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Ta-blet or Not Ta-blet, That is the Question Commentary 

Ta-blet or Not Ta-blet, That is the Question

In a recent article in Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, Jessica Cohen reports that according to a report done by IBM Institute for Business Value of healthcare CIOs and other executives, findings indicate that 71% of CIOs and only 59% of other executives believe that mobile solutions will have a significant impact on their organizations over the next five years.... Read More
Are Computers Getting Ready to Supercede Doctors’ Diagnoses? Commentary 

Are Computers Getting Ready to Supercede Doctors’ Diagnoses?

A recent small scale study by Harvard Medical School indicates that software symptom-checkers still have a long way to go when identifying the reasons for medical conditions. This result seemed fairly consistent across different software so it is more a statement of the readiness of these systems rather than the accuracy of any one in particular. The study concluded that,... Read More
Garbage in Ratings Out Commentary 

Garbage in Ratings Out

As CMS continues to evolve quality reporting requirements for hospitals and nursing homes, the law of unintended consequences can come into play as administrators struggle to raise their ratings. In a recent article on Bloomberg News titled New CMS Nursing Home Ratings Don’t Solve Accuracy Issues, Senator Michael Williamson reports the following: “Increasing the number of measures on which nursing homes must... Read More
Your Nurses May Hate Your Hospital’s EHR Commentary 

Your Nurses May Hate Your Hospital’s EHR

That’s the title of an article seen in Healthcare Business & Technology. The article draws from a survey of 14,000 registered nurses and covers many of the systems in place today: 94% of nurses thought that the EHR hurt communication with patients and physicians instead of helping. Among the factors nurses noted as frustrating were: • Having different interfaces for doctors and... Read More