Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/23/14

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

EHR Vendors See Heightened Role in Ebola Fight

Health Data Management reports on the current Ebola crisis and how electronic health vendors are playing a bigger role than ever before. EHRs are a valuable tool in terms of screening suspected Ebola patients because the workflow can be customized to ask detailed questions about travel history, exposure to rodents, and more.

4 Goals of the Federal Health IT Safety Center

According to FierceHealthIT, the new federal health information technology safety center has recently published its four goals in a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The goals include: creating a nationwide HIT-related patient safety surveillance system, developing methods and governance structure to investigate major HIT-related safety events, creating infrastructure and methods for the assessment of large healthcare systems, and advocating for healthcare IT safety.

The Big Data Shift from Predictive to Prescriptive Analytics

Government Health IT predicts that big data will play an increasingly vital role in healthcare, including supporting the shift from predicting to prescribing. Healthcare providers should be able to use data analytics to predict certain factors (such as readmission rates),but they also need to be able to use this insight in a prescriptive way.

Global Telehealth Market to Reach $43.3B by 2019, Report Finds

iHealthBeat reports that the global market for telehealth technology is skyrocketing, and is projected to reach $43.4 billion by 2019. This figure is from a report by BCC Research, which believes that “the growing adoption of telemedicine services is expected to significantly impact larger markets such as health care, health insurance, home care, telecommunications, networking, disease management, e-health and health care IT.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:45:00 AM Categories: industry news

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