Aug
19
2011

US employers are using domestic medical tourism for some specialist healthcare:Report

medical_tourism01

A new report by a leading benefits consultant says that while more US employers are using domestic medical tourism for some specialist healthcare, few are prepared to consider international medical tourism or contracting directly with hospitals. Employers are beginning to rely more on employees to stem the tide of rising health care costs, but the inability to motivate and change habits has prompted concern, according to Aon Hewitt. It asked if medical tourism has a [...]

Aug
19
2011

Market Research Report on Medical IT

Medical IT

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Medical IT Market Trends & Directions – 2010-2016  Introduction Healthcare is huge in the United States; it is a huge debate and a huge expense as Americans get older and live longer. Approximately 30 million Americans are forecast to join the U.S. healthcare system once there is expanded access to insurance coverage starting in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act. That’s fundamentally [...]

Aug
18
2011

IAB national health care exchange that will offer small business owners and the self employed greater options to obtain affordable health care and medical benefits

  Independent Association of Businesses (IAB) announced today the creation of a national health care exchange that will offer small business owners and the self employed greater options to obtain affordable health care and medical benefits. Over the past six months IAB’s exploratory committee has examined the specific needs and availability of small business owners and those who are self employed to obtain quality and affordable health insurance.  Upon conclusion of the committee’s findings the [...]

Aug
18
2011

EHRs the goal of meaningful use and therefore the goal of health IT

Health Information Technology

There are several definitions of electronic health records, but no matter how EHRs are defined, they are only the beginning of a bigger plan of healthcare, said Adam Greene, JD, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. Mr. Greene spoke at AHIMA’s 2011 Legal EHR Summit in Chicago on Aug. 15, emphasizing that there are a lot of federal agencies involved in health information technology with different goals, but all have the same overarching theme of improving [...]

Aug
17
2011

EMR is expected to the highest growing market with a CAGR of 16.7% from 2010 to 2015

EMR

The world healthcare IT market is expected to grow from $99.6 billion in 2010 to $162.2 billion in 2015, at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2010 to 2015. Need to cut healthcare costs, enhance clinical/administrative workflow of hospitals, and huge demand for faster, error-free, efficient healthcare delivery, is fueling the healthcare provider IT market worldwide. Furthermore, the initiatives taken by the government for adoption of healthcare IT systems globally are also a significant driving force. [...]

Aug
15
2011

Tidewater Community College’s six-month health information technology program

Health IT

Jim Borda drove from work in Richmond all the way to Virginia Beach twice a week to take Tidewater Community College’s six-month health information technology program. “It was well worth it,” said Borda, 39, a James City County resident, who’s now electronic health records manager for the Virginia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center in Richmond. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services picked Tidewater Community College to lead a consortium of 22 colleges in 11 [...]

Aug
15
2011

healthcare represents the next frontier for job growth in IT

Digitalization of Health Records

For the information-technology industry, health care represents the next frontier for job growth, technology professionals were told recently. Federal stimulus dollars for digitizing medical records will mean that IT professionals and hospitals and doctors’ offices must work closely to bring about this next big transformation for the health care industry. “Information technology and all it has to offer is going to be extremely important within that paradigm,” hospital trade-group executive Kevin Dahill told a gathering [...]

Aug
12
2011

Using Gamification to Solve Health Problems

“Gamified” Mobile Care

There’s a new buzzword floating about town.  That word is “gamification”.  So, what is it, and why do I think it has everything to do with the fastest moving trend in healthcare technology? In their great piece on gamification, Mashable defines the term as “the use of gameplay mechanics for non-game applications. The term also suggests the process of using game thinking to solve problems and engage audiences.” Gamification is seen as the next frontier in [...]

Aug
12
2011

How health information technology affects healthcare costs

Health Infromation Technologies

Yearly healthcare spending in the United States is expected to cost $4 trillion by 2015. Health care costs have increased to more than double from just 35 years ago. The fact of this rapid increase has led to much discussion on the cost containment issue and healthcare affordability. The question as to why healthcare spending is rising so rapidly opens a debate on how health information technology affects healthcare costs. Proponents of continuing to use the latest [...]

Aug
11
2011

New Construction of Hospitals Provides Long Term Growth

At a medical office conference I attended, influential hospital executives stated that investing their capital in infrastructure needs and health information technology (IT) took priority over building new or renovating existing hospital ancillary facilities. However, the many advantages to  new facility construction support hospital growth strategies and has the potential to help the long term viability of any health system. The two notable examples of construction as a long term growth strategy encompassed within healthcare [...]

Aug
10
2011

GE Healthcare announced “Centricity Advance” Mobile App

ge-healthcare

GE Healthcare today announced the release of Centricity* Advance — Mobile, a native Apple iPad(R) application, designed for primary care physicians in small practices. With Centricity Advance – Mobile, clinicians utilizing GE Healthcare’s Centricity Advance, a complete web-based EMR and practice management system, won’t be tethered to their desktops. As Centricity Advance customers, they can walk with their iPad(R) wherever they like while continuing to interact with the patient and the patient record. Centricity Advance [...]

Aug
10
2011

Under the agreement, computer giant Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) will market, sell and support NextGen’s ambulatory EHR

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc. Latest from The Business Journals People on the move Apixio adds Steve Roberts to sales, Jenny Field to marketing Integrated Healthcare Solutions lands .5M investment Follow this company expanded its reach in the Health IT marketplace Monday by entering into an agreement with Dell Dell Latest from The Business Journals Austin companies riding the stock market roller coasterSlideshow: Top 10 most-followed companies on TwitterAustin stocks pinched by global sell off [...]

Aug
9
2011

CMS has collected data about healthcare providers that have attested that meet Stage meaningful use

Meaningful Use Stage 1

The government has paid $400 million in meaningful use incentives to physicians and hospitals so far, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official told the Health IT Policy Committee Aug. 3. To date, about 77,000 providers have registered for the program aimed at promoting the adoption and use of electronic health records. CMS has collected data about healthcare providers that have attested that meet Stage 1 meaningful use, offering a glimpse of the experience [...]

Aug
9
2011

86 percent of respondents reporting that they would invest in new technologies over the next three to five years:UPS Survey

Global Healthcare Industry

Healthcare executives in the U.S., Europe and Asia are seeing both risks and opportunities as the pace of change in the healthcare industry accelerates globally, according to a new UPS survey. Facing unprecedented demands to reduce costs, keep up with fast-changing regulatory requirements and ramp up innovation in the age of patent expirations and increased competition, executives are making investment plans and looking to protect their intellectual property and market share. A focus on intellectual [...]

Aug
8
2011

Personal Medical Data on Mini RFID Device

RFID Devices

Japan-based chemical and tech company Asahi Kasei has developed a small healthcare product that should make life for paramedics, emergency doctors (and patients) easier: the portable device (pictured) makes it possible to instantly access all medical data on a specific person with a PC or smartphone, via healthcare RFID. Asahi Kasei uses the FeliCa smart card tech (instead of a self-developed solution), as this system has been widely adopted by all of Japan’s mobile carriers, several major [...]