Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in October 2011
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Healthcare Providers Fear Disruptions With 5010 Standards
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Attendees at Medical Group Management Association conference urged to learn ANSI X12 version 5010 data format to prepare for medical coding changes in 2013.
Mobile Medical Apps Meet The FDA, Part 2
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Medical informatics specialists are right to question the reasoning behind the FDA's proposed guidelines on mobile applications.
EHR Training: Are Your Doctors Fully Prepped?
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Clinicians need more EHR instruction than they now receive, report says.
EHR Privacy Rule Threatens Research, Federal Advisers Say
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Health IT Policy committee urges HHS to sidestep patient consent rule when electronic health record data is used in quality improvement research.
Unified Communications Touted For Healthcare Efficiency
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
UC technologies can help healthcare organizations adapt to pay-for-performance reimbursement models, finds IDC study.
The Doctor Will See Your Data Now: Wirelessly?
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Thirty-six percent of consumers interested in sending health data to their doctors via a wireless device; 32% would do a video consult, survey says.
IBM, Georgia Tech Point Data Modeling At Kids Health
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Project seeks to identify factors contributing to health outcomes of pediatric patients with asthma, autism, and diabetes.
E-Transaction Standards Deadline Worries Grow
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Medical Group Management Association fears that cash flow will stop because many practices aren't ready for new transaction standards.
Athenahealth To Pay Some Malpractice Insurance Premiums
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
The jury's out on whether electronic health records increase malpractice lawsuits, but vendor pledges to help cut risk for some customers.
EHR Worst Practices
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Just a partial list of EHR snafus emphasizes the need for a better system of tracking errors.
Q&A: Blumenthal Talks EHRs, Healthcare Reform
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
President Obama's former national coordinator for health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal, shares his thoughts on progress with meaningful use of electronic health records, and what's next for healthcare reform.
Health IT Wins More Venture Capital in 2011
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Venture capital for healthcare software and IT services hit $207 million in the third quarter of 2011, a 14% increase compared to Q3 2010.
Electronic Records May Increase Malpractice Lawsuit Risk
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
EHRs may reduce medical liability for some errors, but could create new forms of medical liability and expose existing liability issues, says report.
6 E-Prescribing Vendors To Watch
Slideshows  |  10/25/2011  | 
If your healthcare organization hasn't embraced electronic prescribing, it's time to get going. Consider this cross-section of today's array of e-prescribing tools .
Should Mobile Medical Apps Require FDA Approval?
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
The new FDA guidelines may create headaches for developers, but there is an upside for doctors and patients.
Medicare Safety Data Criticized As Flawed
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
Hospital groups, Joint Commission president say use of claims data invalidates comparisons published on HospitalCompare website.
VA Awards $55 Million Contract For Surgical Workflow
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
Harris will install GE Centricity system to boost patient throughput for 6,000 surgeons at 130 Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.
Hospitals Move Slowly On Meaningful Use
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
But growing number of CIOs tell CHIME they are confident their facilities can win federal dollars.
GE Admits Inaccuracies With EHR Reporting
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Centricity customers should hold off on Meaningful Use attestation until problem is fixed, the company says.
EHR Market To Reach $6.5 Billion By 2012
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Hospital EHR adoption is expected to expand significantly as advanced systems are implemented to meet Meaningful Use criteria, a Frost & Sullivan study says.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 More Doable Than Round One
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
The feds seem to have learned from the problems they created with stage 1 criteria. Now they're doing their due diligence.
80% Of Doctors Use Mobile Devices At Work
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Tablets, smartphones become standard medical equipment due to their affordability, convenience.
Medicare Eases Final Rules For Accountable Care Organizations
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Feds cut measurement requirements in half and encourage, but don't mandate, electronic health records and health information exchanges.
Telehealth Faces Challenges Worldwide
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
In developing countries, low cost wireless biometric sensors and cell phone technologies are being developed to monitor and screen patients.
EHR Best Practices: Who's Winning And Why?
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
How the most astute hospitals and practices are putting those billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds to productive use.
Docs Need To Be More Social
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
Social networks can help with goals including population and patient monitoring, care management, and care coordination--but physicians remain more likely to interact with peers than patients.
Emergency Room Patients Tracked With RFID Tags
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
EHR vendor Meditech is integrating its system with Awarepoint's tracking software for better emergency care.
Insurer Pumps $20 Million Into Accountable Care Tech
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
Blue Shield of California will provide cash infusion to help 18 providers implement health IT to develop accountable care organizations.
Hospital Rooms Get Smart
Commentary  |  10/19/2011  | 
IBM and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have created smart hospital rooms that use advanced IT tools to make medical and nursing care more intelligent, faster, and safer.
Microsoft Partners On Worldwide Health Information Exchanges
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Microsoft sells an Asian software line to Orion Health and partners with the company to integrate its tech into HIEs and data analytics products.
Opposition Grows To Meaningful Use Metadata
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Federal advisers say it's premature to include metadata standards in Meaningful Use Stage 2.
$25 Million Awarded For Behavioral Healthcare IT
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund technology to coordinate treatment for people with mental health and substance use disorders.
Are EHR Incentives A Waste Of Money?
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Critics charge that Meaningful Use incentives only reward longtime users of health IT rather than encourage new electronic health record adoption.
Text Messages Remind Grandpa To Take His Meds
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Mobile health technology aims to keep older adults healthy and living independently.
Accountable Care Organizations Can't Survive Without Health IT
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
ACOs will require a robust health information technology infrastructure to thrive and survive, a new report says.
Many Patients Love EHRs, Fear Storing Data Themselves
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
Consumer interest in accessing electronic health records is growing, but still below majority level, survey reports.
Ask A Doctor: HealthTap Gives Free Advice
News  |  10/14/2011  | 
Health information network adds mobile capabilities, provides answers to questions in 82 medical specialties.
Emergency Departments Give Health IT Tools Failing Grade
News  |  10/14/2011  | 
Two-thirds say their vendors' IT systems don't have the necessary tools to help them meet Meaningful Use criteria, finds KLAS study.
Meaningful Use Compliance: A Piece Of Cake?
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
The feds have already paid out $653 million in incentives to clinicians who've implemented electronic health records. For some providers, the work wasn't so hard after all.
4 Healthcare CIOs Who Stand Out From The Crowd
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
We're seeking nominations for InformationWeek Healthcare's next CIO 25, our roster of outstanding IT leaders. Here's a brief look at four of 2011's winners.
Telehealth Touted For Native American Healthcare Delivery
News  |  10/13/2011  | 
Expanded services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities could improve healthcare quality and reduce costs, says Indian Health Service official.
14 Rural Hospitals Join Nebraska Health Data Exchange
News  |  10/13/2011  | 
Nebraska Health Information Initiative adds more than a dozen critical access hospitals while some U.S. health information exchanges struggle.
Data Capture Pen Gets Meaningful Use Certification
News  |  10/13/2011  | 
Shareable Ink allows doctors to capture electronic health record data with pen and paper.
2-D Barcodes Can Automatically Update EHRs
News  |  10/12/2011  | 
Cook Children's, Microsoft, Athenahealth, and drug makers Merck and Sanofi Pasteur develop system that allows smartphones to scan vaccine label information into e-health records.
Apple FaceTime May Be HIPAA Secure
News  |  10/12/2011  | 
Use of tablets and smartphones for secure communications could produce a major change in the way doctors and patients communicate--if reimbursement policies change.
3M Gives Healthcare Coding System ICD-10 Facelift
News  |  10/11/2011  | 
Coding and Reimbursement System update helps providers comply with mandatory ICD-10 conversions.
Cerner To Buy Clairvia To Boost BI Capabilities
News  |  10/10/2011  | 
Clairvia's Care Value Management suite will be integrated into Cerner's broader cloud-based and interoperability platforms, Cerner Healthe Intent and CareAware.
Athenahealth CEO Says Meaningful Use Needs Performance Data
News  |  10/10/2011  | 
Physicians should be required to collect and report actual EHR performance data to avoid subjective aspects of Medicare's MU attestation process, says electronic health record vendor CEO.
Clinical Analytics Gets Up Close And Personal
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
When it comes to patient care, one size does not fit all. A few health IT innovators are helping to usher in an era of personalized medicine.
Central Illinois Upgrades Health Information Exchange
News  |  10/7/2011  | 
Informatics Corporation of America's CareAlign patient data platform will help connect electronic health records from healthcare facilities in the region.
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