Healthcare and Medical News from around the Internet 5-11-2012

The Healthcare landscape is evolving rapidly these days, and with a career, family, and possibly a practice to run, it can be difficult to stay on top of recent Healthcare news. At HealthFusion®, we want to help you stay informed, so today begins our new series of blog posts — a weekly summary and synopsis of recent news in healthcare from around the Web.

  • Hope everyone had a wonderful National Nurses Week! Be sure to thank all the nurses you know and work with for everything they mean to your patients, your practice, and the healthcare industry as a whole. Thank you from HealthFusion to all the nurses out there; we appreciate and thank you for everything you do!
  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released their interactive Health IT Dashboard on the Web. The Health IT Dashboard is comprised of three sections: ONC Overview, Regional Extension Center (REC) Program, and Community College Consortia. The ONC’s Health IT tool gives users access to the Health IT data collected by ONC during the national Health IT initiative. The ONC is expected to release more data in the coming months, on electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE).
  • The Meaningful Use Stage 2 open comment period has closed. HealthFusion successfully submitted our comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more about our Meaningful Use Stage 2 comments in our blog posts, Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rules Open Comment Period — HealthFusion® MediTouch® Comments and Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM for Health Information Technology Comments by HealthFusion® MediTouch®. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) also echoes our comments on the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules.
  • Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) is the future of medicine and the healthcare system in the United States. Electronic health records (EHRs), tablet computers, and other mobile devices are essential to furthering mHealth. A recent article, in American Medical News, stated that, “Mobile technology is bringing the patient’s bedside to the physician’s smartphone or tablet.” As iPads® make up the overwhelming majority of tablet computers running EHRs and EMRs, HealthFusion’s MediTouch is designed and built for the future of medicine and healthcare — MediTouch EHR® is iPad-native, but still cross-compatible with traditional desktops, laptops, and other mobile devices (Windows® or Mac®).

The healthcare landscape is changing rapidly these days, but HealthFusion will help keep you informed! Be sure to check back every Friday for the weekly Healthcare News from around the Web, brought to you by HealthFusion MediTouch.