UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson Pushes the Envelope on Clinical Language Understanding

April 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Natural language processing technology is proving instrumental in using free-text information to drive clinical decision support. UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson discusses how important it is for healthcare organizations to use NLP tools to unlock their data.

NCQA: Patient Engagement Supported by Health IT is Untapped Potential

April 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
In a new report, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) outlines how policymakers can leverage health information technology to support patient engagement.

Stakeholders Launch Personal Connected Health Alliance

April 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
HIMSS, the mHealth Summit, and the Continua Alliance are connecting their names to a new group, the Personal Connected Health Alliance, focused on representing the consumer voice in personal connected health.

Patient-Centered EHR Journey at the Community Health Level

April 22, 2014     John DeGaspari
Implementing an electronic health record is a major undertaking at any provider organization, but is especially challenging in an environment without any IT infrastructure or an information services (IS) department. Yet that’s the goal the Access Community...

Health Information Exchange: Moving Forward or Stuck in Neutral?

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Some healthcare leaders point to potential barriers to long-term stability and sustainability of HIE, and are questioning whether the sector is going through normal growing pains or encountering systemic problems.

Tenn. Healthcare Employee Gives Patients’ PHI to Competing Provider

April 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
University Urology, P.C. of Knoxville, Tenn. has acknowledged a security breach in which an administrative employee provided patient information to a competing healthcare provider for the purpose of the competitor soliciting patient business.

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

April 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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-...

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

April 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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
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
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
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.

Lack of Interoperability Holding Back 'Robust Health Data Infrastructure'

April 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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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