Healthcare IT News Staff

By Healthcare IT News Staff 03:28 pm May 3, 2011
The Institute for Health Technology Transformation has released a report that compiles what key health IT experts from across the United States view as the best ways to engage patients in the digital age. "Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Engaging Patients" was prepared by: Donna Scott, executive director of marketing strategy, RelayHealth; Howard Rosen, CEO, Life:Wire; Brad Tritle,...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 02:02 pm May 3, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule Monday on telemedicine credentialing and privileging that aims to not only make the process less cumbersome for small hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs), but also to provide more timely care.   The new rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 5 and will go into effect July 2, 2011. The new rule...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 02:21 pm May 2, 2011
News sites – specifically health magazines’ websites and WebMD – still remain the most trusted online healthcare resource (68 percent), while user-generated contributions on Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs are used less frequently (54 percent), according to results from a national consumer survey conducted by Makovsky + Company. While consumer contributions on sites such as Yelp,...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 02:01 pm May 2, 2011
Despite a rise in the discipline of employees for their activities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn there is still much work to be done around procedures for enforcing social media policy, according to a survey fielded by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and its affiliated Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). This is the second survey SCCE and HCCA conducted on...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 07:58 pm April 29, 2011
Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., is urging healthcare leaders to use healthcare information technology to improve the efficiency and quality of care and to support future innovations in prevention, wellness and personalized medicine.   Speaking at the Health Evolution Partners Leadership Summit, Dell urged healthcare organizations to expedite adoption of electronic medical records and...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 04:02 pm April 28, 2011
A new tool from Boston-based UbiCare aims to provide a look at the U.S. healthcare industry's use of Facebook and fan engagement. UbiCare's Engagement Quotient (EQ) Chart looks at activity on more than 900 hospital and healthcare-associated Facebook pages and offers a measurement of fan interaction with those pages. Each week, these pages will be ranked by success in engaging fans, using key...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 03:27 pm April 28, 2011
According to a recent survey of U.S. physicians, 61 percent intend to own an iPhone by the end of 2011. This is up from 39 percent at the beginning of the year and compares with the iPhone’s 24.7 percent adoption among general U.S. smartphone users. Aptilon Corporation, a leader in online access to and interaction with HCPs on behalf of pharmaceutical sales and marketing programs, used its...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 03:07 pm April 28, 2011
In this new social media environment researchers and clinicians need to engage more actively with the public to articulate the importance of science in determining the benefits and harm of novel treatments and to ensure that patients' concerns and priorities are heard, according to new study published in Nature. The study shows that widespread demands in Canada for clinical trials for a...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 02:21 pm April 28, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has contracted with F4W, Inc. for its core communication systems. The systems will be placed at VA's twelve Emergency Management Strategic Healthcare Group (EMSHG) regional offices nationwide, providing VA with secure, resilient communications in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies. "We're very proud to be able to support VA and veterans...
By Healthcare IT News Staff 08:21 pm April 27, 2011
The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) on April 26 convened 80 representatives of consumer-facing organizations ranging from patient advocates to government agencies for the inaugural meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. The goal: To encourage individuals to become more engaged in health and healthcare throught the use of information technology. “Empowering consumer/patients through...