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Online Reputation Management for Healthcare Professionals

Online Reputation Management for Healthcare Professionals

The Internet contains everything today. If you doubt this, just do a simple task, Google yourself and see what the results are. A lot of information about you will pop up some of which you didn’t even know prevailed....

Health IT Trends On the Rise in 2015

Health IT Trends On the Rise in 2015

Technology is becoming more prominent in just about every industry. It's starting to evolve the way we interact with the world at large. Certainly the concept of information technology, or IT, has expanded to include many more markets than...

How Wearable Tech Could Transform Health Care

How Wearable Tech Could Transform Health Care

Wearable tech like the FitBit, the Apple Watch, heart-rate monitors, and pedometers are currently the domain of the tech-savvy and the fitness-obsessed. But all that could soon change. Physicians say wearable devices have a lot of potential to improve...

EHRs — How Safe Are Your Medical Records?

EHRs — How Safe Are Your Medical Records?

It wasn’t so long ago that doctors unanimously relied on paper charts to record and store patient health information. But thanks to provisions in the 2009 economic stimulus program, many doctors and hospitals have received cash incentives in return...

The Digitization of Healthcare

The Digitization of Healthcare

Technology's reach has extended across industries and the healthcare space is no exception. Everything from mobile innovations to wearables and advanced technologies are changing the way doctors care for patients and the way patients care for themselves. These innovations...

Turning to Cloud for Better Health Care

Turning to Cloud for Better Health Care

By Jane Munn, IBM
Physicians and healthcare facilities across the nation are facing increasing pressures to reduce costs, increase efficiency, meet regulatory requirements and, ultimately, improve patient care. One of the challenges they face in achieving those goals is...





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HEALTH IT

The Future of Hospital Operations Looks like “Air Traffic Control”

April 13, 2016 No Comments

Explosion of data volumes. Interoperability of systems. Large servers in the sky that can analyze enormous amounts of data, compute complex algorithms in real time, and communicate in microseconds. Mobile communication through devices that patients, providers and staff all carry all the time. What does this all mean for hospital operations? Based on working with dozens of hospitals and conversations with 100+ others, we think the near future of hospital operations is quite exciting. Call it what you will — “Hospital 2.0,” “No Waiting Rooms,” “Hospital Operations Center” — the basic building blocks to enable the future of hospital operations are already here.

The Cloud And Health Care IT: What You Need To Know

March 18, 2016 No Comments

According to Healthcare IT News, more than 80 percent of doctors now use electronic health records (EHRs) to create, store and transfer patient data. Many EHR systems rely on cloud computing rather than local stacks to both increase the speed of collaboration and reduce the strain on local servers. For health care agencies, however, moving to the cloud comes with significant organizational challenges in addition to big benefits. Here’s what you need to know about three of the most common.

Data Liability: Understanding Your PHI Responsibility

February 24, 2016 No Comments

Traditionally, information regarding health is closely guarded, available only to the immediate healthcare providers and patients involved. However, as electronic records become normal, and people allow health applications to track their fitness and everyday activities, the lines demarking what is Protected Health Information (PHI) and what isn’t are blurring. Essential, commonplace items like smartphones and office computers are playing a role in the unauthorized loss or disclosure of patients’ sensitive medical data. It’s important to make sure you and your practice are not at risk.

4 Digital Healthcare Trends Worth Following

February 22, 2016 No Comments

The American College of Sports Medicine predicts that in 2016, wearable technology will become the number one fitness trend. It’s no surprise that digital tech and fitness are merging. Today’s health and fitness industries are becoming more and more digitally-oriented, from apps that count your calories, to ones that monitor your heart-rate – there’s no end to the possibilities. Interested in learning more about what’s trending the current state of digital healthcare?

5 Health Tech Gadgets To Watch For This Year

February 9, 2016 No Comments

It’s no secret that technology is increasing every year and new devices continue to come out that can improve our lifestyles and health. A number of technology advancements are being made in the fields of medicine, entertainment, sports and many more. Here are 5 tech Gadgets and what you can expect in 2016.

How the Cloud Has Improved Psychiatric Treatment

February 9, 2016 No Comments

Cloud technology has revolutionized the way that people do business and the way that they maintain their professional and personal files even from their home computers and personal devices. But now the cloud has also moved into the medical industry and has been making waves there by improving the ways that healthcare is delivered to patients. In particular, the cloud has helped to improve the delivery of psychiatric treatment. Want to know how? Continue reading to learn more.

5 Healthcare Trends to Watch For in 2016

January 13, 2016 No Comments

In 2015, we heard time and time again that the healthcare landscape was changing rapidly as we moved from a fee for service world to a risk-based/value-based world. But what does that mean? Essentially, providers used to get paid for doing procedures and under new healthcare regulations they are incentivized to avoid unnecessary procedures. The implications are that providers and healthcare networks most move from old siloed systems to interoperable and collaborative frameworks. In 2016, we’ll see a continued move in this direction across healthcare and particularly medical imaging, as new innovations make interoperability a reality.

How Technology is Changing the Fitness Landscape

January 7, 2016 No Comments

The recent release of Apple’s new iWatch last year is just one reminder of how technology is having a massive impact on the fitness industry. New technologies have had a huge effect on all aspects of the fitness landscape, from the way gyms and fitness classes are marketed, how we pay for our fitness classes and gym memberships, and even fitness trackers, heart rate trackers, calorie counting and biometric evaluation. Let’s have a look at some of the biggest changes that technology has made to keeping fit.

Medical Software Support Agreements: Prescriptions For Tech Success

December 15, 2015 No Comments

Electronic health records (EHRs) offer significant benefits for hospitals and doctors’ offices. According to Health IT Outcomes, recent data suggests that effective EHR use in ICU settings can reduce mortality rates by over 25 percent and the risk of bloodstream infections by 85 percent.

Healthcare Technology Improves The Future

November 19, 2015 No Comments

The one-size-fits-all treatment conducted by traditional medical methods have prevailed for many decades. It is difficult to envision how the future of the healthcare industry will evolve. Will there be hologram doctors and nurses that make house calls? What about the possibility of full body imagery done within minutes during an annual physical in the office? The rapid advancements in technology, skyrocketing healthcare costs, and the growing number of people seeking care will increase the urgent demand for change in technology for the healthcare system.

OneTouch Reveal® App for Diabetes Management Adds Support for HealthKit

November 13, 2015 No Comments

The Johnson & JohnsonDiabetes Solutions Companies announced today that people with diabetes using LifeScan, Inc.’s OneTouch Reveal® mobile app, for diabetes management, can now view their blood sugar readings directly in the Health app on their iPhone and choose to privately and securely share that data with their healthcare team.

EVENT: Cyber Security for Healthcare Exchange

October 22, 2015 No Comments

The Cyber Security for Healthcare Exchange is the premier platform for proactive CISOs to network, benchmark, and discuss innovative solutions. April 3rd – 5th, 2016 – Atlanta, GA

Online Reputation Management for Healthcare Professionals

October 19, 2015 No Comments

The Internet contains everything today. If you doubt this, just do a simple task, Google yourself and see what the results are. A lot of information about you will pop up some of which you didn’t even know prevailed. As a medical professional, the internet is a potentially good platform that can enable you attract huge client base. Every day, patients resort to using the internet to connect with medical professions and seek medical assistance. A study done in the US reveals that 88% of consumers trust online reviews more than personal recommendations. The research further highlights that 30 percent of the consumers look for doctors online. It is the time a healthcare professional can take to lure in more patients and market services.

Health IT Trends On the Rise in 2015

September 21, 2015 No Comments

Technology is becoming more prominent in just about every industry. It’s starting to evolve the way we interact with the world at large. Certainly the concept of information technology, or IT, has expanded to include many more markets than just those involved with computers. There are IT teams trained to work on medical equipment, manufacturing and construction machinery, retail database and point of sale systems, and so much more. The list could go on for a long while.

How Wearable Tech Could Transform Health Care

August 4, 2015 No Comments

Wearable tech like the FitBit, the Apple Watch, heart-rate monitors, and pedometers are currently the domain of the tech-savvy and the fitness-obsessed. But all that could soon change. Physicians say wearable devices have a lot of potential to improve health care for people with chronic physical and mental illness.

EHRs — How Safe Are Your Medical Records?

July 21, 2015 No Comments

It wasn’t so long ago that doctors unanimously relied on paper charts to record and store patient health information. But thanks to provisions in the 2009 economic stimulus program, many doctors and hospitals have received cash incentives in return for switching over to electronic health records (EHRs). For that reason, most doctors and hospitals now store patient health information electronically.

The Digitization of Healthcare

July 7, 2015 No Comments

Technology’s reach has extended across industries and the healthcare space is no exception. Everything from mobile innovations to wearables and advanced technologies are changing the way doctors care for patients and the way patients care for themselves. These innovations are transforming every aspect of health and wellness, from patient intake to record keeping to testing and treatment. It’s undeniable that there have been huge transformations and advancements in healthcare thanks to technology, and that these are being readily embraced by doctors, hospitals, specialists and other providers.

SAP Helps Simplify Personalized Medicine to Fight Cancer and Other Illnesses

April 13, 2015 No Comments

SAP SE today announced an expanded commitment and significant progress in its effort to make the benefits of personalized medicine available to more patients fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. The announcement was made at HIMSS15, being held April 12–16 in Chicago.

Dispelling Five Myths about Cloud Storage, Retrieval and File Transfer in Healthcare

December 17, 2014 No Comments

When I speak with healthcare IT leaders about cloud-based data storage, retrieval, and transfer—the responses are often mixed. Some are steadfast believers in the power, scalability and cost-savings afforded by the cloud, having experienced these benefits first-hand with implementations at their own hospital or health system. Others raise questions ranging from security and data ownership to patient protection and affordability.

OhioHealth and Time Warner Cable Business Class Team Up for Telemedicine Solution

November 12, 2014 No Comments

OhioHealth, a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit system of healthcare facilities based in central Ohio, is utilizing technology to connect patients with physicians. By using services from Time Warner Cable Business Class, the organization is able to remotely provide care to patients throughout the state.

Keeping Neurorehabilitation Therapy Robots in Touch with Their Creators Through Opengear’s Remote Management Gateways

October 31, 2014 No Comments

At Interactive Motion Technologies we create InMotion robots, which are used by neurorehabilitation professionals in hospital locations all over the world. Our robots use MIT-developed Assist as Needed technology, which helps moderate to severe stroke patients complete therapy designed for reacquiring and improving motor skills in impaired upper limbs.

The Problem with Health IT Storage Today: Patient Data May be at Risk

October 16, 2014 No Comments

Like almost every other industry, cloud computing is changing the way healthcare data is stored, managed and transferred. While healthcare was initially slower than some industries to widely adopt cloud solutions, implementations have risen quickly over the last several years.

BIOGEARS NEW OPEN SOURCE HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY ENGINE

October 6, 2014 No Comments

BioGears® is a $7M, multi-year program funded by the Defense Medical Research Development Program (DMRDP) and administered by the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Armed Forces Simulation Institute for Medicine (AFSIM), under USAMRMC award number W81XWH1320068. BioGears® will deliver an open source, comprehensive, extensible human physiology engine that will serve as a platform for biomedical modeling research and also facilitate the creation of immersive medical education and training technologies.

Companion Data Services Launches ‘Co-Pilot’ Approach to Health Claims

July 28, 2014 No Comments

Companion Data Services (CDS) is offering a new service designed to streamline health care claims processing and enable organizations to transition systems by product, group or market.

Meeting Healthcare’s Requirements for Effective Data Protection

May 14, 2014 No Comments

Electronic Health Records (EHR) hold the key to higher quality and more accurate patient care. But they also cause healthcare providers, pharmaceutical firms and insurance payers to generate massive volumes of data. Imaging, diagnostics, prescriptions, patient records, claims and other protected health information — all must be safely backed up and kept quickly restorable to assure that they are protected, available and securely accessible as needed by providers and as required by law.

German Screening Centers Improve Breast Cancer Detection with QlikView

April 30, 2014 No Comments

Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announced that a group of five breast cancer screening units in the Saxon region of Germany are using QlikView to provide a consolidated view of all their relevant data and support faster and easier data analysis.

Turning to Cloud for Better Health Care

April 15, 2014 No Comments

By Jane Munn, IBMPhysicians and healthcare facilities across the nation are facing increasing pressures to reduce costs, increase efficiency, meet regulatory requirements and, ultimately, improve patient care. One of the challenges they face in achieving those goals is how to effectively manage, store and share information. Read More >>>

Electronic health records hold the promise of improved health care

February 7, 2014 No Comments

Electronic health records (EHRs) hold the promise to improve primary health care for millions of patients. However, enhancing current EHR functionality is needed to better support primary care clinicians and patients, according to a recent article in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.

7 Ideas to Improve Network Security In Healthcare

January 24, 2014 No Comments

Watch this webinar to learn best practices from healthcare customers and seven ideas that will help improve your network security investments.

Surgical Information Systems Expands Availability of SIS Analytics Powered by QlikView to Hundreds of Hospitals Nationwide

January 22, 2014 No Comments

Surgical Information Systems (‘SIS’), a leader in perioperative information systems, and QlikTech, a leader in user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), announced today the companies have renewed their joint agreement to expand the use of the QlikView platform in conjunction with SIS Analytics to support perioperative performance success.

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