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  • Ashley Madison Data Breach – A Lesson for Health IT

    EMR and HIPAA
    Colin Hung
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    The recent hack of the Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men infidelity/hookup websites has been front page news. Overnight the lives of 50 million site members (pun intended) were potentially stolen by a hacker group calling itself “The Impact Team”. The Washington Post and CNBC have great articles on the details of the hack. As the story unfolded I became more and more fascinated, not because of the scandalous nature of the data, but because I believe this hack is a lesson for all of us that work in #HealthIT. The value of the data that is held in EHRs and other health apps is…
  • The 2015 #HIT99 Results Are In

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Thanks to everyone who participated in the #HIT99. The #HIT99 was announced on July 6th and nominations were opened. We saw a wide variety of nominations and a lot of new additions that I’d never seen before. For me the #HIT99 and #HIT100 are all about social discovery and showing gratitude to your social media peers. I know I experienced both of those during the process. I hope you did as well. A big shout out to Steve Sisko (@shimcode) for aggregating, cleaning, and otherwise analyzing all of the data associated with #HIT99 nominations. I can only imagine the time he spent working on…
  • Bringing clinical workflow to life with Microsoft and Windows 10

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    hlthblog
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    On Wednesday, July 29th, Microsoft releases Windows 10. The world awaits. Of course here at Microsoft, many of us have been testing and using early builds, and now the final build, of Windows 10 for quite some time. In fact, millions of people who don...(read more)
  • WEDI covers all the ICD-10 angles - Healthcare IT News

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    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    WEDI covers all the ICD-10 anglesHealthcare IT NewsSteven Benjamin, program director of ICD-10 at United Healthcare, pointed out that "there is specificity with 9" and that "the new things with 10 are only necessary when there is limitation of the code set. We don't have metrics that will deny the
  • Geisinger's Nicholas Marko: Why health systems need chief data officers [Q&A]

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    Dan Bowman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    While data and technology in healthcare have a synergistic relationship, by no means should they be considered the same thing, according to Geisinger Health System Chief Data Officer Nicholas Marko.read more
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  • WEDI covers all the ICD-10 angles - Healthcare IT News

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    WEDI covers all the ICD-10 anglesHealthcare IT NewsSteven Benjamin, program director of ICD-10 at United Healthcare, pointed out that "there is specificity with 9" and that "the new things with 10 are only necessary when there is limitation of the code set. We don't have metrics that will deny the
  • CIOs 'surprised' at Cerner DoD win - Healthcare IT News

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    Healthcare Finance NewsCIOs 'surprised' at Cerner DoD winHealthcare IT NewsMichelle Ronan Noteboom specializes in healthcare IT communications, marketing, and strategy. She spent seven years as an independent contributor for HIStalk and HIStalk Practice writing under the name "Inga" and as a freelance writer for various ...Cerner scores $4.3 billion Department of Defense contract for agency's EHRHealthcare Finance NewsEpic Systems gets passed over for government contract worth billionsMadison.comCerner, Leidos, & Accenture win massive $4.3B Defense Department…
  • Security needs to be a top priority for healthcare leaders - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Security needs to be a top priority for healthcare leadersHealthcare IT News (blog)There are several ways in which the health care industry needs to improve security measures, but what huge breaches such as those at Anthem, CareFirst and Premera have taught us is that passwords alone are not enough to protect online health care ...
  • When a cyber attack hits: Who's in charge? - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Healthcare IT News (blog)When a cyber attack hits: Who's in charge?Healthcare IT News (blog)Catamaran, a company that provides pharmacy benefits management services to healthcare organizations, functions as both a HIPAA covered entity and as a business associate. When Catamaran implemented incident management software and trained its ...
  • 4 takeaways from Ponemon's 2015 healthcare security report - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    4 takeaways from Ponemon's 2015 healthcare security reportHealthcare IT News (blog)This report is one of the most useful resources for helping healthcare organizations start taking the necessary steps to defend themselves more capably against data breaches. With this in mind, here are four takeaways from this report that each and
 
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  • Morning Headlines 8/3/15

    Lt. Dan
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust investigated over finances In England, the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be investigated by Monitor, the primary regulator within the NHS, over financial problems, including the introduction and management of its $300 million Epic install. FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps The FDA has issued a safety alert warning that Hospira’s Symbiq infusion pumps contain software vulnerabilities that allow attackers to take remote control of them over hospital networks. The alert recommends discontinuing…
  • Monday Morning Update 8/3/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Top News England’s Monitor regulatory program is investigating the $300 million Epic rollout and overall financial management of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Cambridge was Epic’s first UK client, with the 10-year, $250 million contract announced in early 2013.  Reader Comments From Military Medicine: “Re: DoD EHR bid. Your estimate of 10-20 percent of the total contract value going to Cerner is a bit high from what I’ve heard – it might have been as low as 9-15 percent, which is why Cerner cautioned investors not to get overly excited about their…
  • Morning Headlines 7/31/15

    Lt. Dan
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Ellmers Legislation Delivers Relief to Healthcare Providers Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) introduces the Flex-IT 2 Act, which proposes delaying MU Stage 3 rulemaking until at least 2017, citing as a reason the fact that only 19 percent of providers have met Stage 2 attestation requirements thus far. Health IT & Health Information Services 2015 Midyear Market Review Healthcare Growth Partners publishes its 2015 midyear review, focusing on health IT investments and IPOs. The report finds that private investments have increased 509 percent since 2007, while the number of IPOs has…
  • EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 7/30/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    I received a fat envelope in the mail today. Unfortunately it was from my former employer’s credential verification service, reminding me of the need to renew my medical staff privileges. I thought it was odd since I resigned my appointment when I quit, but a call to the medical staff office confirmed they never received my letter. In keeping with the digital age (even if it doesn’t comply with the medical staff bylaws) they let me resign via email and confirmed receipt. This is the first time I’ve been without hospital privileges since finishing residency and it feels a little odd.
  • News 7/31/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Top News The Department of Defense awards a $4.3 billion renewable EHR contract to the team of Leidos, Accenture, Cerner, Henry Schein, and 31 partner companies, with the DoD estimating its total project cost at $9 billion over 18 years. The roster of companies in the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health includes: 3M Accenture Apex Systems Aderas ASM Research Athena Consulting Group Blue Ridge Federal Consulting Bridgemore Concepts Cambridge International Systems Cerner Clinovations Government Health Cognitive Medical Systems CWS Ecco Select EHR Total Solutions Enterprise Management Systems…
 
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  • Google to Deploy "Floating Cell Towers" to Bring Wi-Fi to Sri Lanka

    Bruce Friedman
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I did not see this coming. Google will deploy 13 balloons over Sri Lanka to bring W-Fi to the entire country at one stroke (see: Google’s Internet balloons will soon connect all of Sri Lanka with Wi-Fi). Below is an excerpt from the article: Google has teamed up with the Sri Lankan government to deliver broadband Internet to every region of the island nation, making it the first country in the world to have universal Internet coverage. The initiative is part of Google’s Project Loon, which aims to provide cheap or free Wi-Fi to people in remote rural areas around the world via…
  • Pfizer, OTC Lipitor, and Patient "Lab Test Compliancy"

    Bruce Friedman
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Pfizer has been running a trial for OTC Lipitor predicated on the willingness and ability of patients to monitor their own low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). The trial failed on the basis of inadequate patient "lab test compliancy" (see: Pfizer Pulls The Plug On OTC Lipitor And It's The Patients' Fault"). Below is an excerpt from the article: A couple of years ago, Pfizer..., the manufacturer of Lipitor, sought to get FDA approval to run a phase 3 trial that would enable it to convert Lipitor to an OTC medication. Pfizer believed that the dozens of…
  • AstraZeneca Pays for Personal Health Coaches, Develops Other Health Apps

    Bruce Friedman
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    I need to confess that at the start that I am suspicious when a pharmaceutical company offers to pay for anything on behalf of patients. Such programs usually have a strong link to the company's bottom line. I cite as evidence my previous note about drug company assistance programs (see: Patient Assistance Programs Keep Drug Prices High and May Actually Be Illegal). Although patients may view them as beneficial, they are designed to provide an incentive for the patients and insurance companies to continue to pay inflated prices for brand name drugs. Here's a quote from my…
  • Theranos Receives CLIA Waver for HSV-1 Test; Prepares for In-Store POCT

    Bruce Friedman
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:53 pm
    I have been carefully following the news about Theranos as it's overall business model is slowly unveiled (see:  Finally, Some Important New Details about the Theranos Business Model; Cleveland Clinic Develops Business Partnership with Theranos; Further Discussion about the Cleveland Clinic Relationship with Theranos; The Physician Office Relationship with Reference Laboratories; Another Puff-Piece about Theranos; Extracting the Most Salient Points). The latest information comes from an article in Fortune that is very interesting (see: A second FDA approval…
  • Physician and Nurse Support for Digital Health Initiatives

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    In a recent article, Goldman Sachs described their estimate of the digital health market as "indefinitely large" (see: Goldman Sachs: $32.4 Billion Digital Health Market; Savings “Indefinitely Large”). Contained in the article were two tables that were of interest to me. The first was a description by the firm of the three vertical markets comprising digital health: Remote patient monitoring: heart disease, COPF/asthma, diabetes; ~$15B commercial opportunity Telehealth: routine and psychological care; ~$12B commercial opportunity Behavior modification: obesity,…
 
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  • The 2015 #HIT99 Results Are In

    John Lynn
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Thanks to everyone who participated in the #HIT99. The #HIT99 was announced on July 6th and nominations were opened. We saw a wide variety of nominations and a lot of new additions that I’d never seen before. For me the #HIT99 and #HIT100 are all about social discovery and showing gratitude to your social media peers. I know I experienced both of those during the process. I hope you did as well. A big shout out to Steve Sisko (@shimcode) for aggregating, cleaning, and otherwise analyzing all of the data associated with #HIT99 nominations. I can only imagine the time he spent working on…
  • Cerner, Leidos, and Accenture Win DoD EHR Project – $4.3 Billion

    John Lynn
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    All the news at the end of the day yesterday was around Cerner (and their major partners Leidos, Accenture) winning the DoD EHR project. We’d been told the decision would come by the end of the month and you knew a decision was close once the major news organizations started writing about what a waste the DoD EHR project will be before they’d even named the winner. That’s called priming the pump. Of course, the critics make some good points about the DoD EHR project dealing with today instead of the future, and they also suggested that “We’re going to make Epic or…
  • How Do We Balance Improved Outcomes with Protecting Personal Information?

    John Lynn
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    There’s an interesting article by the Pacific Standard (never heard of them before now) about the “hidden market” of medical data that exists. The final paragraph provides a great summary of the challenges we face when it comes to health data: There is no perfect way to balance the competing priorities of using big data for improved health outcomes and protecting our personal information. Opinions on which interests should come first will differ—and should. But the debate cannot be open, honest, or effective if major companies like Walgreens or Safeway are secretive about…
  • Ashley Madison Data Breach – A Lesson for Health IT

    Colin Hung
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    The recent hack of the Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men infidelity/hookup websites has been front page news. Overnight the lives of 50 million site members (pun intended) were potentially stolen by a hacker group calling itself “The Impact Team”. The Washington Post and CNBC have great articles on the details of the hack. As the story unfolded I became more and more fascinated, not because of the scandalous nature of the data, but because I believe this hack is a lesson for all of us that work in #HealthIT. The value of the data that is held in EHRs and other health apps is…
  • Funny Codes Exist in ICD-9 Too…And It Hasn’t Been An Issue

    John Lynn
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    I was recently thinking about ICD-10 and how in many ways it’s been a punchline of jokes since there are some pretty crazy ICD-10 codes. I’ve enjoyed the crazy and funny ICD-10 codes as much as the next person (we all need a good laugh on occasion), but I think it’s generally been bad for the move of ICD-10. Now that I think ICD-10 will not be delayed again, ICD-10 is no joke. With that in mind, I wanted to put the funny ICD-10 code discussion to rest. So, I asked on Twitter if there were any “funny” ICD-9 codes (of course if you have any of these things, it…
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  • Tiny Liquefier Prepares Sputum Samples for Microfluidic Analysis

    Editors
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Small lab-on-a-chip devices may turn out to be excellent candidates for analyzing patient sputum because they require small sample sizes and can perform a number of steps automatically without exposing the operator to the potentially infectious samples. The problem is that sputum is hard to work with and has to be liquefied before tests can be performed on the cells within, particularly when using small microfluidic devices that are easily clogged. Researchers at Penn State have now created a tiny acoustofluidic micromixer that liquefies sputum samples evenly at 30 microliters per minute.
  • New Codman Neuro Aneurysm Coils Help Target Treatment to Patient Needs

    Editors
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    At the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Codman Neuro, a part of DePuy Synthes, itself part of J&J, has released a line of coils for treating aneurysms in the brain. The new coils feature a new detachment system for more consistent results and radiopaque markers on the delivery wire help visualize placement and delivery of the device. The coils, which come in three sizes to match the aneurysm being treated, have tiny curves along the length of the wire to motivate it to flex and bunch up into a dense and complicated shape. Source: DePuy…
  • XylemDx Concept for Inkjet Printing Diagnostic Tests

    Editors
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Cambridge Consultants, a company that has helped out many medical device manufacturers develop new healthcare products, is unveiling a new concept for printing diagnostic test strips. The goal is to allow clinicians and pharmacists to use inkjet printers to easily produce tests specific to the needs of individual patients. The XylemDx concept involves using a printer to embed various testing modules onto a piece of paper, including ones containing biological reagents within microfluidic components, and folding the result into test strips that can be handed to a patient to take home. The…
  • Non-Invasive Neurostimulators Help Paralyzed Men Learn How to Walk Again (VIDEO)

    Editors
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    The clinical potential for electrically triggering legs to move in paralyzed patients was thought to require implantable stimulators, but results from an exciting new study from UCLA have demonstrated otherwise. Five completely paralyzed men were able to perform walking movements with their legs, albeit lying down, thanks to externally worn transcutaneous stimulators. The devices were placed close to the spinal cord near the lower back of the patients who underwent weekly sessions for about four months to see how they respond to the therapy. Initially in the study, the men moved their legs…
  • New Optical Technology Adds Zoom, Auto Focus to Endoscopes

    Editors
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Modern clinical endoscopes are still limited in their ability to visualize difficult to reach areas. Some endoscopes have zooming and auto-focus features, but the extra necessary components are making them bulkier. Now researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a new approach for making adjustable lenses that will allow endoscopic devices  to keep their slim profile. The new approach relies on two round polymer pieces that when aligned fit like a Yin-Yang, essentially working like one block that just lets light through. When the two pieces are moved laterally, the…
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  • Perhaps This Is The Problem?

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    “A Japanese company and a North American company decided to have a canoe race on the St. Lawrence River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. The North Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat.A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the North American team had 8 people steering and 1 person…
  • No Rush....

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
  • Time For Hope And Change

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    From one of my former partners, now bosses, who is taking back the night this week:The situation with PACS is completely unacceptable. As you can see it is 5:55 AM and the system has been "down for three hours. My phone will not stop ringing with upset doctors that they have non reads and can't get images. ER can't hear my voice clips. I am rendering interpretations on monitors in the modalities on studies such as deer vs moped and attempted murder buckshot to the face cases. The problem is more than just my obvious legal exposure, but there is a notion somehow this is the radiologist fault,…
  • Nothin' New

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I wish I had something new to report on our current PACS issues. Sadly, I do not.The Team of Experts from the Vendor, including the fellow who probably knows the software best of anyone in the entire world and beyond has been working feverishly. Things have been tweaked, caches have been cleaned, cookies have been baked, red heifers have been sacrificed, and the moon has been howled at.Nothin' new. Bupkis. We don't seem to be getting anywhere. What hasn't been done to my knowledge is taking a workstation (or laptop) straight to the data center and plugging in right into the server. That might…
  • Pointing Fingers At Meetings

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    PACS is complicated. Really complicated. Really, REALLY complicated.So when something goes wrong, there is a lot of investigation that needs to be done, and occasionally, there will be a lot of 'splainin' to do. And here and there, people point fingers at the perceived source of the trouble. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they aren't.As you might guess, one of our systems is having a problem, and we aren't getting to the bottom of it. And there is some finger pointing. As we are in the midst of working it through, but we do not yet know what's wrong, I won't name the name of any entity,…
 
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  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 3rd August, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentA busy week with some interesting revelations regarding some of the issues that are festering around the country.Interesting that - as of the time of writing - the links to the NEHTA Chairman’s recent interview is not working. Testing links seems to be a good…
  • This Sort Of Report Just Makes One Despair. What On Earth Is Wrong With Management Here?

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This appeared a few days ago.Troubled IT system for kids hospital Angela Pownall July 31, 2015, 10:36 amA computer system that is causing problems for staff and patients at Fiona Stanley Hospital will still be rolled out at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.Health chiefs are ploughing ahead with the digital medical record at the $1.2 billion hospital despite an independent review revealing many problems with the BOSSNet system at FSH.FSH is the first WA hospital to roll out a digital medical record, replacing the traditional paper-based records system.A long-awaited review, published last…
  • This Has To Be One Of The Biggest Health IT Contracts Ever I Believe - I Wonder What It Means For Australian Users.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    This appeared just a few days ago.Cerner Surprises in Beating Epic for DoD EHRJoseph Goedert JUL 30, 2015 7:15am ET “I’m stunned,” says longtime vendor selection consultant Vince Ciotti of the Defense Department’s pick of Cerner Corp. to be the new electronic health records vendor for the Military Health System.Ciotti had pegged a 90 percent probability of Epic Systems getting the deal, as the company has consistently beaten Cerner for large delivery system contracts in recent years. Further, a young Epic, through the huge contract it got with Kaiser Permanente more than a…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 281 – Results – 2nd August, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Was The NEHTA Chairman Correct To Say "Australia’s approach to information sharing was “the envy of nearly every other country in the world”Yes 6% (8) No 86% (114) I Have No Idea 8% (10) Total votes: 132 Hard to know what I can add - seems the NEHTA Chairman is talking to different people to the rest of us! Good to see such a great number of responses! Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Weekly Overseas Health IT Links -1st August, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/data-analytics-platform-finds-2b-overspend-preventable-eventsData analytics platform finds $2B overspend for preventable eventsPosted on Jul 24, 2015By Erin McCann, Managing EditorThe Minnesota Department of Public Health for the first time ever has decided to analyze its troves of hospital…
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  • SQL Server Temp Table Best Practices (v0.01) for MEDITECH

    loderadmin
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Gary my DBA says, you’re trying to do too much in your query. With over 20 joins and 200+ fields in my MEDITECH DR query; I knew he was right. Gary suggested Temp Tables over the Common Table Expression (CTE) I was using. At 50,000 feet creating and using temp tables goes like this. My newest script utilizing temp tables, can be found at the MEDITECH Open Source – SQL for Data Repository, and may be just what you need to improve performance on a T-SQL script of your own. MEDITECH DR SQL Repository >> SQL Server Temp Table Script SQL Server temp tables can be just the…
  • MEDITECH Reporting: Changing Business Rules Quickly

    loderadmin
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    MEDITECH reports often contain business rules for your organization.  When changes are requested, they are usually needed right away. To implement changes, report writers have to understand what a report does. Business rules are typically expressed in code, known as NPR macros.  Macros are used to break up code into logical groups.  Common practice has been to implement code as inline macros often using the @Macro syntax or a footnote. Business rules while often straightforward to implement, can be challenging to understand once converted to code.  Understanding existing business logic is…
  • Binary Troubleshooting

    loderadmin
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Binary Troubleshooting is a method used to solve problems. To start: imagine your problem as a system. Divide the system into 2 equal areas & implement tests to prove the problem is not in 1 of the 2 areas. Continue: divide the remaining piece of the system where the problem is now proven to exist, into 2 more pieces.  Implement tests to isolate the cause of the problem to just 1 of the remaining pieces. Rinse & repeat. Stop: when you find the cause of the problem. If your problem were to consist of over 1 million possibilities, it would only take you 20 steps: to find the root cause…
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  • Analytics and Comprehensive Primary Care

    Deborah Leyva
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Link: Rise Health Platform Supports Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative in Colorado. The CMS Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care. CMS has collaborated with commercial and State health insurance plans in seven U.S. regions to offer population-based care management fees and shared savings opportunities to participating primary care practices to support the provision of a core set of five “Comprehensive” primary care functions.   These five functions are: (1) Risk-stratified Care Management; (2) Access…
  • Interested in a Masters degree in Health Informatics?

    Deborah Leyva
    14 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Link: http://embed.vidyard.com/share/_-s0MlGmjVYx2k6jWiY3gA I was asked to participate in a video (above) about the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine's graduate program for Health Informatics. Because it is an online program, there were students from across the country as well as Florida. I was able to finish the program in a little over a year. If you're interested in learning more about Health Informatics check out the curriculum on the USF website. 
  • Accountable Care Organizations and use of Telehealth/Telemedicine?

    Deborah Leyva
    12 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Link: Early Savings from Banner Telehealth Pilot  Health Data Management (in the above link) reported savings from use of Telehealth that resulted in reductions in readmissions and healthcare costs. The ONC's Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan 2011-2015 described the use of technology to improve care, improve population health and reduce per capita costs of health care.  Goal II defined opportunities to Improve Care, Improve Population Health, and Reduce Health Care Costs through the Use of Health IT. This same technology could be used in an Accountable Care Organization…
  • Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations exhibited smaller Medicare expense

    Deborah Leyva
    9 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Link: JAMA In 2012, CMS launched the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Pioneer ACO model is a more ambitious test of population health management that targets experienced organizations. This model is an attempt to test viability of Accountable Care organizations and their ability to reduce spending and improve the quality of care provided to beneficiaries. A study reported in the May 4, 2015 edition of JAMA reviewed Medicare spending, utilization and CAHPS domain scores for Pioneer ACOs in 2012 or 2013. The objective of the study was to…
  • Is Fee-for-Service dead?

    Deborah Leyva
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    Link: CMS Lays Out Vision for Physician Quality Reporting Programs. “With passage of H.R.2 [SGR repeal and Medicare provider payment modernization], key components of these physician programs will serve as the foundation for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.”  “The Strategic Vision describes in concrete terms how we will advance the goals and objectives for quality improvement outlined in the CMS Quality Strategy through these quality measurement and reporting programs.” The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a method to control spending by Medicare on physician…
 
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  • Hard Doc’s Life – Fun Friday Video

    John Lynn
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We’ve regularly written about physician burnout and physicians’ frustration with EHR software. It’s a real issue that needs to be dealt with on so many levels. So, it seems appropriate for this Fun Friday post to share a video ZDoggMD posted from the Wisconsin Med Society where ZDoggMD pulls out a live performance of a Hard Doc’s Life. Enjoy the video below: Tell us about your Hard Doc’s Life in the comments. Related posts: Katy Perry “Roar” Sleep Apnea Parody EHR Question and Answer Video: EMR Data Sharing Off Subject: Black Friday
  • Where’s the Health IT Innovation?

    John Lynn
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Becker’s Health IT’s Akanksha Jayanthi, has put together an article which outlines the 11 most interesting developments in health IT this year. Here’s the list: 1. Data breach overload. 2. Meaningful use forges on. 3. Epic gets vocal. 4. Telemedicine takes off. 5. The talent gap widens as a need for IT leaders emerges. 6. Mayo Clinic pick makes Epic more epic. 7. IBM ventures into health IT. 8. ICD-10 upheaval. 9. EHR-related lawsuits skyrocket. 10. Hospitals and health systems shift IT priorities. I won’t argue about what’s missing on the list since when…
  • The Power of Saying “I Don’t Know”

    John Lynn
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Somewhere in our culture we decided that you were incompetent if you said “I Don’t Know.” It’s unfortunate, because it’s created a society that often fakes it when they shouldn’t. That can lead to dire consequences. There’s a real power in saying “I Don’t Know” and we should embrace it. This is true for everyone, but particularly doctors. Here’s an excerpt from an article that talked about this phrase: As physicians, we aim for perfection. We want to have all the answers. All the time. Especially standing at the front of a room…
  • What Are You Doing To Protect Your Organization Against Your Biggest Security Threat? People

    John Lynn
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    Privacy and security risks are lurking- people are still the biggest threat #himsummit #hipaa #healthport — Erin Head (@ErinHead_HIM) July 27, 2015 This was a great tweet coming out of the HIM Summit that’s run by HealthPort. I agree with the comment 100%. Sure, we see lots of large HIPAA breaches that make all the news. However, I bet if we looked at the total number of breaches (as opposed to patient records breached), the top problem would likely be due to the people in an organization. Plus, they’re the breaches that are often hardest to track. What’s the key to…
  • Will We Need Billing Codes Once We Have Nice Structured EHR Clinical Data?

    John Lynn
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    I had a really fascinating discussion recently with @AlexHBurgess where we discussed the role of billing codes in an EHR today and also the future of billing codes as EHR notes get much better and more granular. This is particularly interesting to me as I’m at the HealthPort HIM Summit the next couple days. Here’s the question that started the conversation: If an EHR is a billing engine, then do we need billing to change to get the EHR to change? #KareoChat https://t.co/9exuETpMMI — John Lynn (@techguy) July 23, 2015 This was @AlexHBurgess’s response: No need for…
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    Healthcare IT News
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    Healthcare IT News' focus is on technology, of course, but there's so much else happening now across the broader realm of healthcare. We're keeping track of all the top studies, articles and other big happenings in the industry and compiling them on this healthcare watch list. It's updated daily, so check back in with us for regular updates. Clinical
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    Tom Sullivan
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    The US Department of Defense handed down the largest and most-anticipated electronic health record system contract in history late Wednesday. Electronic Health Records read more
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    Mike Miliard
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    After a day spent hearing from health IT experts about information blocking practices, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, said Thursday afternoon that he's asked HHS to consider a delay of Stage 3 meaningful use. Meaningful Use read more
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    Erin McCann
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The four-hospital UCLA Health System on Friday notified a staggering 4.5 million of its patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers were compromised following one of the largest HIPAA breaches ever reported.  Privacy & Security read more
  • 3 ways big data is improving healthcare analytics

    Gregory Berg
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    3 ways big data is improving analytics In an industry under pressure to contain costs and improve member outcomes, big data is proving to be a valuable asset. However, data alone can’t move the needle. It’s all about how data is analyzed to drive smarter decisions about intervention and treatment options. Analytics 3 ways big data is improving healthcare analytics In an industry under pressure to contain costs and improve outcomes, big data is proving to be a valuable asset. But data alone can’t move the needle. It’s all about how it's analyzed to drive smarter decisions.
 
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  • New Jersey lands $2.9M for data sharing

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The New Jersey Innovation Institute has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help the Department of Health ensure the sharing of quality data through its New Jersey Health Information Network. Health Information Exchange (HIE) read more
  • Flex-IT 2 bill calls for meaningful use relief

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    31 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely. The bill received kudos from the American Medical Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and health IT professionals. Meaningful Use read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 July 28-29 could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)." Over the course of two days, an assembly of providers, payers, vendors, government officials, consultants and association representatives covered as many aspects of ICD-10 as possible within the time allotted, placing the sharpest focus on the Oct. 1 deadline, provider readiness, claims adjudication, testing results and financial implications. ICD-10 & Coding read more
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    Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. Electronic Health Records read more
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    Bernie Monegain
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  • Flex-IT 2 bill calls for meaningful use relief

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely. The bill received kudos from the American Medical Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and health IT professionals. Meaningful Use read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 July 28-29 could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)." Over the course of two days, an assembly of providers, payers, vendors, government officials, consultants and association representatives covered as many aspects of ICD-10 as possible within the time allotted, placing the sharpest focus on the Oct. 1 deadline, provider readiness, claims adjudication, testing results and financial implications. ICD-10 & Coding read more
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    Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. Electronic Health Records read more
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    Security needs to be a top priority Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a healthcare facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Privacy & Security Security needs to be a top priority for health care leaders Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a health care facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Healthcare IT News blog/security-needs-be-top-priority-health-care-leaders read more
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    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The New Jersey Innovation Institute has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help the Department of Health ensure the sharing of quality data through its New Jersey Health Information Network. Health Information Exchange (HIE) read more
  • Flex-IT 2 bill calls for meaningful use relief

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely. The bill received kudos from the American Medical Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and health IT professionals. Meaningful Use read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 July 28-29 could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)." Over the course of two days, an assembly of providers, payers, vendors, government officials, consultants and association representatives covered as many aspects of ICD-10 as possible within the time allotted, placing the sharpest focus on the Oct. 1 deadline, provider readiness, claims adjudication, testing results and financial implications. ICD-10 & Coding read more
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    Michelle Ronan Noteboom
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. Electronic Health Records read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Security needs to be a top priority Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a healthcare facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Privacy & Security Security needs to be a top priority for health care leaders Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a health care facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Healthcare IT News blog/security-needs-be-top-priority-health-care-leaders read more
 
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  • New Jersey lands $2.9M for data sharing

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The New Jersey Innovation Institute has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help the Department of Health ensure the sharing of quality data through its New Jersey Health Information Network. Health Information Exchange (HIE) read more
  • Flex-IT 2 bill calls for meaningful use relief

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely. The bill received kudos from the American Medical Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and health IT professionals. Meaningful Use read more
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    John Andrews
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 July 28-29 could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)." Over the course of two days, an assembly of providers, payers, vendors, government officials, consultants and association representatives covered as many aspects of ICD-10 as possible within the time allotted, placing the sharpest focus on the Oct. 1 deadline, provider readiness, claims adjudication, testing results and financial implications. ICD-10 & Coding read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. Electronic Health Records read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Security needs to be a top priority Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a healthcare facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Privacy & Security Security needs to be a top priority for health care leaders Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a health care facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Healthcare IT News blog/security-needs-be-top-priority-health-care-leaders read more
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    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The New Jersey Innovation Institute has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help the Department of Health ensure the sharing of quality data through its New Jersey Health Information Network. Health Information Exchange (HIE) read more
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    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely. The bill received kudos from the American Medical Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and health IT professionals. Meaningful Use read more
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    John Andrews
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 July 28-29 could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)." Over the course of two days, an assembly of providers, payers, vendors, government officials, consultants and association representatives covered as many aspects of ICD-10 as possible within the time allotted, placing the sharpest focus on the Oct. 1 deadline, provider readiness, claims adjudication, testing results and financial implications. ICD-10 & Coding read more
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    Michelle Ronan Noteboom
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. Electronic Health Records read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Security needs to be a top priority Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a healthcare facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Privacy & Security Security needs to be a top priority for health care leaders Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a health care facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Healthcare IT News blog/security-needs-be-top-priority-health-care-leaders read more
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    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The New Jersey Innovation Institute has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help the Department of Health ensure the sharing of quality data through its New Jersey Health Information Network. Health Information Exchange (HIE) read more
  • Flex-IT 2 bill calls for meaningful use relief

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely. The bill received kudos from the American Medical Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and health IT professionals. Meaningful Use read more
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    31 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 July 28-29 could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)." Over the course of two days, an assembly of providers, payers, vendors, government officials, consultants and association representatives covered as many aspects of ICD-10 as possible within the time allotted, placing the sharpest focus on the Oct. 1 deadline, provider readiness, claims adjudication, testing results and financial implications. ICD-10 & Coding read more
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    Michelle Ronan Noteboom
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. Electronic Health Records read more
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  • Big Data Byte: Developing an analytics-based organization

    Eric Bailey
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:52 am
    Short Headline:  Developing an analytics-based health org Charles Boicey, MD, Enterprise Analytics Architect at Stony Brook Medicine, explains how a healthcare organization can transform itself into an analytics-based operation. WEBINAR: Charles Boicey presents on population health management at Stony Brooke Medicine Thumbnail:  Big Data Byte: Developing an analytics-based organization Charles Boicey, MD, Enterprise Analytics Architect at Stony Brook Medicine, explains how a healthcare organization can transform itself into an analytics-based operation. Healthcare IT News…
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    23 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Short Headline:  Big Data Byte: Larry Yuhasz Larry Yuhasz, National Practice Leader at Truven Health Analytics, talks about insights gleaned from integrating different types of data sets across the spectrum of healthcare operations and how analytics can advance value-based care.  
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    16 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
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    14 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
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    13 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Short Headline:  Predictive analytics save lives, money Nephi Walton, MD, MS, of Washington University School of Medicine, talks about his experience at a children's hospital where he used data analytics to help predict unanticipated surges in patient volume to help them budget accordingly.  
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    Security needs to be a top priority Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a healthcare facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Privacy & Security Security needs to be a top priority for health care leaders Back in the old days – say, a whole 10 years ago – thieves had to be physically inside a health care facility to steal patient information. How times have changed. Healthcare IT News blog/security-needs-be-top-priority-health-care-leaders read more
  • When a cyber attack hits: Who's in charge?

    Rick Kam
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    Under cyber attack, who's in charge ? The dangers of data breach make for great headlines: data held for ransom, financial fraud, and medical identity theft, to name a few. But despite the many risks of data breach, from a business standpoint, the most immediate threat in most security incidents is failure to comply with regulatory requirements. The vast majority of security incidents don't turn into data breaches, and not all breaches result in theft or other damages. But failure to report or meet other regulatory requirements can result in stiff penalties regardless. Privacy &…
  • 4 takeaways from Ponemon's 2015 healthcare security report

    Nathan Wenzler
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    4 big takeaways for healthcare security Ponemon’s recently published 2015 Study on Privacy & Data Security of Healthcare Data makes one point crystal clear: healthcare organizations must do more to protect sensitive patient informati Privacy & Security 4 takeaways from Ponemon’s 2015 healthcare security report Ponemon’s recently published 2015 Study on Privacy & Data Security of Healthcare Data makes one point crystal clear: healthcare organizations must do more to protect sensitive patient information from the wide variety of data breach threats. Healthcare IT News…
  • When the healthcare system works

    John Halamka
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    When the healthcare system works I was recently at a meeting where a colleague described a recent interaction with BIDMC. She had a traumatic injury on a weekend afternoon and suspected a fracture. Rather than visit an emergency department filled with high acuity patients, she visited the BIDMC Urgent Care center, knowing they could do imaging and place a cast if necessary. Patient Engagement When the healthcare system works As we envision the next generation of electronic tools, support for team-based care with handoff management and closed-loop communication among the stakeholders will be…
  • Why Medicare Advantage is more potent than meaningful use for driving reform

    Frank Ingari
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    MA more effective reform tool than MU Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced increased 2016 rates to Medicare Advantage (MA) – changes that will continue to strengthen this growing industry program. Some are saying that this change is a result of the lobbying efforts of payers. Policy and Legislation Why Medicare Advantage is more potent than meaningful use for driving reform I'll give you a hint: MA is the only national program that engages payers, providers and consumers to support all three elements of the Triple Aim. Healthcare IT News…
 
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  • Oncologist says cost of cancer care should not take priority over saving lives

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    In the fight against cancer, lives matter more than cancer treatment costs, says Andrew Pecora, M.D., oncologist and chief innovation officer at the John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey. "You have to focus on the total cost of care--not just the drugs." read more
  • New nurses more prone to injuries

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    The long hours and relatively unfamiliar work environments for new nurses places them at greater risk of injury, according to a new study by the RN Work Project. read more
  • Healthcare spending likely to rise sharply in coming years

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Health spending will grow an average of 5.8 percent per year between 2014 and 2024, according to a new federal report. read more
  • CFOs need hospital finance teams

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    If your hospital doesn't already have a team in place, CFOs may want to put one together to handle all the dramatic changes in the current reimbursement environment, Healthcare Finance News reports.read more
  • Observation status bill sails through Senate

    Ilene MacDonald
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    The U.S. Senate this week unanimously approved a bill that would require hospitals across the country to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but aren't actually admitted to the facility--a difference that most patients miss until they receive their medical billsread more
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  • Buying glasses and contacts online: the smart way to save

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    9 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    One of the many negative things about having poor vision is that it ends up costing you more money every year. First, you need to have annual exams when you have poor vision. These visits to the optometrist usually cost $100 or more. So right off the bat, you have an extra $100 charge every year that people with good vision don’t have to contend with. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning. You also need to buy glasses or contact lenses. A good pair of glasses could easily run you $300 with the frame and lenses. Contact lenses, on the other hand, should set you back by $200 a year, and…
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    3 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    I currently own a 2010 Mustang and might be getting new tires soon. The last time I got new tires, I bought them online at the discount tire website. I plan to do the same thing next time as well, as buying tires online seems to have several distinct advantages, namely: You have a better selection to choose from Even the largest local dealers won’t have as many tires to choose from as you would if you went online. Regardless of what make or model your car is, chances are, you’ll find dozens of great tires you can select from. You get access to instant research information Wondering what a…
  • Designing business cards with Vistaprint

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    1 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Although I don’t run my own business, I still like to carry some business cards around since it’s an easy way to give people your contact information. I call them contact cards myself instead of business cards. In any case, I used to print my own using an inkjet printer, and they came out okay, but just the other day, I found a much better way. It turns out there are some printing companies on the Internet that will let you design a card and then print and send them to you. The cards come out looking very professional, just like the ones you carry for your job. I went to a website called…
  • How well does online dating work?

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    25 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Online dating sites are ubiquitous. I seen tons of commercials these days for sites such as eHarmony and Match.com, which arguably are the two 800 pound gorillas as far as Internet dating goes. And I’ve certainly met my share of people who have utilized these sites heavily. But does online dating work any better than traditional dating? Sites like eHarmony and Match.com certainly want you to think so. In the aforementioned commercials, it is often stated that people who use these sites are more likely to get into a relationship or get married. To be honest, I’m not sure how much I…
  • How to buy contact lenses online

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    17 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    There was a time when I purchased my contact lenses directly from my optometrist. I wasn’t aware of any other way, and as far as I was concerned, buying from the eye doctor was the only option. This might have been the case decades ago, but it is no longer true. Today, there are dozens of contact lens stores online where you can purchase your contact lenses at a deep discount. Some of these stores will allow you to save 50% or more off retail prices when you factor in online coupons and other great deals such as free shipping. I was first made aware of the possibility of buying contact…
 
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  • DHMSM aftermath: Sorting out the winners and losers

    Dan Bowman
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    The triumph of Cerner's team for the Pentagon's highly coveted electronic health record contract had as much to do with the Kansas City, Missouri, company's perceived strength on the interoperability front and its government experience as it did with rival Epic's inability to "play nice" with other systems, according to industry analysts.read more
  • CHIME, AMA strongly support Flex-IT 2 Act to delay MU Stage 3

    Katie Dvorak
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    New legislation aims to delay Stage 3 of Meaningful Use until at least 2017 to give providers "time to breathe and a reprieve from the unfair penalties."read more
  • Leidos, Cerner win Pentagon EHR contract

    Dan Bowman
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    A team led by Leidos and Kansas City, Missouri-based Cerner Corp. has won the highly coveted contract to implement the electronic health record system for the Department of Defense.read more
  • Survey: Nearly 20 percent of community hospitals want to change EHR vendors

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Now that the electronic health record market has matured, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals are actively looking to replace their EHR vendors, according to the latest report from peer60.read more
  • Hospital threatens to cut off EHR access to docs not trained in ICD-10

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center warned its providers that those who fail to undergo ICD-10 training would be cut off from the hospitals' electronic health record system.read more
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  • Manage prior authorizations electronically from your EHR

    Practice Fusion
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    Paper prior authorizations are a burden on your practice Studies show that providers and staff spend over 20 hours a week completing paper prior authorizations[1]. Administrative complications and delayed authorizations also prevent up to 70% of patients from receiving the treatment their provider originally ordered[2].   As part of our continued effort to help improve the efficiency of your practice, we’ve digitized the prior authorization process for medications. This new feature is now available in your EHR and can help prevent unnecessary back-and-forth communication with…
  • Check insurance eligibility directly from your EHR

    Practice Fusion
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Simplify your appointment scheduling with new automated insurance eligibility checks in your EHR. Practice Fusion has teamed up with Emdeon to eliminate the need for you to verify patient health plan information on a separate system. This new eligibility feature is available to those practices with at least one provider who has enabled e-prescribing, or has otherwise verified their identity. Only providers who have entered their NPI may perform eligibility checks or have them performed on their behalf. This eligibility and benefits check will integrate seamlessly into your workflow to help…
  • Manage your after-hours calls with Ringadoc, an electronic answering service for the modern practice

    Practice Fusion
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Practice Fusion is proud to announce a new electronic answering service that is integrated directly in your EHR. Save time and money with an answering service directly connected to your EHR. A year ago we acquired Ringadoc, an innovative company that developed a cloud-based mobile alternative for the common problems associated with medical answering services. By integrating Ringadoc into our EHR and providing additional resources to help the service scale to larger audiences, we’ve collaborated on a solution that can help with common pain points in running a practice, all while delivering…
  • Save time with templates

    Practice Fusion
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    One of the newest improvements to your EHR is the ability to use pre-designed templates to complete common lab orders, prescriptions, charts and more. Work more efficiently, prompt smarter outcomes, and reduce the overall time required to complete your notes.   Lab ordering templates Electronic lab orders can now be placed directly from your EHR. Learn how to use the simple and efficient ordering interface, and quickly create new orders while keeping track of patient progress. Templates allow you to pre-populate tests, diagnoses, and other relevant patient information with a single click…
  • We’re ICD-10 ready, and will make sure you are too

    Practice Fusion
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Health care providers across the country are getting ready for the ICD-10 switchover on October 1, 2015. With a nearly fivefold increase from 14,000 diagnosis codes to over 69,000 in ICD-10, you may not know where to start. That’s okay — we’re here to help you through the transition. Our ICD-10 superbill is in beta testing for the ICD-10 changeover and over the next two months we’ll be automatically updating your EHR. With this new ICD-10 functionality, you’ll be able to: Search by diagnosis keyword, ICD-9, or ICD-10 codes to easily surface ICD-10 results Use our automated mapping…
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  • Health Plan of San Joaquin chooses McKesson for Network Management

    Cara Wood
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Today we announced that Health Plan of San Joaquin has licensed McKesson Contract Manager to help automate its contracting and better engage providers.  Health Plan of San Joaquin serves more than 300,000 Medicaid members in California’s Central Valley. Get the full story here. Read the news release
  • Why Even the Most Prepared Providers Aren’t Ready for ICD-10

    Amy Valli
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    This week’s Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review explores why even the most prepared providers might not truly be ready for the October 1st ICD-10 transition. In the article, in which Becker’s interviewed several industry experts, RelayHealth Financial’s Joshua Berman offers his take and provides some advice to help providers see the gaps that might not be readily apparent. Read the full article here.  
  • More Cartoons Show the Lighter Side of Healthcare Finance

    Rich Levin
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    In celebration of this week’s HFMA 2015 ANI conference, we we released The Lighter Side of Revenue Cycle Management, an ebook that takes an amusing look at some of the big challenges providers confront today. The editors at Healthcare Finance News plucked some of their favorites and compiled them into a slideshow. Give the slideshow a spin, and if you’d like a full copy of the ebook for yourself, it’s still available at ProviderSmiles.com. Enjoy the slideshow
  • Decision Support at Work

    Amy Valli
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    In its July issue, Health Management Technology magazine asked several industry experts, including our own Nilo Meharabian, about the role and impact of decision support technology in healthcare. Read the web version of the magazine article here.
  • 6 Steps to Price Transparency, according to St. Luke’s Health System

    Rich Levin
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s no surprise that price transparency was a hot topic at this week’s HFMA 2015 ANI conference. It’s a looming challenge many providers are struggling with today. St. Luke’s Health System is making short work of that challenge with our help, and they shared their advice and lessons learned at a packed conference session. That session was also covered by Healthcare Finance News. There’s also a case study you can grab on RelayHealth Financial’s web site, as well as a white paper we produced around the concept of payment clarity and its potential impact on the…
 
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    insideARM

  • Consumer Survey Underscores Issue of Mis-placed Regulatory Focus

    Stephanie Eidelman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Local and federal authorities rightfully spend a lot of their enforcement efforts on finding and shutting down scammers. They should consider carefully the many laws/rules in development that will make it so much harder for legitimate companies to operate, while scammers, by definition, will not follow the rules no matter what they are.
  • Executive Change: PRA Group Names Chief Information Security Officer

    insideARM.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    NORFOLK, Va. — PRA Group (Nasdaq: PRAA), a global leader in acquiring non-performing loans, today announced that Devon Arendosh has been named chief information security officer. Arendosh has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, with the past 10 years specifically focused on information security. She joins PRA from Markel Corporation where she […]
  • New Whitepaper Examines Mobile Strategies in a Post-FCC/TCPA World

    insideARM.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    The whitepaper, developed with DialConnection's expertise and their incredibly popular webinar, Mobile Strategies in the Ever-Changing Age of Compliance, Presented by DialConnection, looks at four specific best-practice strategies for mobile numbers: Line type identification; time of day for outbound attempts; attempt counters to wireless numbers; and identifying wrong parties.
  • Mobile Strategies: Staying Productive While Staying Compliant

    insideARM.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Recent legislative rulings on the TCPA have highlighted the industry’s need for mobile strategies that assure compliance. This DialConnection whitepaper looks at four to get your agency on the right path of compliance and productivity.
  • Lawmakers Suddenly Asking The Same TCPA Questions As Debt Collectors

    Stephanie Eidelman
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    According to a report on The Hill website, House members from both parties have suddenly realized that new FCC TCPA rule clarifying auto-dialer restrictions related to mobile numbers will hamper their own efforts to reach constituents. They ask, well... how will we get consent?
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  • Monopolistic Insurance Giants Might Just Get Bigger.

    Maryann Lambert
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    The trigger for these mergers is the Affordable Care Act. One can’t help wonder if the quest for accessible and affordable healthcare has made physicians worse off. Well it’s happening. Humana is officially seeking a buyer, despite its dominant position in the marketplace. Cigna and Anthem, two biggest players in the insurance market have announced their merger plans while members of the AAFP are warning the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the dangers that insurer consolidation brings to physicians and their patients. Whether they will end up being scrutinized under “antitrust…
  • CureMD ICD-10 Application Series

    Nina Keller
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    CureMD is launching its ICD-10 Application series to prepare our Practices for ICD-10. From August till the transition deadline, we will regularly conduct training sessions to prep your practice on what needs to be done in the next two months. Join us on August 6 to see how ICD-10 will work on your CureMD application. We recommend all practice managers and providers to be a part of this initial training. Date: August 6 Time: 2 pm EDT Register  What if I miss it? We will be sending a recording of this session to all our customers. The video recordings will also be hosted on our self-help…
  • What do I need to do for ICD-10

    Maryann Lambert
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    In just a few months the new ICD-10 diagnostic codes will officially take effect and physicians will be required to be 100% compliant or risk not getting reimbursed. These changes to medical billing practices are expected to cause major disruptions to practices’ revenue flow. So what are healthcare providers to do? How can physicians and their staff become comfortable with 149,000 new codes when they’ve only had to deal with 17,000 in the past? Sure these additional codes will allow for greater detail and classification of diagnosis and more, but they will also, at least at the outset,…
  • ICD-10 Grace Period Approved – No Claim Denial Post October 1

    Maryann Lambert
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    In a surprise concession yesterday, CMS has agreed to a denial free grace period post October 1, to make the ICD-10 transition easier for physicians. Following this announcement, American Medical Association (AMA) that had been lobbying for protection for Doctors rolling out New ICD-10 coding systems, has publicly withdrawn its demand for a delay to ICD-10. AMA will now work with CMS to help providers get ready for the transition. According to AMA’s press release the changes will address : Claim denials.For the first year ICD-10 is in place, Medicare claims will not be denied solely based…
  • Are you ‘Unknowingly’ Committing a Medicare Fraud?

    Maryann Lambert
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    243 individuals including physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals charged for approximately $712 million in false billing. A few months ago, on this very blog, we told you about OIG gearing up for a historic round of audits. Though our main concern during that time was the safety of Protected Health Information, recent developments indicate OIG’s intention of scrutinizing much more than PHI alone. Be advised, this does not mean HIPAA is of secondary importance. It only means you need to undertake a more comprehensive summer cleaning in your practice than we…
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    Caristix

  • Release Notes – Caristix 3.5

    maxime.dupont@caristix.com
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    DIAGRAM EDITOR There is a new module, called Diagram Editor. This module replaces the current Interface View and includes many requested features such as: Create and share multiple diagrams Add metadata for dataflow endpoints Reconnect a dataflow to a new system Insert a new system in an existing dataflow Set a display name for systems View your systems and dataflow as a grid Enhanced dataflow discovery (Connectors)   MESSAGING HL7-V3 Introducing new modules for CDA/CCD/XML messaging. De-identification Edit and Validate Search and Filter   FRAMEWORK Added “CCD –…
  • Migration Guide: From Oracle eGate to InterSystems Ensemble®

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    Now available: Migration Guide: From Oracle eGate to InterSystems Ensemble® Many hospital and health systems are being faced with major decisions and challenges concerning interface engine conversion and migration due to DataGate/eGate and eBiz hitting the end-of-life mark. Interface engines are responsible for the critical flow and orchestration of financial, administrative, and clinical data. Disrupting that data flow takes a high level of project organization. Even if an organization is not being forced to replace their interface engine due [...] Cet article Migration Guide: From Oracle…
  • HL7 Specifications: The Basics

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    What is an HL7 specification? HL7 specification standards  No matter how many interfaces you are integrating, a critical step is the definition of your HL7 interface specifications. A formal definition from HL7 International in the v2.5 standard definition states: “An HL7 message profile (or HL7 specification) is an unambiguous specification of one or more standard HL7 messages that have been analyzed for a particular use case. It prescribes a set of precise constraints upon one or more standard HL7 messages.” In other words, HL7 [...] Cet article HL7 Specifications: The Basics est…
  • Migration Guide: From Oracle eGate to Orion Health Rhapsody Interface Engine

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    In a previous post, we talked about reducing migration project risks and some of the drivers in interface engine selection. In particular, with DataGate/eGate and eBiz at the end-of-life mark, many hospitals and health systems are faced with major conversion and migration decisions. The interface engines now in place are responsible for the critical flow and orchestration of financial, administrative, and clinical data. Disrupting current critical data flow to take on a migration project is challenging.  And the [...] Cet article Migration Guide: From Oracle eGate to Orion Health Rhapsody…
  • Interface Engine Migration: Why Now?

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    If you’re in the hospital or health system world, you’ve probably noticed: the topic of interface engine migration is big right now. And no wonder. Because of the Meaningful Use carrot and stick, we now have a baseline foundation of EHRs to work with. That foundation paves the way for more sophisticated capabilities than ever before, including the promise of analytics, population health management, and the ability to access new sources of clinical and operational data to improve both care [...] Cet article Interface Engine Migration: Why Now? est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
 
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • How Healthcare Analytics Technology Can Improve Patient Care Quality

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Healthcare Analytics is the change the medical industry needs to improve patient care and treatment. Through analytics, physicians and health care providers will be able to gather data they need to provide better prognoses of illnesses and therefore, provide better medical treatment and recommendations.
  • How Outsourcing Helps the Practice of ‘Continuous Healthcare’

    Jeff De Jesus
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Outsourcing healthcare management solutions can assist various healthcare organizations in providing better continuous care.
  • What Benefits Can Hospitals Get from Healthcare Automation?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Even as automation has become part of our daily lives and an integral part of operations in various industries, it is still lagging significantly when it comes to healthcare. As staffing outages continue to grow significantly each year along with an aging population that increasingly needs health care, applying automation to some health care operations is going to be a necessity.
  • Doc Mellhorn and the Pearly Gates ‘He was Just a Good Doctor and He Knew Us Inside Out’

    Robert McEwan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The doctor, in this case reminded me of 'ol Doc Frazier,' our family physician who was like Doc Mellhorn in every respect, including the occasional house call. It was at a time when there weren't many prescriptions to give and Doc Frazier's words and hands conveyed all the confidence we needed to get better.
  • Top 5 Blogs for the Business of Healthcare

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The article contains a list of reliable healthcare blogs that inform, entertain, and inspire both students and professionals in becoming more active participants in the ongoing healthcare debates.
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    hitconsultant.net

  • HealthBox Unveils Its Chicago Class of Digital Health Startups

    Jasmine Pennic
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Healthbox, a healthcare technology focused business accelerator has announced the brand new class of innovative health tech startups for its upcoming Chicago Studio. This will be Healthbox’s fourth program in Chicago and fourteenth overall, where they have worked with 105 healthcare startups and invested in 85 to date. Since its inception in Chicago in 2012, Healthbox has contributed to a boom in the healthcare entrepreneurial movement in Illinois.  These startups were selected from over 120 applicants via a rigorous selection process in collaboration with Health Care Service…
  • CVS To Leverage IBM Watson Health To Predict Patients at Risk for Declining Health

    Fred Pennic
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    CVS Health has announced it will leverage IBM Watson Health’s predictive analytics and cognitive computing to transform care management services for patients with chronic disease. The partnership will enable health care practitioners, including those across the CVS Health enterprise, to use Watson to advance care management beyond programs and services typically available today. IBM did not disclose the financial terms of the partnership.  CVS Health/IBM Watson Health Partnership Details The joint CVS Health/IBM Watson Health solution will be optimized for use across a wide range…
  • 5 Steps to Launch A Successful Digital Health Strategy

    Jasmine Pennic
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Digital health devices are quickly becoming a part of our everyday culture as mobile fitness trackers and connected clinical devices become common as smartphone. This healthcare revolution represents an enormous opportunity for healthcare providers to extend their reach and connect to their patient populations. Care is moving beyond the four walls of the hospital and physician’s office, and provider organizations are beginning to invest in the necessary infrastructure and programs to help launch data-driven initiatives. These new, remote sources of patient health data provide…
  • Execs from Google, Amazon, & WebMD Join Practice Fusion

    Fred Pennic
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Practice Fusion, a cloud-based EHR platform for doctors and patients, today announced the hiring of four new members to its leadership team: Matt Ackley as Chief Marketing Officer; Dorothy Gemmell as Senior Vice President, Life Science Practice and Strategic Partnerships; Tim Rauschenbach as Vice President, Customer Service and Support; and Dave Caldwell as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions. Additionally, Alan Black has joined Practice Fusion’s Board of Directors as its newest director, and will also serve as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee. The expansion of its…
  • AMA Supports Legislative Effort to Revise Meaningful Use 

    HITC Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared its strong support for new legislation responding to the depths of doctors’ dissatisfaction with the federal government’s Meaningful Use program. The bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers from North Carolina would address many problems in the Meaningful Use Program by introducing needed flexibility and enhancing EHR to improve patient care and access to health information. The Meaningful Use program has spurred 80 percent of physicians to implement EHRs in their practices, but the AMA has long held that the program’s…
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    Blog HIPAA

  • Introduction To HIPAA: The Basics

    Blog HIPAA
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    This is intended to offer a broad overview of HIPAA, including an explanation of what it’s all about, as well as what kinds of businesses, organizations and individuals it affects. Let us begin with the most basic information about this government mandate. The acronym “HIPAA” is short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Those who are familiar with the law and its requirements joke about the common misspelling of the acronym by those who know little about it, but that is likely due to a general misunderstanding on the part of individuals who have…
  • Business Associates: How to become HIPAA compliant, increase revenue, and gain new clients

    Blog HIPAA
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Wednesday August 26th 2-3:30 EST Since Omnibus started in 2013 Business Associates (BA) have scrambled to understand and adhere to the Federal Regulation. Though Omnibus alone was a reason for Business Associates to become compliant many realized that compliance could help differentiate their offerings. Helping the company retain and acquire new clients. Compliance is helping many BA’s open new revenue streams while increasing brand stickiness. With the plethora of non-compliant Business Associates, Covered Entities are realizing that the best option for them is to choose a BA that is…
  • Webinar: HIPAA 101- What all Doctors NEED to know

    Blog HIPAA
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    Wednesday, August 12th from 2:00–3:30 EST Have you ever felt confused by HIPAA’s complex regulations? Even if you are well versed in the laws, there are still many headache inducing intricacies. In this webinar, an experienced HIPAA auditor will highlight the basics of HIPAA, its regulations, what you need to know about it, and how it may affect you, especially with a new wave of HHS audits looming. The webinar is designed for HIPAA novices and experts alike, and all questions are encouraged in this interactive session.   The post Webinar: HIPAA 101- What all Doctors NEED to know…
  • HIPAA, ESPN, And Jason Pierre-Paul: Where Does The Fault Lie?

    Blog HIPAA
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    The fireworks accident on July 4th has caused Jason Pierre-Paul (JPP), the defensive end for the New York Giants, not only the amputation of his right index finger but also a $60 million contract.  When a picture of JPP’s medical chart from this accident was tweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this caused an uproar on social media. Many weighed in on the legality of the post and the penalties that could result from this violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Could JPP have just cause to file a lawsuit against ESPN? Unlikely. “The law…
  • What message does a $4.5 million fine and prison time send about HITECH and Meaningful Use?

    Blog HIPAA
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    Recently, the former CFO of the Shelby Regional Medical Center, Joe White, has been sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $4.5 million in restitution. White oversaw the hospital’s implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and was responsible for Meaningful Use attestation to obtain incentive payments. He pleaded guilty to making a false statement about the hospital’s status as a meaningful user of EHR when, in fact, the hospital failed to meet the requirements. The false attestation resulted in $785,655 paid by Medicare to the hospital. As a consequence of…
 
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    Learn Health Tech.com | Healthcare Technology Articles

  • Lab Orders and Results

    Dave Newman
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Lab Orders and Results. A quick read on how HL7 orders and results messages are linked from order placement to resulting. Covers the placer order number and lab accession number. The post Lab Orders and Results appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
  • Neal Patterson Pizza Email

    Dave Newman
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Here is a bit of folk history in Healthcare IT. Neal Patterson is the CEO of Cerner, the Missouri based company that was recently awarded a multi-Billion dollar contract to upgrade the Department of Defense/VA electronic health records systems. The post Neal Patterson Pizza Email appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
  • Cerner Wins DoD Contract | July 29, 2015

    Dave Newman
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    At last, the long-awaited announcement has been made for the Department of Defense EHR replacement. Cerner has taken the prize, estimated to be worth $9 Billion over 18 years. Many had expected Epic to win. Here are some things we can expect to see. The post Cerner Wins DoD Contract | July 29, 2015 appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
  • Chief Medical Information Officer

    Dave Newman
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:50 pm
    The Chief Medical Informatics Officer is a high level leadership position in a Healthcare organization. Their job is to serve as a liaison between clinical users of technology and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the hospital. The post Chief Medical Information Officer appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
  • Episode of Care

    Dave Newman
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    In Healthcare IT, it's important to understand the concept of episodes of care versus encounters. An encounter is a single event in which care is given. Individual office visits, ER visits, chemo appointments, and C-Sections are all encounters. An episode is a grouping of more than one encounter. The post Episode of Care appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
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    uBiome Blog

  • What Are ‘Eye Crusties’ Made Of?

    Alexandra Carmichael
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    Ever wondered what’s in that goo you rub from the corners of your eyes when you wake up? Here’s your chance to find out! San Francisco, California – July 29, 2015 – Finding gooey or crusty material in the corner of your eyes as you wake in the morning is quite normal. Although there are a considerable number of terms in popular use to describe it, ophthalmologists call it “gound” or “rheum”. It is well understood that this post-sleep material is a mixture of mucus, blood cells, skin cells and dust, but until now there has been virtually no research into its bacterial…
  • New open source uBiome github repository for data analysis tools

    Alexandra Carmichael
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    uBiome was founded to help all citizens contribute to science. Many uBiome users have been asking if we can make it easier for them to analyze their own data, and now we’re pleased to announce a new Github site to let you do exactly that. The site has a repository called microbiome-tools (for sharing tools, templates, scripts, or other software or utilities you find useful for analyzing your uBiome data). To contribute, all you need is a (free) Github account from which you can send pull requests. If you’re brand new to Git or Github and you want to learn more, check out this beginners…
  • Tracking Poop, Gut Parasites, and Antibiotic Effects

    Alexandra Carmichael
    18 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    At the recent Quantified Self conference in San Francisco, self-experimenter Mark Moschel talked about his unfortunate encounter with a parasite-filled bowl of ceviche in the streets of Ecuador. But in true QS fashion, Mark turned it into an opportunity to learn about his body. He took several uBiome tests, and shares what he learned in the video below. Thanks Mark! The post Tracking Poop, Gut Parasites, and Antibiotic Effects appeared first on uBiome Blog.
  • Announcing the uBiome Smoking Study on the Oral Microbiome

    Alexandra Carmichael
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: uBiome Seeks Citizen Scientists to Explore Smoking’s Effect on Mouth Bacteria uBiome, the leading microbial genomics company, seeks smokers, ex-smokers, and non-smokers to take part in a free ground-breaking study investigating the effects of tobacco smoking on the mouth’s microbial make-up. ————– San Francisco, California – July 15th, 2015 – Although tobacco use in the United States is in slow decline, almost one in five adults is a smoker. While a great deal has been learned over the past fifty years about smoking’s serious…
  • Do Your Probiotics Actually Work? Ask Your Gut.

    Alexandra Carmichael
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
          The post Do Your Probiotics Actually Work? Ask Your Gut. appeared first on uBiome Blog.
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    Truworth Wellness

  • 30 Ideas to Stay Healthy at Work

    Truworth Wellness
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:08 pm
    We spend most of our day at work, sitting at our desks. However, desk jobs don’t do much good to our health. Here are 30 ideas which will help you stay healthy at work.  
  • 10 Yoga Asanas to jumpstart your day

    Truworth Wellness
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:36 am
     
  • June 21 is World Yoga Day

    Truworth Wellness
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    With so many teachers, followers and propagators around the world, Yoga has carved a niche of its own amongst fitness freaks. On this special day, let’s take a look at some of the pointers that can actually help us connect better with this amazing fitness mantra called ‘Yoga’. Meaning of Yoga Yoga means ‘to combine’, … Continue reading June 21 is World Yoga Day →
  • Instant vs. healthy: Will the Maggi fiasco inspire you to choose what’s right?

    Truworth Wellness
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    The entire ruckus surrounding Maggi containing lead and MSG has opened avenues for serious probe into the kind of food we consume. Brands making tall claims about using ‘healthy’ ingredients have lost their impact on consumers. And nutrition experts are now voicing their concern more clearly. They are sharing their views more openly on the … Continue reading Instant vs. healthy: Will the Maggi fiasco inspire you to choose what’s right? →
  • 7 Ways to De-Stress Instantly

    Truworth Wellness
    28 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    We’ve all been in situations where we needed on-the-spot stress relief. Stress is unavoidable in everyday life but you can reduce stress as soon as it strikes. Stress is a significant aspect of employee wellness. All the workplace wellness programs offer a stress management program; but none of them offer tips to de-stress yourself right … Continue reading 7 Ways to De-Stress Instantly →
 
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