Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.
Former ONC Official: "Reboot" HITECH
FierceHealthIT reports that John Loonsk, former director of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health It, has called for a "reboot" of HITECH efforts.
Healthcare's New Friend: Avatars
According to Information Week, healthcare providers are now using avatars in videos, portals, and other educational and support materials for patients and their families. The avatars are designed to present healthcare information in a way that is more accessible, effective, and approachable.
Docs Turn Progress Notes on Their Heads
Healthcare IT News explores the increasing trend towards doctors adopting the "APSO note" plan for electronic health records. This method rearranges the format so that it follows -- Assessment, Plan, Subjective, Objective. A study found that 73% of participants were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with using the APSO format to write notes, and 82% had positive reactions to reading the APSO notes.