Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
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The consumer-friendly, light-weight, and application-rich iPad may, perhaps, one day replace the once seemingly irreplaceable wooden clipboards seen as a staple of solo medical practices and the busiest, urban hospitals. In fact, almost one-fourth of respondents to a December Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey plan to deploy the iPad immediately, while 70% expect to do so within the year. One-third of respondents identified point-of-care applications -- including lab order visualization and results, clinical decision support, and medical image viewing applications -- as top priorities, while 18% identified general administration, including billing, coding, and claims applications, as major factors. App developers continue to rollout solutions targeted directly at the healthcare market, with titles ranging from medical-focused translation tools to diagnostic aids.