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Technology a backbone for med group's population health efforts

As the practice of medicine continues to evolve into a more collaborative effort, physicians should stop working in silos and consider using information technology to propel population health, according to Robert Fortini, chief clinical officer at Richmond, Va.-based Bon Secours Medical Group.

Hospitals move to cut inpatient psych beds

Although more hospitals are cutting inpatient psychiatric beds because they are unprofitable, some Florida hospitals are bucking the trend and expanding their mental health services.

Teledermatology as reliable, efficient as in-person consults

Remote consultations from dermatologists using a smartphone app have proven reliable and efficient at prioritizing inpatient consultations for patients with skin conditions.

Vendor gag clauses hurt everyone, including the vendors

No one likes to feel muzzled. So I read with great interest this recent blog post from Carl Bergman, managing partner of a service that matches users with electronic health record vendors. He...

High-tech glasses enable surgeons to visualize cancer cells

Surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis this week used new glasses that enabled them to visualize and distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells, according to the school.

Hospitals turn to data analytics to enable 'hot spotting'

Data analytics tools are enabling hospitals nationwide to cut costs by pinpointing which patients are utilizing the most resources.

How Texas Children's transformed care through analytics

Texas Children's Hospital has transformed its quality improvement efforts through data warehousing and analytics, according to a case study from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Shutting down the 'sneakernet' with interoperability

By Joseph Smith and Michael Johns When we were young physicians in training, computers had yet to take a leading role in clinical care. Data about patients, like vital signs, lab results and...

HIT Policy Committee unveils 2014 draft workplan

The Health IT Policy Committee, at its meeting on Tuesday, revealed its draft workplan for 2014, in addition to discussing draft recommendations for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Economy blamed for drop in routine care

The economy could be the reason many North Americans and Europeans--most notably Americans--are more reluctant to get routine medical care, according to research published in  Social Science Quarterly.