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 - Doug Fridsma, ONC

BOSTON—Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, chief scientist in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and soon-to-be president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) stopped by the 2014 AMDIS Fall Symposium last week to tell attendees he plans to do a lot of listening in his new job, “because I think that’s the most important thing I can do right now.”

 - Danny Sands

BOSTON—The fundamental nature of the relationship between physician and patient is inevitably changing, and healthcare providers need to get on board with that change, because the “train is leaving the station,” said Danny Sands, MD, MPH, during a session on “Informatics and the Patient-Provider Partnership” at the 2014 AMDIS Fall Symposium.

 - JacobReider

Recently the issue of EHR usability took front and center when the American Medical Association, building on a study it conducted with RAND Corp., called for solutions to EHR systems that have neglected usability as a necessary feature. With the AMA/RAND study in mind, and with increasing reports of physician dissatisfaction with EHR systems, CMIO took the opportunity to interview Jacob Reider, MD, deputy national coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, about usability.

 - Lyle Berkowitz

While there is a lot of frustration within the world of healthcare when it comes to issues like EMR usability, reimbursement struggles and regulatory constraints, Lyle Berkowitz, MD, looks into the future and envisions a time when innovative ideas and technologies can transform healthcare and make physicians happier and patients healthier.

 - Ebola

As we all know by now, the first of case of Ebola ever diagnosed in the United States was actually missed the first time around on Sept. 25 when the patient delivered himself to the emergency department of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.