Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in June 2012
Health IT Leaders Divided On Supreme Court Decision
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Ruling to uphold Affordable Care Act validates health IT efforts, but a decision against it would not have slowed momentum of healthcare industry's transformation, say some observers.
Mathematical Modeling Meets Disease Prevention
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Intermountain Healthcare is taking a mathematical modeling approach to clinical decision support in the hope of preventing disease or detecting it early on.
Obamacare Victory Spells More Work For Healthcare CIOs
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
CIOs and CMIOs can expect many more sleepless nights now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.
Healthcare Patients Insist On E-Access: Accenture Study
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patients want more access to their medical records online, but want to maintain their personal contact with doctors, according to new Accenture research.
CIO Profiles: Harry Lukens Of Lehigh Valley Health Network
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Robotics will become more common in surgery, predicts this healthcare CIO.
Long-Term Care Providers Release Health IT Roadmap
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Clinicians in nursing homes and other LTC facilities have made significant progress, but want to work more with hospitals, physicians, and other providers to improve transitions of care.
When Data Is A Matter Of Life Or Death
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
Healthcare analytics startup offers insights into how to develop the numbers when it counts for everything.
Microsoft Integrates HealthVault With Greenway EHR
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Pilot program pulls patients' clinical data from Greenway's electronic health record into Microsoft's cloud-based personal health record platform.
New Wireless Sensors Tackle Old Problems Like Pneumonia
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Wireless sensor technology developed by the University of Missouri can measure subtle changes in pulse, respiration, and bed restlessness, warning clinicians of the early onset of pneumonia or other life-threatening problems.
Health IT Can Learn From Past Screw-Ups
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare system will remain broken unless we redesign our tools and rethink our mindset.
Long-Term Care Providers Still Need Data Exchange
News  |  6/25/2012  | 
Although LTC and post-acute care providers have been excluded from Meaningful Use, they still play a key role in continuity of care, says federal health IT official.
Telemedicine Tackles Mental Health Treatment
News  |  6/25/2012  | 
Online communities and computerized cognitive behavioral therapy can help break the stigma of depression, extend providers, and reduce overmedication, report says.
HHS Grants Tap Health IT To Improve Quality
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
Feds will spend $895 million on a national innovations program, but expect to get twice as much back through Medicare and Medicaid savings.
Online Program Lets Docs 'Prescribe' mHealth Apps
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
Happtique mRx program lets physicians send apps directly to patients' smartphones and tablets, or refer them to Apple store.
EHR Incentive Program Races Past Milestone
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
More than 100,000 providers receive Medicare or Medicaid payments for showing Meaningful Use or adopting EHRs--in less time than expected.
AirStrip Adds EHR Connectivity To Mobile Platform
News  |  6/21/2012  | 
Doctors now can see not only bedside data on their smartphones and iPads, but also EHR data such as medical diagnoses and lab test results.
U.S. Healthcare Needs Data Standards, Registries, Study Says
News  |  6/21/2012  | 
Several IT obstacles hold the nation back from establishing a value-based healthcare system, according to the Boston Consulting Group.
25 CIOs Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  6/20/2012  | 
InformationWeek Healthcare's second annual list of IT executives highlights the exceptional thinkers and doers who are moving patient care forward.
WebMD Founder, Dr. Oz Buy Clinical Decision Support Company
News  |  6/20/2012  | 
PKC acquisition will give Sharecare a clinical engine for its health and wellness social network, and bring PKC's CDS system the consumer audience it long sought.
EHR Innovation Gap Threatens Healthcare Progress
News  |  6/19/2012  | 
EHRs remain stuck in the pre-Internet age and dominated by entrenched vendors, according to recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary.
Health Insurers' Online Tools Give Consumers Purchasing Clout
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
United Healthcare and Aetna empower customers with online tools that estimate the cost and quality of medical care.
Premier Healthcare Alliance Establishes Virtual Care Platform
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
PremierConnect, powered by IBM technology, will enable member hospitals and clinics to share patient data and exchange best practices.
When Smart Mobile Technology Meets Good Science
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
Tablets, smartphones, and mobile apps have the potential to improve patient care--but without quality clinical research to back them up, you may be wasting your IT budget.
Feds Release E-Prescribing Toolkits For Physicians, Pharmacies
News  |  6/15/2012  | 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality introduces long-promised resources to help physicians and pharmacists adopt, troubleshoot electronic prescriptions.
MModal Brings Speech Recognition To Clinical Decision Support
News  |  6/15/2012  | 
Technology introduced even as UC-Berkeley studies shortcomings of speech recognition.
Catholic Healthcare System Launches Mega Health Information Exchange
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
Catholic Health Initiatives' HIE will span 19 states, participating in community and national exchanges.
Medical Specialists Encouraged To Use More IT
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
National Committee for Quality Assurance dangles recognition program to get specialty practices to coordinate with primary care doctors and inform patients via email, websites, and other technology.
Doctors Concerned About Consumers' Mobile Health Use
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Promises of healthcare quality increases and cost savings aren't enough to ease physicians' worries about patients using mobile health tools, new PwC study shows.
10 Popular Pharmacy Information Systems
Slideshows  |  6/12/2012  | 
Healthcare providers need top-notch pharmacy information systems to safely deliver medications. Consider our overview of the top players.
NY Accelerates State Health Information Exchange
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Regional health information exchanges team up with IBM and other IT vendors to build the massive Statewide Health Information Network of New York.
Mobile Health Revolution: Doctors And Patients Disagree
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Many doctors frown on consumers' interest in mobile health, says PwC report. But that's only half the story.
Health IT Investments Focus On Data, Value
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Healthcare organizations invest in system integration and health information exchanges to get the data required by value-based purchasing, which holds providers accountable for the cost and quality of care.
California HIE Sails Uncharted Waters
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
Inland Empire Health Information Exchange combines public and private exchanges, which appeals to participants worried about competition.
Wireless Sensors Reduce ICU Days
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
Wireless sensors that provide contact-free patient monitoring allow fewer health care practitioners to keep track of more critical patients.
Blue Cross BI Tools Help Craft 'Bundled' Payments
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and four orthopedic practices forge ahead with a BI-enhanced payment strategy that combines payments into one fixed fee for multiple services.
Do EHRs Improve Diabetes Care?
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
Electronic health records don't provide any advantage over paper-based records, according to one study. Others disagree.
Geo-Medicine New Frontier In Medical Informatics
News  |  6/7/2012  | 
Healthcare researchers want to know if marrying geographic data on large patient populations to clinical databases can reveal hidden disease patterns.
AARP/Microsoft Launch Personal Health Record
News  |  6/7/2012  | 
Although most consumers aren't crazy about PHRs, AARP is betting on a MS-powered new offering to spark their interest. Will anybody pay attention?
8 Health Information Exchanges Lead The Way
Slideshows  |  6/7/2012  | 
Look inside some of the most established HIEs and how they help U.S. health organizations share data, in the name of lower costs and better patient care.
EHRs Aren't Ready For Pay For Performance
Commentary  |  6/6/2012  | 
Meeting the pay for performance challenge requires more sophisticated capabilities in EHRs and more physician cooperation.
Cigna/Granite Healthcare Launch Accountable Care Initiative
News  |  6/6/2012  | 
Cigna will apply analytics tools to help Granite Healthcare Network spot gaps in care and improve care coordination among New Hampshire residents.
HIX Data Reporting Should Rely On 'Benchmark' Plans
News  |  6/6/2012  | 
The Department of Health and Human Services' proposed rule would clarify 'essential benefits' in state health insurance exchanges (HIXs) ahead of enrollment.
Health IT Faces Eventful Summer
Commentary  |  6/6/2012  | 
Supreme Court's upcoming decision on healthcare reform and feds' Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rules add up to a heated summer for healthcare IT execs.
Top EHRs For Small Practices
News  |  6/5/2012  | 
IDC picks 11 EHRs that offer the best tools and strategies for small medical groups to meet Meaningful Use incentives and prepare for healthcare reform.
The Doctor Will See You In Walmart
News  |  6/5/2012  | 
Retailer rolls out telemedicine services in selected stores that give shoppers access to doctors through videoconferencing technology.
Online Technologies Doctors Love: Age Matters
News  |  6/5/2012  | 
Docs love tablets, but adoption of Internet technologies varies depending on gender, age, and work environment, study says.
EHR Quality Measurement In Its Infancy, Study Says
News  |  6/1/2012  | 
Johns Hopkins research describes some of the other electronic performance measures that could be used with EHRs.
Health-Monitoring Devices Market Outpaces Telehealth
News  |  6/1/2012  | 
Market for consumer devices to monitor conditions such as high blood pressure is growing faster than telehealth systems, says IMS Research study.

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