Browsing articles from "September, 2011"
Sep
30
2011

What’s needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization

More than a third of healthcare providers plan to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ACO Shared Savings Program, according to a recent KLAS survey of 197 providers. This despite their concerns that the advanced technology needed threatens to take money and IT skills away from Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and other IT projects. The report, entitled Accountable Care: Providers Forge the ACO Trail, also found that while the federal government has yet [...]

Sep
30
2011

Access to EMR Using Free Mobile App

EMR developer Practice Fusion announced native iOS and Android versions of its web-based platform at the Health 2.0 conference held San Francisco this week. The app is currently in private beta and is expected to launch early next year. With the new apps providers will be able to view patient charts, review lab results, respond to prescription refill requests, and send HIPAA-compliant messages to patients. The apps, like the currently available web version, will be [...]

Sep
29
2011

Patient Monitoring Equipments Helping to Measure Patient’s Vital Signs

The physiological statistics are important to judge health of a person, i.e. their body temperature, blood pressure, heart/breathing rate etc.! Patient monitoring equipment help to measure these vital signs, to let the doctor/care provider know overall health condition of the patient. Patient monitoring systems are used in both outpatient/inpatient environment; other than usual bed-side patient monitoring devices, various other type of monitoring systems are available that patients can wear easily, around, to get monitored by, [...]

Sep
29
2011

Potential value of Social Media in Healthcare

In a recent Harvard Business Review Blog, David Armano writes about the six pillars of influence that leads to measurably favorable outcomes. To achieve measurably better health, the pillars Armano explains can certainly be adopted. He notes how the “social web can amplify signals, influence behavior and lead to action.”   Social networking has changed the landscape in health care.  Technology has paved the way for instant communication and feedback. While some companies continue to [...]

Sep
28
2011

Fear of malpractice lawsuits prompted Doctors to practice more aggressive medicine

We all know that Americans spend too much money on healthcare – more than twice as much per patient as people in other industrialized countries, on average – but we don’t necessarily know who to blame. A study published in Tuesday’s edition of Archives of Internal Medicine offers up a surprising culprit: primary care doctors who admit that they give their patients too much care. That’s right – 42% of the docs in a nationwide [...]

Sep
28
2011

eHealth Secure Share:efficient way to view correspondence and download patient records

eHealth Global Technologies introduces eHealth Access Record Retrieval’s newest enhancement, eHealth SecureShare. A new, even faster, more efficient way to view correspondence and download patient records securely. eHealth SecureShare allows authorized users to digitally view the complete history of communication related to their patient record retrieval request(s) and visibility as to whom and when the records were downloaded. All requested information is securely delivered in one organized patient-centric “package,” eliminating the opportunity for requests to [...]

Sep
27
2011

eHealth Information Exchange

GE Healthcare is launching its proven, standards-based eHealth platform, eHealth Information Exchange, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) AsiaPAC 11 Conference and Health IT Leadership Summit. GE Healthcare’s eHealth Information Exchange is scalable and can connect disparate healthcare IT systems from diverse organisations. It features an intuitive user experience that helps accelerate provider adoption and can be launched from within their existing electronic medical record application, or via a web-based portal application. [...]

Sep
27
2011

Why are medical records so vulnerable

EHR Security

Many would say that controlling costs is the toughest challenge facing the U.S. health-care industry. But safeguarding patient information in a digital world isn’t proving to be much easier. Consider this: In the two years since the Department of Health and Human Services mandated public disclosure of any exposure of data involving 500 or more patients, breaches affecting more than 10 million individuals have been reported. And most people think that’s just the tip of [...]

Sep
26
2011

How to make career in Health IT

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare jobs are expected to see a strong growth in the future. Now is a better time than ever to consider a career in healthcare IT. Worried you don’t have enough experience? Follow these steps: 1. Check out some of the bigger EMR vendors. Many of them do not hire their EMR software implementation specialists based on experience. They just hire intelligent hard-workers who can be trained and [...]

Sep
26
2011

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has recognized clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has recognized clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty, an ABMS spokesperson told FierceHealthIT. The long-awaited elevation of clinical informatics to an official branch of medicine signals the coming of age of the field, which has become increasingly important as hospitals and physicians adopt electronic health records. The American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Pathology requested that ABMS make clinical informatics a subspecialty, and the ABPM [...]

Sep
24
2011

New Features of Facebook Will have Biggest Impact on Social Healthcare

Are you one of the 800-million-plus users active on Facebook right now? Probably. Do you work in healthcare? Definitely. Did you keep up with news from the social network’s F8 conference yesterday? Possibly. Think Andy Samberg from Saturday Night Live bears more than a passing resemblance to Mark Zuckerberg? Zuckerberg sure does. The “Bergs” aside, a number of new features were announced at yesterday’s presentation that have Facebook fanboys drooling, and those of us who [...]

Sep
24
2011

Wireless Technologies and Healthcare in 2011:Report

In previous editions of Kalroama Information’s wireless technologies market report, we described wireless IT systems and devices being used in some model healthcare environments. The use of these technologies has moved well beyond these settings and should be of interest to marketers of many products, even those outside of healthcare IT. While not every healthcare system has gone wireless, 2011 has seen no letdown in the implementation of these technologies in healthcare. Almost all healthcare [...]

Sep
23
2011

ACO is the way of future, Report

While the accountable care organization (ACO) model may not be formally pursued from a Medicare ACO designation standpoint, the majority of providers agree that accountable care is where the future of healthcare is going, according to a new report from market researcher KLAS. The Orem, Utah-based researchers interviewed 197 providers at 187 organizations to get an early picture of how providers and vendors are piecing together accountable care and what creating an ACO will really [...]

Sep
23
2011

Health IT Practices Hospital Should Avoid

With sweeping health reform came a laundry list of technology promising to save time, better the environment, and improve patient care. And as more of it is implemented, we learn what works best and what … doesn’t. From unproven mobile platforms to legacy EHRs, some healthcare IT should just be avoided. Shahid Shah, enterprise software analyst and founder of the blog The Healthcare IT Guy, follows his list of five technologies every hospital should be using [...]

Sep
22
2011

Health IT Staffing and Training for Hospitals

While unemployment continues to saturate the nation’s working classes, there has been one field within healthcare where the demand has been higher than the supply: health information technology. According to a survey by IT management firm Computer Economics, 61 percent of healthcare organizations are increasing IT staff this year, the highest rate of any sector among the organizations surveyed. Additionally, healthcare providers have grown their IT operational budgets by 3.1 percent since last year, according [...]

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