Information Technology

How can information technology improve health care?

October 14, 2010

I recall first asking this question in leadership forums in our online network in 1997, hoping that a Nobel laureate or Turing Award winner might have a quick answer. A few weeks earlier I had escorted my brother Brett and his wife from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, seeking a […]

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ExpressScripts develops technology to predict patient med adherence

October 14, 2010
Medication compliance

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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Money on the move: Hospitals beginning to make capital investments

October 5, 2010
capital investment graphic

During the credit crisis of 2008-2009, hospitals all but dropped their capital improvement programs, in part because their access to the bond markets was trashed by market conditions. It’s easy to forget how ugly those times were, but here’s an example:  In one memorable stretch, Moody’s downgraded 18 hospital bond ratings within two months. But […]

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Find the right health IT consultant — or face the consequences

September 30, 2010

If there was ever a year of health IT consultant, this is it. Hospitals and medical practices are scrambling to put EMRs in place, while keeping their existing systems alive, and their existing IT staff can’t do everything at once. Small medical practices may subsist solely on consultants already – they seldom have IT staff on […]

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Critics say EMR dangers aren’t getting enough attention

September 17, 2010
Are EMRs dangerous?

This week, a tragedy unfolded at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where a man distraught over his mother’s condition shot her, her doctor, and himself. This awful series of events — which ended in the death of the man and his mother– deserve plenty of attention, as the hospital industry is only just beginning to pay […]

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New artificial skin touches and “feels” objects, researchers say

September 14, 2010
The e-skin is formed into a glove shape

Here’s some research which,  if it comes to fruition, could change medicine, biotech and perhaps manufacturing too. If nothing else, it should give us another chance to redefine what having “senses” really means. A group of California researchers say they’re getting close to creating an artificial form of skin which, though it  has no living parts, can touch and feel with  enough […]

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Vendor Buzz: UnitedHealth offers $10M in hospital HIT grants

September 6, 2010

UnitedHealth Group to Invest $10 Million to Help Improve Health Care Information Technology Systems at California’s Critical Access Hospitals UnitedHealth Group also providing $200,000 in grants to assess health IT needs at California’s 31 Critical Access Hospitals The investments come from UnitedHealth Group’s 20-year, $200 million California Health Care Investment Program, which helps health care […]

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Vendor Buzz: Invisible Bracelet Launches Nationwide Emergency Medical Notification Text Service

August 31, 2010
EMS won

Invisible Bracelet Launches Nationwide Emergency Medical Notification Text Messaging Service Enhanced Medic Network Gives First Responders Critical Health Information TULSA, Okla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — When faced with a medical crisis, having the ability or presence of mind to personally communicate critical health information to emergency response teams may not be possible. With invisibleBracelet.org (iB), […]

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