New Illinois ACO aims to realign focus to value of service with emphasis on improving health outcomes. By Wendy Grafius, contributing writer
4D Printing Coming To Healthcare
A Frost & Sullivan report finds 4D printing may be coming to healthcare in the next few years. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
FBI: Hackers Are Coming
The FBI warns that it has detected hackers attempting to crack into healthcare systems. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Doctors Don’t Trust Wearables
Wearable fitness trackers are all the rage, but doctors are reluctant to trust the data they collect. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
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Secure Mobile Technology Replaces Overhead Paging At Reading Health System
Thanks to quick and quiet mobile apps and devices, doctors and nurses are now in constant contact without interfering with patient care.
Mobile Carts Improve Workflow, Patient Safety
MaineGeneral Medical Center equips every patient room with a workstation on wheels, facilitating communication between hospital staff and preventing the spread of infection.
Facilitating Health Information Exchange
The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center aims to help more healthcare providers realize the potential benefits of HIEs by tackling adoption challenges head-on.
Clinical Decision Support: Bridging The Gap Between Knowledge And Practice
Cleveland’s MetroHealth System is on a multiyear journey to encourage physician adoption of evidence-based clinical decision support to deliver care more efficiently and effectively.
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It’s Time To Change The Provider/Pharmacy Paradigm
In an era of team-driven care coordination and value-based reimbursement, it makes more sense than ever for providers to establish their own point-of-care pharmacies.
IBM’s exclusive partnership with Apple could mean a giant leap forward for healthcare mobility. Here’s why.
This year’s HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) ANI (Annual National Institute) conference went beyond ICD-10 to show a growing harmonization between financial and clinical teams in an effort to address a variety of reimbursement challenges.
Atlanta is largely considered the health IT capital of the United States, but there are some innovative new health IT technology companies for providers to watch in Birmingham, Alabama.
Apple announced its new HealthKit app at its Worldwide Developer Conference this week and the platform had more provider play than expected. What does this announcement mean for the ongoing transformation of the healthcare industry?
Image-Enabled EHRs Build Stronger Provider Relationships
As technology advances, opportunities abound for hospitals to create unbreakable bonds with their local physicians. By Frank Pecaitis, VP Enterprise Imaging Sales, Agfa HealthCare
The Illegible Medical Record: Are EHRs Helping?
Electronic health records help solve some problems, but they aren’t the panacea needed to clear up illegible chart notes sent to pharmacies. By Linda M. Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Staying Ahead In A Technology-Driven Field
Since patient care and well-being is at the center of Rockdale’s mission, attracting the best and brightest clinicians in the region is an important effort for us. Part of distinguishing ourselves from our competitors is providing the resources and advanced technological support clinicians want.
Get Ready For The New Realities Of The Revenue Cycle
How do you update your IT systems to efficiently and effectively manage the new reality that population health tracking, management, and analysis are now part of the revenue cycle? By Mary Hardy, Director of Health Data Analytics, ZirMed
Streamlining Access To Critical Healthcare Operations
The healthcare industry’s ability to streamline meaningful use and Health Information Exchange (HIE) efforts are largely based on the level of interoperability between management systems. Organizations have long been tasked with improving the accessibility of data throughout complex multi-channel workflows without sacrificing security, accuracy, time or budgets. With this natural progression of the industry’s efforts, Intelligent Capture has provided a critical bridge in accessing data held within paper medical documentation and making it available within the daily digital workflow, easing interoperability efforts and helping to facilitate an electronic industry.
HIPAA-Compliant Texting Rollout Connects Care Team Staff
With an entire network of medical offices, physicians, care providers, and nurses, NAMM California was experiencing significant communication delays, particularly between their hospitalists, case managers, medical directors and nurses. Staff was using basic SMS to text colleagues with patient updates and instructions, but knew they tried to be discrete as possible when discussing patients as it could risk PHI and result in a HIPAA violation.
Communication Tools Converged To One Platform With Text Implementation
For over 65 years, MHG has been dedicated to providing a wide range of health and wellness services to their community. With more than 1,000 employees consisting of physicians, care providers, nurses and part-time staff; MHG needed a fast and HIPAA compliant way to comm- unicate. Nurses were relying on paging and their answering service to contact doctors directly, but had trouble reaching their contacts via these communication channels. Response times were lagging around 3-4 hours and causing severe communication delays.
10 Questions To Ask Before Selecting A Text Messaging Solution
Evaluating secure text messaging solutions can be a time-consuming and confusing process for healthcare organizations, especially with restrictive compliance regulations in place. Once you have realized the need for a secure texting solution, the research, evaluation and selection process could be long and unorganized without the necessary tools or understanding of what your ideal solution would be. That is why TigerText has compiled the Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Secure Text Messaging Solution, allowing you to simplify the selection process and more easily identify what you need from your secure texting vendor.
A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra provides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions.
MaaS360 by Fiberlink, an IBM company
With 20 years of experience in delivering enterprise mobility management solutions, Fiberlink has the in-depth functional and technical expertise necessary to accelerate deployment, reduce risk, increase employee productivity, and simplify mobile device management.
Solutionreach is a cloud-based platform built upon patient engagement technology, designed to help healthcare professionals eliminate the communication gaps that occur between their practice and their patients. The tools and services included with the platform focus on maintaining engaged relationships with each patient, all throughout the continuum of care.
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