Study Finds Use of Pricing Transparency Tools Associated with Lower Health Costs

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The use of health pricing comparison tools was associated with lower payments for clinical services such as advanced imaging and laboratory tests, according to a new research study.

IBM’s Real-Time Analytics to Provide Docs with ‘Critical Health Insights’

October 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
IBM and the San Antonio, Tx.-based mobility solutions vendor AirStrip are teaming up to develop a mobile monitoring solution to help clinicians predict declining health in acute and critically ill patients.

Is the Drive to Coordinated Care Coming at a Price for Patients?

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
blog
A recent study in JAMA from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that the trend of hospitals and health systems consolidating medical groups and physician practices is increasing costs for the patients. And here I thought bundling...

Epic to Integrate with Network of Cancer Centers

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Epic Systems (Verona, Wisc.) will integrate its oncology information systems with chemotherapy order templates created by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world's leading cancer centers.

NIH Announces $11M in Funds to Study Social Media’s Impact on Substance Abuse

October 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced more than $11 million over three years to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction.

In Manhattan, One Radiology Group Pushes Ahead on Meaningful Use

October 22, 2014     Mark Hagland
article
As the meaningful use process evolves forward, many radiology group leaders continue to face questions around MU in the radiological context. But East River Medical Imaging in Manhattan is pushing ahead anyway.

California Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Data Breach Lawsuit Ruling

October 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The year 2014 continues to be a kind year to healthcare provider organizations in California that have been sued for a data breach.

Medication Preparation Improved with a Web-Based Tool

October 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
article
In pediatric emergencies, medication doses must be prepared accurately and quickly. A recent University of Kentucky study has shown that a web-based medication reference tool has helped with both preciseness and speed compared to traditional methods.

Report: Growth in Health Wearables Could be Stunted by Cost, Privacy Concerns

October 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
While the adoption of wearable devices is expected to rise, health consumers are still concerned over privacy and cost issues, according to a report.

Maryland ACOs Find Data Integrity Key to Progress

October 21, 2014     David Raths
blog
MedChi Network Services (MNS), a subsidiary of the Maryland Medical Society, operates three Medicare Shared Savings Program Advance Payment ACOs, and has learned some lessons about the importance of data integrity to the overall mission of ACOs

Teladoc Adds Healthcare Leaders to Board of Directors

October 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Teladoc, a Dallas, Tx.-based telehealth provider, has announced the addition of two healthcare leaders to the company’s board of directors: former U.S. Senator William Frist, M.D. and former Medco Health Solutions chairman and CEO David B. Snow.

Blogs

Is the Drive to Coordinated Care Coming at a Price for Patients?

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A recent study in JAMA from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that the trend of hospitals and health systems consolidating medical groups and physician practices is increasing costs for the patients. And here I thought bundling services lowered costs...

Maryland ACOs Find Data Integrity Key to Progress

October 21, 2014     David Raths
MedChi Network Services (MNS), a subsidiary of the Maryland Medical Society, operates three Medicare Shared Savings Program Advance Payment ACOs, and has learned some lessons about the importance of data integrity to the overall mission of ACOs

ROI Important to the VNA?

October 20, 2014     Joe Marion
In a recent conversation with Jeff Timbrook, global vice president of healthcare, Perceptive Software (http://www.perceptivesoftware.com/), the subject of an ROI analysis came up with respect to the vendor neutral archive (VNA). Jeff was curious as to whether ROI analyses come...

Amid a Building Crisis, Could Clinical Decision Support Tools Make a Difference in Managing the Ebola Outbreak?

October 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
As developments move forward rapidly in the growing Ebola crisis in the U.S., could the leveraging of strong clinical decision support tools make a difference in patient care organizations?

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