Google Healthcare has been the subject of widespread media attention recently after it was reported that Google’s “Project Nightingale” is gathering personal health data on millions of Americans. This raises many questions about not simply privacy issues, but also legal and ethical consequences.
Influenza inflicts a considerable burden on the U.S. population, and the costs may grow as misplaced skepticism about the benefits of the flu vaccine continues to abound. Surprisingly, 40 percent of adults believe that the flu shot causes the flu. Regardless of why people did not get the vaccine, the flu costs the U.S. about $10.4 billion dollars per year in doctor’s appointments and hospitalizations for adults.
With budgets and resources shrinking, it makes sense to consider outsourcing MPI data remediation and maintenance to experts who can ensure it is done accurately and efficiently. Doing so not only frees up MPI resources to focus on other mission critical responsibilities, but it also helps healthcare organizations avoid the high clinical and operational costs incurred with duplicate records.
The provider community strives day and night to improve patient outcomes and contribute to the dream of value-based healthcare. However, the complexity of chronic diseases renders strategies ineffective and prevents them from reducing available utilization. In the US, chronic diseases account for 75 percent of all healthcare spending, to the tune of $3.5 trillion. In fact, every 6 out of 10 U.S. adults is living with a chronic condition.
Healthcare facilities nationwide face increasing pressure to reduce costs across their organization. Providing patient care is the top priority. For that reason, healthcare executives take advantage of cost savings opportunities within administrative spend to reinvest in critical business areas. These reinvestment efforts enable them to provide better quality care.
Technology has rapidly changed the chiropractic industry. Less than 5 years ago, only a handful of large chiropractic practices could afford X-ray machines. With the advancement in radiological equipment technology, the cost of this equipment has decreased significantly. Patients are also asking for a quicker turnaround on X-ray diagnostics, forcing their chiropractic care professionals to invest in this technology located on-premises.
Small and Medium Enterprises add up to a significant percentage of the new private sector companies all over the world. Over the years, the enterprises belonging of this sector that have stood out and emerged as leaders in world economy have had atleast 2 things in common - relentless focus on the fundamentals of their businesses and an uncanny knack for identifying and riding on a market/technological wave.
Middleware has long been an asset in healthcare IT. Its continued impact has the opportunity to change the future of healthcare. Many consider middleware to be the "glue" that allows different software programs to work together, enabling interoperability. Middleware helps users solve the challenges of heterogeneity and distribution, sitting above operating systems and networking software but below specific applications.
Vocera empowers care teams through intelligent, real-time communication. We enable communication and coordination across the patient’s Healthcare experience. Vocera helps care team members reach the right person at the right time, on the right device, with the right information, in the right place, anywhere.
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The long-anticipated Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Industry has been released by the HHS Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, and with it comes clear, prescriptive recommendations on protecting your organization from the growing risk of cyber-attacks.
To protect PHI, healthcare organizations often build a system of usernames and complex passwords. But why are we still relying on usernames and passwords when solutions such as single sign-on (SSO) have a measurable benefit of giving time back to clinicians, which is everything in healthcare. That time saved –amounting to hours per week – can now be spent with patients, increasing both patient and clinician satisfaction.
UW Medicine’s Valley Medical Center dramatically improved patient outcomes after moving to a smartphone-based platform for clinical communication and alarm and alert notification.