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Taking the Big Bang Approach

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BigBangBold visions are difficult to attain in health care because they require long-term leadership, sustenance through setbacks and failures, as well as the courage to make and uphold difficult decisions. Not every health care system has the resources and leadership to make that happen. This is a story of one that did. Allina’s CEO, Dick Pettingill, talks about their journey to implement an electronic health record at 11 hospitals and more than 65 clinics in four years as a “bet the company” decision.
Last Updated ( Friday, 04 July 2008 14:12 ) Read more...

The Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS)

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The Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS)The Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS) was created in November 2002 on the basis of recommendations made by Middle Eastern health and medical professionals participating in a Search for Common Ground meeting on regional cooperation on disease surveillance. Its vision is to promote long-term health, stability and security in the region. MECIDS members and partners come from governments, universities, and non-governmental organizations. The members include Jordanian Ministry of Health, Israeli Ministry of Health, Palestinian Ministry of Health, Cooperative Monitoring Center @ Amman, Tel Aviv University and Al Quds University.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2008 09:46 ) Read more...

Who loses the EMR adoption race???

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Who loses the EMR adoption raceOnly one in five, or 20 per cent, of American doctors uses electronic medical records, the New England Journal of Medical reported this month, and less than nine per cent of practices with three or fewer doctors use them. In Canada, according to the 2007 National Physician Survey, fewer than 10 per cent of doctors have switched entirely from paper to electronic records, though about a quarter use some combination of the two. The Conference Board of Canada last year released a survey of a dozen countries that confirmed information technology in Canada's health-care sector is in critical condition. In Australia, 79 per cent of doctors use electronic records. In the U.K., it's 89 per cent, and in New Zealand, 92 per cent.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2008 20:50 ) Read more...

ScienceRoll - Medical Search Engines

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ScienceRoll Scienceroll Medical Search is a personalized medical metasearch engine. It searches a few medical search engines and medical organizations websites, bringing you the results in a clustered format, thus making it easier to find the information your looking for. You can choose the databases you want to search in and exclude any of them to make your search as individualized as possible.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2008 09:43 ) Read more...

Your Doctor at your finger tips...

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FreeMDFreeMD® is an electronic doctor that conducts an interview, analyzes symptoms, and provides expert advice -- for free. is not a diagnostic program; it is a triage program.  The purpose of is to help consumers decide when and where to seek a physician evaluation (and ultimately a diagnosis).

Triage is about sending the person to the right place at the right time, given a combination of symptoms.  Simply put, triage is a risk assessment about symptoms.  Triage takes advantage of the fact that people with serious symptoms are more likely to have a serious condition.  Every time you go to the emergency room, the first thing they do is a triage evaluation.  After performing a brief interview, the ER staff determines your potential for serious illness.  If your potential is high, they see you fast.  If your potential is low, you have to wait.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 June 2008 21:36 ) Read more...

The Benefits of Evidence-based Medicine in EHR Systems

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Evidence-based MedicineWhen integrated into an electronic health record (EHR) system, evidence driven decision support is presented to the physician at the point of thought, providing crucial evidence-based literature that promotes timely and informed medical decision making. Further integration with a single platform solution that includes an electronic prescribing module provides the physician with objective, medication therapy decision support at the point of prescribing. Evidence-based medicine is often admired but seldom practiced.  It is rarely practiced because few physicians have the time to critically appraise the medical literature; an unfortunate reality considering the impact on quality of care, and the fact it could be changed.

An article by Tom Doerr, MD Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Purkinje.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2008 22:20 ) Read more...

Open Source initiative for Drug Research

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Open Source Drug DiscoveryIf you thought the adoption of open source was restricted to only software—web servers, code development, and operating systems— then think again. The open source wave could soon power drug discovery initiatives in the country. A decentralised, web-based initiative is emerging that would enable scientists from laboratories, universities, institutes, and drug companies to work together in discovering new drugs for diseases like tuberculosis (TB), malaria, various types of cancer, AIDS, Chikungunya, Kala-azar, dengue fever, etc. Not only would drugs be made available to the public at affordable prices, there are monetary gains for the participating researchers in the form of awards and prizes.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 June 2008 21:26 ) Read more...

Being 'SMART' when implementing an EMR.

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SMARTPerhaps you have heard some of the nightmare stories about EMR implementations. You have certainly heard about the disasters and train wrecks. It seems the negative gets the most press. In reality, however, thousands of EMR installations have been successful and are providing increased productivity and revenue to physicians’ practices. So it is of critical importance that we identify the necessary factors for a successful EMR implementation. An excellent article by Tripp Weeks, President of XLEMR, discussing EMR implementations from the vendor's point of view.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2008 21:56 ) Read more...

PatientOS: Open Source Healthcare Information System

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PatientOS PatientOS (pronounced Patient-oh-es where O and S stand for Open Source) has been designed from the outset to be a Healthcare Information System (HIS). The software architecture, design patterns and framework has been built for the complexities and challenges of an enterprise wide information system. Internationalization, and localization is expected, even translation into multi-byte languages such as Japanese.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2008 21:57 ) Read more...

WHO Surgical Safety Checklist -Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative

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WHOThe aim of the resulting WHO Surgical Safety Checklist First Edition is to reinforce accepted safety practices and foster better communication and teamwork between clinical disciplines. The Checklist is not a regulatory device or a component of official policy; it is intended as a tool for use by clinicians interested in improving the safety of their operations and reducing unnecessary surgical deaths and complications.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:09 ) Read more...
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