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The Army is planning to upgrade its electronic medical record system to ensure soldiers wounded on the battlefield will have detailed permanent accounts of the scenario and treatment received.
A new suite of the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care, commonly known as the MC4 system, is being fielded through April, according to a U.S. Army news release.
According to Mr Hunt, the health service has barely scratched the surface of potential advances and fallen behind major industries.
Mr Hunt made the comments at a conference in Manchester, UK. He said the NHS needed to learn from the banking, retail and travel industries – all of which had drastically cut costs yet improved customer service.
Healthcare organizations nationwide have spent billions of dollars to implement health information technology, most with the expectation that it will improve quality and safety, and lower costs. According to a recent report, however, not all outcomes have been positive, particularly with regard to efficiency.
In a year where "compliance and enforcement is really where the action is going to be," it might help to have some advice on how to keep on the right side of patient privacy law.
That promise, delivered this past week at HIMSS14 by Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy at HHS' Office For Civil Rights, served notice to health organizations and their business associates that fines – potentially big ones – were in the offing in 2014 for those who don't comport with the new HIPAA omnibus rule.
In his $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday, President Obama asked for $1.8 billion to support health information technology incentive payments — the same amount he requested last year. Actual spending for this category came to $1.07 billion in 2013.
The budget also included $77.1 billion in discretionary funding to support HHS’s mission, $800 million below the 2014-enacted level.
It's fair to say that Linda Shanley has a rather full plate these days.
"We're a 600-bed hospital – we're two hospitals, actually: one's a rehab hospital – and right now we're going through an Epic implementation," said Shanley, vice president and chief information officer at Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital.
Over the next six years, the global mHealth market will continue to make a mark in a serious way, with the industry poised to exceed $49.1 billion by 2020, according to a new market report.
According to research conducted by San Francisco-based market analysis and consulting firm Grand View Research, monitoring services are projected to remain the dominant and most rapidly growing market segment, with revenue topping $1.2 billion in 2012, and seeing a nearly 50 percent CAGR from 2014 to 2020.
From a high-tech command center at Miami Children's Hospital, doctors can diagnose and treat patients in a small Peruvian village, a mall in the Ukraine or a cruise ship sailing the Atlantic, among many distant and diverse locations.
"The only thing our physicians can't do today is touch the patient," says Ed Martinez, the hospital's CIO.
A new UCLA-led study suggests that real-time social media, such as Twitter could be used to track HIV and drug related behavior to detect potential outbreaks – and ultimately, as a tool for prevention efforts.
The recent federal mandates for healthcare information technology have increased demand on the field, boosting the need for educated and knowledgeable staff for health IT projects. But with the emergence and recent popularity of graduate education in healthcare informatics, we are seeing an influx of students entering these programs who do not have clinical or information technology backgrounds.
In Norman Rockwell’s, Doctor and Boy Looking at Thermometer, a white-haired man in a tailored gray suit sits on the edge of bed and is engaged attentively with his patient. That physician made house calls and had the time to teach a young patient how to take a temperature. But, that was then.
The Care Connectivity Consortium, which links five powerhouse providers in a nationwide data exchange collaborative, added a sixth member earlier this week.
Leaders from 33 digital health companies in New York are calling on the legislature to fund the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, just as the organization’s connecting HIEs and information systems are starting to build a critical mass.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an appropriation of $65 million to SHIN-NY, a part of the new York eHealth Collaborative, to help connect New York’s ten regional health information organizations and increase provider participation.