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Kaiser informatics director: IT must be about continuous quality improvement for nurses

No one IT system is perfect for improving care, according to Ann O'Brien, RN, director of clinical informatics at Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. Rather, she said, continuous performance improvement should be the primary goal of technology use in healthcare.

Report: 90% of states fail in price transparency

Ninety percent of states do not provide sufficient healthcare pricing information to consumers, according to a report card from the nonprofits Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform.

How nurses can maximize technology use for better patient care

Nurses looking to get the most out of healthcare IT for their patients would be wise to adopt such tools in their own everyday lives, according to Patricia Sengstack, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System, who spoke at a nursing IT summit hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT last week.

New initative to focus on 'harmonizing' CDS, electronic clinical quality measurement standards

While lauding the Health eDecisions project for its work to set standards to support clinical decision support, a Health IT Buzz post announces a new initiative called the Clinical Quality Framework...

David Blumenthal: Benefits of HIT programs will surface with time

An "asymmetry of benefits" for providers has kept the healthcare industry from ubiquitous adoption of health IT--and electronic health records, in particular--and thus realizing its full potential, according to David Blumenthal, former national coordinator for health IT and current president of The Commonwealth Fund.

Leapfrog, Castlight partner on hospital quality reporting efforts

The Leapfrog Group announced Tuesday that it will partner with Castlight Health on a consumer-friendly analysis of nationwide health performance. 

EHRs can accurately predict sepsis

Electronic health records can be an effective way to predict the onset of sepsis, a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the United States, according to a study published at the Journal of...

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?