We all want access to quality healthcare, especially as we enter our senior years. However, a recent global study released by the United Nations showed that the world is aging so rapidly that most...
As of this morning, the U.S. government is no closer to ending the shutdown, which has kept more than 800,000 federal employees out of work since last Tuesday. While the impact of the shutdown on health IT hasn't been front and center in mainstream press coverage, I think it's important to consider the following while thinking about the potential impact on both providers and patients...
After four years in the federal government, outgoing National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari will join Brookings' Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform as a visiting fellow.
While electronic health records have the potential to improve patient care, EHR users should not expect such systems to lower their malpractice premiums, as EHRs can create new problems and make it harder to defend against such claims.
The use of electronic prescribing among both prescribers and pharmacies is accelerating as "positive emerging trends", according to a study conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and published recently in the American Journal of Managed Care.
This special report brought to you by EMC Robust electronic health record systems and an ability to funnel mounds of other disparate electronic patient data into practical and actionable information at the bedside are at the heart of what many U.S. hospitals are doing to improve patient care. At Southern Illinois Healthcare, a three-hospital system based in Carbondale, Ill., the integration of such data sets has been crucial to the launch of its new physician hospital organization, Quality Health Partners.
An online mHealth evidence database designed to serve as a global resource for the worldwide mobile healthcare community has gone live, according to an announcement. A U.S. Agency for International...
The CDC estimates that approximately 250,000 bloodstream infections are caused by poor management of intravenous catheters, resulting in about 60,000 deaths per year. But a good vascular access monitoring program integrated with a hospital's electronic health record system can reduce that number--and reduce patient length of stay, according to Reginald Coopwood, M.D., president and CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based Regional Medical Center.
Differential diagnostic decision support tools generally are built to identify a single correct diagnosis, while focusing instead on the value of information they provide might better achieve the goals of shared-decision making to improve care and cut costs, according to a BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making article.
Health IT is hindering, rather than enabling, integration of care across multiple settings and efforts to improve healthcare value, two healthcare specialists argue in a Harvard Business Review blog post.