Profile of Marianne Kolbasuk McGeeSenior Writer, InformationWeek
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
posted in January 2010
The security vendor's hosted storage archiving service will provide hospitals with disaster recovery capabilities for medical images.
As tens of thousands of small doctor office in the U.S. evaluate how they'll cash in on the federal government's $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, Hewlett Packard is the latest computer vendor looking for a piece of the action. And it's signed up with McKesson to help.
Government regulatory issues and financial incentives were named as the top drivers in a survey of hospital IT executives.
Last year eClinicalWorks began offering its e-health record system bundled with Dell computers to small doctor offices via Sam's Clubs. Wal-Mart recently said it was closing 10 Sam's Clubs in the U.S. as the company's discount warehouse outlets struggle in some markets. (Wal-Mart is also cutting 10,000 jobs at Sam's Clubs, mostly related to product demos. Think free frozen pizza samples.) But eClinicalWorks isn't troubled by Sam's Club's problems.
Advanced medical imaging, analytics, workflow software, and private clouds are helping Mayo Clinic doctors detect the brain disease -- and the technologies could aid other research.
The Certification Commission for Health IT said it will be updating its e-health record certification programs to conform to the near-final meaningful use criteria released by the U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services in late December.
David Blumenthal talks about making national network accessible to small healthcare providers and also shares thoughts on the Massachusetts election, e-medical records use, and the health IT workforce.
While the tech sector cut nearly 175,000 jobs in 2009, the worse is hopefully over, with healthcare IT being one of the most promising niches for new jobs 2010, says a new report.
The hospital operator plans to offer Dossia Web-based personal health records to all 23,000 of its employees by year end.
UnitedHealth Group will provide doctors who implement its SaaS-based Ingenix CareTracker system with interest-free loans and a meaningful use guarantee.
The U.S. health IT stimulus programs not only push for widespread e-health record adoption, they're promoting the use of health information exchanges, or HIEs. That's giving health IT product vendors a reason to evaluate their portfolios to see whether they've got offerings or relationships with partners that help them partake any upcoming HIE frenzy.
While 40% of doctors had electronic medical record systems in their offices in 2008 and 2009, fewer than 7% of systems are fully functional.
For all the talk in recent months about meaningful use and anticipation about the explosion expected to happen in new deployments of e-health records, apparently lots of busy doctor practices are still pretty clueless about much of this.
Caritas Christi Health Care will offer electronic medical record software from Athenahealth to its 1,700 doctors in New England.
Now that the federal government' "meaningful use" criteria is near-final, healthcare organizations and their IT vendors and services firms are analyzing what the regulations will mean for them. An executive of Microsoft's healthcare software business weighs in on the upcoming requirements.
Health IT vendors are jockeying for stimulus funds and making deals to optimize their positions in the growing market for electronic medical records.
Last week, one day shy of its Dec. 31 2009 deadline, the Dept. of Health and Human Services issued its long-awaited near-final rules defining the "meaningful use" requirements doctors and hospitals must meet to cash in on the government's $20 billion-plus health IT incentive programs starting 2011.