Top 10 Healthcare Stories Of 2010
Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
Medicare Details IT Modernization Plan
Agency aims to transform into an information-centric organization to improve its delivery of healthcare services and manage new programs and requirements outlined in federal law.
Stanley Black & Decker To Buy InfoLogix
The $61.2 million deal adds InfoLogix's mobility solutions expertise and 1,400 hospital customers to Stanley Black & Decker's healthcare solutions business unit.
17 Leading EHR Vendors
Electronic Health Records can help healthcare providers in the delivery and management of care to patients, including those with chronic conditions. The systems can also bolster decision making by providing clinicians with more comprehensive patient data, as well as help eliminate medical errors and reduce costs associated with unnecessary or redundant tests. Health care providers can access real-time clinical information, such as immediate access to test results, which allows them to initiate a
AMA Challenges E-Prescription Penalties
The minimum electronic prescription usage requirement for the first six months of 2011 place a financial burden on physicians, according to the American Medical Association.
EHR Adoption Crosses 50% Threshold
Government survey finds that a slim majority of physicians are now using electronic health records or electronic medical records systems.
EHR Deployment May Cost $120,000 Per Doctor
Doctors expect to see 10% fewer patients in first year of deploying e-health record systems, but gain boost patient encounters as much as 15% after adjusting to the new system, according to CDW Healthcare.
President's Council Calls For Universal Data Exchange
A "universal exchange language" will facilitate the robust, secure electronic exchange of health information across institutions according a report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Connect Drives HIE Standards
The federal government's Connect initiative is a driving force behind the effort to create standards for health information exchanges.
The Workforce Challenge
Finding the qualified people to build and deploy health information exchanges is one of the biggest problems the healthcare industry faces.
Aetna To Buy Medicity For $500 Million
Medicity's iNexx platform, which connects to clinical, administrative and financial networks as well as electronic medical records and practice management systems, bolsters Aetna's health information exchange capabilities.
IT Hiring Projected To Increase In Q1 2011
11% of companies plan to add IT staff in the first quarter of 2011 while 3% plan to reduce headcount, resulting in an 8% overall increase from last quarter's Robert Half Technology CIO survey findings.
NaviNet Acquires Prematics
Adding the mobile care management solution provider will boost NaviNet's unified patient information management clinical product suite and add functionality to its healthcare communications network.
HP ALM System Can Advance Healthcare IT
Application Lifecycle Management 11 may enable healthcare IT staff to automate the critical activities of modernizing software applications from requirements management to quality and performance.