Information Technology

Healthcare IT (Part 2 of 2): A Data Overload

Yesterday, we looked at the worker-shortage crisis facing healthcare IT departments around the country. Today, we look at the data and integration issues facing those same departments. A compelling piece by Michael Zeis in the January/February 2013 issue of HealthLeaders magazine breaks down these “considerable hurdles” into three categories, each of which are quoted below. […]

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Healthcare IT (Part 1 of 2): A Shortage of Workers

We’ve heard much about the physician-shortage crisis across the country, but there’s another shortage that is almost as potent, especially when it comes to the progress healthcare reform hopes to make in a few short years. Lucas Mearian of Computerworld reports, “The U.S. healthcare industry is facing an even more significant IT worker shortage than […]

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Study Advises Healthcare Executives to be Aware of EHR Overload

Now that electronic health records are taking root within most hospitals and health systems, data on how they are helping or hindering those systems is gradually coming out. Chelsea Rice at HealthLeaders Media reports that EHRs have become “the latest source of information overload” for physicians. A research letter published in the Journal of the […]

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Virtual Care Provider, Inc. (VCPI): Loren Claypool, Vice President and Managing Director

Virtual Care Provider, Inc., commonly known as VCPI, is a national company whose primary mission is to partner with long-term/post-acute healthcare providers, helping them improve their financial performance and quality of care through technology and technology-related products and services. VCPI is currently in over 2,250 long-term/post-acute care locations in 46 states. From the mundane to […]

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HIEs Struggle to Catch On (Part 2)

On Friday, we looked at how a total of 32 states missed the Feb. 15 deadline to set up their own, state-run health-insurance exchanges (HIEs). Now that the deadline has past, the government must become intricately involved in state healthcare, essentially running the show as they set up exchanges in these 32 states (the only […]

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IBM Supercomputer Could Revolutionize Healthcare

Remember Watson, the supercomputer that trounced Jeopardy superchampion Ken Jennings a few years ago? It was obvious even then that IBM’s long-term goals for Watson went beyond competing on game shows. On Friday, IBM presented the world with three healthcare decision-support apps. Doug Henschen, executive editor at InformationWeek, reports, “The three new applications include one […]

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EHR Implementation is Slow around the Country

In talking with numerous healthcare executives each month, HCE is able to get a pretty good idea of how the average organization is adapting to EHR and why 47 percent of hospital executives are uncertain as to whether their organization can reach Meaningful Use stage 2. Simply put, it’s a process that often moves slower […]

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Volunteers Could Pose Security Breaches for Hospitals

In talking with CIOs and CMIOs at health systems around the country, HCE Exchange has often heard a similar refrain when it comes to new smartphone and cloud technology that can be summed up as follows: innovative with many possible applications, but rife with security gaps and potential breaches. Here’s a case in point, courtesy […]

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Healthcare IT Will Only Get More Complex in New Year

The end of an old year brings with it numerous end-of-year lists for all areas of our culture, and healthcare is no exception.  An article from ZDNet outlines five expected 2013 IT trends in healthcare, many of which will probably affect your organization. First, there’s “the continuing growth of ER.” As reporter Denise Amrich writes, […]

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Are EHRs Really Successful?

One of the main topics we cover in HCE is the implementation of electronic health records (EHR). So, naturally, a recent article published in InformationWeek under the headline “’Not One Successful EHR System in Whole World’” caught our eyes. Reporter Neil Versel writes, “While federal health IT officials were touting the perceived successes of their […]

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