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Current online patient portals do not present test information in an easily understandable context for the majority of patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published a study in Preventive Medicine that examined social media as an effective route in generating awareness about skin cancer.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found patients admitted to the hospital are less likely to be readmitted in 30 days if they report higher levels of satisfaction in care and communication with providers, according to a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Utilizing normothermic machine perfusion technology could increase the number of available donor kidneys, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery.

Researchers from Stanford University have developed an algorithm capable of predicting patients’ three to 12-month mortality rate, according to a study published in arXiv.


Recent Headlines

Florida group opts for McKesson billing services Radiology Associates of South Florida has sourced its billing claims, support and reporting to McKessons Revenue Management Solutions, which will also offer financial analysis and performance assessment to the Miami-based radiology group.
Welch Allyn, Masimo integrate Health IT companies Welch Allyn and Masimo have agreed on an integration strategy that will make the Masimo rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry technology platform an offering in Welch Allyn's new product line.
HIT: Comparative effectiveness research may be beneficial, but not straightforward
BURLINGTON, MASS.--While comparative effectiveness research is widespread, the information may not be all that straightforward for physicians to understand and obtain, and the research is often seen as a burden rather than a service, Michael A. Fischer, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said during a presentation at the 2011 HealthIT conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Feb. 4.
Florida network moves toward ACO model with MDI software Community Health Network of Central Florida, an integrated delivery network in partnership with Parrish Medical Center, has implemented MDIs Viewpoint Analytics healthcare technology in the hopes of moving toward creating an accountable care organization (ACO).
New NCQA standards take patient-centered medical home to next level The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has released new standards for its patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program. The new standards call on medical practices to be more patient-centered and reinforce federal meaningful use incentives for primary care practices to adopt health IT.
New Jersey hospital selects Meta Health's documentation tech Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a 673-bed regional care hospital based in Newark, N.J., has licensed Meta Health Technology's eCDI software application to assist and automate the clinical documentation process.
Houston hospital opens virtual surgical training center The Methodist Hospital in Houston has opened a 35,000 square-foot interactive, simulation-based surgical training center created to help practicing physicians acquire skills including image-guided therapies and surgical robotics.
Federal healthcare fraud efforts saved $4B in 2010 More than $4 billion in 2010 was recovered and returned to the Medicare Health Insurance Trust Fund through the Obama Administrations healthcare fraud prevention and enforcement efforts, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
3 million received prescription drug relief under PPACA to date Three million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide have received prescription drug cost relief through the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA), according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Those beneficiaries, who fell into the drug coverage gap in 2010, have been mailed a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check.
Survey: Change management crucial to EMR adoption Change management is as critical to EMR deployment success as IT planning and execution, according to a recent survey by Accenture.