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eClinicalWorks, Dell and Wal-Mart are all leaders on price and value, and this shared interest has led them to collaborate on a new bundled product offering that will make electronic medical records available to members of Wal-Mart's Sam's Club. The new partnership will bundle eClinicalWorks' unified application, which combines an electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management system, with Dell hardware to be marketed on Sam's Club's Web site. Sam's Club claims to have 200,000 practices among its m

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Financial Services – Following the money into healthcare? By Janice Young   In its report, Challenges for Health Care in Uncertain Times, 2009: Hewitt's 10th Annual Health Care Report, Hewitt reports a 40% increase in prevalence of employer consumer driven health plans.  Likewise, the same report also notes that employers are more likely to offer health savings account (HSA) than health reimbursement account arrangements.  An 11% growth in HSA offerings and a 3% growth in HRA offerings

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You Say EHR, I Say EMR – Who's Right?

By Judy Hanover – 2 Comments

Healthcare IT (HIT) terminology is confusing, even for experts as numerous similar and confusing terms are used to describe instances of HIT. The terms electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) are commonly used interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. In a recent report, Health Industry Insights (HII) established the definitions of these terms that we will use in our research, and compared these definitions with those of other respected industry sources including those publish

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Physician Rating Sites: Good Idea? Bad Idea?

By Lynne A. Dunbrack – 10 Comments

Provider ranking sites are in the news again (click here, here and here) with the usual debate about whether physicians can be rated like restaurants by Zagat or handymen on Angie's List.  Both sites now rate health professionals.  On the pro side of the debate is that the ranking of products and services is a fundamental concept of consumerism.  Consumers are being asked to be more financially accountable in their healthcare decision making and are thus seeking more online decision supp

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