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ONC's Michael McCoy: My paramount goal is doing what's right for the patient

Michael, McCoy, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's newly appointed chief health information officer "jumped" at the chance to join the federal government in this capacity, according to a new blog post in which he introduces himself to the community. 

15 'vital signs' to improve healthcare

The healthcare industry currently uses thousands of measures to assess healthcare in the United States. But a new report reveals that providers only need to track 15 core measures or "vital signs" to determine progress.

CMS: e-prescribing up but not embraced by all

Electronic prescribing has been growing steadily, if the electronic prescribing (eRx) incentive program is any indication, according to the latest report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

As value trumps volume, some hospitals treat patients at home

While some hospitals use the old-fashioned concept of the house call to provide better post-discharge care, other organizations take the idea even further by treating certain patients entirely from the comfort of their homes, according to post on the  New York Times'  Well blog.

Personal health records can be 'smart tools' for patients

Personal health records can be better utilized to engage patients and improve patient care, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Incorporating mHealth into routine care 'potentially transformational' despite challenges

The advent of true mHealth technology comes with big obstacles and caveats, according to a viewpoint published in  Science Translational Medicine.

Olympus waited to alert U.S. hospitals of scopes' superbug risk

Olympus Corp. warned hospitals in Europe about the risk of patient infections associated with a certain type of gastrointestinal scope two years before the devices were linked to a deadly superbug outbreak in California, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.

mHealth innovation: 4 payer/provider development success stories

By Judy Mottl In the last year alone, many providers and payers have created new mobile innovations to improve patient care efforts, cut costs and streamline communication. Some of those initiatives...

Self-insured hospital expands into accountable care

As accountable care gains momentum in healthcare, one hospital isn't just focused on the general health of the population it serves. Instead, It is primarily concerned with the health of its employees, according to  MedCityNews.  

HIMSS15: Population health management is this year's biggest buzzword

My favorite aspects of the annual Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference, in no particular order, include reconnecting with friends and colleagues, hearing health...