Browsing articles from "April, 2011"
Apr
30
2011

Goal for all people in the U.S to have an electronic health record by 2014:

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In an effort to reduce the use of paper-based health records, Arizona State University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is collaborating with the Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC) in a project to aid the adoption of electronic health records. The $1.5 million grant to ASU is a sub-award of a $10.8 million grant to AzHeC by the Office of the National Coordinator with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It will run [...]

Apr
30
2011

HIT will play a large role in a number of processes or concepts of an Accountable Care Organization

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www.beckershospitalreview.com When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the proposed rule for accountable care organizations at the end of March, health information technology was recognized and emphasized as a central component. Technological aspects of the proposed rule are closely aligned to the Electronic Health Records Implementation Program and HITECH. HIT will play a large role in a number of processes or concepts of an ACO. Requirements on meaningful users of EHR By the [...]

Apr
30
2011

A natural language processing application that turns unstructured confirmation emails into web, mobile and social networking accessible structured data:

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A major theme in healthcare IT lately has been the value of unstructured healthcare data, which can be mined using natural language processing and search technologies to produce meaningful knowledge. Although the transformation of unstructured data into structured data is a new concept in healthcare, there’s a commercial website that illustrates its power – Tripit.com TripIt, it is an itinerary consolidation and sharing tool that’s very simple to use.   You email any trip confirmations (air, [...]

Apr
29
2011

There’s much more work ahead when it comes to maintaining secure and private electronic records

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By George V. Hulme, CSO April 27,2011 Spurred by millions in incentives to promote widespread Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption, the healthcare industry is engaged in one of the broadest, most rapid digital-record rollouts in IT history. Started in force with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act ), which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), ARRA advances an effort toward a national electronic [...]

Apr
29
2011

Healthcare IT represents the next frontier for job growth

For the information-technology industry, health care represents the next frontier for job growth. Federal stimulus dollars for digitizing medical records will mean that IT professionals and hospitals and doctors’ offices must work closely to bring about this next big transformation for the health care industry. ” Health Information technology and all it has to offer is going to be extremely important within that paradigm,” hospital trade-group executive Kevin Dahill told an April 5 gathering of [...]

Apr
29
2011

Through Amalga, the MetroChicago HIE can organize healthcare information electronically across organizations

By Nicole Lewis InformationWeek The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange (HIE), which will help clinicians share the digitized medical records of more than 9.4 million patients, is being constructed by the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) with the help of Microsoft, CSC, and HealthUnity. Details of MCHC’s plans, which were announced Monday, reveal that the MetroChicago HIE will use Microsoft’s Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform, to aggregate and present a unified view of patient medical [...]

Apr
28
2011

Guide to helps clinicians adopt e-prescribing system

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Five partner organizations recently issued an updated 2011 edition of A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing. This “how-to” guide helps health care professionals make informed decisions about how and when to transition from paper to e-prescribing systems. First created in 2008, the new edition of the Guide includes information on the changing healthcare information technology (HIT) environment. The guide is the result of a collaborative effort by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy [...]

Apr
28
2011

MarketsandMarkets: Healthcare Information Technology Systems market to be worth $53.8 billion by 2014:

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The healthcare information technology report forecasts the size of global healthcare information technology market over the period 2009 – 2014. The report analyses the key trends of the market, and segments the global healthcare information technology market by components and into various geographic regions (with the market size of each of these regions). Further, it discusses the key market drivers, restraints and opportunities of the global healthcare information technology market. The healthcare information technology market [...]

Apr
27
2011

Using Health Information Technology

Michael Bihari, MD, former About.com Guide About.com Using health information technology to manage your personal health information is an important part of our changing health care system. You and your doctor can better manage your health care by improving how you communicate with each other and how you maintain your health information. Using computers and other electronic devices makes it easy for you, your doctor, and other health care providers (such as hospitals, labs, and [...]

Apr
27
2011

Web-based architecture and functionality of the radiology platform would best enable to solve immediate teleradiology and radiology needs

HIMSS News New York Radiology Alliance – NYRA Bedford Hills, NY by Jonathan Schwartz, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, NYRA Three years ago, New York Radiology Alliance, formerly S&D Medical, struggled with the administrative inefficiencies of accessing the disparate systems of its 40+ hospital clients in New York and New Jersey, while striving to deliver timely and high-quality radiology interpretation services. Its inability to connect and access systems remotely also prevented the 60-physician practice [...]

Apr
27
2011

There are more than 50 million uninsured Americans

By Kay Tillow for OtherWorlds.org – More than a year after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, our nation’s health care delivery and coverage remain the disgrace of the industrialized world. There are more than 50 million uninsured Americans. Even if the health care overhaul works as planned, 23 million Americans will still lack health insurance in 2019. The new norm is under insurance. About 40 percent of [...]

Apr
26
2011

Diabetics Now Can Take Blood Sugar Calculations From Their Heads to Their Hands

By Deborah Hirsch, TMCnet Contributor Diabetics can now manage their blood sugar and insulin levels using a new smart phone application and database search engine instead of having to keep track of everything in their heads, eliminating the risk for errors. This week HealthVision Solutions, LLC released its patent-pending HVS Diabetic Management System, a new smart phone application and database search engine that helps diabetics make critical calculations when managing their blood sugar and insulin [...]

Apr
26
2011

Hand Hygiene Critical for Health Care Providers and Patients

By Deborah Hirsch, TMCnet Contributor Almost one hundred thousand people die every year of infections they acquired in the hospital. But almost 2 million hospital patients get them. It’s easy to see why. Statistics show that health providers only clean their hands the way they are supposed to less than half the time. For years, hospitals have tried to do something about this, initially using “secret shoppers,” or snitches, people who checked up on other [...]

Apr
26
2011

Digital Pen Technology Saves Doctors Time and Money

By Deborah Hirsch, TMCnet Contributor The world used to dream of a paperless universe. Today we use more paper than ever. But a new technology may make this dream a reality for healthcare providers, allowing for better patient care and reduced practice costs. Called digital pen technology, it’s something that lets doctors write prescriptions and make diagnoses the same way they always have – with pen and paper, but using a special pen that goes [...]

Apr
26
2011

Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference to focus on health information technology

Proponents have argued that the full utilization of electronic health records will serve to improve patient care and safety and simplify compliance and regulation of the U.S. healthcare system — at a cost savings — if the roadblocks to success are identified and appropriately handled. The final event in the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series for this academic year, will be held on Friday, May 13, in Indianapolis, and will bring experts from industry [...]

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