Oct
5
2011

Cloud Computing and Healthcare

It’s all in the clouds. That’s at least what IT workers believe. And if you’re in healthcare, that’s where you probably need to be, too. Cloud computing is the ability to use the internet to store and retrieve data. Cbeyond, Inc., a provider of IT and communications services to small businesses, today announced the release of “Guide to the Cloud: HIPAA Considerations,” which outlines areas healthcare providers should consider when evaluating cloud service providers. With the new [...]

Oct
4
2011

Pain Management Application on Android and iPhone

eBlogZilla blog directory Although there is a great emphasis in disease prevention and treatment, very little emphasis has been given to pain management and control at the hospital or outside the hospital. Currently, there are over 5820 medical related applications available for free or for a small fee for the iPhone and Android phones and over approximately 111 smartphone applications help to manage pain. What are applications? Applications are downloadable, highly visual and easy to [...]

Oct
4
2011

Health Information Exchange Importance and Economic Value

There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with electronic health records that it will transform the practice of medicine,” wrote Larry Boland, director of healthcare solutions for Syracuse, N.Y.-based Systems Made Simple in a recent opinion piece for Healthcare IT News.   He ran down a laundry list of the benefits promised from a plethora of HIE initiatives currently under way – “linking providers to one another [...]

Oct
3
2011

Medicine is finally climbing aboard on IT train

Vote for Us: link directory The big news in healthcare information technology last week was the announcement by the American Medical Informatics Association that “official medicine” is finally climbing aboard the IT train. By late 2012, for the first time, physician informaticists will be able to sit for an exam and gain board certification in the subspecialty of clinical informatics. The American Board of Preventive Medicine will administer the exam, which the American Board of [...]

Oct
3
2011

The way health information management and electronic health records are described in textbooks does not exactly play out in real world scenarios

By Nathan Gibbon community.advanceweb.com(Source) I attended an excellent Health Information Management program at the University of Pittsburgh.  I was taught well, and I enjoyed my time there.  In my classes we learned about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and how they have and will revolutionize the healthcare industry.  I learned how the electronic systems will provide ongoing documentation of patient information that doctors will be able to access from all [...]

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 [...]

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