Nearly Half Of Patient-Doctor Interactions Missing From Electronic Records: Study
A new report tries to quantify the problem of inaccurate health records and finds that incompatible electronic record software can miss checkups, emergency room stays and hospital admissions. In other information technology news, a doctor creates an online tool to help patients with end-of-life wishes, while an artist uses murals to channel her anger with the digital health system.
The Government May Want A Refund For Its $30 Billion Investment In Electronic Medical Records
The federal government has invested more than $30 billion in electronic medical records. The idea is that these records will let doctors and hospitals improve patient care – and potentially lower costs – by tracking all the treatment a person receives. The government may want its money back. (Gorenstein, 4/14)
New Jersey Doctor Creates Online Patient Resource To Improve End-Of-Life Care
A New Jersey doctor has created a new tool to help patients and doctors fill out POLST forms. That's short for Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Without it, Dr. David Barile said, patients at the end stages of life may get too much of the wrong kind of care. (Gordon, 4/14)
This Artist Is Trying To Transform Digital Health, One Painting At A Time
Just six days after Regina Holliday's husband died, she started painting a mural on the side of a gas station, off a busy street in Washington, D.C. "Fred's in the center of the painting," Holliday says. "I started with Fred because I wanted to have him back so desperately." (Gordon, 4/14)