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Electronic health records might be more efficient than paper-based systems, but doctors and their patients aren't exactly satisfied with how they work. The American Medical Association is actually calling for a complete overhaul of EHR systems in federal agencies and hospitals around the country. The Association has a new framework it claims addresses the eight top challenges with EHR systems, and offers a solution for each. For example, many of its members complain the time they're forced to sit in front of a computer prevents them from interacting face-to-face with their patients. Pop-up reminders and hard-to-navigate menus can even make them less efficient than a paper-based system. The Association would like to see the technology integrate with the actual appointment with a patient.
The Pentagon has been thinking about how to upgrade and replace its electronic health record system for a very long time. But in the eight years that have passed since those discussions began in earnest, much has changed in terms of the capabilities of commercial EHR systems.
The Defense Health Agency awards a $71 million bridge contract to support electronic health records at the DoD.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to turn to the commercial marketplace for an integrated electronic health records solution rather than adopting VA' Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture. He cited market research that showed turning to the competitive process would generate reduced cost and technical risk for DoD.
The promise of a single a joint electronic health record system has long stymied the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. And now it's drawn the attention of late-night comedy show "The Daily Show."
A House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the decision by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments to scale back plans for a joint integrated electronic-health records systems dredged up longstanding issues with the two departments' EHR efforts.
Tougher cybersecurity regulations could be the final step for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act, which aims to implement electronic health records. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services want hospitals to prove their EHRs are encrypted and secure.
The Veterans Affairs Department announced in January plans to to move electronic health records under its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) to data centers managed by the Defense Information System Agency. VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said it the co-location of systems on DISA's servers was a 'logical move.'