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July 31, 2011  10:35 PM

Concerns around IaaS in healthcare



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CIO, healthcare, IaaS

In a recent meeting with an industry colleauge and fellow health care consultant, we were discussing the trend of CIOs looking more closely at the IaaS...

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July 31, 2011  9:56 PM

Patient identification using palm scanning technology



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Biometrics, EHR, Hospital, Palm Scanner, patient IDs

Now more than ever, hospital and health care leaders have to work tirelessly to ensure they are adequately protecting their patients' health information. Whether it's through secure, encrypted access to all digitized and EHR data, or through the close, careful monitoring of all...


July 24, 2011  10:29 AM

A second chance to avoid penalties for not ePrescribing by 2011



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CMS, eprescribing, penalties

In one of my earlier posts, "How to...

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July 24, 2011  10:14 AM

The next big thing for hospitals: Cloud-based document management



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, cloud computing, DMS, Document management systems, ECM, SaaS

For many health care organizations, going paperless is not simply about adopting electronic health records alone.  Many have discovered that there are additional paper-based documents that simply do not fit inside a patient's electronic chart.  Within the hospital setting, there are several...


July 17, 2011  9:56 PM

The business of telehealth services



Posted by: RedaChouffani
mhealth, Remote patient monitoring, telehealth

Video conferencing has proven to be a cost effective, efficient and relatively easy way for people to communicate across state and national boarders. And with the increased adoption of VoIP and recessions, many organizations are reducing their travel expenses by...


July 17, 2011  9:55 PM

Affordable Insurance Exchange for 2014



Posted by: RedaChouffani

On Friday President Obama announced that there will be some adjustments to healthcare. On Friday 15th, 2011 the president discussed the following: “envision a situation where for...


July 10, 2011  9:37 PM

CMS is testing new reimbursement models for patients with dual membership



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Dual eligibles, Health care reform, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, Reform

As we continue to be reminded of the state of our deficit and the need to raise the debt ceiling, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to push through and test different initiatives that will help cut costs in the health care arena. Many state leaders are...


July 10, 2011  9:37 PM

Should health care organizations get ready for Google +?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Google +, Health care applications and vendor organizations, HITsm, Social media

As the number of social networking sites available continues to grow, many organizations are experiencing a love/hate relationship with these now seemingly standard social media mediums. While many have already begun to harness the power and reach that these new networking portals provide,...


July 3, 2011  4:16 PM

Microsoft Kinect and its official push for health care



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Kinect, mHealth applications, Microsoft

It's pretty clear that Microsoft is actively pushing Kinect in the health care space. Even during the absence of the official SDK (software development kit) for business applications, many have managed to use the widely-available, “unofficial” drivers to...


July 3, 2011  4:14 PM

Top 10 must have health care technologies for surgeons



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Kinect, Medical devices, mhealth, mHealth applications, mHealth devices, Microsoft Kinect, smartphones, Surgical applications

In the health care market, everywhere you go you are bombarded with reminders that you need electronic health care records to be efficient. And not to disagree with that, but the degrees or level of benefits can differ drastically...


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