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February, 2011

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February 27, 2011  9:35 PM

Data exchange in Accountable Care Organizations



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, data exchange

With the federal government seeking to identify new ways -- or trying older ways -- to reform health care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been one of the care delivery systems that our government  is recommending as an option for improving patient care and...

February 27, 2011  8:58 PM

iPad related announcements during the HIMSS 2011



Posted by: RedaChouffani
GE, iPad, Practice Fusion

This year during the HIMSS event there was a wide display of iPad users walking through the convention center halls as well as within the exhibitors booths. Vendors showcased some of their new mobility capabilities. Many have provided hands on demos of their...


February 20, 2011  9:20 PM

Some of the advantages of virtual desktop in a healthcare environment



Posted by: RedaChouffani
VDI, virtual desktop

In recent months I have been asked on numerous occasions the same questions during the current state analysis in some EHR implementation projects. The question was: “what is the most effective solution to replacing/ upgrading all existing desktops in an environment?” There...


February 20, 2011  8:52 PM

NFC technology and its impact on healthcare



Posted by: RedaChouffani
NFC, RFID, Tags

Recently during a meeting with a CIO, it was no surprise to me that just as other executives, having a finger on the technology pulse is just part of the responsibilities. It wasn’t so much to know every little gadget that was hitting the shelves, but more so of the market phenomenon’s,...


February 13, 2011  9:22 PM

Direct Project showcases new pilot programs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Direct Project, EHR, HIE

On Feb. 2, two pilot projects launched promoting electronic health records exchange through the Direct Project.  The two states that are currently listed with these initiatives are Rhode Island and Minnesota, though there are several other states that will undergo a similar initiative to support...


February 13, 2011  7:21 PM

Top 7 steps for a successful business intelligence implementation in a meaningful use era



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BI, business intelligence, Stage 2, Stage 3

In a recent article, I reviewed the HIT Policy Committee's proposed measures for meaningful use stages two and three. As we begin to see more questions in regard to which measures will make it to the final requirements, with much of the focus being on clinical...


February 6, 2011  10:21 PM

Successful implementations of remote patient monitoring



Posted by: RedaChouffani
mhealth, mobile health, telehealth

With more vendors directing their R&D teams to mHealth product development in response to the market trends, it is becoming more exciting to see the capabilities that several of these products are offering to physicians across the world. One recent application that attracted my attention was...


February 6, 2011  9:48 PM

The faith of e-prescribing controlled substances



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Controlled substance, e-prescribing

With several medical organizations seeking to become paper-less with the implementation of an EHR, they are still dealing with paper based documents in many clinical areas.  But fortunately, physicians are more eager to completely eliminate some of the paper documents, especially given 10% of...


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