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Renewing the Vision of the Digital Medical Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


I recently observed a series of focus groups in which high school students, “Generation Y” young adults, working parents with small children, and “pioneer” baby boomers discussed health IT. As you would expect, there were many differences in how these groups use technology.


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Weighing the Stark Law Exceptions

Author: Howrey, Linda

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


Donations of software and services to physicians allowed under the anti-kickback exceptions are meant to spur health IT adoption, but evaluating the potential is a complex exercise for both donor and recipient.

Exceptions to the Stark Law and the anti-kickback statute enable hospital....

Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care: a National Survey of Physicians

Author: DesRoches, Catherine M.; Campbell, Eric G; Rao, Sowmya R; Donelan, Karen; Ferris, Timothy G; Jha, Ashish; Kaushal, Rainu ; Levy, Douglas E; Rosenbaum, Sara; Shields, Alexandra E; Blumenthal, David

Source: External web site

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

Physicians who use EHRs believe such systems improve quality of care and are generally satisfied with them. However, as of early 2008, electronic systems had been adopted by only a small minority of U.S. physicians. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Risk-Based MPI Management

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


Meticulous management of the master patient index (MPI) has always been a mission-critical data integrity function for HIM professionals. One advantage of having credentialed health information staff manage the index is their dual knowledge of the multiple legal dimensions of the MPI and their....

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