Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
Wireless Technologies Help With Alzheimer's Care
As the Alzheimer's spreads, healthcare companies are developing wireless technologies to help caregivers look after their charges. The technologies monitor people with Alzheimer's to make sure they're not in trouble, with a particular focus on making sure that patients don't wander off.
Diagnosing IT Problems In Healthcare
The ability to quickly trouble-shoot network and other IT infrastructure problems escalates as a top priority as healthcare providers replace paper patient records with electronic ones. It's bad enough when billing systems are down, but a hitch with a server running clinical systems could translate to delays in care if doctors can't access patients' medical records.
Getting A Grip On Health And Wellness Via The Web
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
NASA Names CIO
Linda Cureton leaves her position as NASA Goddard's CIO to fill the space agency's top IT job.
Dell's Acquisition Of Perot Helps Healthcare Push
Dell's $3.9 billion acquisition of Perot Systems will help fortify Dell's pursuit of new customers in the healthcare industry, a sector that's been getting a lot of attention from Dell--and its competitors--in recent months.
iPhone, Twitter Fight Swine Flu
The NBC Nightly News did a report about how the iPhone, Twitter, and Google are being used in the fight against swine flu and other diseases. The technology includes an iPhone app from Children's Hospital in Boston, and tools to use Google Searches and Twitter messages to map outbreaks.
Vendor Offers 'No Excuses' Guarantee For Docs To Get Fed's Rewards
The federal government's definition for "meaningful use" of health IT won't be finalized for several months. But that's not stopping EMR software and business services provider Athenahealth from guaranteeing clients that they'll be getting their health IT stimulus checks from the feds.
Getting Your Hands On ARRA Cash
The coordinators for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have a lot of money to give out--$44 billion to be precise--and healthcare IT managers can improve their odds of getting it by making their applications broad and simple, according to the chairman of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.
Healthcare Market Hot For IT Staffing
The details of the federal government's HITECH stimulus legislation are not final, but healthcare organizations are getting their IT teams in order now.
Gov 2.0: Open Government Directive Nearly Ready
At the Gov 2.0 Summit, federal CTO Aneesh Chopra said the order, due soon, will outline steps agencies can take to be 'hardwired' for transparency, collaboration, and participatory government.
PlainView Systems Launches Medical Marijuana Marketplace
It's a long way from Cheech & Chong. PlainView Systems launched its Compassionate Care Marketplace, a secure system to allow suppliers of medical marijuana to buy weed, with full accounting of the transaction for state and municipal compliance.
Survey Reveals Healthcare CIOs Are Seeking Tech Talent
The healthcare industry plans to increase IT hiring about 5% in the fourth quarter, according to a new report. The figure might not appear to be blockbuster, but it's above the national average. Overall, CIOs across many industries plan to add zero tech people to their staffs in the near term.
Social Security Administration Names New CIO
The agency's new IT leader, Frank Baitman, inherits a variety of tech initiatives, including a claims processing system upgrade, healthcare IT, and building a new data center.
Will The Rush To Health IT Create Talent Shortages?
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is funding numerous new technical assistance centers to help doctors and hospitals deploy e-medical records systems. That should fill some support needs. But won't many doctors require more hand-holding and won't most hospitals need tech people working closely with clinicians on-site? Where will all this talent come from?