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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.

National health IT coordinators at HIMSS14: Interoperability a multilayered challenge

National health IT coordinators past and present agreed interoperability is a multilayered issue that encompasses more than just the exchange of data.

How technology in the pharmacy can boost med safety

By Steve Kessinger, Cape Coral Hospital "Optimizing patient outcomes through interdisciplinary medication management" is our pharmacy department's purpose. Let me elaborate on our...

CMS' Robert Tagalicod hints at Meaningful Use 'relief' announcement at HIMSS

On Thursday--the final day of the 2014 HIMSS conference that gets underway in Orlando today--there will be an announcement about Meaningful Use "under the rubric of relief," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the office of e-health standards and services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Special report: Mobile technology and ACOs

To help realize that goal, ACOs are seeking to fundamentally transform the way they deliver healthcare by embracing technology. Wireless tools, mobile devices and mHealth tactics will be critical to develop and maintain communication channels between ACOs.

Researchers achieve human genome analysis at supercomputer speed

While sequencing the human genome in the past has taken many months, researchers recently found a way to analyze 240 full genomes in two days through the use of a supercomputer.

4 ways research can keep up with eHealth

Research often struggles to keep up with eHealth and isn't timely or useful by the time it comes out. To that end, a new study published in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research  offers strategies that speed up such research and make it more useful.