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January, 2013

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January 28, 2013  8:46 PM

What does a hospital-based EHR or SaaS mean to innovation?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, EHR, SaaS

As we continue to see a shift toward new payment models for care delivery and more care collaboration and information sharing, adopting or participating in Software as a Service (SaaS) by a hospital for...

January 28, 2013  8:44 PM

Microsoft betting on unified communication for health care



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Lync, UC, Unified communications, VoIP

It's an increasingly complex process for hospital workers to communicate and collaborate within clinical and administrative areas. Hospital staff members are constantly looking to...


January 21, 2013  10:00 PM

Latest HIPAA rule protects EHRs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
data breach, EHR, EHR implementation, HIPAA, Updated security

Many consider the several data breaches in hospitals across the nation clear indications that more should be done to ensure the security and protection of EHRs. In recent months, some breaches, like those at the University of Virginia's


January 21, 2013  9:55 PM

VA RTLS contract re-awarded to HP



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HP, RFID, RTLS, Uncategorized, VA

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) re-awarded $543 million to HP's Real Time Location System (RTLS) contract this week. The technology the VA selected will help them track over 152 medical...


January 14, 2013  9:35 PM

Seen at CES 2013: Bluetooth-enabled fork and more



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CES 2013, Hapifork, HealthSpot, kiosk, telemedicine

More than 35, 000 people visited Las Vegas for last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, to catch a peek at some of the latest developments in consumer electronics. The


January 14, 2013  9:34 PM

New ACOs announced by HHS



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACO, advanced funding, advanced payement model, CMS

Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) continues to see a steady interest and participation in the available Accountable Care Organization (ACO) incentive program. There have been 106 new ACOs have been formed, in addition to the more than 250 current ACOs, according to


January 7, 2013  8:51 PM

Asthma app can help outsmart chronic disease



Posted by: RedaChouffani
mhealth, mHealth apps, telehealth

There are millions of people nationwide afflicted with asthma and most of us can understand how a patient's condition will change if their symptoms are not treated. This condition affects patients of all ages, and for most, the breath of a rescue inhaler provides a relief from the shortness of...


January 7, 2013  8:50 PM

CMS delays enforcement rules for HIPAA covered entities



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Affordable Care Act, CMS, HIPAA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced a delay to their enforcement of compliance with the operating rules...


January 1, 2013  10:43 AM

ACO models will draw attention in 2013



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, CCHIT, CMS

Several organizations have taken steps in response to the increased interest in ACOs and the new payment models encouraged by HHS. Independent physicians have been evaluating their options to either join a hospital sponsored ACO or an alternative option. This decision will be a significant...


January 1, 2013  10:35 AM

Health IT 2012 summary



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BIG DATA, Meaningful use, mhealth, RFID, RTLS, telemedicine

We are saying goodbye to the year 2012 and welcoming 2013. There are certainly few subjects that occupied the collective minds' of health organizations in 2012 and some of which will continue to be around in the new year. Here is a short list of subjects that dominated the health IT arena: EHR...


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