May 14, 2013
"It's systems that let ordinary people do extraordinary things," national coordinator for health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD said during a Health IT Policy Committee meeting talk that vice chair Paul Tang described immediately afterward as "inspiring and challenging."
May 02, 2013
The Center for Technology and Aging has launched an online mHealth Toolkit that officials say offers key resources to organizations that want to develop a best-in-class mHealth program for chronic disease management.
May 02, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have formed what they call a first-of-its-kind partnership with San Francisco-based healthcare modeling and analytics company Archimedes to provide free and easy access to CMS synthetic claims data for any software developer.
April 26, 2013
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has put a halt to what appeared to be smooth sailing for Marilyn Tavenner to officially take the helm of the Medicare program. At a budget hearing Wednesday, Harkin said he wants answers on why funding for wellness is to be cut from the federal budget.
April 23, 2013
Africa has 433 million cell phone subscriptions and only 12 million landlines. Africans have enthusiastically adopted mobile technology because it is accessible, scalable, cost effective and available. By not investing in cloud solutions, today’s healthcare providers are theoretically building the landlines of Africa.
April 15, 2013
Among America's dichotomies: The country is widely-viewed as a leader in IT, yet the healthcare industry is notoriously perceived as lagging others in tech adoption. But is it really? To find out, Healthcare IT News Contributing Editor Tom Sullivan spoke with Medicomp Systems CEO David Lareau, who travels the globe and meets with healthcare customers in other nations.
March 29, 2013
Omada Health, a start-up company based in San Francisco, has launched its flagship online product, called Prevent, which is aimed at tackling diabetes, a disease that affects 43 percent of Americans and, according to the American Diabetes Association, cost America $245 billion last year.
March 22, 2013
Three subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee just concluded three hearings on mobile health March 18-21, looking for "the sweet spot and that fine line," between patient safety regulations and freedom of innovation, as it was described by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) at the opening of the hearings.
March 05, 2013
The man once hailed by GQ Magazine as one of the 12 "rock stars of science" doesn't predict a rosy future for hospitals or medical clinics. But he does expect the individual consumer to be much more aware and proactive about healthcare.
March 04, 2013
As soon as he stepped onto the stage at HIMSS13 on Monday morning to deliver his keynote, Ochsner Health System President and CEO Warner Thomas acknowledged he might have preferred to follow a speaker other than New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
February 20, 2013
A new report released Tuesday recognizes the nation's best hospitals for 2013 in addition to top cities in the United States for hospital care based on in-hospital mortality rates. Dayton, Ohio; Phoenix; and Milwaukee have come out on top, all seeing mortality rates less than 5 percent.
January 14, 2013
UnitedHealth Group is pushing a theme of behavior change and incentives to improve America's troubled healthcare system -- and, more importantly, the American patient. It's a battle that Reed Tuckson, MD, UnitedHealth's executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, says won't be easy.
January 07, 2013
athenahealth is expanding its stronghold in the physician market with the announcement today that it would acquire San Mateo, Calif.-based Epocrates, a mobile health company known for its point-of-care medical apps for physicians. The acquisition will accelerate athenahealth's vision to build the nation's health information backbone, executives say.
October 29, 2012
America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced Monday the launch of a new interactive iPad app. AHIP officials say the app, "U.S. Health Care Spending 101," is meant to provide policymakers and stakeholders with comprehensive healthcare spending data in an easy-to-use digital format.
October 19, 2012
Speaking at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) annual CIO Forum, ONC chief Farzad Mostashari described the failings of paper records with a personal story.
September 27, 2012
Todd Park, chief technology officer of the United States, urged an audience at the Commonwealth Club of California recently to think about data in new ways, and suggested that to do so would first require setting that data free.
September 26, 2012
In the widespread quest to find remedies for America's pricey healthcare system, some say the answers lie locally, from the bottom up.
September 21, 2012
Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner and Cerner Chairman, CEO and President Neal Patterson are among the 400 wealthiest people in America, listed with well-known billionaires such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
September 10, 2012
Tuning into the live webcast of the ONC’s Consumer Health IT Summit earlier today, I had the pleasure of hearing how Vietnam veteran Randy Watson has used the VA’s Blue Button technology to better enable his healthcare.
August 20, 2012
Kansas' two largest health systems are now sharing data on a provider-based health information exchange. That's been achieved just as the state's quasi-governmental HIE board is considering dissolving itself, and some significant regulatory debates are waiting to be settled.