Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in August 2011
Regulating Mobile Apps: Where Do We Draw The Line?
Commentary  |  8/30/2011  | 
Critics call the FDA a control freak, while others see the agency as a key public health guardian. A recent hacking experiment suggests the latter.
How One Health Information Exchange Cut Testing Costs
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Payoff on HIEs can be hard to calculate, but analysis of a Wisconsin pilot program showed clear savings via elimination of duplicate tests.
Cloud-Based Images Help Montefiore Doctors With Referrals
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Doctors can view images for referred, potential patients, without having to trade film, disks, or order new tests.
BI Tools Prep Clinicians For Accountable Care
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Healthcare organizations are turning to business intelligence software to help navigate a new era in the delivery of patient care, says KLAS report.
Natural Language Processing IDs Medical Complications
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
Embedding NLP into electronic health records allows clinicians to spot more postop complications, finds JAMA study.
Medical Community Pays Tribute To Steve Jobs
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Healthcare leaders say Apple's iPhone and iPad have revolutionized the practice of medicine and the relationship between doctors and patients.
EHR-Lab Interoperability Project: Does Anyone Care?
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Project reaches a development milestone, but vendors and labs greet national standard specifications for outpatient lab results and orders with a yawn.
Health IT On Congressional Chopping Block?
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Experts outline several ways that healthcare could be affected by deficit reduction committee's $2.4 trillion in cuts to federal spending.
EHR Vendors Give Keyboard-Hating Docs Pen Alternative
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Digital pen technology becomes an option from more EHR vendors. Will it help doctors cross the bridge away from legacy process?
Microsoft Shuffles Healthcare Leadership
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Michael Robinson named head of U.S. healthcare operations, while physician Dennis Schmuland becomes company's first chief health strategy officer.
Health IT's Top Needs For Next Five Years
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Healthcare reform spells big product changes for health IT customers and vendors in the next five years, says IDC. Collaboration tools, CRM, and analytics will be key.
Rural Emergency Departments Lag In E-Prescribing
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Cloud computing could boost adoption of computerized physician order entry systems necessary for Meaningful Use, says consultant.
Direct Messaging Energizes Wisconsin's Health Information Exchange
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
The Direct Project, the national protocol for secure clinical messaging, will soon be available to all Wisconsin healthcare providers.
Western Pennsylvania Gets Its First Health Information Exchange
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and eight other health systems are building the first regional HIE to make it easier to share patient data.
Doctor Groups Seek Changes To CMS Disclcosure Rule
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Proposed rule on the use of Medicare claims data to measure clinicians' performance would burden doctors and healthcare IT staff, the AMA and others say.
Will Speech Recognition Program Ease EHR Pain?
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Nuance has introduced a medical speech recognition tool for small offices that should reduce transcription costs and make it easier to enter data into an EHR.
VA To Test Cloud Collaboration For Doctors
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
The department is look for cloud-based email, calendaring, and other collaboration tools that can integrate with the VA's existing Microsoft Exchange-based collaboration system.
Critical Access Hospitals Get Funding For Health IT
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Obama administration will offer loans to help CAHs catch up to their urban counterparts in adopting technology to improve healthcare quality.
Facebook App Reminds Transplant Patients To Take Meds
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Integration of electronic health record with social network app helps kidney transplant patients stay on their medication schedules.
When EHRs Meet Malpractice Suits: New Concerns
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Electronic health record data stores bring legal liability fears, logistical headaches for healthcare organizations, attorneys say.
Hospitals Lag In Computerized Physician Order Entry
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
More hospitals are adopting CPOE, but the uptick should be higher, a KLAS analyst says.
HP Uses Cloud To Fight Drug Counterfeiting
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Patients, pharmaceutical companies, governments, and not-for-profits get help verifying authenticity of medications.
CTA Scan Advances Transform Patient Care
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
Doctors can minimize risks associated with diagnosing pediatric coronary complications and other procedures using Siemens advanced computed tomography angiography systems.
Wireless Firm Vocera Files For $80 Million IPO
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Leading maker of hospital "badges" that permit instant communication has been growing by leaps and bounds.
When A Flawed EHR Threatens Patients
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
When Harvard investigators tried to figure out why a patient nearly died, they discovered that even a sophisticated system of e-reminders and alerts isn't always enough.
How Do You Get Small Medical Practices Online?
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
A major insurer and a large hospital system have joined forces with Accenture and Allscripts to convince the "little guy" to finally get on the e-highway.
Aetna Taps NaviNet For Mobile Clinical Decision Support
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Doctors will gain access to electronic health records and e-prescribing on their iPads, iPhones, and Androids.
E-Prescribing May Increase Medication Errors
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Redundant medication orders occurred more often with computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support systems than without.
10 Mistakes Accountable Care Organizations Still Make
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Successful ACOs require new health information exchanges, better EHR functionality, and the ability to measure true outcomes. Two experts say we're not there yet.
Federal Incentives Major Reason To Buy EHRs: Survey
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
Among those doctors still in the market for an EHR, 32% cite insufficient capital as a key challenge.
Speech Recognition Takes New Role In Healthcare Analytics
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
Nuance and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will use natural language processing to crunch electronic medical data.
Health Insurers Take Bold Steps In Social Media
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
More health insurers making aggressive moves to tap into consumers' increasingly social online behavior.
Docs Love Mobile Devices, But Need Smarter Features
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
Vendors need to provide native applications and more intelligence to get EHRs to "play nicely" with mobile devices.
Will Metatags Improve Electronic Health Records?
News  |  8/10/2011  | 
The ONC is seeking input on metadata standards that it believes can advance electronic health information exchange across different architectures and allow patients to more easily manage their own health information.
GE Adds iPad Connectivity To EMR
News  |  8/10/2011  | 
GE's Centricity Advance-Mobile app lets doctors in small practices view and update electronic medical records on an iPad.
Will Direct Project Cripple HIEs?
Commentary  |  8/9/2011  | 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says its Direct Project can help healthcare practitioners nationwide quickly gain IT interoperability. So why aren't you jumping on board?
Dell, NextGen Team On Cloud-Based Services
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Dell will sell NextGen's suite of healthcare applications and provide hosting as it targets the EMR marketplace.
AMA Denies Conflict On Pharmaceutical Data Mining
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Healthcare organization lashes out at New England Journal of Medicine commentary suggesting that AMA's financial interest in promoting prescription drug data mining is greater than its support for physician privacy.
California Clinic System Embraces Online Consultations
News  |  8/8/2011  | 
The nation's largest public health plan seeks to streamline patient referrals and reduce wait times for specialists.
Emdeon's $3 Billion Privatization Undervalued, Say Shareholders
News  |  8/8/2011  | 
The healthcare business management company's majority shareholder and board approve deal with Blackstone, but minority owners protest.
EHRs Give Docs Analytics Tools They May Ignore
News  |  8/5/2011  | 
Clinicians with access to electronic health records find it easier to construct the registries needed to pinpoint at-risk patents, but one expert questions whether they'll use these powerful tools.
U.S. Needs National Disease Surveillance System
News  |  8/5/2011  | 
The Institute of Medicine urges HHS to create system that taps into electronic health records and patient-compiled data to help prevent and treat chronic heart and lung conditions.
6 Secrets To A Successful Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Many health information exchanges have had a hard time remaining in business, but a new report from the National eHealth Collaborative spotlights winning strategies.
U.K. Scrapping National Health IT Network
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
The much-criticized network would have covered 52 million England residents; local health authorities now empowered to build IT infrastructure of their choice.
HITECH Act Blocking Smaller IT Firms
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act prevents some small and midsize IT services firms from pursuing new healthcare business opportunities, says a CompTIA report.
Hospitals Use BI To Stanch Revenue Losses
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
With Medicare set to stop paying for preventable hospital readmissions in October, healthcare organizations are turning to business intelligence tools to reduce the risk.
Health Information Exchanges Struggle With Sustainability
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
The number of HIEs in the U.S. is growing, but many struggle to maintain a healthy business according to a report from eHealth Initiative.
HealthSouth Rehab Facilities Choose Cerner EHR
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
HealthSouth will roll out the EHR to 97 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 26 states over five years so it can handle Medicare's new system of bundled payments.
Don't Shortchange Nursing Informatics
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
The feds are offering $71.3 million to expand nursing education, but lack of targeted funding for nursing informatics is a missed opportunity, says a nurse leader.
Best Practices For Selecting An EHR
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
An in-depth analysis and exhaustive checklist from Huntington Memorial Hospital's Rebecca Armato.


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