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9 Tech Innovations For Your Health
Slideshows  |  1/31/2012  | 
Wondering if you're having a cardiac event or suffering from a concussion? There's an app for that: Check out these promising health-related apps, gadgets, and ideas from the Digital Health Summit.
Futuristic Clinical Decision Support Tool Catches On
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
IndiGO healthcare software, which predicts which patients will develop chronic conditions and the best interventions to head off disease, signs users.
Kaiser Permanente Offers EHR App For Androids
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
iPhone app coming soon; patients also can securely access health records and email docs via mobile-friendly version of Kaiser website.
HP Wins Blue Shield Health IT Contract
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
HP will help Blue Shield of California modernize its claims management and membership systems.
IT Tools Help Patients Cut Prescription, Exam Costs
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Change Healthcare provides companies' employees with a Web portal, data analytics, personalized text messages, and email alerts to help them find lower-cost healthcare services and prescription drugs.
VA Telehealth Lauded As Model Healthcare Program
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
As U.K. report praises U.S. veterans' home health monitoring, it begs the question why telehealth hasn't gained traction across U.S. healthcare system.
Take Care Retail Health Clinics Add Online Scheduling
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Walgreens subsidiary's focus on patient convenience puts pressure on primary care practice doctors to follow suit.
Telehealth Reimbursement Will Grow, Health Leaders Say
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
Federal Medicare program for seniors and disabled Americans currently does not reimburse for most telehealth, care coordination, and home monitoring services, but that could change soon.
Rhode Island Thinks Big About Health IT
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Meet Rhode Island Quality Institute's CIO and see why Medicare thinks other states could learn from his big ideas.
Sculley: Health Tech Needs Usability, Not Flash
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
IT companies need to better understand the healthcare industry before they can change it, former Apple CEO tells CES audience.
UnitedHealth Group Promotes Mobile Health Apps
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
Joining forces with mobile health vendors, UnitedHealth Group seeks to offer a broader array of patient monitoring services to its customers.
Why Personal Health Records Have Flopped
Commentary  |  1/12/2012  | 
It's not a security, privacy, or data-sharing problem. It's a patient problem.
Basis Wristwatch Measures Your Body Signals
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Capturing motion, skin temperature, heart rate, and more, the Basis watch can help you measure and understand a variety of health factors.
Is 2012 The Year Of Online Patients?
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
Meaningful Use programs, healthcare reform, and the public's love of mobile devices could add up to patients finally getting fully involved in their own care.
ATA To Medicare: Broaden Hospital Telemedicine Participation Rules
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
The American Telemedicine Association wants Medicare to approve telemedicine services for stroke and intensive care.
Windows 8 Meets Eye-Tracking At CES 2012
News  |  1/9/2012  | 
Tobii eye-tracking technology lets you control certain PC or tablet tasks with your eyes, not your hands.
iPhone Pulse Oximeter: New App For That
News  |  1/9/2012  | 
Zensorium's Tinke app connects to an iPhone and measures heart rate, respiration, and blood oxygen.
ONC Health IT Awareness Plan Gets Blue Cross Nod
News  |  1/5/2012  | 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's support for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT program includes making the public more aware of the value of health IT.
Remote Patient Monitoring Shows Strong Growth
News  |  1/5/2012  | 
Worldwide telemedicine market will grow 18% annually through 2016, according to Berg Insight.
Top 9 Health IT Stories Of 2011
Slideshows  |  1/4/2012  | 
2011 was a challenging year for healthcare IT professionals. Providers rolled out electronic health record systems to qualify for the government's Meaningful Use financial incentives. Meanwhile, mobile health apps took off, e-prescribing increased, health info exchanges got a start, and some organizations suffered data breaches. On the plus side, more health IT jobs became available.

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