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12 Hot Mobile Medical Apps
Slideshows  |  4/29/2011  | 
Mobile medicine is everywhere. There's the iPhone app that lets you cut away images of muscle layers to see what lies beneath, an e-health record system for the iPad, and a smartphone-based blood pressure monitor. Here are a dozen innovative ones.
ACO Rules Limit Patient Telehealth Options
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association wants HHS to waive five Medicare restrictions on telehealth payments.
Program Links Hospital Labs To Public Health Agencies
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The Lab Interoperability Cooperative program is designed to help public health officials act more rapidly and efficiently to control disease.
Electronic Patient Consent System Planned
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Given the public's concerns about online privacy and ID theft, ONC is launching a pilot project that will build trust in data exchange.
IT Support Of Healthcare Quality Key To Reform
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Philip Bredesen, former Tennessee governor and national e-health alliance co-chair, remains frustrated with the slow pace of change in the industry.
Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
State-of-the-art clinical decision-support systems can sharpen a veteran physician’s reasoning skills, but they're far from perfect.
Vidyo, Massachusetts Hospital Partner On Telemedicine
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Internet-based system gave Mass General's stroke center the secure, low-latency, high-definition, and interoperable videoconferencing platform it needed.
Supreme Court To Hear Doctor Pharmacy Data Case
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Data collection firms are challenging a Vermont law limiting use of doctors' prescription records for targeted marketing programs by drug companies.
Is Flood Of Medical Alerts Harming Patients?
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Alarms from increasingly sensitive health IT could be desensitizing clinicians to signs of patient danger.
IT Drives Patient Education
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Computer-generated questionnaires, medication resolution programs, and sophisticated videos are making a difference in patient care.
American Well Launches Telehealth For SMB Practices
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
For medical offices that lack IT muscle, Online Care for Providers offers two-way video, live chat, billing, and more.
Microsoft Collaborating On Chronic Condition Management Systems
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Customized systems, like the one EMC Consulting and Microsoft developed for Denver Health, help providers to better manage care for patients with chronic health problems.
PTSD iPhone App Launches For Veterans
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs launch the free PTSD Coach to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder seek immediate help or manage their symptoms.
Healthcare Providers Frustrated By Excessive EHR Alerts
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
The flood of notifications coming from electronic health records distracts medical personnel from addressing urgent messages about patients' abnormal test results.
Patient Safety Initiative To Leverage Health IT
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
The $1 billion federal Partnership for Patients initiative aims to cut $35 billion in healthcare costs, save 60,000 lives, and decrease hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by 2013.
Does IT Enhance Patient Safety? Let's See Proof
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Is it true what they say: Tools don't create safety, people do?
Web App Advances Personalized Cancer Treatment
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
A collaboration between the American Society of Oncology and CollabRX may bring individualized therapy to the masses.
Doctor Practice Uses BI Tools To Improve Care
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Southeast Texas Medical Associates has employed IBM business intelligence software to analyze patient care and reduce hospital readmissions.
Telehealth Rated Top Medical Innovation
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Global health leaders say that information and communications technologies hold the greatest hope for improving patient diagnosis and treatment.
Guarded Optimism For Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
An informed newcomer looks critically at EHRs, clinical decision support software, and proprietary databases and wonders: is health IT all it's cracked up to be?
Guerra On Healthcare: Clinicians Work In Flawed System
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
A recent hospital stay by family members generates equal parts admiration and frustration.
HHS Pushes Private Sector To Fix Healthcare Problems
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Federal health IT official says government's job is to lay the foundation for business innovations that will reduce waste and improve public health.
Consumers Slow To Adopt Electronic Personal Health Records
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Some patients are still concerned about online security, while healthy consumers seem indifferent to the benefits of PHRs, according to a study by IDC Health Insights.
CDC Sees EHRs As Public Health 'Game Changer'
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Health information exchanges and electronic health records will advance the ability of doctors, hospitals, and federal health officials to identify, monitor, and communicate disease outbreaks, says the agency's IT chief.
Five Leading Healthcare Organizations To Exchange Patient Data
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Health, and Group Health Collaborative form new consortium to share patient e-health records on-demand and serve as a national model for data interoperability.
GE Healthcare Intros Clinical Research Management Solution
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Centricity Research will support clinical trial billing compliance and drive better administration of treatment plans, processes, and protocols, said GE.
Lawson Offers Analytics Tools For Healthcare Organizations
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
Supply chain and staffing are among the operational areas that Lawson Analytics for Healthcare may help providers gain insight and identify potential cost savings.

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