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.
From humble beginnings in 2010 to more than 5 million patients nationwide currently, the OpenNotes initiative is gaining momentum as patients are being given unprecedented online access to the notes their clinicians write after a doctor visit, increasingly making believers of once skeptical physicians.
As the foundation of the healthcare economy is shifting away from episodic care and organizational and informational silos, so too is the way industry analysts provide overviews for the ever-widening ecosystem of involved stakeholders.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has renamed its proposed Health IT Safety Center, a public-private collaboration meant to help reduce potential HIT-related adverse events and medical errors.
The Internet of Things (IoT) holds great promise for healthcare in the form of connected health devices and wearable sensors used at home for remote monitoring of patients. Yet, the personal information gathered by these things is potentially vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers looking to exploit this valuable health data.
Retail pharmacy CVS Health and tech giant IBM have teamed to use predictive analytics and IBMs Watson supercomputer to enable healthcare providers and insurers to better manage care for patients with chronic diseases.
Computerized physician order entry has been shown to reduce medical errors over a five-year period, with no new type of errors detected, according to a new study.
Most of the data from todays use of analytics in healthcare come from an organizations electronic health records system. That is a rich source, but ancillary information systems are just as rich and should be better tapped than they are.
A nationwide survey of more than 2,000 primary care doctors found that 57 percent of physicians are willing to conduct video visits with their patients.
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).