Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in October 2013
HealthCare.gov Faced Security Risks, Feds Were Told
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
As HHS secretary Sebelius testified to Congress about the flawed rollout, a memo surfaced that predicted security risks due to inadequate testing.
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
One-Third Of Doctors Exchange Clinical Summaries
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Doctors who use an electronic health record system are much better equipped to exchange data than those who don't have EHRs, says Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT study.
CareCloud Books Appointment With ZocDoc
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Cloud practice management and EHR service connects with the consumer-friendly appointment booking service, part of broader platform strategy.
Obamacare Rollout Hampered By Operating Rules Lag
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Backend transmission rules, slated for 2016, may have prevented the rampant errors sending enrollment data from health insurance exchanges to insurance companies.
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
How Google Flu Trends Blew It
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Last year, Google Flu Trends made a mountain out of a molehill by overestimating the incidence of influenza. Blame the media.
Private Sector Rides To Rescue Of HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Handful of Web insurance brokers will start enrolling people in HealthCare.gov plans within a month, but backend coding problems could continue to delay completion of policy purchases.
When Smartphones Do Dumb Things
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
Mobile health apps are slowly revolutionizing patient care, but occasionally the revolution takes a left turn into lunacy and feeds a hypochondriac's worst fears.
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
Walgreens Accused Of Exposing Customer Health Data
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Pharmacists' move from behind the counter exposes customer data to prying eyes and violates HIPAA, says Change to Win Retail Initiatives group.
Verizon Unveils Remote Patient Monitoring Platform
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Verizon's Converged Health Management wirelessly transmits data from patients' health monitoring devices to doctors using a HIPAA-secure cloud.
What's The Best Path To Big Data Insight?
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
We sort through this week's clashing din of news from Teradata, SAS, Pivotal, Platfora and Hortonworks in search of the inside edge to big data breakthroughs.
HealthTap Lets You Ask The Doctor
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
HealthTap allows patients to ask medical questions to a network of more than 50,000 doctors worldwide.
Medicare Drags Feet On Secure Patient IDs
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Medicare increases identity theft risk because it uses social security numbers as patient identifiers, says GAO report.
HealthCare.gov: Latest Victim Of Federal Acquisition Problems?
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Healthcare.gov's problems aren't unique to federal IT projects, but they are uniquely visible to the American public.
Dictation Software Adoption On Rise
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Speech recognition and dictation software could be poised to make big inroads in healthcare, says Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society report.
Obama Addresses HealthCare.gov Glitches
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
President expresses frustration with the marketplace's problems in Monday press conference.
Surescripts Aims To Expand Hospital Network
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Surescripts partners with Meditech, Vitera in effort to enable Direct messages among more than 60% of U.S. hospitals.
A Painless Path To CPOE?
Commentary  |  10/21/2013  | 
Despite evidence that computerized provider order entry systems can improve patient care, many providers have resisted due to cost and tech concerns. New KLAS report suggests an easier route.
Non-Profit Sets New Standards For Modular EHRs
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative redefines Meaningful Use definitions for EHR modules.
IBM Watson's New Gig: Cancer Fighter At MD Anderson
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Houston cancer center MD Anderson taps IBM's powerful Watson computer system to help cure eight kinds of cancers as part of its "Moon Shots" program. The first target: leukemia.
Why Doctors Hate EHR Software
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
Have meaningful use incentives merely propelled sales for a lot of lousy software?
Deloitte, Intermountain Launch Healthcare Outcomes Tool
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Big-data product PopulationMiner lets healthcare organizations and drug companies design hypotheses by looking at patient populations.
Dignity Health, Optum Launch Revenue Management Firm
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Large West Coast healthcare system joins with healthcare IT firm to form Optum360, which aims to help hospitals prepare for new payment methods and optimize revenues.
IBM's Watson Makes Some New Rounds
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
IBM Research unveiled cognitive computing technologies to help doctors make more informed, accurate diagnostic decisions.
Patient Engagement: How To Do It Right
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Some healthcare providers have figured out the best set of IT tools to get patients more involved in their own care.
Online Service Aims To Simplify Hospital Bills
News  |  10/14/2013  | 
As the hospital revenue mix shifts from insurers to patients, online services like Simplee can improve collections with bills that are easier to understand and pay.
Boston Children's Hospital Innovation Chief Talks Hurdles
News  |  10/11/2013  | 
Boston Children's Hospital's chief innovation officer discusses innovating and overcoming the "O gap."
Health Insurance Exchanges Plagued By Data Errors
News  |  10/11/2013  | 
Health insurance exchanges, especially the one run by Uncle Sam, are having problems sending files that can be opened and that have complete information.
Practice Fusion Guarantees Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  10/10/2013  | 
Free cloud-based EHR, sold primarily to individual doctors and small practices, says it will be certified in time for 2014 incentives.
Remote Patient Monitoring Closer To Mainstream
News  |  10/10/2013  | 
Remote monitoring is mostly for the sickest patients today, but use could broaden as healthcare focuses on keeping people well.
Google Glass Enters Operating Room
News  |  10/9/2013  | 
Google Glass prototype lets surgeons view vital signs on a head-mounted display while performing operations, but Phillips isn't promising a commercial product.
American Well: The Doctor Will See You Online
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Telemedicine company American Well offers anyone urgent-care video consultations on mobile devices for $49 a pop.
Social Site Aims To Connect Healthcare Community
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Next Wave Connect has potential to become the go-to professional social network for the healthcare industry, says Darren Dworkin, CIO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.
Athenahealth Tracks Flu Outbreaks During Government Shutdown
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Health IT vendor uses cloud-based EHR database to show outbreaks in absence of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why Medical Gadgets Need Digital Consumer Touches
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
People don't like to be reminded they're sick. That's one reason why tomorrow's health gadget needs to look more like a smartphone than a clunky medical device.
Big Data, Better Health Tracking
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Merck partnership with Israeli health system is another promising step toward using big data to improve the understanding of medical treatment.
Salesforce Communities App Speeds Patient Assistance
News  |  10/3/2013  | 
Nonprofit Health Leads connects hospital hospital patients with social services faster using cloud-based collaboration app built with Salesforce tool.
In One ER, EHR Takes 44% Of Doctors' Time
News  |  10/3/2013  | 
Small-scale study in Pennsylvania ER found physicians spend more time inputting data in their EHR than taking care of patients.
Appointment With Drchrono? Bring Your iPad
News  |  10/3/2013  | 
Electronic health records app Drchrono can use the new iOS 7 Airdrop feature to let doctors wirelessly beam documents to patients and each other.
Obamacare Insurance Exchange Websites: Tech Critique
News  |  10/2/2013  | 
State and federal websites' failure to work as advertised in first days of insurance availability can be blamed on software bottlenecks due to poor design.
Dignity, Box Launch Health App Contest
News  |  10/2/2013  | 
Dignity Health, cloud vendor Box and venture capital firm seek cloud-based app that will encourage patients to take active part in their healthcare. Winner gets $100,000.
Health Information Exchanges Lack Standards
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
HIE adoption rates are rising, but the lack of data standardization limits ability to share data.
Obamacare Health Exchanges: How Oregon Got It Done
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Oregon's experience building a health insurance exchange shows what's involved for IT operations.
What's Holding Back The Mobile Health Revolution?
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Many believe clinicians reject patient-oriented health apps because they threaten doctors' power. But that's a gross overgeneralization.


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