E-Prescribing Helps Identify Patients Who Fail to Fill Prescriptions

People who receive care in an integrated health care system with electronic health records linked to its own pharmacy more often collect their new prescriptions for diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure medications than do people who receive care in a nonintegrated system, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study of 12,061 men and women in Kaiser Permanente Colorado with newly ordered medications for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol found that only 7 percent did not get their new prescriptions for blood pressure medication filled, 11 percent failed to pick up new prescriptions for diabetes medication and 13 percent failed to collect new prescriptions for cholesterol-reducing medication. — Visit www.kaiserpermanente.org

AHIMA Appoints Chicago Hospital Executive as CEO

Lynne Thomas Gordon became chief executive officer of the American Health Information Management Association on Sept. 29. She was associate vice president for hospital operations and director of the Children's Hospital at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is also a member of the Rush University faculty in the graduate program in health systems management. Thomas Gordon has served on the information management task force of the Joint Commission. — Visit www.ahima.org.

NeHC Redesigns Website to Promote Collaboration

National eHealth Collaborative introduced a redesigned website intended to promote information sharing and collaboration among health information technology stakeholders. Included in the many features are a library of tools and resources and a space for the HIE Leadership Network. — Visit www.nationalehealth.org.