HDM Top Stories

HIM Vendor HealthPort under New Ownership

New York private equity firm New Mountain Capital LLC has acquired health information management software and services firm HealthPort.

Microsoft Unveils Mobile Health Platform, App and Smart Band

Targeting the exploding health and wellness market, Microsoft in one fell swoop has launched a new cloud-based platform, mobile app, and wearable fitness tracking wrist band.

Hospital CIOs Complain about Poor EHR Usability

An online survey of hospital chief information officers reveals that despite progress in electronic health records adoption providers continue to experience problems with EHR usability and reliable information retrieval at the point-of-care.

CHIME and KLAS Form Research Partnership

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has joined forces with healthcare technology research organization KLAS Enterprises.

Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Reporting Tools to Be Evaluated

Milwaukee’s Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate the comparative effectiveness of two strategies aimed at reducing the use of ineffective or unproven breast cancer care.

AHRQ Funds EHR Workflow Study in ERs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has funded a study to investigate the impact of electronic health records and meaningful use criteria on emergency department workflow at two New York City hospitals.

Genomics Database Gets a Patient Portal

The Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen), a National Institutes of Health-funded resource dedicated to analyzing data from thousands of clinical genetics tests each year, has announced the launch of a new patient portal.

Geospatial Mapping Tool Seeks to Improve Care Access

The American Medical Association has launched an interactive geospatial mapping tool designed to identify the geographic location of physicians and non-physician clinicians by specialty, state, county, or metropolitan areas, among other healthcare workforce trends.

Physician Social Networks Lead to Innovative Practice Adoption

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.

FDA Guidance Distinguishes Medical Device Recalls from Enhancements

The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on the distinctions between medical device recalls and medical device enhancements.

Private Exchanges: "Not A Fad Or Flash In Pan"

In a new series, HDM goes one-on-one with the heads of private exchanges. What makes one exchange different from the rest? First up: Don Garlitz, bswift's executive director of exchange solutions.

New Revenue Cycle Services Hawked at MGMA

Revenue cycle management products had a strong showing at this week’s MGMA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Virginia Mason Launches Comprehensive Cost Estimator Tool

Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center has launched a comprehensive Patient Cost Estimator tool for prospective patients, providing them with an estimate of what their out-of-pocket cost will be for a variety of medical and surgical services based on their health insurance policy.

FEMA Mass Casualty Training to Include Automated Patient Tracking

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.

3-D Printed Rib Cages Help Train Pediatric Surgeons

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.

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