News & Commentary
Content tagged with Patient Tools posted in May 2011
HHS Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy Rule
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
Physicians Get Meaningful Use Payment Checks
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
A family doctor with a six-physician center in Ohio recommends building spreadsheets to track progress and ease the attestation process.
Telecom Providers See Opportunities In Telemedicine
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are among the telecom companies that have announced new initiatives for telehealth services, and there are more opportunities to come, says an IDC report.
Advanced Health IT Needed For ACO Initiatives
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Data analytics tools, clinical applications, and other technologies technologies can help accountable care organizations deliver on the promise of curbing costs and improving care.
IT Is Not The Doctor's Real Enemy
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Information technology is not medicine's enemy but an ally that can ultimately improve patient care and reduce costs.
Physicians Slowly Embrace Patient Videoconferencing
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Seven percent of U.S. doctors now conduct video chats with patients, even if they still shun email interactions, according to a survey by Manhattan Research.
CVS Caremark Pilots Prescription Electronic Prior Authorizations
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Giving clinicians the ability to electronically request prior authorizations for certain medications will simplify a time-consuming, sometimes frustrating process.
Reimbursement Mechanisms, Sustainability Are Keys To Telehealth Success
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
New Mexico study shows promise in extending specialty care to rural areas, but new payment models are needed.
Dossia Adds Medical Term Translator To E-Health Records
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
The consortium of large employers is looking to make it easier for employees to use its online health records.
Ford Driving Health, Safety With Mobile Apps
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
The new programs may eventually warn patients with chronic disorders of an impending emergency, or let them upload data directly to a personal health record.
Philadelphia To Roll Out EHR From eClinicalWorks
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The e-health records system will be used to help provide care at eight outpatient clinics run by the city's department of public health and several correctional facilities.
Medical Data Mining Strengthens Drug Safety
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
By applying analytics to medical journal articles, Rand researchers were able to uncover dangerous side effects before regulators' existing systems could.
CHIME Questions Patient Opt-Out For ACOs
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Letting patients restrict access to their records could hurt efforts to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs, the advocacy group says.
Healthcare Providers Establish Telehealth Reimbursement Models
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Creation of revenue streams for remote services means doctors are running out of excuses for dismissing the technology, say Mayo, University of Miami leaders.
Intel, GE Intro Windows 7 Telehealth Tool
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Care Innovations platform helps doctors monitor patients and remotely manage care, but sidesteps iPhone and iPad devices.
Alcatel-Lucent, Pittsburgh Hospital Team On Telemedicine Platform
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
The joint venture will combine live, store and forward, and home monitoring audio- and video-communications services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Patient Advocates Want More Say In Health IT
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Coalition platform calls consumers "most significant untapped resource in healthcare," demands a role in ensuring that health information exchange and other technologies consider their needs, expectations.
3-D Tools Let You Search, View Human Body
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
Interactive Healthline BodyMaps tools introduced by Healthline and GE let users navigate 3-D images of human body, and eventually view how diseases progress.
E-Prescribing Not Meeting Expectations
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
Physicians say systems are often too difficult to use and don't provide useful data, diminishing potential safety and cost-savings benefits.
HP Brings Advanced Analytics Tools To Pediatrics Hospital
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
A $25 million commitment will help doctors gauge disease risks by analyzing clinical, genetic, and environmental data.
Mobile Health App Users Want Intelligent, Interactive Features
News  |  5/4/2011  | 
For mobile health tools to be useful in improving patient adherence, they need to rely on evidence-based guidelines and be cheap, according to a study by the Consumer Health Information Corporation.
E-Health Records Produce Some Environmental Benefits
News  |  5/3/2011  | 
Digitized patient record and medical imaging systems consume more electricity, but reduce paper use, patient travel, reliance on plastics used in traditional X-ray films and other waste, said a Kaiser Permanente report.
American Well Selects Vidyo To Enhance Online Videoconferencing
News  |  5/3/2011  | 
The telehealth partnership should help provide a more immersive experience for doctor/patient exchanges.
National Health IT Coordinator Mostashari Outlines Challenges
News  |  5/2/2011  | 
Upon assuming Dr. David Blumenthal’s role at the helm of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari discussed his vision for how IT adoption will transform healthcare, progress made so far, and the road ahead.
Will Social Media Tools Transform Clinical Research?
News  |  5/2/2011  | 
A novel approach to pharmaceutical research that taps into online patient communities can supplement more traditional research protocols.

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