National Health Information Technology Week

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Establishing National Health Information Technology Week

Thursday, September 19, 2013, the Senate adopted a resolution by unanimous consent designating the week of September 16 through September 20, 2013, as “National Health Information Technology Week” to recognize the value of health information technology in transforming and improving the healthcare system for all people in the United States.  Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Thune (R-SD) cosponsored the resolution, S.Res. 247.

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iDoctor: Could a smartphone be the future of medicine?

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One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.


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NI News Volume 9 No 1

The latest issue of the NI News, Volume 9 Number 1 - July 2012 is now available online.

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Humanizing eHealth tools boosts patient trust

Humanizing decision-support computer aids for patients helps to increase trust of such tools, according to new research out of Clemson University.

Design and look of an aid are important, according to Clemson psychology associate professor Richard Pak, who found that, for instance, adding an image of a person to an electronic support tool "significantly alters [patient] perceptions" for the better. As a result, decision-making reaction time of patients becomes quicker.

"A plausible explanation is that the increase in trust led to an increased dependence on the aid, which led to faster performance," Pak said, according to a university announcement.

Read more: Humanizing eHealth tools boosts patient trust - FierceHealthIT


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