Nov
3
2011

Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration

Due to increasing demand for digitized patient records management, Peirce College has introduced a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration (HIA). The HIA credential will help equip those aspiring to management and leadership positions within the booming non-patient healthcare field. “This is an exciting development. Health Information Administration is a necessary degree program for such a growing field. It is another extension of Peirce’s mission to offer highly relevant, career-related degrees for working adult students [...]

Nov
3
2011

What’s the difference between healthcare IT professionals and their peers in other industries?

What’s the difference between healthcare IT professionals and their peers in other industries? Well, the answer might depend on how the healthcare IT professional answers that classic cocktail party question: “So, what do you do for a living?” “What makes the great individuals in IT great? The answer is they don’t see themselves in IT,” said Craig Schiefelbein on the closing day of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall forum in San Antonio [...]

Nov
2
2011

Health Information Through Social Media Is It Patient Centered?

Social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube can be powerful platforms to deliver and receive healthcare information, especially for patients and caregivers who are increasingly going online to connect and share experiences with others with similar medical issues or concerns. However, these sites may lack patient-centered information and can also be sources of misleading information that could potentially do more harm than good, according to the results of two separate social media-related studies unveiled today [...]

Nov
2
2011

Robots that provide support in nursing and healthcare

Four New Types of Robots Aimed for Commercialization from 2013 Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) held an event today here at its vehicle display space and theme park Mega Web to display a number of new robots developed to provide support in nursing and healthcare. The robots form part of the Toyota Partner Robot series, which is being developed to assist humans in their everyday activities. TMC considers Partner Robots to be useful in four fields: [...]

Nov
1
2011

Jordan’s first Healthcare ICT Task Force

  His Majesty King Abdullah II of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and John Chambers, Cisco’s Chairman and CEO, formally inaugurated Jordan’s first Healthcare ICT Task Force, at a session, held alongside the World Economic Forum 2011 at the Dead Sea, Jordan. A joint effort by Cisco, King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), and Jordan’s Information and Communications Technology Association (int@j), the Jordan Healthcare ICT Task Force is an open forum of Jordanian Health Information [...]

Nov
1
2011

Inconsistent data and a lack of forward-thinking pose obstacles to meeting the demand for healthcare professionals

Health care policymakers’ ability to plan future work force needs is hindered by incomplete and inconsistent data on certain health professions, as well as a lack of training in new care delivery models, according to an analysis by a Washington think tank. The Bipartisan Policy Center on Oct. 18 released a preliminary report, “The Complexities of National Health Care Workforce Planning,” a review of existing work force employment and training. The center, founded in 2007 [...]

Oct
31
2011

mHealth a Booming Trend and Future of Healthcare

Rising costs, scarce resources and lack of capacity, coupled with the rise in lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are all contributing to a crisis in healthcare in the Arab World with a huge burden on the existing healthcare systems in the region.Mobile health technology allows medical professionals to manage many patients remotely. This technology can monitor their conditions in real time and pass on vital statistical information between the healthcare provider and the [...]

Oct
31
2011

Healthcare Treatment In Old Age and Benefits of Innovative Healthcare Technologies

By Sharon Johnson Let’s say I’m 83 years old. I’m not that old — but let’s assume I am just for the purposes of this column. Let’s assume you’re in your 80s, too. Where would we like to live? It’s a relatively easy question for both of us, I suspect. We’d like to be comfortably situated in our own homes. I know I’d like to be independently observing my personal morning rituals and managing my [...]

Oct
29
2011

IBM Content and Predictive Analytics to Improve Information and Workflow

Fast Approval FREE Link Directory   In an event in Las Vegas last Tuesday, IBM unveiled software that was designed for the communication and healthcare industry players that need to improve their information workflows. The network analytics appliance for communications service providers was based on technology that the company acquired from its $1.7 billion buyout of Netezza as well as the $4.9 billion buyout of Cognos. For healthcare providers, it has a content analytics app [...]

Oct
28
2011

Future of Healthcare IT

When healthcare leaders use long-term care (LTC) facilities and health information technology in the same sentence, they’re coming from one of two points-of-view. Either the facilities are behind the curve with digital adoption or the institutions are the last sector of the market for vendors to conquer. Regardless of the perspective, the reality is the same: long-term care facilities have not implemented healthcare information technology (HIT) strategies and solutions with the same vigor as other [...]

Oct
26
2011

“Emerging Professionals Community” to offer career growth and development

Blog Directory Well another first for HIMSS Professional Development Career Services – the launch of our Emerging Professionals Community!  With well over 13,000 members now in our Emerging Professionals Community (“EP Community”), the time has come to get even more engaged with HIMSS and all that HIMSS has to offer with career growth and development.  Recall in past columns, we discussed our emerging professionals, those with five years or less of work experience in the [...]

Oct
26
2011

Strategies to implement healthcare data analytic.

blog directory Since the advent of the Internet, people have been able to access a significant amount of information with the click of a computer mouse. As technology becomes more ingrained in healthcare delivery, providers are facing the quandary of how to glean useful information from the enormous amount of data available through electronic health records, computerized provider order entry and other databases. Steve Nitenson, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, PhD, adjunct professor at Golden Gate [...]

Oct
25
2011

EHR Adoption and Road to Meaningful Use

BlogCatalog It may be hard to believe, but the first year of the federal Meaningful Use program to encourage the adoption of electronic health records is winding down. Healthcare practitioners who hadn’t started compliance by Oct. 3 and hospitals that waited until after July 1 have already missed out on the first year of payments. Fear not, though. Providers can start as late as 2014 for Medicare and 2016 for Medicaid and still earn a [...]

Oct
22
2011

Meaningful Use Incentive Program With Its Plan For ACOs

The new proposed regulations on accountable care organizations, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services, show the government planning to link the HITECH meaningful use incentive program with its plans for ACOs. In a March 31 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Donald Berwick, MD, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the creation of ACOs is one of the first delivery-reform initiatives that will be [...]

Oct
18
2011

Basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act

Two basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last year by President Obama, were the high costs of healthcare and the sizable number of Americans lacking health insurance. A seemingly even more basic premise is that advances in biomedical research and development will only drive healthcare costs up, for example, biotechnology-derived drug regimens costing over $100,000 per year. With notable exceptions, that has been true in the past, will tend [...]

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