More than 100,000 Geisinger Health System (GHS) patients will soon have access to their doctors’ notes for the first time through the secure MyGeisinger online patient portal.
Ninety-three percent of U.S. doctors report actively using electronic medical records (EMR), and nearly half (45 percent) of doctors surveyed said they regularly access clinical data outside their own organization, representing a 32 percent annual increase, according to consulting firm Accenture.
The mHealth Alliance, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization, has announced a framework that aims to use mobile health (mHealth) technologies as a way to better understand better understand gender inequity in low-and-middle-income countries. The Gender Analytical Framework, as it is being called, aims to help people better understand the nuances of gender issues, as well as gaps related to gender.
The New York-based Mount Sinai Medical Center has adopted an enterprise-grade mobile care-coordination mobile app which employs a special HIPAA-secure group text messaging system that improves communication between team members who coordinate care of patients with complex medical conditions.
The Frisco, Texas-based Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has announced that several healthcare organizations will require their business associates to participate in the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) Assurance Program and submit CSF assessment reports as part of their information protection programs.
Robots will be dispatched to four southern California hospitals to provide a new level of stroke expertise from the neurosciences team at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
According to a recent study headed by researchers at the University of Illinois, the oft-controversial transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) code set will be a challenge for many providers thanks to convoluted conversion mappings. The convoluted, or complex, entangled, and non-reciprocal, mappings will possibly impact a provider’s staffing, supply management, and clinical revenue, the researchers found.
According to a new study from the Traverse City, Mich.-based Ponemon Institute, collectively, U.S. hospitals are losing $8.3 billion annually due to the use of pagers and outdated communicates technologies. These technologies, the study’s authors say decrease clinician productivity and increase patient discharge time.
In his opening remarks to the May 7 Health IT Policy Committee, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health IT, spoke about work flow and business process changes that must accompany payment reform and technology infrastructure. Mostashari chose not to use the policy committee forum to address the recent suggestion by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) that Stage 2 of meaningful use be extended for an extra year. “We are halfway through the process of computerizing and digitizing healthcare settings, but only 5 percent of the way through redesigning work flows,” he said.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Central Utah Clinic have announced a new collaborative care initiative to advance the health of patients and their experience with Central Utah Clinic (CUC).
The University of California San Francisco is creating a Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) to lead the transformation of healthcare delivery and discovery from empiric, generalized, disease-based diagnostic and treatment approaches to the era of individualized precision medicine.
According to a new study from HIMSS Analytics, the analytics arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), healthcare leaders are increasingly concerned on how to adapt to accommodate the increased use of wireless technologies and devices in a hospital setting. Overall, these leaders say even though current IT networks are good for now, they will have to improve.
The University of Rochester Medical Center has sent letters to a group of 537 former orthopaedic patients, alerting them that a resident physician misplaced a USB computer flash drive that carried protected health information.
Razor-thin reimbursements, conflicting priorities and strained resources are the main challenges health systems face as they struggle to manage post-acute care effectively, according to the latest report from Orem, Ut.-based KLAS Research, “Post-Acute Care Perception 2013: High Hopes and Big Plans.”
According to research from the New York City-based research firm, ABI Research, there is a rich market for medical body area network (MBAN) sensors, and by 2018, five million will be shipped globally. MBANs are low-power wideband networks consisting of multiple body-worn sensors that transmit a variety of data to a control device.