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IT-based surveillance tools may improve quality of outpatient care

As patient interactions outside healthcare facilities grow, new technology-based surveillance tools are being used to target gaps in care.

4 hospitals admired globally for health IT

Of the 30 most technologically advanced hospitals in the world, according to a list published this week by Top Masters in Healthcare Administration--a site that offers educational and career advice to hopeful medical professionals--more than half (16) reside in the U.S.

Hospital CMIOs less satisfied despite pay bump

Even when pay is up, that doesn't mean satisfaction is, according to a survey of chief medical information officers.

It's time to redesign EHRs to improve patient safety

Providers have been  lashing out against subpar electronic health record design for years. They gripe that not only do poorly designed systems impede workflow and cost too much, they also create new patient safety problems and don't share data with other systems to coordinate care, as promised. Still, the industry hasn't done much to address these concerns. However, maybe now they'll have to. New evidence released this week bolsters what the providers have been saying all along: EHRs, as currently designed, adversely impact patient safety.  

3 mobile technologies to aid care transitions

Mobile healthcare technology has grown by leaps and bounds--and devices, technologies and applications are becoming ever more sophisticated and targeted to specific care goals, whether it's improving patient flow, educating and engaging patients or preventing readmissions.  The following technologies all address care transitions in different ways.

GAO: USDA broadband loan program needs a performance review

The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to evaluate the effectiveness of its rural broadband loan program, as many performance goals don't align with the program's intent, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

FDA's Janet Woodcock: EHRs can help us improve public health

The data in electronic health records can be harnessed to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration better promote and protect public health, according to Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

EHR-related patient safety problems persist 'long after' implementation

Electronic health records create a rife of patient safety problems that linger well after implementation, according to a new study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Co-locate IT, hospital analytics employees to boost productivity

The physical presence of data support experts co-located with hospital analytics employees has proven to be a boon for productivity and patient outcomes at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, according to Yiscah Bracha, assistant vice president of quality improvement healthcare analytics.

FDA won't regulate medical device data systems

​Draft guidance published Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seemingly paves the way for smoother medical device interoperability by lowering the burden on developers of medical device data systems (MDDS) to comply with agency requirements.