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Physicians, healthcare professionals and medical students should be wary of social media blurring the line between their professional and personal lives, according to a recent British Medical Association report.
A new toolkit funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will help small- and medium-sized physician practices analyze their workflow with the effect of health information technology implementation, according to the AHRQ website.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed a bill that would require physicians and pharmacists to use an electronic database of a patient's prescription history when writing and filling a prescription for certain narcotics, according to a Times Union report.

Physicians and pharmacists would use the database, called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing and which has up-to-the-minute information on pertinent patient information and prescription details, before dispensing narcotics such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax, the report said.

Physicians or pharmacists who fail to report information to the database, fail to review patient data before prescribing or disclose and dispense private patient information to a third party may be fined.

The report said the proposed bill aims to stop drug seekers and curb prescription drug trafficking.

Read the Times Union report on I-STOP.

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Roughly 81,000 physicians in hospitals, clinics and private offices have registered for help to apply for electronic health record bonuses, but only 31,000 work in small group practices, according to an ONC figure in an iWatch News investigative report.
The Colorado Rural Health Center and UnitedHealthcare dispersed more than $2 million in funds to strengthen healthcare delivery in rural communities, particularly toward expanding the use of health information technology between hospitals and physician practices, according to a CRHC news release.
Omitted information was the most common error within computerized prescribing systems, according to a study in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.
People actively engaged in social media and patient-specific websites are 60 percent more likely than the general population to participate in a clinical trial, according to a recent survey.
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