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Video: Finding the human factors in tech hazards
September 01, 2014
A team of clinical staffers at MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare demonstrate how an error can easily occur with a cardiac defibrillator. The health system launched the center in 2010 to address safety issues associated with the deployment of new technology.
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Physician payment website due for more outages, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The troubled Open Payments website is encountering a bit more turbulence. The CMS announced last week that it plans upcoming outages for the site and that downtime would be used for “scheduled maintenance upgrades.”
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Yvonne Hughes: On a mission for health data sharing
By Mike Mikta | August 29, 2014
In rural North Carolina, health information exchange isn't just a process to improve patient care. For Yvonne Hughes, CEO of Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange, it's a mission.
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Healthcare outsiders fuel digital health startups
By Darius Tahir | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A gold rush inevitably lures outsiders, and digital health is no different. People with tech talent but little to no healthcare experience are encamping in the booming sector.
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Planned Parenthood appeals Iowa ban on telehealth medication abortions
By Time | August 29, 2014
On Thursday, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed an appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court over a ban that outlaws a video-conferencing system Planned Parenthood provides for medication abortions.
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Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor for privacy violations
By Idaho Statesman (Boise) | August 29, 2014
A federal agency is investigating whether Optum Idaho, a unit of United Behavioral Health, has violated patient-privacy laws. Optum took over insurance management for Idaho Medicaid's mental-health and substance-abuse patients last fall. Local healthcare providers who treat those patients say Optum...
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Georgia Regents system taps Cerner for IT outsourcing contract
By Bob Herman | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Georgia Regents Health System in Augusta and health technology giant Cerner Corp. have signed a 14-year, $400 million agreement in which Cerner will take over the health system's information technology services.
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Open Payments site scheduled for more downtime; complaints continue
By Darius Tahir | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The troubled Open Payments Act website is encountering a bit more turbulence. The CMS announced Thursday that it plans upcoming outages for the site and that downtime would be used for “scheduled maintenance upgrades.”
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U.S. chief tech officer Todd Park headed back to California, White House confirms
By Darius Tahir | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In September, according to a White House blog post, Park will be moving to California, where he will recruit tech talent to the federal government as well as “identifying innovative ways to improve the quality of government digital services.”
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Cost-reduction plan raises SSM Health Care's bottom line
By Bob Herman | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
SSM Health Care began a short-term plan last fall to pull $150 million of excess costs out of the organization. So far, the strategy has been paying dividends for the St. Louis-based health system, which released second-quarter results this week.
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