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Senators struggle with Medicare cuts April 18, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
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During a Senate Finance Committee hearing April 17 on President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget, Republicans, who have sought major changes to entitlements, and Democrats, who have vowed to preserve the programs, expressed concerns with the president’s blueprint.
Senators call MU program into question April 17, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Senators call MU program into question
Six Republican Senators are asking the healthcare community for input on "recalibrating" health information technology policy, arguing that there are several problems with the current trajectory of the meaningful use program.
Breast cancer survivor fitness levels drop April 17, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Breast cancer survivor fitness levels waning over time, study finds
For cancer survivors, a consistent level of fitness is particularly imperative. But unfortunately, research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center finds that a majority of breast cancer survivors aren’t getting the recommended level of activity 10 years after being diagnosed.
How hospitals handled bomb emergency April 17, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Beth Israel Hospital
Insights from key personnel at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital and Partners HealthCare reinforce the value of being prepared when the unthinkable happens.
Smartphone checkup deployed at TEDMED April 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Smartphone checkup deployed at TEDMED
The "checkup of the future" was demonstrated April 16 at New York's Kennedy Center during TEDMED 2013, an event focused on innovation and breakthrough thinking across health and medicine. TEDMED delegates were offered a series of quick diagnostic tests using devices connected to an iPhone to pull patient data including weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, visual acuity and lung function.
Doctors want pharma's help April 16, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Doctors want pharma's help in improving care
Physicians say the pharmaceutical industry could be integral in helping value-based healthcare providers deliver better care at lower costs. However, pharma companies are failing to deliver the data needed to accomplish that goal, according to the findings of a new Oliver Wyman study.
NFID investigates lull in teen checkups April 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
NFID survey investigates lull in annual checkups for teens
According to recent statistics produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the United States Census, nearly one-third of the nation's adolescents could be skipping out on important annual checkups.
There's no doctor to see you April 16, 2013 | Joel Sauer - Vice President of Consulting, MedAxiom
physician shortage physbiztech
Compelling data shows that as a nation we should be worried about a looming physician workforce deficit. Our educational system isn't capable of producing enough new physicians to replace those leaving, let alone address the projected increase in need. This will create a very competitive market for physician talent and undoubtedly bolster compensation in the years to come.

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Good call: patient portal improves efficiency, morale and patient care February 08, 2012 | Dan Nelson - Practice Administrator
Desert Ridge Family Physicians, a six-doctor practice in Phoenix, sought to improve its service by giving patients the ability to exchange e-mails with their doctors through a secure patient portal. There is no charge for the service, and to date more than 5,800 of 9,000 active adult patients have enrolled.
10 tips for optimal social media use January 31, 2012 | Michelle McNickle - New Media Producer
The days of tweeting, Yelp-ing, and checking-in are here to stay. But as social media's use expands, certain guidelines are needed to ensure its "optimal" practice in the healthcare realm. Christina Thielst offers 10 tips for proper use of social media in healthcare.
9 strategies to enhance patient experience, outcomes and your reputation January 18, 2012 | Lonnie Hirsch - Founding Partner, Healthcare Success Strategies, Stewart Gandolf, MBA - CEO, Healthcare Success Strategies
The most practical approach to positive patient comments is by being proactive. A deliberate program of communications and engagement gives every patient the means to feel heard before turning to online social media.

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Health exchange standards finally surfacing May 08, 2012 | Hannah King - Health Information Exchange
HIEs have to talk to each other in order to source data across cities and states so that information can be where the corresponding patients are. The technical capability is alive and well. All we need are standards to facilitate the movement.
EHR lessons learned from small practices: part 2 May 07, 2012 | Arjen Westerink - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
While perhaps the greatest emphasis of transition support needs to be focused on technical challenges, it is also important to address practical challenges, such as the EHR’s effect on the patient-physician encounter and relationship.
The data tsunami May 04, 2012 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
The incoming sea of data has great potential for improving patient and population health, but only if providers have efficient tools to intelligently identify and interpret the relevant information.
The OCR audit documentation request list May 03, 2012 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
This request for documentation is important because, not only does it inform the audit team about your programs, but it also informs their audit plans for you.
Searching for meaning behind the numbers April 27, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Evidence that care delivery and impact goals are being approached will be the true indicator of the HITECH program’s success.
mHIMSS hosts Virtual Forum on mHealth today April 26, 2012 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Organizers say they’re nearing 1,000 registered attendees for today's mHIMSS Virtual Forum, titled “The Future of Mobile Technologies and mHealth: Staying Securely Connected.”
EHR lessons learned from small practices: Part 1 April 24, 2012 | Arjen Westerink - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
In my next few posts I will shed light on some of the most common and significant barriers impeding EHR adoption in the small-practice setting.
What’s in your ideal EHR? April 20, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Having highlighted the critique of a doctor who thinks EHRs should be taking their lead from cutting-edge Internet technology, it seems appropriate to point to another EHR observer who comes at the issue from a different angle.

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