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Top 15 Healthcare Stories Of 2013

What did InformationWeek Healthcare readers care about in 2013? Catch up on these popular items.

Popularity isn't everything. If all I wanted to do was drive traffic and make money, I'd assign a steady diet of "10 iPhone Apps For Hot, Healthy Sex" stories for InformationWeek Healthcare. Actually, if I thought I could make that one work...

Still, while there are some boring but important stories we publish knowing they will only be read by our most serious readers, looking at what readers actually read gives us clues to what they care about and what we ought to be doing more of.

Digging through our website traffic reports, I was somewhat chagrined to realize our top traffic driver for 2013 was actually published in March 2012 -- a roundup of 10 Top Medical Practice Management Software Systems, still attracting lots of attention. They tell you in journalism school to "follow the money," and apparently that's good advice. Readers were looking for solid information on the business side of healthcare, including billing and collections. The high number of page views may have had something to do with the information being presented in slideshow format. Still, this feature had more than double the page views of the next most popular article. Okay, I get it: the business of healthcare is what makes all the rest of it possible.

What more do you know about practice management? What is the most valuable follow up on this topic we could deliver to you in 2014?

Once I filtered our web traffic reports for stories published in 2013, here are the ones that drew the most readers.

(1) Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies
The pitch: From telemedicine robots to toilet sensors, remote patient monitoring technology continues to win venture capital. These nine startups have landed funding in the past year.

Note that the topic of remote patient monitoring and technologies that could enable more of it show up repeatedly on this list.

Remote Patient Monitoring

(2) 7 Portals Powering Patient Engagement
The pitch: Meaningful Use has put new strains on providers in terms of patient engagement, but these portals help ease the burden, says a recent KLAS report.

(3) 10 Mobile Health Apps From Uncle Sam
The pitch: New mobile apps from the Department of Health and Human Services, for consumers and doctors alike, let you search medical literature, locate health centers, fight drug abuse, and much more.

(4) Smartwatches Could Outshine Wearable Fitness Gadgets
The pitch: Samsung's Galaxy Gear and other new smartwatches equipped with fitness apps could squeeze the mobile health gadget market.

With fitness gadgets like the Fitbit drawing lots of attention, Ken Terry looked at the prospects for a more general-purpose wearable device to steal their thunder.

(5) Healthcare Organizations Go Big For Analytics
The pitch: Half of providers and payers see advanced analytics as their top investment priority, says IDC survey.

The demand for analytics technology and talent has been accelerating in healthcare, so look for much more on this topic from InformationWeek in 2014.

(6) Telehealth To Grow Six-Fold By 2017
The pitch: Remote patient monitoring will ramp up worldwide, largely driven by US hospitals working to reduce readmissions and avoid Medicare penalties, says InMedica study.

(7) 20 Health IT Leaders Who Are Driving Change
The pitch: Innovation is tough amid today's regulatory checklists. These leaders are getting it done.

Our annual roundup of healthcare IT leaders was an opportunity for readers to learn what these CIOs have done right.

(8) Healthcare Robotics: Patently Incredible Inventions
The pitch: Medical robots will change the operating room much like PCs reshaped the office. Get an advance look from these cutting-edge robotic technology patents and patent applications.

Intellectual property researcher Onat Ekinci created this nifty slideshow featuring colorized patent application sketches of the medical robots of the future.

(9) Hackers Outsmart Pacemakers, Fitbits: Worried Yet?
The pitch: Mobile health devices aren't as secure as you might think. Look at how researchers plan to strengthen security for consumer devices and regulated medical devices.

So far, this is still a hypothetical worry, based on hacks occurring in cybersecurity research labs. Still, doesn't the idea that a pacemaker would have an unsecured wireless connection freak you out a bit?

(10) Surgical Robots: Look Who's Coming To The OR
The pitch: Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci system dominates the field, but it doesn't have a lock on innovation. Take a look at present and future surgical robots.

Robots again, this time in photos, with a look at the dominant robotic surgery system and the challengers just over the horizon.

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User Rank: Apprentice
1/17/2014 | 3:46:56 AM
Re: What should InformationWeek Healthcare do different in 2014?
Health care is one of the biggest issue and there our a number of stories. The important point which is missing is the ways to create a great health with care. I am a doctor and I will suggest everybody to do regular exercises, eat three time a day, Ventouse Cellulite and avoid outside stuff and packed food. I hope my suggestion will be helpful.
User Rank: Ninja
12/26/2013 | 10:27:41 AM
Re: More breaches
Additionally, there are a number of stories about telemedicine. Hackers have found inventive ways to use personal information and it doesn't get any more personal than having your medical information stolen, or even worse, modified!

Modified medical info sounds benign, but as telemedicine becomes more prevalent, doctors will become dependent on that info. Tweak the numbers a bit and suddenly you are prescribed medicines that could cause heart attack, stroke. It sounds a bit far fetched, but these are the unintended consequences of technology that we have to be aware of.
Alison Diana
Alison Diana,
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12/24/2013 | 11:45:00 AM
More breaches
There will be a lot more healthcare breaches in 2013, @David, both because of Obamacare and both through traditional means -- through hospitals, healthcare providers, insurers, and employees who leave unencrypted laptops in their cars or on subways. And that's only breaches that affect 500+ reported, so who knows about the smaller ones?
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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12/23/2013 | 4:22:05 PM
What should InformationWeek Healthcare do different in 2014?
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