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Seven Great Applications for IP-PBXs in the Medical Practice

At Software Advice, we just finished implementing a new phone system. It’s great! It got us thinking of how medical practices can take advantage of Asterisk-based Internet Protocol – Private Branch Exchange (IP-PBX) phone systems to be more efficient and provide better patient care.



First, let’s get some definitions out of the way. A PBX is the system that routes phone calls to appropriate extensions within an organization. Actually, it can do a whole lot more (e.g. voicemail, auto… Continue

Added by Software Advice on September 18, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Standards panel gets into nitty-gritty of quality reporting

September 15, 2009 | Bernie Monegain, Editor



WASHIINGTON – The heads of the federal Health IT Standards Committee, Jonathan Perlin and John Halamka, moved the panel at its meeting this morning to the next phase of work – guidance for implementation.



In a nod to the work the panel had already accomplished, Perlin, of the Hospital Corporation of America, thanked those who had felt a "heavy lift." But, he warned, the work done so far is merely "the end of the… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on September 15, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Harrisburg Health Information Exchange Submits ARRA Health IT Grant

Harrisburg Health Information Exchange Submits ARRA Grant

Broad coalition seeks regional Health IT extension center status





(HARRISBURG, PA) – The Harrisburg Health Information Exchange and TechQuest Pennsylvania, operated by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania, announced the submission of a preliminary grant application totaling under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The preliminary grant application will be vigorously reviewed under… Continue

Added by Kelly Lewis on September 13, 2009 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

New Member Update ... Who Are We? ... What Do We Do? ... What's New? (PART 2)

Colleagues,



In the continuing quest to accelerate our collective ability to translate medical technology from laboratory to market, we remain committed to delivering the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration" to the "MedTech-IQ" community.



Please find below Part 2 of the New Member update. As is our custom, we divide new members by their self identified choice of "Triple Helix" sector ... Academia, Industry or Government.



Remember… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on September 7, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

U.S. Health Information Technology (IT) Spending to Approach $10 billion by 2014

Colleagues,



As reported in Telemedicine and eHealth News Alert ... Money provided under the economic stimulus law will help state and federal governments increase health information technology spending by $7.6 billion to $9.6 billion by 2014, according to a report by market research firm INPUT.



Much of that spending will be directed toward purchase of electronic health record (EHR) systems, according to “Health IT Transformation: FY2009-FY2014 State and Local Market… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on September 2, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Guest Blog: Do 297 hospitals really use social media? Should you?

Colleagues,



Interesting guest blog from Roberta Rochman, RN, MBA in Examiner.Com on the spreading use of Health 2.0 tools by top flight medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic and Duke University...



ENJOY!



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Yes, indeed, 297 hospitals use some form of Social… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on August 8, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

World Class Health Care at Walter Reed

Last fall I was asked by Maryland Senator Benjamin Cardin to join a group evaluating whether the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center [WRNMMC], when completed in a few years, would be “world class.” The group, a subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, met multiple times to learn about the plans and develop a report for Congress. The report is now available at http://www.health.mil/dhb/meetings/NCR%20BRAC%20HSAS%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf . Here is a brief summary. The Base… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on July 26, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Medical Care Varies By Geographic Region

Recently Conrad Cyburn posted a note about the approach of Kaiser to keep costs down while quality high. They do a good job of avoiding the variations in care that exist across the country and which are part of thereason that caare is both expensive and not as good as it could or should be. There are wide variations in care expenditures from geographic region to region. One might assume that those regions with higher expenditures reap better health but that is simply not the case.… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on July 16, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

The MedTech-IQ Spotlight ... Who are you? What do you do? We want to know! ... "Healthanywhere", by MedTech-IQ member Pramod Gaur

Colleagues,



In the continuing quest to bring you the 3C's of "content, Community & Collaboration" we are initiating the MedTech-IQ Spotlight.



The first spotlight shines on MedTech-IQ member, Dr. Pramod Gaur, Phd., CEO, Healthanywhere. Dr Gaur was recently recognized for outstanding individual contribution to the advancement of the telemedicine industry at the annual American Telemedicine Association in Las Vegas. Healthanywhere provides solutions addressing the… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 7, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Joe Kvedar & Center for Connected Health ... Launch New Company - "Connected Health"!

Colleagues,



As reported in Healthcare IT News ... The Center for Connected Health, led by MedTech-IQ Member Dr. Joseph Kvedar, MD, a part of Partners Healthcare system in Boston, is launching a new company to allow self-insured employers to help employees manage their own health.



The mission of the new business is to give patients the tools to be their own doctor ... In this case, the tool is a wireless blood pressure cuff that allows employees with high blood pressure to… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

America Has a Sick Care Not a Health Care System

We Americans like to pride ourselves as having the best healthcare system the world but unfortunately that is not the case. We have a medical care system, not a healthcare system. We give lip service to prevention and spend only about 3% of our $2 trillion in medical expenditures on public health. By many measures we do not rate favorably compared to many of the other industrialized societies. As citizens we have behaviors that are driving more and more illness, illnesses that at chronic,… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on June 14, 2009 at 8:04am — 3 Comments

Comprehensive U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) "Stimulus" Plans & Reports

Colleagues,



The HHS Recovery Act activities are designed to increase access to health care, create jobs, expand educational opportunities, lay the groundwork for successful Health Reform, and provide immediate relief to states and local communities. HHS has been allocated approximately $167 billion for these purposes.



The Funding Table for HHS Programs are:



Program Area Program Level



Improving and Preserving Health Care * $90,400,000,000

Health… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on May 18, 2009 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

New Member Update ... 9 May 2009...Now with 1 Click CONNECT!

Colleagues,



Now with 1 Click CONNECT you can click the name of an expert, and send a message to them directly from their Member Profile page. Let me know if you find this feature useful. It is always good to stay connected. From "MedTechIQ" ... The international home of the 3C's ... "Content, Community & Collaboration" for medical technology. Now please welcome the new… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on May 9, 2009 at 12:34am — No Comments

IBM Announces $2B To Cover Gap in High-Tech Stimulus Funding

Colleagues,



As reported in various publications including iHealthBeat ... IBM announced that it will provide $2 billion in bridge financing for high-tech infrastructure projects, including health IT projects, that likely will qualify for federal grants and incentive payments under the economic stimulus package.



The federal stimulus package includes Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for hospitals and physicians who demonstrate meaningful use of health IT. However,… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on May 4, 2009 at 7:33pm — No Comments

New Member Update...20 April 2009

Colleagues,



The MedTechIQ community continues to grow. We are fortunate to have a membership of incredible talent, skill and experience. When you get a chance, search members by key word. See what you come up with ... then, "Contact, Connect, Collaborate!"



It is always good to stay connected ... here now, the new… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on April 20, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Electronic Health Records Have Some Issues To Overcome

The future of medicine has some bright spots. One medical megatrend relates to the electronic health record. President Obama is aggressively pushing the electronic health record [EHR]. It will be a major improvement to medical care and to patient safety over time. But there are two major problems that need to be overcome before the EHR will ever be fully functional – interoperability and physician documentation. By interoperability I mean that each of the companies that produce the software do… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on April 9, 2009 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

NEW ZEALAND HEALTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2009-2010 - seeking 2 advisers by 4/11/09

To MedTech IQ members:



Here’s an opportunity to advise a Health IT Top 10 Finalist or Top 3 Grand Prize Winner for the upcoming

NEW ZEALAND HEALTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2009-2010.

Website launch - April 14, 2009

Media launch - April 21, 2009



Volunteer description:

4 hours of Health IT business development and promotion consulting services tailored to US Markets.



If you are interested, please forward a BIO/CV to me… Continue

Added by Lance M. on April 6, 2009 at 5:13pm — 5 Comments

Building the Best Foundation for Pennsylvania Health IT - By Kelly Lewis klewis@tccp.org www.techquestpa.com

With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government will invest billions of dollars in health information technology, broadband, workforce development and job training.



To maximize the ARRA investment and help state organizations become ARRA eligible, Pennsylvania's strategy -- ARRA/PA -- needs to be a well-funded, well-coordinated, interagency and cross-industry.



Health IT has improved patient safety and quality of care while… Continue

Added by Kelly Lewis on April 5, 2009 at 1:09am — No Comments

Intel, GE Form Home Health Care Alliance

Colleagues,



As reported in Investor's Business Daily ... The world's No. 1 chipmaker is teaming up with industrial giant General Electric (GE) in a five-year, $250 million health care alliance to design and sell devices to help the elderly and people with chronic illness who live at home.



The companies didn't detail how they plan to spend the money or divide research efforts.



But as leaders in their respective industries, they may have an advantage as they bet… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on April 3, 2009 at 6:52am — No Comments

New Video Resources @ MedTechIQ!

Colleagues,



In our continuing quest to deliver you the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration", please see below the new video titles now available at the MedTechIQ "VideoLibrary",… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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