Today’s Forbes.com features the latest guest column by Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman: “Face Time MD: How Consumer Tech Can Deliver Care That’s Better, Faster, Cheaper.”  Glen looks into the future by describing existing innovations that are already making a difference.  Like live consults with your physician on the iPhone . . . using Xbox Kinect to monitor compliance with physical therapy . . . and devices that let heart patients, diabetic patients and their doctors monitor vitals in real-time, all linked to the Electronic Health Record.   “Now, with a bit of innovation, and an open approach to both how we care for patients and the systems we use, we can put them together and create the future—a better future not just for health care but for health, which is what we really want anyway,” Glen writes. Speaking of which, if you missed last week’s announcement you […]

Recruitment is at or near the top of every CIO’s list of headaches. The demand for trained informaticists far exceeds the supply.  Moreover, it’s expensive to recruit and relocate people from outside organizations, especially when there’s no guarantee they’ll work out.  The video above captures an innovative solution by UC Irvine Healthcare, a major academic medical center in the Los Angeles area that has been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.  Rather than recruit for open positions, UCI’s IT leaders decided to look inward — to the nurses who are the biggest users of the most strategic and important applications in a health system.  “We decided that, rather than trying to recruit and bring people in and not meeting our staffing requirements, to go out to our nursing population at large within UCI and grab […]