Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in April 2012
Urgent Care Centers Need Robust EMRs Too
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Urgent care centers have lagged in adoption of electronic medical records. But with most of the country's 9,000 centers planning expansions, need is growing, says KLAS report.
American Well Revamps Telehealth Platform
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Online Care 6.0 update adds conveniences for consumers and healthcare providers connecting outside the office; changes include support for smartphones and medical devices.
Many EHRs Not Ready For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Study finds that only 11% of physicians have the technical capabilities to meet federal standards that define how an electronic health record system is to be used in a meaningful way.
So What Was Wrong With ICD-9?
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
As your IT team makes the transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system, doctors will insist that the older system worked just fine. Here's your comeback.
Population Health Management Requires Better IT Tools
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Today's electronic health records don't include enough information or interoperability to enable population health management, according to Institute for Health Technology Transformation report.
Physician EHR Adoption Varies With Age, Specialty, Affiliation
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Study suggests that older, small-practice, specialist, and independent doctors are less likely to have EHRs than are other physicians.
Walgreens Launches 'Find A Pharmacist' Online Directory
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Walgreens lets consumers check pharmacists' training and languages spoken, and also make pharmacy appointments.
3 IT Tools Helping Patients Find Clinical Trials
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
We hear so much about the transformative power of medical informatics, and no doubt some of it is more hype than reality. These three examples are the real deal.
How Mobile, Cloud, Are Transforming Healthcare
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Spurred by a combination of government incentives and aging technology, healthcare is entering an IT renaissance with mobile and cloud technologies at the center.
Infor Reinvented: Enterprise Software's 'Biggest Startup'
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Charles Phillips reintroduces Infor after a 16-month transformation that has yielded a newly aggressive apps vendor some now call 'Inforacle.'
Philips, Vidyo Partner To Extend Telehealth
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Collaboration aims to expand telemedicine services into specialties such as pediatrics, neurology, emergency care, home health, and transitional care.
Clinical Decision Support: No Substitute For Doctors' Opinion
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Study finds little improvement in how doctors with access to computerized alerts treat elderly patients with cognitive impairment.
ICD-10 Boosts Appeal Of Computer-Assisted Coding Tools
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Growing number of hospitals and other inpatient organizations plan to purchase computer-assisted coding tools to help with ICD-10 mandate, says new KLAS Research report.
Health IT Still Venture Capital Sweetheart
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Companies that manage health information and data raised 75% more capital than Q1 last year, in stark contrast to U.S. companies' overall drop of 18%, says Dow Jones VentureSource.
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
Hospital Computer Kiosks Effective, But Value Questioned
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Patient kiosks expedite routine healthcare in California emergency departments, despite nurses' perceptions that they impede workflow, researchers say.
Health Insurers' Customer Communications Is Fractured
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Most health plans say they want to improve customer communications, but they have not developed IT systems needed to send reminders to patients to take meds or start exercising, IDC Health Insights reports.
A Fresh Approach To Personal Health Records
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Personal health records have their problems, but programs like Passport To Trust are addressing them with some genuine innovations.
Mobile Health Presents Life-Changing Opportunities
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
From medication reminders to wearable body sensors, mobile health solutions will become a vital part of our lives and many organizations' services.
Physicians Like Digital Tech, But Adoption Is Slow
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Many doctors say they want technology tools for medical education and training. But actions speak louder than words.
Clinicians Need Unconventional IT Tools For Toughest Cases
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Providing quality care for difficult-to-treat patients requires some truly disruptive approaches.
Gamification Boosts Employee Health Behavior, Blue Shield Argues
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Blue Shield of California finds social apps and rewards engage its employees in wellness programs, sees potential for its insurance customers.
Venture Funding For Health 2.0 Jumps 44%
News  |  4/18/2012  | 
Venture capital investors put $439 million into 70 deals in 2011 for startups that develop mobile health apps and tools for online social networking and collaboration.
EHRs Often Lack Clinical Best Practices
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Clinical decision support vendor Zynx Health finds electronic health records fall short in treating heart failure, pneumonia.
6 Ways Healthcare Can Assess Data Strategy
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Healthcare organizations' ability to compete will hinge on how well they manage their clinical and financial data, says new CSC study.
Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Many consumers have concerns about data breaches; others complain about "Big Brother" watching. Here's my take on why the benefits of PHRs outweigh the risks.
VA: Remove Copayments For Video Telehealth Consultations
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs proposal signals expansion of a decade-old VA program to move more healthcare out of expensive hospitals and into patients' homes.
Can Text Messaging Help Diabetes Management?
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Chartered Health Plan's text messaging strategy aims to help members prevent complications, avoid costly hospital visits.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
Forget Google Glasses: Meet Wearable Health Monitors
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Some gadgets do cool tricks and some save lives. Seamless integration with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled smartphones brings tiny devices worn beneath garments, watching the well-being of the elderly, student athletes.
Why Healthcare Cost Reports Fail Consumers
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Healthcare cost reports are doing little to help consumers pick quality providers or save money, for themselves or the healthcare system at large, expert says.
Highmark Telehealth Pilot Goal: Cut ER Visits
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Highmark, a large Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurer in western Pennsylvania, offers some members option to consult with doctor via Internet when they are experiencing a minor illness.
Many Doctors Don't Take Social Media Beyond Marketing
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare providers should learn from their overseas colleagues who use social networking to improve care management, engage patients, and communicate with other doctors, CSC report finds.
Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Texas Needs 10,000 Health IT Pros
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
New report concludes that Texas will need a larger-than-predicted crop of health IT workers in order to make EHR progress.
Feds Release New Healthcare Quality Measures
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes clinical reporting standards that physicians and hospitals will use to qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use bonus payments.
Gingrich Health IT Think Tank Goes Bankrupt
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
Center for Health Transformation played major role in promoting health IT to Congress and the healthcare industry.
Sloppy EHR Implementation Could Threaten Patient Safety
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
VA hospitals encountered lots of problems--some unanticipated--when they implemented an EHR and bar code medication administration system.
3 Traits Shared By Successful HIEs
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
Health information exchange executives reveal how they keep their HIEs alive and well, in new IDC report.
Is Your Clinical Decision Support Built On Quicksand?
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
If a CDS system isn't based on rock-solid data, don't expect to see better patient outcomes or long-term cost savings.
Covisint Cloud Hosting Michigan HIE
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Southeast Michigan Beacon Community turns to cloud-based technology to manage its health information exchange, with initial upload of 29,000 medical records.
$564 Million Later, Little Health Information Exchange Happening
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Non-profit organization study finds that public health information exchanges still face big obstacles, despite much effort and investments including $564 million in federal funds.
Mobile App Helps Consumers Shop For Healthcare
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Castlight Health mobile app lets consumers use their smartphones to look up cost and quality information about their healthcare providers, an especially helpful tool for patients with high-deductible plans.
Telemedicine Dilemma: Savings Or Healing Hands More Important?
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Telemedicine has two sides, cutting costs and giving some patients access to previously unreachable expertise, but depriving others of the hands-on human contact they need.
If Court Squashes 'Obamacare,' IT May Suffer: HIMSS
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
HIMSS executive says if the Supreme Court finds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, health IT implementation plans may be interrupted.
Alert Fatigue: Searching For A Cure
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Study finds that prescribing clinicians often are overwhelmed and confused by electronic medication alerts generated by EHRs, in part because most warnings are intended for pharmacists. Now the Indianapolis VA is testing for ways to revamp the alerts.
Bluetooth Device To Automate Patients' Warfarin Self-Test Reports
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Automated Alere system should reduce test reporting errors for patients on blood thinner warfarin, sending the data to an EHR when appropriate.


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