The advocacy group Health Care for America Now has had a loud voice in the healthcare reform debate over the past three years. The company started a Tumblr blog titled "We are the 99 percent," where followers submit photos of themselves holding a sheet of paper, with a message as to why they choose to occupy Wall Street. The site states: "We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution." The list goes on.
Based on CMS projections combined with an estimated risk rate, the numbers total a sum equal to the loan portfolio write-down by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This top line reimbursement risk could redistribute healthcare wealth enough to trigger bankruptcies, consolidations, mergers, and radical shifts in health IT companies and products.
The Adirondack Regional Community Health Information Exchange (ARCHIE) will bring its operational resources to the Health Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY). ARCHIE was founded by Adirondack Medicine Incorporated, an independent physicians association (IPA) and Glens Falls Hospital. The staff members at ARCHIE, including Executive Director Dirk Rittenhouse, Director of Client Relations Heather O’Conner and Technical Project Manager Robin Smith have joined the HIXNY staff.
Now that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has the attention of physicians and hospitals to improve care through the meaningful use of electronic health records, ONC intends this autumn
to emphasize strategies for reaching out to consumers to participate more in their healthcare.
CGI Group Inc., (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology (IT) and business process services announces the appointment of George Schindler, currently President, CGI Federal, to President U.S. Operations, effective Oct. 1, 2011 and Donna Ryan to President, CGI Federal, subject to the approval of the Defense Security Service (DSS). In addition, Donna Morea, current President of CGI’s U.S. and India operations is retiring after a successful 31-year career with the company.
Plotting the Nationwide Healthcare Information Network is turning out to be very much akin to etching a map of the United States – an exercise in drawing, then re-drawing pathways from one state to another.
At the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco from Sept. 22-27, Health 2.0 will organize the first ever Innovation Exchange for the Beacon Communities, a "match-making" event between technology innovators and health care organizations. Health 2.0 welcomes the interest and participation from the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) and Center for Technology and Aging.
Taconic IPA's Dr. John Blair discusses putting in place the technical tools and practice procedures as the first step toward more effective and coordinated patient care, in the first of a two-part series.