News & Commentary
Content tagged with Patient Tools posted in July 2011
Mobile Health Elder Care Apps Get Funding
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Demonstration grants totaling $477,000 will support development of mHealth technology for aging adults with chronic illnesses.
Health IT Doesn't Please Insurance Customers
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Despite major technology investments, insurance users don't see a customer service benefit, says Accenture study.
Cancer Prevention App Contest Offers $80,000
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Federal health officials challenge developers to come up with an application that promotes early detection and helps the public reduce risky behavior.
Telemedicine Reduces Rural Health Disparities, Says UnitedHealth
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Major health insurer urges more broadband connectivity, fewer regulatory hurdles, and better reimbursement policies.
How Health IT-Related Errors Hurt Patient Safety
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
New analysis explains how the occasional glitches with EHRs and related systems can get out of hand.
Where The IT Jobs Are: Healthcare
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Demand and pay for health IT talent surges, according to online career site Dice.com.
Intel-GE Device Tracks Elders' Health, Social Isolation
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
Care Innovation Connect monitors changes in a person's health, wellness activities, offers bridge to seniors who may live alone.
When Health IT Meets Bugs Bunny
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
HHS seeks vendor to produce cartoons to educate the public about the benefits of EHRs and other types of IT in healthcare.
To Engage Patients, Make IT Tools User Friendly
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Health IT tools can help patients take responsibility for their health, but technologists need to meet them halfway with imaginative, easy to use programs.
CIGNA CIO: Technology Influences Customer Experience
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
Mark Boxer, who took on the CIO role at CIGNA in April 2011, talks about technology's role in supporting the health insurer's information-intensive global strategy.
VA Offers $50,000 In Personal Health Record Competition
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
The first team that builds a PHR using the Blue Button download format and places it on the websites of 25,000 physicians across the nation wins the prize.
Mayo Clinic Builds Next-Gen Health Information Exchange
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Open-source natural language processing software will provide additional context so that clinicians and researchers can better use patient data from a variety of sources.
FCC Criticized For Not Spending On Telemedicine
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association urges action on measures to achieve the National Broadband Plan's goals.
Essence Raises Money To Push Cloud Healthcare Tools
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Private investors provided $61 million to Essence Group Holdings Corp. to expand its Lumeris cloud-based technology products and services for accountable care organizations.
Health Insurers Embrace Exchanges, Need Analytics
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
A majority of insurers plan to join health insurance exchanges, says a PwC survey, but they're going to need to invest in analytics to better manage risk.
When Social Features Meet Personal Health Records
News  |  7/18/2011  | 
Employer consortium Dossia takes cues from social networking and games as it vies to boost usage of its personal health record site.
Where Are The Doctors?
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
University of North Carolina researchers get a $750,000 grant to create a model they hope will track physician distribution and identify area where there is a shortage.
Personalized Medicine Generates Big Data
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Coriell Institute for Medical Research deploys IBM storage hardware and data management software to advance its biomedical research.
Critical Access Rural Hospitals Lack Health IT
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
While many hospitals are ramping up their adoption of electronic medical records and other technologies, a study shows that critical access hospitals are lagging behind in health IT implementation.
Technology A Major Concern For Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Revenue is expected to triple, to $200 billion annually, within the first five years, but many health insurers have serious reservations about jumping into the market, finds PwC study.
GE Software Helps Docs Prepare For Meaningful Use
News  |  7/14/2011  | 
GE Healthcare upgrades Centricity electronic medical record and practice management system to help physicians prepare for Meaningful Use and the changeover to ICD-10 codes.
Johns Hopkins Execs: How To Make Medicine Smarter
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
CIO and chief medical information officer share lessons learned on electronic health records, embedded intelligence, risk reduction, and personalized medicine.
Make Patient Safety Goals Part Of Meaningful Use
News  |  7/13/2011  | 
A proposal to include the 2011 National Patient Safety Goals in future MU criteria and certification requirements for electronic health records has the support of the EHR Association.
Blood Centers Use Web-Based Business Intelligence
News  |  7/13/2011  | 
The LogiXML system is used by Blood Centers of America for performance benchmarking and the online ordering of blood.
E-Prescribing: Not Quite Ready For Prime Time?
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
A recent study suggests that electronic systems cause just as many errors as paper-based ones, but deeper analysis doesn't support that conclusion.
Nurses Should Shape More Health IT Decisions: HIMSS
News  |  7/12/2011  | 
Nurse informaticists play key role selecting health IT that's interoperable, user-friendly, and focused on quality outcomes.
How To Redesign The EMR User Experience
News  |  7/11/2011  | 
Seattle Children's Hospital enlists product design firm to engineer prototype patient information viewer for better communication.
Most Physicians Don't Tap EHR's Full Potential
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
Many smaller practices still don't take advantage of features such as electronic prescribing, registries, electronic data for quality measurement, and clinical decision support tools.
Hospitals Don't Always Plan for 'Hybrid' EMRs
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
Transition to EMRs may be slowed by long period of running parallel paper and electronic systems, a survey suggests.
Consumers Seek Healthcare Advice On Facebook, Docs Absent
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
Patients' need for emotional support is opportunity for clinicians. Unfortunately, many doctors are uncomfortable with social media, report says.
E-Prescribing Doesn't Make The Grade
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Outpatient electronic prescribing doesn't cut out the common mistakes made in manual systems, study finds.
VA Awards $12 Billion For Tech Overhaul
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Harris Corp. are among those implementing the five-year program aimed at transforming a range of IT operations across the department.
HHS Seeks To Standardize Insurance Transactions
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
The department is seeking comment on proposed rules for electronically verifying patient eligibility for a health plan and checking the status of insurance claims.
Guerra On Healthcare: The Complexities Of System Change
Commentary  |  7/5/2011  | 
ONC doesn't fully appreciate how difficult it is to re-engineer the healthcare system, or how dangerous one piece of incorrect code can be to patients.
Google Health Dies, But PHR Market Still Growing
News  |  7/1/2011  | 
Personal health records will see a 33% gain in revenue through 2015 as doctors push patients to use health IT systems, finds Frost & Sullivan study.


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