Ransomware: Lessons from the Front Lines

By EHRA Privacy & Security Workgroup

The ER was bustling with a full cast of colorful characters, as it always is on Halloween, when creepy messages started appearing on every single device: 

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Throwing My Hat in the Ring for EHRA

By Alise Widmer, RN

Hat on tableBeginning in 2012, and continuing as I transitioned from one EHR company to another, I was a passive member of EHRA workgroups. Listening in on biweekly calls, I became more impressed by the work that so many volunteers do on behalf of EHRA — especially when you consider it’s in addition to their demanding day jobs. 

I’m inspired by what I’ve observed as sincere passion for the greater good of the healthcare community. Yes, there is also robust advocacy on behalf of the EHR vendor community, but the efforts I’ve witnessed go beyond supporting corporate interests to an embrace of patient safety efforts and other demonstrations of a conscientious stewardship of the role of electronic health records in enhancing patient care. I began to want a more involved role in the association (as opposed to the normal ‘multi-tasking’ I would do during workgroup calls), so last year I decided to “throw my hat in the ring,” and was honored to be appointed as vice chair of the Standards & Interoperability Workgroup when that position became vacant mid-term. (more…)

Reflections on EHRA, Past and Future

By Mark Segal, PhD, FHIMSS

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Mark Segal welcomed ‘retirement’ by exploring Morocco with his son.

Late in 2017, I left GE Healthcare via an early “retirement” opportunity. Retirement is in quotes but that is a story for another day; suffice it to say that I intend to remain active in the digital health policy world.

One of the biggest changes with my departure from GE is that I also left the EHRA Executive Committee, on which I had served in both elected and ex officio capacity for years. This was a double whammy of many fewer conference calls per day.

My involvement with EHRA, wearing many hats, has been one of the most important and satisfying aspects of my professional life. (more…)

Interoperability is Already Having Positive Effects – Here’s How

By Hans Buitendijk

For healthcare providers and their patients, interoperability holds the promise to substantially improve quality and reduce costs, while enabling coordination of care and engagement of patients with their caregivers.

We know that this work is well underway, and so EHRA members collected real-world examples of where interoperability is already working, and the positive effects that many organizations are achieving today.

We’re pleased to share our report, “Interoperability Success Stories: The Journey Continues,” which demonstrates how interoperability can lead to:

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When Health IT is Personal

Leigh Burchell, EHRA Chair and VP for Policy and Government Affairs for Allscripts, recently wrote about her own experience with health IT and how that has broadened her perspectives as both vendor and patient.  An excerpt:

“Recently…health IT has been personalized for me in an entirely different way, and I understand it from a new perspective. Thankfully, unlike many people who speak about the challenges they’re still encountering, my experience has largely been positive since becoming a breast cancer patient.”

Read the full post, “When health IT became personal: My journey with breast cancer” on the Allscripts blog.

 

 

 

EHRs and Ebola: The Reality is Reassuring

(November 5, 2014)  Mark Segal, EHRA Chair (GE Healthcare IT) and his colleague, Keith Boone,  discuss how EHRs and other health IT can support healthcare providers and their patients in identifying and managing contagious disease outbreaks such as Ebola.
Read their full post on the GE Healthcare blog.