Q&A: The Opportunity for Patient Engagement in Community Health (Part 1 of 2)

April 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Jan Oldenburg is a leading authority on patient engagement, having edited a book for HIMSS on the subject and worked on developing digital engagement systems for Kaiser and Aetna. She talks about patient engagement in community health in part 1 of this two-...

Survey: Use of Bundled Payments Increasing, but Many Providers Remain Undecided

April 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of hospitals, hospital systems and physician groups that use bundled payments has increased, though many are still uncertain about participating in this healthcare financial system, according to a new survey from KPMG a N.Y.-based audit, tax and...

Nuance Makes Medical Imaging Exchange Acquisition

April 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Nuance has acquired Accelarad, an Atlanta-based company that offers image sharing technology through a cloud-based platform, for an undisclosed amount.

UPMC Data Breach Affects 27K Employees; Nearly 800 Hit by Tax Fraud

April 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is reporting that the personal information of 27,000 of its employees might have been put at risk by identity thieves, with nearly 800 workers falling victim to a fraudulent tax return scheme, say multiple news...

Mayo Clinic Launches Smartphone App

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Mayo Clinic has launched a smartphone application with Better, a consumer health startup company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that aims to educate patients through tailored healthcare information.

Study: Consumers Use Mobile Apps to Track Health, But Don’t Involve Docs

April 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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While 70 percent of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, only 40 percent share data and insights with their doctors, according to a new study by the Wellesley, Mass.-based mobile engagement provider...

Tech-Focused Medical Group Startup Raises $40 Million

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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One Medical Group, a San Francisco-based startup that allows patients to schedule same-day appointments, request prescriptions, track their personal health between visits, and get lab results digitally, is receiving $40 million in funding this week.

What is Behind the Heated Debate Regarding the Success of HIE?

April 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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For the upcoming April/May issue of Healthcare Informatics, I have written a feature story on the state of HIE across the country, wondering how successful it has become. When it comes to this issue, why is there such a difference in opinion amongst health IT...

Allowing Heroes to Rise to the Occasion

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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One year after the Boston marathon bombings, it’s important to understand how doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are able to perform miracles and save lives in the face of horrible situations.

Task Force Seeks Pricing Transparency from All Healthcare Stakeholders

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is leading a task force that aims to increase pricing transparency across healthcare by involving all stakeholders.

Lack of Interoperability Holding Back 'Robust Health Data Infrastructure'

April 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The lack of interoperability is a major impediment to the development of a robust health data infrastructure, according to an independent report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with input from the Office of the National...

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What is Behind the Heated Debate Regarding the Success of HIE?

April 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
For the upcoming April/May issue of Healthcare Informatics, I have written a feature story on the state of HIE across the country, wondering how successful it has become. When it comes to this issue, why is there such a difference in opinion amongst health IT leaders?

Allowing Heroes to Rise to the Occasion

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
One year after the Boston marathon bombings, it’s important to understand how doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are able to perform miracles and save lives in the face of horrible situations.

How Smart Do You Want Your Physician’s Phone?

April 14, 2014     Pete Rivera
Not too long ago we were all working diligently to deliver handheld solutions to physicians. It was a “mobile device” that would allow access to HIS, patient lists, and lab results. It was either an HP iPaq or some other device that required proprietary wireless connections or...

Three Things Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Know About Medicare’s MD Data Release

April 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
By week’s end, the news had been overshadowed by the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was resigning; but the massive Medicare physician payment data release on April 9 was a very important development indeed

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