Information Technology

Cloud Technology Helps Hospitals Focus on Use Rather Than Maintenance

November 29, 2012

Although some healthcare executives have major reservations about cloud-computing technology—reservations that include issues with regulatory compliance, security, privacy, and service-level agreements—many health systems and hospitals are embracing the cloud for the opportunities it presents, Scott Mace writes over at HealthLeaders Media. One healthcare organization that has adopted cloud technology to great effect is the University […]

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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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Has Google lost the PHR race?

September 21, 2012
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A few years ago, a consensus began to develop that healthcare consumers needed a place to store — and control — their health data online. (If you’re asking why access to a well-designed electronic medical record doesn’t get the job done, join the club.) This platform, known as a personal health record (PHR), was quickly […]

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Codes may help healthcare track devices worldwide

August 30, 2012
Group developing standards for tracking medical devices

Outside of the murky world of supply chain logistics, few readers may have heard of a trade group known as GS1. But the even if you’re not a logistics kind of gal/guy, don’t fall asleep yet. There’s some very interesting ideas floating around the GS1 world, and if you have your hands on a medical device — or want to manage one — check this out.

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PHRs and the Wii generation

August 15, 2012

In a few short years, our currently younger, tech-savvy and web-dependent generations are going to become better acquainted with the healthcare system. Whereas they now maybe see a doctor once or twice a year for basic services like a physical or a flu shot, they’ll soon start catching up to us older folks who utilize […]

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Resource: Case study: Bethesda Healthcare Systems

August 10, 2012
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Bethesda Healthcare System made a strategic decision to invest in PACS technology when its executive management team conceded that traditional X-ray film management would never achieve the information access expectations of its physicians, patients and medical staff. The imaging department needed more than a PACS system. It also needed a major upgrade of its existing […]

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Tampa General Hospital: Deana Nelson, Chief Operating Officer

May 13, 2011

Large healthcare organizations are always trying to stay ahead of the curve in terms of quality, technology and patient care services. Tampa General Hospital, in west central Florida, is one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in its region. It serves 12 counties with a population of more than four million. The hospital is also […]

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NHS Human Services: Joseph Rocks, Chief Executive Officer

May 6, 2011

The history of NHS Human Services dates back to the 1960s when President John F. Kennedy began providing federal funding for community health centers. As the Northwest Center, the organization was one of the first three mental health service units in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today they operate 670 facilities in seven states. They are one of […]

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Deaconess Health System: Todd Richardson, Chief Information Officer

April 22, 2011

In November of 2009, Deaconess Health System went live with Epic as its platform for their electronic health record (EHR). This system is used in four hospitals and approximately 20 physician practices. Now the organization is focusing heavily on optimizing the EHR, looking at variations in how it is being used and working to standardize […]

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Catholic Medical Partners: Dennis Horrigan, Chief Executive Officer

April 20, 2011

Aligning physicians, hospitals and other care providers, particularly through an electronic medical record, is the future direction of healthcare. Catholic Medical Partners, formerly Catholic Independent Practice Association (CIPA), is leading the way in promoting this coordination and alignment. CMP is a membership organization of about 880 predominantly independent physicians in Western New York, as well […]

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