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HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019

HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

5 'ambitious' ways Google wants to change health care (that you've likely overlooked)

February 11, 2019

Google grabbed headlines last week with a patent suggesting it secretly might be working on electronic health record technology, but that is far from the only way Google and its parent company Alphabet are aiming to transform health care.

Medical scribes could cut costs by up to $31.15 per hour, according to a first-of-its-kind study

February 8, 2019

A large, randomized study of Australian emergency departments suggests medical scribes could help physicians see more patients and save hospitals up to $31.15 per scribed hour—with no significant risk to patient safety.

4 doctors self-reported errors that didn't harm any patients. Now they're facing subpoenas.

February 7, 2019

At least four emergency department doctors at Rhode Island Hospital are facing allegations of medical misconduct from the state's Department of Health after they self-reported mistakes, including "wrong-side" X-rays, that did not harm any patients—and the move has alarmed experts, who say officials are inappropriately targeting individual doctors rather than trying to resolve systemic problems.

Is Google secretly working on an EHR?

February 6, 2019

Media outlets are abuzz about a Google patent application that might reveal plans for software that will predict patients' clinical outcomes—but some industry experts warn that media reports might be overstating the patent's aims.

Physician burnout has reached 'critical levels,' experts say. (But there are 3 ways to address the problem.)

January 28, 2019

A leading group of health care experts has declared physician burnout a "public health crisis," citing its impact on physician wellbeing and the U.S. health care system as a whole.

The 5 most common cybersecurity threats—and 10 strategies to help prevent them, according to HHS

January 7, 2019

HHS last month released guidance identifying five most common cybersecurity threats in health care, as well as 10 ways for health care providers to reduce cybersecurity risks.

How NHS is (finally) killing the fax machine

December 20, 2018

While fax machines have become a technological relic in most industries, they have endured in the health care industry—but the United Kingdom's National Health Service is taking more aggressive measures to phase out fax machines.

87% of doctors say they're great at listening to patients. (But the evidence doesn’t support that.)

December 19, 2018

The vast majority of clinicians think they do a great job listening to their patients, according to a recent Medscape poll—but research suggests that is not always the case.

She had 2 kids and diabetes, according to her medical record. (Neither is true.)

December 17, 2018

Morgan Gleason, a college student with a rare autoimmune disease had never been pregnant, but her medical record said she had given birth twice, highlighting how electronic health records often can contain erroneous information.

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