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  • August 25, 2017 25 Aug'17

    EHR adoption rates increased with passage of HITECH Act

    After the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, EHR adoption rates for eligible hospitals rose from 3.2% to 14.2% and EHR adoption rates for ineligible hospitals rose from just 0.1% to 3.3%, according ...

  • February 24, 2017 24 Feb'17

    Gaining a new appreciation for health IT at the 2017 HIMSS conference

    Attending the 2017 HIMSS conference -- my very first foray into the largest annual health IT gathering -- was daunting, to say the least. Navigating the massive Orange County Convention Center and ...

  • September 07, 2016 07 Sep'16

    To delay MACRA or not is the question

    Eight high-ranking congressmen are calling on federal healthcare officials to consider "flexibilities" in administering the new MACRA healthcare law, particularly as it applies to small physician ...

  • August 29, 2016 29 Aug'16

    Data analytics boosts value-based reimbursement and clinical decisions

    In this issue of Pulse, SearchHealthIT's writers explore the current state of data analytics use in clinical care and peek into what the future holds. In the cover story, News Writer Kristen Lee presents a timeline of future uses of data in healthcare, starting with the current number crunching behind value-based reimbursement models. From there, the story looks at how analytics will step more firmly into the land of population health management and, later, precision medicine. Next, News and Features Writer Shaun Sutner addresses how medical informatics and analytics will continue to rely on one another, especially as patient data increases. We wrap up with an argument for caregivers and medical records software vendors to push for EHR interoperability as the path toward gaining more beneficial analytics, as noted by contributor Reda Chouffani.

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  • Mobile in healthcare a strong prescription for improved patient care

    Walk the corridors of any modern hospital, from intensive care to patient units to emergency rooms, and you'll see the familiar banks of workstations where doctors and nurses busily access patient records and type in critical updates. For years, those stationary desktops have been the lifeblood of patient care. And while laptops have given caregivers some degree of mobility, "nobody wants to carry around a 4.5-pound laptop all day," one hospital CIO says. Doctors and nurses looking for mobile in healthcare to engage patients inside and outside the hospital may find a cure in small tablets, and they don't require a prescription.

    Our cover story examines the infiltration of digital tablets and smartphones in healthcare as seen through the eyes of hospital CIOs. Some CIOs view mobile in healthcare as vastly "underdeveloped," "disjointed" and "clunky," with a "long way to go," not to mention the integration and security nightmares mobile devices can create for IT professionals. But CIOs also see the day when mobile devices will be a seamless and invisible part of healthcare and vastly improve patient care and engagement. That's already happening in some healthcare facilities where the distinction between tablets, laptops and even workstations is disappearing, as described in another feature. In addition to becoming fixtures in hospitals and outpatient clinics, tablets are finding a home in remote patient monitoring and achieving a level of sophistication that allows doctors and radiologists to view complex medical images anytime, anywhere.

    This issue also covers several options for maintaining the security of mobile in healthcare, including identity protection, mobile app management, and advanced auditing and tracking techniques.

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  • PatientPing helps with coordinating care among healthcare providers

    In this Innovation Spotlight, SearchHealthIT features PatientPing, a startup in Boston that provides technology to improve coordinating care. Continue Reading

  • Five challenges of IoT in healthcare that put it at risk of failure

    The internet of things has the potential to provide physicians with valuable data that can improve patient outcomes, but there are several barriers to IoT adoption in healthcare. Continue Reading

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