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Health Coaching For The Masses
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Health Plan will provide coaching, wellness services, and hospital quality ratings to all insured members through WebMD portal.
Is That Healthcare Website Making You Sick?
Slideshows  |  3/28/2012  | 
Many healthcare websites provide valuable information that can help prepare you for the next doctor's visit. But some serve up misinformation that just might land you in the hospital. Here's how to tell the difference.
Elderly Patients Want Docs To Explain Technology
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Older patients aked to use mobile monitoring devices want clinicians to coach them, according to a new survey.
Walgreens' Facebook Site Adds Health Advice
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Sharecare, made famous by Dr. Oz, now available via Walgreens' Facebook page.
Social Gaming Helps The Medicine Go Down
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Several imaginative mobile apps turn preventive health into competitive fun.
11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  3/21/2012  | 
We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
Boston Scientific Taps Telecoms For Telehealth Connectivity
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Vodafone and AT&T will supply cellular services for Boston Scientific's patient cardiac monitoring devices.
Can Personalized Medicine Improve Drug Safety?
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Personalized medicine programs can find better treatments based on patients' genetics. Why can't the same tools be used to predict--and prevent--adverse drug reactions?
iPad Features May Accelerate Healthcare Productivity
News  |  3/19/2012  | 
Retina display, cameras, and voice recognition will help doctors, but Bluetooth 4.0's ability to connect the iPad directly to patients' medical monitoring devices could be the real game-changer.
Telemedicine Tackles Diabetes Epidemic
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center partners with American Well to streamline diabetes referrals, improve health data sharing, and get people healthier.
Costs Hold Back State Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
A KPMG poll finds state officials complaining about expenses, as well as political and legal uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
Pick Up Your Smartphone: The Doctor's Calling
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
Hospitals and doctors' offices are now reaching out with patient education materials via smartphones and iPads. Emmi Solutions is among the vendors leading the charge.
Walgreens To Send Immunization, Clinic Records Electronically
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Pharmacy giant taps Surescripts network to connect with primary care physicians, promote continuity of care.
Voice Response Technology Slashes Hospital Readmissions
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
Geisinger Health Plan reports discharged Medicare patients monitored by an interactive phone response system are less likely to be readmitted.
Doctors, Patients Can Spur HIE Progress, Feds Say
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
National HIT coordinator Mostashari calls on clinicians and patients to demand more data at point of care. This will help drive development of health information exchanges, he says.
Give Patients EHR Control, Says Civil Liberties Union
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
A New York Civil Liberties Union report urges New York State health officials to provide patients with greater control over their health records.
GE Collaborative Tool To Aid Patient Safety
News  |  3/7/2012  | 
Company's Global Patient Safety Network will help providers collaborate online with their peers and analyze safety incident data.
IT-Enhanced Medical Homes Aren't A Quick Fix
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
Patient-centric medical homes are touted to fix the healthcare cost crisis, but the deep pockets and extensive IT resources they require aren't available to every healthcare provider.
How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposals raise the bar for online patient engagement, highlighting how important it is for healthcare providers to communicate with patients and give them access to their information.

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