The move toward online health records has taken a big step forward. Microsoft and Kaiser Permanente plan to test a program that will provide information transfers from Kaiser’s health manager to Microsoft’s consumer health platform. The pilot program is expected to create strategies for expanding consumer access to online health information and management tools.
When people reach out in need of mental health care, they’re likely experiencing some sort of crisis. “And the longer they have to wait to see a provider, the more susceptible they become to struggling with the mental health issues they have and/or suicidal ideations,” said Kirsten Belaire, director of behavioral health at Mt. Carmel […]
The Governor’s Commission on Health Care Reform performed its final task yesterday — presenting the findings it gathered during 2007 to the General Assembly. Health care analysts say the legislature will consider a range of bills, but Gov. Bill Ritter has said that no comprehensive reform — which would likely require approval from voters — will occur during 2008. So, the state will move slowly on health care reform based on the proposals outlined by the commission.
Representatives from the Colorado BioScience Association and six of the state’s economic development entities marketed Colorado as a desirable medical device manufacturing hub during the 24th annual Medical Device & Manufacturing West Expo last month. More than 16,000 product development professionals attended the industry’s largest event.
Colorado will soon have one of the largest health care information networks in the country. A grant from the Federal Communications Commission will allow the Colorado Hospital Association to develop a telehealth network. The FCC award provides up to $4.6 million in federal money over three years. When combined with a similar FCC award to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, $9.8 million will be made available for the initiative.
Colorado hospitals are backing legislation that will increase their financial transparency. “We recognize the importance of financial transparency to policy- and decision-makers at the state level,” said Julie Lonborg, vice president of communications and media relations for the Colorado Hospital Association. “A lot of people, I think, expected us not to support this bill, and […]
“I think the insurance companies are lobbying so heavily at that level, it will be left up to the states,” she said. While the principles set up by the small-business group are laudable, she doesn’t believe reform will be comprehensive.
Dr. Julie Marmon, one of three owners at ER Specialists Urgency Center, will never claim superiority to a fellow physician. However, she does believe the Royal Pine Drive center’s business model affords her patients some distinct advantages. “Because of the way we’ve manipulated our environment and said, ‘I am not OK that patients get 12 […]
During her 12 years of teaching Pikes Peak Community College’s aspiring pharmacy technicians, Nicole Barriera has started every semester with the same caveat. “We talk about how the state of Colorado doesn’t regulate,” said Barriera, chair of PPCC’s pharmacy technician program. “That’s scary because, in theory, [students] could walk out of my class and be […]
Cory Arcarese never intended to grow a massive health care organization when she founded Value Care Health Clinic in 2014. However, it wasn’t long before she realized the needs of residents in Southeast Colorado Springs — where the clinic was located, at 1050 S. Academy Blvd. — would one day outstrip her own capabilities. “I […]
A small wooden sign reading “Glover Family Medicine” is the only indication that the Deer Creek Road suite in Monument houses a doctor’s office. The sign is easily lost among a cardboard cutout of an apple tree — complete with mushrooms growing near its roots — a framed Georgia O’Keeffe painting, and a counter fully […]
For the nearly 1.4 million Coloradans who are enrolled in Medicaid, a salary increase can mean the loss of critical health insurance. Sometimes this fear can keep participants from pursuing employment, or even force them to limit their weekly hours to stay below the income threshold. However, Jaime Harrell, independent living program manager at The […]