Archive for February, 2013

Drill, Baby, Drill…for Medical Data

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Geisinger Health System of Pennsylvania is to launch a study of health impacts in PA’s natural gas drilling region.

Working with other health systems, this initiative will develop a health surveillance network aimed at assessing and reporting on the patient data gathered from electronic health records (EHR/EMR).

“The goal is to create a cross-disciplinary, integrated and sharable repository of data on environmental exposures, health outcomes and community impacts of Marcellus shale drilling — the first systematic longitudinal study to do so,” the announcement said. “Some of the potential health effects that are likely to be investigated first include asthma, trauma and cardiovascular disease” a release stated.

The area of Pennsylvania known as the Marcellus shale region has seen increased efforts to extract natulal gas from existing underground shale formations and has been instrumental in creationg many new economic opportunities. The process, known as fracking, may hold some hidden health concerns such as possible air and water contamination.

Electronic Medical Records, Einstein and You: Healthcare data needs a Grand Unified Theory

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Soon, most every eligible provider in the US will be using an EMR system. Then what?

This month, EMR CHOICE and The EHR Company Network will begin to feature the practical roadmap to EMR use beyond the targeted 2014-2015 adoption date. We will share plans from healthcare IT experts and private sector medical apps developers and investment/VC groups as they focus on the ultimate prize: Consumer health apps and mobile opportunities aimed at providing true convenience for patients. Imagine Facebook, EMR/EHR, physicians, medical share sites and data mining firms all on one central platform. Or…Why get a second opinion when you can have a thousand?

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