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Hospital to test Google Glass for real-time ER care

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence appears poised to become the first hospital in the nation to test Google Glass for real-time emergency room care.

GAO: Meaningful Use program lacks reliable CQMs

Provider participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program has increased significantly, but the clinical quality measures being collected suffer from reliability issues and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services lacks measures to track the progress of the program's outcomes goals, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Vets need more education to maximize secure messaging use

Veterans enjoy using the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs My HealtheVet patient portal, but could use more education and skill-building to fully take advantage of it, according to a small study published Thursday in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research. 

ONC publishes new review of health IT functionalities

More than three-fourths of studies on health IT have found that technology provides at least some positive impact on patient care, but the studies themselves need improvement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new literature review.

Analytics 'critical' to Steward's accountable care efforts

When Steward Health Care System first embarked on its journey as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in January 2012, the process was akin to building a plane and flying it at the same time, according to Dominique Morgan-Solomon, vice president of population health for the Boston-based provider. To that end, analytics were vital to her work.  

Mobile monitoring tools can cut diabetes management costs in half

Mobile monitoring of diabetic employees can save more than $3,000 a year in healthcare costs, half of the average annual medical insurance cost for workers diagnosed with diabetes, according to recently published research.

Kaiser docs use video to take a step forward into patients' homes

Two Kaiser Permanente doctors are treating patients via video conferencing as part of a new free telemedicine program aimed at reducing costs, boosting improving patient care and luring new clients.

EHR checklist reduces rate of bloodstream infections in children

Using a checklist enhanced by an electronic health record and a unit-wide dashboard decreased the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in children, according to a new study published in  Pediatrics.

Robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery yields positive results

There have been plenty of reports on the dangers of robot-assisted surgery, but here's some good news out of the University of California at Los Angeles--robotic-assisted prostate surgery offered better cancer control than traditional "open" surgery in a trial.

Eye docs, hospital system integrate disparate EHR systems for data sharing

Several providers in the Cincinnati area have successfully integrated two different computer systems to share electronic health records and improve eye care for diabetic patients, according to an article in the  Cincinnati Business Courier.