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Google’s Sidewiki in the Garden of Good and Evil

By Lynne A. Dunbrack

Google recently launched a new toolbar feature, Sidewiki, that enables Web site visitors to add comments regardless of whether the site allows visitors to comment  As one might imagine this new Google feature has created quite a controversy and has serious implications for healthcare and life science organizations, especially pharmaceutical companies.


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Discussions this week on meaningful use have turned to the application of quality metrics.  A meaningful use would be the application of quality indicators to electronic health record information to determine whether physicians are adhering to care and wellness standards.  An example given by National Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, is using metrics and measures to determine whether a physician's patients with hypertension have their blood pressure under control. And, with this announc


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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide over $36 billion in funding for the meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States, and will drive adoption of EHRs in ambulatory and acute provider settings. EHRs can improve patient safety and create efficiencies in our healthcare system, but the benefits of capturing health information electronically are not restricted to healthcare. EHRs can also be used provide opportunities to providers to leverage their



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