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Telehealth: The Welcome Disruption

by Kari Walgran on May 5, 2017 9:28:21 PM

Six surveys show that executives, providers and consumers alike want telehealth to keep changing healthcare.

Telehealth and telemedicine are major disruptors in the current healthcare market. Vendors and investors have considerable incentive to focus on refining and expanding telehealth services, with the expectation that patients and providers will embrace these technologies. But what do the numbers say? Read on for a roundup of recent telehealth surveys.

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Topics: Telemedicine, Telehealth, Healthcare Trends

EHR Interoperability in 2017 and Beyond: 10 Key Resources for Healthcare IT Professionals

by Kari Walgran on Apr 28, 2017 8:10:48 AM

The complexity of medical information and patient care, combined with stringent privacy guidelines, make EHR interoperability an ongoing challenge

Electronic health record (EHR) interoperability is a major concern and a major challenge in health IT. As EHR adoption and functionality continue to grow, patients, providers, and regulators expect corresponding improvements in reliability and ease of use. Is quick, seamless communication across the healthcare spectrum really possible? Read on to learn more about the current state of interoperability.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Cloud Computing, EHR, Disaster Recovery

5 Key Facts About Disaster Recovery for EHRs

by Kari Walgran on Apr 20, 2017 4:27:22 PM

Before a crisis strikes, healthcare IT professionals must be ready for EHR disruptions due to disasters.

HIPAA requires all healthcare providers to develop contingency plans for disaster recovery, including data backup and emergency operations. With electronic health records (EHRs) at the center of patient care, access to patient medical data is absolutely critical. Read on to learn more about disaster preparedness, EHR disruptions, and how healthcare IT professionals can be informed and ready before a crisis strikes.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Cloud Computing, EHR, Disaster Recovery

3 Reasons Why Electronic Health Records Belong in the Cloud

by Kari Walgran on Apr 11, 2017 8:41:57 AM

With cloud computing, medical facilities have compelling reasons to change how electronic health records are kept.


Cloud computing has transformed a number of industries, and healthcare is no exception. Medical facilities of all types have introduced cloud-based electronic health records (EHRs) as a way to reduce costs, secure data, and streamline operations. Read on to learn more about the implementation of cloud-based EHRs.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Cloud Computing, EHR

Shared Decision Making Puts a New Spin on Patient Data

by Kari Walgran on Mar 24, 2017 3:19:05 PM

A guide to resources about decision aids, data, and health care IT to enhance shared decision making and patient engagement.

Patient-generated data is a hot topic in healthcare. Clinicians and researchers are recognizing the value of the growing pool of data provided by electronic medical records, wearable medical devices, and patient-communication platforms. All of this information comes from patients, but what happens when data is given to patients? When health data meets patient engagement, shared decision making can flourish.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Health IT, Shared Decision Making, Patient Data

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