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eHealth News Roundup for 10th - 21st February, 200

Posted on: 26 Feb 03
eHealth News Roundup for 10th - 21st February, 200

Summary

The growing number of ePrescribing, health information and other technological initiatives mean that IT is becoming an ever more important and integral part of the healthcare system, for doctors and p
The growing number of ePrescribing, health information and other technological initiatives mean that IT is becoming an ever more important and integral part of the healthcare system, for doctors and patients alike. Patients are increasingly relying on the web for their medical information, while doctors are routinely using computers and remote communications in their daily work. These are just some of the stories covered in this week's eHealth roundup.

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HEALTH INFORMATION ONLINE

Consumer WebWatch and URAC look to improve the quality of online health information
URAC and Consumer WebWatch are collaborating to develop strategies to improve consumer health-related Internet searches. Funded by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative will be the first in-depth examination of the role of search engines in improving access to quality health information.

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Older adults increasingly use Internet for medical research; tend to overrate quality of medical information online
A growing number of older adults are relying on the Internet to obtain medical information, says a study published in the February issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. The study found that patients with lung cancer are increasingly using the Internet as a major resource for information about their disease. The study also found that patients tend to overrate the quality of medical information they find on the Internet.

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Quest Diagnostics launches new web portal to give physicians access to clinical information online
Quest Diagnostics has launched an innovative eMaxx Internet portal which will allow doctors to order diagnostic tests and review laboratory test results online, check patients' insurance eligibility and share confidential patient information with medical colleagues in a manner that is consistent with the HIPAA privacy and security requirements.

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AHPIA and Graphic Surgery LLP join forces to produce electronic educational tool for patients
AHPIA, a New York physician-owned malpractice company, and Graphic Surgery have announced an agreement to bring surgeons and patients the Doc-Tour software system, an interactive tool using 3-D animation, narrations and written summaries to help explain surgeries and their risks. AHPIA plans to require the software's use to educate patients about surgeries and potential complications.

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TECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

New mobile computing solution gives physicians remote access to patients' vital information
Telecommunications provider Sprint has launched a mobile computing solution designed to improve patient care and make hospitals more efficient. The solution gives physicians remote access to critical patient information via virtually any wireless, web-enabled device, allowing doctors to more frequently monitor a patient's status -- and even make changes to a patient's orders -- without having to physically be in the hospital.

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New study supports use the Internet to help physician-patient relationships
The Internet is having a profound effect on physician-patient relationships by giving patients greater control of their own healthcare decisions, according to a University of Toronto researcher.

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MyDocOnline launches 'Dr Chart' tool that links laboratories and healthcare providers via the Internet
MyDocOnline, the Aventis subsidiary, has released MyDocOnline Dr Chart version 8.0, an electronic lab communication tool that links laboratories to healthcare providers via the Internet to automate the manual activities associated with lab orders and result reporting.

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RxHub MEDS extends physicians' access to up-to-date patient medical history
RxHub has launched a new service called RxHub MEDS designed to enable physicians to make safer, better informed decisions in the hospital. Beginning with the consent of the patient and their health plan for release of information, RxHub MEDS provides convenient access to medication history. This vital information has always been important for time-critical decisions, but has never before been so readily available to physicians treating patients in an inpatient setting.

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TECHNOLOGY FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

Novartis Pharmaceuticals to use Jeeves Solutions to improve online marketing
Novartis Pharmaceuticals has selected Jeeves Solutions to help improve customer usability and service across all 22 of its US product and disease web sites. Novartis will use JeevesOne, Jeeves Solutions' natural language search solution to improve web site usability and gain insight into the wants and needs of its customers.

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Novartis

Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK selects Siebel Pharma software for primary care business
Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK is to deploy Siebel Pharma's multichannel eBusiness applications software throughout its primary care sales and marketing operation.

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The launch of HealthyEmail to address the problem of email in the healthcare industry
HealthyEmail, a non-profit organization created to maximize the potential of email use in the healthcare industry, has been formally launched. The organization aims to address the increasing problems involving physicians' email communications with patients, hospitals, insurers and other doctors, particularly where sensitive patient information is involved.

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ePRESCRIBING

Healthwise enables online information prescriptions for medical tests
Healthwise Incorporated has indexed the 250 medical test topics of its online Healthwise Knowledgebase to Current Procedural Terminology. American health care consumers can now receive the relevant and accurate information each time they are scheduled for a medical test as well as any test results.

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GHI and Medix launch electronic prescribing program for New York's physicians
Group Health Incorporated and Medix Resources have introduced a 12-month point of care pilot program that allows participating Group Health physicians to send prescriptions to pharmacies and access patient's prescription information through a hand-held wireless device developed by PocketScript LLC.

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Rhode Island to launch unprecedented statewide ePrescribing initiative
The Rhode Island Quality Institute has launched its first major public initiative, a statewide electronic prescribing program. The Institute, an unprecedented statewide collaboration of healthcare professionals, industry, government and academics, has partnered with SureScripts to bring this advancement in prescription medicine delivery to the state.

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Michael Randle

Last updated on: 27/08/2010 11:40:18

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