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Wrapping Up Open Data Day 2013

Beatrice Martini | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | February 28, 2013

Open Data Day 2013 took place on the 23rd of February – and it was great! From curious citizens to journalists, tech-geeks to scientists, designers to data wranglers, hundreds of people got together to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. Read More »

You Can Help Veterans In Just 2 Minutes

Staff Writer | Conservative Musings | March 31, 2013

To someone on the outside, the answer is clear: The DoD simply should adopt VistA, the Veteran's Affair's electronic health record. Here's why: Read More »

Your EHR Doesn't Have To Be A Liability

Irv Lichtenwald | Healthcare IT News | September 13, 2012

Shed the status quo in favor of a customer-centric approach to healthcare IT Read More »

Your Medical Records Are An Open Book

Linda Gorman | National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) | June 7, 2013

Bloomberg is reporting that states hungry for revenue and flush with the power to requisition individual medical records are moving to capitalize on the value of that information by selling the information in them to all comers. Read More »

ZH Healthcare Announces Membership With Virginia Association Of Charitable Clinics

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | October 21, 2013

ZH Healthcare announced their membership and support to Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The mission of the VAFCC is to support, strengthen, and advocate for the delivery of quality health care to Virginia’s low-income, uninsured and under insured residents. "We believe that just offering our ZH OpenEMR software is not enough, and want to provide more support in the local area in which ZH Healthcare is based," said Shameem Hameed, Chairman of ZH Healthcare. "We are excited to become a member of VAFCC and look forward to learning more about the needs of the clinics and help and support the mission of VAFCC where we can."
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ZH Healthcare Announces New Program For Non-Profit And Charitable Health Clinics

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | July 26, 2013

Quality health care isn’t always affordable to those that need it. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and free health clinics provide services to nearly 20 million patients in under served populations. Delivering high quality patient care on a tight budget is hard so ZH Healthcare has created a new program to help these health clinics. Under this new program, ZH Healthcare will offer their cloud-based ZH OpenEMR Patient Package at no cost. The meaningful use certified ZH OpenEMR will allow these clinics to be more efficient, train volunteers more easily, see more patients and provide best possible care to their patients.

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Zombie Hospital Economics

David Dranove | The Health Care Blog | April 5, 2013

The Illinois hospital dinosaurs continue to defy evolution and prove that they are not extinct. I am talking about our health facilities planning board, which just turned down another Certificate of Need application for a new hospital, this time in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The board justified the decision by stating that the new hospital would harm existing hospitals. Read More »

Zombie Machines Take Over Health Care

Jaan Sidorov | The Health Care Blog | July 9, 2013

Remember that chilling scene in the movie Terminator when a stone-faced Arnold Schwarzenegger chronicles how Skynet’s machines take over the world? There’s also the morbidly fascinating futuristic sci-fi book Robopocalypse that describes how self-aware computers attack their robot-dependent masters. In both instances, humans disregard early evidence of silicon sentience until it’s too late. Read More »

[INFOGRAPHIC FRIDAY] Healthcare And Social Media

Staff Writer | Institute for Health Technology Transformation (IHT2) | July 19, 2013

According to PwC’s consumer survey, Social media “likes” healthcare: From marketing to social business, one half of the health industry executives were concerned about how to integrate social media into measurable business outcomes. [...] Read More »

£260m Technology Fund Details Revealed

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | July 1, 2013

Trusts must apply by the end of this month for part of the £260m Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund; and the money must be spent by March 2015. Read More »

‘Facility Fees’ Add Billions To Medical Bills

Alan Bavley | The Kansas City Star | December 29, 2013

It was a minor skin infection. The visit to the dermatologist’s office at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center took just a few minutes. Before she left, Allison Zaromb paid $40 for her 4-year-old son’s care, the amount listed on her insurance card for an office visit to a physician specialist. Zaromb assumed she had settled the bill, until a shocker arrived in the mail: After paying for the doctor, she still owed about $200 for a “facility fee” [...]. Read More »

‘Mobile Midwife’ Taps Technology To Improve Health Care

Matikas Santos | Inquirer.net | April 19, 2013

Fermina Flores, 60, has been working as a midwife in the municipality of Gerona, Tarlac for the past 34 years, covering four barangays (villages) with a combined population of around 8,000. [...] And she does it all with the help of her high-tech 3G wireless data network-capable tablet computer that can record patients’ health information... Read More »

“Hard To See Value” In ICD-10 For Physicians, Analytics

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | October 10, 2013

[...] Experts have tried to clean up [the image of ICD-10] by praising the added specificity and granularity of the data that will result from the more than 140,000 codes, but it’s a hard sell to providers already drowning in EHR adoption, meaningful use, the ACA, and quality improvement reforms.  Is ICD-10 worth it? Read More »

“Health Care Productivity” Is An Oxymoron

Kim Bellard | Mcol Blog | September 26, 2013

It has long baffled me when politicians and others trumpet job growth in the health care sector, while at the same time bemoaning rising health costs, as if there was no connection. Some [cities] have bet a large portion of their economic future on their growing health care industries, and some economists attribute much of the nation’s recent economic revival on the growth in the health care sector. But job growth in itself is not always a good sign... Read More »

“Indian superbug” NDM: "A Great Challenge For The Future Of Healthcare"

Maryn McKenna | Wired | April 29, 2014

A paper published this week reminded me to take a fresh look at NDM, the “Indian superbug” — actually a gene and enzyme — that got so much attention, including from me, in 2011. (Most of the posts are here.) Read More »