Clinical decision support encompasses a variety of electronic tools at the point of care to facilitate decision-making on the part of clinicians. These include electronic order sets, patient alerts, and evidence-based medicine protocols. Stories here encompass the design, creation and implementation of clinical decision support tools as well as the benefits and pitfalls of using them.
Acute care hospitals in California are combating some of the most common and harmful medical errors by leveraging the power of electronic health records, according to a new staff report released by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Customer relationship management software vendor NexJ Systems Inc. has acquired patient education vendor Liberate Ideas Inc. for $1 million in cash and stock and up to $1 million more upon meeting performance targets.
The HIMSS Electronic Health Records Association has voiced concerns to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on proposed criteria for the voluntary 2015 Edition of meaningful use.
Hearst Health continues to expand its software portfolio for healthcare providers, as its Zynx Health subsidiary has acquired care transition vendor CareInSync for an undisclosed sum.
SCL Health System, Denver, will implement Los Angeles-based Stanson Health's clinical decision support system.
Sutter Care At Home, a Sacramento, Calif.-based not-for-profit home care and hospice agency, is equipping its caregivers with tablet computers to improve access to information and care coordination among its mobile workforce.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association will begin to include value assessments when developing treatment guidelines and performance measures, in recognition of accelerating healthcare costs and the need for care to be of value to patients.
Driven by cost controls and clinical effectiveness, software for bed management, enterprise resource planning and financial modeling is in high demand among U.S. hospitals.
A multi-institution study has found evidence that two biomarkers are predictive of acute kidney injury (AKI), or renal failure, yet the test that detects them is still in the approval process in the U.S.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
The federal government is confirming the dates and agenda for a three-day public meeting in May to get industry comment on a proposed strategy for regulating health information technology.
Behavioral health technology developer Polaris Health Directions, Langhorne, Penn., has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the second phase of a project the company says is set to dramatically impact addictions outcomes.
The three federal agencies that last week proposed a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology will hold a three-day public meeting in mid-May to get feedback from healthcare industry stakeholders on the draft report. While an official announcement of the dates and location has not yet been made, the meeting is tentatively slated for May 13-15.
Following the April 9 publication of 2012 Medicare Part B payment data on more than 880,000 physicians and other billing professionals, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is challenging software developers to make tools to help consumers better understand and use the data.
Google Glass technology developed by San Francisco- and New York-based startup Wearable Intelligence (WI) has been deployed in the emergency department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston after a successful pilot.