UPMC Creates E-Health App for BlackBerry Smartphones

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says it has created an app doctors can use to receive important patient data via their BlackBerry smartphones. In addition, the health care organization has completed a proof-of-concept of a technology platform that helps doctors and patients share information.


Standard & Poor’s Assesses Sustainability of Recovery for Not-for-Profit Healthcare Sector

Don’t let the current stabilization in the U.S. not-for-profit healthcare sector fool you. Looming financial and operational stresses may make this only a temporary rebound, according to Martin Arrick, managing director for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ not-for-profit healthcare group, in a teleconference on March 2.


Medicaid Integrity Program Promises New Headaches

If RAC audits have hospitals reaching for aspirin, then the MIP may just land them in intensive care.

It may have been flying under the radar for the past four years, but the Medicaid Integrity Program (MIP) is about to become healthcare providers’ latest challenge, with more dollars at stake and more provider types at risk.


 Wave of U.S. Physicians Planning to Adopt Electronic Medical Records, Accenture Report Finds

RESTON, Va.; March 2, 2010 – Fifty-eight percent of U.S. physicians who don’t use electronic medical records (EMRs) intend to purchase an EMR system within the next two years, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).  


 AMA: Protect Physician Identify to Limit Fraud

Health care fraud could be reigned in if more attention was paid to protecting physicians from it rather than investigating them for it. That was the general message the American Medical Association (AMA) relayed to government officials at a “National Summit on Health Care Fraud” on Jan. 28.