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UPMC Children's delivers remote care

12 hours 36 min ago

When researchers at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America via telemedicine, they found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the service and believed telemedicine had improved patient outcomes.

The study, led by Ricardo A. Muñoz, MD, chief, Cardiac Intensive Care Division, at Children's, was published online in the July issue of Telemedicine and e-Health.

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Johns Hopkins settles $190M privacy suit

12 hours 51 min ago
Event Call out Unpublish:  Mon, 09/08/2014 (All day) Event Teaser:  This Privacy & Security Forum delivers what CIOs, CISOs and other healthcare IT leaders told us they want from an industry conference: peer-to-peer learning, case studies and forums to brainstorm and share ideas. Johns Hopkins Health System will hand over $190 million to settle a class action privacy lawsuit involving one of its former gynecologists who secretly recorded video and captured photos of patient examinations.   

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How one ACO gets results

13 hours 2 min ago

Hospitals participating in Independence Blue Cross’ accountable care contracts are reducing costs, improving care and earning incentives, according to the Philadelphia-based insurer.

In the first full year of the program, with 90 percent of the region’s delivery systems participating, half of all the hospitals reduced their healthcare costs for IBC members, as determined by targets based on historical spending.

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7 health IT startups fast-tracked

13 hours 27 min ago

Seven health IT startups have landed a spot in the 2014 New York Health Accelerator. The accelerator, a program run by the New York eHealth Collaborative and the Partnership Fund for New York City, selects growth-stage digital health companies developing cutting-edge technology products for healthcare providers and patients in the areas of care coordination, patient engagement, predictive analytics and workflow management.

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Patient leaves legacy of engagement

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:19

Patient advocate and researcher Jessie Gruman died July 14 at the age of 60, after living with cancer for the better part of her life and turning her struggle into frameworks for progress.

In 1992, after a decade-plus spent working in substance abuse counseling and public health, Gruman helped launch and lead the Center for Advancing Health to help improve the healthcare system for patients after two decades navigating modern medicine herself — and just as the nation’s first (and unsuccessful) bout with health reform was getting underway.

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Athenahealth reports Q2 gains

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:54
2014's second quarter brought with it a boost in earnings for cloud-based EHR company athenahealth, which reported gains this time around after disappointing numbers last quarter. Net losses were also down significantly, company officials announced last week.  

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What is 'awareness computing'?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:51

MemorialCare Health System, a top 100 integrated delivery network,  implemented awareness computing technology at the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif.  The idea is to provide roaming clinicians instant access to patient records throughout the hospital while also ensuring top security.

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But it changes my workflow

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:40

I hear the complaint that implementing an EHR changes their workflow from a lot of physicians and nurses.  I also hear (from those who've studied up a bit) that EHR X is no good because it is just an electronic version of their existing paper workflow.

The other day I tweeted: Why would you use and EHR that DIDN'T change your workflow? Improvement = change

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DICOM Grid gets $6M from Mayo, others

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:35

Investors such as Mayo Clinic, Rush University Medical Center and more are backing DICOM Grid, which develops a cloud-based platform for medical image management.

[See also: Mayo Clinic, DICOM Grid collaborate on mobile imaging]

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Standards panel takes on certification, interoperability

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:18

The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee included important discussions of certification for post acute care and behavior health applications, review of data segmentation for privacy, analysis of provider directory standards, an update on the standards/interoperability framework projects, and a first look at the new subcommittee co-chairs of the Standards Committee.

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Time to look at best wireless hospitals

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:22

We have the nation's Most Wired Hospitals, and we also have America's Most Beautiful Hospitals. We also have national ranking system for hospitals based on their patient engagement efforts.

It's time, I think, to look at the nation's hospitals and their wireless capabilities.

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Strata Decision: The Story of Healthcare

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:45

(SPONSORED) Strata Decision Technology provides a single integrated software platform for budgeting, decision support, financial forecasting, strategic planning, capital purchase planning/tracking, management reporting, and performance management.


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Deaths by medical mistakes hit records

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:53
It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Senate hearing Thursday, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions.   

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Massachusetts bullish on health IT

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:40

Massachusetts healthcare providers are adopting health information technology and health data exchange and drawing consumer support for going digital, according to a new study from Massachusetts eHealth Institute.

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Geisinger looks to targeted cancer care

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:13

Geisinger Health System announced a new initiative this week that will offer patients access to advanced cancer treatment protocols and clinical trials.

[See also: Geisinger CEO gives tips for smarter BI]

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Cloud eRx module targets adverse events

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:49

When it comes to preventing adverse drug events, some suggest that traditional evidence-based prescribing must be enhanced with "person-based" approach rooted in specific data. One Web-based technology may help do that.

[See also: E-prescribing makes huge gains]

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Clinical Spotlight Episode 15: Doug Fridsma, MD, Ph.D

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:05

Doug Fridsma, MD, Ph.D, of the ONC discusses interoperability challenges, standards, and policies at HIMSS14.


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Jonathan Bush on where it hurts most

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:51

Jonathan Bush, former ambulance driver, founder of birthing centers in San Diego, and co-founder and CEO of athenahealth, a public company valued at nearly $5 billion, can add author to his list of achievements. He wrote Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care (Portfolio Hardcover), with Stephen Baker, a former BusinessWeek reporter turned novelist.

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Health IT attracting huge investments

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:02

Venture capital funding for health information technology surpassed $1 billion for the first time in Q2 2014 – far surpassed, in fact, with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, more than doubling the $861 million raised in the previous quarter.

[See also: Practice management sees big investments]

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What HIPAA doesn't cover

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:58
Sure, HIPAA adds a layer of privacy protection for certain health data -- if organizations actually comply with it -- but there remains myriad avenues of mining health data and selling to the highest bidder that do not fall under the purview of HIPAA's privacy and security rules. And they may surprise you.   

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