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  Astronaut Achieves 14 Consecutive Months of VistA Features and Fixes
VistA Posted by Ignacio Valdes on Tuesday July 26, @04:13PM
from the VistA dept.
One of the most prolific VistA developers on Earth Astronaut, LLC has just completed its 14th consecutive month of releasing new VistA features that are clinically tested and in production. Details of the latest release are here.
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  Commission Wants to Throw Out VistA (Again)
VistA Posted by Ignacio H. Valdes on Tuesday July 12, @04:15AM
from the VistA dept.
A VistA commission report can be found here. Its text and conclusion are of the 'seen it before' variety multiple times in VistA's long history. Maybe the bureaucrats will finally succeed this time at murdering VistA after so many past attempts.
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  Dysfunction and Sabotage: Why Large Hospital EHR Costs So Much
Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio H. Valdes on Wednesday June 22, @04:32AM
from the Opinion dept.
Years ago I read the cannon of the classic medical book "House of God" by Samuel Shem which reads: "...the House of God was sad and sick and cynical...like all our doings in the House..." At first, before I had worked in an actual hospital I thought the book itself was sick and cynical. After working in an actual hospital I re-read the book. I then found it hilarious for its uncomfortable truths, and did not think it was sick or cynical enough. Therein likes the crux of the matter with regard to very expensive large hospital EHR's.
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  OpenEMR 4.2.2 is released
OpenEMR Posted by Brady Miller on Friday May 20, @07:11AM
from the dept.
The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.2. This new version is 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.2 has numerous new features including 30 language translations, a new modern user interface, and fully supports PHP7 and the most recent versions of MySQL and MariaDB. OpenEMR 4.2.2 can be downloaded from the OpenEMR Project website at www.open-emr.org . Thanks goes to the OpenEMR community for producing this release.
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  Major Hole in eRX
Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Thursday April 14, @03:09AM
from the eRX dept.
Cancellation of medication orders already sent to the Pharmacy by eRX is only possible with less than 2% of pharmacies. The SCRIPT standard allows for change/cancel and you can possibly send it with the ordering software but less than 2% of pharmacies can receive the order. Therefore for most pharmacies it can only be done by laboriously calling the pharmacy, being put on hold, giving the information and waiting for them to do it. We tell the patient to not fill what was incorrect and let the order expire. It is not optimal.
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  Interoperability Fears
Health-IT Failures Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Thursday April 14, @03:00AM
from the dept.
When you get right down to it, lots of individuals and organizations fear interoperability. I am finding a great deal of resistance to the notion of the real deal of single sign-on longitudinal type record across organizations interoperability. Most want to only emit little squirts of electronic data and only under pressure to do so.
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  OpenEMR 4.2.1 is released
OpenEMR Posted by Brady Miller on Saturday March 26, @08:56AM
from the dept.
The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.1. This new version is 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.1 has numerous new features including 30 language translations and a patient flow board. OpenEMR 4.2.1 can be downloaded from the OpenEMR Project website at www.open-emr.org . Thanks goes to the OpenEMR community for producing this release.
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  AMIA CIS-WG Approves Patient Demographic Interoperability
Bioinformatics Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Sunday December 13, @06:59PM
from the Bioinformatics dept.
The American Medical Informatics Association Computer Information Systems Working Group has approved a white paper calling for implementation of basic patient demographic interoperability using IETF vCardDAV across all HIT applications including practice management. Surprisingly this mostly doesn't exist right now and most have to register and re-register patients basic demographic information manually. It goes to the working group steering committee now for further approval.
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  Astronaut releases drag and drop patient registration, to lead industry effort
VistA Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Thursday November 19, @09:03PM
from the Interoperability dept.
Astronaut which develops a Veterans Affairs (VA) VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) distribution writes: Astronaut has released Astronaut-CPRS with vCardDAV demographics support. The new client allows drag and drop patient demographic registration as well as vCardDAV export of patient demographic information. Patients can send their information from a smartphone or email for quick and easy registration. Astronaut will lead an effort to make this interoperability industry-wide across, scheduling, billing, ordering portals and more. Complete article here: Newsletter registration here.
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  Interoperability Fatal Flaw
Health-IT Failures Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Wednesday July 15, @03:06PM
from the Health-IT Failures dept.
Another local hospital closed its doors. This points out a major flaw in interoperability schemes. They are not resistant to business failure. The very flawed assumption is that medical entities last forever. The premise is that others get these little carefully regulated squirts of information from these entities. What if that entity no longer exists? All continuity lost, all data lost. All of these laws and regulations and standards and years spent on all these schemes are built on that flawed assumption. Now what?
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