As the staff at a small Presque Isle health clinic prepared to see patients one day in July, they stopped short at their keyboards.
They soon realized they’d been locked out of the electronic health records for all of their 3,500 patients. The vendor that maintained the records had taken the uncommon step of denying access because of a longstanding billing dispute with the practice, Full Circle Health Care.
In the wake of the rapid proliferation of electronic health records, similar disputes are likely to crop up, in Maine and across the country, one expert said. At least one other health provider in the state has been shut out of its patients’ electronic records.
Other top health stories this week:
About half of the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems employees whose technology positions are due for elimination have found new jobs at the organization, while 11 still face an uncertain future, EMHS announced Wednesday.
The Legislature’s nonpartisan watchdog organization will join a list of entities investigating problems at the beleaguered hospital but will limit the scope of its probe for now, according to a directive from lawmakers on Wednesday.
From our bloggers
Jim LaPierre, Recovery Rocks
I consistently have better times drinking iced tea than I ever did drinking beer.
Diane Atwood, Catching Health
If you plan to go apple picking in Maine and like to “see” where you’re headed, I’ve created an interactive map to help lead the way.
From the source
So far this year, Maine has recorded 35 cases of rabies. View a county-by-county tally and see which animals were infected (including a cow and a cat) in the state lab’s testing data.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell