Health IT Pulse:

October, 2011


October 31, 2011  11:50 AM

Verizon’s latest HIE platform update goes mobile

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
health information exchange, mobile health, Verizon

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant Last year, Verizon Business released a cloud-based health information exchange (HIE) to the public. Shortly after,...

October 27, 2011  1:15 PM

VA looks for help in managing up to 100,000 mobile devices

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
android os, ipad, iPhone, mobile device management, Mobile devices and telehealth

Now that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has given its clinicians the green light to use iPads and iPhones, it needs a way to manage those devices. To that...


October 26, 2011  10:23 AM

Innovative New Zealand HIT program offers glimpses of U.S. future

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR incentives, EMR

Last week at the Partners Connected Health Symposium 2011, I had the privilege of conducting an extended sit-down interview with George Arnold, program manager for Health of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, which helps manage the health care system and its IT infrastructure. His agency released a...


October 25, 2011  10:28 AM

Behavioral health services get a boost from SAMHSA

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
behavioral health, electronic health record, mobile health

While the treatment and coordination of substance use disorders (SUD) are lagging behind mainstream health care, the announcement of 29 new grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a step in the right direction to level the coordination of care playing...


October 24, 2011  12:32 PM

ACO final rule released with relaxed regulations

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
accountable care organization, CMS

The accountable care organization (ACO) final rule is here, and as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sees it, the rule contains numerous concessions aimed at lowering the cost and risk burdens...


October 20, 2011  11:11 AM

AAMI glossary helps standardize terms for adverse event reporting

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
adverse event reporting, device safety, medical devices, patient safety organizations

When it comes to the use of medical devices, adverse event reporting is a key factor in maintaining patient safety. Data collected from adverse event reports can be...


October 19, 2011  12:36 PM

iPhone 4S, Bluetooth 4.0 poised to advance health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Bluetooth, Bluetooth 4.0, iPhone, iPhone 4S

With Apple selling 4 million iPhone 4S mobile phones less than a week into its release and putting together a potential run at the record for fastest-selling electronic device,...


October 18, 2011  12:12 PM

Microsoft sells assets previously known as Amalga HIS to Orion Health

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health information exchange, Microsoft Amalga, Orion Health, Storage and PACS

New Zealand-based Orion Health Ltd. has acquired hospital information system assets from Microsoft, including the product previously known as Amalga HIS.


October 17, 2011  10:54 AM

Six more states commence EHR Medicaid programs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
CMS, EHR, EHR adoption, EHR implementation, Medicaid EHR incentive programs

The first week of October featured six more states that launched their Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Utah and...


October 14, 2011  11:48 AM

Multi-state workgroup seeks plug-and-play standards for HIE interoperability

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR standards, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange, state HIEs

Exchanging electronic health records (EHRs) across state lines is a complicated process that has yet to be fully standardized, much less perfected. Differing laws and a lack of data standards, among other obstacles, have made it


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