Jeff Rowe

Jeff Rowe is a contributing writer for Healthcare IT News and editor of HIMSS Future Care. He previously served as Editor of EHRWatch, a tech blog focused on all aspects of electronic health records.

Rural providers
By Jeff Rowe 08:04 am August 01, 2013
The case has been made many times that technology will help healthcare organizations become more efficient. But even for those who manage to implement new EHR systems, how many actually know how to make the best use of them?
IT professionals
By Jeff Rowe 10:12 am July 29, 2013
Most health IT professionals are probably more focused on implementing or maintaining systems than they are tracking larger healthcare trends, such as the pace at which hospitals and practices are being bought and sold. The fact is, however, that IT can be a significant factor in the decision-making of healthcare administrators.
By Jeff Rowe 08:10 am July 26, 2013
Given the steady stream of new devices entering the healthcare market, it might be easy to start thinking improvements in healthcare can come from technological advances alone. But it's more complicated than that.
By Jeff Rowe 09:17 am July 23, 2013
While the 4th of July brought with it the annual array of picnics and fireworks, this year it also saw the kickoff of the 3rd consecutive #HIT100 competition. The brainchild of Michael Planchart, aka The EHR Guy, the list aims to recognize the top contributors to the HIT social media community.
personalized medicine
By Jeff Rowe 09:43 am July 22, 2013
If there's one thing everyone in healthcare can probably agree on right now, it's that there is an awful lot of data being generated each and every day. What to do with that data, however, is another question.
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By Jeff Rowe 10:00 am July 16, 2013
"Location, location, location" is a phrase that's long been associated with real estate, but in recent years it's also played a role in attempts by healthcare professionals to track disease. Now, some are putting health IT to work in adding location information -- where patients have lived -- into their EHRs.
By Jeff Rowe 03:25 pm July 11, 2013
For many patients, a visit to a primary care provider is just the first stop on a long journey through the healthcare system. Getting to the second -- moving from the PCP to a suggested specialist -- can take a very long time. eReferral programs can help.
By Jeff Rowe 12:18 pm July 09, 2013
Most healthcare stakeholders and observers can agree that the way healthcare costs are determined and communicated is, to put it mildly, a bit nonsensical. One of the biggest problems is that patients -- the actual consumers of healthcare services -- usually know nothing about the cost of what they're buying.
By Jeff Rowe 02:35 pm June 21, 2013
The Internet is a double-edged sword. On one hand, there's little doubt that too much time spent online contributes to increasingly sedentary patterns of behavior. On the other, it offers a wealth of information and programs designed to help people lose weight.
By Jeff Rowe 09:55 am June 19, 2013
With all the changes buffeting the healthcare sector, these days, it's easy to overlook what's happening to the nation's supply of doctors. According to a 2012 report, "the United States is projected to confront a shortage of 91,500 doctors by 2020." One potential solution to that shortage is being built as we speak.

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