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Vol. 7 No. 21, October 13, 2010

Fact and Stats

Only 6.7% of US physicians e-mail their patients about clinical issues, according to a new study from the Center for Studying Health System Change. For the study, researchers surveyed more than 4,200 office-based physicians in 2008.

Overall, about one-third of office-based physicians reported that information technology (IT) was available in their practice for e-mailing patients about clinical issues. Of those, fewer than one in five reported using e-mail with patients routinely; the remaining physicians were roughly evenly split between occasional users and non-users. Physicians in practices with access to electronic medical records and those working in health maintenance organizations (HMOs) or medical school settings were more likely to adopt and use e-mail to communicate with patients compared with other physicians. However, even among the highest users—physicians in group/staff-model HMOs—only 50.6 percent reported routinely e-mailing patients.

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Source: Physicians Slow to E-mail Routinely with Patients

Date: October, 2010

Around the World

Turkey: Mobile Phone Video Link for On-demand Medical Advice

Italy: Checklist and Digital Pen to Increase Safety in Operating Rooms in Forlì Hospital

Germany: Health Staff Design Their Own Electronic Forms in Mental Health Centre

Portuguese Health Helpline Expands Access to Health Information and Care

News from Canada

Drug Information Systems to Generate $436 Million in Benefits in 2010

McGill University Health Centre Selects IBM to Build Private Data Storage Cloud to Improve Clinicians’ Access to Patient Information

Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network Marks Historic Milestone in South West and Erie St. Clair LHINs

Privacy Commissioner Troubled by Poor Computer Disposal Practices and Lack of Controls for Wireless Devices in Government

COACH: e-Health 2011 Call for Abstracts Opens November 1

Trends

Nuance, IBM Work on Voice-recognized Electronic Health Records

NHS removes key data from controversial Summary Care Record

E-health Benefits Rely on Mobile Expansion

Industry Speak

Microsoft joins Continua Health Alliance

Siemens Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

Allscripts Professional Electronic Health Record Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification as ‘Complete EHR’

Canadian Market Research

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Infoway Update

Find Out What’s New and Happening at Canada Health Infoway

Worth Noting

eChallenges e-2010 Conference

Accessibility and the Contribution of International Standards

International e-Health Conference

IFHRO 2010: Congress of International Federation of Health Records Organizations

HealthAchieve 2010

RSNA 2010

Med-e-Tel 2011
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