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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tapped researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute for a two-year study that will analyze factors that determine underuse of generic drugs.
National electronic prescription network vendor Surescripts knows a thing or two about health information exchange, having moved 1.5 billion prescriptions, 80 million medication histories and 1 million controlled substance transactions in 2014.
HIE Great Lakes Health Connect in Grand Rapids, Mich., is now making available to its more than 120 member hospitals and their physician providers the MedHx medication history management platform from Rockville, Md.-based DrFirst.
Proper administration of antibiotics is a pervasive issue in medicine, both in terms of cost and of the unwanted development of drug-resistant bacteria such as Clostridium difficile. Researchers at the McGill University Health Center in Montreal examined the effectiveness of adopting an antibiotic time-out during treatment, which involves regularly re-evaluating the treatment strategy as clinical situations evolve.
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and Lakeland HealthCare in St. Joseph, Mich., are the third and fourth delivery systems to win 2014 Enterprise Davies Awards for excellence in use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.
Pharmacy company CVS Health says it has signed a lease on a 15,000-square-foot facility in Boston to serve as its digital innovation lab.
New data from AARP shows prices for brand name prescription drugs continue to skyrocket, particularly for older Americans. Analysis of 227 such drugs shows an average cost increase of nearly 13 percent in 2013, compared with a general inflation rate of 1.5 percent during that year.
Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve healthcare value in the face of spiraling U.S. health expenditures.
Community Health Centers Inc., a federally qualified community health center with 11 sites offering medical and dental care in central Florida, has won a 2014 Community Health Organization HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.
Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md., has selected a combination of population health management, patient engagement, and care management technologies and services from Phytel and inHealth to manage care of patients newly discharged from the hospital.
MDLIVE, a vendor of telehealth services, has acquired Breakthrough Behavioral, which specializes in offering video counseling to mental health professionals and their patients. Terms were not disclosed.
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations intended to better coordinate care between CVS pharmacies and MinuteClinic walk-in facilities and three regional health systems.
Students attending healthcare training at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will soon have automated capabilities to track patients during mass casualty exercises.
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.
A new four-year federal initiative backed with $840 million in funding is designed to aid 150,000 physician practices in transforming their operations to improve the efficiency, quality and coordination of care, supported with information technologies.