4 Things to Know About the Zika Virus and Health IT

Similar to the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, healthcare IT will play a critical role in tracking the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne flavivirus that causes flulike symptoms in patients and is particularly concerning for pregnant women. The virus is currently spreading in South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and disease surveillance technology is key […]

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How Hospitals Can Identify Health IT Benefits [Infographic]

In the beginning, the benefits of health IT for patients and their families were to reduce paperwork, help doctors coordinate patients' care, protect their patient info, reduce unnecessary tests, ensure the correct medication is prescribed and allow patients to access their own records. Years after the inception of moving paper medical records to electronic, health IT benefits […]

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Salesforce Launches Salesforce Health Cloud

Today Salesforce introduced Health Cloud, its first industry product built specifically for healthcare. Salesforce Health Cloud is a cloud-based patient relationship management solution that enables providers to gain a complete view of the patient with integrated data from electronic medical records (EMRs), wearables and more; make smarter care decisions; engage with patients across their caregiver […]

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Is Healthcare IT Meaningful Work?

Most would agree that doctors and nurses, i.e., those on the front lines of delivering patient care, have meaningful jobs. But what about those behind the scenes, such as the healthcare IT workforce that installs the electronic medical records systems (EMRs), maintains billing and coding software and manages the overall IT infrastructure of hospitals and health […]

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AMDIS 2014: A View From The Edge

With more acronyms than you can shake an EHR at, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Physician-Computer Connection Symposium was a conference with an edge – at times edgy with dissonance, at times pushing to the edge of our knowledge and capabilities, at times the cutting edge of growth and change. Held […]

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From Developers: The Differences Between Good and Bad Health IT [Infographic]

Just like with any information technology, a simple, clear, intuitive user interface makes all the difference in health IT. Developers and user experience designers, like those who created the infographic below, know from experience which features in new technology help with efficiency. From finding and registering patients to filling prescriptions and discharging patients, the infographic […]

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Four Reasons Healthcare Testing Needs Are Growing

The complexity and interdependence of enterprise applications in healthcare settings increasingly require specialized QA and testing capabilities—automated and manual.  A thorough testing program can help hospitals identify and fix business, functional and performance defects, while improving application speed, quality and usability. We see four critical drivers causing  hospital leaders to evaluate and supplement their testing […]

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Eight “Ates” for Managing Change in Healthcare IT

In the fifth century B.C., Heraclitus said, “You cannot step into the same stream twice.” This metaphorical insight is frequently acknowledged but oft not appreciated. All things, both living and inanimate, are changing. We have no choice, as change is inevitable, but managing change is possible. Without planning and consideration, we may be swept away […]

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How the Nation Transitioned to Health IT (Infographic)

When the Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009, the road from paper to electronic health records seemed steep - and long.  But four years later, considerable progress has been made in EHR adoption, from hospitals and facilities to physicians and pharmacists. Perhaps the greatest progression has […]

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Infographic: Big Data in Healthcare

Electronic medical records and big data go together like bricks and a finished house; the smaller parts build the framework of the larger finished product, and each day a new discovery could result within. As providers across the country have access to patient medical data beyond the desktop, physicians will be able to put together […]

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Effective HIT: The heart and backbone of a dominant ACO

A newly published survey of physicians highlights the increasing importance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the overall healthcare landscape. The 2013 Medscape Physician Compensation Report finds 24 percent of doctors in an ACO or planning to be one in the coming year. That’s up dramatically from just 8 percent in the 2012 Medscape survey. […]

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