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 September 2009
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
The ability to quickly trouble-shoot network and other IT infrastructure problems escalates as a top priority as healthcare providers replace paper patient records with electronic ones. It's bad enough when billing systems are down, but a hitch with a server running clinical systems could translate to delays in care if doctors can't access patients' medical records.
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
An IBM 'Smart City' telehealth project aims to keep the elderly in their homes and out of the hospital.
Practice Fusion's electronic health record system will be available free to BioReference Lab's 15,000 affiliated physicians.
Dell's $3.9 billion acquisition of Perot Systems will help fortify Dell's pursuit of new customers in the healthcare industry, a sector that's been getting a lot of attention from Dell--and its competitors--in recent months.
The Senate Finance Committee today released a mark-up version of its new healthcare reform bill. The America's Healthy Future Act has several technology provisions, including a proposal for bonus payments related to health IT programs.
Voice technologies help doctors and nurses streamline manual work, saving time and money.
The federal government's definition for "meaningful use" of health IT won't be finalized for several months. But that's not stopping EMR software and business services provider Athenahealth from guaranteeing clients that they'll be getting their health IT stimulus checks from the feds.
Hospital will combine its own patient data with that from physicians' offices to provide comprehensive, patient-controlled e-medical records.
Are hospital-sponsored e-medical records the best way to get lots of doctors using these systems in their offices quickly and affordably?
The details of the federal government's HITECH stimulus legislation are not final, but healthcare organizations are getting their IT teams in order now.
The healthcare industry plans to increase IT hiring about 5% in the fourth quarter, according to a new report. The figure might not appear to be blockbuster, but it's above the national average. Overall, CIOs across many industries plan to add zero tech people to their staffs in the near term.
New certification from the Certification Commission for Health IT comes as the industry waits for government's final "meaningful use" definition.
Applications from Surgical Information Systems are helping a Milwaukee medical center improve operating room processes and billing.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is funding numerous new technical assistance centers to help doctors and hospitals deploy e-medical records systems. That should fill some support needs. But won't many doctors require more hand-holding and won't most hospitals need tech people working closely with clinicians on-site? Where will all this talent come from?
A new certification program could make it easier for healthcare organizations to decide whether their IT security products meet their compliance needs.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1.2 million grant to help states adopt, plan, and deploy health information exchanges.