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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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