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Web portals: They're not just for patients

6 hours 49 min ago

As the healthcare industry works toward Stage 2 meaningful use attestation, web portals are becoming a “must-have” for improving patient engagement and facilitating meaningful patient-provider communication.

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Nurses not happy with hospital EHRs

9 hours 21 min ago

Frustration with electronic health records has never been higher among RNs, with vast majorities complaining of poor workflows, bad communication and scant input on implementation decisions, a new survey shows.

[See also: RNs key to EHR improvement, says CIO]

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Analytics project slashes sepsis deaths

9 hours 39 min ago
The folks at Penn Medicine know a little something about putting data analytics to work. After identifying three years ago that their sepsis mortality rates were higher than expected, they set out to do something about it by harnessing predictive analytics. And the results? They're impressive.   

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EHRs: The new lightning rod in healthcare

9 hours 44 min ago

When Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital failed to diagnose the first known case of Ebola in the U.S., the hospital initially blamed its electronic health record (EHR). As it turned out, the problem was the humanware, not the software. The culprit was a mundane and all-too-common failure by people to communicate in a fast-paced and stressful medical setting.

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Mobile docs get most from their EHRs

10 hours 15 min ago

One of the takeaways of a recent survey conducted by Software Advice indicates that mHealth users are better at using electronic health records – and getting more out of them – than doctors who use PCs.

It may say as much about the type of person who uses mobile devices as it does about the state of EHR adoption in the U.S.

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Defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and Choosing a VNA

10 hours 43 min ago

(SPONSORED) In this video, Eric Rice, Mach7’s CTO, offers a quick summary of what to consider when defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and choosing a VNA and a VNA partner.

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Partners' CIO on big hope for big data

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:13

Partners HealthCare chief information officer James Noga is just beginning to envision what the infrastructure for big data will look like for the Boston health system, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital; there are so many variables to consider.

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EHR still in play with US Ebola case

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:12
In a congressional hearing Thursday, a Texas Health Resources executive joined other clinical stakeholders in the U.S. Ebola crisis to shed light on myriad oversights that materialized when the Ebola virus arrived on American soil.   

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Joe Kvedar's drive to get personal

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:03

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is the founder and director of the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare in Boston.

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CHIME, HL7 team on interoperability

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:44

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs, and Health Level Seven International are working together to promote a standardized approach for exchanging healthcare information and to highlight the importance of developing and adopting standards to achieve interoperability.

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Interoperability's 'game-changer'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:09

Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO of standards organization HL7, came away from the joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees earlier this week, thinking that the industry could move faster on interoperability. And HL7 has just the thing to change the game.

"I don't try to denigrate the success; I try to celebrate it," he told Healthcare IT News.

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Mapping out the future of interoperability

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:53

On Oct. 15 the future of interoperability was discussed and endorsed by a joint meeting of the Standards and Policy Committees.

We began with a preamble clearly stating that the roadmap we’re working on is a process not a finished product. 

Karen DeSalvo, Jacob Reider, Paul Tang and I offered framing comments for the day.

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MIT, Mass General team up on health IT

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:08
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has teamed up with the Bay State's largest hospital in a new partnership aimed at addressing three major obstacles in clinical medicine, tapping data analytics and digital health tools.  

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CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00

In a bid to drive better quality, wider access and improved care coordination through health IT, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new investment initiative for accountable care organizations taking part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

[See also: ACOs held back by poor interoperability]

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Looking to slash Medicaid costs? First, find the patients

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:25
Integral to effective care coordination with Medicaid beneficiaries is the ability to communicate and reach those chronically ill patients. But it turns out the majority of Medicaid patients can't even be found by states and health plans. One new startup is working to change that.  

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'Actionable' steps to interoperability

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:45

The highly anticipated final recommendations from the JASON task force arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

JASON, a group of independent scientists who advise the federal government, issued a November 2013 report to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Agency for Health Research and Quality on the matter of interoperability.

[See also: Go easy on Stage 3 MU, says JASON group]

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Nathan Russ - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 Boston

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:41

Nathan Russ, Director of Healthcare with Symantec, discusses healthcare IT security in the age of targeted attacks and cyberwarfare.

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Interoperability in 'bi-plane phase'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:14

“I think all the heat in the room is emanating from this seat,” Erica Galvez cracked as she began her first presentation on the contentious matter of interoperability.

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Health IT venture cash may be waning

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:59
Cash flow into the healthcare IT sector may just have reached its limit. Coming down from a torrid second quarter, Q3 venture capital funding for the sector dropped nearly 50 percent, according to the findings of a new report.   The study, published by consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, showed a higher number of VC deals in the third quarter, compared to Q2. But in terms of cash raised, Q3 paled in comparison.  

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ABILITY Network acquires MD On-Line

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:52

ABILITY Network, which develops workflow technology for hospitals, home health agencies and other care settings, will acquire MD On-Line, maker of electronic data interchange and revenue cycle tools for payers and providers, for an undisclosed sum.

[See also: ABILITY Network offers Direct Project access to Minnesota docs]

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