Patient access to electronic medical data inconsistent across providers; Five traits of a good informatics nurse;

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> Patient access to electronic health records is inconsistent across provider organizations, according to an examination of several health system websites, Clinical Innovation+Technology reports. Article

> Lynne Cardinal, a nurse informaticist with the Medical College of Wisconsin and a senior consultant with Innovative Consulting Group, shares five traits that make for a good informatics nurse in a recent post. Article

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> Quality Improvement Organizations, through their work with healthcare providers, and federal, state and private partners, prevented more than 95,000 hospitalizations and 27,000 readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries over a three-year period, according to the American Health Quality Association. Article

> Several large infection-control and healthcare organizations have joined to develop strategies hospitals can use to reduce the risk of spreading methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Article

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> Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) want to know how the government can facilitate and improve data transparency. In a letter written Thursday to nearly 100 stakeholder groups and individuals, they posed questions about how data transparency could possibly benefit their work. Post

And Finally... This makes my skin crawl. Article

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