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Where is Healthcare IT Heading This Year?

Where is Healthcare IT Heading This Year?   Poised to be watershed year for healthcare IT, 2015 is already bringing with it lofty projections for how everything from SMS to EHR systems will make contemporary healthcare more efficient and effective.

To that end, HealthIT.gov recently published its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap: The Journey to Better Health and Care.

“The nation relies on Health IT to securely, efficiently and effectively share electronic health information with patient consent to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Interoperability will transform our health system from a static one to a learning health system that improves individual, community and population health.”

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Innovative Healthcare Technologies to Make a Splash at HX360

Innovative Healthcare Technologies to Make a Splash at HX360   mobile health tech. mHealth HIMSS15 Chicago With HIMSS15 at McCormick Place in Chicago now just three weeks away, we’re learning more about what’s on tap for the inaugural HX360 event.

HX360 will focus on advancing the use of health technology innovations that improve clinical workflow, care coordination and patient experience, and foster collaborations to improve development and adoption of novel health technologies, as well as work on the structures and processes within delivery systems that will make their use successful, according to a statement emailed to mHealthWatch today.

HX360 is looking beyond electronic health records, to next-generation technologies, such as mobile health, wearables, sensors and remote monitoring devices and other digital tools that are changing care delivery for both patients and providers. HX360′s interactive sessions, networking events and vibrant Innovation Pavilion will set the stage for collaboration between investors, healthcare providers and entrepreneurs.
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PointClickCare Bolsters its Practitioner Engagement Solution

PointClickCare Bolsters its Practitioner Engagement Solution   Practitioner Engagement Solution PointClickCare AMDA Annual Conference PointClickCare, a cloud-based software platform for the senior care market, had big news for the world on Thursday morning.

At the AMDA Annual Conference, the company launched the latest version of its Practitioner Engagement Solution.

The new enhancements, including ePrescribing and Physician Encounters, will play a significant role in helping nurse practitioners and physicians to better collaborate on care decisions and make recommendations in a more timely and efficient manner.

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An Arranged Marriage: IDNs and Acquired Physician Practices

An Arranged Marriage: IDNs and Acquired Physician Practices   Nuance mHealth IDNs health Acquired Physician Practices The following is a guest contributed post from Susan Sumner, Vice President of Ambulatory at Nuance.

If you read HIStalk, you may be familiar with the segment Curbside Consult from Dr. Jayne, which describes some of the challenges she has encountered with newly acquired physician practices as she tries to bring them into the fold of her large healthcare enterprise.  In addition to the complications of standardizing these practices on one EHR, she has discovered physician resistance, compliance worries, and several unexpected obstacles along the way.

This is a not a new problem, but one that is compounding as integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and large health systems strive to deliver high value, patient-centered care while shifting healthcare services out of the hospital and into outpatient centers. Consolidation of physician practices, through mergers or acquisitions, may have peaked, but the need to integrate those practices to achieve a true return on investment (ROI) is now paramount.

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Walgreens, WebMD Connect for ‘Digital Wellness’ Programs

Walgreens, WebMD Connect for Digital Wellness Programs   WebMD walgreens Digital Wellness Programs Last fall, mHealthWatch covered the freshly announced partnership between Walgreens and WebMD. Now, several months removed from that initial announcement, we’re learning more about what is to come of this promising coupling.

Walgreens and WebMD Health Corp. have just unveiled “Your Digital Health Advisor,” which is described in a news release as being “a virtual wellness coaching program powered by WebMD, on Walgreens.com.”

Additionally, Chain Drug Review reports, the companies confirmed this week that they have integrated the Walgreens Balance Rewards customer loyalty program and Walgreens prescription services into WebMD’s flagship mobile application to “spur consumers to make healthier choices at home, work and on the go.”
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Ohio Shows the Way with Telemedicine for Stroke Care

Ohio Shows the Way with Telemedicine for Stroke Care   telemedicine stroke Ohio Of all the medical maladies, stroke can be one of the most devastating. Currently the third leading cause of death in the U.S., strokes cause the deaths of more than 140,000 people each year.

Of course, immediate care provided at the first sign of stroke is the best way to save lives as well as reduce the effects of stroke. Those effects can include everything from paralysis to loss of speech, motor, and other faculties.

Now OhioHealth, a 17-hospital health system servicing a 40-county area, is shepherding the Ohio Health Stroke Network. Located in Columbus, the network is designed to work in the manner of a “hub and spoke” model, connecting several smaller “spoke hospitals” to one or more hub hospitals via formal agreements to engage in telemedicine consultation.

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No Kidding Around, Majority of U.S. Parents Monitor Their Children’s Online Activity, Says Family Online Safety Institute

No Kidding Around, Majority of U.S. Parents Monitor Their Childrens Online Activity, Says Family Online Safety Institute   safety online kids health Family Online Safety Institute What are all those kids doing online? Inquiring parents want to know.

That’s the key takeaway from a recent report by the Family Online Safety Institute. Its research shows that 55 percent of parents of children between the ages of six and 17 monitor their kids’ online activity “very closely.”

“The majority of U.S. children and teens under 18 have access to some sort of digital device,” noted eMarketer in a post about the report. “And while these digital natives know their way around a range of devices, it doesn’t mean their parents aren’t keeping close watch.”
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