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There has been no increase in new patient visits since the Affordable Care Act took effect. This, according to ACAView, a report from cloud-based EHR company athenahealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, released today, is the first of quarterly reports to come gauging the various metrics associated with healthcare reform.
July 16, 2014
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As IBM and Apple team up for a new "mobile first" platform, we could be seeing what happens when the power of Watson analytics is put into a smartphone to be queried like Siri at the point of care.
July 16, 2014
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Eighty percent of respondents to the inaugural 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey say they currently use cloud-based IT services, for everything from human resources technology to data backup and disaster recovery. Still qualms about performance and privacy persist.
June 17, 2014
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Athenahealth and Epocrates, an athenahealth service, released a mobile trends report that shows nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists emerging as the most engaged users of mobile technology today.
June 17, 2014
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As the Cleveland Clinic adds its prestigious name to the hospital groups that have embraced next-generation medical kiosks, healthcare IT executives are wrestling with the powerful pros and cons of such a move.
June 4, 2014
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The annual PayerView Report from health IT company athenahealth, released today, reveals the healthcare payer that has the best relationship with providers and the one that has the most problems.
May 30, 2014
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It seems that everybody under the sun has been asking "you're in the cloud, right?" But it's important to take a step back and realize that not all clouds are equal. Maybe it's time for people to be asking, "Are you doing the cloud right?"
May 30, 2014
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UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Luminat, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.
April 22, 2014
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Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.
April 21, 2014
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Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.
April 18, 2014
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Buckling under the weight of $750 million in debt, voice recognition and medical transcription company M*Modal has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
March 21, 2014
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The latest deployment of IBM's cognitive computing technology is at the New York Genome Center, where Watson will help oncologists speed their research for personalized cancer care.

March 21, 2014
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
April 2, 2013
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University of Tennessee Medical Center is a major medical center providing superior treatment and healthcare support to residents of the East Tennessee region. UTMC wanted to solve a number of challenges they were facing, such as an increasing volume of spam, an incomplete system for archival and retrieval, and a lack of a coordinated disaster recovery strategy. Read this case study to find out how UTMC used a single cloud service to solve all of these challenges, as well as reduced IT costs by 60 percent and reduced administrative time to less than 40 hours.
November 27, 2012
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Summers Labs has relied on a customary AS/AV interface with features that were not typically user-friendly for their patients and did not include an archiving system. The small facility needed to complete their arrangement update effectively, while incorporating enhanced business continuity features such as email uptime. After evaluating a number of email management options, Summers Labs organized their migration to Exchange 2010 without distressing about email outages. Download this case study to learn how the facility guaranteed a comprehensive, workable server.
November 27, 2012
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Memorial Hospital of Converse County is a state-of-the-art facility, where Dave Patterson, CIO, understood that their existing email archiving and retrieval system was at a loss. Complying with government mandates and protecting patient and financial information became a challenge for Patterson and his team. Read this case study to learn how MHCC found that implementing an email archiving and business continuity solution was a ‘must have.’ In addition, this report explores the benefits of cloud-based email management, while ensuring regulatory compliance.
November 27, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with <a href="/directory/medicare" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Medicare</a> to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
November 9, 2012
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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Adopting the cloud in health is not so much a question of “if” anymore as it is a question of “when”. With all the confusion over the many cloud productivity solutions in the market, how do you align your decision around what matters most to your healthcare organization? The five things you need to know when moving to cloud productivity checklist provides five key considerations health organizations should look for in a cloud solutions provider. By submitting this form, your information will be shared with Microsoft, and you will receive a one-time follow up on the phone or email.
November 7, 2012
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Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to deliver complex applications with high performance and security, while tight budgets demand cost reduction initiatives. For this reason, healthcare IT professionals are seeking cloud-based service options that reduce the infrastructure burden on the organization while reducing operating costs and the associated capital investment. Read this Q&A with Judy Hanover, research director at IDC Health Insights as she answers questions about different strategies organizations can use and the benefits of moving to the cloud.
November 7, 2012
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In January 2010, QualSight - the nation’s largest LASIK manager serving over 75 million health plan members - was informed that a hack attempt had been made against their infrastructure. They were concerned that a repeat occurrence could take place and wanted to take a pro-active role in eliminating any future occurrence. Download this case study to find out how QualSight finally found a solution that offered complete HIPAA compliancy.
November 7, 2012
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Information Transforms Healthcare. As a Provider, you collect more data than ever before, from EMRs, patient surveys, home monitoring, to imaging. Collaborating on patient care is difficult at best—there’s so much data, it can’t easily be shared and it’s often incomplete. And new insights can only be derived from relevant information. IT executives can close the gap between maintenance and innovation budgets and deliver clinically relevant, operationally efficient, and fiscally sound solutions for the business. How? With a proven IT infrastructure that allows you to securely take advantage of newly digitized data.
November 7, 2012
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While in Chicago recently, I was asked how we validated our quality measures when we moved from chart abstraction to automated computation of PRQS, Meaningful Use, Pioneer ACO, and Alternative Quality Contract measures via the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Quality Data Center (QDC).
March 20, 2012
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My ears perked up earlier this week when the radio show Marketplace ran a piece entitled “Megaupload Case Exposes Cloud Computing Risks.” I had read rumblings of the imminent shutdown of the file-sharing site, and sure enough, the Justice Department shut it down earlier this month for alleged copyright violation.
February 3, 2012
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Last year I started a series of “Dos and Don'ts” in hospital tech by focusing on wireless technologies. Folks asked a lot of questions about dos and don'ts in other tech areas so here’s a list of more tips and tricks.
January 11, 2012
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The healthcare industry is under constant pressure to streamline the sharing and availability of information, while at the same time maintaining ever-more rigorous controls over patient privacy, and of course, reducing costs at the same time. Therefore cloud computing offers some significant opportunities, perhaps even more significant than in many other industries.
November 15, 2011
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I've written about the implications of staff bringing their own devices to the office instead of using corporate desktops and the challenges of keeping mobile devices secure.
October 12, 2011
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If you’re reading this blog, you most likely saw the pop-up/interstitial Intel ad that asks “Is Cloud Computing Right for You?” Steve Jobs apparently thinks so.
June 7, 2011
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On June 1, enterprise imaging vendor DR Systems announced that it is developing an ambulatory imaging-centric EHR. According to DR Systems, the cloud-based, vendor-neutral EHR is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will be certified to facilitate meaningful use compliance for medical imaging specialists.
June 2, 2011
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In an age so defined by technology, two seemingly contradictory assertions seem pretty safe. First: the legal system will always be playing catch-up to technological change. Second: those who decide to use new technologies would do well to understand current law, regardless of whether or not it’s up-to-date.
June 2, 2011
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It's been a bad month for the cloud.
May 16, 2011
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Datacenters are booming. Demand grew 13% in 2010 and is expected to continue to accelerate according to New York research firm Tier 1. However, demand has outpaced the rate of construction for physical space, thus alternative strategies of data management are being considered.
May 6, 2011
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Cloud-based EHRs are being touted as a cost-effective alternative for physicians who are worried about the price tag of client-served, software-based EHRs. A recent article, however, questions whether they are such a good choice for a number of valid reasons.
August 18, 2010
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Distant thunder rumbles across the HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 horizon. That's the sound of cloud computing services gliding toward healthcare organizations.
May 12, 2010
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MediKeeper, a leading health information integration company, and Wellmark, the leading health insurance company in Iowa and South Dakota, today announced the launch of a new secure member portal using MediKeeper’s customized solution. Focused on improving member access to health information, MyWellmark offers access to claims status, benefits reviews, health care expense tracking, and tools to reach wellness goals.
October 6, 2011
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Riverbed Technology, the IT performance company, today announced that Medi-Clinic, one of the largest private hospital groups in the world, has deployed 58 Riverbed Steelhead appliances and the Central Management Console (CMC) at its Southern African operations.
June 15, 2010
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