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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: Pogue Mugs On CBS and Interviews Blumenthal While Australia Shows How It’s Done

floppy-disk1David Pogue waded into the EMR narrative this week, with a piece on CBS News that took a look at the U.S. efforts with an interesting focus on Kaiser’s EMR efforts. Pogue follows up with a blog post containing a transcript of his full interview with David Blumenthal.  Interestingly, the main negative angle in his CBS piece is cost; but as we’ve noted, many providers are offering loans or guarantees or both to cover the cost until the federal payments kick in.

Meanwhile, Australia is only three years away from a full national EHR system, complete with a lifetime ID and scary music for the privacy-related segments:

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Ontario H1N1 Swine Flu Update June 3: Two Deaths, 894 Total Cases

B&W_AntigenicShift_HiResCropCoverage of Swine Flu has declined, but incidence of Swine Flu has not.  Yesterday, we got the report of a second swine flu-related death in Ontario. 

Although the press release goes out of it’s way to emphasize that almost all the cases are considered mild, there is an interesting tidbit here:

Six people who have the H1N1 flu virus were in hospital as of June 2, a number of whom have underlying medical conditions.

… implying that at least some of those hospitalized do not have underlying medical conditions — i.e., they actually have a fairly severe case of flu.

Also, swine flu is on the rise in the Southern hemisphere and WHO is seriously considering moving to level 6, but may add some kind of severity indicator.

Here’s the Ontario data:

Ontario Swine Flu cases June 3

what’s that word again? Oh, right … exponential.  Here’s the new case average count, which I’ve moved to a 7-day rolling average:

Ontario Swine Flu cases Average June 3

Keep carrying that sanitizer a little longer, I think.

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