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 August 2009
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A multi-specialty physician practice with 75 clinicians is running its e-medical records system as virtual applications via the cloud.
Methodist Healthcare eliminates hundreds of paper forms, saving millions of dollars and freeing up space.
Clinicians in 400 rural healthcare facilities will be able to tap expertise at larger medical centers.
Fewer new clinical information systems were sold in 2008 than during the previous seven years, according to a new report. But that trend will change in a big way soon.
Last week, the HIT Policy Committee, which is advising the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the details of the $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, made several recommendations related to the certification of e-health products. Marc Probst, a co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee's certification and adoption workgroup, provides some insight.
Critics have complained that the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is too closely aligned with large EMR vendors.
Vanguard Health is the latest company that's signed up with the Dossia Consortium to offer its employees electronic health records as a work benefit. But when will it become mainstream for any and all patients to access their health records electronically, rather than it being a rare job perk for some?
The company, which operates 15 hospitals in four states, will offer its 19,000 employees electronic personal health records.
MetLife's benchmarking tool assesses perks based on industry, geographic region, and other characteristics.
The Social Security Administration is launching a project to electronically collect health data pertinent to people applying for disability benefits. From a political standpoint, isn't this bad timing considering Obama's contentious healthcare reform push? My gut tells me conspiracy-mongers will spin this Social Security plan as another alleged example of Big Brother attempting to ration health
The Social Security Administration plans to make wider use of electronic medical records to process disability applications.
Christus Health, a large hospital operator, deploys five clinical support offerings from Elsevier.
The rollout of e-prescription, digital medical record and other clinical systems by healthcare providers is undoubtedly creating gigantic new mountains of data. The next big challenges for healthcare is in using that data to make better clinical decisions and save costs, and becoming more proactive in helping patients avoid imminent medical problems.
More doctors are using imaging technology to diagnose and treat patients, forcing hospitals to deal with new management, security, and access challenges.
Practice Fusion plans to use Salesforce's Force.com cloud infrastructure for personal electronic medical record app it's releasing this fall.
One could say that when it comes to IT and healthcare, President Obama is taking some of his own medicine. Obama isn't only pushing healthcare providers to adopt IT; Obama is skillfully using technology to promote his healthcare reform plans.
Exempla Healthcare uses launch of e-medical record system to rethink how it stores paper and film records.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that widespread adoption of e-medical record systems will save the U.S. about $12 billion over 10 years. But other health related IT tools--especially web-enabled devices used to monitor chronically ill patients at home--could eventually boost those cost savings higher.
Data hub will let information follow transient patient population, cut costs and inefficiencies, and improve quality of care
Sharing electronic medical records isn't easy for rural North Carolina healthcare provider since high-speed Internet access isn't available at all its medical centers.
Although President Obama won't get his wish of signing a comprehensive healthcare reform bill before Congress begins its August break later this week, an important part of Obama's reform plan--digitizing patient records--is already in motion.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare's new systems will provide e-medical records to 600,000 patients in Northern Kentucky.