December 07, 2011
Membership wholesale club Costco has launched hosted electronic heath record and practice management software for member physicians, developed in partnership with Troy, N.Y.-based Etransmedia and Chicago-based Allscripts.
December 01, 2011
Advantage Home Telehealth (ADHT) announced today that it has established an Affiliate Program to rapidly expand the deployment of the company's state-of-the-art mobile telehealth program. The Affiliate Program is open to insurance companies, physician groups, hospitals, clinics, visiting nurse associations, and other health care providers interested in improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of their service to chronically ill, in-home patients. The ADHT system employs cutting edge wireless (non-tethered) and automated equipment for vital sign measurement, medication compliance, and general health condition data collection coupled with an around-the-clock clinical monitoring service. By simplifying the approach to home health care while expanding the ease with which information can be gathered, relayed, assessed, and communicated to health care professionals, the ADHT system gives patients greater confidence in the quality of their health care and positively reinforces their positive behaviors. ADHT's experience with patients around the United States has shown that dramatic reductions in unscheduled hospital, emergency room, and doctors office visits is achieved -- saving everyone time and money.
November 18, 2011
Health plan CDPHP is investing another $1M to boost the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery through the adoption of health information technology for eligible network specialists who care for CDPHP members. The initiative builds upon a more than $10 million investment in the interoperability of clinical data in Albany, N.Y.
November 16, 2011
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY, unveiled its newest generation of connected solutions designed to address the needs of busy medical practices today at the 2011 Medica International Trade Fair and Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany. Designed to swiftly gather accurate patient data and transmit it to an electronic medical record (EMR), the new platform-based Welch Allyn Connex® Integrated Wall System (IWS), Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System and Welch Allyn Connex® ProBP™ 3400 digital blood pressure device will be on display in hall 9, booth E15. The company will also showcase ergonomic and security enhancements made to the Braun ThermoScan® PRO 4000 ear thermometer.
November 10, 2011
On Nov. 8, the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, an organization of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing EHRs issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other data-sharing partners.
November 09, 2011
A group of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing electronic health records have issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between providers, health information exchanges and other data-sharing partners.
November 04, 2011
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has been awarded the most incentives -- nearly $3.7 million -- under a national pay-for-performance program, the system announced on Thursday.
October 24, 2011
Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY) announced Friday it has connected its HIE with the cloud-based electronic health record from athenahealth.
October 17, 2011
Kitware, which specializes in open-source healthcare technology, has been awarded Phase I Small Business Innovation Research funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to create an augmented reality visualization prototype that will improve the efficacy and safety of robot-assisted prostate surgery.
October 10, 2011
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY, will showcase its newest generation of connected solutions designed to address the needs of busy medical practices next month at the 2011 Medica International Trade Fair and Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany. Designed to swiftly gather accurate patient data and transmit it to an electronic medical record (EMR), the new platform-based devices will be on display in hall 9, booth E15.
October 04, 2011
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced it has successfully completed the acquisition of TRIMLINE Medical Products Corporation, formerly a manufacturer of a full range of blood pressure cuffs, aneroid gauges and stethoscopes. Welch Allyn has fully integrated all blood pressure cuff manufacturing operations into its Skaneateles Falls, NY, and Tijuana, Mexico, facilities, giving the company a unique opportunity to better serve its customers by offering them the full spectrum of blood pressure management products—from mechanical gauges, to electronic devices, to disposable and reusable blood pressure cuffs.
October 03, 2011
IBM announced Monday that it will donate a portion of its Blue Spruce Project code to the Dojo Foundation's Open Cooperative Web Framework (OpenCoweb), helping enable health IT advancements on several fronts.
September 29, 2011
"There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with electronic health records that it will transform the practice of medicine," wrote Larry Boland, director of healthcare solutions for Syracuse, N.Y.-based Systems Made Simple in a recent opinion piece for Healthcare IT News.
September 28, 2011
As score-keeping begins for new Medicare penalties for hospitals with excessive numbers of patients returning shortly after they're discharged, a new Dartmouth Atlas Project report shows little progress over a five-year period in reducing these hospital readmissions and improving care coordination for Medicare patients. In fact, the statistics show that readmissions for some conditions are on the rise.
September 27, 2011
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced it is partnering with Wavelength Information Services, Inc. (Wavelength) to offer its clients a unique service designed to ease the process of selecting and preparing for an electronic health record (EHR) system. Wavelength is a Maryland-based healthcare IT outsourcing and systems integration firm whose comprehensive range of programs and services include system implementation, integration, networking, optimization, project management, programming, custom reporting, education and knowledge transfer expertise. It is a sub-recipient partner of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) Regional Extension Centers (REC) system.
September 26, 2011
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced up to $13.2 million in new grants to support the expansion of health information technology in settings that serve people with mental and substance use disorders.
September 23, 2011
American Medical Alert Corp (Nasdaq: AMAC), a leading provider of remote health monitoring and 24/7 communication services that enhances care, accelerates response times, improves operational effectiveness and delivers sustainable patient services, has announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Tunstall Healthcare Group Limited, a leading telehealth and telecare provider. Tunstall will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of AMAC for $8.55 per share in cash without interest, representing a premium of approximately 50% over AMAC’s closing share price on September 22, 2011, plus one Contingent Payment Right (CPR) per share providing a contingent cash payment for the holder of such common share in the event of a sale of AMAC’s interests in the Lifecomm joint venture or prior sale of Tunstall under certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.
September 20, 2011
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY, will showcase its newest generation of connected solutions designed to address the needs of busy medical practices today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) AsiaPac Conference and Leadership Summit in Melbourne, Australia. Designed to swiftly gather accurate patient data and transmit it to an electronic medical record (EMR), the new platform-based Welch Allyn Connex® Integrated Wall System (IWS) and Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System will be on display at booth 410.
September 13, 2011
The 2011 HIMSS Davies Award Winners were announced Tuesday during a conference that was part of National Health Information Technology Week. Officials have also changed the criteria for next year's awards, aligning them with the HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption model.
September 12, 2011
Patients can do many things in the waiting rooms at the 37 offices of ENT and Allergy Associates ®, LLP. But filling out paperwork and long waits to see their doctor may no longer be part of their visit.