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Working Towards an Integrated eHealth System - Transforming the Nation's Healthcare

Working Towards an Integrated eHealth System - Transforming the Nation's Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

GE Healthcare announced to launch its eHealth Information Exchange in Australia this week which is seen will make an impact on eHealth in Australia. As current aspirations and concerns about the development of eHealth in Australia continue to unveil, Blair Butterfield shares his experience working on eHealth projects internationally and how Australia could learn and benefit from this.

 

Interview with GE Healthcare’s Vice President of eHealth Solutions, Blair Butterfield.

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Does It Matter Who Writes Medical News Stories?

Does It Matter Who Writes Medical News Stories? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

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The media can influence health literacy and health seeking behaviours, but few studies have looked at the quality of news stories. We examined whether experienced specialist health reporters write better stories than other categories of journalists

 

We compared the quality of stories written by specialist and non-specialist journalists, and those sourced from major news organisations, in Australia from 2004–08.

 

We found that it does matter who writes news stories that cover the benefits and harms of health care interventions. Stories written by specialist health journalists working for a single media outlet scored more highly than those written by less experienced writers.

 

Our findings are important because this source of health literacy is currently under pressure as falling revenues threaten the future of the traditional media.

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Medical Information Sources - Using IT to facilitate Information Therapy

Medical Information Sources - Using IT to facilitate Information Therapy | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Medical Information Sources

 

IT vendors must work at creating Healthcare and Medical Information Knowledge Bases. These can be about medicines, diagnostics, decision trees, side effects, precautions, treatment data and more.

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Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.


The exploit was published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, where - exceptionally in scientific publishing - both gamers and researchers are honoured as co-authors.

 

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How Can Computer Viruses Affect Your Medical Practice?

How Can Computer Viruses Affect Your Medical Practice? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
As healthcare becomes increasingly dependent on information technology, system breakdowns due to viruses, worms and other malware can potentially stall the entire working of your practice.
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Information Technology Orientation For Starting Hospital Administrators

Information Technology Orientation For Starting Hospital Administrators | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Information technology and computer science tools are definitely the most rapidly growing segment of the world ecosystem. The development in the sector permeates every human activity; social, economic, cultural, religious, political, professional, personal and healthcare. Information technology has radically altered the way many people work and think. Information Technology has made a significant difference to the Quality and Standards of Life. Learning some of the common IT application an individual can carry out any activity of your work life simpler and easier.

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Cloud Computing in Healthcare ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

This article aims to discuss aspects of cloud computing that are relevant to the healthcare industry and can be applied by doctors to improve their practice.

 

What Should Doctors Know About Cloud Computing?

 

Simply put, the cloud is a set of hardware, networks, storage, services and interfaces that are equipped to provide computing power, infrastructure, applications, software, business processes and storage – in short, all your computing needs, as a service wherever and whenever you need it.

 

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Startup Opportunities in Health IT

Health care, long ignored by VCs who didn’t understand it, is now so obviously broken that it can’t be ignored, Rock Health, the crusading seed incubator in San Francisco where I’m a mentor , has done a study of VC-funded healthcare startups. According to Rock Health’s survey, which is admittedly incomplete, 35 companies have received $2 million or more in funding in 2011 alone. But that’s only 2% of the startups. The rest, we can assume, are bootstrapping in one way or another. And although 2011 shapes up to be a record year in venture funding for the segment, surpassing the previous record year 2010, much remains to be done.

 

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Can “Watson” fix organizations as well as patients? | Healthcare IT Solutions

Can “Watson” fix organizations as well as patients? | Healthcare IT Solutions | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The future of Watson looks promising. Word is out that WellPoint has hired Dr. Watson to help physicians cure the ill. Watson has the ability to run patient information against medical information from multiple sources to provide feedback on diagnoses and treatment options. This powerhouse of information is exactly what the healthcare industry has been looking for as standards change from paper records to electronic health records (EHRs), diagnosis codes get an update and government mandates focus on improving quality and decreasing costs.

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How Does Email Help You As A Doctor? ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

Email or electronic mailing has revolutionized business communication. The incentivization of technology in the healthcare industry coupled with its growing inclination towards consumerism and strong patient-doctor relationships has made it necessary for doctors and healthcare professionals to utilize this channel of communication to improve the quality and reach of their practice. However, even though a majority of doctors do own personal email accounts, not many are comfortable using the email for regular, professional correspondence

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Physician communities’ map: reaching doctors in the virtual world | Publicis Healthware International

Physician communities’ map: reaching doctors in the virtual world | Publicis Healthware International | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Physician communities’ map: reaching doctors in the virtual world, The professional social networks represent an efficient opportunity to share info and experiences, keeping up-to-date and boost earnings.
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Going mobile: How EHRs and mobile technology are shaping one physician’s practice

Going mobile: How EHRs and mobile technology are shaping one physician’s practice | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Two classes of physicians are slowly forming, those who use electronic medical records and digital mobile technology and those who stick with paper charts. You might call these the digital haves and the digital have-nots.  No one among my friends...

 

No one among my friends and colleagues has yet pooh-pooh'd the idea of mobile tech, but I admit that the mobile tech crowd is still fairly small in the world of electronic healthcare. The bottom line is that most doctors are still on paper charts.

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The “Medical” Category Dilemma for Apps | The Medical App Journal

The “Medical” Category Dilemma for Apps | The Medical App Journal | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The change that smartphones and tablets have brought to the medical industry is one of the more exciting developments to occur in healthcare in recent years. What makes these devices exciting is the plethora of apps that they make available to clinicians. The ability to quickly reference information, watch procedures, evaluate the latest evidence, document care and look at diagnostic imaging studies are few of the features now readily available from a small device that fits in your pocket.
We live in a culture where we are encouraged to appraise and evaluate the evidence and medical literature that supports our practice, and rightly so. However, as we get bombarded with an ever-growing list of resources and references, this task becomes even more daunting. More than 25 years ago some clinicians felt that we had “too many medical journals“, and now that the National Library of Medicine’s PUBMed indexes over 5500 journals from Medline alone, with more than 21 million total citations, that sentiment may be even more prevalent among practicing clinicians. Now more than ever, it is important that we have vetted resources at our disposal that can help us sift through all the “intelligence” we receive in order to discern what is useful and what is not.

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ResistanceMap | The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

ResistanceMap | The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

ResistanceMap is a web-based collection of tools that allow accessible, engaging, and interactive exploration of more than 50 antimicrobial surveillance indicators from North America and Europe.

 

Researchers, policymakers, and the public can use the Map to gain insight into the trends and magnitude of an unfolding public health crisis. To reach a wider audeince, visualizations may be reembedded on any blog or website.

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Cloud Computing in Healthcare | HealthWorks Collective

Cloud Computing in Healthcare | HealthWorks Collective | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
This article aims to discuss aspects of cloud computing that are relevant to the healthcare industry and can be applied by doctors to improve their practice.What Should Doctors Know About Cloud Computing?

 

What Should Doctors Know About Cloud Computing?

 

Using Cloud Computing To Improve Your Practice

 

Popular Cloud Services

 

Cloud Security

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Technology For Doctors By Plus91 | C:\Healthcare\Technology\Plus91: Using IT to facilitate Information Therapy

Technology For Doctors By Plus91 | C:\Healthcare\Technology\Plus91: Using IT to facilitate Information Therapy | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
The end customer in the business of Medicine needs information. Everyday technology adds new ways in which we store and share this information for many to use, reuse, improve and share some more.

 

In this day and age of the Internet, Mobile Phones and Social Media; Patients are empowered with the possibility of Real Time Communication, 24/7 Access to Information and Live Community Feedback. Today’s patients have been exposed to numerous possibilities besides the ones which our forefathers would know of. This exposure has empowered this generation of patients to ask for better care, better facilities, cheaper alternatives, and more useful ways of using technology to provide healthcare as well as healthcare information. However, in spite of large amounts of information available today, a big problem that exists today is that the information is not necessarily usable when it is most needed.
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How EHRs Feed The Clinical Research Pipeline

As healthcare moves gradually from a fee-for-service to a pay-for performance model, it will be judged on how closely clinicians adhere to evidence-based guidelines. The best evidence comes from controlled clinical trials, but since so few treatment protocols are supported by these trials, the movers and shakers in clinical medicine are looking to fill the void by recruiting large groups of subjects willing to enroll in them. Not an easy task.

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Difference Between Medical Billing Software and EMR

Difference Between Medical Billing Software and EMR | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Medical billing and EMR software systems are often designed to have overlapping features that improve the functionality and usability of the systems in order to make them a “one-stop-solution” for a practice’s medical IT needs.

 

As a result, medical billing software and EMRs end up being interchangeably used discounting the primary objectives of each of the systems.

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TeleHealth: The Doctor Will See You Now, Wherever You Are

TeleHealth: The Doctor Will See You Now, Wherever You Are | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
As technology continues to advance and become a big part in our lives telehealth will allow more patients and doctors to connect online or via phone no matter the day or time.

 

Telehealth, or telemedicine as it was previously known, enables patients and doctors to connect anytime anywhere online or via mobile phone. It also gives people in rural areas access to specialists without having to drive to the next major town. Recent improvements in sensory technology allows doctors can access patients’ vital signs in real time without having to schedule an office visit.

 

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5 Tips to Improve a Hospital's Brand | Hospital Financial and Business News

5 Tips to Improve a Hospital's Brand | Hospital Financial and Business News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Hospital consumers are increasingly becoming more sophisticated. As their consumerism grows, the importance of transparency and value will increase, and, as is the case in sectors outside healthcare, so will each organization's "brand." Steve Rivkin, founder, Rivkin & Associates, a healthcare branding and communications consultancy, and co-author of Repositioning: Marketing in an Era of Competition, Change and Crisis (McGraw-Hill, 2010) offers five tips to improve a hospital or health system's brand.

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Mobile phones used to open records - and doors - in healthcare | Healthcare IT News

Mobile phones are making their presence felt in healthcare, where physicians are using them to access health records and health facilities.

 

Two separate announcements this week highlight new methods for authentication. Imprivata and PhoneFactor have announced a reseller partnership that will merge the former’s OneSign authentication and access management platform with the latter’s phone-based multi-factor authentication service. Meanwhile, HID Global is adding iCLASS digital authentication to Blackberry smartphones using Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.

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Groups Blast HHS for Blocking Access to Malpractice Database

Groups Blast HHS for Blocking Access to Malpractice Database | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Several journalism organizations and consumer groups have criticized HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration for taking down a public database of physician malpractice claims and disciplinary action.
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elearn Magazine: Second Life for Medical Education

elearn Magazine: Second Life for Medical Education | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Several universities worldwide are grappling with the challenges of medical education in the context of reduced access to preoperative patients [1]. This is especially important given that most would...
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Social Media Tips for Family Physicians : Family Practice News

When it comes to social media, physicians should remember one important rule: Do not write about your patients, even if you’re writing as an anonymous person or modifying the person's information, Dr. Mike Sevilla warned during a presentation at the American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly.

 

Another tip: To find out what your image is online, type your name into an Internet search engine and see what comes up first. Physicians can take control of their online image by starting a LinkedIn profile, and by encouraging their satisfied patients to leave comments about them on the physician rating sites, Dr. Sevilla advised his audience.

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Serving the "e-patient" with EHRs

You've probably seen them already -- patients that come in with a stack of Web site printouts on their condition, a long list of questions and a burning desire to manage their own care more closely.

 

These folks aren't necessarily trying to take their doctor's place, but they're committed to investigating their treatment options thoroughly and, at times, challenging conventional medical wisdom if something they read online suggests that they should. And if you want to work with these people, there's few better ways to do it than to leverage your EHR. I'll explain further, but first, some background.

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