Electronic health record usage: 40 percent of doctors | Cardiac Science for the week of Jan. 25

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Electronic medical records used by 40 percent of office-based physicians

A 2009 EHR survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than 40 percent of office-based physicians are working with electronic health records.

Healthcare IT News reports that 43 percent of doctors who responded to the national survey said they were using full or partial EMR/EHR systems. However, only 20 percent are using a system that met the definition of a “basic” system. The CDC defines a basic system as one with patient demographic information, patient problem lists, clinical notes, orders for prescriptions and viewing laboratory and imaging results. Systems defined as fully functional also include medical history and follow-up, orders for tests, prescription and test orders sent electronically, warnings of drug interactions or contraindications, highlighting of out-of-range test levels and reminders for guideline-based interventions.

AEDs in Hong Kong


Demonstration of Powerheart G3 AED in Hong Kong

Heart disease is the number two killer in Hong Kong, claiming more than 7,000 lives last year.

In recent months, a first aid group has developed a plan to make automated external defibrillators (AEDs)  available in pubic places citywide. The city Hospital Authority has already purchased 200 AEDs for public waiting rooms and clinics.

In this news clip, Chung Chin-hung demonstrates a Powerheart G3 AED. St. John Ambulance in Hong Kong conducted a seminar on public access defibrillation (PAD) programs in November.

Tennessee school defibrillators: Saving lives


College basketball player Emmanuel Negedu (photo credit: University of Tennessee)

Some schools have them; other schools don’t. The difference can be counted in human lives.

Red Cross representative Annemarie deMoes told WATE.com in Knoxville, Tennessee, that the presence of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the University of Tennessee may have made the difference between life and death last September when basketball player Emmanuel Negedu collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest during a workout on the college’s indoor football field.

According news reports, the director of sports medicine and the senior associate athletic trainer were both on nearby. They used a defibrillator to restore the ballplayer’s heartbeat, then did CPR while waiting for  emergency medical services to arrive. Negedu, a sophomore, was transported to a hospital. After extensive testing, he had surgery and received an implantable defibrillator.

UTSports.com reported that the defibrillator used in Negudu’s rescue was one of 19 donated to the university athletic department by the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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