Epic Systems Corp. has been selected by drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. as the provider of an electronic health-record system for its MinuteClinic division, a deal that will extend Epic's ambulatory-care footprint across 800 healthcare clinics in 28 states and as many as 1,500 locations in the not too distant future.
It’s invariably the unseen stories, the hidden, off the beaten track, unprepared accounts that evade our attention, but seem to be an indication of the bigger matters. Like how an Iranian businessman didn’t hesitate a second to invest in an Israeli startup founded by former Israeli defense military personnel. It’s [...]
Key evidence suggests that as hospital systems in the US reach a crisis point – involving the transition to value-based purchasing and tying Medicare and Medicaid dollars to performance – quality of care must improve. In many ways hospital employees have become the most important piece of the puzzle to improve efficiency, lower costs and improve outcomes. Disengaged employees in the US who turnover, for example, are estimated to cost as much as $11 billion annually due to lost productivity and poor results. As hospital leadership faces a new domain of uncertainty and demands, and must use innovative technologies to better understand and improve engagement and performance of employees, two gamers think they have the answer: real-time evaluation, fun gaming interaction and a culture of positive reinforcement. The team at AMPT Health is gambling that their new SaaS solution will revolutionize performance evaluation.
There's been a lot of speculation that future Apple products will include health-related apps and biometric sensors. Here's the story of what might have been the first Apple medical app, except for the fact that in 1977 Steve Jobs had absolutely no interest in going in that direction. George Diamond is now [...]
A woman in her sixties comes in for her annual physical. She feels fine. Still, there are things she’s eager to discuss with me. She’s terrified she’ll again come down with the illness that put her in the hospital a couple of years ago. Her kids are an ongoing source of stress. I turn my chair away from the large computer monitor on my desk. I direct my full attention toward my patient. This is why I became a doctor. Suddenly, I’m aware of the time. Twenty minutes into a thirty minute visit and I’ve entered nothing into the computer! If I don’t start typing I’ll fall hopelessly behind and keep other patients waiting. As I tap my way through screen after screen, straining to maintain contact with my patient out of the corner of one eye, I think: This is not why I became a doctor.
I think that Jim Hollis captured part of my experience at HIMSS14 really well: #HIMSS14 has been so busy I haven't even had time to tweet! #HIMSSanity — Jim Hollis (@jhollis316) February 25, 2014
Indeed! I’m so busy at HIMSS with meeting and talking with people that I have little time to tweet. I just do a little in the evening when I catch up and might send out a few tweets here or there. With that said, the #HIMSS14 hashtag has been hopping. Here are a few of the interesting tweets I found during day 1 of HIMSS. Sadly, in my opinion, there is still an ocean separating #himss14 #hit and real-world, low-procedural medicine. — Jen Dyer MD, MPH (@EndoGoddess) February 25, 2014
I had another doctor tell me almost exactly the same thing today. It was her first time at HIMSS and it was interesting to have her describe the different in what she saw and heard at HIMSS and the realities she faced back at work. How hot is analytics for patient outcomes at #himss14 ? Standing room only pic.twitter.com/UkPPrVZCxZ — Sherry Reynolds (@Cascadia) February 24, 2014
Definitely interesting to see the packed room at HIMSS. I think that everyone is trying to figure out how analytics will ...Read more
President Barack Obama is proposing more than $400 billion in cuts to Medicare over the next decade in his fiscal 2015 budget, an almost identical amount to what he recommended last year. But those cuts are heavily weighted toward future years, with only $3.5 billion occurring in 2015.
The responsibilities facing boards of directors today are very different from what they were years ago, and rightly so. Mostly gone, but not entirely, are the "old boy" networks of good friends of the company chairman. The short meeting and long lunch brigade where business was concluded on a nod [...]
Leonard Schleifer, the founder and chief executive of the biotechnology company Regeneron, is now a billionaire according to Forbes' estimates. He joins only a small number of pharmaceutical industry executives to reach that level of wealth. Regeneron, based in Tarrytown, N.Y., has seen its share price increase 220% over the past [...]
Pfizer just announced in a press release that an 85,000-patient study conducted in the Netherlands shows that its Prevnar 13 vaccine prevents pneumonia and invasive bacterial infection in adults aged 65 and older. The news has the potential to dramatically increase the number of adults who are vaccinated against the pneumococcus [...]