Sep
15
2011

McKesson seeks to help the IT advancement of community care delivery

Nearly a year after its acquisition of US Oncology, the practice management company for community-based cancer doctors, McKesson has built on the deal to create a new division, McKesson Specialty Health, that seeks to help the IT advancement of community care delivery. “Through innovative technology, clinical support and business solutions, McKesson Specialty Health offers the broadest and deepest suite of services available today, all focused on improving the health of community practices and the patients [...]

Sep
15
2011

National Health Information Technology Week

The White House has released a presidential proclamation designating the week of Sept. 11-17, 2011, as National Health Information Technology Week. The week was created to emphasize the importance of secure and efficient information systems, such as electronic health records and electronic prescriptions, in improving healthcare delivery. In the proclamation, President Barack Obama noted several benefits of health IT, including improved care coordination, better informed patients and providers, reduction of dangerous drug interactions and lower [...]

Sep
14
2011

How HIEs Are Moving

Healthcare leaders can face a tough choice when it comes to joining a health information exchange now or waiting to see how things shake out a few years down the road. There are two schools of thought: Get in now, either to achieve meaningful use or help craft the HIE to your liking, or wait and see which HIEs prove themselves successful. If you plan to join an HIE that is just developing, get in [...]

Sep
14
2011

Vital Benefits of Electronic Health Records and Health IT

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, proposed new rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information through the use of health information technology. Specifically, the new rules would empower patients by allowing them to gain access to test results directly from labs. They would ensure that labs covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provide such information, upon request, [...]

Sep
13
2011

One Major Benefit of Health Care Reform Act is Job Mobility

It’s been overlooked — it’s received very little coverage by the popular press — but it’s worth repeating: one benefit of the health care reform legislation will be: enhanced “job mobility.” Employee mobility is one of those terms that probably most Americans have not read too much about, but in-a-nutshell it is this: the freedom of workforce participants to move into their high-value field or work in the job of their choosing. The opposite is [...]

Sep
13
2011

Health Information Technology Week

Liaison Technologies, a global provider of cloud-based integration and data management services and solutions, announced today that it is joining with other U.S. companies in celebrating National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, September 12-16, which marks the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America. This year’s theme is “One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care.” Liaison’s cloud-based data integration and management services help healthcare providers and health information exchanges [...]

Sep
12
2011

Mobile access to electronic health record

Mobile EHR(www.drmubbashir.com)

Partners HealthCare Systems is providing clinicians throughout its integrated delivery network with mobile access to its electronic health record – a rollout the system achieved in 90 days.   Boston-based Partners HealthCare is an integrated delivery network (IDN) that includes major teaching and community hospitals with more than 5,000 practicing physicians attending to four million outpatient visits and 160,000 admissions annually. The Partners SOA team coordinated pilot project planning and development. Re-use of existing data, [...]

Sep
12
2011

Healthcare information technology tops the list of the top 10 “hot careers

Healthcare organizations are immersed in implementing IT systems to meet requirements under provisions of the HITECH Act. However, one thing they may not be anticipating is the surge in the number of healthcare information technology jobs they will need to fill once these systems are in place. In fact, healthcare information technology tops the list of the top 10 “hot careers” for college graduates in 2011, according to a new study from the University of [...]

Sep
10
2011

National eHealth Innovation Series:Opportunities for healthcare entrepreneurs to gather together

Opportunities for healthcare entrepreneurs to gather together, swap shop talk, and — especially — talk to innovators in the field who have succeeded in building great startup businesses — are few and far between. But on October 27, 2011, the National eHealth Innovation Series is going to get healthcare entrepreneurs together at an inaugural event — the New England Summit, near Boston. The Summit will be held at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods, part [...]

Sep
10
2011

HHS report: Nearly 7.9M health records exposed

Health Records

Since the required reporting began in 2009, there have been more than 30,000 data breaches, affecting nearly 7.9 million people who have had their health records exposed, according to a new report by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA-covered organizations must provide notification to individuals, the Secretary, and sometimes the media (if more than 500 individuals [...]

Sep
9
2011

GE Healthcare’s Nuclear Cardiology Platform Adopted by 100 Clinicians Worldwide

Harnessing Four Advanced Nuclear Imaging Innovations, Alcyone Technology Has the Ability to Reduce Scan Time and/or Injected Dose While Maintaining Image Quality . GE Healthcare today announced it has received commitments from more than 100 customers globally for its innovative Alcyone technology, a nuclear cardiology platform combining cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detectors, focused pin-hole collimation, stationary data acquisition and 3D reconstruction, designed to help facilitate workflow efficiency and dose management while maintaining image quality. “This [...]

Sep
8
2011

Secure Access to EHR and HIEs on Mobile Devices

Verizon has announced enhancements to its Universal Identity Services-Healthcare platform to allow for easy but secure access to electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) on mobile devices. Launched in November 2010, UIS is a managed service from Verizon’s Terremark IT services subsidiary. UIS is a software as a service (SaaS) utility that allows health care professionals to access documents using medical identity credentials. “What the managed service does at the highest level [...]

Sep
8
2011

IT innovation can help to bring the healthcare industry to the next level.

The adoption of IT in the healthcare industry is speeding up, driven in part by cloud computing, according to Asia-based healthcare IT solutions provider iSOFT Health Asia. iSOFT Health Asia general manager Dr Timothy Nam said the healthcare industry has been slower than other sectors in adopting IT solutions. “Having to manage, as well as maintain, healthcare’s legacy systems and upkeep its traditional best practices, many called the health sector extremely backward. In fact, quite [...]

Sep
7
2011

Healthcare IT Most Promising Area of Job Growth

If you’ve heard that healthcare IT is the most promising area of job growth in information technology, there’s a reason. In recent years, the job growth spotlight has often been targeted at healthcare job growth generally and healthcare IT job sector growth specifically. In fact, a recent career trend report (PDF)  ranked a career in healthcare information technology the number-one “hottest” career. There are reasons for that “hotness,” and chances are you’ve read about at [...]

Sep
7
2011

Dell has achieved the No. 1 ranking for healthcare services

Dell is the leading provider of healthcare IT services globally according to a recent Gartner industry report(1). The ranking, which is based on 2010 revenue, marks the second consecutive year Dell has achieved the No. 1 ranking for healthcare services. Dell also ranked No. 1 globally for the provision of hardware maintenance and support to education customers. Dell further solidified its leadership position over the past year with acquisitions and new cloud-based services offerings that [...]

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