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.
St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, derives benefits from its EHR by focusing on providing the information that caregivers really need.
When a never event, a catastrophic failure of care resulting in significant harm or death to a patient occurs, a hospital may focus on capturing and analyzing data on the event and classifying it. But how often does a hospital translate findings into actionable and measurable programs to improve safety?
As EHRs take hold, their responsibilities are evolving to help organizations improve care and performance.
Truman Medical Centers has used Cerner electronic health records since 1992; now the two-hospital system
is taking the collaboration to a new level.
New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of September 28.
As incentives change in healthcare, providers need a far more accurate accounting of the costs of items, both large and small, to better manage declining reimbursements. Several startup companies are rising to meet these challenges for tracking elusive costs figures in healthcare.
Providers, insurers and consumers trying to better understand the mobile health app market have a daunting task: There are more than 165,000 mhealth apps. A 63-page report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics walks industry stakeholders through the availability and use of mHealth apps from the Apple and Google stores.
You only need to skim the news to know there are immense changes underway in our countrys healthcare system. This has been spurred on not only by technology, but also the new healthcare economy due to the influx of consumers under the Affordable Care Act. While the $3.8 trillion U.S. healthcare industry stretches to adapt to these changes, there are unquestionably issues that our industry must confront.
Changes in healthcare provider merger and acquisition activities are bring new business opportunities while lowering risks to hospitals and delivery systems, consultancy Accenture concludes in a new report. A growing number of buys involve information technologies.
Vermont on August 28 became the 50th state to legalize electronic prescribing of controlled substances, making the practice available nationwide.
Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, who used a telemedicine-based app to report their daily symptoms and received same-day treatment recommendations from their provider, experienced fewer and less severe COPD exacerbation symptoms as well as an improvement in daily symptom control, lung function, and activity status.
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.