March 27, 2012
A post-Civil War era law took a pivotal role in whether the Supreme Court has the authority to consider the health reform law. The Supreme Court justices listened to arguments March 26 about whether or not they have jurisdiction in the lawsuit brought by 26 states led by Florida against the federal government over the constitutionality of the health reform law.
March 20, 2012
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), in partnership with three Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) -- Health Choice Network of Florida, OCHIN of Oregon and the Alliance of Chicago -- has launched THQLink (connecting Technology, Health, and Quality). The intent is to help safety-net providers manage the increasing demands for quality cost and outcome.
March 16, 2012
Baptist Health of Northeast Florida is the first local health system to go entirely paperless with a systemwide electronic medical record in Jacksonville, FL, and has long been a leader in clinical technologies. All 5 of our hospitals, our primary care offices, our pharmacies, home health and other services are now connected by one EMR platform, called SHIELD.
March 13, 2012
Imagine that you’re being required to buy a car. You will have to pay for most of it, but you can’t choose exactly what you want and there are so many restrictions on your options. There’s one more catch: If you don’t choose one yourself, the dealer will decide for you. This is the same predicament that many state policymakers find themselves in regarding the creation of health insurance exchanges.
March 09, 2012
MedAptus®, the market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced that central Florida’s Watson Clinic LLP has chosen the company’s Professional Intelligent Charge Capture solution for its 294 multi-specialty providers. The technology will be deployed across numerous inpatient and outpatient locations to automate the organization’s professional charge capture and management activities.
March 05, 2012
GetWellNetwork, Inc.®, provider of the industry's leading interactive patient care (IPC) solution, announced today that Memorial Healthcare System's Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, Fla., has implemented GetWell Town throughout its 204-bed facility. The solution provides access to educational programs, television, movies, video games and the Internet to each room of the newly constructed freestanding facility that opened in July 2011.
March 02, 2012
Forty-one percent of Oregon's physicians have adopted electronic health records, according to a new report by researchers from the Doctors Company. Following Oregon for physician adoption are Georgia at 39 percent, Florida at 37 percent, Washington at 35 percent and Virginia at 34 percent.
February 28, 2012
From the floor of the HIMSS12 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Allscripts and MyCareTeam (MCT) launched their integrated diabetes management system to healthcare providers. Integrating the MyCareTeam application with Allscripts Enterprise EHR is enabling patients and providers to collaborate to better manage diabetes between visits and in the office.
February 14, 2012
One of the critical challenges to the successful adoption of patient-centered healthcare is ensuring that the patient adheres to his or her medication requirements. This means taking the right medication in the right dose at the right time, with the right outcomes.
February 14, 2012
IrriMax® Corporation, a leader in the development of innovative irrigation systems, announced today it has been awarded a supplier contract with the Premier healthcare alliance, effective February 1, 2012, for its IrriSept® wound debridement and cleansing system. The IrriSept system is the first and only FDA-cleared irrigation device containing Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG), finally providing an alternative to traditional saline irrigation. IrriSept is packaged and available for use in surgical and non-surgical environments.
February 09, 2012
McKesson announced Wednesday that it has acquired Sarasota, Fla.-based peerVue, which develops radiology workflow and communication solutions. The move helps broaden McKesson's portfolio of enterprise imaging and information management systems.
February 06, 2012
Healthcare reform is arguably the hot-button political issue of our time. And with the Supreme Court locked and loaded to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act this summer, it's a safe bet the controversial two-year-old legislation will have a huge impact on the 2012 election and beyond.
February 03, 2012
The GOP primary candidates head to Nevada on Saturday, a state with poor healthcare and few healthcare resources -- also one that has plunged in and begun implementing what it can of the Affordable Care Act, even though many in the state don't agree with the politics of it.
February 03, 2012
VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation (“VeriTeQ” or “Company”), a leader in implantable, radio frequency identification (“RFID”) for humans and animals, announced today it will offer its FDA-cleared VeriChip microchip, a rice grain-sized, passive RFID microchip, for the identification of breast implants and other medical devices. VeriTeQ is already working to identify medical devices, specifically vascular ports, for the proper identification of the port and medication dosing requirements through an existing contract with a medical device manufacturer.
February 01, 2012
The uncertainty of how physicians will practice medicine in the next few years weighs heavily on doctors in Florida. And, the Republican primary candidates campaigning in the state recently said nothing that allayed their fears, according to the head of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.
January 30, 2012
The Veterans Health Administration plans to deploy a mobile triage solution for the emergency room. The idea for the touch-screen triage tablet came from a VA Employee Innovation Competition, where Orlando, Fla.-based DSHI Systems emerged as one of the winners.
January 25, 2012
Adherence to medication requirements is crucial to patient-centered care. With mobile health technology now near-ubiquitous, physicians have more power to ensure compliance. Vendors are developing an array of new apps to capitalize on this need.
January 24, 2012
Last night, the remaining four GOP candidates debated in Tampa, Florida and, as usual, there were a number of topics misrepresented as facts – Mitt Romney’s attacks on the federal health law among those.
January 24, 2012
iMedicor (PINKSHEETS: VMCI) today announced it is adding esMD (Electronic Submission of Medical Data) and HIH (Health Information Handler) technology and certifications to iMedicor's flagship service, the HIPAA-compliant Social Health Information Exchange (SocialHIE). With this latest enhancement, iMedicor puts doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers "almost a full year ahead" of the CMS (Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services) adoption deadline for the computer-to-computer exchange of protected health information -- and can dramatically cut staff time and costs by moving providers away from paper-based transactions.
January 19, 2012
More than half of states expanded and simplified their Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs' eligibility, enrollment and renewal procedures in 2011, often using technology to streamline and automate processes.