Kaiser Permanente Northwest joins Oregon Health Network; Are iPads overrated for docs?;

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> Kaiser Permanente Northwest has joined the Oregon Health Network, a national rural healthcare pilot program and subsidiary of OCHIN, one of the nation's largest health information networks. The move expands Northwest Permanente's information connectivity throughout the state. "The walls of cost and complexity in patient care and medical education are coming down, and we are pleased to be at the forefront of this transformation," Abigail Sears, chief executive officer of OCHIN, said in an announcement. Announcement

Mobile Healthcare News

> The use of Apple iPads for certain tasks in an internal medicine residency program fell short of initial high expectations, although users reported overall satisfaction with the tools, according to study results published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

> Say what you want about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its bloated bureaucracy. One fact that cannot be disputed is that the VA continues to be a national leader in health IT. Commentary

Provider News

> A newly released survey from the American Hospital Association finds that most hospitals are implementing team-based care--nearly 75 percent, with 62 percent training to do so. The survey on workforce planning, conducted in March, showed nearly half of hospitals surveyed are implementing care teams throughout their facilities. Article

And Finally...  I like bacon, but not this much. Article


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