Monthly Archives: August 2011

Federal Agencies Promoting HIV/AIDS Information via Social Media

AIDS.gov – the website that brings together information on all the Federal agencies and programs engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, policy, and research efforts – has a review of the Federal Agencies (i.e., members of the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council) that are using social media to promote the HIV/AIDS information and research that they […]Continue reading «Federal Agencies Promoting HIV/AIDS Information via Social Media»

One-Time Personalized Electronic Reminder to Patients Does Not Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

The AHRQ Innovations Exchange reviews a pilot program, supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and carried out by the multi-specialty medical group practice Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, that involved sending an electronic message to patients overdue for colorectal cancer screening via the practice’s personal health record messaging system.  It is reported […]Continue reading «One-Time Personalized Electronic Reminder to Patients Does Not Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening»

HealthIT Buzz on the Program of Assistance for University-Based Training in Health IT (UBT)

HealthIT Buzz, the blog for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has a post on Duke University’s experience with UBT, which is part of the ONC Workforce Development Program. Under the auspices of the UBT program, nine universities will use ONC funding to expand or establish training programs that prepare […]Continue reading «HealthIT Buzz on the Program of Assistance for University-Based Training in Health IT (UBT)»

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Receives Grant to Use Health 2.0 to Ensure Children Maintain Coverage

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that it has awarded MPCA $814,801 to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Working in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Public Health Institute, MPCA plans to use text messaging and voice message […]Continue reading «Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Receives Grant to Use Health 2.0 to Ensure Children Maintain Coverage»

New Video Presents Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a YouTube video, “The Future of Health Care: Electronic Health Records.” In it leading Health IT experts such as Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT and Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of HHS – propose benefits that hospitals and providers could […]Continue reading «New Video Presents Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)»

McKesson Integrates Analytic Tools that Combat Fraud and Waste into its Total Payment Solution

The McKesson Corporation announces that its InvestiClaim™ module will now be integrated with its Total Payment ™ Solution claims software package, adding reporting tools and “neural analytics” that can identify suspect claims that nevertheless comply with the auditing rules programmed into the software. Jim Evans, Vice President of Payment Management and Analytics for McKesson Health […]Continue reading «McKesson Integrates Analytic Tools that Combat Fraud and Waste into its Total Payment Solution»

Statistical Modeling to Improve HIV Decision Making

AIDS.gov – the website that brings together information on all the Federal agencies and programs engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, policy, and research efforts – has a review of the workshop, “Modeling and Evidence-Based Decision Making” (sponsored by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research). Review author Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious […]Continue reading «Statistical Modeling to Improve HIV Decision Making»

Referring Physicians Improve Efficiency and Quality of Care by Sending Electronic Handoff to Emergency Department

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange evaluates a program implemented at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital where community-based physicians use electronic “handoff notes” to inform the hospital’s emergency department when a patient is referred for emergency care. The notes, created with the template-based software application ExpectED, include demographic information, expected arrival time, […]Continue reading «Referring Physicians Improve Efficiency and Quality of Care by Sending Electronic Handoff to Emergency Department»

Medical Schools Supporting Mobile Learning

The blog MobiHealthNews has a post that reports on nine medical schools in the US and Canada that encourage (or require) students to become familiar with devices such as tablet computers that are equipped with applications promoting mobile health or “mHealth.”Continue reading «Medical Schools Supporting Mobile Learning»

McKesson Acquires Portico Systems

McKesson, a Fortune 500 healthcare services and information technology company, recently announced that it has acquired Portico Systems, a specialist in provider management solutions that enable users to design, build, service and reimburse their provider networks. Portico’s software can also be used to align and automate activities such as provider enrollment, credentialing, contracting and pricing. […]Continue reading «McKesson Acquires Portico Systems»