Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in May 2012
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CIO Profiles: Edward Marx Of Texas Health Resources
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
This tech chief learned the hard way: Trust but verify.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Choke On Health IT
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Politico: Politics aside, IT could be biggest barrier to 2014 readiness.
HHS Launches $150,000 Ocular Imaging Software Challenge
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Contest challenges developers to come up with software that integrates eye exam data and images with electronic health records systems.
57% Of Consumers Use Internet For Medical Questions
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
New studies also find 88% of doctors believe online medical resources have improved the quality of care.
Maine Health Information Exchange Adds Medical Images
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, becomes first in the nation to support statewide sharing of X-rays, CT scans, and other medical images.
Clinical Goals Drive Paperless Hospital's IT Choices
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
Danish hospital plans for an all-digital future, seeks technology that addresses healthcare delivery needs of the 2020s.
Mass. Safety Net Hospitals Land $628M For Transformation
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Health IT infrastructure improvements will be part of healthcare delivery changes supported by federal and state funding.
HL7 Recruits Clinicians To Improve Health IT Standards
News  |  5/27/2012  | 
Health Level Seven launches program to incorporate clinician experience in electronic health record standards.
Cloud-Based EHRs, Telemed Come To Rural Colorado
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
Colorado Telehealth Network's broadband connectivity offers access to cloud-based EHRs, telemedicine, and a statewide information exchange.
Dell Cloud Technology Speeds Pediatric Cancer Research
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
Dell's cloud-based high-performance computing cluster will enable researchers to ramp up a clinical trial.
E-Prescribing Systems Still Finding Their Mojo
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
Latest stats suggest doctors are smitten with e-prescribing, but training and clinical decision support still needed.
Grow Your Own Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
While many healthcare organizations turn to private vendors to set up HIEs, others get good results by building their own.
Kaiser Permanente CEO: Meaningful Use On Right Course
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
But government electronic health record incentive program still needs more emphasis on interoperability, says George Halvorson.
How To Improve Communication Between Clinicians
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
Although mandated to communicate better with patients, some healthcare providers also are looking for tech tools that get info to staff faster.
Dictation And EHRs Don't Play Well Together
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Doctors who dictate their clinical notes before they're entered into an EHR have lower quality of care scores than those who type or enter structured data directly into the EHR, according to Partners Healthcare researchers.
North Carolina Fights Medicaid Fraud With Analytics
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
In two years, IBM data mining software has identified $191 million in potentially false Medicaid claims.
Kaiser Permanente CEO: Health IT Must Focus On Quality
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
KP CEO George Halvorson says too many organizations approach IT projects from the wrong angle. Start with the health care issues and savings will follow, he says.
Emerging Wireless Medical Technology Gets FCC Blessing
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
FCC proposes increased spectrum capacity for Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices, paving the way for doctors to use patient-worn devices to monitor vital signs.
E-Prescribing Reaches Tipping Point
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Surescripts survey finds 58% of office-based physicians now issue prescriptions electronically. Meaningful Use e-prescribing requirements have played a large role in the technology's adoption.
Telemonitoring Helps Pharmacists Manage Patients' Hypertension
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Patients who monitor their blood pressure at home and enlist pharmacists to help manage their care see improved results.
Web-Based Insurance Exchanges Attract $1 Billion+
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Recent federal investments in state health insurance exchanges bring total grant funding to more than $1 billion. Needed next: strong security.
SaaS EHR Model Gains Physician Support
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
Many small practices like the software-as-a-service approach to electronic health records because it removes tech headaches and offers low upfront costs.
Banner Health, Aetna Reach For ACO Gold
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
Banner Health Network joins forces with the insurance giant, taking advantage of analytics tools needed for its new role as an accountable care organization.
One Year ICD-10 Delay Just Right, CHIME Says
News  |  5/16/2012  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says the government's recommendation to postpone compliance with the new medical billing code system until 2014 strikes the right balance.
Doctors' Tablet Use Almost Doubles In 2012
News  |  5/16/2012  | 
Apple's iPad has emerged as the dominant tablet platform, according to Manhattan Research survey.
Mobile Medical Apps Gold Rush Needs Scrutiny
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
The problem with this kind of booming market? It attracts not only the best and brightest but also IT developers looking for quick profits with minimal investment of resources.
DOD, VA Agree On Joint EHR Architecture
News  |  5/15/2012  | 
Approach outlined in Congressional report prioritizes acquisition of commercial software, including open-source applications.
Health IT Gap Between Large, Small Hospitals Widens
News  |  5/15/2012  | 
Government investment in EHRs might increase the gap in health IT adoption rates between large and small hospitals.
10 Wearable Devices To Keep Patients Healthy
Slideshows  |  5/14/2012  | 
Wearable devices equipped with sensors, Web connections, or both, help consumers and healthcare providers track health and fitness. Take a look at what's possible now.
Private Health Information Exchanges Take Over
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
Enterprise exchanges owned by healthcare organizations account for most of the 40% annual growth in the market.
Towers Watson To Acquire Extend Health
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
Benefits and talent management consulting firm plans to buy online health insurance exchange provider Extend Health for $435 million.
AT&T Moves Aggressively Into Remote Patient Monitoring
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
AT&T inks deal with Valued Relationships Inc. to provide chronically ill patients with a remote monitoring service that connects them to caregivers.
Stage 2 EHRs Require Meaningful Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Many of the government’s proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria for e- health records won't be easy to meet. Here's how providers are meeting the challenge.
California Providers Reach Out For EHR Help
News  |  5/11/2012  | 
Unusually large number of Californian docs ask state's regional extension center, CalHIPSO, for help meeting Meaningful Use regulations, but few have actually achieved MU so far.
Patients Like Active Video Games As Fitness Tools
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Most consumers believe that video games that force them to get up and move around can improve their health, says study from UnitedHealth Group.
Compromise On Health Data Access May Be Ugly
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
Some hospitals and doctors oppose giving patients electronic data as quickly as required by proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations. Consumer groups want more speed--and the compromise likely won't please either side.
Consumer Groups Seek Tougher Meaningful Use Requirements
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Consumer Partnership for eHealth calls for quicker data transfer to patients, higher threshold for exchange of clinical summaries.
Patient Advocates Urge Fast Access To Hospital Data
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
American Hospital Association's call for 30-day waiting period to access electronic records would harm patients, according to Society for Participatory Medicine.
Banner Health Achievement Highlights EHR Struggles
News  |  5/9/2012  | 
Just 82 hospitals have completed the prestigious HIMSS Analytics EHR adoption program, and 17 of them belong to Banner. Is the bar for another EHR measurement--Meaningful Use--set too high?
Healthcare Providers Have Big BI Plans
News  |  5/9/2012  | 
Advent of accountable care organizations and health information exchanges driving hospitals to invest in more business intelligence tools, KLAS survey says.
Health Insurers Proceed On IT Aspects Of 'Obamacare'
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, health plans likely will implement the technology needed to meet its objectives, predicts one prominent IT consultant.
DOD Mobile App Eases Transition To Civilian Life
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Department of Defense expands menu of apps that aim to help military personnel deal with social situations and health issues.
Smart Pumps Play Catch Up With EMRs
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Healthcare providers want wireless EMR integration with smart pumps, but a KLAS study suggests the complexity of the setup deters many.
ACOs Need Better Data Transparency, Management
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Healthcare providers and insurers partnering in accountable care organizations must work to avoid data wars, says IDC analyst.
Dr. Oz Health Event To Feature EHRs
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
Practice Fusion's electronic health record software provides data collection, real-time analytics, helping TV show as it screens 1,000 people in one day for common diseases.
EHR Vendors Ask For Meaningful Use Reporting Changes
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
EHR software vendors say doctors and hospitals need more time to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ask the feds to tweak their reporting requirements.
Cloud-Based Collaboration Brings Medical Expertise To Haiti
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
Collaboration between IBM and the Colleagues in Care Global Health Network gives doctors in remote parts of the world access to evidence-based medicine.
How To Ease EHR Frustration
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
EHRs can slow physicians' practices to a crawl, but evidence suggests they ultimately pay off.
CHIME: Providers Need More Time For Meaningful Use
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives wants the feds to grant more time for hospital and ambulatory EHRs to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.
AHA Fights Meaningful Use Stage 2 Timing, Scope
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
American Hospital Association asks the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to soften requirements, push back start date, and change timeframe for penalties.
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