February 21, 2013
A new study examining health information technology adoption levels among infection preventionists reveals a salient disconnect, in many cases, between the two.
February 08, 2013
National health programs have been, or are now, becoming electronic, just as health records are. Many of these programs will play major roles in either incenting or conflicting with efforts to advance the electronic healthcare infrastructure. And as with other industries, becoming electronic changes the way these programs can and should be carried...
January 30, 2013
Preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) with UV light has been the recent focus of federal attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a two-year study that will measure the effectiveness of using advanced, no-touch environmental UV disinfection technology to reduce infections.
January 28, 2013
If someone were to ask you to attend all the sessions at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition where a government official is speaking, the first thing you would have to ask is: do I have enough time in my schedule? There are at least 25 such sessions in all.
January 17, 2013
"In addition to being a law enforcement challenge, gun violence is also a serious public health issue that affects thousands of individuals, families and communities across the nation," President Barack Obama wrote in his memorandum to the Centers for Disease Control Jan. 16, when he charged the agency with conducting research into the matter.
December 18, 2012
The Kansas Department of Health and the Environment has awarded $7.1 million in federal grants to two health information exchange organizations, as part of efforts to expand statewide information sharing.
November 28, 2012
Officials at the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) announced Wednesday that they have begun sharing anonymous patient data with BioSense, a public health system coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that systematically tracks hospital emergency department visits.
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.
October 04, 2012
George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, credited with leading the decision to implement an enterprise-wide electronic health record system that's often touted as a model, will retire in Dec. 2013. He has served as Kaiser's chairman and CEO since 2002.
September 11, 2012
A nationwide patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reduced the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units by 40 percent, according to the agency's preliminary findings.