February 19, 2013
iMedicor, which specializes in healthcare communications and data exchange, announced Tuesday that it has acquired both HITS Consulting Group and ClariDIS Corporation.
February 18, 2013
Two Stage 6 hospitals, one in Manhattan and the other in Honolulu - Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hawai'i Pacific Health - are due to pick up their 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, March 3-7.
February 18, 2013
Call it "connected independence" or "sustainable aging," but the impact is clear: Today's seniors are a growing population, and they're demanding more from an already-taxed healthcare system as they strive to stay in their own homes and out of the hospital. Among the new companies catering to their needs and wants is eCaring.
January 31, 2013
Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital have joined forces to launch the new Institute for Precision Medicine, a research hub that will deploy leading-edge technology to find targeted treatments based patients' genetic profiles.
January 30, 2013
"Concerned, but not panicking," is how John Bosco, chief information officer (CIO) at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Allscripts' biggest customer, described his reaction to the electronic health record (EHR) vendor's Dec. 19 announcement that CEO Glen Tullman would be stepping down after 15 years at the helm - and that former Cerner executive Paul Black would now be steering the ship.
January 16, 2013
Primary Partners, a Florida-based organization of some 60 healthcare providers that participates in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare Shared Savings Program, has announced a partnership with AMC Health, a New York-based provider of telemedicine services. The agreement enables AMC to provide telemonitoring services for Primary Partners patients with chronic diseases, such as heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
January 01, 2013
Hospitals can have hundreds of IT systems. Vendors have built proprietary databases. Not everyone follows the same standards. Health systems fear sharing data with competitors. Policymakers have not focused on health information exchange or EHR usability.
December 21, 2012
"Concerned, but not panicking," is how Allscripts' biggest customer describes his reaction to the EHR vendor's switch at the top -- one that has CEO Glen Tullman stepping down, and former Cerner executive Paul Black, now steering the ship. Allscripts customers give both men kudos for leadership, but say the turnaround has to be decisive -- and quick.
December 19, 2012
It is not everyday that a person gets to see something entirely foreign and new and have their eyes opened to things that delight and surprise them, but I have just returned from a week of that feeling and it was downright revelatory.
December 10, 2012
Bassett Healthcare Network, a six-member hospital network based in upstate New York, is continuing its transition to electronic medical records (EMRs). The network transitioned its outpatient services to an enhanced EMR back in 2011 and has recently implemented an EMR in the inpatient setting at the 180-bed Bassett Medical Center, which went live Dec. 8.
November 28, 2012
In the results released Nov. 28, 103 hospitals that Leapfrog had given a "C" or lower in its first round of ratings in June got an "A" in the updated Hospital Safety Score, based on more recent data and a slightly tweaked methodology.
November 27, 2012
The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.
November 15, 2012
Sixty-nine percent of U.S. primary care physicians reported using electronic medical records in 2012 -- up from 46 percent in 2009, according to findings from the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey. But in the U.S., just 11 percent of physicians said they had referral information available when it was needed.
November 08, 2012
The continuing convergence of healthcare and information communication technologies makes the telehealth industry one of the most confusing yet transformative spaces across the globe. One of the key needs in telehealth concerns the management and adherence to medication regimens. While basic pill boxes are not new, recent advancements in technology have allowed more effective medication management systems emerge creating this new exciting market opportunity. Due to these needs, medication management systems are quickly growing; consequently, this is becoming one of the most rapidly evolving markets in healthcare.
October 31, 2012
The Statewide Health Information Network of New York sees itself as a "public utility" as much as an HIE. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as patients bounce between hospitals (and as other public utilities, such as electricity and transportation, are compromised), it has enabled critical continuity of care.
October 29, 2012
Deloitte Consulting announced Monday it has closed on a deal to acquire Recombinant Data Corporation, a Newton, Mass.-based healthcare data warehousing and analytics firm. The move signals the growing momentum toward using clinical data to transform healthcare, say Deloitte officials.
October 17, 2012
Columbia University School of Nursing has received a $1.2 million grant to research and improve infection prevention practices in pediatric long-term care facilities. The four-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will enable researchers to undertake the “Keep It Clean for Kids” Project, or KICK, a study assessing hand hygiene at three New York-area facilities that care for children with complex health conditions and disabilities.
October 15, 2012
InterSystems Corporation, a provider of software for connected care, and eHealth Technologies, which develops imaging solutions for electronic health records and health information exchange solutions, have announced a new partnership.
October 11, 2012
A coalition led by the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup and Healtheway, the newly formed public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, has established a program to test and certify electronic health records and other health IT to ensure interoperability and reliable data exchange.
October 09, 2012
The findings of a new study underscore the positive correlation between high quality care in physician practices and the use of electronic health records. Experts say the study is one of the first to examine and subsequently validate the clinical value of EHRs.