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RAND: EHRs 'significantly worsened' doc satisfaction

Physicians' views of electronic health records are still mixed despite widespread adoption, seen as good in concept but that they "significantly worsened" their professional satisfaction, according to a new RAND Health report.

How will mHealth evolve in 2014?

Despite reimbursement and regulatory issues, hospital leaders continue to look to mobile tools and initiatives to improve the speed, quality and efficiency of patient care, so much so that the...

Have wearable devices jumped the shark?

There is little doubt and plenty of evidence; mobile healthcare monitoring services, software and devices are on the cusp of huge growth and adoption. Yet despite all the rosy market indicators for mobile healthcare vendors and services providers, big challenges lie ahead. The top hurdle may lie with the health-conscious user/patient/consumer population and how much monitoring, data and medical insight users truly want and need, even if the device cost is below that of any other computing tool in their lives. After all, just how many armbands can one person wear?

Montefiore explores texting for diabetic teens, pre-op care

Montefiore Medical Center is exploring deploying text messaging services and wearable monitoring devices to help teens with diabetes and using text services for enhancing pre-op patient care.

Toshiba sees health tech for seniors as a $10 billion opportunity

Toshiba sees healthcare technology for seniors as a $10 billion opportunity, according to an article in  Senior Housing News. The company is using LED televisions and imaging displays to launch its latest series of mobile tech solutions available for older adults, clinicians and other healthcare providers via a subsidiary.

Docs, nurses learn to get along in simulation game

A new simulation game aims to teach doctors and nurses how to work more collaboratively and avoid conflicts in order to prevent dangerous or sometimes fatal miscommunications.

Use of poison centers can cut hospital costs

A surprising non-clinical resource could help cut down on hospital costs: poison control centers. That's the conclusion of a new study by public health researchers at the University of Illinois, according to a study announcement.

Clinical registry sampling inaccurate for measuring hospital efficiency

The use of clinical data registries to measure hospital performance is inaccurate, particularly because in most cases, such tools determine efficiency via sampling rather than looking at 100 percent...

HIE use results in fewer hospitalizations, cost savings

Using a health information exchange system may reduce hospitalizations from the emergency department and save money, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College published this week in  Applied Clinical Informatics.

Legislators urge CMS, ONC to tweak MU Stage 3 to reduce health disparities

Twenty-four members of the House of Representatives have asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to leverage the development of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program to reduce and potentially eliminate health disparities.