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Mass Health Data Consortium: HealthIT at a Crossroads

This year 2010 will be a crossroads for health information technology: How do we progress from the historic enactment of ARRA in 2009 to the availability of billions of dollars for providers to meaningfully use HIT systems in 2011? The Mass Health Data Consortium will aim to address these and other questions, reflect on a transformative year, and try to predict the future. Schwartz will be listening from th ...

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EHR Benefits: A Macro and a Micro View

The New York Times ran a short piece by Steve Lohr yesterday that highlighted a new study led by two doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital.The study compared 3,000 hospitals at various stages of implementing and using electronic health records (EHRs).  For those who see EHRs as a panacea for the healthcare system, the initial findings are disappointing.  To quote from Lohr’s story: ...

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Hospital Social Media Bans: A Good Idea?

A recent post in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy's "Running A Hospital" blog focuses on social media policies at Boston-area hospitals.The story follows reports that one local hospital recently instituted a six-month social media ban (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace - apparently not LinkedIn?) that will remain in effect until a policy is developed for its use and employee monitoring ...

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When Ringing in your Ears is a GOOD Thing

Hear ye! Hear ye! 2009 was another outstanding year for Schwartz Communications at the 40th Annual Publicity Club of New England Bell Ringer Awards. Schwartz and our clients received 26 awards recognizing media, special event and social media efforts in Healthcare, Consumer, Social Media and High Tech PR programs. Pardon me as I brag for a moment. This work spanned 19 clients across our practice groups. It' ...

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