According to a recent report from the Orem, Utah-based research firm, KLAS, pressures from meaningful use under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) as well as other regulatory changes are prompting providers to pull back on extensive IT outsourcing (EITO), as they seek greater control over IT systems within their organization.
Bed management software applications, which are used to manage the use of beds in the hospital, present as a “hot” market for vendors and providers to watch, according to data from the recently released HIMSS Analytics report, "Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market."
Houston Northwest Medical Center—a 339-bed teaching hospital—received the top ranking in the Raleigh, N.C.-based Axial Exchange’s Texas Patient Engagement Index (PEI), which ranks U.S. hospitals based on an analysis of publically available data in three categories: personal health management, patient satisfaction and social media engagement.
MedeAnalytics, an Emeryville, Calif.-based provider of data analytics solutions that are used for performance management, has appointed Andrew Hurd as the company’s CEO. Mike Gallagher, the previous CEO of the company, will continue to serve as MedeAnalytics’ executive chairman.
The Florida Health Exchange (HIE) has facilitated a service that will now allow providers to query medical records of participating healthcare organizations for individual patient data, and two large organizations have announced their participation. The providers, Strategic Health Intelligence of Pensacola and Atlantic Coast Health Information Exchange of Miramar, are using what’s called the Florida Health Information Exchange Patient Look-Up Service.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the healthcare system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes.
The healthcare world continues to be plagued by data breaches. Two providers, Indiana University Health Arnett, Inc. in Lafayette, Ind. and the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., both announced incidents, separately, this past week.
According to a recent analysis by consulting firm Deloitte, 71 percent of all physicians believe that the promise of reduced costs resulting from increased use of health IT tools is inflated and that it will actually cost more, not less.
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) has made known the winners of its Design Challenge for the Patient Portal for New Yorkers, announcing that Mana Health placed first, iHealthNY second, and MyHealth Profile third, and will be awarded $15,000, $7,500, and $2,500 respectively.
The American Medical Association (AMA), a noted opponent of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) mandated transition to the ICD-10 code-set, is not advocating the government to skip right to the ICD-11 either, the non-profit group said in a recent Board of Trustees report.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is going green with a new initiative that will see the use of wind energy to power the health system’s data centers, the organization recently announced.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest has joined the Oregon Health Network (OHN), Oregon’s health information highway, providing information connectivity to the entire healthcare continuum in the state.
Chicago-based electronic health record (EHR) software provider, Allscripts continues to find itself in a slump, according to the results of its first full quarter earnings report since the company made significant leadership changes.
North Carolina-based Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic has notified approximately 17,300 patients that x-ray films belonging to them and taken prior to 2008 may have been provided to a third-party vendor, which sold the films to an Ohio-based recycling company that harvested the silver from the X-rays.
Researchers at the Drexel University School of Public Health say if occupational information was included in a hospital’s data collection it could go a long way in preventing workplace health and safety hazards.