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Techies invade HIT market: is their unfamiliarity with healthcare industry obstacle or advantage?

Until recently, healthcare software has been developed by IT professionals grounded in the healthcare industry. The latest arrivals to HIT development come from a range of non-healthcare industries. The vendor of one new product currently on the HIT market last

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Health education information incomprehensible to many; HHS program to rate EHR-linked education materials for “understandability”

Health education materials provided to health care consumers until now have commonly assumed a fairly high level of “health literacy” – a level which, research has shown, makes the materials inaccessible to about 77 million people.  HHS’ new program addressing

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Majority of health care providers have entered electronic age

Over half of U.S. doctors now use electronic medical records, and half of the remainder plan to start in the coming year, a new poll has found. Via HealthDay: TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) — A majority of U.S. physicians

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Patient-accessible electronic medical records may increase preventive care

Patients increased their preventive care significantly after being given access to their medical records online in a recent study.  These health care consumers’ use of preventive care measures such as cancer screenings, and immunizations, were higher than those of consumers

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