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Orion Health Awarded Subcontract for $4.3B DoD EHR Modernization Project

Orion Health, a company that develops modern and creative solutions for healthcare has announced that the company was a part of the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health team awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide an electronic health record (EHR) for the U.S. Military. The team solution will include an off-the-shelf EHR... Read More

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Final Rule: Key Facts to Know

After facing severe criticism from members of Congress, professional medical organizations and providers pushing to delay the final rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3. On Tuesday, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) andShow More Summary

A Simple Text Message Or Two Can Make A Difference It Seems! Good Inexpensive Stuff.

This appeared last week:Mobile health potentialNicole MacKeeMonday, 28 September, 2015NEW Australian research showing text messaging can be an effective health promotion tool for patients with coronary heart disease has been welcomed by experts, but they say more sophisticated, individualised approaches could yield even greater health benefits. Show More Summary

Allscripts Launches Lab to Connect Israeli Digital Health Startups to US Market

The CDI – Center of Digital Innovation is a non-profit research center to promote and develop digital medicine in Israel in partnership with a group of Israeli entrepreneurs.   Israel’s Center for Digital Innovation (CDI) and Allscripts have...Show More Summary

Mercy Health Unveils $54M Virtual Care Center

St. Louis, Mo.-based Mercy Health today officially open its Virtual Care Center, a first of its kind $54 million 125,000-square-foot building that will serve as the center of its existing telemedicine programs. Mercy’s Virtual Care Center...Show More Summary

Fatal Fraud? - More Settlements by Commercial Hospices of Allegations They Enrolled Non-Terminal Patients

Introduction - Commercialized HospicesWe have occasionally written about the rise of the commercialized hospice industry, and concerns that commercialized hospices may not be providing the compassionate care they promise. As we haveShow More Summary

The CMS and ONC Final Rules Arrive

Steve Posnack from ONC declared today IT Bonanza Day. The Interoperability Roadmap, CMS Meaningful Use Final Rules with a Comment Period (Stage 2 and 3) as well as the ONC 2015 Certification Rule were published today.Here are a few resources...Show More Summary

@AZHelps Celebrates, But Does It Actually Help People?

I wasn't able to attend ExL's Digital Pharma East (DPE15) conference last week in Philly, so I assume no tough questions were asked. For example, nobody asked AstraZeneca if its @AZHelps Twitter account actually helps people. @AZHelps...Show More Summary

Mastering Mobile Social Media to Improve Health Outcomes

I gave the following presentation at a Bayer Pharma's STEM4Health Master Class Meetup in Berlin on 23 September 2015. Mastering Mobile Social Media to Improve Health Outcomes from Pharmaguy

For doctors to survive today, they need emotional intelligence

On the business side of health care, doctors are at a disadvantage. Because of their training, or lack therein, and native personality, they often fail to understand the realities of the market place, take confrontation personally and are suckers for an aggressive sales pitch. They feel that their motives are pure and because they sacrifice […]

The Joint HIT Standards and Policy Committee meeting

All the members of the ONC Federal Advisory Committees met in Washington to review delivery system reform and the Interoperability Roadmap.We began the meeting with a thank you to Jodi Daniel, who will be leaving ONC after 10 years of service.Elizabeth Holland presented a data update on the Meaningful Use program. Show More Summary

Can an insurer actually improve the plight of the PCP?

Part of a series. PCPs in the current reimbursement model are obliged for business reasons to see many patients per day which, of course, means less time per patient. PCPs are frustrated, and patients are less satisfied. With less time, it is hard to build a strong doctor–patient relationship and without it there is less […]

Sony Unveils Two 4K Clinical Monitors, to Expand Ultra High-Def Medical Offerings

Sony is releasing two new 4K medical monitors and has plans to unveil a line of other products that will help hospitals take advantage of ultra high-definition video. The new monitors include the 31-inch LMD-X310MD and 55-inch LMD-X550MD models and accept a variety of video sources. Show More Summary

The Legend of the Avoidable Hospital Readmission

By HANS DUVEFELT, MD A long, long time ago, hospitals existed to admit patients when they were sick, treat them with medicines or surgery and good nursing care, and discharge them after they became well. Hospital care was at one time a charity, which evolved into a nonprofit service, before it became a Very Big

Invuity Eikon LT Illuminated Retractor for Safety During Electrosurgical Procedures

Invuity, a firm based in San Francisco, CA, has unveiled the new Eikon LT illuminated retractor at the American College of Surgeons 2015 Clinical Congress. The device uses the firm’s so called “Intelligent Photonics” technology that illuminates the working area without being in the way of other tools. Show More Summary

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Ovarian Cancer in Exhaled Breath

We know that exhaled breath contains biomarkers that point to presence of existing disease, including cancer, but their detection is challenging without bulky and expensive equipment. Building specialized devices that detect volatile...Show More Summary

Why the the cost of Planned Parenthood is worth it

Planned Parenthood is under attack, and certainly not for the first time. The organization, federally funded by the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act since 1970, provides a wide range of medical services to women (and men), including routine physical exams, STI screenings, contraception, and abortion. Show More Summary

Open Innovations Forum Moscow

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be a keynote speaker at the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow on the 30th of October talking about the future of medicine and health. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev opened it last year which shows how huge this event is. The evening before, I will give a public and […]

A little Sharecare, Health 2.0 taster

By MATTHEW HOLT I’m working on a long piece about Sharecare. Today at Health 2.0 my partner Indu Subaiya will be interviewing Jeff Arnold CEO of Sharecare about the progress they’ve made in the 5 years since he launched the company on stage at Health 2.0 in 2010. Just to give you a little taster,

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