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February 23, 2012

HIMSS12: Q&A with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson


By: Cerner Corporation

We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson to our HIMSS12 booth (476). Dr. Swanson is a mother, practicing pediatrician and blogger at the forefront of conversations around how social media can improve health care. Dr. Swanson will be discussing how social media and technology enable care providers to create strong connections with their patients. We had a chance to sit down with her for a quick Q&A session.

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Category: Technology

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February 21, 2012

HIMSS12: The next new: Millennium+


By: Jeff Townsend, executive vice president and chief of staff, Cerner

Cerner has been automating one-fifth of the U.S. economy … health care … for the past 33 years and during the first two decades we focused on how to get the information off of the paper and into the system. Over the last decade, as more of the information was digital, a shift began to occur that moved the focus towards how this information would impact the workflow if more and more information was already available. The need to filter the information contextually to the provider/patient relationship began to surface, and the workflows have started to adapt.... Read full story


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February 20, 2012

HIMSS12: Rising to the Slimdown Challenge


By: Kathy J. Roach, MPH, MBA, director of community health and wellness, Fort HealthCare

It’s no secret that the U.S. isn’t as healthy as it could, or really should, be. And, as our health care system is set up as a “react and respond” system, the unhealthier the population becomes, the more expensive health care becomes. As health care costs continue to rise, it becomes increasingly difficult to improve health outcomes. I think you’ll agree that this is a pretty vicious circle.... Read full story


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February 16, 2012

HIMSS12: Meaningful Use for CFOs


By: Michael Allen, CFO, Winona Health

As the CFO of Winona Health, a community-owned, nonprofit organization responsible for meeting the region’s health care needs of Winona, Minn., one of my goals is to ensure we’re positioned to receive every dollar of funding available to us. Of course this means I’m keenly focused on meeting the government’s Meaningful Use requirements.... Read full story


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February 14, 2012

HIMSS12: Improving Safety, Quality and Efficiency with an Ambulatory EHR


By: Deborah Burgett, RN, MSHA, Director of Implementation, and Paula Spencer, PMP, CPHIMS (ASCP), Project Manager, VCU Health System

As the electronic health record becomes standard for patient care organizations, providers must decide on a strategy to not only utilize these powerful tools, but to fully embrace the advantages they bring to health care.... Read full story


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February 09, 2012

HIMSS12: Why my patients love my EHR system


By: Christopher H. Tashjian, MD, President, River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley Medical Clinics

As a family physician in a small rural community, I’m not in the thick of the debates over health information technology. But I know something that policy-makers in Washington need to know – and consumers across the country, as well.

My patients love their electronic health records (EHRs)! They totally understand how EHRs are improving their care, making it safer and more effective. A year ago, they wouldn’t have known to ask if we were using an EHR system. But since our practice implemented them, they see the difference – and they want more.

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January 31, 2012

HIMSS12: Electronic documentation – Faster than a speeding pen applied to paper?


By: Dr. Devin Zimmerman, CMIO, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center

In the paper world, the physician has to transcribe information from various places in the chart into a summary note. This transcription is done so other care providers can read key information without having to page through the chart. Examples of this kind of documentation are the immediate post-operative note and the discharge summary. With the advent of the EHR, paper documentation tasks have often been directly translated into electronic versions. This process does not take full advantage of the system’s ability to gather information from the electronic medical record and include it in a pre-completed note without end user intervention.... Read full story


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