Catalyst Corner Archive

Catalyst Corner [January/February 2015] More Tech News Kicks Off 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has adopted a new strategic plan outlining the federal government’s IT vision and mission. The plan’s goals are to keep up the momentum of health IT adoption and, at the same time, improve IT implementation beyond hospitals and physician practices.

Catalyst Corner [November/December 2014] Mobile Payment Technology Taking Off

With the advent of Apple Pay and its integration with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, mobile payment technology is ready to take flight to a new altitude. Smart partnerships with finance and technology companies like Citigroup Inc., American Express, and Stripe have laid the groundwork for mobile payment technology to hit the tipping point.

Catalyst Corner [September/October 2014] ONC Releases 10-Year Vision

In anticipation of releasing a “refreshed” health information technology (HIT) strategic plan later this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking comment on a 10-year vision for achieving an interoperable HIT infrastructure that it released in June.

Catalyst Corner [July/August 2014] EHRs Can Pose Patient Safety Risks

A recent research report points out numerous patient safety issues associated with electronic health records (EHRs), in spite of evidence supporting the use of EHR systems to improve overall healthcare safety and outcomes.

Catalyst Corner [May/June 2014] Regulating HIT

The FDA, in consult with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), recently released a report outlining recommendations for regulating health information technology, as required by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).

Catalyst Corner [March/April 2014] ONC and HITECH Anniversaries

ONC is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource for the entire health system in supporting the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchanges to improve healthcare.

Catalyst Corner [January/February 2014] Medical Advances Continue to Amaze

Medscape ran a great article series last year on cutting-edge medical advances. Entitled “Science or Science Fiction: Cutting-Edge Medical Advances,” the series involved writers Bret S. Stetka, M.D., and Marrecca Fiore walking readers through 25 fascinating developments.

Catalyst Corner [November/December 2013] New Resources Highlight Trends

A number of interesting resources have made their way into my email news during the last few weeks that I thought would be of interest to ComputerTalk readers.

Catalyst Corner [September/October 2013] Medication Adherence

A 12-month study of a medication synchronization program in January 2013 found the program lifts the medication adherence rate well above the industry average for patients with chronic disease states.

Catalyst Corner [July/August 2013] Technology Front and Center

The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) recently completed its midyear conference in Louisville. I was delighted to be asked to provide an update on advances in pharmacy data flow between the pharmacy and electronic health record systems.

Catalyst Corner [March/April 2013] Achieving Recognition and Payment for Services

Continued integration of pharmacy systems into the broader electronic health record and health information exchange infrastructure will be crucial to support the profession’s push for recognition.

Catalyst Corner [May/June 2013] BIO 2013 Reflects on the Top Advances

This decade's top advances in bio-tech, as outlined by Karin Lucas of Biotech Primer.

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