The prescription food chain is long and complicated, beginning with the initial prescription to ultimate fulfillment. This section includes electronic prescribing, support tools for medication selection, safety and alert applications for clinicians, and medication reconciliation for patients changing care settings.
According to a new survey, 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent of them use smartphone apps in their daily work to improve patient carea higher percentage than physicians.
It is a simple safety technology that most hospitals should be able to implement without much difficulty. Thats the message Charles Still, senior systems analyst at 99-bed Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., wants to send colleagues about a cheap and easy way to increase the safety of infusions.
In a June 15 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society voiced its strong support for a CMS proposed rule that would ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Drug store chain Walgreens in December 2014 started experimenting with offering consumers real-time telehealth consultations with a physician using their Android or Apple mobile phones. Now, the company will expand the service considerably during 2015.
Walgreens on June 8 came out with a pill-reminder/refill reminder mobile app for Apple Watch to support improved medication adherence. The app supports simple once-daily reminders to take a medicine, as well as multiple complex drug regimens, according to the drug store chain.
Telemedicine technology vendor Carena has raised $13.3 million in a round of funding to accelerate its marketing to hospitals and delivery systems. Investors include Cambia Health Solutions, McKesson Ventures, Catholic Health Initiatives and Martin Ventures.
A computerized algorithm has achieved promising outcomes in reconciling medications between clinical notes (unstructured data) and discharge prescriptions (structured data).
Clinics using an electronic health record system with clinician and patient prompts at office appointments resulted in significantly more female patients initiating and completing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in a timely fashion, according to a new study. HPV can cause cervical and other cancers.
Electronic health records used in the care of children require specific pediatric functionalities to support the work of providers and to assure the delivery of quality care for patients.
A new survey of more than 600 U.S. nurses finds that a large majority of respondents believe electronic health records can help providers improve patient safety (73 percent) and reduce medication errors (72 percent). And, acute care nurses were even more convinced that EHRs support improved patient safety (82 percent).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013, revealing which prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries by which practitioners.
The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers working to improve care quality, has updated and expanded its Hospital Safety Score website that enables consumers to check the safety grades of their local hospitals. About 31 percent of graded hospitals got an A.
Surescripts has partnered with PDR Network, publisher of the Physicians Desk Reference and distributor of drug safety alerts, to offer easier authorization processes for virtually all prescribers.
Software and billing services vendor athenahealth has introduced athenaText, a mobile secure messaging app for Apple Watch.
The alert issued recently by The Joint Commission, citing the risks and socio-technical factors leading to health information technology sentinel events, has spawned both supporters and detractors.