At Steward Health, all eyes on the population health prize

As the accountable care revolution evolves forward across the U.S. healthcare industry, some of the most innovative organizations in the country have committed themselves very firmly to its success. In the Boston metro area, the Steward Health Care System—which encompasses 11 hospitals and 2,700 physicians (600 of whom are employed)— is participating in the Pioneer…

Personal healthcare: Big data great, small data better

Big data is a big deal for healthcare. It will help uncover correlations that can lead to cures and treatments for disease. However, small data is important, too — information from individuals can ultimately contribute to big data and lead to important discoveries. The big question: Can we make personal healthcare seamless, simple, and inexpensive…

Meaningful use problems go beyond just software, say “stage 2 flexibility” critics

The final rule for meaningful use Stage 2 flexibility, released late on Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is not as popular as the government probably would have liked. The rule does allow eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and…

Despite meaningful use misgivings, ambulatory providers marching toward EHR adoption

Two recently released research reports reveal that while the ambulatory market is marching toward universal adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems, most do not believe that meaningful use is having a positive impact on patient care. The reports, one from Chicago-based HIMSS Analytics and the other from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research, both looked into…

Why is data integration essential to growing health systems?

For a healthcare organization growing through acquisitions, affiliations, and brand-new construction, integration is a continuous process requiring mechanisms for pushing and pulling patient data to numerous health IT systems and end-users with specific needs. “Even though the clinic is sitting right next door, integration has gone worldwide,” says Joe Pinotti, Interface Engineer at Children’s Hospitals…

Google Glass startup lands $8M

A startup that plans to take Google Glass to healthcare and other markets has landed $8.4 million in venture capital. San Francisco-based Wearable Intelligence describes itself as a technology company dedicated to building enterprise solutions using wearable computing hardware — such as Google Glass. It already has a partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center…