In its May 28th Advisory Opinion, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found that a hospital system’s proposal to pay for customized software to facilitate communication between its electronic health record

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According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS), electronic health record (EHR) systems can potentially imbue enough cost reduction to pay for the cost of the system in under two years’ time!   Despite growing enthusiasm and awareness of the benefits to patients, physicians have been slow to adopt EHRs often citing cost as an major obstacle to implementing an EHR.  Therefore, studies like this one which demonstrate that a positive return on investment is possible will be key to convincing skeptical physicians to part with their paper record systems.  

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Do we really need more rules to protect health information?  Certain health experts seem to think so.   Dr. Deborah Peel, a psychiatrist and founder of Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, believes that "thousands" of electronic databases that contain patients’ health records exist, and that those patients don’t have any way to keep their personal information from being shared with third parties.  Continue Reading Health Experts Say Privacy Rules Needed for e-Health Records