In our VitalBlog we frequently share our thoughts and opinions on healthcare-related topics.

Arjen Westerink

Should MU be extended to Behavioral Health?

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Friday, July 13, 2012

We were very pleased to see the news last week about bi-partisan legislation coming out of the House which would extend meaningful use incentives to... read more

Arjen Westerink

As Meaningful Use Marches Ahead, Are Physicians Being Left Behind?

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

According to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information... read more

Laurens van der Tang

Encouraging the obvious

Laurens van der Tang wrote this on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

With all the attention we see in the healthcare sector for ‘evidence based medicine’, ‘guideline based care’ and ‘scientifically proven’ methods of... read more

Arjen Westerink

According to one EHR Study, a Picture is Worth (at least) a Thousand Words

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Thursday, June 7, 2012

I just came across an interesting study summarized on, which demonstrated that including a patient’s photo in an EHR significantly... read more

Arjen Westerink

Should Patients Have Electronic Access to Medical Records?

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As EHR adoption continues to rise, the industry is repeatedly faced with questions regarding PHRs and the electronic exchange of information with... read more

Arjen Westerink

Talking Interoperability with VitalBlog Readers

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Thursday, May 10, 2012

I was recently contacted by one of our blog readers and we shared an interesting exchange that I thought was worth posting in hopes of getting other... read more

Arjen Westerink

Outcry for Alterations to Stage Two Meaningful Use from Industry Associations

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 7 was the last day to submit feedback to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposed Stage Two Meaningful Use Rules, and... read more

Arjen Westerink

EHRs Bridging the ‘Quality of Care’ Gap for Rural Providers

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Though EHR adoption continues to lag amongst physician practices located in rural locations, some of those who are adopting are beginning to realize... read more

Arjen Westerink

How Meaningful is Stage Two Meaningful Use for Clinical Specialties?

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Is Meaningful Use really meaningful for all healthcare providers? I was speaking with my dentist earlier this week about his take on the incentive... read more

Arjen Westerink

The EHR as the Nucleus

Arjen Westerink wrote this on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earlier in the week I explained how having one platform that all of a healthcare provider’s technologies could run off of, could be beneficial to a... read more

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