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57% Of Consumers Use Internet For Medical Questions
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
New studies also find 88% of doctors believe online medical resources have improved the quality of care.
Maine Health Information Exchange Adds Medical Images
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, becomes first in the nation to support statewide sharing of X-rays, CT scans, and other medical images.
North Carolina Fights Medicaid Fraud With Analytics
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
In two years, IBM data mining software has identified $191 million in potentially false Medicaid claims.
Kaiser Permanente CEO: Health IT Must Focus On Quality
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
KP CEO George Halvorson says too many organizations approach IT projects from the wrong angle. Start with the health care issues and savings will follow, he says.
Emerging Wireless Medical Technology Gets FCC Blessing
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
FCC proposes increased spectrum capacity for Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices, paving the way for doctors to use patient-worn devices to monitor vital signs.
E-Prescribing Reaches Tipping Point
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Surescripts survey finds 58% of office-based physicians now issue prescriptions electronically. Meaningful Use e-prescribing requirements have played a large role in the technology's adoption.
Telemonitoring Helps Pharmacists Manage Patients' Hypertension
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Patients who monitor their blood pressure at home and enlist pharmacists to help manage their care see improved results.
Web-Based Insurance Exchanges Attract $1 Billion+
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Recent federal investments in state health insurance exchanges bring total grant funding to more than $1 billion. Needed next: strong security.
Mobile Medical Apps Gold Rush Needs Scrutiny
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
The problem with this kind of booming market? It attracts not only the best and brightest but also IT developers looking for quick profits with minimal investment of resources.
10 Wearable Devices To Keep Patients Healthy
Slideshows  |  5/14/2012  | 
Wearable devices equipped with sensors, Web connections, or both, help consumers and healthcare providers track health and fitness. Take a look at what's possible now.
Towers Watson To Acquire Extend Health
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
Benefits and talent management consulting firm plans to buy online health insurance exchange provider Extend Health for $435 million.
AT&T Moves Aggressively Into Remote Patient Monitoring
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
AT&T inks deal with Valued Relationships Inc. to provide chronically ill patients with a remote monitoring service that connects them to caregivers.
Patients Like Active Video Games As Fitness Tools
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Most consumers believe that video games that force them to get up and move around can improve their health, says study from UnitedHealth Group.
Compromise On Health Data Access May Be Ugly
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
Some hospitals and doctors oppose giving patients electronic data as quickly as required by proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations. Consumer groups want more speed--and the compromise likely won't please either side.
Consumer Groups Seek Tougher Meaningful Use Requirements
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Consumer Partnership for eHealth calls for quicker data transfer to patients, higher threshold for exchange of clinical summaries.
Patient Advocates Urge Fast Access To Hospital Data
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
American Hospital Association's call for 30-day waiting period to access electronic records would harm patients, according to Society for Participatory Medicine.
DOD Mobile App Eases Transition To Civilian Life
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Department of Defense expands menu of apps that aim to help military personnel deal with social situations and health issues.
Dr. Oz Health Event To Feature EHRs
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
Practice Fusion's electronic health record software provides data collection, real-time analytics, helping TV show as it screens 1,000 people in one day for common diseases.
EHR Vendors Ask For Meaningful Use Reporting Changes
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
EHR software vendors say doctors and hospitals need more time to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ask the feds to tweak their reporting requirements.
CRM Platform Can Churn Out Customized Health Apps
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health uses Microsoft's customer relationship management platform to rapidly develop niche health-related apps when off-the-shelf doesn't fit.
9 Health IT Tools Patients Should Understand
Slideshows  |  5/2/2012  | 
To be actively involved in your own medical care, you need to understand the basics about electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and more. Check out our primer.
Implanted User Interface Gives Patients New Options
News  |  5/1/2012  | 
Placed just under the skin, implanted UIs could accept touch inputs, giving users with implanted medical equipment such as pacemakers more control over their device's operation.
Corengi Simplifies Patient Recruitment For Clinical Trials
News  |  5/1/2012  | 
Service aims to save diabetes researchers time and money by linking them to patients who qualify for their studies.

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