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September, 2011

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September 25, 2011  6:05 PM

Ambulatory practices preparing for ACOs and medical homes



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, ACOs, Care coordination, EHR adoption, Medical Home, private provider groups

For large ambulatory care providers, buying an electronic health record (EHR) is only one piece of the puzzle. This is especially the case when we look at how health care is transforming. Under many of the new mandates and reform efforts, we begin to...

September 25, 2011  6:03 PM

Text4Health HHS initiative to encourage texting in a healthcare setting



Posted by: RedaChouffani
DHHS, Health and Human Services, healthcare, HHS, mhealth, mobile health, SMS, Text messaging, text4health

On September 19, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new recommendations for its mhealth program, Text4Health. As HHS continues to recognize the significant role that smartphones are playing in the industry, and just how the much of the US population uses short text...


September 18, 2011  7:49 PM

New proposal for patient and physician national smart card



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Medicare, Medicare fraud and abuse, Patient identifiers, Smart cards

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September 18, 2011  7:46 PM

Does an ACO need to wait for an HIE?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, Health information exchange, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange

When discussing the subject of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the exchange of health information is most often assumed to be a must have component for the model. Rightfully so, since the intent of an ACO is the coordination of accountable care to reduce costs and improve population...


September 11, 2011  10:08 PM

Independent physicians receiving solicitations to outsource all IT to the hospital system



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR implementation, Health information exchange, HIE, integration, Interoperability and health information exchange, Physician groups

Many specialists and independent health care providers affiliated with a local hospital system have already been solicited to come onboard and integrate with the larger organization's EHR system, as well as utilize their IT resources to support services. This...


September 11, 2011  9:05 PM

Top 5 reason why tablets are a favorable option for your next trip



Posted by: RedaChouffani
iPad, laptops, mhealth, mHealth devices, Mobile health devices, tablets

With the continuing increase in popularity for devices such as the iPad and Android based devices, many users are foregoing their laptops and are instead opting for mobile tablets, comfortably catching up on their work while out of town or during their commute....


September 4, 2011  8:49 PM

Business Intelligence tools on the go



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BI, BI tools, business intelligence, mhealth, Microsoft Analysis, mobile BI, mobile health, SAP BusinessObjects

With the health care market continuing to take advantage of business intelligence (BI) tools, there is a continuing interest in the market for the development of mobile BI tools for executives on the go. Just as we have seen how smartphones and tablets keep health care leaders connected to their...


September 4, 2011  8:40 PM

Open Source initiative from the VA and DoD for VistA



Posted by: RedaChouffani
DoD, EHR implementation, Interoperability and health information exchange, Open Source, Open Source EHR, VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on August 30, 2011 that it has engaged with the Department of Defense (DoD),...


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