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Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data.
For emergency departments seeking to improve efficiency, it might seem natural to focus on tracking median statistics for patient care — such as Time to Provider and Length of Stay for Discharged and Admitted patients.
But in my experience, median numbers, important though they may be, tell only part of the story — and a slightly skewed one at that. Unless hospitals also gather statistics on the averages for each of these measures, they’re probably seeing a rosier picture of their operations.
It has historically been difficult for public health officials — especially at cash-strapped state and local departments — to gauge whether their outreach and initiatives really work. A new tool from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Partners aims to change that.
Community Health Advisor predicts the health and economic impact of public health policies at the county level.
Nuance Communications has shared 3 billion medical images through its cloud-based PowerShare Network, a feat company executives hail as "an industry-first milestone."
The amount of sharing reflects steady growth of approximately 30 percent each year as the technology gains more widespread adoption in hospitals and other medical facilities, according to Nuance.
In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records and earned CHS a prominent spot on the Wall of Shame, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.
U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park is reportedly packing up to head back West — Silicon Valley, specifically.
That means he’s technically leaving his White House post but not the administration of President Barack Obama.
A new survey and study conducted by HIMSS Analytics shows demand for qualified health IT workers is as high as it's ever been and "projected to continue in the foreseeable future."
The 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey results find healthcare organizations consider IT recruiters and executive search firms the most effective way to find good candidates for health IT work.
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior.
The healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
[See also: Triple aim]
4D printing develops chameleonic materials whose properties shift according to external stimuli, such as temperature changes.
Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, discusses his new book Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction (HIMSS Books, 2014) at HIMSS14.Thumbnail:
Comments from the Premier healthcare alliance this week are just the latest in a flood of opinions and wish lists inundating Capitol Hill, after two senators asked for input on interoperability and data sharing.
Boston's Joslin Diabetes Center is using an mHealth platform to help diabetics and their caregivers control a potentially fatal side-effect of the disease.