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This 21-year-old can't get life-saving surgery—because her records are trapped in a defunct EHR

February 26, 2019

Two Arizona-based hospitals last year filed for bankruptcy and closed, leaving behind a slew of unpaid bills that locked the hospitals' electronic health record systems and left patients like Caitlin Secrist struggling to gain access to medical records needed for a life-saving surgery.

'Alexa, do I have heart disease?': Top hospitals, from Mayo to Northwell, envision a bold new future for voice assistants

February 25, 2019

Hospitals increasingly are seeking to incorporate voice assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, into patient care delivery, hinting at a world where voice avatars are considered part of a patient's team of health care providers.

Mayo Clinic's CIO was treated for Stage 3 cancer. Here's what went well—and what made him 'cringe.'

February 21, 2019

Mayo Clinic CIO Cris Ross during the recent annual HIMSS conference revealed he had undergone treatment for Stage 3 cancer—and the experience underscored just how far the United States still has to go in creating usable, interoperable health IT systems.

Coming to iPhones: Veterans' medical records

February 14, 2019

Apple on Monday announced that it is working with Veterans Affairs to allow veterans to access their medical records on iPhones.

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.

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