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July 31, 2012
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Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report:
Better patient care through health IT
In today’s technologically advanced health care environment, telemedicine is quickly making visits to the doctor’s office an option, rather than a requirement. Electronic health records allow providers within the same health information exchange to share data, and primary care physicians can store these EHRs in the cloud, rather than storing paper files in rows and rows of file cabinets. As health care moves into the future, the federal government has created initiatives and incentive programs encouraging providers to implement new technologies to record patient information in digital records. This special report looks at how technology is changing the provision of health care and how federal initiatives are helping providers keep pace.
  Federal Initiatives 
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  Advances in Telehealth 
  • How telemedicine could bend the health care cost curve
    Telemedicine and mobile health may hold the key to achieving the goals of improved care quality and population health at reduced costs. Adam Powell of Payer+Provider Syndicate lays out five ways telemedicine could help drive down medical costs, including implementing remote analysis services, using remote tracking tools and leveraging mHealth monitoring systems. Healthcare IT News (7/16) Email this Story
  • Children's Hospital Boston tests ICU telemedicine consults
    One of three telemedicine pilot programs under way at Children's Hospital Boston connects ICU physicians with emergency department doctors at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass. The video-enabled program allows ICU physicians to see patients and imaging so they can advise the on-site ED physicians. MedCityNews.com (7/17) Email this Story
  • VA telehealth project expands reach of veteran specialty care
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a program called Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes to bring videoconferencing technologies to underserved and rural areas of the country. "Through SCAN-ECHO, patients in rural areas with complex medical conditions are now able to receive specialty care treatment from their local VA physician," said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Healthcare IT News (7/11) Email this Story
  • Experts project uptick for home monitoring devices
    The number of monitoring devices for seniors living in their own homes and in care homes may grow to more than 36 million units in 2017, an increase from fewer than 3 million units last year, according to a study from ABI Research. Researchers also found that home monitoring devices may account for a 22% share of the wearable wireless device health market in the same period, compared with only 12% in 2011. Healthcare IT News (7/16) Email this Story
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  The Health IT Workplace 
  • Survey examines job outlook of health care CIOs
    A healthsystemCIO.com survey finds 17.1% of CIO respondents are "totally" satisfied with their jobs, 68.5% are "content enough" and 14.2% say they are not satisfied. Of those who are less than totally content, 60% said they would consider new job opportunities if they were offered, particularly those that involve a bigger health system or sphere of influence. HealthSystemCIO.com (7/23) Email this Story
  • IT hiring remains a challenge for enterprises, job seekers
    The IT employment picture is still dicey for hiring managers, as finding experienced professionals can be tough for niche technology needs and companies in out-of-the-way locations. But recent graduates increasingly are expected to have built applications or contributed to open-source projects as ways of getting noticed before entering the job market. "It's the most competitive we've seen it and in some ways it is even more competitive than the dot-com days," said Michael Beckley of Appian. Computerworld (7/12) Email this Story
  • Cloud computing: Job killer or job creator?
    Analysts agree that cloud computing is here to stay, but there is less consensus on what impact, if any, the enterprise rush toward third-party hosting will have on the job market. While some, such as Simon Wardley of the IT services firm CSC, say the added efficiency of the cloud could pose a threat to the human workforce -- comparing it to a high-tech form of outsourcing -- recent data from IDC suggest cloud computing will create 14 million new jobs during the next three years. ITBusinessEdge.com/IT Unmasked blog (7/9) Email this Story
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