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Yesterday's technology finds its place in mobile healthcare heyday
While federal wonks are busy arguing about healthcare IT policy, nurses and physicians are tired of waiting for legislation to catch up with technology. In this issue of Pulse, we take a hard look at mobile technology in healthcare that can, in time, rewrite patient care workflows.
Informatics expert and author Trevor Strome paints a next-generation picture: physicians at the bedside accessing analytics tools hardwired to the EHR en route to making evidence-based care decisions. But first, there are many hurdles to clear, such as integrating a diversity of data sources. Strome lays out what clinical systems vendors need to do to make analytics a reality at the point of care.
And while healthcare professionals clamor for cutting-edge mobile access in the workplace, we explore the usefulness of a technology some might consider so 2002: communications badges. Do these throwbacks have a place in the age of "slide to unlock" smartphone technology?
Also, in this issue, healthcare IT expert and physician Joseph Kim assesses the possibility of crowdsourcing in patient treatment, and IT industry analyst Reda Chouffani gives pointers to healthcare providers looking to avoid what many dread most: unannounced HIPAA audits.
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Features in this issue
Communications badge vendors find their products fill a crucial need in healthcare, as Vocera remakes itself as a device-independent platform.
A health system in Detroit arms its hospital staff with communications badges. They've found them useful in treating potentially violent patients.
Organizations use decision support in many ways, but when providers have embedded analytics at the bedside, robust information helps deliver care.
Crowdsourcing physicians' opinions online may be the future of patient care, but not before liability and reimbursement issues are settled.
From HIMSS 2014, ONC Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts offers survival strategies for new HIPAA audits under the omnibus rule.
News in this issue
Annual survey finds new worries among providers for healthcare data breaches -- but some indicators show they're getting a handle on containing risks.
Columns in this issue
Clinicians are eager for mobile devices to play a role in patient care. First, technical and legal requirements must be met to safely encourage BYOD.