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April, 2012

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April 29, 2012  9:31 PM

Medicare Proposed Payment Rule FY 2013



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACA, Affordable Care Act, CMS, FY 2013, IPPS, LTCH, payment rule

April 29, 2012  9:30 PM

Are bedside tablets ready for full hospital deployment?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
bedside tablets, hospital tablets, tablets

Patients who are admitted to the hospital for longer periods of time may benefit from having access to entertainment services as well as health information.    Information in a hospital room can be delivered via interactive TV sets, emails, phone as well as one-on-one with a clinician.  But...


April 23, 2012  6:53 AM

How the cloud is changing what HealthIT is all about



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, Datacenter, HIT, private cloud, VM

For Healthcare IT, cloud computing has been the hottest subject which is helping by bringing more storage for health information, flexible infrastructure, reliable DR/BCP and ease of support and scalability.    While there are many additional advantages to the cloud, some of the most interesting...


April 23, 2012  6:50 AM

CMS announces 1.1 million participants and more to come for ACOs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, CMS

On April 10, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that over 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries have been served by ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations), a statistic that shows a strong positive start to the proliferation of the ACO framework. There have been 27...


April 15, 2012  10:42 PM

Some of the highlights of collaborative tools available today



Posted by: RedaChouffani
data exchange, EHR integration, Open Source, sharepoint

For some time now, enterprise users and healthcare organizations have turned to different intranet tools (Open Source, commercial products) to help manage internal document storage, authoring and project collaboration. But one trend I've noticed in the recent months is that there continues to be a...


April 15, 2012  10:40 PM

Should health organizations consider cloud based storage?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, nas, san, storage

Every year technology trends continue to impact our decisions concerning the emerging solutions and technologies that we will explore. But the more health organizations that officially start their journeys toward electronic health information, the more their storage needs are significantly,...


April 8, 2012  9:07 PM

An updated view on meaningful use exchange standards for clinical information



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CCD, CCR, consilidated CDA, HL7, Meaningful use Stage2

One of the areas that has seen changes in the NPRM for meaningful use stage 2 includes the standards according to which health data is exchanged. In this case, the affected areas are related to clinical messaging, electronic prescribing, and patient summary and transport...


April 8, 2012  9:04 PM

Big Data initiative to support different federal agencies including healthcare



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BIG DATA, XDATA


April 1, 2012  10:01 PM

The race to keep patients out of hospitals will change the way health systems generate revenue



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, Health care reform, Quality, Quality reporting

There are many initiatiaves that large health system can begin employing now to ensure the revenues are not threatened by the changing health care payment landscape. Many are predicting that health care is moving toward a system where providers will be rewarded based on outcomes,...


April 1, 2012  9:59 PM

A new ecosystem where IT and biomed engineers may work better under one leadership



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Bioengineering, BioMed, Biomedical engineering, CIO, CTO

For many health organizations, the biomedical engineering and IT teams do not both directly report to the CIO.  While in the past that would be somewhat acceptable, nowadays biomed engineers can significantly benefit from working more closely with the IT department, which has encouraged many...


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