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

October 22, 2014
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
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.

Epic to Integrate with Network of Cancer Centers

October 22, 2014
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
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.

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

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

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

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

Teladoc Adds Healthcare Leaders to Board of Directors

October 21, 2014
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.

Mercy Health of Cincinnati Awarded with Stage 7 and Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

October 20, 2014
HIMSS Analytics has awarded four Mercy Health of Cincinnati hospitals with Stage 7 Awards, and all of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Ohio and Kentucky, with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Medical Device Industry Needs to Prepare for Disruptive Changes: Report

October 20, 2014
A report released by A.T. Kearney says that disruptive changes taking place in healthcare will change the competitive landscape of the medical device industry, and that device manufacturers will need to look at new segments and end-to-end solutions that are focused on differentiated sources of value, customer productivity, and total patient disease management.

Research: Mobile App Can Help Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

October 20, 2014
A mobile health (mHealth) app can help clinicians detect early signs of glaucoma, according to new research.

Report: Computer Assisted Coding Applications Slated for Strong Growth

October 20, 2014
Computer-assisted coding applications are poised for increased growth among hospitals, according new data from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Nurses Dissatisfied with EHRs, Report Finds

October 17, 2014
Much has been made of doctors’ dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs) but a new report details that nurses are as equally disenchanted with the software systems.

AMA’s Letter Outlines Recommendations for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

October 17, 2014
The American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with recommendations for Stage 3 of meaningful use.

Penn Medicine Develops Automated Tool for Sepsis

October 17, 2014
An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed at the University of Pennsylvania has resulted in a marked increase in sepsis identification and care, transfer to the ICU, and an indication of fewer deaths due to sepsis.

RWJF Launches Health Data Initiative

October 16, 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Princeton, N.J.-based nonprofit, is launching an initiative that seeks to explore how data can be used to help people lead healthier lives.
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