Browsing articles from "July, 2011"
Jul
30
2011

Future of Healthcare:Mobile Digital Devices ,Wireless Connectivity and Use of IT

Technology and Healthcare

Mobile digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, have had a rapid and profound impact on our daily lives, affecting how we read, shop, play games, search for information, think and behave. This transformation was predicated on a mature Internet with highly developed wireless networks, ever-increasing bandwidth and pervasive connectivity. With this refined infrastructure that now supports our busy digital lives, we are uniquely positioned for a similar radical effect on the future of [...]

Jul
30
2011

Does a hospital have to comply for all Meaningful Use criteria in 2011, 2013 and 2015 to get funding for each year? Or will funding be provided for partial compliance?

MeaningfulUse_illust

The federal incentive program for Meaningful Use of electronic health records seems to be having its desired early effect by spurring healthcare organizations to adopt more than just basic EHRs, according to a new study. And many hospitals are making plans to spend more on other forms of IT in the next few years, suggesting that EHRs are becoming integral to the overall organizational strategy. “In hindsight, 2010 proved to be the year organizations ramped [...]

Jul
29
2011

The paper found that there are only 65 primary care physicians per 100,000 rural Americans — 40 or so less than the 105 per 100,000 urban and suburban Americans

US Healthcare

Rural Americans are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart problems and cancer, and face greater difficulty getting quality healthcare than their urban counterparts, according to a report released Wednesday. The challenges facing healthcare providers for rural areas could be compounded by recent healthcare legislation, according to the UnitedHealth Center for Health & Reform Modernization. “This is kind of an opportunity,” UnitedHealth chair and report author Simon Stevens told Reuters. [...]

Jul
21
2011

11 recommendations for improving healthcare in the home environment

Although home-based healthcare can lower costs and boost patient satisfaction, it also brings care and caregivers into environments that weren’t designed to support healthcare, warned a recent report from the National Research Council titled “Healthcare Comes Home: The Human Factors.” “Among the most critical factors that need to be addressed are the human-systems interactions, also known as human factors. If the demands of providing or self-administering healthcare exceed a person’s capabilities, then the safety, efficacy and efficiency [...]

Jul
21
2011

More than 2,000 patients’ personal information was hacked from a hospital computer

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is trying to make up for the exposure of more than 2,000 patients’ personal information that was hacked from a hospital computer. The hospital told reporters that a computer repair vendor, who remains unnamed, failed to restore the computer’s security settings after servicing the machine. The computer was later found to have contracted a virus that snagged patient files and sent them to an unknown recipient. The virus accessed patient [...]

Jul
19
2011

Medical coding system designed to better track diagnoses and treatments

A new federally mandated medical coding system designed to better track diagnoses and treatments is requiring a massive overhaul of healthcare IT systems that some say will be nearly impossible to complete on time. Medical providers and insurance payers must move from the current ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013. “A large percentage of hospitals are in the heavy analysis stage, or they’re just starting,” said Casey Corcoran, a vice president at [...]

Jul
18
2011

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is recruiting north country residents to enroll in a health information technology certificate program

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is recruiting north country residents to enroll in a health information technology certificate program as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing program this fall. Mary E. Doohovskoy, the organization’s regional recruitment project manager, said a minimum of about 10 students is required to ensure both programs will begin in September. The certificate program will be offered through Cornell University, Ithaca, and classes will be held primarily online, [...]

Jul
18
2011

There are four things you have to have in place to get true healthcare reform

The health care reform law is more than a year old now. What do you see happening next with reform? “The price of health care is two or three times the general inflation rate, and as a population, we can’t keep going that way. Both political parties say it’s unsustainable — everybody agrees on that, just not on what to do with it. The political system is so gridlocked that I just don’t see us [...]

Jul
16
2011

Several Chinese health care companies rose by more than 8 percent:Shanghai Composite Index

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.35 percent or 9.72 points to close at 2,820.17 points on transaction value of 127.72 billion yuan. The Shenzhen Component Index was up 0.53 percent or 66.11 points to close at 12,506.94 points today on transaction value of 120.73 billion yuan. For the week, the Shanghai index was up 0.80 percent, while the Shenzhen index was up 0.83 percent. According to the Ministry of Commerce, China recorded a 2.83 percent [...]

Jul
16
2011

Every major electronic health record system or portal will soon allow patient input, and that it shouldn’t be controversial

Dr. Neil Calman wrapped up Tuesday’s InformationWeek Healthcare IT Leadership Forum in New York City with a few predictions, including one portending radical change in people’s access to their health records. He started with the big picture. “If there’s one thing that’s going to revolutionize healthcare–whether it’s IT, ACOs, any aspect of health reform–what you’re going to see is patients taking back healthcare from their providers,” said Dr. Calman, a physician who is CEO and cofounder [...]

Jul
15
2011

3 Useful Smartphone Healthcare Apps

Skin Scan

Apps have drastically changed our daily lives, and we’re starting to see them change industries. Apps are particularly promising in the healthcare and medicine industry. Web and mobile-based tools now exist that can vastly improve your health, or even save your life. We’ve listed a few of the most interesting apps below – take a look, and perhaps you’ll find something for you. HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker This iPhone app is truly amazing. Enter your [...]

Jul
15
2011

10 percent of all health-care transactions are fraudulent

By Arthur L. Caplan and Donald W. Simborg President Obama’s efforts to extend health insurance to all Americans have been widely criticized for failing to address rising costs. How can the country afford expanded coverage without reducing costs? The president and his supporters frequently note that much of the money spent on health care is being wasted on fraud. Sadly, that’s true. But due to pressure from organized medicine, the need to eliminate fraud isn’t [...]

Jul
14
2011

Healthcare Funding,Social care Funding:The survival of the NHS is again being questioned

Healthcare Funding,Social Care Funding

The survival of the NHS is again being questioned. As the service reels from cuts and the wreckage caused by the latest political masterplan, doubts are being raised about how long the NHS can survive in its current form, offering free care for all at the point of use. So what does the future look like for healthcare? The Dilnot commission on social care funding has this week opened up two debates – where the boundary [...]

Jul
14
2011

Rising Healthcare Costs and Possible Solutions

As lawmakers search for ways to curb spending and address the soaring deficit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) hosted a day-long conference, titled “Controlling Costs: The Price of Good Health,” to discuss the causes and dangers of runaway cost growth and cutting-edge strategies from employers, providers, and government officials to address this challenge. As purchasers of care, employers can do much to shape the health policy debate [...]

Jul
13
2011

Social Media and Healthcare:18% of U.S. Internet users have gone online to find people who have experienced similar health issues

Health Information Through Social Media

Consumers are increasingly sharing information about their illnesses through social media, according to a new report by Minneapolis marketing firm Russell Herder. Healthcare providers should take note, the report says, because social media offer new ways of supporting and connecting with patients. Entitled “Seeking Social Solace: How Patients Use Social Media to Disclose Medical Diagnoses Online,” the report draws its conclusions from the comments of nearly 63,000 people on Facebook, Twitter, online message boards, and personal, [...]

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