Singapore launches national EHR system; US has 1k EMR companies;

> Accenture, a management consulting and technology services company, and Singapore's Ministry of Health have launched one of the world's first national electronic health record system. The EHR is designed to capture patient demographics, diagnoses, medications, tests, procedures, and discharge summaries. Article

> The U.S. EMR market has more than 1,000 players, according to research from MarketsandMarkets, a global research and consulting firm. In 2010, Allscripts emerged as a market leader with 15.7 percent market share in the physician office EMR market, while Meditech led the hospital EMR segment with an overall market share of 24.9 percent. Article

> The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT has made available a free tool designed to simplify the reporting by physicians and practices of clinical quality measures for Meaningful Use. The tool, popHealth, is an open source software service that can automate reporting of quality measures in stage one of Meaningful Use of EHRs. Article

> Jennifer Brull, MD, the first provider to receive Medicare incentives for adopting EHRs under Meaningful Use in Kansas, talks about what the transition to EHRs has meant to her, her practice, and her patients on the ONC's case study blog. Article

> The National Prevention Council, which is composed of 17 federal agencies, has released a 122-page National Prevention Strategy that calls for expanded use of EHRs, along with social media tools and mobile phone applications, to help promote health and wellness. Article


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