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Health Care Waste: Is Technology the Answer or Part of the Problem?

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 4:49 PM

A recent infographic from PBS highlights health care waste in America. One portion compares what was spent on health care in 2009, $750 billion, to what this amount of money could pay for in comparison -- sending every 17- and 18-year-old in the U.S. to a state university...

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Is Health IT Going Mainstream?

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 11:15 AM

A member of our mobile team at Nuance Healthcare consistently reminds us that just because doctors are, well, doctors, we mustn't forget that they're also consumers -- just like you and me. In other words, when it comes to technology, particularly mobile technology, it's essential for companies to consider typical...

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Easing Core Measure Pain, Overcoming 'Big Data'

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 6:35 PM

The goal of "core measures," is not to measure. Rather, it's to drive improved performance across health care organizations and depending on whom you ask, it's to police hospitals to ensure certain patients are treated in line with what has been determined to be standard and necessary based on their...

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Can Patient Data Lead to a More Intelligent, Effective Healthcare System?

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 10:20 AM

It's astounding to me how impressive the healthcare system can be one minute and how downright terrifying it can appear the next. Lives are on the line every second of every day in healthcare and still, despite its larger than life responsibility and mission, the healthcare industry struggles to achieve...

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Dispatches From the Largest Healthcare IT Conference of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:11 PM

We did it. Another year of HIMSS, the largest, annual health care IT conference, has gone by and as one of my colleagues let me know, it's just 370 some-odd days away from HIMSS 2013. In general, the show was fantastic. People (healthcare CIOs, CMIOs, CNOs, physicians, etc.) more so...

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2012: Go Big (Data) or Go Home

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 9:41 AM

The adoption of healthcare IT as a means to improve clinical workflow processes and ultimately to improve the delivery of patient care has accelerated. I believe 2012 will be a substantial year for HIT progress on the adoption front, as well as on the innovation front -- particularly as it...

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What's Treated, What's Coded -- How It's Changing and Why It Matters

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 8:57 AM

Health care is complex. When a patient goes into a doctor's office or hospital the process only just begins. In the most simplistic view, symptoms are presented, care is provided and a bill is paid. But what patients don't always realize is the complexity of healthcare reimbursement.

Healthcare reimbursement affects...

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Technology, the Engine Behind Connected Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 3:15 PM

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the eighth annual Connected Health Symposium, an event that brought more than 1,000 healthcare executives, physicians, nurses and IT experts together to discuss the impact of technology on healthcare today and the future of healthcare innovation. What an exciting and...

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How 'Watson' Could Help Health Care

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Perhaps you've heard that the IBM/"Jeopardy!" challenge (man vs. machine) will re-air on September 12, 13 and 14. If you missed it earlier in the year, you won't want to again. It's fascinating how IBM's "Watson" computing system can out-trivia Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, all-time "Jeopardy!" champions....

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Language Understanding Innovation Shows Value for Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 9:46 AM

Two weeks ago, there was a study published in JAMA, led by Harvey J. Murff and colleagues that validates natural language processing (NLP) technologies as a powerful tool to unlock data (meaning) from electronic health records (EHRs). However, the use of language understanding technologies, such as NLP, in...

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How to 'Limit the Pain' of Electronic Health Records

(12) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 3:52 PM

"First, do no harm" is a fundamental precept to medical ethics and a guiding light for the delivery of care. Physicians take on the laudable act of healing -- a superhuman undertaking that unfortunately cannot be done with a wand or wiggle of the nose.

The work of doctors is...

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Electronic Medical Records: How They Affect Patient Care

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 12:05 PM

As patients, we must be attuned to how the digitization of medical records impacts us.

Copy-and-paste, templates, macros, checked-boxes and other documentation shortcuts can provide valuable efficiency to doctors and nurses alike. But when it comes to patients' medical records, there is a fine line between convenience, comprehensiveness and risk.

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The Overzealous 10 Percent and the Ask Upon Congress

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 10:07 AM

Last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked Congress to require prior authorization for doctors who order many diagnostic imaging scans. With prior authorization, doctors would need to first verify the legitimacy of the scans they'd like to run on patients before ordering them.

This request comes...

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Stimulus Bill Turns One Year Old: 'Meaningful Use' Should Not Be the Finish Line for Healthcare Reform

(4) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 5:34 PM

On the one-year anniversary of the ARRA's HITECH provision, we need to remember that exceptional use of electronic health records, not just "meaningful use," is the ultimate goal.

Here we are, February 17, 2010, the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's landmark American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aimed to...

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