Physician News Briefs

By Bernie Monegain
12:00 AM

Emergency help for technology choices, an educational Web site in emergency medicine, launched its new technology resource page. Until now, emergency physicians searching for information about emergency department information systems and electronic medical records had no place to turn. The ED Technology Page is designed to offer physicians a one-stop, user-friendly resource where they can learn what the technology offers, understand how to select a vendor, and find out how to implement a system in their own department. The new resource page features a database of articles and white papers and the experiences of other emergency departments.

NMA president urges adoption of technology
The National Medical Association installed New York physician Winston Price, M.D. as its 105th president at its annual convention last month in San Diego. Price is chief medical consultant for VCASTI International, a medical information systems and technology company that he founded, and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at SUNY Health Science in Brooklyn. In his inaugural address, he called on the association to aggressively embrace technology as a critical component of eliminating health disparities.

Summit Medical Group will deploy an enterprise-level practice management system with advanced document imaging and automated charge capture to more than 50 physicians and providers. The Covington, Ky.-based multi-specialty practice chose technology developed by Misys Healthcare after a 14-month evaluation process.

Talk to a doctor, to a nurse, Or, perhaps, TO Robo Doc
The Robo Doc being tested by InTouch Health, a California-based heathcare technology firm, seems to be gaining acceptance by patients. The InTouch study is aimed at gauging whether physicians can assess their patients from afar using secure wireless Internet connections, and robots equipped with cameras and TV screens. The robo-doc study will try to determine whether patients recover as well, if they undergo more scans or procedures and if they are comfortable with robo-treatment. Early findings show that most patients think the robot increases their access to their own doctor.

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