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IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan.
The terms of the deal were not released.
"This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement.
By Jordan Rau
In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.
Patient-centered care teams have been compared with auto racing pit crews, who collaborate in real time amid controlled chaos. In surgical settings, the pit crew analogy makes complete sense, as an expert team of clinicians physically surrounds the patient. But the patient-centered, interdisciplinary teams that work across time and the continuum of care are dispersed across different floors, inpatient and outpatient facilities, and locations.
Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown big improvements recently, but many providers are still struggling. With her Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., along with 28 fellow members of Congress, have called on HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to offer relief in the form of a shorter 90-day reporting period.
New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei, MD, and the stroke team at Swedish Medical Center's Radiology Imaging Associates in Denver.
As Frei sees it, the study results provide new hope for the 695,000 Americans who suffer an acute ischemic stroke each year, and it validates what he and his stroke team have practiced for years.
The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.
Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the awards Dec. 16. They are the second batch of grants HHS offered to find new and innovative ways improve quality and lower costs. The first round came in early 2013.
In a move aimed to unify and improve health information exchanges nationally, about 20 HIEs have formed a national trade organization. Named the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, the organization intends to focus on promoting joint ventures and best practices.
"We believe that there are valuable services that a national consortium can provide to member HIEs," said SHIEC chair Dick Thompson in a statement.
Most large organizations seem to operate in silos. This is as true in healthcare as in anything else. Individual departments, clinical functions, and specialties that need integrated workflows and consolidation of information do not have it. We have seen how detrimental that can be to patient care; all we have to do is follow the news.