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Telehealth progress may stall in DC

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:11
The American Telemedicine Association is hoping an unlikely alliance in Congress between a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat will produce some strong momentum for telemedicine in the coming years.  

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CommonWell broadens data sharing efforts

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:07

CommonWell Health Alliance is marching toward "a new phase" of its vendor-driven interoperability efforts, extending its availability to providers, signing on new corporate members and eyeing new opportunities for nationwide expansion.

[See also: CommonWell gets rolling on data exchange]

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CMS launches chief data officer position

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:48

Earlier this month, we reported how healthcare is increasingly embracing a new C-suite position: chief data officer. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is getting in on the act, with the appointment of its first CDO, Niall Brennan.

[See also: Chief data officers come to healthcare]

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Why purchasing your own VNA is an investment in the past, not the future

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:14

It is taken as gospel by most radiologists and hospital IT professionals that a vendor-neutral archiving application is critical for unifying diagnostic imaging workflows. And VNAs are a great tool. But that doesn’t mean you should buy one.

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DeSalvo keeps focus on EHRs, usability

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:55

In case anyone was still wondering about a leadership vacuum at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, is still national coordinator – a fact that was in evidence Wednesday at the close of the American Medical Informatics Association's annual conference.

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Ebola treatment: Telemedicine can help

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:52

As Congress examines the U.S. public health system’s response to Ebola this week, we need to take a look at laws and regulations that inhibit better treatment and increase protection for healthcare workers. Our existing rules and regulations around telemedicine are one such example.

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Why your ICD-10 budget needs a checkup

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:32

Parsing the paradox of underused PHRs

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:26

Rather than just getting more cheerleading for a technology that has been disappointing for years, attendees at the AMIA annual conference on Tuesday heard a refreshingly frank assessment of the slow uptake of personal health records.

[See also: For portals, speak patients' language]

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Paradigm shift coming for digital health

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:13
Digital healthcare is no longer a reality of the future. It's happening now. And, as the industry moves toward full digitization, previously resistant clinicians are slowly, but gradually, getting on board with embracing new digital technologies.    At least that's according to a new report put out by the folks at PwC, who highlight a telling shift in clinicians' attitudes toward digital technology, especially when it comes to connecting with patients.   

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8 mistakes that make EHRs less effective

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:44
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  • Incomplete recordsAn inability to access all available data on a patient is a big – and depressingly common – drawback when it comes to EHRs. Oftentimes, clinical data exists in many different systems, and a lack of interoperability even within a hospital's walls mean caregivers aren't getting the full picture. "Connecting data sources would offer a single view to the provider looking for a consolidated patient record making interoperability a priority for CIOs," according to Logicalis. "While possible today, this is not yet the norm."
So you've done due diligence, made deliberate purchasing decisions, and -- thanks to smart planning and strategic teamwork -- your rollout was near-flawless. Congratulations. You're the proud owner of an electronic health record system. But is your staff now using it to its fullest potential?

So you've done due diligence, made deliberate purchasing decisions, and – thanks to smart planning and strategic teamwork – your rollout was near-flawless. Congratulations. You're the proud owner of an electronic health record system. But is your staff now using it to its fullest potential?

Too often, providers aren't making the most of their EHRs, according to Ed Simcox, healthcare practice leader for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, a managed service provider.

Year:  2013

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Pacemakers get hacked on TV, but could it happen in real life?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:17
Jay Radcliffe breaks into medical devices for a living, testing for vulnerabilities as a security researcher.   He's also a diabetic and gives himself insulin injections instead of relying on an automated insulin pump, which he says could be hacked.   "I'd rather stab myself six times a day with a needle and syringe," Radcliffe recently told security experts meeting near Washington, D.C. "At this point, those devices are not up to standard."  

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Software-led healthcare

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:39

A few years ago venture capitalist and iconic software engineer Marc Andreessen quipped, "Software is eating the world."  While his comments might have been "tongue in cheek," they were prophetic. If you look around, it is easy to see every facet of our lives -- both personal and professional -- being impacted by software. Software is pivotal to the growth of most new and emerging industry segments and it has transformed mature industries such as agribusiness, mining, construction, industrial manufacturing, automotive and aerospace.

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Health status quo 'meant to be broken'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:11

“The status quo is inadequate and was meant to be broken.”

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Walgreens has high hopes for pop health

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:08

Adam Pellegrini has been working on population health for his entire career, and at long last he's starting to reap the fruits of that labor.

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USAid helps launch Global mHealth Forum

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:06

Despite all the shiny devices and snazzy health apps in the United States, there may be even more promise for mobile phones to improve people’s health in developing countries.

The biggest hurdle? Taking all the great ideas currently brewing to a large scale.

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Crafting a BYOD policy is a fine art

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:04

Whereas many healthcare organizations are still grappling with exactly how best to proceed with bring-your-own-device policies, Penn Medicine is in the final steps of completing one.

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Are seniors ready for digital health?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:00

The general consensus that older Americans aren't comfortable with new technology means that many are not accessing the Internet for health information or using electronic health records.

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Public APIs getting ready for prime time

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:15

At the American Medical Informatics Association's annual symposium today, developers and backers of public application programming interfaces talked about how the standard could speed interoperability with add-on apps to enterprise EHRs, and help make those bulky systems more nimble.

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Does encryption cover all HIPAA bases?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:06
What are the responsibilities of covered entities when an encrypted laptop or device is stolen, but the pass codes are handed over in the theft as well? A recent robbery reported by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital may shed some light on these tricky situations.  

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