Think big about mobile health -- going beyond medical records

One of the many miracles that the smartphone has delivered is an entirely new kind of patient. The Empowered Patient is an active manager of his or her health. Once, the Empowered Patient connected with their doctor and managed...

Getting personal with healthcare

Personalized medicine is a common buzzword these days, usually referring to the use of a patient’s genetic profile to customize an approach to disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management. But that definition limits the...

Emotional rescue: Adding context to patient data

Is it possible to give sensitivity training to data? Should we if we could? On-demand reports, data dashboards and faster access to decision-enabling information help health care organizations offer better care and streamline...

The problem with meaningful use

On Aug 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rules for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program that seeks to accelerate adoption of electronic health records (EHR) technology among...

Clinical transformation: Where the rubber meets the road

It’s National Health IT Week and Washington, D.C. has been buzzing with policy discussions and forums exploring the value of information technology and its role in transforming our healthcare system. But amid the prognosticating...

Always start with the foundation: Governance is never optional

After previously dividing the realm of IT problems and projects into broad, high-level categories (the classic who/what/where/when), it’s a good time to dive into just one of these -- the question of “who.”  Specifically, “who” is...

Social and collaborative technologies are a compelling fit for health care

Social and collaborative technology has potentially deep ramifications for health care. So far there’s limited data on how effective social media is at improving health quality. But the fundamental qualities that social...

3 simple strategic questions to master IT chaos

If you don't keep moving, you're roadkill.  Early in our careers, we learned that standing still is not an option if we want to survive and succeed. It is a true cliché that in IT, as in life in general, the only constant is...

Healthcare IT should 'do no harm'

"I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone." This is one of the lines from the original Hippocratic Oath that physicians swore before commencing...

Mobility: Its true measure in healthcare IT

Much thought and focus is being devoted to the future of health care delivery and the role that  mobility will play. For example, Fierce Mobile Healthcare’s Sara Jackson recently brought up an interesting question: will hospitals...

Innovate consistently? Yes, you can.

It's 2020. The at-home, telemedicine robot reminds me it's time for the doctor to check how well the burn on my arm is healing. The specialist is in a clinic located more than 45 miles away, but she thoroughly examines my arm...

Planning for ICD-10 at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics

By Connie S. Tohara When October 1, 2014 arrives, there are a number of potential disasters that await if we're not fully prepared for the new clinical coding classification, ICD-10.  Federal regulators have proposed a Fall 2014...

Glitz, glam and the glimmer of a new age in health care

Many wonder how information technology can shape the future of health care. There is no better place to find that answer than at the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Las Vegas. HIMSS is an...

Why meaningful use isn’t meaningful … yet

While many people outside of the healthcare world may not know a lot about our IT issues and challenges, almost everyone has heard about meaningful use. But, nobody truly has an understanding of what meaningful use should be - and...

Smarter healthcare is connected healthcare

At Directions 2011, IDC analysts shared IDC's vision of the emerging "3rd Platform" based on the four pillars of cloud, mobile, social and Big Data technologies. Directions 2012 will continue the discussion of this new platform for...

11 vendors who have helped their customers achieve meaningful use

By Judy Hanover, IDC Insights Meaningful use has been top of mind for providers over the past 26 months, since the passage of ARRA and its HITECH Act.  The initial response to ARRA was confusion and uncertainty, but as the months...

Connected health technologies gaining consumer use

By Lynne Dunbrack, IDC Health Insights IDC Health Insights conducted an online survey of consumers regarding their attitudes toward using and purchasing various connected health technologies and services, including personal health...

The importance of structured data elements in EHRs

By Tom Murray and Laura BerberianElectronic health records (EHRs) that use structured data elements are documenting patient information using controlled vocabulary rather than narrative text. The historic lack of structured data and...

New healthcare technologies should drive new processes

By Janice Young, IDC Health Insights, A leading developmental focus of nearly all technology vendors in the past year has been the creation of more adaptive and flexible applications.  Current market solutions leverage SOA,...

New biochip gives blood test results in minutes

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PCWorldA new breakthrough in microfluidics could lead to autonomous blood analysis chips that will be able to diagnose diseases in mere minutes. [Image: UC Berkeley]  The device, called SIMBAS, was...

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