Health IT

Docs helping docs embrace IT

At last year's meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, held in February in Orlando, Fla., a small group of well-known health information technology leaders from the public and private sectors met to discuss the need to create a resource for physicians who were struggling to implement IT systems in their practices.

Peace Corps plans EHR system in 2013

The Peace Corps plans to acquire a comprehensive electronic health records system to serve its volunteers stationed in 77 developing countries. The agency wants to develop a proof of concept electronic health record (EHR) and test it in a limited pilot by September and deploy it in fiscal 2013. Read more about "Peace Corps plans EHR system in...

Federal Health IT Market Poised for Growth

Investments in health IT systems and services by federal government agencies will increase from $4.5 billion in 2011 to $6.5 billion in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5 percent, according to a new GovWin report from research firm Deltek.  “Unlike most areas of projected federal spending, health IT purports to be a growth market over the next five years,” write GovWin’s senior analysts. “Rising healthcare costs, aging population, and continued high unemployment drive...

Healthcare Providers Embracing Mobile Health Technology

The next wave of mobile health IT adoption is well under way as healthcare providers turn to tablet and smartphone applications to improve patient care and increase productivity, according to CompTIA's third annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities study. Two-thirds of the healthcare providers surveyed stated that implementing or improving their use of mobile technologies was a priority in the next 12 months.

Health Information Technology Helps Track HIV Patients

Health information technology can help increase rates of HIV testing and track patients with the infection who are not receiving adequate treatment, according to studies presented at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta. Read more at "HIV in America: Studies zero in on trouble spots."

Study Finds Mobile Health Technology Can Help Disease Managment

Mobile health technology may help patients, particularly those with Type 2 diabetes, better manage their condition, according to a new study conducted by University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers. Read more at "Mobile health technology can aid diabetes management, study finds"

Health IT Integral to Accountable Care Organizations

The strong suspicion that providers will have to bulk up on health information technology if they want to form accountable care organizations was elevated to the realm of virtual certainty Thursday. CMS rule makers, in 429 pages of proposed regulations on...

Communication and Workflow Integration Top Issues for Health IT

Ninety-five percent of 130 surveyed health information technology professionals claim that communication and workflow integration will be top issues for healthcare delivery organizations in the next few years, according to the communications consulting company Avaya. The survey results also showed that 74% of respondents listed automated patient follow-up applications as an important technology that will impact their work during the next three years, while 64% rated voice,...

EHRs and Health It Integral to National Vaccine Plan

Electronic health records and other health IT tools will play a significant role in the Department of Health and Human Services' 10-year National Vaccine Plan. According to the plan, EHRs and vaccine registries will improve immunization recordkeeping and increase vaccine safety. The vaccine plan also calls for developing a system for collection of medical histories and biological specimens from people who have an adverse event following an immunization....

Involve Patients In Health IT, Report Says

Healthcare providers must actively help patients comprehend health information technology and be engaged in its use or risk the failure to meet Stage 2 meaningful use rules, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. The report found that 83% of the 300 healthcare executives surveyed expect their organizations to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records before penalties go into effect in 2015, down from 90% last spring.

HHS Secretary Focuses on Health IT

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called on members of the health information technology community to stay the course with healthcare reform and the government's meaningful-use health information technology incentive program while outgoing ONC head Dr. David Blumenthal delivered his swan song as the two delivered back-to-back keynote speeches Wednesday at the HIMSS convention in Orlando, Fla.

Hospitals and Physicians Implementing Health IT

Adoption of health information technology is on the upswing, according to a blog post from David Blumenthal, National Coordinator of Health IT. "Already 81% of hospitals and 41% of office physicians are saying they intend to achieve meaningful use of [electronic health records] and qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments," Dr. Blumenthal wrote. Read...

Supplylogix's Inventory Management System Comes to PDX Pharmacy System

Supplylogix, Inc. entered into a strategic relationship with PDX, Inc. to provide the 10,000 pharmacies using a PDX pharmacy management system with access to Supplylogix's inventory management and demand forecasting solutions. Supplylogix's Pinpoint Transfer and Pinpoint Order applications are offered through a cloud-based software as a service model that will fully integrate with PDX pharmacy systems.

Kerr Drug Supports Federal MTM Legislation

Two pharmacy trade groups already have given their blessings to legislation that would support medication therapy management, and a retail pharmacy chain that has made MTM part of its mission is following suit. Read more on "Kerr Drug supports Sen....

NACDS Patient Care Database Doubled in Size

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation is pleased to announce that the NACDS Foundation's Patient Care Database – launched in February 2010 – has more than doubled in size. The Patient Care Database is a free, publicly-accessible and searchable healthcare resource dedicated to providing a convenient portal to information on pharmacist-provided patient care services beyond dispensing prescription medications. "The Patient Care Database is truly a...

MTM Can Cut Healthcare Costs

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., argued before the Senate around the value increased access to medication therapy management can deliver to overall health care — that includes cutting into the $290 billion in annual costs associated with medication nonadherence and preventing as many as 89,000 premature deaths.

Xerox Enters Health IT

Xerox Corp. is continuing to expand into healthcare document services. This time, the Norwalk, Conn.-based company has bought a company that has used Xerox's document-sharing technology since 2003 to build electronic health-record and computerized physician-order-entry systems, according to a news release. Terms of the purchase of San Jose, Calif.-based WaterWare Internet Services' assets were not disclosed.Xerox plans to draw on WaterWare's expertise with healthcare and...

Physicians and Patients Agree on Important of Health IT

Physicians and patients are in general agreement about health information technology priorities such as data-sharing and criteria for payment incentives, according to results of a new survey from the New York-based Markle Foundation. "Doctors and patients agree on the importance of putting accurate information in their hands to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare," Markle President Zoe Baird said in a written release.The survey looked to...

Use Health IT Systems to Provide Personal Care

Outdated healthcare policies are keeping physicians and hospitals from providing personalized treatments tailored to individuals' genetic structures, according to a new paper "Enabling Personalized Medicine through Health Information Technology" (PDF) by the director of governance studies at the Washington-based Brookings Institution.The healthcare reform law could use health IT...

ONC Provides $32 Million for Regional HIT Projects

HHS will provide $32 million in additional funding this year to support regional health information technology extension centers, according to Dr. David Blumenthal, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The government also will add $16 million in challenge grants to 10 state health information exchange programs. The grants—between $1 million and $2 million for each of the selected information exchanges—are to be used "to...

AHRQ Seeks Health IT Ideas From Outside the Healthcare Industry

  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published a notice in the Federal Register asking for ideas from experts outside the healthcare industry to help improve and increase consumer use of personal health-record systems.The notice asks the White House Office of Management and Budget to approve an

Baby Boomers to Quickly Adopt Mobile Health IT

Baby boomers are expected to drive an expansion of the mobile health IT market to $4.6 billion by 2014 and $12 billion by 2020, according to a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Enterprise Forum of the Northwest. Read more on "Boomers, Technology &...

Healthcare IT Improves Quality of Care According to Healthcare Leaders

More than 80% of healthcare leaders believe the federal government's efforts to promote health IT will improve the quality of care across the healthcare industry. The survey also found that 46% believe a lack of financing is the greatest challenge to health IT adoption. Read more on "HLM Intelligence Report on E-Health Systems"

iHealth Alliance Launches EHR Online Safety Reporting System

Healthcare providers will be able to report safety issues linked to electronic health record (EHR) systems using a website launched by the iHealth Alliance in collaboration with federal agencies, the PDR Network and other healthcare stakeholders. Read more on "EHR Online Safety System Launched"

Healthcare Groups Promote Health Information Technology At Universities

Three not-for-profit healthcare groups have joined forces to promote health information technology education at colleges and universities nationwide. Goals for the collaborative effort to develop a model curriculum for healthcare IT management education include having materials ready for classrooms by fall of 2013.The participating organizations are the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management...


Electronic Health Records 2.0: What Does the Future Hold?

This Expert voices panel focuses on Electronic Health Records 2.0, which aired on Federal News Radio (WFED) on February 28, 2012. Panelists include: Peter Basch, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Ambulatory EHR...

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