Analyzing The TweetStream: Week of 7/1-7/3

It was a short week for us, thanks to the 4th of July, but that didn’t stop our Tweet net from catching a few good headlines to throw back out at you. Here are the top 5 Health IT news stories we tweeted for the short week of 7/1 – 7/3.



The news here is as simple as it sounds: Candidates may now us their own personal computer to take the HL7 certification exam online, instead of using the old-school pencil and paper method. In addition to pushing the test forward in a technological sense, the move also increases the opportunities for individuals to pursue certification.


While most HealthIT professionals can applaud the advantages Meaningful Use will someday bring, the more traditional-minded Docs are beginning to grumble as their deeply ingrained habits are agitated by the new data entry practices. Physicians feel that the increased dependence on EHRs is hurting their ability to properly and closely interact with their patients.



Everyone loves free stuff, so when Forbes received permission to publish an entire chapter of the recently HIMSS-commissioned book on Patient Engagement, titled “Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement,” the twittersphere gobbled it up. The chapter focused on the importance of communication between the patient and the provider and was written by occasional blog contributor Dave Chase, CEO of Avado.


This next piece of news comes Brian Ahier, who made his debut last week on our blog. Brian takes a close look at the HHS’ “Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan,” published last week, and discusses how the document promotes improved healthcare efficiency through the use of Health IT while also improving safety.


More and more healthcare providers are adopting EHR systems, much thanks to the billions of dollars in meaningful use incentive payments; but a large portion of these systems are not being appreciated after they are implemented.

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Shane works in the marketing department at Corepoint Health. He currently is a full-time MBA student at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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