June 29, 2012
A new Kalorama report finds that the the medical device industry may be feeling significantly more feverish after the recent Supreme Court healthcare ruling, as the industry will now face additional costs due to a tax provision included in the act that is slated to take effect next year.
June 21, 2012
A new study from KPMG finds nearly half of business leaders at hospitals and health systems are more than halfway through full EHR deployments, even as many harbor doubts about how much funding their organizations have planned to support the initiatives.
June 11, 2012
As they work to curb readmission rates and shift toward value-based reimbursement, hospitals are being slapped with big penalties that experts say are only increasing. A recent study from CipherHealth shows a mounting $1.6 billion in HCAHPS and readmission penalties facing hospitals today.
June 05, 2012
A Forbes Insights study released Tuesday showed that, among healthcare executives, value-based purchasing (VBP) is continuing to gain favor over traditional fee-for-service reimbursement.
June 04, 2012
A new pacemaker with advanced remote patient management capabilities is being used to treat patients with bradycardia, a condition in which the heart can't beat fast enough, resulting in oxygen deprivation throughout the body.
May 31, 2012
MMRGlobal, Inc. has announced that it has entered into an amended services agreement with E-Mail Frequency (www.emailfrequency.com) to offer the Company's MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record (PHR) products and services exclusively to a consortium of wholesale affinity and employee benefit Telemedicine Providers starting this July. The providers deliver services connecting patients to physicians online for consults and treatment from the privacy of their home or office. The agreement calls for E-mail Frequency to offer embedded PHRs to more than one million wholesale benefit recipients in the first year of service. E-mail Frequency clients already include AmeriDoc™ (www.ameridoc.com), a nationwide telemedicine service provider of 24/7 access to licensed physicians via telephone, video and secure e-mail, and National Benefit Builders, Inc. (www.nbbicard.com), an industry leader in marketing and distributing discount health, dental, vision and prescription drug networks headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey with Regional Offices in New York, Texas, Florida, and elsewhere.
May 29, 2012
HealthNow New York (HNNY), a healthcare company serving Western New York, has announced a partnership with Charleston, S.C.-based Benefitfocus to provide employers healthcare enrollment and e-billing technology.
May 24, 2012
On the second and last day of the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference in New York this past week, Jessie Gruman, president of the Center of Advancing Health, took the stage to discuss what she, and a majority of patients, want to see from a healthcare organization's social media efforts.
May 23, 2012
At the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference in New York this past week, Ed Bennett, director of Web and communications technology at University of Maryland Medical Center, discussed his experiences with gaining buy-in and successfully launching a thriving social media presence.
May 22, 2012
Healthcor Manangement, LP, one of the largest shareholders of health IT company Allscripts, has filed a lawsuit against the company in an effort to remove CEO Glen Tullman, according to a Reuters report.
May 22, 2012
Physicians use of devices and digital technology is evolving much faster than anticipated, especially when it comes to tablets, where adoption nearly doubled since 2011, according to a new study from healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research.
May 21, 2012
At the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference this past week, Mike Sevilla, MD, family physician and blogger at Family Medicine Rocks, took the stage to present not only his own social media story, but to convince other physicians why they need to be on social media, too.
May 21, 2012
A developer of mobile messaging programs is teaming with the National Cancer Institute to launch a text messaging service targeted at teen and young adult smokers.
May 21, 2012
Like soldiers inserted into the battle front, an IT-supported pilot program in New York's Hudson Valley has embedded in primary practices a network of nurse care managers, who catch patients who fall off physicians' radar to turn around their health status.
May 18, 2012
InterSystems has launched the next generation of its InterSystems HealthShare, a strategic informatics platform for interoperability and active analytics. Designed originally for public HIEs, officials say the technology has been extended and rearchitected for use by integrated delivery networks (IDNs).
May 16, 2012
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 155,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, with the healthcare industry alone responsible for 19,000 of these newly added positions.
May 11, 2012
Happtique, a mobile health app store aimed at healthcare professionals, will launch a trial of mRx, which it touts as the first program to enable physicians to prescribe mHealth apps to patients.
May 07, 2012
The Markle Foundation has issued a new resource to help organizations implementing health IT navigate governance, individual consent, procurement and other areas related to secure information sharing.
May 04, 2012
During a recent discussion I had with Lockton's ERISA attorney, Mark Holloway, five areas of exposure emerged related to employers and how they will react to health reform requirements in 2014. You've no doubt heard that 2014 is the year employers with 50 or more full-time employees are mandated to provide qualifying and affordable health insurance to every full-time employee, regardless of pre-existing conditions or any other exigency, or face a fine of $2,000 per full-time employee for failing to provide such coverage.
May 03, 2012
Higher prices and greater use of technology appear to be the main factors driving the high rates of U.S. spending on healthcare, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study, which finds that the U.S. spends more on healthcare than 12 other industrialized countries.