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 - TomDelbanco

The way in which healthcare IT intersects with and impacts the patient-provider relationship was a focal point of the recent Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Fall Symposium in Boston. And it shouldn’t be a surprise that the OpenNotes initiative has become an important part of that discussion. 

 - patient record, EHR, EMR

Earlier this year the troubled rollout of an EHR system at Athens Regional Health System in Georgia made the news when it was quickly followed by the resignation of the hospital’s CEO and president, as well as the CIO. It was an indication that even years after the passage of the HITECH Act, health IT implementations can be more than problematic.

 - 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.