Health IT Pulse:

April, 2012


April 26, 2012  1:21 PM

Virtual training in health care: Docs want it, report shows

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
CME training, EHR training, ipad, Mobile devices and telehealth, virtual training

By Greg McInerney, Editorial Assistant "Give us more technology" cry physicians across America. At least according to a recent report jointly published by communications...

April 25, 2012  12:08 PM

ATA: Burning issues chase telemedicine providers

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ACO, american telemedicine association, ATA

Last year, SearchHealthIT covered its first American Telemedicine Association (ATA) meeting, after running into telemedicine pioneer and


April 24, 2012  9:37 AM

Switching electronic health record systems is no easy task

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR, EHR adoption, EHR certification, EHR vendor, Medicaid EHR incentive programs

While buying an electronic health record (EHR) system for the first time is a veritable challenge, transitioning from one system to another is challenging as well. There are a number of reasons an...


April 23, 2012  3:12 PM

How medical diagnostic codes may cloud clinical data analytics

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AMA, clinical data analytics, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, SNOMED CT

The ongoing push for more descriptive medical diagnostic codes -- the alphabet soup that is SNOMED CT, LOINC and, in the United States at least, ICD-10 -- is motivated in part by a desire to improve data analytics for a host of clinical, billing and administrative purposes. However, there can be...


April 19, 2012  12:36 PM

Microsoft’s Kinect, HealthVault turns seniors into engaged patients

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
Microsoft HealthVault, Microsoft Kinect, patient engagement, PHRs and patient engagement, privacy

Getting senior citizens engaged in their health care isn't always an easy task, especially with those who are suffering from chronic conditions. So far the Exergamers Wellness Club has excelled at it,...


April 18, 2012  3:13 PM

Health care social media growing among patients more than providers

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
health care social media, HIPAA, regulatory compliance, social media

To hospital promotions departments, health care social media presents a tremendous marketing opportunity. To CIOs and compliance officers, social media sites are HIPAA...


April 17, 2012  9:23 AM

Colorado health information exchange interested in behavioral health integration

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
behavioral health, health information exchange, Health IT, HIE, HITECH Act

Harmonizing behavioral health providers and primary care doctors through health information exchanges (HIEs) is a relatively new concept in the health IT space. Arguably, the most prominent example comes from Maine, where HealthInfoNet -- Maine's official HIE -- is the centerpiece of


April 16, 2012  9:56 AM

Two recent reports offer insight into HIE failure

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
HIE, HIE sustainability, Interoperability and health information exchange, NeHC

By Greg McInerney, Editorial Assistant Health information exchanges (HIEs) have been touted as an excellent way to improve the health care industry for both providers and patients.  Yet however well-intentioned the concept of HIEs may be, they are not immune to failure. There have been many...


April 12, 2012  9:14 AM

ICD-10 implementation: Can we please just get on with it?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHIMA, AMA, CHIME, ICD-10 implementation, MGMA, WHO

"#wimps." That was the email I sent to my colleagues upon reading that CMS officially put off ICD-10 implementation for a year. Let me explain: Us SearchHealthIT editors frequently...


April 11, 2012  12:01 PM

CMS names 27 participants in Medicare ACO model

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
accountable care organization, ACO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have


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