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To Inform, Perchance to Act

By Janice Young

Historical efforts focused on just releasing available information locked in legacy environments.  As information is released, particularly to external environments and stakeholders, new hurdles emerge which will be focus of future innovation and investment: data quality standards and tools, new delivery technologies (cell phone, texting, iPhone applications, etc.) and  "actionable analytics."  Among these, the most interesting emerging business intelligence and transparency trend is the long

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Fight H1N1 With Your EMR

By Judy Hanover

On May 4, 2009, just days after the April 22, 2009, declaration of a public health emergency in the U.S., Eclipsys released an influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) outcomes toolkit that is designed to help hospitals using its electronic medical record (EMR) limit the spread of influenza in hospital waiting areas. Toolkits like the H1N1 toolkit introduced by Eclipsys provide an example of the potential for EMRs to provide decision support for providers faced with a rapidly-changing care environment.  This toolk

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On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provides about $20 billion in funding for healthcare IT, including incentive payments to physicians who implement and use eligible electronic medical records under the conditions laid out in the law.   The payments are conditional upon implementing an "eligible" product, and demonstrating "meaningful use" of EMRs.  However, the definition of meaning

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The April 16th edition of The Economist notes the growing use of "smart phones" and personal digital assistants (PDAs) among physicians and consumer for healthcare diagnostic, communication and administrative purposes.  Despite the economic downturn, IDC projects continued (but moderated) growth in sales and delivery of new mobile phone units.  Some healthcare payer technology vendors are now reporting considerable strategic investments in PDA and smart phone technologies as the next generation in

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