As EHR adoption becomes a goal for healthcare providers of all sizes, large hospitals (including hospital systems and integrated delivery networks) are stepping up to help affiliated physician practices get around roadblocks to EHR adoption, including lack of purchasing power and EHR expertise.

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Five years ago, physicians groups considering a switch to electronic health records did not have much to look forward to. There were so many costs: startup fees ranging from $3,000 to more than $30,000 per physician, monthly maintenance charges, patient slowdown during the installation period, hours spent on training. And then there was the inevitable office-wide irritability that comes with learning something new. 

Read more: How Much is that Free EHR?

Walk into almost any healthcare provider anywhere in the world and it’s easy to see how recent technology developments have advanced the quality of healthcare. Diagnostic tools and other instrumentation that were undreamed of 10 years ago are now available to a wide variety of practitioners. Just as significantly, tools that were available a decade ago are now much more accurate, providing clinicians with better insights. Far more data is now in the hands of practitioners, and the improvements in diagnosis and care have been notable. 

Read more: Healthcare, IT, and the Cloud

Across the country, healthcare organizations are dipping their toes into the ocean of mobile advertising. Given the speed at which people are disconnecting from desktop and even laptop computers, targeted marketing of mobile devices looks like a no-brainer. But some mobile healthcare initiatives blur the lines of where providing medical advice ends and advertising begins.

Read more: Going Mobile

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