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Why the Business of Pain Management Is Big and Getting Bigger

October 20, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

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Through our research of the pain management market (and hereafter in this report we’ll use the terms ‘pain management’ and ‘pain medicine’ interchangeably), we’ve become convinced that the millions of patients seeking pain treatment in the U.S. could benefit from a more integrated and coordinated care approach.[read more]

Top 3 Reasons People Participate in Clinical Trials

October 20, 2014 by Dan Stempel

One of the biggest challenges clinical trial marketers face is patient recruitment. Identifying their motivating factors will help you to more successfully appeal to potential participants. Here are three of the top reasons people participate in a clinical trial.[read more]

Stopping the Revolving Door of Avoidable Readmissions [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

avoidable readmissions

This video gives examples of what some hospitals are doing throughout the country to successfully reduce avoidable readmissions. What are you doing to reduce avoidable readmissions? Have you discovered additional best practices? Have you tried different measures that didn’t work?[read more]

Trashing Charlie Baker on Outsourcing: Uncalled For

October 19, 2014 by David E Williams

Charlie Baker (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

The mud-slinging continues in the campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. This time Democrat Martha Coakley is attacking Republican Charlie Baker for outsourcing jobs when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care back in 1999. It’s an unfair attack. Baker should be praised instead.[read more]

Health IT: A Rapidly Changing — and Lucrative — Industry

October 19, 2014 by Jared Hill

Health IT / shutterstock

As technology plays an increasingly important role in reshaping the public healthcare system, there is a naturally an increasing demand for health IT specialists. Health IT specialists are different from conventional IT specialists in a number of ways.[read more]

Clinical Documentation Improvement: Why Care About Synoptic Reporting?

October 19, 2014 by Tim Edlund

clinical documentation

Synoptic reports provide a more complete view of a patient’s condition than is generally achieved with longer narrative formats. They are computer-based worksheets that medical professionals use to enter and obtain information in a manner that is quicker and more accurate than free-text reports.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: The Beginners' Guide to Healthcare Blogs

October 18, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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In an earlier Beyond the Buzz column, I outlined 7 reasons that healthcare professionals should blog. If it inspired you to start your own blog but you aren’t sure where to begin, then today’s article is for you. I am going to show you the first steps to take to get your healthcare blog up and running.[read more]

Can You Afford Readmission Penalties in 2015?

October 18, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

readmission penalties

According to CMS, one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days. Just so you don’t have to do the math, that equates to 20%. CMS recently released the final regulations for 2015 in regard to readmission penalties. The major changes include new conditions as well as higher readmission penalties.[read more]

Patient and Family Advisory Council: Lessons Learned

October 18, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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I recently set up a patient and family advisory council to address safety and quality concerns from the patient/family perspective. Here's what it's like to sit in a room with patients and family members who want to share their experience to make it better for those who follow.[read more]

Hospitals Going Concierge: Creative Marketing at Its Best

October 17, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Hospital concierge

The concierge approach takes patient amenities to the next level, but it also gives hospitals something to brag about on social media sites and through other marketing channels. Consider how adding a concierge to staff might be a creative way to up the hospital marketing game.[read more]

The ENGAGE Conference: Top Insights for Patient-Centric Digital Health Innovators

October 17, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor who focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event.[read more]

Price Transparency: The Devil is in the Detail for Hospitals

October 17, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Healthcare price transparency

Hospitals, physicians and healthcare communicators are grappling with the devilish details of healthcare price transparency. With healthcare transition propelling change, the overarching goals and objectives are praiseworthy. But the high road to meaningful implementation is bumpy at best.[read more]

Cerner and Missouri Forging a Real Partnership for Population Health

October 17, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Cerner Sponsored Community Events Through ‘Healthy Nevada’

At Cerner, a Kansas City, Missouri-based health IT company, a real shift is occurring in they way they interact with communities. According to leadership, “Cerner is no longer just a supplier; we are extending partnerships with hospitals and our communities.”[read more]

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The Growing Trend of Automation in Healthcare

October 17, 2014 by Doug Bennett

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Health care is one of the hottest topics of debate these days, and no discussion about the subject is complete without a look at healthcare costs. A closer look shows that automation, when judiciously applied, can help medical organizations achieve two of their main goals: reducing healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.[read more]

Mobility Matters in Physician Satisfaction with EHR Solutions

October 16, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Physician satisfaction with EHR

According to an article in Healthcare IT News, 77 percent of docs practicing in free-standing physician offices have an EHR installed. The news is even better for hospital-owned practices where 90 percent of docs are now off paper records and are using an EHR in clinical practice.[read more]

Dying in America? Bureaucrats Care

October 16, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

dying in America

Many families lost housing, job, and retirement security in the Great Recession. Their wages haven’t risen in real terms in a generation. Their hold on financial well-being may be tenuous. Now IOM’s Committee on Approaching Death apparatchiks advocate building their whole death structure on the over-burdened backs of ordinary Americans.[read more]

Apple HealthKit: Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System

October 16, 2014 by David Harlow

HealthKit

The first health system to announce that it had integrated HealthKit into its Epic EHR is Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. It is a 12-hospital, 40-clinic operation with over 900 physicians. I spoke recently with Dr. Richard Milani, Ochsner's Chief Clinical Transformation Officer. Here's what we talked about.[read more]

iPad EHR Drchrono Gears Up for HealthKit

October 16, 2014 by David E Williams

HealthKit and Drchrono

Drchrono bills itself as the “original mobile EHR built for the iPad.” With that in mind, I decided to ask the company’s co-founder and COO, Daniel Kivatinos for his thoughts on Apple’s entry into the healthcare space with its new Health app and HealthKit development tool. Here are my questions and his replies.[read more]

Apple's HealthKit vs. Google Fit [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 16, 2014 by Morgan Brown

Google Fit vs. HealthKit

Apple’s not the only one jumping on the mHealth bandwagon with HealthKit. Google released Google Fit and Android Wear, and Samsung threw their hat into the ring with SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction). So how do these three new platforms stack up for developers looking to build new mHealth apps?[read more]

Why I Tweet My Presentations

October 15, 2014 by Colleen Young

I often schedule tweets to appear during my presentations. I primarily do this to give credit where credit is due, not to pick out key messages of my talks. The 140 character snippets of my talks that resonate I leave to the audience’s discretion to tweet or not. In fact, I like to see their interpretations of my presentation.[read more]

Is Hepatitis C Treatment Cost-Effective?

October 15, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Electron Micrograph of HCV

A new hepatitis C (HCV) drug, Sovaldi, has recently been launched. The 12-week course of treatment costs $84,000, or $1,000 a pill. This bargain doesn’t include the costs of other drugs that are taken with Sovaldi as part of the treatment program. Consider these facts before deciding if hepatitis C treatment is cost-effective.[read more]

Will Shear Wave Elastography Make an Impact in Liver Disease?

October 15, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

Shear wave elastography uses ultrasonic waves to detect extremely small changes in tissue displacement, resulting in highly sensitive and reliable diagnostic images. Of the non-invasive imaging methods to diagnose fibrosis from chronic liver disease, ultrasound may be the most accurate and cost-effective option.[read more]

CMS Proposes Further Expansion of Rewards for Medicare: Retailer Reward Programs

October 15, 2014 by Michael Dermer

Medicare / shutterstock

On October 3, CMS proposed new safe harbors to the anti-kickback program would open the door for retailers to clearly allow customers to receive coupons and reward benefits under loyalty type programs when purchasing drugs and other services covered in whole or in part by federal health care programs.[read more]

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How the US Healthcare Industry Can Encourage Fitness Tracking

October 15, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Fitness tracking

Wearable technology, mainly in the form of fitness tracking devices, has established a foothold in the consumer market. According to a survey of 979 U.S. adults, 25.1 percent of adults track their weight, diet, or exercise using a digital fitness tracker or smartphone-based app. The healthcare potential of such patient-generated data is huge.[read more]

#hcsmca: Taking Stock at 4 Years

October 14, 2014 by Colleen Young

HCSMCA

#hcsmca is 4 years old and has grown into a vibrant community where people gather to discuss all things healthcare and social media in Canada. This community has successfully leveraged Twitter to engage people across roles, professions and borders in health care.[read more]

ACOs vs. Bundled Payments: Can Either Save Healthcare?

October 14, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACOs

In the arena of change, two major payment players, ACOs and Bundled Payments, are fighting to become the savior of American healthcare. If you need a refresher, here’s a quick run down of each.[read more]

Little Things Do Make a Big Difference: Globalizing Personal Health

October 14, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Dr. Anita Goel

In a world where nearly 4 billion people lack access to basic health care, the need for mobile testing using simple methods such as a single drop of blood could have momentous impacts on care. The level of individualized, near real-time care could become a reality in the developing world, as well as in many remote areas of the industrialized world.[read more]

Orthopaedic Medicine Vital to Addressing Musculoskeletal Disorders [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 14, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Musculoskeletal disorders

The orthopaedic medicine market is one that is poised for intense growth over the next 10 years, with inpatient orthopaedic volume expected to grow 15%, and 28% for outpatient orthopaedics, according to the Advisory Board. This infographic illustrates some of the major musculoskeletal disorder trends in the U.S.[read more]

Secure Physician Network: Brainstorming for Cures [PODCAST]

October 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy
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Greg Chang

Realizing the need for a secure communications network to engage their orthopedic surgeons and physicians, Duke University Medical Center developed a secure physician network to to allow intercollegiate conversations. In 2011, the platform was spun off as a med-tech startup called for[MD]. Here's our interview with Greg Chang, the co-founder.[read more]

Ebola and the Bigger Patient Safety Issue

October 13, 2014 by David E Williams

Screwups happen in hospitals every day. Individual cases are being reported now because they’re Ebola-related and therefore newsworthy. I’m hopeful that a positive byproduct of the Ebola scrutiny will be a renewed awareness of patient safety and quality of care issues by hospitals and patients.[read more]