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The 2012 Connected Health Symposium showcased a myriad of engagement tools that promote innovation and improve patient compliance.
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Selecting an interface engine for your healthcare organization is no trivial matter. The decision you make will impact the reliability and flexibility of healthcare data delivery both within and outside your organization for years to come. The costs are much broader than what you pay the software vendor - deployment, migration, training, and support hours required to adapt to a new engine are usually more than the software licensing fees. And, the importance of “fit” cannot be overstated, thus internal costs will vary widely depending on the engine’s features and the context and culture of your organization.
In their new role as brokers and consultants, CIOs will be in an even more powerful position. According to a new survey, two-thirds of C-level executives and business unit leaders expect the IT department to have more influence on technology decisions in the future.
Unique health data security issues need to be addressed as healthcare technology moves into a data analytics mindset.
Leonard Kish offers his thoughts on the promise of Apple entering the mHealth arena, which will put a spotlight on squarely on user experience.
Will we ever get to a point where a common personal health record exists that is both portable and able to be documented by any provider, wherever you are? The benefits are obvious.
Much progress made in exchanging patient data and the State of Health Information Exchange shows it. Getting to the next level of HIE, 4 imperatives need to be embraced.
The HL7 FHIR standard has been approved (on 2014-01-20) as a DSTU (a draft standard for trial use). This completes a 2,5 year effort to create an entirely new HL7…
"FHIR is a new open web API for healthcare data exchange. It's especially suited for cloud and mobile applications." says Ewout Kramer, one of the 3 prinicipal architects…
The 5th FHIR connectathon was held in San Antonio on January 18/19, 2014. This video provides some impressions from the connectathon, it contains statements by the…
I’ve always been told that health IT is 5-10 years behind other industries. That point is hard to argue and we could fill the web with opinions on why this is the case: privacy, security, data standards, data complexity, and the existence of closed/walled healthcare systems are the common culprits.
Thanks to the electronic cattle prod that is Meaningful Use, times are changing.
An IT area currently undergoing tremendous growth is data communication methods, or data transport protocols. Previously, few health IT departments dabbled with the communication methods that were commonplace throughout therest of the IT landscape until the concept of external health information exchange was included in the HITECH Act.
Angela Dunn looks at the BRAIN Initiative and advances in neurotechnology. The White House has a Call to Action for health systems and patient groups.
Keith Boone is a man with several aliases. He is best known in the world of HIT social media as @motorcycle_guy, but he has the enviable title at GE Healthca...
A look the common complaints about interoperability in Meaningful Use-mandated health information exchange, as described by a recent GAO report.
Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking indu...
Medical scribes are a growing trend in the age of EHRs. Angela Dunn interviews Dr. Luis Saldaña, CMIO of Texas Health Resources, about scribes.
A HIMSS analytics report outlines how noninteroperable health data can stop providers from meeting meaningful use stage 2 criteria.
Author Brian Ahier provides a recap of the recent ONC Annual Meeting in Washington DC, including challenges that will need to be addressed in 2014.
Lloyd McKenzie, one of the three "FHIR men" (architects of the FHIR standard) speaks to the reasons as to why software developers should use the FHIR standard for…
2013 was a good year for health IT and has laid the foundation for 2014 to be the biggest year ever for this industry. Author Brian Ahier provides his predictions for what is shaping up to be an exciting year.
At the 2014 CES, I saw this "flurry" in person, dozens of health activity trackers along with a growing number of medically-oriented devices to measure heart rate, blood glucose, lung function, and other more clinical metrics beyond steps and...