Content tagged with Healthcare
posted in September 2012
Telemedicine Improves Health Of Diabetics, Research Says
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Nonprofit group eHealth Initiative says clinics in poor neighborhoods can improve patients' health and cut hospitalizations by using mobile devices, patient Web portals, and social networks to monitor and inform.
FCC Unleashes Mobile Health Innovation Initiatives
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Federal Communications Commission announces new measures to promote mobile technology in healthcare industry, including hiring its own healthcare czar.
EHR Savings Debate Grows
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Credible sources are raising serious concerns about the value of health IT. Some, but not all, of their criticism is warranted.
VA Studies New Ways To Treat PTSD
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
A recent study synchronizes data streams from in-car sensors and GPS to find out what triggers the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans.
Patient Engagement Tools Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Emmi Solutions platform helped New Jersey medical center reduce readmission rates through interactive voice response calls, feedback reports, and patient education.
For ACOs, IT Startup Costs Top $1 Million
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Smaller accountable care organizations must pony up $1 million, larger ones $4 million, to get to the starting line, says Black Book report.
EHRs: Waste Of Money Or Wise Investment?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Recent Wall Street Journal commentary ripped into health IT, but the critics offered very little in the way of viable solutions.
Patient-Generated Mobile Data Improves Clinical Care
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Studies show that patients who log their thoughts and behaviors--"observations of daily living"--via mobile apps or sensors so docs can monitor them between visits get better care.
HIMSS Asks Congress for Patient Identity System--Again
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Health Information Management and Systems Society believes up to 14% of medical records have wrong, potentially dangerous info due to misidentification. New system might include biometrics.
Is IT Innovation Driving Physicians Out The Door?
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
Recent health IT initiatives are forcing many frustrated clinicians to take early retirement. IT leaders need to realize that our national treasure is becoming an endangered species.
Feds Want Wider Use Of Health Records Applet
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
'Blue Button' web applet that provides personal health records has been popular with U.S. veterans; White House now promoting use by private sector insurers.
5 IT Tips For State Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
States confront huge technology challenges and opportunities with federally mandated HIXs. A new report offers guidance to ease the transition.
Avatar Game Simulates Health IT Security Scenarios
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
IT experts see value in training tool for smaller practices, but interactive video also an effective training tool.
EHRs Under Fire For Inflating Medicare Bills
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
HHS, Center for Public Integrity say some healthcare providers are gaming the system to draw higher Medicare reimbursement. Doctors say electronic health records are simply enabling them to bill for things they had done for free in the past.
Feds Automate Sharing Of Sensitive Health Data
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs use new metadata technique to exchange substance abuse records without compromising patient privacy.
Healthcare System Taps Social To Improve Care
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Australian health system adds social component for its 5,000 business intelligence users to share insights about patient care and operational efficiency.
Accountable Care: IT Gets Us Only Halfway There
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Accountable care organizations rely on software tools to deliver cost-effective care. But ACOs may be built on a shaky foundation.
IT Tool Makes Conversion To ICD-10 Less Painful
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
ChartWise system reduces the burden on clinicians by making ICD-10 codes appear when users scroll over ICD-9 entries.
Patient Portal Isn't Only Road To Meaningful Use
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
Personal health records and health information exchanges offer alternatives to meet Meaningful Use mandate of giving patients access to their data.
Colorado HIE Cuts Costs To Attract Physician Network
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Regional health information exchange will help make patient information more accessible to various regional providers, but questions remain about cost savings.
Xerox Wins Contract For Nevada Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Nevada awards $72 million to Xerox to build its health insurance exchange system--and to prepare the state for the onslaught of users.
Analytics Can Expand Health Insurers' Role
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
Insurers can help solve problems such as medication errors and duplication of services if providers share clinical and financial data, says new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
Health Information Exchanges Struggle To Prove ROI
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
To survive, HIEs need to implement performance metrics to show they can improve quality of care and reduce costs.
Twitter App Tracks Illness Outbreaks
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
MappyHealth mines Twitter to help public health officials track disease outbreaks faster than traditional surveillance methods.
Physician-To-Physician Network Sidesteps EHR Incompatibility
News  |  9/17/2012  | 
Ambulatory EHR vendor eClinicalWorks launches a secure communications network that links providers--regardless of their clinical records system.
Doctors Use EHRs To Do 'Chart Biopsies'
News  |  9/17/2012  | 
Adoption of EHRs helps physicians to get up to speed on incoming patients before handoffs from the emergency department.
Can IT Cure Healthcare's Inertia?
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
If the industry remains resistant to change, it will eventually render itself obsolete.
Consumer Guide Promotes Personal Health Records
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
American Health Information Management Association's educational booklet complements government drive to get people to create and use PHRs.
Polycom Cart Offers New Telemedicine Options
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Conference phone maker hopes to capture hospitals' attention with its RealPresence Practice Cart, which aims to bring cost-effective care to remote patients.
CDC To Automate Hospital Infection Report Submissions
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use Direct messaging to enable facilities to transmit data without manually uploading files.
Federal Money Boosts IT Investment In Insurance Exchanges
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Many states will use their portion of the $765 million grant to grow the IT capabilities of their health insurance exchanges.
Facebook Organ Donation Scheme Fizzles
News  |  9/13/2012  | 
Healthcare experts weigh in on how social media can help encourage new organ donors to sign up.
Providers Seek Consulting Firms For Smaller EHR Projects
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
With EHR installation a done deal, many health providers look to consulting firms for smaller Meaningful Use projects, KLAS study shows.
Availity, MEDecision Team To Deliver Admission, Discharge Alerts
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
Web-based, real-time alerts will go to insurers' care managers to help hospitals prevent readmissions.
Telepharmacy Really Does Make A Difference
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
Rural hospitals can use telepharmacy to review orders when a pharmacist is unavailable, says study.
Allstate, Quintiles Succeed With New IT Rulebook
News  |  9/11/2012  | 
Leaders tell InformationWeek 500 attendees how crowdsourcing, data mining, and hack-a-thons have boosted IT's value to the business.
IT Critical To New Health Learning System
News  |  9/11/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare system needs to transform itself into a "continuous learning machine" that uses technology to provide doctors with timely information, says Institute of Medicine report.
UC Medical Center Creates Unique BYOD Program
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
University of California Irvine Medical Center develops its own mobile security system to safely give Wi-Fi access to students and staff who bring their own smartphones and tablets.
Health IT Brings Research Breakthroughs Into Practice
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
Armed with $1.1 billion in stimulus funding, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is using technology to get medical research into clinicians' hands sooner.
Feds Postpone Bid To Govern Health IT Network
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT reacts to industry pushback on proposed rules for Nationwide Health Information Network.
Epic/Surescripts Marriage Delivers Secure Clinical Messaging
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
Nation's largest EHR vendor teams up with the e-prescribing network, enabling physicians to connect with docs who use different EHR systems.
Atrius Health Champions Interoperability
Commentary  |  9/7/2012  | 
This large Massachusetts group practice has made medical data exchange a top priority by establishing a centralized Web portal with area hospitals.
Cancer Care Portal Connects Docs To Patients
News  |  9/7/2012  | 
Oncologists can use the tool to help meet Meaningful Use regulations on patient engagement.
EHRs May Shortchange Depression Patients
News  |  9/6/2012  | 
Electronic health records may focus a doctor's attention on certain medical conditions, leading to undertreatment for depression, researchers suggest.
Medication Alert Fatigue Is Curable
Commentary  |  9/6/2012  | 
Medication alerts are supposed to ensure patient safety, but clinicians ignore them when bombarded with too many. This dilemma needs to be solved.
New Group Connects Independent Health IT Consultants
News  |  9/6/2012  | 
Founder of Association of Independent Health IT Professionals envisions hub for consultants to share ideas, buy health insurance, find info about going it alone.
Amgen Sets High Bar For Clinical Trials
News  |  9/5/2012  | 
In healthcare, IT isn't just about dollars. It's about getting things right.
HL7 To Offer Messaging Standards As Freebie
News  |  9/5/2012  | 
Health Level Seven's CEO says government pressure related to Meaningful Use had nothing to do with the decision.
Meaningful Use Stage 2: Are You Ready?
News  |  9/4/2012  | 
Final stage 2 MU rule offers healthcare providers some compromises and EHR tweaks, and also requires greater patient engagement.
Wearable Medical Technology Set To Take Off
News  |  9/4/2012  | 
Mobile health devices that monitor vital signs will become more standard, pushing market to $6 billion by 2016, says IMS Research.

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