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November 06, 2012
In his book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era (Simon & Schuster), Michael Grunwald, a correspondent for TIME magazine, makes a compelling case that President Obama's 2009 stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is probably more transformative in the long run than Roosevelt's New Deal.
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November 06, 2012
With its ease of installment, functional versatility, cost effectiveness and seemingly limitless capacity, cloud computing is taking the healthcare IT landscape by storm.
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November 06, 2012
Seems like everything is "smart" nowadays. Smartphones. Smart TVs. Smart cars. For something to simply exist and perform its intended purpose is no longer enough; now everything must be technologically-advanced enough to all but think for itself.
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November 06, 2012
The first thing one notices, when looking at HIMSS Analytics' tallies of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) adoption in hospitals, is how high they are. Unlike CPOE, e-prescribing or even EHRs, the market penetration for PACS systems is pretty robust.
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November 06, 2012
Health information exchange can be a platform on which innovators build the tools that providers, public health departments and patients need  - and, in so doing, plug holes in the marketplace, according to David Whitlinger, executive director of New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC).
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November 06, 2012
As providers and hospitals drive toward meaningful use of certified EHRs, the ONC is at work on how the identity of individuals should be verified when they electronically access their health records.
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November 06, 2012
Marking a bridge's beginning, ONC has made it official: eHealth Exchange is standing on its own as a non-federal, nonprofit entity. ONC announced the new status on Oct. 11.
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November 06, 2012
Twitter, the much beloved social networking site, is set to take on disease outbreaks, after the collaborative efforts of three informaticists yielded a new Web-based application tool available to public health officials.
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November 06, 2012
Like most smart health IT vendors, McKesson is preparing for a brave new world of value-based care. Toward that end, the healthcare giant made a couple of strategic acquisitions just a week apart earlier this fall.
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November 06, 2012
Not all business decisions turn out as well as it seems they might. It seemed to make sense for Apple to part ways with embedded technology from Google, an erstwhile ally who's now a chief competitor in the smartphone market.
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November 06, 2012
"Patient engagement" has become one of healthcare's many new buzz phrases. But as the framers of meaningful use might say, it's more than buzz. It's a critical piece of improving care.
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November 06, 2012
The demands of meeting meaningful use measures within the HHS's established timeframe has industry CIOs strapped and left facing serious IT staff shortages, according to the findings of an October CHIME survey.
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November 06, 2012
Physicians at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, a 200-bed community hospital in Beaufort, S.C., are poised to embrace texting in a way they've never been able to do before, and CIO Ed Ricks knows it will immediately make a piece of their work easier and faster.
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November 06, 2012
Critical access hospitals across rural California are poised to benefit from $20 million in investments from UnitedHealthcare aimed at boosting electronic health records and other health information technology.
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November 06, 2012
Out of sight, out of mind, the familiar proverb goes. The people of Haiti know this; they live this. After the 2010 earthquake that decimated the country, killing some 316,000 Haitians and leaving some one million homeless, an influx of outside aid poured into the country. Today, much of that promised money has yet to materialize, and most aid groups have vacated. Haiti still remains the poorest and most disease-ravaged country in the Western Hemisphere.
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November 06, 2012
With a $100 million investment, UPMC has joined the ranks of an increasing number of medical and research centers across the country aiming to mine and analyze its data in order to provide more precise care.
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November 06, 2012
Last week my mother fell and broke her hip. She was taken to a very good local hospital and received excellent orthopedic care.
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November 06, 2012
With so much of America's healthcare future on the line after the election - partisan budget battles looming and talk of either moving forward with Obamacare or starting over under President Romney (depending what has happened at the ballot box by the time you read this) - one thing has stayed relatively stable over the past eight years, and hopefully will continue to: the bipartisan advancement of healthcare IT.
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November 05, 2012
One of the concepts occupying my mind is that of automated care. The last time I wrote about automated care was February of 2011 (Emotional Automation, Revisited). Lately I've been thinking about it more and more. The burden of chronic illness continues to rise and the size of the provider workforce is not keeping up. This manifests as overworked, unhappy providers, particularly in primary care. 
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November 05, 2012
The October 4 letter four House leaders to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling for a halt to the government's EHR Incentive Program seems to have come out of the blue.
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