News Clips

Your Health Care System: A Map

Jonathan Cohn | The New Republic | July 1, 2009

The Clinton plan was tremendously complicated. And given how many of the old Republican arguments against health reform are resurfacing this year, it's likely we'll be seeing a similar chart sometime this summer. But these charts leave out one key fact: The U.S. health care system is already a mind-numbing web of institutions, agencies, and businesses. Read More »

NHIN Users Will Need Tougher Security, Feds Warn

GHIT Staff | Government HealthIT | July 1, 2009

Healthcare providers and businesses that plan to use the nationwide health information network need to strengthen their security and privacy measures to ensure healthcare transformation succeeds, Julie Boughn, chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said today. Read More »

Medsphere Congratulates Midland Memorial Hospital, 2009 American Business Awards Finalist

Press Release | Medsphere, Midland Memorial Hospital | June 11, 2009

-Seventh Annual Stevie® Awards to be Presented on June 22 in New York City Read More »

Utah's Blue Mountain Hospital Selects Medsphere OpenVista for Rapid Implementation Time and Flexibility

Press Release | Medsphere, Blue Mountain Hospital , Stockell | June 8, 2009

-Leading Open Source Provider Teams with Stockell Healthcare to Provide Rural Acute Care Facility with Comprehensive Clinical, Revenue, and Patient Accounting Support Read More »

Midland Memorial Hospital Wins CIO 100 Award

Press Release | Medsphere, Midland Memorial Hospital | June 1, 2009

Texas Hospital Recognized by CIO Magazine for Using OpenVista Electronic Health Record in Transformation to Secure, Paper-lite Facility Read More »

The New Computing Pioneers

Rick Mullin | Chemical & Engineering News | May 25, 2009

It may no longer be fair to characterize large pharmaceutical firms as late adopters of information technology (IT). Having spent the past five years catching up to other industries in the deployment of enterprise software systems that link researchers and laboratories companywide, big drug firms are now starting to push data storage and processing onto the Internet to be managed for them by companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft on computers in undisclosed locations.

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Right-To-Repair Law Proposed ... For Cars

Fred Von Lohmann | Electronic Frontier Foundation | May 20, 2009

It's not often that you get former presidential candidates from the Green Party and the Libertarian Party to agree on legislation, but Bob Barr and Ralph Nader have done just that -- jointly supporting the Right-To-Repair Act of 2009 (H.R. 2057)... Read More »

Are Cell Phones Leading the mHealth Revolution?

Nellie Bristol | Global Health Magazine | May 14, 2009

According to this article from the Global Health Council Magazine, cell phone use in developing countries is driving a new industry in health-related electronic applications for programmes that range from diagnosis and health worker education to social marketing and the flow of emergency food rations, many focused on geographically remote areas. Read More »

Bill Would Boost Open-Source EHRs for Rural Use

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | April 29, 2009

West Virginia, a small, mostly rural state, is the adopted home of Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, and, arguably, also where open-source healthcare information technology has been most widely adopted.

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EpiSurveyor and the Call For Open Source Mobile Healthcare Applications

Sam Dean | O Static | April 28, 2009

EpiSurveyor...is an open source tool designed to allow anyone in the world to create handheld data entry forms, use them to collect data on mobile devices, and transfer the data to other devices for analysis

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The Dubious Promise Of Digital Medicine

Chad Terhune,Keith Epstein andCatherine Arnst | Bloomberg Businessweek | April 22, 2009

GE, Google, and others, in a stimulus-fueled frenzy, are piling into the business. But electronic health records have a dubious history Read More »

Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals

Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H., et. al. | The New England Journal of Medicine | April 16, 2009

The U.S. health care system faces challenges on multiple fronts, including rising costs and inconsistent quality. Health information technology, especially electronic health records, has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care providers. Methods to speed the adoption of health information technology have received bipartisan support among U.S. policymakers, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has made the promotion of a national, interoperable health information system a priority. Read More »

Obama Calls for Lifetime Military e-Health Record

Paul McCloskey | Government Health IT | April 10, 2009

President Barack Obama asked the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to accomplish what for the last two years has been a mostly a struggle: building a "unified lifetime electronic record" for members of the military services. Read More »

Medsphere Announces Open Source Code Release for EHR Solution

Press Release | Medsphere | April 8, 2009

OpenVista Interface Domain, CIS, and Server Code Now Available for Download on www.medsphere.org Read More »

VA program to schedule patient appointments on verge of collapse

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | March 31, 2009

An eight-year-old, $167 million project to develop a core computer application to schedule patient appointments at hospitals run by the Veterans Affairs Department has all but collapsed, and senior executives are worried about the repercussions it could cause on the Hill and in the White House, according to an internal memo obtained by Nextgov. Read More »