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    Study: Health IT Vital For ACOs

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    UPMC’s ‘Convergence’ Recognized For Improving EHR Access

    The Technology Development Center of UPMC, based in Pittsburgh, has received the Innovator Award from Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA), for the development of Convergence, a tablet-based platform which eases physician’s access to diverse patient records. Additionally, UPMC has become the nation’s first health delivery system to be named a “Most Wired” facility for the 16th consecutive year.

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    The Trouble With EHRs

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    Advancing Stroke Care With Telemedicine

    Telemedicine provides hospitals with the on-demand neurological expertise necessary to accurately assess stroke patients, saving lives in the process.

  • The Health Provider’s EHR Wish List
    The Health Provider’s EHR Wish List

    Meaningful Use may be driving EHR adoption, but our survey reveals that much more is required from the technology to make it a truly useful tool to healthcare providers.

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    RCM Keeps Cash Flowing For Surgery Center

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  • Mobility: The Answer To Transforming Healthcare Delivery
    Mobility: The Answer To Transforming Healthcare Delivery

    Healthcare is rapidly evolving and mHealth – ranging from blood glucose monitoring to virtual visits – helps enhance communication between patient and provider and, in turn, helps deliver better outcomes. By Jim Nation, manager of healthcare mobility, Verizon Wireless

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    As consumers, we are clearly developing an appetite for personalized health monitoring, we just need to make sure that as an industry, we capture the right ingredients and offer the finest solutions to our customers.

  • Are You Adequately Securing PHI During Transfer Processes?
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  • Physician Quality Reporting System FAQ

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