports media communication, among others, officials said. (10/13)
Novant Health’s $166 Million Heart, Cancer Building Debuts
Novant Health opened a new, seven-story building on the corner of Queens Road and Fourth Street this week — complete with the health system’s largest wellness facility. The $166 million building combines all outpatient cardiac and cancer specialists, treatment services and support programs into one location, according to Novant. (Smoot, 10/13)