Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in January 2011
Guerra On Healthcare: Will Congress Cut HITECH?
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
As legislators look to reduce federal spending, funding for electronic health records looks to be right in their crosshairs -- and maybe that's not so bad.
EHR Studies Need Another Look Post-Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Recent studies concluding that electronic health records fail to boost patient care need a follow-up visit.
Healthcare Software Venture Funding Jumps 19%
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
The gain in 2010 was driven by the increased market for digitized medical records and other health IT services, reported Dow Jones VentureSource.
VA Seeks To Modernize VistA EHR System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The department plans to use open-source technologies to help refurbish its massive, decades-old system for electronic health records.
So Many Electronic Health Record Choices
Features  |  1/28/2011  | 
Need help sorting one EHR vendor's pitch from the next? Seven vendors responded to our RFI--here's how they compare and what to ask before you buy.
HHS Adds $80 Million For Health IT Grants
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Funding will be divided among Regional Extension Centers, health information exchanges, and workforce training initiatives, said the Office of the National Coordinator.
So Many Electronic Health Record Choices
Features  |  1/28/2011  | 
Need help sorting one EHR vendor's pitch from the next? Seven vendors responded to our RFI--here's how they compare and what to ask before you buy.
Lessons Learned From The Largest Civilian EHR System
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Implementation can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, so it's critical to make wise decisions.
For Doctors, EHR Adoption Isn't A Spectator Sport
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Selecting and adopting an electronic health records system is critical to the health of a physician's practice.
How 7 Vendors Of EHR Systems Measure Up
Features  |  1/28/2011  | 
Distinctions among the systems are found in their advanced capabilities.
12 Advances In Medical Robotics
Slideshows  |  1/27/2011  | 
Robots play a critical -- and growing -- role in modern medicine, from training the next generation of doctors, dentists, and nurses, to comforting and protecting elderly patients in the early stages of dementia. Using robots, medical professionals can make smaller incisions for shorter surgeries, reducing hospital stays and improving patients' prognoses and saving costs. As robots become even smaller and developers continue to further integrate the devices with artificial intelligence, the medi
USDA To Fund 45 Rural Telemedicine Projects
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Agriculture Department grants program will also support network connectivity and distance learning technologies.
KLAS Report Identifies Keys To Clinical Decision Support
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Almost 40% selected orders sets as the element of electronic clinical decision support with the greatest positive impact; evidence-based alerts and reference content also ranked high.
New Tools To Help Hospitals Prevent, Spot Infections
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Web-based clinical data surveillance services from Pharmacy OneSource aim to help clinicians identify infections, adverse drug events, and other trouble sooner.
Healthcare Software Development Exposes Security Risks
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Many organizations are lax in protecting patient data during development and testing, finds Ponemon Institute study.
Health Systems Underestimate EMR Costs
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Accenture study finds that IT expenses increased 80% during electronic medical records system implementation, and higher costs are sustained over the long term.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH A Bait And Switch?
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
Most hospitals say they expect to qualify for meaningful use incentive funds, but most shouldn't plan to see a return on their health IT systems investment.
HHS Expands Health Insurance Exchange Grants
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Funding will help states develop infrastructure for the sites where individuals and small business will be able to shop for insurance plans by 2014.
Inova Selects Oracle For Healthcare Informatics Platform
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The health delivery organization hopes to advance clinical research by mining data from its electronic medical record systems.
Blumenthal Cuts Ribbon On EHR Incentives Program
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
More than 100 healthcare organizations had already applied for federal electronic health records incentives before the program launched at an event with National Coordinator David Blumenthal.
FDA Revamps Medical Device Approval
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The 510(k) program overhaul aims to facilitate innovation, streamline the review process, and protect patient safety.
CCHIT Launches Alternative EHR Certification
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The program helps hospitals with homebrew or legacy electronic health records software meet meaningful use requirements.
Meaningful Use Compliance Could Be Harder Than You Realize
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Two recent surveys indicate healthcare providers are confident they'll comply with the government's meaningful use regs, but some CIOs say that's more challenging than you think.
Obama Orders FDA To Streamline Medical Tech Regulations
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Executive order signed the same day PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that the U.S. is losing ground on medical device innovations, partially due to the agency's cumbersome and costly approval process.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is The Sky Falling On Meaningful Use?
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
IT executives' testimony on the difficulty of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentives stands in stark contrast to the government's blue-sky perspective.
Mobile, Analytics Lead Health IT Trends
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
Researchers say healthcare providers and insurers will invest heavily in business intelligence tools, wireless technologies, and cloud computing in 2011.
81% Of Hospitals To Seek EHR Incentives
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
The federal government could pay out as much as $27 billion over 10 years, based on high rates of electronic health record adoption.
CGI Wins $55 Million Medicare IT Contract
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
The IT services firm will provide software development and operational support services for the agency's healthcare provider enrollment system.
HP Wins $30 Million Texas Medicaid Contract
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The deal will fund development of a health information exchange and e-prescribing network for the state.
SSA Taps Lockheed For Disability System Overhaul
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The contract, worth up to $200 million over six years, will consolidate 54 existing systems in an effort to speed the claims process.
Guerra On Healthcare: Beginning Of The End For Meditech?
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
The health IT stalwart's focus on the standalone community hospital market may be blinding it to the changing needs of its customers.
EHR Spending To Hit $3.8 Billion In 2015
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Double-digit growth in the electronic health record software market will be driven largely by government incentive deadlines, finds study.
HealthEssentials' Clinicians To Use Digital Pens
News  |  1/10/2011  | 
The Anoto Group and ExpeData digital pen and paper technology allows healthcare providers to document, store, and send patient data electronically.
VA Racing To Fill 705 IT Positions
News  |  1/10/2011  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to add a raft of "high priority" technology staff by April 22.
Health IT Sees Key Market In Family Caregivers
News  |  1/10/2011  | 
Mobile devices, personal health records are among technologies most valued by people caring for elderly or disabled family members, finds survey released at CES.
Kentucky, Oklahoma Issue First U.S. EHR Incentives
News  |  1/7/2011  | 
The Medicaid electronic health record incentive program opened Monday and the two states have already announced the first awardees.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Being Readied For Comment
News  |  1/6/2011  | 
Seeking to balance empowering patients and increasing safety with not overburdening healthcare providers, the HIT Policy Committee is preparing specific questions for public comment about its Stage 2 matrix.
IBM, Premier Partner On Accountable Care Analytics Platform
News  |  1/6/2011  | 
The health information system integrates clinical, administrative, and financial data to measure performance and improve outcomes at more than 2,400 hospitals nationwide.
MindShift Acquires Alpheon To Expand Healthcare Presence
News  |  1/5/2011  | 
The combined cloud computing and IT management services capabilities will enable MindShift to offer hosted EHR solutions.
Mobile Health Apps To Triple By 2012
News  |  1/5/2011  | 
Telecom and technology vendors have a significant opportunity in the thriving mHealth market, concludes Pyramid Research study.
Motion Computing Debuts Rugged Tablet For Healthcare
News  |  1/4/2011  | 
The CL900 Windows 7 tablet is geared to clinicians who need a durable tablet to read patient X-rays and charts -- and want to keep the device sanitary.
HHS Unveils Final Health IT Certification Rules
News  |  1/4/2011  | 
The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT has published permanent regulations for organizations authorized to test and certify health IT products for meaningful use.
AT&T, Vitality Offer Wireless Pill Caps On Amazon
News  |  1/4/2011  | 
GlowCaps remind patients to take their medications using data transmitted over AT&T's network.
Social Security Approves EHR Interoperability Technology
News  |  1/3/2011  | 
Health IT firm EHR Doctors gets clearance for its C32 Continuity of Care Document, which enables hospitals and doctors to achieve meaningful use in the electronic exchange of medical data.
Top Healthcare IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  1/3/2011  | 
Health systems will tackle technology challenges including mobile, manpower, meaningful use, and other mandates.
Guerra On Healthcare: Preventing EMR Planning Paralysis
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
If you wait for answers before implementing an electronic medical record, you'll likely fall behind on getting meaningful use incentive funds.


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