Electronic health records have great potential to help clinicians better manage patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. Disease management tools include identification of at-risk patients, lab and results alerts, and condition-specific registries.
Doctors are more likely to try a new therapy when they are persuaded to do so by an influential colleague, according to new Northwestern Medicine research published in Physical Review X.
Electronic health record systems are not the only information technologies being leveraged in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. A coalition of IT vendors has been established to distribute free information and timely updates on Ebola through mobile and web-based apps to healthcare professionals and consumers worldwide.
In a $600 million cash transaction, Optum, the IT and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, is buying health management vendor Alere Health, which provides services to more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 employers and 29 states, covering about 22 million people in the U.S.
Northwestern University researchers have collaborated on a new three-dimensional modeling approach to training pediatric surgeons that makes practice surgeries far more realistic and safer.
Pittsburghs UPMC and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program have launched the online destination ReThinkConcussions.com as part of an initiative to raise awareness about scientifically proven treatments currently available for this complex but unseen injury.
The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative have been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research to recruit children with advanced or relapsed cancer via Facebook and develop a web-based tool so they can create electronic storyboards reflecting their lives.
Johns Hopkins Medicine has been tasked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a group designing an interactive web-based learning program that will guide healthcare workers, nurses and physicians through government-approved protocols to aid clinicians as they care for patients who may be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus.
The City of Baltimore Health Department and Baltimore-based mobile care platform developer emocha Mobile Health will be launching a pilot program aimed at easing the burden of tuberculosis care monitoring on the city's provider community.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, is leaving the office immediately to become Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly.
The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care is co-developing technology to predict declining health status in acute and critically ill patients and to alert appropriate clinicians via smartphones.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, has released for public comment draft criteria for a new accountable care organization accreditation program expected to be formally launched in early 2015.
Henry Ford Health System Innovations is supporting the Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge to find new mobile applications that encourage healthy behavior and improve disease management.
A $15 million project, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to define an application programming interface for electronic health records, could turn EHRs into effective public health tools at the point of care in fighting Ebola.
Terry Fouts, M.D., chief medical officer of Emeryville, Calif.-based analytics vendor MedeAnalytics, talks with Health Data Management about the current state of analytics, including the integration of data from outside the clinical domain.