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Another E-Health Project In Disarray

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Partners in the initiative known as Dossia squabble over money and deliverables. Will the health industry ever get this right?

At Monsanto, Collaboration Sprouts All Over

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Unified communications, IM, SharePoint, and blogs and wikis nurture teamwork.

Best Practices Report: 10 Key Steps to HIPAA

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

We expect to see the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—the unit within the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for HIPAA compliance—place greater emphasis on proactive enforcement in the coming year. The impetus? A report issued in October by the HHS Inspector General faulting CMS for not providing effective oversight and enforcement of HIPAA security. We’re also watching closely the pending appointment of a cabinet secretary for HHS and the Obama

Best Practices: Electronic Medical Recordkeeping

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Off the Charts: 6 Steps to Electronic Medical RecordkeepingThe federal government has been pushing electronic medical records for years as a way to reduce costs and improve outcomes. The hope is that digital storage of patient data will not only save money by reducing paperwork, but eliminate the duplicate procedures and tests that are often ordered by physicians who don’t have access to a patient’s full history. Increased coordination and improved information should result in better

Best Practices: Healthcare Cloud Services

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Are Cloud-Based Apps Right for Your Practice?Two emerging trends in healthcare have captured the attention of technologists and clinicians alike. One is the growing role of prevention and wellness services in clinical care, prompted in part by research that suggests it costs the healthcare system less to prevent chronic disease with proper diet, exercise and other lifestyle adjustments than to treat life-long disorders that result from neglecting these issues.The other is the delivery of many

Best Practices: IP Telephony in Healthcare Settings

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

IP Telephony in Healthcare SettingsThese days, many health centers—from smaller clinics to the largest hospitals—are focused on measuring patient satisfaction. Beyond the normal desire of any business to keep customers happy, health centers that get government funding are required to deploy regular surveys to gauge how patients rate their services. Scores depend on the quality of care the entire staff provides, from operators and administrators to nurses and physicians, and is often

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Embraces Analytics

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Like all the hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center aims to be the best of the best. A closer look suggests the hospital is achieving that lofty goal partly by taking shrewdly calculated technology risks.A centerpiece of BIDMC's IT-based innovation is a new medical informatics platform called Clinical Query. To appreciate its value, you need to understand the current healthcare environment.

Better Clinical Analytics Means Better Clinical Care

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Southeast Texas Medical Associates, a midsize doctors' practice in Beaumont, Texas, has slashed its hospital readmission rate by 22% in the last year. It also has reduced the number of visits it gets from diabetes patients around the holidays by 15% (such patients sometimes stop watching their diets and testing their blood around the holidays). The improvements--mostly the result of fewer complications--came about because the practice, known as SETMA, has found a way to keep its patients

Beyond Innovation: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

At University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, being an early adopter of technology isn't good enough. UPMC's culture is about innovation and entrepreneurship--developing and deploying technology-based products and services not only for internal use, but also for sale to other healthcare providers. The medical center operates 20 hospitals, 400 doctor groups, outpatient care facilities and a healthcare plan in western Pennsylvania. It has a decade-long history of developing tech innovations to

Big Love for Big Data? The Remedy for Healthcare Quality Improvements

by InformationWeekDec 19, 2013

Healthcare data is nothing new, but yet, why do healthcare improvements from quantifiable data seem almost rare today? Healthcare administrators have a wealth of data accessible to them but aren't sure how much of that data is usable or even correct. With budget cuts and stretched staff, it's a dicey proposition to ask a physician to take time to collect procedural data when she could be providing patient care. What's a healthcare provider to do?The tantalizing promise of big data is that for



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