News & Commentary
Content tagged with Patient Tools posted in September 2012
Telemedicine Improves Health Of Diabetics, Research Says
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Nonprofit group eHealth Initiative says clinics in poor neighborhoods can improve patients' health and cut hospitalizations by using mobile devices, patient Web portals, and social networks to monitor and inform.
VA Studies New Ways To Treat PTSD
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
A recent study synchronizes data streams from in-car sensors and GPS to find out what triggers the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans.
Patient Engagement Tools Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Emmi Solutions platform helped New Jersey medical center reduce readmission rates through interactive voice response calls, feedback reports, and patient education.
Patient-Generated Mobile Data Improves Clinical Care
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Studies show that patients who log their thoughts and behaviors--"observations of daily living"--via mobile apps or sensors so docs can monitor them between visits get better care.
HIMSS Asks Congress for Patient Identity System--Again
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Health Information Management and Systems Society believes up to 14% of medical records have wrong, potentially dangerous info due to misidentification. New system might include biometrics.
Feds Want Wider Use Of Health Records Applet
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
'Blue Button' web applet that provides personal health records has been popular with U.S. veterans; White House now promoting use by private sector insurers.
Accountable Care: IT Gets Us Only Halfway There
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Accountable care organizations rely on software tools to deliver cost-effective care. But ACOs may be built on a shaky foundation.
IT Tool Makes Conversion To ICD-10 Less Painful
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
ChartWise system reduces the burden on clinicians by making ICD-10 codes appear when users scroll over ICD-9 entries.
Patient Portal Isn't Only Road To Meaningful Use
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
Personal health records and health information exchanges offer alternatives to meet Meaningful Use mandate of giving patients access to their data.
Xerox Wins Contract For Nevada Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Nevada awards $72 million to Xerox to build its health insurance exchange system--and to prepare the state for the onslaught of users.
Analytics Can Expand Health Insurers' Role
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
Insurers can help solve problems such as medication errors and duplication of services if providers share clinical and financial data, says new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
12 Top Health Apps From Uncle Sam
Slideshows  |  9/18/2012  | 
Choosing a mobile app that tracks health or offers help in emergency situations can prove challenging. The U.S. government's recent digital initiative has prompted federal agencies to create free apps for clinicians and patients.
Twitter App Tracks Illness Outbreaks
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
MappyHealth mines Twitter to help public health officials track disease outbreaks faster than traditional surveillance methods.
Can IT Cure Healthcare's Inertia?
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
If the industry remains resistant to change, it will eventually render itself obsolete.
Consumer Guide Promotes Personal Health Records
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
American Health Information Management Association's educational booklet complements government drive to get people to create and use PHRs.
Facebook Organ Donation Scheme Fizzles
News  |  9/13/2012  | 
Healthcare experts weigh in on how social media can help encourage new organ donors to sign up.
Cancer Care Portal Connects Docs To Patients
News  |  9/7/2012  | 
Oncologists can use the tool to help meet Meaningful Use regulations on patient engagement.
EHRs May Shortchange Depression Patients
News  |  9/6/2012  | 
Electronic health records may focus a doctor's attention on certain medical conditions, leading to undertreatment for depression, researchers suggest.
Wearable Medical Technology Set To Take Off
News  |  9/4/2012  | 
Mobile health devices that monitor vital signs will become more standard, pushing market to $6 billion by 2016, says IMS Research.

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