Telemedicine program tested in MinnesotaJanuary 14th 2010
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota?s 10,000 employees and family members are part of a new pilot program testing the insurer?s Online Care Anywhere program. The program is designed to allow patients access to medical care from home or work via computer or phone.
Aetna, WellPoint earn electronic data exchange certificationJanuary 14th 2010
Aetna and WellPoint are the first national health plans to earn certification for electronically exchanging administrative data using the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange Phase II rules.
Report: hospitals and vendors, not government, will drive EHR usageJanuary 14th 2010
The federal government can encourage physicians to buy electronic health record systems, but it is the vendors and hospitals that affiliate with doctors that ultimately will determine whether they adopt them, according to a new report from healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information.
USDA awards $35 million for telemedicine projectsNovember 27th 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program has announced the funding of 111 projects in 35 states via $34.9 million in grants designed to expand access to health care services and increase educational opportunities in rural areas via telecommunications, computer networks, and other resources.
Physician smartphone adoption rate to reach 81% in 2012November 27th 2009
Physician smartphone adoption rates will experience significant growth over the next few years, according to the latest physician report from Manhattan Research. Currently, 64 percent of U.S. physicians own smartphones, but this rate will increase to 81 percent in 2012, according to the report.
Healthcare industry unprepared for data breach, survey saysNovember 27th 2009
Companies that work with healthcare organizations and handle private patient information are largely unprepared to meet the new data breach-related obligations included in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.
Survey: EHR use in U.S., Canada lags other countriesNovember 27th 2009
Doctors in the United States and Canada lag behind other countries in the use of electronic health records, according to responses of 10,000 physicians in 11 countries queried for the 2009 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey.
Rhode Island uses e-prescribing data to track flu casesNovember 12th 2009
The state of Rhode Island has launched a new system for tracking H1N1 flu that uses prescribing data provided by pharmacies throughout the state via a secure electronic link. Enabled by the state's e-prescribing and the digital healthcare infrastructure, the system is believed to be the first of its kind.
Online H1N1 self-assessment tool launchedOctober 29th 2009
Microsoft has launched a new Web site, www.h1n1responsecenter.com, with a self-assessment tool to help individuals with flu-like symptoms determine whether their illness is severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention, and whether they are at risk for developing severe disease. The site also offers practical advice for those with flu-like symptoms.
Electronic prescribing increasing in popularityOctober 15th 2009
More than 140,000 (23 percent) of all office-based physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the U.S. are now using electronic prescribing, according to Surescripts. At the current pace, the company projects, the total number of health care professionals prescribing medication electronically via its network this year will more than double from the 74,000 active electronic prescribers who used it at the end of last year.
First telehealth provider launches on the Google Health platformOctober 15th 2009
Users of Google Health who have scheduled telehealth consultations with physicians or mental health therapists via MDLiveCare will be able to share medical records with their doctors before the appointments and receive records from the doctors after the appointments, thanks to a new collaboration between the two companies.
Survey reveals attitudes about health-care information technologyOctober 15th 2009
Health-care information technology (HIT) has the potential to cut costs, increase access and improve quality in the U.S. health care system, according to results of a Harris Interactive survey of a nationwide sample of 2,200 adults aged at least 18 years commissioned by the Career College Association and TechAmerica.
Electronic alerts do not necessarily ensure timely follow-upOctober 15th 2009
Abnormal results on outpatient imaging tests sometimes may not receive timely follow-up even when clinicians receive and read results in an advanced, integrated electronic medical record system, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Web initiative aims to decrease time, expense of office visit paperworkOctober 15th 2009
A new Web initiative to be launched in Ohio by several health plans is designed to benefit patients and practices by reducing the time, effort, and expense associated with the paperwork required for office visits.