Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in March 2012
Joslin Diabetes Center, Sermo Expand Online Collaboration
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Diabetes Center will partner with Sermo, one of the largest social networking sites for U.S. physicians, to improve patient care.
Health Coaching For The Masses
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Health Plan will provide coaching, wellness services, and hospital quality ratings to all insured members through WebMD portal.
Advanced Analytics On Your Heart, Via Wireless Device
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Biomedical Systems device can remotely monitor patients with atrial fibrillation for up to a month, help manage heart rhythm abnormalities.
Today's Hottest Health IT Jobs Are Epic
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Got Epic Systems implementation experience or certifications? If so, you're among health IT's most sought-after professionals.
IT Decisions Hang On Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation could influence the direction of health IT.
Some States Slow To Pay Medicaid EHR Incentives
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Some are making strong efforts to spread health IT, but a dozen are not yet paying providers for EHR adoption.
Elderly Patients Want Docs To Explain Technology
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Older patients aked to use mobile monitoring devices want clinicians to coach them, according to a new survey.
Interoperability Nirvana Nowhere In Sight
Commentary  |  3/27/2012  | 
Despite attempts to find a common standard for healthcare data communications, it still feels like the Tower of Babel.
Walgreens' Facebook Site Adds Health Advice
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Sharecare, made famous by Dr. Oz, now available via Walgreens' Facebook page.
Social Gaming Helps The Medicine Go Down
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Several imaginative mobile apps turn preventive health into competitive fun.
Healthcare Industry Not Ready For ICD-10: Survey
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) report confirms that many health organizations wouldn't have met Oct. 1, 2013 deadline.
11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  3/21/2012  | 
We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
Doctors Can't Tear Themselves Away From Paper Records
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Despite electronic health record proliferation, 80% of medical offices are still using paper records, reports digital pen vendor's survey.
Boston Scientific Taps Telecoms For Telehealth Connectivity
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Vodafone and AT&T will supply cellular services for Boston Scientific's patient cardiac monitoring devices.
Global Telemedicine Market Headed For $27 Billion
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
BCC Research report says global demand continues to grow, while U.S. market is thriving thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Can Personalized Medicine Improve Drug Safety?
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Personalized medicine programs can find better treatments based on patients' genetics. Why can't the same tools be used to predict--and prevent--adverse drug reactions?
Smarter Voice Capabilities Will Transform Medical Documentation
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Natural language processing combined with voice recognition produces clinical language understanding, which has the potential to profoundly change how information gets into clinical systems.
Telepharmacy Startup Targets California's Rural Hospitals
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
California Healthcare Foundation's investment in Pipeline Healthcare Solutions could help rural and safety-net hospitals gain round-the-clock access to pharmacists' expertise.
New AMIA Chief Focuses on Real-World Medicine
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
Association's new CEO hopes to bridge gap between academia and in-the-trenches medical practice.
iPad Features May Accelerate Healthcare Productivity
News  |  3/19/2012  | 
Retina display, cameras, and voice recognition will help doctors, but Bluetooth 4.0's ability to connect the iPad directly to patients' medical monitoring devices could be the real game-changer.
CMS Further Extends HIPAA 5010 Deadline
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
Healthcare providers now have until June 30 to meet new standards for processing electronic insurance claims.
EHRs Aren't Specialist-Friendly Enough
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
KLAS survey shows that most electronic health records systems are not tailored to medical or surgical specialties.
Healthcare CIOs Need To Understand Physicians' Pain
Commentary  |  3/14/2012  | 
Clinicians are frustrated by immature clinical information systems and questionable pay-for-performance rules. Understanding their angst can bring about cost-effective patient care.
Telemedicine Tackles Diabetes Epidemic
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center partners with American Well to streamline diabetes referrals, improve health data sharing, and get people healthier.
Costs Hold Back State Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
A KPMG poll finds state officials complaining about expenses, as well as political and legal uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
Pick Up Your Smartphone: The Doctor's Calling
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
Hospitals and doctors' offices are now reaching out with patient education materials via smartphones and iPads. Emmi Solutions is among the vendors leading the charge.
EHRs Become More Popular With Small Medical Practices
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Cloud services, help from feds, and backing from parent institutions all credited for recent surge in adoption of electronic health records by small physicians' offices.
Walgreens To Send Immunization, Clinic Records Electronically
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Pharmacy giant taps Surescripts network to connect with primary care physicians, promote continuity of care.
Health IT Priorities: Time To Deliver
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
Grabbing federal incentive dollars and meeting pay-for-performance regs are the top issues keeping IT execs awake at night.
Clinical Analytics Boosts EHR Effectiveness
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
PricewaterhouseCoopers study reveals that more providers, payers, and pharma companies are investing in business intelligence tools needed to make data more actionable.
When EHR Critics Jump To Bad Conclusions
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
If you think the recent Health Affairs report proves e-access to patient records increases healthcare costs, you need to take a closer look at the data.
Voice Response Technology Slashes Hospital Readmissions
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
Geisinger Health Plan reports discharged Medicare patients monitored by an interactive phone response system are less likely to be readmitted.
Doctors, Patients Can Spur HIE Progress, Feds Say
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
National HIT coordinator Mostashari calls on clinicians and patients to demand more data at point of care. This will help drive development of health information exchanges, he says.
What Universal Device Identifiers Could Do For EHRs
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
FDA and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT discuss including a universal device identifier (UDI) in stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program to boost patient safety.
White House Names New Federal CTO
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Todd Park, CTO of Health and Human Services Department, gets the nod as the new federal chief technology officer. Park is known for his open government work.
Health IT Infrastructure Often Comes Second
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
CDW Healthcare report shows that caregivers value their electronic tools, but many gripe about network speed. At many hospitals, EHRs come first and infrastructure improvements follow.
Nationwide HIE Corrals 500 Hospitals, 4,000 Practices
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Most hospitals and medical offices that have enrolled in the Nationwide Health Information Network exchange are connecting to two key government programs.
Give Patients EHR Control, Says Civil Liberties Union
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
A New York Civil Liberties Union report urges New York State health officials to provide patients with greater control over their health records.
GE Collaborative Tool To Aid Patient Safety
News  |  3/7/2012  | 
Company's Global Patient Safety Network will help providers collaborate online with their peers and analyze safety incident data.
IT-Enhanced Medical Homes Aren't A Quick Fix
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
Patient-centric medical homes are touted to fix the healthcare cost crisis, but the deep pockets and extensive IT resources they require aren't available to every healthcare provider.
HIMSS Survey: Advanced EMRs Make A Difference
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
Hospitals that use advanced electronic medical records are more likely to see improvements in clinical quality, operational management, and administrative tasks.
Contrarian Study Disputes EHR Savings Wisdom
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
Health Affairs study contradicts conventional wisdom that EHRs will save big bucks by cutting down on needless lab and imaging testing.
How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposals raise the bar for online patient engagement, highlighting how important it is for healthcare providers to communicate with patients and give them access to their information.
Natural Language Processing Takes Center Stage In EHRs
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
NLP tied to speech recognition software can help physicians enter structured data into computers more easily.
ICD-10 Delay Worries Grow Among Health Leaders
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
Healthcare executives believe a postponed ICD-10 implementation deadline would disrupt health IT plans and budgets, finds a new poll.
Epocrates To Sell Electronic Health Records Business
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
News comes just a week after company shows native iPad version of EHR at HIMSS conference.
CIO Profiles: Paul Browne Of Trinity Health
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Trinity Health’s CIO wants to keeps employees happy by making work more fun.
Interoperability Initiative Adds Structure To Clinical Text
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Industry-wide alliance Health Story aims to use natural-language processing to turn free text such as doctors' notes and reports into exchangeable e-documents.
Docs Value EHRs, But Older Physicians Lag In Adoption
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Poll suggests that most physicians recognize the value of the technology but don't believe it improves diagnosis or treatment.
EHR Certification Proposal Stresses Interoperability
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hopes new rules will improve communications between providers through use of single standard for continuity of care documents, standardized terminology, and Direct secure messaging.

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