Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in March 2013
National Patient ID System: Debate Stoked
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Hoping to spark a national conversation on information exchange, a prominent health IT advocate has started a WhiteHouse.gov petition to have Congress lift ban on HHS national patient identification system.
UCSF Heart Disease Study To Use Mobile Apps
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Big data trial will follow up to 1 million patients, who will use smartphones to transmit blood pressure and other data several times a day.
Health IT Priorities Put Regulations Before Innovation
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Implementing electronic records and meeting Meaningful Use rules are top of the list in our Health IT Priorities survey. Is there room for breakthrough technology?
Cancer Researchers Mine Big Data To Individualize Treatment
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
CancerLinQ prototype from American Society of Clinical Oncology aggregates data from disparate EHRs to find the most effective therapy for a specific patient.
5 Underrated Healthcare Trends From A Top CIO
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh shares his thoughts about what the next health IT opportunities will be.
Topol Gives Colbert a Dose of 'Destruction'
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Scripps cardiologist and noted proponent of wireless health technologies Eric Topol shows off gadgets to comedian's audience.
Orion, Caradigm Team To Offer Accountable Care Product
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Mashup of Orion's HIE product with Caradigm's Intelligence Platform will feature health information exchange plus data aggregation, analytics and care management.
Allscripts Drops Suit Against NYC Public Health System
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
N.Y. health system disputed the claim that it will overpay for rival Epic Systems' electronic health record system.
Healthcare Workarounds Expose EHR Flaws
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Doctors and staff often fall back on paper documents to compensate for poorly designed electronic health record systems, says study.
Big Data's Dark Side
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
Big data has the power to revolutionize society, but also to become Big Brother, warns new book.
Could Clinical Decision Support Empower Patients?
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
It's time the medical establishment heeded the longstanding advice of informatics pioneer Larry Weed and used "participatory" diagnostic methods, says editorial.
Medical Device, EHR Integration Could Save $30B: Study
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Interfaces must be standardized before hospitals can achieve financial, patient safety benefits, says West Health Institute report.
Big Data Use In Healthcare Needs Governance, Education
News  |  3/21/2013  | 
Using big data effectively requires everything from setting up a basic management framework to teaching analytics in medical school, says one consultant.
Health IT Progress In Post-Acute Care Remains Slow
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities need to beef up computerization to meet national healthcare goals, says federal report.
Speech Recognition Stumbles At Leeds Hospitals
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
Dictation system intended to cut administration costs has some patients waiting up to 60 days for important letters.
Docs Who E-Prescribe Order More Generics, Study Says
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Putting drug details in front of doctors, combined with incentive programs for generics, is steering prescriptions toward low-cost medicine.
New Healthcare Data Warehousing Model Gains Favor
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
"Late binding," a just-in-time method, gives healthcare organizations more flexibility, say proponents.
Pathology Network Offers Global Remote Diagnostic Services
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
New PathCentral Pathology Network enables remote consultation and image sharing via cloud, with hopes to address specialist shortages in developing regions.
Healthcare Organizations Go Big For Analytics
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
Half of providers and payers see advanced analytics as their top investment priority, says IDC survey.
First Speech-Enabled Mobile CPOE Lacks Decision Support
News  |  3/15/2013  | 
Mobile computerized physician order entry (CPOE) app turns dictation into system entries, but alerts to prevent errors won't be added until a later version, say makers Intermountain and MModal.
Some Physicians See Revenue Loss After EHR, Study Says
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
Survey of 50 physician practices in Massachusetts shows average loss of $44K over five years, but researchers attribute losses to poor utilization and other factors, not EHRs themselves.
Health IT Talent Shortage Worsens, PWC Says
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
Healthcare companies start to look outside the industry and across healthcare sectors for experienced pros, finds PWC research.
Technology Alone Isn't Healthcare's Savior
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Anyone who deploys tech "solutions" without reconsidering workflows and policies -- and doing other heavy lifting -- is in for a rude awakening.
Johnson & Johnson Taps London For Innovation Hub
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
London chosen as one of four global sites for Johnson & Johnson "innovation centers" to develop technologies to fight disease.
IBM Big Data Monitors Patients For Brain Injury
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
UCLA, IBM and Excel Medical Electronics partner to test real-time alarm that predicts rising brain pressure in patients with traumatic head injuries.
Informatics Pioneer Says Healthcare Needs Better Systems
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
Dr. Lawrence Weed continues his longstanding advocacy for computer-aided healthcare and revamping medical education.
EHR Interoperability A Hot Topic At HIMSS
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
EHR interoperability is more likely to come from horizontal integration than vertical health IT integration, experts say.
Most U.S. Doctors Would Limit Patient EHR Access
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
Many physicians are willing to let patients update their own medical records, but don't want to give them full online access, says Accenture study.
Microsoft Office 365: How One Company Saves Big
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
Microsoft has been criticized for pushing Office customers toward the cloud, but one healthcare company finds the switch saves money, time, hassles.
Bill Clinton Stumps For Health IT At HIMSS
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
Former president touts IT's potential to empower small players in a massive system, as HIMSS pledges $2.5 million to further Clinton Global Initiative goals.
Hospitals Make Strides To Show Meaningful Use: ONC
News  |  3/7/2013  | 
Vast majority have adopted certified electronic health record technology, but most EHR systems are not comprehensive, ONC says.
Big Data Helps Kaiser Close Healthcare Gaps
News  |  3/7/2013  | 
Analytics from massive clinical data repository are central to closing gaps in care, HIMSS attendees told.
Allscripts' dbMotion Deal Speaks To Larger Trend
Commentary  |  3/7/2013  | 
Healthcare and other companies will have to push more development of the technology they'll need for the challenges ahead.
CMS, ONC Announce 2013 Health IT Agenda
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
Government agencies aim to increase EHR adoption, accelerate health data exchange and improve patient engagement.
IT Changes Doctor-Patient Relationship For Better: Topol
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
Famed doctor Eric Topol says in HIMSS keynote that personalized medicine, mobile health, genomics will decrease doctors' importance -- and that's good.
HIMSS: Hospitals Making Progress On Meaningful Use
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
Survey of healthcare CIOs reveals good progress toward fully functional EHRs, but questions about ACOs, staffing, interoperability loom.
HIMSS: Should Healthcare Be More Like Airline Industry?
Commentary  |  3/5/2013  | 
Such a comparison says not only that the healthcare industry must change, but also that those changes will be dramatic and gut wrenching.
EHR Vendors Form Alliance On Data Sharing
News  |  3/4/2013  | 
CommonWell Health Alliance founders want industry-wide coalition to make it easier to move data among disparate EHR systems.
4 Health IT Themes To Watch At HIMSS13
News  |  3/4/2013  | 
Interoperability challenges, patient experience, mobile technology will be in spotlight at annual health IT conference.
AirStrip Combines EHR, Medical Device Feeds For Mobile
News  |  3/1/2013  | 
Dignity Health will be first to try application that lets doctors view on their mobile devices a snapshot of clinical data across different vendors' electronic health record systems.
EHRA Guides Vendors On Data Transport Mechanism
News  |  3/1/2013  | 
Association says methods for exchanging data could lead to greater interoperability among EHRs.
Google, Amazon, Facebook Help U.K. Researchers Hack Cancer
News  |  3/1/2013  | 
British arms of major Internet firms back weekend hackathon to disguise complex cancer DNA analysis in a smartphone game.
EHRs Underused For Hospital Infection Reporting
News  |  3/1/2013  | 
Half of infection prevention specialists are unaware if their organizations even participate in electronic health information exchanges, says study.


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