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 [...]

Sep
22
2011

Certification and Healthcare IT Jobs

Timothy Stettheimer, CIO for St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, Ala., has more confidence in IT certifications than referrals and in-person interviews when it comes to hiring. “How do you know you’re hiring a good person? You can get a referral, but so what? Someone can interview well, but so what? How do you really know?” Stettheimer said. “But when you can say, ‘I’ve hit these [IT education] targets,’ that shows a commitment to advancement.” [...]

Sep
21
2011

Information Technology and the Bleeding Edge of Healthcare

Healthcare Reforms have dramatically raised the stakes for the use of information technology in healthcare. Hospitals and providers are investing billions of dollars to implement electronic health records that will help deliver higher quality, safer and more efficient care, meet a variety of regulatory requirements, and position them for success under Healthcare Reform. In addition to investing heavily in the foundational elements of healthcare IT, UCSF is blazing new trails as it integrates leading-edge technologies [...]

Sep
21
2011

Bangladesh PM has Received International Recognition for the Use Health IT

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has received an international recognition for the use of health information technology in women and children’s health. UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe handed over the ‘South-South’ award at a New York hotel on Monday evening. Hasina said she was honoured to receive the Information Communications Technology award, on behalf of the people and government of Bangladesh. “This is indeed the recognition of hard work that our government has put in improving [...]

Sep
20
2011

mHealth and Health IT two industries travelling on similar paths

The healthcare IT (EHR and interoperability modules) and mobile health (or mHealth) industries are traveling on similar paths.  They are both technologies in evolution that are sorely needed.  EHRs have been mandated by health reform legislation.  MHealth is still seen as an interesting curiosity by most.  Therein lies the difference.  Both will ultimately be here for the duration and dare I say, change healthcare the way it is delivered for a very long time. EHRs [...]

Sep
20
2011

Dell will use the latest cloud technology platform to host NextGen applications

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc., a provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity, is partnering with Dell to cloud-based solutions to a wide range of healthcare providers and medical practices, community hospitals and physicians. Dell will market, sell and support a range of NextGen solutions via its’ electronic health records (EHR) SaaS portal.  Dell already provides EHR applications to more than 35,000 physicians, according to Jamie Coffin, vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare [...]

Sep
19
2011

HIMSS Nation Wide Patient Identity Solution

HIMSS has asked Congress to support the development of a “nationwide patient identity solution” to promote interoperability and reduce errors related to mismatches between health data and patients. The association of health IT professionals also requested that Congress continue to support the adoption of health IT and not cut off funding for the government’s electronic health record incentive program. While there has been no overt effort to repeal the HITECH Act, which authorized up to [...]

Sep
19
2011

Cancer Diagnostic And Molecular Imaging Of GE Healthcare

– GE Healthcare, the health business of General Electric (NYSE: GE), announced today its plans to dedicate $1billion of its total R&D budget over the next five years to expand its advanced cancer diagnostic and molecular imaging capabilities, as well as its world-class technologies for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals and for cancer research. Announced alongside a $100m open innovation challenge in New York City, the $1 billion investment crosses all lines of GE Healthcare’s global [...]

Sep
17
2011

iTune Room For Healthcare:Collection of Apps for Healthcare Professionals

Apple has recently released an exclusive collection of apps for health care professionals called iTunes Room for Healthcare. This collection allows users to find and select the best health care apps for their iPhone and/or iPad. We are pleased to announce that Apple has rated DocBookMD as one of the top health care apps allowing physicians to efficiently collaborate at the point of care. DocBookMD has been developed by physicians, exclusively for physicians to make [...]

Sep
17
2011

Healthcare Information System Within NHS

The National Health Care System of the United Kingdom is one of the world’s largest health care provider systems. It is based on the premise that every citizen of the U.K. has a right to have excellent health care. Thus, the health information system in this country is designed to inform each individual about the privileges concerning medical care and the way in which the hospital system is structured. It also provides nursing information for [...]

Sep
16
2011

Development of Cloud Computing and Healthcare

The healthcare industry has traditionally been considered to be a slow adopter of technology; and there are valid and obvious reasons for their cautious approach. Many of the healthcare players have not adopted technology completely in their environments as yet and their primary focus has been on automation of back office systems, payment and reimbursement, digitisation of medical records, and business intelligence for regulatory compliance and accreditation. In many emerging/developing countries like India, IT budgets [...]

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