Removing Barriers to Exchanging Electronic Health Records Would Help Consumers

  Over the past five years, taxpayers have doled out over $30 billion in bonus payments to push hospitals and doctors’ offices to switch from paper to electronic medical records. Now nearly all hospitals and over half of all office-based doctors have gone digital; but much of that electronic information doesn’t flow freely between health care providers because their separate software systems do not communicate — and consumers are losing out. Consumers win when electronic health records (EHR) systems talk …

New Guidelines Give Consumers Easier Access to Their Medical Records

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives consumers the right to access their medical information. But many people still have to jump through hoops to get their medical records from reluctant health care providers.   New Guidance Prods Clinicians to Provide Patient Records Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidelines that will make it much easier for people to see their paper or electronic health information, including what their doctor has written about them. …

I Hate Doctor’s Office Forms. (There’s An App for That.)

By Suzie Mitchell How many times do you find yourself in waiting room of the doctor’s office filling out forms that ask you for the list of medicines you take regularly? If you are like me, you say to yourself, there’s the cholesterol one, what’s that called again?  How many milligrams?  It’s pink, I know that.  Then there is the three that make up the cocktail for migraine prevention…hmm.  There’s the little white one I take twice a day, and …

On The (Medical) Record

Health IT, already popular concept, has received a huge boost in funding from the stimulus package. But will doctors use it?