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July 14, 2013  10:40 PM

Steps to ensure devices do not affect patient satisfaction



Posted by: RedaChouffani
patient satisfaction, tablets

A recent report explored the affect technological devices have on the patient and caregiver relationship. The report, presented to the American Medical Association, titled “Exam Room Computing & Patient-Physician Interactions” was presented by Steven J. Stack, M.D. It concluded there is not...

July 9, 2013  4:24 AM

Delay announced for employer insurance mandate



Posted by: RedaChouffani
affordable act, Affordable Care Act, insurance

The health insurance reporting requirements for employers with over 50 employees was pushed back until 2015. This one-year extension was authorized by the White House. The original requirement was part of the Affordable Care Act. The announcement was made on Valerie Jarrett’s


July 7, 2013  9:54 PM

Application virtualization and its impact on tablet adoption



Posted by: RedaChouffani
applicaiton, Virtualization

There is a constant demand for more storage and computing power to support the implementation and upgrading of hospital systems. This often requires the presence of virtualization. Server, desktop, and storage virtualization all attempt to maximize the use of specific hardware while reducing its...


June 8, 2013  8:37 PM

Near Field Communication: right for mHealth?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
mhealth, near field communications, NFC

In the U.S., there are a few mobile phones with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, a service that facilitates secure exchange of information by simply putting a mobile device near a scanner. This near contact allows people, for...


June 8, 2013  7:53 PM

CMS releases big data on spending



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CMS, data, Datapalooza

This June, many in healthcare informatics watched Health Datapalooza IV closely. It was packed with valuable presentations showcasing uses and innovations around data.  For most, the data available through healthcare holds potential to


May 31, 2013  8:37 AM

Mobile charge capture and more: how mHealth apps can fill EHR gaps



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Apps, mhealth, mobile charge capture

As more physicians use electronic medical records (EHRs), the way we document, bill and consume patient health information is changing. Typically, interactions with EHRs begin and stay within the boundaries of the...


May 29, 2013  9:13 PM

CMS stats on EHR adoption



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ARRA, EHR implementation, HHS

Health IT initiatives have been on the rise since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Recently, department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided some key statistics to support the claim that there is an increase in electronic health...


May 22, 2013  9:39 PM

Google Glass and some of its early healthcare uses



Posted by: RedaChouffani
glasses, Google, mhealth

Google Glass will make an appearance in somewhere in  healthcare, possibly at the point of care. A limited number of the devices have been shipped and we have seen a number of interesting applications developed with connectivity to social media and tracking capabilities of images and...


May 22, 2013  9:37 PM

ONC mHealth challenge to help support cancer survivors



Posted by: RedaChouffani
mhealth, ONC

The ONC is launching a mobile app innovation challenge that will support cancer survivors during their follow-up care. The challenge, as outlined by the ONC, will have two separate phases. In...


May 14, 2013  9:56 PM

Top mobile device security considerations



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HIPAA, MDM, Mobile, security

Many IT executives are continuously reviewing the state of their mobile device management (MDM) strategy, in response to the increasing use of mobile devices and in order to meet compliance requirements. For many...


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