first_imgThe move to electronic health records (EHR) is underway, albeit not as quick as some would like.  While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that over 114,000 physicians and hospitals have registered for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and thousands of physicians have moved to using EHRs, the adoption rate still remains fairly low.Somewhere in the range of only 15-20 percent of physicians have moved to EHRs.  Compared to some countries, like Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands where more than 90 percent of physicians have adopted EHRs, the US still has a lot of catching up to do.But momentum for EHRs seems to be building.  A report by Frost and Sullivan found that the Total market revenue for EHRs is expected to hit $6.5 billion in 2012, which is more than a sixfold increase from the $973.2 million posted in 2009.  Physicians are being motivated by both the incentives and the penalties associated with complying with the US federal government EHR incentive program.  The widespread use of tablet computers is also accelerating the move by physicians to EHRs — by one estimate more than 75 percent of physicians own a tablet device, like the iPad.The biggest monetary incentive to physicians is the HITECH Act of 2009 which allocates around $30 billion towards providing incentives and encouraging improvements to the use of IT in medicine.  But along with the incentives, there are penalties too.  For example, there are federal rules that now dictate electronic data interchange (EDI), patient privacy laws (HIPAA), and disease classification and coding (ICD-10), and compliance with these rules dictate the need to improve medial IT practices.   Other regulations, like Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, are designed to improve health insurance and access to health care.Nancy Fabozzi, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said that “The Hospitals absolutely understand that they have to have a new business model and EHRs are at the heart of that change.  It’s about collecting, analyzing and exchanging data–they can’t do that without an EHR, which is why for hospitals the adoption of an EHR is inevitable.” is designed to reform health insurance and improve access to care for millions of Americans by 2014.”Meredith Ressi, president of Manhattan Research, said that “growth in access of electronic health records by patients has been remarkable in the last year.  There’s been strong pent up demand from consumers over the years, but only now has the supply side caught up as a result of the government mandate. This is the beginning of a real shift in care delivery and patient engagement.”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#voice#web Related Posts audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Although Steve Ballmer insisted that Microsoft would continue to support Skype on non-Microsoft platforms when it acquired the VOIP company earlier this month, it looks as though that may not necessarily be the case. And the first casualty seems to be Skype’s integration with Asterisk, an open source telephony platform.Digium, the open source project’s maintainer, has informed its users that Skype for Asterisk will no longer be available for sale or activation after July 26. According to the notification, Skype has opted not to renew the agreement that allows Digium to utilize Skype’s proprietary software in order to turn the open source Asterisk into a native Skype client.Existing users of Skype for Asterisk won’t be immediately affected. “Representatives of Skype have assured us that they will continue to support and maintain the Skype for Asterisk software for a period of two years thereafter, as specified in the agreement with Digium,” the memo reads, adding that users of Skype for Asterisk will be able to continue using Asterisk on the Skype network until at least July 26, 2013.Although ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus argued that Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft could take the VOIP service “to the next level” with integration in Windows mobile devices and with Xbox and Kinect gaming systems, it appears that the new frontier for Skype may be inhospitable for open source.CRN reports that open source telephony has seen steady growth lately, as companies have soft lower-cost but feature-rich solutions, with open-source PBX systems accounting for almost 20% of all PBX sales in North America. As ReadWriteWeb’s Dan Rowinski recently noted, Microsoft’s acquisition plans for Skype may include deep integration of the VOIP service into its Lync communications platform – a platform that is certainly a competitor to the open source Asterisk.last_img read more

first_imgLeap of triumph: A jubilant Pakistan teamThere were fireworks at Karachi’s Clifton Fountain, that is how happy they were. Friendship series or not, if anything grated on the collective consciousness of Pakistan, it was being beaten by India in their own backyard.The night India won the five-match ODI series in,Leap of triumph: A jubilant Pakistan teamThere were fireworks at Karachi’s Clifton Fountain, that is how happy they were. Friendship series or not, if anything grated on the collective consciousness of Pakistan, it was being beaten by India in their own backyard.The night India won the five-match ODI series in 2004, Imran Khan marched up to the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan in Lahore and declared that this was, “zillat ki inteha” (the limit of humiliation).So when it was time for payback in 2006, Pakistan chose well: not the flat decks of Lahore or Faisalabad but busy, brassy, Karachi, where Pakistan has lost only one of 38 Tests over 51 years.Bryan Adams may have amped up the night with the first big-ticket rock show in Pakistan, but the day belonged to the manic percussion of the National Stadium symphony created from the banging of empty plastic bottles on chairs. It was the soundtrack for the world’s most celebrated batting lineup being scythed in half.Shoaib Akhtar wasn’t the centre of the demolition and still he was smiling. When asked how Pakistan had got its groove back, Akhtar replied with a mysterious smile, “Forgiveness… a culture of forgiving.” Er, forgive us for asking but has the Rawalpindi Express turned into the Sufi passenger? Ask Sachin Tendulkar’s helmet.Akhtar was only talking about a team that has made room for his ego. In return, a valuable cricketer made accommodations for his mates. Even though it knows it cannot resort to collective prayer, India must envy the calm in the Pakistani camp. Not so long ago, that in itself would have been an absurd statement. Pakistan at home, with its act together, is irresistible.advertisementEarly departure: Rahul Dravid played an unfamiliar role as openerAfter the first two Tests, when India’s top three batsmen had faced down totals of 697 and 588, Sanjay Manjrekar wondered how long the visitors could absorb the pressure. In Karachi, we knew: less than 60 overs in each innings. India’s capitulation means one of two things: either the batting had lost its ability to respond to adversity. Or that the bowlers let the side down by conceding 600 runs at more than four an over on a wicket that offered assistance. Either choice is disheartening.The loss of the series will sting the Indians because they went in with the right ideas and started well, but were caught flat-footed in a shootout. It will cut them deeper to acknowledge that Karachi forms a dip in the rising graph of their batting on tour. This is the same line-up that steeled itself into delivering overseas with the bat-once-bat-big mantra. It pushed Australia to the brink and won Tests in England and Pakistan.Akhtar’s zingers turned so many heads that pundits across the board howled, “pace, pace, pace” as India’s all-purpose cure for the ailments of Karachi. They forgot that in 2004, Laxmipathy Balaji and Irfan Pathan didn’t knock off batsmen’s blocks. Balaji bowled between 132-136 kmph and got the ball to move and Pathan swung it in at the same pace. The Indian attack has now turned into a rapidly decelerating vehicle. Pathan’s quickest in Karachi was 129.6 kmph, his hat-trick a hazy memory by the third afternoon.Pakistan’s best in that game, Mohammed Asif and Abdul Razzaq didn’t cross 135 kmph, but hit the deck hard, landed it on the seam, batsmen beaten by cut and jag. Asif, 6 ft 3 in, had his action remodelled last June in Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation. MRF Pace Foundation chief coach T.A. Sekhar wants the Indian fast bowlers to be assessed on a regular basis. He believes Pathan and Zaheer Khan had dropped pace due to a technical flaw in their actions. “That flaw does not allow them to release the ball at the right speed and in the right areas.”Before the tour, the Indians had the right ideas about the pace department: Punjab fast bowler, Vikram Raj Vir (VRV) Singh travelled and trained with the team during the home Test matches against Sri Lanka. Regarded amongst the fastest bowlers in India, VRV could not make it to the tour due to an injury. Maharashtra’s Munaf Patel, is said to be the fastest in India, topping 145 kmph, but is unfashionable in the selection stakes.Bonding: Pakistan fed off the pressure created by Shoaib AkhtarPakistan has made room for Shoaib Akhtar and his ego and Akhtar has in turn made accommodations and adjustments to give his team the edge. In Pakistan, the Indians were forced to be slightly schizophrenic: swinging between the sentimental and the practical, issuing rational explanations for acts of compromise. Most of those tended to revolve around Sourav Ganguly, who has become to Indian cricket what Kashmir is to Indo-Pak politics: disputed territory.advertisementYounis Khan, Pakistan’s stand-in captain in Karachi said helpfully, “I’m a big supporter of Sourav.” Greg Chappell’s response to that comment has not yet been leaked. In the middle of the madness stood captain Rahul Dravid, trying to maintain sanity and decorum, but the dark circles under his eyes have only grown darker in defeat.So on to the one-dayers, where India has won eight of its last 11 matches. Older legs have been swapped for younger ones but not in the bowling department. The sobering fact is that India has lost eight out of its last 10 ODIs to Pakistan but form and momentum are fickle things. Besides, India’s ODI game has supplied most of the happy headlines in recent months. A cautionary note though.As Inzamam-ul-Haq meandered through the mandatory tete-a-tete on the prefab presentation stage in Karachi, the Ursa Major of world cricket was asked about the state of his delicate back that had kept him out of the deciding Test. “Thanks God,” he responded, “We are fit now.” Good grief.last_img read more

first_imgAround 600 differently-abled athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships, held in Ghaziabad, were in for a rude shock after they were allotted unhygienic and difficult living conditions. They complained that the wheelchair-bound athletes were unable to use the ramp.  “We have not got proper food, eating poori and one vegetable dish for the last four days. We walk with sticks and we have been put up at second floor. They don’t even have ramps for wheelchair-bound athletes. Toilets are dirty, there are no fans, no water,” said Yogesh, a participating athlete.”I fell down three times while taking bath today, we are drinking water from a tanker and it has not been cleaned and the toilets are filthy,” added Vinay, another participant.Taking a strong view of the shocking incident, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a report from the organisers and promised to take action within 24 hours.Sonowal said he has asked for a detailed report from Paralympic Committee of India as well as from his secretary after athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships at Janhit Para Sports Grounds (Madhuban, Bapudham) at Ghaziabad were asked to stay at messy and unkempt rooms at a building.”Well-being of all athletes is a priority for us. Differently-abled athletes and their well-being is a priority for us. We are examining the matter and looking into the reasons for mismanagement of the event,” Sonowal said.”I have asked my sports secretary to take immediate action and submit a report within 24 hours, based on that I will take action. On our part, there is no discrimination between able-bodied and differently-abled athletes. The national federations, whether of able-bodied and differently-abled, have a duty and responsibility to look after the well-being of athletes. If they have any problem, they (the organisers) should have approached us. We are always there to help,” he added.advertisementThe championship was organised by the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Paralympic Committee of India.last_img read more