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Report predicts rise of standards-setters in health information networks market

November 11, 2012
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In coming years,  a handful of healthcare IT companies will rise which will set industry standards and provide integrated services including information management, analytics and revenue cycle management distributed through a network. This, at least, is the conclusion of a  report on the future of healthcare IT by boutique financial and strategic advisory firm Marlin & Associates. The […]

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Aetna looks to healthcare IT for new revenue, cost-cutting

November 11, 2010

Aetna, Inc., the third largest health insurer in the U.S., will be making a new strategic leap into health information technology, according to its president Mark Bertolini. And we’re not talking mundane enterprise spending on, say, storage — Aetna’s looking at IT spending as a means of saving money and even generating new revenue. At […]

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Patient data still insecure in post-HITECH world

November 10, 2010

A new study released by the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm, and ID Experts, a provider of data security solutions, finds that patient data in healthcare organizations is hardly secure, with the average organization experiencing nearly two and half breaches per year. Some of the surprising results in the report include: […]

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“Health 2.0” initiatives show their worth

October 29, 2010

Data, analytics and social media collaboration tools such as social networks and blogs continue to be hot topics in the healthcare world. Proponents of using these tools in healthcare, an idea dubbed “Health 2.0,” insist that such efforts can lower costs and improve patient care. One of the biggest issues with these tools, however, has been […]

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Sale of PA hospitals puts health system at heart of political debate

October 14, 2010
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While they might not have sought the attention, like it or not a group of hospitals in Scranton, PA are finding themselves at the center of some pivotal debates about healthcare, politics and patient care. Last week, Mercy Health Partners announced that it was looking to find a buyer for several of its hospitals and […]

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ExpressScripts develops technology to predict patient med adherence

October 14, 2010
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Express Scripts, a drug benefit management company Express Scripts is using a new tool to help lower healthcare costs: predictive computer models. The company announced that it has successfully tested a set of computer models that sift through patient data to predict whether or not a patient will likely adhere to prescribed drug therapies. According […]

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