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Clinical workflow integration tops health IT priorities
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During the next three years, 95 percent of health care IT professionals believe that communication and workflow integration into health care information systems will be a very important issue to address as health care delivery organizations prepare to meet meaningful use and accountable care requirements. The findings come from a survey, which interviewed 130 health care IT professionals in February at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Orlando, Fla. More

Pro-reform group releases anniversary study of health law's benefits
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The consumer health advocacy group Families USA released a state-by-state analysis of the health reform's benefits to kick off a week of events marking the law's first anniversary. The "fact sheet" looks at five categories of beneficiaries who are already seeing the law's impact and provides state-by-state statistics. More

HHS publishes strategy to improve national health care quality
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has released the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care to promote quality health care focused on the needs of patients. At the same time, it wants to make the health care system work better for physicians and other health care providers, through such things as reducing their administrative burdens and helping them collaborate more to improve care. The HHS strategy includes calls for the increased adoption of electronic health records, which are a foundation for many of the projects that will realize HHS goals. More

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Texas provider uses business analytics for post-treatment care
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Southeast Texas Medical Associates, a primary health care group based in Beaumont, Texas, is using IBM business analytics software to gain greater insight into hospital re-admissions, reviewing trend data to help identify causes and design interventions to prevent patients from having to return to the hospital soon after discharge. In just the first six months of the practice level research, officials say, SETMA has been able to cut the number of its patient hospital readmissions by 22 percent by helping doctors identify trends, and assess treatment protocols to support the creation of a more comprehensive post-hospital treatment care program. More

Patient portals get social
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The patient portal of today has some neat features that are convenient for patients and save time and money for providers—online appointment scheduling and lab results for example. But what will the portal of the future look like? Well, it might have a social media vibe, according to providers and experts. Eventually, portals could bring together virtual collaborative care teams that patients can access when it is convenient to them. More

EHR adopters: Confident, or cocky?
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Healthcare providers are doing whatever it takes to deploy electronic health record systems and all the related technology they'll need to qualify for a share of the $27 billion in U.S. federal stimulus funds set aside to encourage investment in health IT. Their top priorities this year all relate in some way to the government's financial incentive program, including meeting regulatory requirements, managing digital patient data, improving care, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. It's not surprising that providers are focused on grabbing those subsidies. But it is surprising how confident they are that they'll be able to handle the task ahead. More

Carelessness behind many health data breaches
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For all the high-tech security work that physician practices do so that no outsiders get unauthorized access to their patients' data, one very low-tech cause of data insecurity often is overlooked: plain old forgetfulness. For example, Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 24 settled with the Deptartment of Health & Human Services to a pay a $1 million fine for a patient data security breach that was not caused by a hacker breaking into its system. Instead, HHS said, it was caused by an employee who inadvertently left a stack of paper files on a subway train on the way to work. More

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Patients flock to Facebook for health care needs
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Interacting with friends, posting photos and updating status changes are common practices on Facebook. But now more users are relying on the social networking site for health information. In fact, 41 percent of people said they use social media as a health care resource, according to a National Research Corp. survey of nearly 23,000 U.S. residents. Most of them said they turned to Facebook for medical content such as diet, exercise tips and health education videos. And some respondents even said the information was likely to impact their future health decisions. More

SoloHealth gains new investment for planned wellness kiosks
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The developer of popular DVD rental and coin-counting kiosks is taking on the health care field with an investment in SoloHealth, which is working on a self-service kiosk that would screen vision, blood pressure, weight and body mass index and provide a free health assessment. Atlanta-based SoloHealth will receive an investment from Coinstar, Inc., the developer of the Redbox self-service DVD rental kiosks and Coinstar self-service coin-counting brands. Details of the investment were not made public. More

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