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VA healthcare remains a high waste and management risk

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  March 16, 2017

The Government Accountability Office said the VA has made some progress in meeting goals to improve its healthcare IT, but it's still a far cry from fixing its chronic IT issues.

Using electronic health records to manage warfarin drug

Using electronic health records to manage warfarin drug

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  February 11, 2017

Complications from warfarin can be serious. According to one study published in 2011, it is implicated in 33% of adverse drug events in patients 65 or older, and nearly all of those events are from unintentional overdoses.

Researchers, privacy experts clash on new human research rule

Researchers, privacy experts clash on new human research rule

By Joseph Conn  |  January 19, 2017

In federal rulemaking, differences of opinion are to be expected. But when you start to debate whether now's the time to tighten privacy restrictions over genetic material, those differences create a chasm.

How failure helped birth an effective post-discharge monitoring tool

How failure helped birth an effective post-discharge monitoring tool

By Lisa Ward  |  November 12, 2016

Services like HealthLoop are increasingly in demand as Medicare changes its payment system to encourage hospitals to become more responsible for patients' clinical and financial outcomes over the entire episode of care—that is from the time they were admitted to the hospital until 90 days...

Digital tools seek to replicate in-person doctor visits

Digital tools seek to replicate in-person doctor visits

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 01, 2016

Health insurers, medical providers and employers are increasingly offering telehealth services, but the number of patients taking advantage of virtual care has been slow to catch on. Israel-based telehealth startup TytoCare aims to change that with its digital tools.

Athenahealth, Allscripts websites down amid nationwide hack

Athenahealth, Allscripts websites down amid nationwide hack

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 21, 2016

The websites of EHR software providers Athenahealth and Allscripts were down for some parts of the country Friday during the same time hackers launched an attack against the servers of Dyn, a major Domain Name System host.

MACRA may be troublesome for some health IT vendors

MACRA may be troublesome for some health IT vendors

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 18, 2016

The final MACRA rule eases some data-reporting requirements. But it will likely strain small IT vendors who have to tweak platforms to meet certification requirements, and that may derail efforts to make technology more patient-friendly, relevant and specialty-specific.

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