Last spring, I wrote in this space that telemedicine was poised for a mainstream breakthrough. While that prediction hasn't exactly come to fruition--according to the American Telemedicine Association, as of Jan. 3, 2014, 13 states still have yet to propose any sort of telehealth legislation or even examine its effectiveness via a taskforce--I still believe that significant groundwork has been laid since that time.
Many of the health IT usability challenges "tolerated" by early adopter providers more than 10 years ago remain unresolved, according to Acting National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider. To that end, Reider says that one of ONC's top priorities going forward will continue to be the optimal design and use of such tools, in particular electronic health records.
Partnerships with government are critical to scaling up mHealth projects, according to mobile health implementers cited in a Devex.com article. The key, they say, is to engage with government early...
A tool called QNOTE was found effective in evaluating the quality of clinical notes, according to a study from the Maryland-based Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Quality...
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published a new quality data model (QDM) to be used for clinical guidelines, quality measures and clinical decision support.
Since taking office almost three years ago, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has mandated 5 percent annual cuts in the state's budget. And those ongoing cuts may now affect a critical program that pays hospitals to care for perinatal patients, the Nashville Tennessean reported.
Clinical decision support tools in electronic medical records may well reduce inpatient costs, but there's little evidence yet to support that, according to research recently published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is expanding a successful sepsis-reduction program hospitalwide in January after a test program using alerts generated by electronic medical records cut sepsis rates by 40 percent, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported.
Individuals are more willing to allow their electronic data be used for research once they understand not only the complexity of gathering and using it, but also that safeguards are in place to protect its confidentiality, according to a new study in the Journal of Community Genetics.
Patients who undergo robotic colon surgery fare about the same as those who have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery--but their bills are much heftier, according to research from Johns Hopkins...