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Big Data Will Transform Healthcare, Says ONC

Big data will revolutionize healthcare, says a new five-year strategic plan from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The plan, released for public comment on March 25, says that clinical information captured from electronic health records in machine-readable format can be used to rapidly speed-up the creation and diffusion of medical knowledge–creating what ONC dubs a… Read more →

Sign Up for CMS' National Provider Calls about Registration

Sign Up for CMS’ National Provider Calls about Registration

Sign Up for CMS’ National Provider Calls about Registration A message from our HHS partner The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs are holding conference calls for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals about important registration information. The calls start next week. Mark your calendars for one of the calls below. Friday, April 1, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET… Read more →

So Long, Paperwork: EMRs Come to Town

So Long, Paperwork: EMRs Come to Town

The medical field is known to be a leader in technology–except when it came to patient records.  The paper system was not only antiquated, but could be dangerous. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospital systems in the country to completely switch over to electronic health records. “Some of the errors in hospitals are frequently associated with… Read more →

Collaboration to Provide Patients with Integrated Electronic Medical Record

Collaboration to Provide Patients with Integrated Electronic Medical Record

RiverView Health has partnered with Sanford Health to provide its patients with an integrated, state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The community-owned health system in northwestern Minnesota has entered into an associate agreement with Sanford Health, effective February 22, 2011. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sanford to provide our patients with access to the most… Read more →

Medical Images Go Mobile

Medical Images Go Mobile

Spectrum allows docs to examine brains scans on smart phones, FDA clears radiology app for iPhone and iPad Local experts say recent first-time federal approval of a mobile app for doctors to view radiology scans and diagnose serious medical problems is yet another catalyst further igniting the rapidly expanding world of mobile medical technology. The news comes just as West… Read more →

Patient Engagement Key to EMR Success

Patient Engagement Key to EMR Success

Hospitals are spending billions of dollars to achieve meaningful use of electronic medical records, but if patients don’t use the new technology,  hospitals may not reap the federal stimulus payments that await. That’s the conclusion of a report — Putting Patients into Meaningful Use – from  PwC’s Health Research Institute, which found that 14% of 1,000 consumers surveyed last fall… Read more →

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