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Faced with an immense task and workforce, the global giant thinks big and goes small when it comes to communicating. By Russell Working | Posted: February 2, 2011 Search the words General Electric Co. on Google or Yahoo, and you sense the scope of the media-tracking challenge faced by the communications staff of a multinational corporation.
Among specialties or clinic types, emergency departments are most likely -- at 56.2% -- to use electronic health records for outpatient visits, according to an Archives of Internal Medicine study . According to the study, 28.9% of primary care and 28.7% of obstetrics-gynecology settings used EHRs for ambulatory visits. The study also found that the use of EHRs and clinical decision support systems was more likely in the West. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched in Minnesota and Rhode Island the first pilot demonstrations of the Direct Project for simple electronic health information exchanges, Modern Healthcare reports (McKinney, Modern Healthcare , 2/2). Direct Project Details The Direct Project is a streamlined version of the Nationwide Health Information Network and is designed to help health care providers with limited resources meet criteria for the meaningful use program. Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments. National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal said the Direct Project is "part of the escalator for exchange and interoperability, which is part of the overall escalator for meaningful use." Current Pilots
Very interesting to note this article in terms of the Pew report that just came out by Feb 2
Physicians and patients generally agree about several major health IT priorities, such as the importance of health data sharing, according to a new study by the Markle Foundation, Modern Healthcare reports (McKinney, Modern Healthcare , 1/31). For the report, researchers surveyed 779 physicians and 1,582 adults from the general public about their views on the implementation of health IT (Merrill, Healthcare IT News , 1/31). Key Findings
Looking up health information is the third most common online activity among U.S. Internet users, with eight out of 10 Internet users reporting doing so, according to a new report released on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports (Szokan, Washington Post , 2/1). The report is the result of a collaboration between the Pew Internet Project and the California HealthCare Foundation. CHCF publishes iHealthBeat .
Note contrast to other article aboud doctors asking patients not to talk about them online... Also, tie to Patient Files. by Feb 3
Overview Health information remains one of the most important subjects that internet users research online. Symptoms and treatments continue to dominate internet users' health searches, but food safety, drug safety, and pregnancy information are among eight new topics included in the current survey. In all, 80% of internet users gather health information online.