Patients increasingly are embracing the concept of patient portals, but it's still unknown whether the portals actually improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction or create efficiencies, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Healthcare is a fun and rewarding field, says Steven Steinhubl, M.D., director of the Digital Medicine program at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). But with pressure to see more and more patients in a fee-for service world and an abundance of new technologies that can improve care but also disrupt workflow, doctors don't always feel that way.
Although physician groups have lamented the burden of aggressive Meaningful Use standards on doctors, some practices and health systems in Massachusetts have reported big benefits from incorporating technology into patient-centered care, according to an article from the Worcester Business Journal.
Encryption is the single most essential technology to use for breach prevention, according to Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
In a six-week pilot of tracking technology conducted at Mount Sinai Medical Center earlier this year, the New York hospital cut wait times by more than an hour for roughly half of all incoming emergency room patients.
The healthcare industry has had its share of negative press in 2013, most notably a litany of stories over the past two months detailing the federal government's now infamous launch of HealthCare.gov in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. To that end, I'd like to put my own twist on a Thanksgiving tradition, and offer up a health IT version of reasons to be thankful. Here are three.
The American Hospital Association is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expedite its ICD-10 testing plans to make sure testing begins by January 2014 and that it is made available to all hospitals.
IBM and the Baylor College of Medicine are touting software that can mine research papers for clues on the workings of a protein implicated in most cancers.
Hospitals could reduce nosocomial infections by using new technology, such as alarms for scheduled filter changes or pressurized mats in front of hand-washing areas to make sure employees spend enough time at the sink, to help staff comply with healthcare regulations, according to a scientific poster presented at the American Public Health Association 141 st Annual Meeting, Medscape reported.
Data contained in electronic medical records can help link genetic variants to previously unknown relationships with disease, according to research published at Nature Biotechnology. Vanderbilt...