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December, 2011

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December 18, 2011  9:51 PM

Lessons for EHR vendors from Office 365 and Google Docs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR functionality, EHR usability, EHR vendors, Electronic health records, Electronic medical records, EMR, Google, Google Docs, mhealth, mHealth apps, Microsoft, Office 365

For a while now, Google has been the front runner when it comes to web-based productivity applications.  With their Google Docs application, the company released a 100% browser-based solution that allows end users access to and use of a cost effective substitute to the Microsoft Office suite. But...

December 18, 2011  9:48 PM

Doc-fix passed the senate but faces a potential no in the house



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Doc-fix, doc-xix, Medicare, medicare cuts, Medicare overhaul plan, Medicare reimbursement, MU

On Dec. 17, 2011, the Senate passed a bill that will provide a short term "doc-fix". This bill was passed as part of a larger bill that extends a cut in the payroll tax and pushes back the 27% Medicare cut that was originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2012 until the end of February. ...


December 11, 2011  8:08 PM

Google TV and what it means to healthcare



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Apple TV, google tv, IP TV, iTV, Patient engagement

With the significant increase in smartphone and mobile device adoption in the health care setting in recent years, 2012 will definitely add more emphasis on mobility integration at the organizational and enterprise strategy level, as well when looking at an...


December 11, 2011  8:03 PM

Delays to meaningful use stage 2



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR adoption, Electronic health record, HHS, Meaningful use, MU, MU stage 2, Stage 2

On Nov. 30, 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced a policy change effectively delaying stage 2 meaningful use. The goal of the change is to allow for a greater increase...


December 4, 2011  5:35 PM

The next generation of consumer friendly medical devices



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Apps, health & fitness devices, mhealth, mHealth apps, mHealth devices, mobile health, Remote patient monitoring, telehealth, Zeo

With the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices, many physicians are wondering how these technologies are going to impact their patient / physician relationships. For most, these smarthones are allowing caregivers to communicate with their patients, while...


December 4, 2011  5:33 PM

Top 6 ACO considerations to watch for 2012



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

As 2012 approaches and CMS kicks off the official start for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), we are reminded of the changes that participating physicians in an ACO will face. Below is a list of 6 considerations that need to be on their agendas in 2012. Defining the ACO...


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