Nurses are an essential part of the medical system and patient care--so why shouldn't they be more involved in developing new healthcare IT?
A consortium of universities and hospital systems in South Carolina have started using a database containing the medical information of millions of patients across the state with the intent of developing better, more cost-effective treatment plans.
In the wake of the much maligned HealthCare.gov rollout, John Halamka, CIO at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says that he sees signs that even "well resourced" health institutions will have a hard time with various health IT mandates that are on the horizon.
In looking to secure Meaningful Use funds, the most important part of a hospital's mission--patient care--often gets overlooked, according to Richard Ong, CIO of Erie, Pa.-based St. Vincent Health System.
Gary Christensen, CIO and COO of Rhode Island's centralized health information exchange--the Rhode Island Quality Institute--doesn't see Direct messaging between doctors as a threat to the HIE, but rather, a parallel system, with both adding value.
The University of California Davis Children's Hospital of Sacramento has been awarded a grant of approximately $750,000 over three years to expand telehealth services for newborns in rural areas and to study the impact of the program.
According to University of Rochester Medical Center CISO Michael Pinch, regardless of a provider executive's thoughts on bring-your-own-device policies, such policies are a part of a reality that can't be undone.
The Government Accountability Office, in a new report, has called on Congress to consider strengthening the consumer privacy framework to take changes in technology into account, as well as the market for consumer information. Consumer privacy been an ongoing concern for patient privacy rights advocates.
The Senate has sent a bill to electronically track drugs and boost oversight of compounding pharmacies to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The House passed the measure in September. The legislation calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop an electronic system for tracking pharmaceuticals "from manufacturing to distribution."
It's always to refreshing to see big data not just being thrown around as a buzzword, but truly being used to save lives and improve bottom lines. That's the case at the University of North Carolina Health Care (UNCHC), a large non-profit healthcare provider in Chapel Hill, N.C., where one doctor is touting data and analytics as "increasingly at the heart of" how his hospitals run.
One hospital in Missouri is looking to genomics technology to save newborns.
Tele-ICU appears to be entering a second phase marked by more diversity in practices and more experimentation. In response, the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) has issued best practices for making tele-ICU more scalable and accessible to more hospitals and more beds.
New legislation introduced in the House last week aims to improve access to telehealth services for active-duty military, retired veterans and their dependents by expanding reimbursement for such care.
I recently moderated a panel discussion on one of the most intractable problems in healthcare today: the ability--or lack thereof--to seamlessly share data across organizations, systems, platforms, devices and more. The live and online event on interoperability was hosted by West Health, a research organization that focuses on technologies to reduce healthcare costs.
Interoperability is an issue that the health IT community has been talking about for so many years--and yet solutions are tantalizingly out of reach. This despite the fact that there are enormous incentives to get it done.
Does front-end speech recognition make for a smooth-running operation, or does it simply complicate documentation and patient care? Doctors and researchers debate this question in the November 2013 issue of health information management magazine For the Record.
An online calculator developed to help doctors identify risks and treatment options associated with high cholesterol overestimates such risks by as much as 150 percent, according to a research letter to be published this week in The Lancet.
While healthcare technology has changed patient care by leaps and bounds over the past few decades, the hospital room itself hasn't changed much since after World War II, according to the Wall Street Journal. But researchers and innovators are focusing on the patient room of the future--as a recent WSJ article describes--a "safe, private, comfortable place conducive to healing."
In another demonstration of its data-driven approach to reducing costs, Intermountain Healthcare is building an ambitious new data system to track the cost of every procedure, piece of equipment and supply its 22 hospitals and 185 clinics use.
Ten research projects aimed at using health IT to improve care in ambulatory settings for patients with complex healthcare needs demonstrated improvements in care coordination, data sharing and patient engagement. Called the Improving Management of Individuals With Complex Healthcare Needs Through Health IT initiative, it's one of five grant programs from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focused on using health IT to improve care.