If you’re like many of us, the minute you or someone you care about is diagnosed with something, you go online to do research. You may even reach out to your Facebook friends. You’re far less likely to think, “Hey! Now that I have cancer/diabetes/MS, I better get a Twitter account!” If you can’t understand what people get out of Twitter, this post is for you.
Reason #1. Real-time conversations with people who’ve been there. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with cancer, diabetes or lupus; you’ll find others who have been through it. Don’t be surprised if they happen to be in Canada, Dubai, Ireland or Yangon. (
Last week, Michael Planchart a.k.a. @theEHRGuy kicked off the second annual #HIT100 contest.Â This crowd-sourcing
contest is a really cool, fun way to nominate anyone in the health IT and health IT social media communities, who have been supporting and contributing to the healthcare information technology movement through social media, articles, books, blogging, etc. over the last year.Â So far, itâs gotten quite a bit of buzz on Twitter and Iâve even seen some health IT publications talk about it, including
WASHINGTON – It’s a joke without a punch line: Both Republican and Democratic national party platforms make sparse mention of health IT.To be certain, there’s plenty of focus on the broader healthcare issues. The GOP platform, in fact, dedicates its first two sections to ‘Saving Medicare for future generations’ and ‘Strengthening Medicaid in the states’, while the Democrats also address the issue early on with a section about healthcare as part of ‘The middle class bargain’ and another on ‘Social Security and Medicaid.’As for any particulars of health IT, well, that’s another matter. Quite literally, each party offers up a single sentence
SEATTLE – A new survey finds that patients' expectations for healthcare providers have evolved. A majority expect their doctors to communicate with them proactively - even when they're well - via texts, emails and proactive smartphone alerts. Sponsored by Seattle-based communications firm Varolii, the survey polled 1,001 adults across the U.S. Its findings may come as a surprise to some busy physicians. Nearly 80 percent of respondents say it's their doctor's job to keep them healthy - not just to treat them when they're sick. And they wish there was more communication when they're feeling OK: 70 percent of respondents say their doc has never
HARTFORD, CT – Healthcare insurer Aetna's acquisition of Coventry Health Care not only adds more than 5 million members to Aetna's rolls, but also new opportunities for its health IT businesses.
Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna and Bethesda, Md.-based Coventry announced Aug. 20 they have entered into a definitive agreement for Aetna to acquire Coventry in a transaction valued at $7.3 billion, including the assumption of Coventry debt.
With more electronic health record systems continuing to fall short of providers' expectations, a new report by Black Book Rankings suggests that 2013 may indeed be the "year of the great EHR vendor switch." The survey also revealed that some popular "one size fits all" EHR products have failed to meet the needs of several medical specialties and cannot continue to satisfy their client base with a lack of customizable or bespoke tools. As far as EHR systems meeting the expectations of various medical specialities, nephrologists reported the highest rate of discontent, with 88 percent saying their EHR systems fail to meet their needs. Providers
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services' Aug. 24 decision finalizing a one-year delay for the ICD-10 switchover has elicited both favor and concern among industry groups.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), for example, is one organization that has expressed concerns over HHS’ decision to push the compliance date for ICD-10 – which includes some 87,000 codes for new procedures and diagnoses – back to Oct. 1, 2014, citing
To ensure that all attendees have an exceptional conference experience, HIMSS has created a series of highly interactive webinars to highlight the many opportunities available for first-time attendees, experienced attendees, or for those attending virtually.JoAnn W. Klinedinst is Vice President, Professional Development, at HIMSS. As a member of the HIMSS senior management team since 2006, Klinedinst brings more than 23 years of progressive experience in the health IT and management systems industry to the Society. She is responsible for all aspects of programming for professional development perspectives including annual conference, distance
SEATTLE – The proliferation of mobile medical devices means providers, payers and even patients are collecting more data than ever before. But do they know what to do with it?
That was the focus of a panel discussion at last week's Institute for Health Technology Transformation summit in Seattle. Titled "Analytics in Healthcare: Leveraging Data for Organization-wide Improvements," the discussion focused on what's considered one of the hot topics in healthcare these days: Business intelligence.
That trend is being
Mobile health is one of the more transformative developments in healthcare, according to Patricia Abbott, associate professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Division of Nursing Business and Health Systems. "The real winners will be the ones who grab on in the front end, and don't wait," she says.The future of mHealth will be one in which, "in a very short period of time, we’ll look back and we won’t believe we didn't have it." The speed at which mHealth is becoming mainstream "goes hand in hand with the way technology is changing and the way people are thinking,” Abbott says. “People who have grown up with computers
- I Can See Clearly Now - E2 Conference Boston
- Discover the opportunities and challenges associated with mobile retail - Mobile Commerce World - Mobile Commerce World
- Explore best practices for marketers in the new mobile world - Mobile Commerce World - Mobile Commerce World
- The E2 Social Business Leaders - E2 Conference Boston - E2 Conference Boston
- How to Choose a SaaS Vendor - E2 Conference Boston
- The Untapped Potential of Mobile Apps for Commercial Customers
- Secure Cloud: Taking Advantage of the Intelligent WAN
- Using InfoSphere Information Server to Integrate and Manage Big Data
- The Untapped Potential of Mobile Apps for Commercial Customers
- Get Actionable Insight with Security Intelligence for Mainframe Environments
This Week's Issue
Free Print SubscriptionSubscribe
Current Government Issue
- The Government CIO 25: These influential and accomplished government IT leaders are finding ways to be cost efficient and still innovate.
- Rethink Video Surveillance: It's not just about networked cameras anymore. New technology provides analytics, automation, facial recognition, real-time alerts and situational-awareness capabilities.
- Read the Current Issue
- HP Newsletter with Gartner Research: Maximizing Your Infrastructure through Virtualization
- Blade Server Strategies: Optimizing the Data Center
- Transitioning Business Continuity To The Cloud
- Virtualizing Disaster Recovery Using Cloud Computing
- Aligning IT with strategic business goals: A proactive approach to managing IT risk to your business