Neil Versel is a freelance health IT journalist in Chicago. He has been a professional journalist since 1992, focusing on healthcare since 2000.
By Neil Versel 12:00 am February 15, 2014
Economics may provide a disincentive for some physicians and other individual eligible providers to continue with meaningful use in 2013 and beyond.
By Neil Versel 12:00 am January 20, 2014
Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do.
By Neil Versel 10:17 am January 07, 2014
Hospitals were treading carefully around CPOE a decade ago, especially after Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles turned off its CPOE system in early 2003. Today is a different story. Meaningful use is helping to drive CPOE uptake, workflows are better designed and physicians expect more automation. Yet there remain many challenges, industry...
By Neil Versel 12:00 am December 20, 2013
At the outset of 2004, computerized physician order entry was very much in the headlines.
By Neil Versel 08:05 am December 05, 2013
In opening its new, flagship hospital in the state capital last month, MaineGeneral Medical Center took a bit of a gamble promoting the $312 million Alfond Center for Health on Facebook.
By Neil Versel 10:25 am November 27, 2013
Richmond, Va., gastroenterologist Michael P. Jones, MD, is not anti-technology. He just does not like electronic medical records in their current form. He's expecting the technology to improve, but for now, he's opted for paper charts.
By Neil Versel 10:31 am November 25, 2013
Epic Systems Corp. will help Oregon Health & Science University set up two laboratory installations of its EpicCare electronic health record on its servers for medical informatics education and research purposes. On the research side, the school will have access to Epic's source code.
By Neil Versel 10:33 am November 22, 2013
Think parsing the growing amount of information in electronic health records is tough now? Just wait until genomic data starts showing up in EHRs.
By Neil Versel 06:32 am November 21, 2013
If hospital chief information officers and vendor hiring managers think it's tough to find qualified health IT workers now, just wait until technology implementation moves beyond EHR installation, data capture and moderate interoperability to a full-blown effort to transform a broken healthcare industry.
By Neil Versel 11:11 am November 20, 2013
Don't hold your breath if you are looking for a delay in meaningful use Stage 2 of the federal EHR incentive program.