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July/August 2014

ACOs justify telemedicine investment

In the July issue of Pulse, our editorial team takes a hard look at the increasing popularity of telemedicine. The Affordable Care Act has pushed the concept into high speed, and large health systems are justifying IT investments in technologies that will support physician-to-physician consultations and virtual patient visits via videoconferencing. The move allows for doctors to serve a wider geographic territory -- all while saving a whole lot of money.

Also in this issue, SearchHealthIT News Director Don Fluckinger reports from the front lines of the eHealth Initiative's Third Annual National Forum on Data and Analytics in Healthcare. Fluckinger chronicles the difficulties facing accountable care organizations trying to implement analytics. We also take an in-depth look at health IT operations outsourced to the cloud. Small group practices and specialists have embraced cloud IT operations, while larger healthcare providers are holding fast to traditional models. New reports, however, show a sunnier forecast for cloud services -- 83% of 150 respondents to a recent HIMSS Analytics survey use cloud services for at least one aspect of health data. Next, Joseph Kim, M.D., takes a gander at trends in healthcare gamification. Prompted, in part, by meaningful use stages 2 and 3, new mobile applications are taking personal health to an entirely new level. And consultant Reda Chouffani closes with a quick look at the mobile security issues healthcare providers face. Get strategy tips organizations can follow to adhere to compliance regulations and better protect their data and devices.

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