Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in January 2013
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United Healthcare's Humedica Buy Signals Analytics' Clout
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Humedica would give Optum, United's health services arm, new power in the growing health data mining market.
HIMSS Goal: Show Value Of Health IT
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Convincing national policy makers that health IT is worth the investment and promoting interoperability tops health IT organization's Washington agenda.
Bill Gates Touts Analytics To Solve Global Problems
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
In his foundation's annual letter, Microsoft co-founder says analytics are helping developing countries tackle health and education problems, urges setting clear goals.
EHR Accuracy Remains Problem, CHIME Says
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives warn technology and workflow burdens make EHR reporting nearly impossible.
Healthcare Experts Confront EHR-Related Medical Errors
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
AMIA task force calls on vendors, clinicians, academics and policy-makers to rethink poorly designed health IT systems.
Quality Measure Reporting For EHRs Needs Work
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
Mistakes indicate a need for redefined quality measures suited for EHRs, say researchers who conducted Weill Cornell study.
Contest Produces Consumer Friendly Health Records
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Competition focused on improving look of downloaded health records, and Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT hopes EHR vendors will participate in followup project.
How Big Data Could Help Tame Cancer
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
U.K. cancer scientists say a huge DNA database could help prolong the lives of some patients.
Technology Not Widely Used in Health Tracking
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Pew survey finds that majority of people track health indicators but only a fifth do so using smartphones, medical devices or spreadsheets.
7 Portals Powering Patient Engagement
Slideshows  |  1/28/2013  | 
Meaningful Use has put new strains on providers in terms of patient engagement, but these portals help ease the burden, says recent KLAS report.
Does Health IT Spending Generate ROI?
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Healthcare experts say calculating the benefits of health IT spending must be done differently than in other industries.
Healthcare Providers Frustrated With Clinical Decision Support Tools
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Lack of integration with EHRs, poor presentation at point-of-care and out-of-control alerts are biggest problems, says KLAS survey.
Hospital Logs Productivity, Revenue Gains From Desktop Virtualization
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare turned to Dell's mobile computing tool to increase physician productivity and simplify single sign-on.
Health Data Crosses State Lines
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
In what might be a first, three health information exchanges -- in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska -- successfully communicate using the Direct Project protocol.
Meaningful Use Slowly Increases EHR Use In Hospitals
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Expense and resistance to change are among reasons 75% of hospitals still aren't in advanced stages of MU, says Health Information Management and Systems Society.
Telehealth To Grow Six-Fold By 2017
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Remote patient monitoring will ramp up worldwide, largely driven by U.S hospitals working to reduce readmissions and avoid Medicare penalties, says InMedica study.
HIPAA Changes Could Create New Bureaucratic Burdens
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Modifications to HIPAA may take the focus off patients and pile on administrative work.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Could Be IT Quagmire
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Federal Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements will make your organization more competitive -- if they don't drive you off the deep end.
EHR Vendors Join Chorus Against Federal Deadlines
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Pressure builds for government to delay start of Meaningful Use stage 3, refocus MU incentive program on interoperability and health outcomes.
Doctors Take Dim View Of Users' Online Ratings
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Doctors question small sample sizes and what ratings measure, but many peek at their own report cards anyway.
U.K.'s EHR Scheme To Copy Obamacare
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
NHS exec says copying the U.S. is best way for U.K. to develop national connected digital medical records. But who will pay for it?
Social Media Changes Healthcare Landscape
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
New book explores the shifting role of the patient thanks to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, and warns that this phenomenon shouldn't be ignored.
Medical Devices Neglected In EHR Chase: Report
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
FDA, medical instrumentation group say interoperability of health information must include data coming from medical equipment, not just IT systems.
Healthcare Innovation Doesn't Happen Overnight
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Intel-GE Care Innovations CEO: When it comes to technological innovation and advancement, healthcare IT leaders would do well to take a page from Intel's book.
New York Challenges Developers To Create Patient Portal
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Portal to let New Yorkers access their health data is "tip of the iceberg" for future state-wide consumer health applications, says contest sponsor New York eHealth Collaborative.
Payers Lure Providers With Big Data
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association affiliate's acquisition of Intelimedix is latest attempt to offer actionable clinical information for quality improvement.
Microsoft Kinect Technology Helps Surgeons Manipulate Images
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Study shows device can preserve sterility by letting surgeons alter MR images without touching computer.
Innovation In Spotlight, But Wrong Cast?
Commentary  |  1/17/2013  | 
Boston Consulting Group shines a klieg light on innovation, but lots of leading companies and industries go unnoticed.
Optum, Mayo Join Forces To Exploit Big Data
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
New research center, Optum Labs, will use claims and clinical data to answer pressing healthcare questions; other industry participants welcome.
Docs, Hospitals Say Delay Meaningful Use Stage 3
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
AMA and American Hospital Association question why government is rushing to set stage 3 criteria when nobody knows results of stage 2 yet.
EHRs Continue To Take A Beating
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
In TEDMED webcast, several vendor executives suggest Meaningful Use and the focus on billing might be making medicine less efficient.
Medical Compliance App Proves Power Of Friends, Family
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
MediSafe's mobile "pillbox" app drives up medication adherence rates by sharing information with patients' loved ones.
U.K. Health System Needs Major IT Transfusion
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
NHS Minister says it's "crazy" that EMR staff don't have access to patient records. Maybe the crazy part is that no one has any new ideas about how to fund an IT transformation.
Internet Has Yet To Replace Family Doctors
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
More than a third of Americans go online to diagnose symptoms, but the Internet hasn't usurped the role of the general practitioner in patient care, says Pew study.
'Fiscal Cliff' Law To Affect Medicare's Quality Reporting
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
Quality of care registries might someday be used to report quality data to the EHR incentive program.
GetWell Network Puts New Spin On Patient Engagement
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
GetWell Network's patient engagement pathways are helping organizations achieve substantial drops in readmission rates and rises in Hospital Care Access Program scores.
E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
E-prescription adoption will grow in 2013, but challenges persist in connectivity, funding and state regulations, says Black Book study.
Why Take EHR Data Out Of Structured Format?
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
HL7's conversion tool may seem counterproductive, but it's meant to encourage patients to use Blue Button.
Hospitals Outsource Transcription, Coding Despite New Technology
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
But as speech recognition software grows in popularity, providers are likely to reduce reliance on outside services.
Healthcare IT: Savior Or Sinkhole?
Commentary  |  1/11/2013  | 
Latest RAND report suggests we might be throwing taxpayer dollars away on EHRs and other healthcare IT systems.
Athenahealth, Epocrates Partner To Capture Physician Mindshare
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
EHR vendor's acquisition of online drug reference pioneer Epocrates could result in better mobile tools for doctors.
Online Resource Helps Patients Make Tough Decisions
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
PREPARE website aims to help low-income, low-literacy, elderly patients make difficult medical decisions.
Commonwealth Fund: IT Can Rein In Medicare Costs
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Fund's reform proposal could trim $2 trillion from national health spending over the next 10 years.
EHRs, Practice Consolidation Can Alleviate Doc Shortage
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Columbia, Wharton researchers predict efficiency gains from EHR technology and new practice styles without harming continuity of care.
CES Keynote: Health Innovation Barriers Toppling
News  |  1/9/2013  | 
Information technology will close healthcare gap for poor and push other big changes, says Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams.
HIPAA 101: Universities Use Office 365 To Meet Regs
News  |  1/9/2013  | 
Federal healthcare privacy requirements don't apply only to medical institutions -- schools that maintain student health records must also comply with HIPAA law.
EHRs Don't Ensure Speedy Lab Test Results
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
EHRs don't make patient notification all that easy, according to latest Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association survey.
Google Big Data Tools Vs. The Flu Bug
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Google Flu Trends mines aggregated search queries to estimate flu activity across much of the world.
10 Mobile Health Apps From Uncle Sam
Slideshows  |  1/8/2013  | 
New mobile apps from the Department of Health and Human Services, for consumers and doctors alike, let you search medical literature, locate health centers, fight drug abuse and much more.
More EHR Tech Support May Improve Patient Care
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Study finds that physicians who got less assistance failed to raise their quality scores in New York project.
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