Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome to the EHR Central blog

Welcome to the EHR Central blog. I hope you find it informative and useful.

For starters, there are a set of "General Interest Links" and "News & Magazine Links" in the right-hand column. It is difficult to know where to start with this blog since the anticipated audience will most likely range from novice to expert. So, your feedback is most appreciated to let me know the EHR/HIE topics that are relevant to your situation and the specific information that is of interest to you. I look forward to adding value and making a difference in these very exciting times of Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption and implementation in the hope that we will eventually achieve Ambulatory Care Excellence throughout the United States.

One must look at the EHR as a foundational tool that will provide some benefit at the outset. The more the EHR is used, the more useful it will become. The greatest benefits will be realized when physicians can gain access to patient information from all points of care and share the successes and learning experiences of treatment. All of this needs to be accomplished in a most secure and private environment. The great concern for security and privacy was rampant when the financial services industry initially transformed from a paper to an online environment. Today, we rarely give this any thought since we have become comfortable with the protection of our personal financial information. Our hope is that we will soon be as comfortable with the security and privacy of our personal health information as we are of our personal financial information.

I look forward to your feedback and to helping in this exciting and very worthwhile EHR/HIE journey! Let us all do our parts in making today and every day a great day!!

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