When analytics falls short July 24, 2014 | Evan Schuman, Contributing Writer
Analytics illustration
Some analyses turn out to be highly inaccurate
The joys of unintended consequences never end. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required hospitals to get paid based on how much they improved their patients' health rather than however tests and procedures were completed, the intent was to improve patient care. More
Leapfrog: Hospital dangers still lurk July 23, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Busy hospital corridor
New survey shows some safety improvements, but also some stubborn threats.
On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections. More
Johns Hopkins settles $190M suit July 22, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Johns Hopkins Health System
'It is our hope that this settlement...helps those affected achieve a measure of closure.'
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. More
What is 'awareness computing'? July 21, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Doctor using tablet
One CIO says the technology goes over and above single sign-on.
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 goal is to provide roaming clinicians instant access to patient records throughout the hospital, while also ensuring top security. More
Deaths by medical mistakes hit records July 18, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Doctors consulting with patients
The way IT is designed remains part of the problem
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 Congressional hearing Thursday, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions. More
Jonathan Bush on where it hurts most July 17, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Jonathan Bush
Athenahealth CEO taps his inner storyteller with his first book
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. More
What HIPAA doesn't cover July 16, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Laptop
Data brokers continue to mine consumer health data
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. More
Social media nightmare for health IT July 15, 2014 | Evan Schuman, Contributing Writer
Social media sites
Our columnist would hate to have to issue a concrete definition – acceptable to folks in hospital legal departments – of 'sensitivity'
Few healthcare IT policies these days are as delicate, sensitive and potentially emotionally explosive as efforts to restrict or regulate employee social media activity. And yet hospital hierarchies are routinely stepping on these political minefields as providers try to protect their reputations. More
Stage 2: Rubber meets the road July 14, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Closeup of tire on road
The man viewed by many as the architect of meaningful use weighs in.
As David Blumenthal, MD, sees it, Stage 2 is where the rubber meets the road for the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program -- the government's grand scheme to drag the American healthcare system, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. But, is it proving to be just too much for most providers? More
Clinical informatics: data in action July 11, 2014 | John Andrews, Contributing Writer
Providers put informatics to use on the clinical side as well as business side.
It's critical to think hard about how to use this data goldmine, experts say
If there is one emerging pattern within the clinical informatics field, it is the quest to make data "actionable" for users. However, providers are finding that the data generated often can't be used in a timely and constructive manner. More
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When researchers at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000...
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