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Study: Most Americans support EMRs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Molly Merrill, Associate Editor, HealthcareIT News   
Friday, 18 February 2011 18:17

CHICAGO – Seventy-eight percent of Americans favor the use of electronic medical records, according to a recent study by NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research organization.

The study was published in the February edition of the journal HSR: Health Services Research.

Researchers say this report is different because most previous studies of EMRs have focused on the attitudes of clinicians or health organizations. Surprisingly few have focused on the attitudes of consumers toward health IT and, of those, none were based on a sample that fully represents the American people.

Key findings of the study are:

  • Fifty-nine percent believe EMRs could reduce health costs
  • Seventy-two percent support sharing of health care information among providers
  • Eighty percent favored use of e-prescribing
  • Seventy-nine percent thought that personal health records would help patients to be better informed about their health.
  • Despite the fact that 48 percent of Americans are concerned about the privacy of medical records, fully 64 percent said that the benefits of EMRs outweigh privacy concerns

The study also found that Americans aren't without their reservations. Forty-four percent said they are not willing to pay to increase the use of health IT, and 57 percent said that use of health IT would make no difference in their choice of a physician.

Individuals with lower income and those who have less familiarity with electronic technology have less favorable attitudes towards health IT, the study found. Researchers say this implies that some of the populations that are most likely to benefit from health IT may be least open-minded about it.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 February 2011 18:42
3M and Nuance deliver computer-assisted physician documentation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Miliard, Managing Editor, HealthCareIT News   
Friday, 18 February 2011 18:08

SALT LAKE CITY – 3M Health Information Systems and Nuance Communications have announced a collaboration to develop a next generation, ICD-10-ready clinical documentation improvement solution.

Powered by Nuance’s advanced speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technologies, and integrating 3M’s extensive CDI content and expertise, Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) represents a significant advance in technology to streamline clinical workflow, increase coding accuracy and efficiency and meet complex ICD-10 documentation requirements.

Using CAPD, healthcare organizations can accelerate the transition to ICD-10, the new medical coding standard mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for implementation in October 2013.

By combining Nuance’s intelligent CLU capabilities with 3M’s experience in developing and implementing ICD-10 coding products and services worldwide, the companies will offer a comprehensive solution for determining whether documentation has enough specificity to meet ICD-10 guidelines. CAPD can significantly reduce the time and resources needed to prepare physicians for ICD-10.
“Healthcare reform, changes in reimbursement and quality reporting, and now ICD-10 are presenting huge challenges to physicians in how they document the patient episode,” said Jon T. Lindekugel, president, 3M Health Information Systems. “CAPD is a breakthrough technology that will help physicians capture complete and accurate clinical documentation while saving time and reducing costs. Achieving documentation best practices can have a profound impact on a healthcare organization’s efficiency, quality of care, reputation, and profitability.”

Last Updated on Friday, 18 February 2011 18:13
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