As our first year of distribution comes to a close, we thought we'd review the most popular articles, the hottest products, and the top downloads since our newsletter's inception in July. Throughout this special edition newsletter, you'll discover the Healthcare Technology Online content that was most-clicked by you and your peers in 2009.
Looking back in such a manner provides us with a fascinating snapshot of the major themes in healthcare technology in 2009. Perhaps most notable was the impact federal stimulus funds appropriated by ARRA (The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act) are having on EHR adoption. These funds have definitely spurred interest in EHR technologies, but much confusion still surrounds what constitutes "meaningful use" of the technology and what EHR products are best designed to achieve the outcomes desired by the federal government. According to Charles Webster, MD in our #1 article of the year, EMR Workflow, Usability, And Productivity In Pediatric And Primary Care, EMR systems with workflow capabilities are more usable than those without because they help support consistency and relevancy in patient data. However, many more variables (including integration flexibility, ease of use, and cost) should be considered when selecting EHR or EMR technology for your own hospital, practice, or healthcare facility.
Healthcare Technology Online would like to express its sincere gratitude to the many authors and contributors whose work you see here. And, of course, we must also recognize and thank you, our loyal readers. It was your interest — literally, your clicks — that ultimately determined what content we included in this newsletter.
Staying on the subject, please keep in mind that your input will again shape Healthcare Technology Online's Top 10 next year. So if there are any topics, technologies, or trends you would like to see us cover in 2010, please e-mail your suggestions to our editorial department. Thanks again for your ongoing participation, and have a Happy New Year!