Bernie Monegain

By Bernie Monegain 07:35 pmAugust 26, 2011
As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of hospitals in low-lying sections of Manhattan in anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s landfall, North Shore-LIJ health system began removal of patients from two of its hospitals and set up an emergency command center. In response to an evacuation order from the city and state, North Shore-LIJ’s 775-bed Staten Island University...
By Bernie Monegain 02:26 pmAugust 25, 2011
Morgenthaler Ventures, a venture capital firm, has named 11 finalists in the firm’s nationwide contest to find the most promising health IT startups looking for seed and Series-A funding.  The 11 company founders will present in front of leading venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs at a gathering dedicated to health IT innovation on Sept. 22 in Mountain View, Calif. The event is...
By Bernie Monegain 02:52 pmAugust 3, 2011
Partners HealthCare Systems is providing clinicians throughout its integrated delivery network with mobile access to its electronic health record – a rollout the system achieved in 90 days. Partners’ technology experts say the InterSystems platform, which serves a foundation for the Partners Healthcare EHR and for hundreds of clinical applications used by thousands of clinicians throughout the...
By Bernie Monegain 02:10 pmJuly 28, 2011
The Center for Technology and Aging, with funding from The SCAN Foundation, is investing a total of $477,150 in one-year grants among five organizations that will demonstrate the best ways to implement mobile health (mHealth) technologies for older adults with chronic health conditions. Using mHealth technologies for health monitoring could save between $1.96 billion to $5.83 billion in...
By Bernie Monegain 03:40 pmJuly 5, 2011
Blogging, tweeting, texting and facebooking have become routine for many physicians as well as many other healthcare professionals. In this issue, Associate Editor Molly Merrill talks to docs who connect with their patients, colleagues and the public via social media (Cover story and P. 23). She discovers, what she already knew, social platforms aren’t just for idle banter.   While physicians...
By Bernie Monegain 01:41 pmMarch 28, 2011
Reduced prices and improved quality are boosting the adoption of telemedicine videoconferencing systems, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report titled Visual Collaboration Applications in Healthcare. The practice of telemedicine has been undergoing significant evolution paralleled by technological advancements in the world of videoconferencing, Frost & Sullivan researchers note. These...
By Bernie Monegain 05:50 pmMarch 22, 2011
*/ CHATTANOOGA, TN – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is partnering with local healthcare provider groups and hospitals to roll out technology designed to improve care after the patient is discharged from the hospital. The Holston Medical Group in Kingsport, one of the largest multi-specialty groups in the Southeast, is the first to incorporate Smart Transitions from San Francisco-based...
By Bernie Monegain 02:40 pmMarch 21, 2011
Healthcare insurer Humana has launched a pilot project aimed at boosting the care of its members with congestive heart failure. Humana will employ the Intel Health Guide to reach patients in their homes across the country. Humana CEO Mike McCallister unveiled the project March 18 at Humana Cares, the St. Petersburg program that provides personalized health coaching via telephone, care management...
By Bernie Monegain 01:16 pmMarch 17, 2011
Online messaging can deliver organized follow-up care for depression effectively and efficiently, according to a randomized controlled trial of 208 Group Health patients. The Journal of General Internal Medicine published the results online earlier this month. After five months, compared to the half of the patients randomly assigned to receive usual care, the half who had three online care...
By Bernie Monegain 12:35 pmMarch 17, 2011
Overextended staff is the top concern among healthcare IT professionals surveyed recently concerning obstacles to providing better patient care. Healthcare communications company Avaya conducted the survey, hosted by market research firm Exhibit Surveys, Inc., at the Avaya booth at HIMSS11 Feb. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. A total of 130 surveys were completed. Avaya's survey found that respondents...