Other industries have been far more successful than healthcare in mashing together big datasets to learn more about their customers. The prospect raises myriad possibilities, according to a Viewpoint article in JAMA.
More than 1 billion prescriptions were routed electronically in 2013, up from 788 million the previous year, according to Surescripts' annual National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings, published this week.
The widespread adoption of health IT offers the potential to move beyond the basics and harness emerging technologies to improve individual care and population health, according to a new issue brief from The Center for Health Affairs.
Edward Marx, CIO of Texas Health Resources, has been a strong proponent of health IT leaders "stepping up their game" to take more active leadership roles in their organizations. He outlines some of his tactics for developing IT leaders in an interview with Computerworld.
Healthcare leaders are so caught up in an overwhelming number of federal regulatory mandates that IT leaders "can't do anything else," Randy McCleese, CIO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) board chairman, told InformationWeek.
While telemedicine can serve as a viable and convenient alternative to face-to-face primary and urgent care, particularly for rural patients, it's not meant to totally replace such care, according to draft guidelines published this month by the American Telemedicine Association.
Community health centers have adopted health IT at rates higher than office-based physicians, including large practices and large integrated healthcare systems, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund.
Since the dramatic shift to electronic health records in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has explored the role health information exchange (HIE) could play in disaster preparedness and response, according to a Health IT Buzz blog post.
By Mark Terry As more providers adopt accountable care models--and take on the responsibility of facilitating medical data exchange--healthcare leaders are under increasing pressure to protect...
As funding dries up for Regional Extension Centers, some are moving into a new market: Health information exchange and Meaningful Use support.