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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.

 

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KLAS: Better business intelligence requires models from outside healthcare Unlike most segments of health IT, which are dominated by a handful of healthcare-focused vendors, the enterprise business intelligence technologies deployed at hospitals are more likely to come from general software companies like SAP and IBM, according to a report from healthcare research firm KLAS.
JAMIA: Business intelligence leverages patient safety, financial efficacy Targeted deployment of health analytics, or business intelligence applications, could improve patient outcomes, increase safety, enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs of healthcare, according to an article in the April edition of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
HIMSS: Buying an EMR system? Ask the tough questions up front ATLANTA--The EMR vendor had the sharpest booth at a HIMSS show several years ago, with the nicest signage and the best demonstration. The vendor was also facing a lawsuit from customers who said it didn't deliver as promised.
Alpha II supplies partners with updated code sets Healthcare coding, compliance and reimbursement provider, Alpha II, will equip its partners end-users with its latest code sets, ICD-9 CM, Current Procedural Terminology and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System.
athenahealth buys SaaS provider for $22.3M
Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, a provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Anodyne Health Partners, which develops Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business applications for healthcare providers.
athenahealth books 42% revenue increase for Q2 Internet-based physican-business service provider athenahealth has booked an increase in its unaudited 2009 second quarter fiscal results, which ended June 30.
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ACVP: Dont fear the RAC Orlando, Fla.Cardiovascular Business News sat down with Patricia Dear, president of EduTrax, an online coding, compliance and billing resource for healthcare providers, to discuss Medicares recovery audit contractors (RACs), who make a percentage of overpayment monies they recover for the government. Dear was a speaker at the annual meeting of the Alliance for Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP) in March.
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