As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting physicians at the point
of care, Epocrates, Inc., announced availability of a beta version of
its software for Google’s Android™. With this new offering, Epocrates®
software is now available across all major mobile platforms, including
iPhone®, BlackBerry®, Palm®, Windows Mobile® and Android.
GE Healthcare announced the availability of Vscan, a new, pocket-sized
visualization tool developed to provide physicians with imaging
capabilities at the point-of-care.
Siemens Healthcare announced it has renewed its strategic alliance with
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems to deliver innovative ambulatory
information technology (IT) solutions.
McKesson announced Practice Partner Connect™,
providing an interoperability platform for physician practices to more
securely exchange information with other practices, patients,
hospitals, and payors.
IBM announced it has signed a definitive agreement to
acquire Initiate Systems, a market leader in data integrity software
for information sharing among healthcare and government organizations.
Emphasizing the link between improvements in healthcare quality and
patient safety and health IT — HIMSS and ASQ (American Society for
Quality) announce the selection of 16 real-world and peer-reviewed case
Schreiner MediPharm, a Germany-based global provider of specialty
pharmaceutical labeling solutions for over 50 years will be exhibiting
their full line of specialty labels at Interphex 2010,
April 20-22 in New York.
Connectivity to Improve Patient Safety
For the past 5 years the Medical Device “Plug-and-Play” Interoperability Program has been leading the evaluation and adoption of open standards and technology for medical device interoperability to support clinical innovation and improve patient safety.
The government campaign to stimulate physician adoption of health information technology is focused on electronic health records. But other types of information technology that are considerably more affordable and less difficult to implement can also help improve safety and care quality.
Health IT & Quality
What is the purpose of health information technology? Why are we spending all these billions of dollars on this “thing” we struggle to understand, implement, and use? Is it achieving the goals of its purpose?