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The Revolution In Health IT, Coming Really Soon

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Laskoff

September 15-19 marks Health IT week, a relatively new and largely unnoticed week in the healthcare calendar. The revolution in health - the one com...

Why a Grocery Store Likes Health Data

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

The CEO of a family-owned grocery store chain wrote a letter to New York State lawmakers to support $65 million worth of spending on a computer system for health information in the state.

The Loneliness of the Sick Self-Tracker

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Shaquille O'Neal towered on a main stage in the Austin Convention Center, chatting about wearable technology amid the uber-hip throng at the South by ...

A Health Care Resolution for 2014: Let's Retire the Fax Machine

Sachin H. Jain, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Sachin H. Jain, M.D.

In 2009, President Obama and the Congress signed into law the HITECH Act as part of the federal Recovery Act. HITECH provides up to $44 billion in fe...

Reflections on Health Reform: A Tale of Two IT Procurements

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

People are clamoring for heads to roll, and the president is talking about what just could be the geekiest, most obscure topic ever to clog a federal bureaucrat's inbox. Procurement reform? Has he gone off the deep end?

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we roll out the technology to implement the Affordable Care Act -- with millions of Americans signing up for the first time -- attempts to find and exploit weaknesses in the system are bound to increase.

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte April 16, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

Innovating the Business of Healthcare

Faisal Hoque | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Although some progressive healthcare providers have begun to transition to digitization, enabling faster and more complete access to patient data, we still have a long way to go toward achieving seamless process and business innovation in healthcare.

Solving Brooklyn's Health Care Crisis

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 04.22.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

Many Brooklyn communities are Health Professional Shortage Areas, which explains, in part, why so many individuals rely on local hospital emergency departments for non-urgent care. Solving Brooklyn's health care system crisis can't wait.

Health Information Technology: Paving the Way to Improved Patient Care

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Despite heated political debates on the future of our health care system, there is bipartisan agreement that health information technology can be a powerful tool to transform and modernize the delivery of health care in our country.

Medicine Unplugged: A Double Entendre

Eric J. Topol, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Topol, M.D.

Physicians should not be fearful or threatened by the emerging smartphone-centric revolution of health care.

Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Health Reform

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.20.2012 | New York
James R. Knickman

The whole alphabet soup of health care payment and delivery models is dizzying, but what do those models look like, and how will they affect the way patients experience care?

A Doctor Visit With 'Dr. Watson'?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

While the power of technology will and should continue to evolve and drive health care forward, technology like avatars, diagnostic supercomputers and automated service must not be considered a replacement for human interaction.

'Look at Me, Doc'

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

The medical community may increasingly rely on electronic medical records, and patients can help by making sure these records are 100 percent accurate. Ask your doctor as well as your insurer as to how to access your medical information online.

The Moneyball Approach to Health Care

James R. Knickman | Posted 12.04.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

I'm always surprised that some people still buy into the myth that America has the greatest health system in the world. We spend so much money on health care, but those dollars have not translated to good health.

Health Information: It's Time for More Meaningful Use

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.28.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

Being able to share data electronically, easily, securely, and inexpensively holds great practical promise for improving health.

HHS Launches Health.Data.gov to Share Open Health Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Last October, Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced HealthData.gov at the HealthCamp ...

A New Year's Resolution for Adopting Electronic Health Records

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The potential benefits of EHR far outweigh the costs. In the long term, HIT will save doctors time and effort.

Health Reform Gifts for Your Holiday Season

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

There are many changes going on in the health care system at this very moment, and you may not hear much about them -- in fact, you probably won't -- but these changes are ultimately going to improve health care delivery.

Technology Is the Key to Equity in Access to Quality Health Care

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Advanced technologies in our hospitals will improve the well-being of Americans by shortening hospital stays, decreasing re-admissions and providing electronic prescriptions, among other things.

Cell Phones Saving Lives in Ghana

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

With more than 100 million mobile users in Africa, increasing rapidly every month, the idea of utilizing cell phones to increase access to health care is inevitable, but still needs crucial support.

FDA Considers Regulating Safety of Electronic Health Systems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative Fund Concerned about potential safety risks in health information technology, the U.S....

Help Us Investigate Health Information Technology

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund will be covering the progress of health information technology reform. Are you a patient who has begun tracking...

Owning Your Health Information: An Inalienable Right

Leslie A. Saxon, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie A. Saxon, M.D.

We are on the verge of the day when health information and its immediate dissemination can help save lives and make the health care system more efficient.

Personal Responsibility: In Education? Yes! In Health Care? No!

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

When President Obama gave his speech on health care, he spoke as though the phrase personal responsibility did not exist.