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Content tagged with Clinical Information Systems posted in April 2012
American Well Revamps Telehealth Platform
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Online Care 6.0 update adds conveniences for consumers and healthcare providers connecting outside the office; changes include support for smartphones and medical devices.
Population Health Management Requires Better IT Tools
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Today's electronic health records don't include enough information or interoperability to enable population health management, according to Institute for Health Technology Transformation report.
3 IT Tools Helping Patients Find Clinical Trials
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
We hear so much about the transformative power of medical informatics, and no doubt some of it is more hype than reality. These three examples are the real deal.
The Great ICD-10 Debate: Healthcare Coding Transforms
Slideshows  |  4/25/2012  | 
Healthcare's move to ICD-10, an updated set of diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes, will affect everything from billing systems to medical records. After several delays, debate still rages on how to time the transition.
Philips, Vidyo Partner To Extend Telehealth
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Collaboration aims to expand telemedicine services into specialties such as pediatrics, neurology, emergency care, home health, and transitional care.
Clinical Decision Support: No Substitute For Doctors' Opinion
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Study finds little improvement in how doctors with access to computerized alerts treat elderly patients with cognitive impairment.
ICD-10 Boosts Appeal Of Computer-Assisted Coding Tools
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Growing number of hospitals and other inpatient organizations plan to purchase computer-assisted coding tools to help with ICD-10 mandate, says new KLAS Research report.
Health IT Still Venture Capital Sweetheart
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Companies that manage health information and data raised 75% more capital than Q1 last year, in stark contrast to U.S. companies' overall drop of 18%, says Dow Jones VentureSource.
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
Hospital Computer Kiosks Effective, But Value Questioned
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Patient kiosks expedite routine healthcare in California emergency departments, despite nurses' perceptions that they impede workflow, researchers say.
Health Insurers' Customer Communications Is Fractured
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Most health plans say they want to improve customer communications, but they have not developed IT systems needed to send reminders to patients to take meds or start exercising, IDC Health Insights reports.
Physicians Like Digital Tech, But Adoption Is Slow
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Many doctors say they want technology tools for medical education and training. But actions speak louder than words.
Clinicians Need Unconventional IT Tools For Toughest Cases
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Providing quality care for difficult-to-treat patients requires some truly disruptive approaches.
EHRs Often Lack Clinical Best Practices
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Clinical decision support vendor Zynx Health finds electronic health records fall short in treating heart failure, pneumonia.
6 Ways Healthcare Can Assess Data Strategy
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Healthcare organizations' ability to compete will hinge on how well they manage their clinical and financial data, says new CSC study.
9 Popular Personal Health Record Tools
Slideshows  |  4/13/2012  | 
While many consumers remain skeptical of personal health records, advocates say these tools can help patients manage medical data and interact with doctors. Here's a look at nine popular PHR offerings.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
Why Healthcare Cost Reports Fail Consumers
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Healthcare cost reports are doing little to help consumers pick quality providers or save money, for themselves or the healthcare system at large, expert says.
Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Sloppy EHR Implementation Could Threaten Patient Safety
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
VA hospitals encountered lots of problems--some unanticipated--when they implemented an EHR and bar code medication administration system.
Break Into Health IT: 9 Master's Degree Programs
Slideshows  |  4/4/2012  | 
Having trouble landing a health IT job because you're not a clinician, or your IT experience lies outside healthcare? These master's degree and health informatics programs can help bridge the gap.
Is Your Clinical Decision Support Built On Quicksand?
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
If a CDS system isn't based on rock-solid data, don't expect to see better patient outcomes or long-term cost savings.
Mobile App Helps Consumers Shop For Healthcare
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Castlight Health mobile app lets consumers use their smartphones to look up cost and quality information about their healthcare providers, an especially helpful tool for patients with high-deductible plans.
Alert Fatigue: Searching For A Cure
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Study finds that prescribing clinicians often are overwhelmed and confused by electronic medication alerts generated by EHRs, in part because most warnings are intended for pharmacists. Now the Indianapolis VA is testing for ways to revamp the alerts.
Bluetooth Device To Automate Patients' Warfarin Self-Test Reports
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Automated Alere system should reduce test reporting errors for patients on blood thinner warfarin, sending the data to an EHR when appropriate.

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