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October, 2012

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October 30, 2012  6:56 AM

Top considerations when using cloud computing



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, IaaS, SaaS, vcloud, VMWare

Health care organizations are recognizing the benefits of what technology has been able to deliver in terns of automation, consolidation and innovation. Cloud computing continues to promise a much more robust, scalable, and on demand infrastructure in the server and storage space. Health care...

October 30, 2012  6:55 AM

Personalized health care through social media



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Social media

There continues to be significant challenges in communication and staying in touch between physician and patients, as today’s physicians see an increasing number of patients with chronic disease and are required to create personalized treatment plans that may require the...


October 23, 2012  6:28 AM

Massachusetts statewide HIE connects hospitals and providers



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, EHR, HIE, HIway, state

The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange (HIE) began the transfer of summary health records on October 16th, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick's health record the first official XML file to be exchanged. This marks the first step for Massachusetts to enable local hospitals,...


October 23, 2012  6:25 AM

Five important areas for EHR success in the tablet world



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, iPad, mHealth apps, surface, tablets

Tablets are continuing to significantly impact the sales of traditional PCs. There are several needs that must be fulfilled on the application side before there will be a wider adoption of tablets by health care professionals. Software vendors will need to ensure that their products are capable of...


October 15, 2012  11:40 PM

New open source web-based EHR with modern UI and advanced functionality



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, Open Source

Open Source applications are continuing to gain popularity in the health care market. Some products have gained users including OpenMRS, Mirth, VistA EHR, Connect, and ClearCanvas. Unfortunately there has not been wide adoption from independent physician’s practices of many of these products,...


October 15, 2012  11:18 PM

The convenience of quick visits at retail clinics



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, HIE

Health care seems to be one of the few areas that we may not have quick service turnaround, in a time when we expect immediate service. I experienced one of those inconveniences this week during a family trip. My wife and I found ourselves away from our pediatrician when our youngest came down...


October 8, 2012  9:09 PM

What more can we do with a RTLS?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BIG DATA, business intelligence, HIMSS 2012, RFID, RLTS

More hospitals are evaluating different available products and beginning their selection process, as radio-frequency identification (RFID) hardware prices continue to decline. The process of evaluating an real-time locating system (RTLS) vendor takes many things into consideration. Some of the top...


October 8, 2012  9:07 PM

Letter to HHS outlines reasons to stop incentive payments



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, MU

A letter requesting the stoppage of the distribution of meaningful use incentive money and signed by lawmakers was sent to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) several days...


October 1, 2012  9:30 PM

A preview of what’s being considered as part of meaningful use stage 3



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HHS, Meaningful use, Meaningful use stage 2, MU 3, ONC, Stage 3

The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final requirements for stage 2 EHR incentive programs in August 2012. Among the items that have been identified as part of the requirements in stage 2 were information exchange, care...


October 1, 2012  9:28 PM

Can EHR vendors learn anything from game developers?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, games, Luminosity, RFID

Many startups are looking for creative ways to attract users and entice them to share more about their whereabouts and likes and dislikes. This is due to the widespread adoption of smart devices, and the need for companies to find creative ways to increase app adoption. Many of the newer apps have...


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