Oct
17
2011

Benefits of employing Telemedicine

It’s no secret telemedicine has had a profound impact on the industry, both nationally and globally.  Organizations in big and small cities are seeing the benefits of employing such technology, and the biggest impression could arguably be on those living in rural communities. “Some of our most important citizens live in rural, small cities, the countryside, or remote areas, and these areas have smaller populations and less-direct access to vital healthcare resources,” said Shahid Shah, [...]

Oct
15
2011

US healthcare IT market is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 22.5% during 2012 to 2014

According to our new report titled, “US Healthcare IT Market Analysis”, the market for healthcare IT in the US has been performing significantly over the past few years on the back of various key factors. With the market set on a growth path, the industry participants have been actively participating in innovation and development mechanism. Supported by strong drivers, the US healthcare IT market is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 22.5% during [...]

Oct
14
2011

Delving into the healthcare vertical is not a rapid, cut-and-dried process

Influenced by heightened competition in tried-and-true verticals like retail and a push from industry experts who promote it as a hotbed of opportunity, increasing numbers of VARs are considering venturing into the healthcare vertical. There’s much to be said for such a move: A recent report by RNCOS (www.rncos.com), a global market research and information analysis firm, indicates that the U.S. health IT market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 24 [...]

Oct
13
2011

Rise in the Globalization of Healthcare

Pula resor It was once associated with shady doctors and unsafe conditions, but medical tourism has become a booming multi-billion dollar industry. And more Americans are travelling abroad than ever for cut-price health care, in a bid to avert the astronomical costs of undergoing treatment at home. From a nip-and-tuck to dental work or a heart bypass, hospitals around the world treat millions of foreign patients a year – and most of them fly in [...]

Oct
13
2011

Only few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully.

ACO(Healthcare Reforms)

A majority of hospitals, medical centers and physician groups are developing accountable care organizations, but few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully. An understanding of how this part of health system reform works is sometimes lacking, according to the Accountable Care Organization Readiness Study released Sept. 21 by the management consulting firm Beacon Partners in Weymouth, Mass. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that accountable care organizations for Medicare beneficiaries [...]

Oct
12
2011

Best practices for hospitals implementing HIEs

Online Marketing Health information exchanges are important for meeting meaningful use standards, improving the coordination of care and potentially lowering costs. In fact, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology listed achieving adoption and information exchange through the meaningful use of health IT as one of its top goals in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2011-2015. Glenn Keet, president of Axolotl, part of OptumInsight, shares seven best practices for hospitals [...]

Oct
11
2011

The GE Healthcare GEM Suite

Add Blog GE Healthcare today announced the U.S. launch of the GEM Suite (Geometry Embracing Method) of surface coils, designed for use with the Optima* MR450w 1.5T wide bore magnetic resonance imaging system, at Syracuse Orthopedic Solutions, the first U.S. site to install the technology. With uniqueness of each patient in mind, GE Healthcare engineered the new GEM Suite surface coil technology to reflect the importance of making the geometry of the equipment and technology [...]

Oct
11
2011

Healthcare technology an enabler that will help drive efficiency in the system

The healthcare track at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference, held last week at the Moscone Center, saw a nearly 60 percent increase in attendees over last year — jumping from 800 to 1,350 registered attendees. “Making healthcare work” was the theme running through the 18 sessions specific to the industry. And the “resounding” issue attendees wanted to address was trying to break the cost curve, according to Marc Perlman, global vice president of healthcare and [...]

Oct
10
2011

Taking EHR system to the next level

Whether it’s a game or in life, we all try to get to the next level. Getting to the next level is the ultimate goal.  But how we get there is a forgotten step – and the most important of all. Recently, while working on a project, I came across this beautiful picture of a lobby. As you can see, there appear to be three ways can get to the next level. Which one would [...]

Oct
10
2011

Opportunities for innovation and partnership in health education

Blog Directory In January 2010, the Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century — an independent initiative drawing on the expertise of leaders from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, institutions and regions of the world — was launched to landscape professional health education. Its goal was to identify gaps in how health care personnel are prepared, to identify opportunities for improvement and to spur reforms that will strengthen global health care instruction and [...]

Oct
8
2011

Insurance companies and employers consider the real benefits of medical tourism

Health Directory Companies and Self-funded Employers will face an important decision before sending patients overseas for surgery The battle lines have been drawn in the sand as The House of Representatives passed the “Health Care Reform Bill” over the weekend, and now it will be up to the Senate to cast the final vote before President Obama signs legislation into law. As the national healthcare reform debate has raged on over the past 10 months, [...]

Oct
7
2011

Hospitals need to do a better job of electronically gathering data on patients after discharge

Home healthcare agencies and hospitals exchange very little clinical data online, according to a new report on home healthcare IT from KLAS, a research firm based in Orem, Utah. And that misstep can be quite expensive. Because of new Medicare rules penalizing them for readmissions, hospitals are increasingly interested in breaking down the walls that separate them from post-acute-care providers, including home healthcare agencies. Other new government initiatives, including payment bundling and accountable care organizations, [...]

Oct
6
2011

GE Healthcare To Offer a Wide Portfolio for Oncology

A key global healthcare challenge is the dramatic increase in cancer incidence. According to World Health Organization data, cancer rates could increase by 50 percent, leading to 15 million new cases in 2020. Oncology specialists connect and interact with each other throughout the cancer care continuum, all with the goal of providing the best possible care for their patients. GE Healthcare, the health business of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), showcased today a number of [...]

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