VA CIO Roger Baker made his final appearance before the Veterans House Services Committee Wednesday to answer for the cancellation of the iEHR project. He reported that the program was large, complex, and difficult to control. He also acknowledged that both the VA and DoD, could have done a better job communicating changes across the departments. Baker, along with VA CTO Peter Levin, resigned their positions last week.
Merge and MModal announce a strategic partnership that will allow Merge to sell MModal’s natural language understanding tools baked into Merge’s imaging and radiology PACS solutions.
A recent study measuring the ability of EHR-backed predictive surveillance tools to predict cardiac events concludes that the automated model outperformed both manual risk assessments and human judgment-driven risk response teams. The automated model predicted cardiac events 15.9 hours before they occurred and 5.7 hours earlier than rapid response team activation.
CIO.com points to advances in technology, pressure to reduce costs, and bipartisan political support to substantiate its prediction that 2013 will be a flash point for telehealth adoption.