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  • Drones for Healthcare

    Forum Discussions - Health Informatics Forum
    Chris Paton
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Most people have pretty negative connotations about drones as they have primarily been used for military purposes to date. That is changes rapidly however. Companies like Amazon are actively pursing using drones for useful every-day tasks such as delivering parcels so perhaps it's time to think about how drones could be used in healthcare. The most obvious use would be in proving emergency equipment and telemedicine support in situations where road based or other means are not available such as mountain rescue. Having seen ambulances slowly wind through heavy traffic, drones might also be…
  • Should you care about HIPAA compliance?

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    David Harlow
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits. They are already actively involved in complaint investigations governed by the “new” HIPAA rules. read more
  • FDASIA Health IT Report

    Bob on Medical Device Software
    Bob
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) required the FDA to develop: a report that contains a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology, including mobile medical applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication. Here’s the report: FDASIA Health IT Report (warning: PDF). It looks like EMR/EHR vendors (administrative and health management functionality) don’t have to worry about FDA regulatory oversight. The…
  • Windows XP Is No Longer HIPAA Compliant

    EMR and EHR
    John Lynn
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    For those of you who missed it, thousands in healthcare are now out of compliance with HIPAA thanks to Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting Windows XP. I wrote about the details of Windows XP and HIPAA compliance previously. Microsoft stopped supporting the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014 and as Mac McMillan says in the linked post, OCR has been clear that unsupported systems are not HIPAA compliant. I asked Dell if they had any numbers on the number of PCs out there that are still running XP. Here was their response (Note: These are general numbers and not healthcare…
  • Secure Text Messaging is Univerally Needed in Healthcare

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    I’ve written regularly about the need for secure text messaging in healthcare. I can’t believe that it was two years ago that I wrote that Texting is Not HIPAA Secure. Traditional SMS texting on your cell phone is not HIPAA secure, but there are a whole lot of alternatives. In fact, in January I made the case for why even without HIPAA Secure Text Messaging was a much better alternative to SMS. Those that know me (or read my byline at the end of each article) know that I’m totally bias on this front since I’m an adviser to secure text message company, docBeat. With…
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  • Privacy attorney: Documentation for HIPAA audits must be meticulous

    Dan Bowman
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.read more
  • How to avoid roadblocks to successful HIE

    Ashley Gold
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.read more
  • Financial tools seeping into population health management

    Susan D. Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    The definition of population health management (PHM) differs depending on whom you talk to. But the lines are blurring between PHM and financial management, according to a blog post at Chilmark...read more
  • Report: Use Stage 3 to create a robust health data infrastructure

    Susan D. Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Meaningful Use Stage 3 should embrace interoperability at its core to foster creation of a truly interoperable health data infrastructure, according to a report conducted by JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.read more
  • To prevent patient readmissions, stop playing 'whack-a-mole'

    Ashley Gold
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    What's the key to managing readmission risks? Not playing whack-a-mole by quickly combatting problems as they arise, according to Ray Hess, vice president of information management at West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital.read more
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Guest Article: Secure message exchange using the Direct Protocol is not a myth, there really are people using it

    Shahid N. Shah
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I recently chaired a couple of conferences and my next HealthIMPACT event is coming up later this month in NYC. At each one of the events and many times a year via twitter and e-mail I am asked whether the Direct Project is successful, worth implementing in health IT projects, and if there are many people sending secure messages using Direct. To help answer these questions, I reached out to Rachel A. Lunsford, Director of Product Management at Amida Technologies. Amida has amassed an impressive team of engineers to focus on health IT for patient-centered care so their answer will be well…
  • Anecdote-driven systems engineering and complaint-based interoperability design will not solve health IT woes

    Shahid N. Shah
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    As I’ve been preparing to chair the HealthIMPACT conference in Houston next Thursday I’ve been having some terrific conversations with big companies like Cisco, some of our publishing partners, and smaller vendors entering the health IT space for the first time. One great question I was asked during a discussing yesterday by a tech publisher was “so what’s it going to take to achieve real interoperability in healthcare and how long will it take?” To that my answer was: We need to move from anecdote-driven systems engineering to evidence-driven systems engineering…
  • What does it take to get beyond hype in health IT and focus on valuable, actionable, practical, relevant content?

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    My friend John Lynn was kind enough to cover the new HealthIMPACT Conference that I’m chairing in Houston on April 3 in his recent piece entitled “Getting Beyond the Health IT Cheerleaders, BS, and Hype Machine“. While the article was great, Beth Friedman’s comment was priceless: What are the criteria to be considered part of the cheerleader squad? This PR agency wants to be sure we are providing valuable, actionable, [practical], relevant content….NOT HYPE! And we’re open to your guidance. John gave her a great reply: It’s interesting how in high school…
  • Help us make sure HealthIMPACT events are useful and actionable

    Shahid N. Shah
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This year I’m chairing a healthcare IT event series called HealthIMPACT — it’s what I’m hoping will be some of the best places for healthcare technology enthusiasts and buyers to get actionable advice on what’s real, what’s BS, what to buy, what not to buy, and perhaps most importantly, which guidance is worth following. In order to make sure we cover the right topics, we have created a very short survey so that we have some evidence-driven approaches to proving we’re focusing on the right areas. The survey should only take a couple of minutes to take…
  • Learn how to cut through the noise at the first ever Health IT Marketing Conference

    Shahid N. Shah
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:09 pm
    John Lynn, prolific blogger and health IT media magnate, and I are teaming up to produce and deliver the world’s first marketing conference focused on helping innovators cut through the noise when trying to market their healthcare and medical tech products to physicians, hospitals, and similar customers. Called The Healthcare IT Marketing Conference, it will cover very important subjects by some of the world’s best experts on those topics. Learn how to align the Payers, Beneficiaries, and Users (PBU) of your Health IT or MedTech product There are three distinct groups…
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 4/18/14

    Lt. Dan
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Nuance PowerShare Network Unveiled for Cloud-Based Medical Imaging and Report Exchange Nuance announces that it has acquired image sharing vendor Accelarad and will immediately begin marketing a cloud-based document and image sharing platform called the Nuance PowerShare Network. Financial details were not disclosed. Athenahealth Posts Loss, Misses Street; Stock Down 10% – Quick Facts Athenahealth reports Q1 earnings: revenue was up 30 percent at $163 million, but missed analyst estimates of $170 million, EPS $0.12 vs. $0.38. Epic Wins Tender For Royal Children’s EMR In Australia,…
  • News 4/18/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Top News Nuance confirms its acquisition of Accelarad (reported on HIStalk  last weekend) and the immediate availability of the newly branded Nuance PowerShare Network. Reader Comments From Worth HIT: “Re: tradeshow blooper. At HIMSS Middle East, 3M’s booth described a new service offering, ‘Coding and Groping Quality.’ Go to love the high-tech fix … white tape.” The sign is full of inconsistencies: “groping” and “intelligence” are the only words not capitalized, “ICD-10” also appears as “ICD10,” some random commas found their way onto the page, and some…
  • Morning Headlines 4/17/14

    Lt. Dan
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Scientists embark on unprecedented effort to connect millions of patient medical records PCORI will invest $100 million to build a nationwide database containing 26 to 30 million EHR records in an effort to begin supporting retrospective clinical research. Telehealth Medical Treatment Coming to all 50 States, Brought to You by MeMD MeMD announces that its subscription-based telemedicine service has expanded to include licensed providers in all 50 states. Budget Office Lowers Estimate for the Cost of Expanding Health Coverage The Congressional Budget Office expects that expanding insurance…
  • Readers Write: Can Intuitive Software Design Support Better Health?

    Mr. HIStalk
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Can Intuitive Software Design Support Better Health? By Scott Frederick Biometric technology is the new “in” thing in healthcare, allowing patients to monitor certain health characteristics—blood pressure, weight, activity level, sleep pattern, blood sugar—outside of the healthcare setting. When this information is communicated with providers, it can help with population health management and long-term chronic disease care. For instance, when patients monitor their blood pressure using a biometric device and upload that information to their physician’s office, the physician can…
  • Readers Write: Addressing Data Quality in the EHR

    Mr. HIStalk
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Addressing Data Quality in the EHR By Greg Chittim What if you found out that you might have missed out on seven of your 22 ACO performance measures, not because of your actual clinical and financial performance, but because of the quality of data in your EHRs? It happens, but it’s not an intractable problem if you take a systematic approach to understanding and addressing data quality in all of your different ambulatory EHRs. In HIStalk’s recent coverage of HIMSS14, an astute reader wrote: Several vendors were showing off their “big data” but weren’t ready to address the “big…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Podcast: Owen Tripp, CEO of Grand Rounds

    Neil Versel
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Yesterday, Grand Rounds, a San Francisco-based startup that makes an “outcomes management platform” for large employer groups, introduced Office Visits, an online service that helps consumers find “quality” physicians close to home. I’ve long been skeptical of any claims of healthcare quality or any listing of “best” physicians or hospitals, so I invited Grand Rounds co-founder and CEO Owen Tripp on for a podcast to explain what his company is doing. He told me that a proprietary algorithm helps Grand Rounds “recommend with confidence” the…
  • Digital health at the Mid-America Healthcare Venture Forum

    Neil Versel
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    In case you haven’t seen the official announcements or caught my tweets, later this month I will be moderating a panel at the Mid-America Healthcare Venture Forum, an event being put on by MedCity News, April 22-23 at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Chicago. The panel is called “Opportunities (and Challenges) in Digital Health. Per the official description: “Digital health — and its business models — are coming of age. Promising young companies are integrating into healthcare and, in some cases, beginning to find exit partners. But that’s also meant new scrutiny from…
  • About those Obamacare numbers and the ICD-10 delay

    Neil Versel
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    While I’ve been busy writing a couple of stories on different topics, you’ve probably heard two pieces of news that will affect healthcare providers nationwide: the close of the first open enrollment period for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges and the Congressional “fix” (read “Band-Aid”) to the Medicare sustainable growth rate that statutorily delays the ICD-10 compliance deadline for another year, until October 2015. The White House yesterday reported that 7.1 million people had signed up for health insurance through…
  • eHealth Initiative ’2020 Roadmap’ panel needs consumers

    Neil Versel
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:47 pm
    This press release showed up my inbox on Tuesday: eHealth Initiative Launches 2020 Roadmap Process Framework to Change the Future of Nation’s Healthcare System March 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The eHealth Initiative (eHI) announced the launch of the eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap, a public-private collaboration that will help guide the  transformation of the nation’s healthcare system by 2020. With the help and support of a  wide array of leading healthcare associations, organizations, and federal agencies, 2020 Roadmap will propose key policy recommendations to implement at a…
  • Patient safety update

    Neil Versel
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    I’m passionate about patient safety. I’m happy to report a couple of things that aren’t exactly breaking news, but still worth bringing to your attention. First off, there is a fairly new peer-reviewed journal called Diagnosis, and it’s about exactly what the title suggests. The first, quarterly issue, from German academic publisher De Gruyter (North American headquarters are in Boston), came out in January, so the second issue should be published soon. The online version is open access. That means it’s free. (A print subscription is $645 a year.) A highlight of…
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    HealthBlog

  • Healthcare, you’ve been warned. Get ready to shake, rattle and roll

    hlthblog
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    On March 14th, I published a HealthBlog post called Disrupting and Destructing Healthcare . It has been widely distributed around the web and has had thousands of views here on HealthBlog. In that piece, I argued for showing a little compassion to healthcare...(read more)
  • Hospitals and health systems refocus on core competency

    hlthblog
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    What is the core competency of a hospital or clinic? Is it information technology (IT)? Should a healthcare organization employ large teams of IT specialists to manage e-mail, file, and storage systems? Shouldn’t the core competency of a hospital or clinic...(read more)
  • Norwegian teaching hospital uses Power BI for insights on care and cure

    hlthblog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    About five years ago, on one of my business trips to Europe, I had an opportunity to visit Oslo University Hospital in Norway. At that time, the hospital was nearing completion of an entirely new building. The doors to the new hospital were already open...(read more)
  • Dutch hospital monitors hygiene compliance with Windows 8 app

    hlthblog
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little partial to the Dutch. My father-in-law, now deceased, was a Dutchman. Hence we spend a lot of time in my family feeling a special bond with the Netherlands. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit Holland several times over the...(read more)
  • Cracking the code on Health Information Exchange. Is it time to wipe the slate clean and start anew?

    hlthblog
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Three related columns in HealthcareITNews caught my attention this morning. The headlines pretty much say it all: 1. Satisfaction with HIE solutions drops . 2.  Vendors missing boat on HIE needs . 3.  CommonWell names 3 biggest HIE hurdles ...(read more)
 
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    Lab Soft News

  • Cloud Computing in Digital Pathology: Addressing Some Pressing Needs

    Bruce Friedman
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    This is a guest blog by Nial Toner of PathXL, a vendor of cloud-based digital pathology systems. I asked him to discuss the benefits of cloud computing in digital pathology and barriers to its deployment. There will be some emphasis placed on digital pathology at the upcoming Pathology Informatics Summit 2014 (see: Digital Pathology Well Represented at Pathology Informatics Summit 2014)--BAF In digital pathology, cloud computing can help to deliver cost effective healthcare and also help to manage the growing amount of data that is generated by the technology. Cloud computing provides many…
  • UCLA Teams Up with Chinese Partner in Development of a New Esoteric Lab

    Bruce Friedman
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I have posted previous notes about U.S. academic pathology departments and LIS vendors entering into various types of business arrangements with Chinese businesses. One involved the UPMC pathology department providing second opinions for surgical pathology cases to KingMed Diagnostics three year ago (see: UPMC Enters China Market for Second Opinions in Surgical Pathology Cases). Another involved the establishment of a global pathology network by PathCentral, a cloud-based AP-LIS, with participation by China-based Kindstar Globalgene Technology (see: PathCentral Debuts…
  • Experience with Autoverification in a Core Clinical Chemistry Lab

    Bruce Friedman
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Autoverification is the process by which LIS-based rules are used to verify clinical laboratory test results without any manual intervention. It's a process that all sophisticated clinical labs need to adopt, particularly for routine chemistry and hematology tests, to decrease labor costs and test turn-around-times (TATs). A recent article in the on-line Journal of Pathology Informatics described autoverification in the chemistry core lab at the University of Iowa Hospitals (see: Autoverification in a core clinical chemistry laboratory at an academic medical center). Below is…
  • E-Cigarette Poison Center Calls Surge; E-Cigarettes Should Be Made Illegal

    Bruce Friedman
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I have previously posted a note about e-cigarettes (see: GlaxoSmithKline Lobbies Against E-cigarettes; Motivation for Company Clear). I personally have come to the conclusion that these devices serve as an on-ramp for turning teenagers into nicotine addicts. They come in various flavors and are non-irritating to the throat and trachea, providing an appealing set of inducements. Another threat about which I was not previously aware is that calls to poison centers relating to e-cigarettes have surged in recent months. Another reason to get the product off the store shelves (see:…
  • Digital Pathology Well Represented at Pathology Informatics Summit 2014

    Bruce Friedman
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    At the time that this note is being posted, a total of 24 vendors have signed up as exhibitors for the Pathology Informatics Summit 2014 that will held in Pittsburgh on May 13-16, 2014. Here are the names of the companies grouped by their level of participation: Cerner, Hamamatsu, Leica, Ventana, SCC Soft Computer, and Sunquest at the platinum level, GenomOncology at the gold level; and 3DHISTECH, ASCP, Atlas Medical, Apollo PACS, ARUP, CAP, Cortex, General Data, Indica Labs, Lifepoint Informatics, McKesson, Orchard Software, PathXL, Sakura VisionTek, Visiopharm, Voicebrook, and Xifin…
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    eHealth

  • New Publication: Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List

    John Sharp
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Full title is, “Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List: Quality of Care, ESRD, and Mortality” published in the American Journal of Nephrology. It has implications for CKD but other chronic conditions as well regarding the appropriate use of problem lists in the EMR. With CKD, diabetes and other chronic conditions which can be initially diagnosed with a lab test (eGFR for CKD), early identification is possible. But if the patient is not formally given the diagnosis in the problem list,  it may lead the lack of early preventive care which can slow the…
  • Two Book Chapters Published

    John Sharp
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
      Last week I had two book chapters published. First, a new social media book published by HIMSS titled Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments edited by  Christina Thielst, an early adopter of blogging in Health IT. My chapter is on “Social Media Hubs: Strategy and Implementation.” The book addresses a wide range of issues including legal and public health.     The second chapter is an update to Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals now in its 6th edition. My chapter is on eResearch,…
  • Year in Review – SlideShare and Delicious

    John Sharp
    15 Jan 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Two automated reports I came across thanks to the Twitterati. First is SlideShare personalized year in review shows a definite peak in November after I uploaded two presentations I made in Houston on Social Media Intro and Social Media in Healthcare. My total views on SlideShare are approaching 100,000 with over 20,000 in 2013 alone. And it  is not only my most recent uploads which draw the traffic, some over five years old also draw ongoing interest and have 7000 views. Slideshare has been a source of speaking invitations as well. Delicious has a similar reporting method. The Delicious…
  • 2013 Year in Review

    John Sharp
    31 Dec 2013 | 10:23 am
    It’s been another year of achievement and learning. It would have been difficult a year ago to predict how my professional life would change. My first trip mixed pleasure and work. Being in Salt Lake City, I agreed to speak to the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science on some of my work at the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Consortium. Bernie LaSalle made the event into a series of presentations by the University of Utah Bioinformatics team which was very informative. Next it was off to the American Medical Informatics Association…
  • Social Media in Healthcare Quality

    John Sharp
    1 Nov 2013 | 1:54 pm
    Today I presented at the Texas Gulf Coast Association for Healthcare Quality on social media in healthcare. Slides are posted on my Slideshare. The video, Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care is below Quality professionals in healthcare including risk management and patient safety are relatively new to social media. They have some realistic concerns about HIPAA and sharing proprietary information on safety issues.  However, they are receptive to learning and sharing best practices. But where to start? Look for LinkedIn groups, for instance, the Institute for Healthcare Quality.
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • Why Is It So Difficult To Reduce The Cost Of Care?

    Kyle Samani
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    By refusing to pay for readmissions within 30 days of discharge from a hospital, Medicare has sent a strong message across the healthcare industry: < 30 day readmissions should be avoided at all costs. As a result, providers and vendors are doing everything in their power to avoid < 30 day readmissions. This seems like a simple way to reduce costs, right? Well, not quite… The vast majority of costs of care delivery are fixed: capital expenditures, facilities and diagnostics, 24/7 staffing, administrative overhead, etc. In other words, it’s extremely expensive just to…
  • ICD-10 Flight Delayed, But Keep Your Bags Packed – Breakaway Thinking

    John Lynn
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Jennifer Bergeron, Learning and Development Manager at The Breakaway Group (A Xerox Company). Check out all of the blog posts in the Breakaway Thinking series. If you’ve ever traveled to a country that doesn’t speak your native tongue, you can appreciate the importance of basic communication. If you learn a second language to the degree that you’re adding nuance and colloquialisms, you’ve experienced how much easier it is to explain a point or to get answers you need. What if you’re expected to actually move to that foreign country under a…
  • Secure Text Messaging is Univerally Needed in Healthcare

    John Lynn
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    I’ve written regularly about the need for secure text messaging in healthcare. I can’t believe that it was two years ago that I wrote that Texting is Not HIPAA Secure. Traditional SMS texting on your cell phone is not HIPAA secure, but there are a whole lot of alternatives. In fact, in January I made the case for why even without HIPAA Secure Text Messaging was a much better alternative to SMS. Those that know me (or read my byline at the end of each article) know that I’m totally bias on this front since I’m an adviser to secure text message company, docBeat. With…
  • Taking a Second Look: Accessing Your Data beyond the PM or EMR

    John Lynn
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Editor’s Note: The following is an update to a previous EMR and HIPAA blog post titled “EMR Companies Holding Practice Data for “Ransom”.” In this update, James Summerlin (aka “JamesNT”) offers an update on EHR vendors willingness to let providers access their EHR data. Over the years I have been approached with questions by several solo docs and medical groups about things such as the following: Migrating to a different PM or EMR system. Merging PM’s or EMR’s such as when a practice buys out another practice. Interfacing the EMR and PM. Custom reports. More…
  • You might be an #HITNerd If…

    John Lynn
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    You might be an #HITNerd If… you can’t write your middle name in cursive, but you can touch type. Find all our #HITNerd references on: EMR and EHR & EMR and HIPAA. NEW: Check out the #HITNerd store to purchase an #HITNerd t-shirt of cell phone case. Note: Much like Jeff Foxworthy is a redneck. I’m well aware that I’m an #HITNerd. Related Posts You might be an #HITNerd If… You might be an #HITNerd If… You might be an #HITNerd If…
 
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    Medgadget

  • Automatic Tool Detects Ischemic Stroke from CT Scans

    Editors
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    (a) CT scan without CAD (b) CT scan with CAD result Detecting an embolic stroke quickly and accurately is a challenge that requires an experienced radiologist to analyze CT scans. Since time is of the essence in these situations, an automated computer system that can identify stroke can help patients get the right treatment before more damage is done. Automatic detection of potential ischemic stroke areas Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have been working on just such a system that takes CT scan data as input and puts visual markers where it suspects a thrombus is blocking a…
  • Healthcare Re-Mixed: Interview with Dr. Zubin Damania of Turntable Health

    Shiv Gaglani
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Four years ago Medgadget awarded Dr. Zubin Damania the “Best New Medical Weblog” award for his hilarious and educational persona, “ZDoggMD.” We came across his name again at last year’s TEDMED where he gave one of the most memorable talks of the event, during which he announced that he was teaming up with Tony Hsieh of Zappos to lead up Turntable Health, the healthcare arm of Hsieh’s Las Vegas revitalization effort known as the Downtown Project. We recently had the opportunity to speak with him about how his efforts to transform healthcare are going. Shiv Gaglani,…
  • Scientists on Track to Assemble 3D Printed “Bioficial” Heart

    Editors
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    3D printed replacement body parts are already saving lives and helping to offer new therapies for otherwise crippling conditions. Yet, in practice this has been limited to plastic replacements for bones and other structural components in the body. Printing a soft tissue, vascularized, complicated organ like the heart is still a ways away, but researchers at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, a project between University of Louisville, Kentucky and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, are already working toward this project. Their goal is to 3D print a human heart from a…
  • Covidien Kangaroo Feeding Tube with Integrated Camera FDA Cleared

    Editors
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Nasogastric feeding tubes can be tricky to float in sedated patients and there’s always risk of ending up intratracheally, i.e. in the lungs, a potentially very dangerous situation. To help avoid improper placement of feeding tubes, Covidien just received FDA clearance for its Kangaroo feeding tube that lets clinicians see where the tip of the device is headed. The feeding tube has a 3 mm camera at the tip and the cable that connects it to the touchscreen display features a button to capture photos from the camera. Product page: Kangaroo… Press release: Covidien Announces U.S.
  • Say What? Scribes Seek to Prevent Physician Burnout: Interview with CEO Dr. Michael Murphy

    Shiv Gaglani
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Many of us Medgadget editors are physicians or medical students, so we are all-too-familiar with the problems of burnout. Reports that nearly half of our doctors would not go into medicine if they could do it all over again have been widely covered by the media. One of the main reasons cited is the excessive paperwork that reduces the amount of time clinicians can actually spend with their patients. Medical scribes are a (non-technical) solution to this problem that is gaining increasing traction. We spoke with Dr. Michael Murphy, the CEO of ScribeAmerica which documented 7 million patient…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Accelarad Nuance Makes It Official

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Dear Accelarad customer,You should have received an email from me on Monday of this week, when I provided our customers an early insight into the announcement that Accelarad is now a part of Nuance Communications. At this time, I wanted to provide you some additional information and invite you to learn more.You can read the full press release here: (Nuance Unveils PowerShare – April 17,2014)As discussed, this new union brings together our cloud-based medical image sharing technology and Nuance’s PowerScribe radiology reporting and communication platform. The partnership will…
  • Film at Eleven...But I Need It NOW!!!A Bigger Share Of Image Sharing

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A long time ago (November, 2005 to be exact), sitting in a radiology department far, far away from most of you, I bemoaned the problem of the "Portable Patient" in one of my early AuntMinnie.com articles:Of the thousand daily frustrations I experience as a radiologist, perhaps the most painful is that of the "portable patient." You see, patients migrate from hospital to hospital, from clinic to clinic, and from office to office. They may be searching for a second opinion, a superspecialist, someone who will give them the particular answer they seek (some want to hear good news, some prefer…
  • Unretired

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Courtesy WikipediaYou may recall my earlier post declaring my retirement within two years.Fuggedaboutit.I had attempted to start my retirement clock, and we had some long discussions on the topic. In the course of the discourse, various factors were mentioned, introduced, revealed, discovered, or otherwise made to appear which had not been present before. The cost for officially entering the short-term glide-path became more onerous than I thought it should.Therefore, my request is now withdrawn. When my numbers and the stars align properly, I'll be giving my 90 day notice. That might be…
  • Merge Announces...

    21 Feb 2014 | 6:30 am
    In my daily barrage of email came this announcement from Merge, which you can also find on Yahoo Finance:CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (MRGE), a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed William J. Devers Jr., president of Devers Group Inc, as a director, effective immediately."We are very fortunate to have a new director with such a considerable amount of business and software experience added to the Merge Board…
  • Mamas, Don't Let Your Doctors Grow Up To Be Assholes...(Or Is It The Other Way Around?)

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:39 am
    From Aeon Magazine comes an interesting and somewhat overdue piece on one of Medicine's worst-kept dirty little secrets: Doctors (and nurses) can be mean, and that impedes patient care. The author, Ilana Yurkiewicz is a third-year medical student at Harvard,  and blogs for Scientific American. She does bioethics research at Harvard, and her work has been published in the Knee-Jerk (I mean New England) Journal of Medicine. Clearly, she has the credentials to speak of what she speaks.Her Aeon article, Why Rude Doctors Make Bad Doctors, is a must-read for anyone in this business.
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  • Easter - Anzac Day Break - Back On The April 27, 2014

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Unless there is important breaking news I plan to have a short break from the blog till Sunday 27 April. Hopefully we will all be rested and ready to face the draconian budget Mr Hockey is clearly planning. Enjoy the days off! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Pre - Budget Review Of The Health Sector - 16th April 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    As we head towards the Budget in Early to Mid-May 2014 I thought It would be useful to keep a closer eye than usual on what was being said regarding what we might see coming out of the Budget.According to the Australian Parliament web site Budget Night will be on Tuesday 13th May, 2014.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this week.-----http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/4/11/politics/hockey-must-work-economic-miracleHockey must work an economic miracleRob Burgess 11 Apr, 5:32 PM If ever a Treasurer has had a spinning-plate trick on his hands, it's Joe…
  • Three Interesting Privacy Related Events Are Happening For Privacy Week Next Month - May 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    I was let know about these earlier today.There are 3 very important privacy events happening in May to celebrate Privacy Awareness Week. Two of them are in Sydney and there is one in Brisbane. The events on data breaches and vulnerabilities would definitely be of interest  to those who read this blog.Dates and links are below. 6 May Breakfast  - Debate Sydney -http://pams.com.au/iapp/StaticContent/Images/140508_iappANZ_Data_Breach_Sydney_Pink.html6 May After work Presentation  - Data breach - Sydney…
  • Is This The First Leak On The Outcome Of The PCEHR Review? I Wonder.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared today in the AFR.eHealth scheme considered for cutsPUBLISHED: 14 Apr 2014 08:11:58 | UPDATED: 15 Apr 2014 06:19:39 Joanna Heath The Abbott government is considering ­publishing a review into the previous government’s eHealth scheme before the budget, prompting speculation the $1 billion program is in line for cuts.Health Minister Peter Dutton has previously signalled his opposition to the scheme, which allows patients to opt-in to a personal electronic record of their medical history, calling the rollout under Labor a “scandal”.The government was handed the…
  • A New Paper On A Digitally Enabled Health System From The CSIRO. A Trifle Unrealistic I Believe.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The report was released a week or two ago.Here is a report on the paper.Data RolePosted Tue, 08/04/2014 - 17:40 by Fran Molloy Technology will be a key factor controlling the exponential rise of healthcare costs in Australia’s future, according to the newly-released CSIRO paper, A Digitally Enabled Health System. The paper was released during the Health-e-Nation 2014 Summit, and Dr David Hansen, who is CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC), a CSIRO and QLD government joint-venture, says that it will be a talking point that spurs future research…
 
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  • FDASIA Health IT Report

    Bob
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) required the FDA to develop: a report that contains a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology, including mobile medical applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication. Here’s the report: FDASIA Health IT Report (warning: PDF). It looks like EMR/EHR vendors (administrative and health management functionality) don’t have to worry about FDA regulatory oversight. The…
  • Interoperable Healthcare

    Bob
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is a good read: Healthcare Innovation Day 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System (warning: PDF). Healthcare is the one industry that’s been the slowest to adopt the intelligent methods we have in most other parts of our lives. How did the communications revolution that transformed industries such as banking, entertainment and telecom somehow leave healthcare behind? Great question! Here’s the ‘Call to Action’ list: Recognize that the lack of interoperability is a crisis and advocate for rapid change. Frame the interoperability problem correctly:…
  • Services, Not Sensors

    Bob
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The Internet Of Things: The Real Money Is The Internet, Not The Things (my highlight): The trick will be whether hardware companies will push hard enough for standardization so they can capitalize on services revenue. Companies that see themselves as pure hardware manufacturers are likely doomed, but those that see beyond the “things” to instead focus on the services built on the “Internet,” the future is very bright. Is this the new reality for the medical device industry as well?  If data and interoperability are the future, maybe it should be!
  • Predicting Heart Attacks and Electric Cars

    Bob
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:55 am
    What do these two things have in common? Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth. That’s right, Apple! … Apple is exploring ways to measure noise “turbulence” as it applies to blood flow. The company wants to develop software and sensors that can predict heart attacks by identifying the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery clogged with plaque, … The first 5 pages of search result on this topic turn up the above quote and Elon Musk. And of course the media hype kicks into full gear: Apple’s iWatch could save your life.
  • The Internet of Medical Devices

    Bob
    19 Jan 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is being propelled by the dramatic reduction in size, power consumption, and cost of networking and computing capability.  Many of the devices listed in the Wolfram Connected Devices Project are health related. “Things” like weight scales and thermometers can make measurements from many objects, but when that object is a human body, they effectively become medical devices. The sensors that come standard on smart phones also fit into this category. All of these network-connected devices that record data from humans make up the Internet of Medical…
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  • Participants Wanted for Remote EHR Usability Study

    Carl Bergman
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    My friend Bennett Lauber of  The Usability People is looking for medical professionals, MD’s, RN’s or CMA’s to participate in a remote EHR usability study. Here’s the information on the project: This study will be conducted during the first and second week of May, 2014. Qualified participants that complete the study will receive compensation up to a $100 Amazon gift card. Please complete the following form to see if you qualify: http://www.theusabilitypeople.com/participate Thanks in advance  Bennett Lauber Chief Experience Officer The Usability People, LLC Check it out if…
  • Healthcare Optimism and LinkedIn

    John Lynn
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Some of you might be wondering how I grouped these two topics together. It’s simple. I recently was invited to participate in LinkedIn’s Influencer program and so I’ve written a few posts on the LinkedIn platform to see how it works. It’s been a hit or miss experience so far, but I’m intrigued by what they’re doing. It turns out, my first post on the LinkedIn Influencer platform was titled “Why We Should be Optimistic in Healthcare.” What’s amazing to me is that the post is still getting a ton of traffic and social media tweets. I think…
  • What Software Will Replace EHR?

    John Lynn
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    I’m usually a very grounded and practical person. I’m all about dealing with the practical realities that we all face. However, every once in a while I like to sit back and think about where we’re headed. I’ve often said that I think we’re locked into the EHR systems we have now at least until after the current meaningful use cycle. I can’t imagine a new software system being introduced in the next couple years when every hospital and healthcare organization has to still comply with meaningful use. Many might argue that meaningful use beyond the current EHR…
  • Windows XP Is No Longer HIPAA Compliant

    John Lynn
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    For those of you who missed it, thousands in healthcare are now out of compliance with HIPAA thanks to Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting Windows XP. I wrote about the details of Windows XP and HIPAA compliance previously. Microsoft stopped supporting the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014 and as Mac McMillan says in the linked post, OCR has been clear that unsupported systems are not HIPAA compliant. I asked Dell if they had any numbers on the number of PCs out there that are still running XP. Here was their response (Note: These are general numbers and not healthcare…
  • EMR Customer Service, EMR Not Meeting ACOs Needs, and Patient Centered EMR Rollout

    John Lynn
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Zappos Just Sent Me a Pizza! Which EMR / EHR belives in true customer service? Why Not? http://t.co/zAitjGJGw4 #emr #ehr #hitmc — Chandresh J Shah (@chandresh27) April 14, 2014 Zappos is in Las Vegas, and I can assure you that this story is true. I’ve always wondered how they’d scale that policy if thousands of people called for pizza. The key I think is that they do focused customer service. Chandresh asks an important question. Which EHR vendors have delightful customer service? BREAKING NEWS: 1) #EHR vendors not meeting needs of ACOs. 2) Earth is round.
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  • MyMedicalRecords - New Enhanced Website Offering 30 Day Trial Along With New Pricing And Feature Availability

    Medical Quack
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Here’s a few words today that coincides with a post I made a few days ago relative to the PHR starter kit in a box coming to retail markets soon from MMRGlobal aka MyMedicalRecords.com.  The site needed an update to allow consumers to take advantage of ordering the starter kit on line.  In addition there are some new pricing break downs as well so you don’t have to pay more for what you may not need.  PHR in A Box From MyMedicalRecords - Starter Kit Soon Available Via Major Retailers and Etailers In addition soon to come will be the ability to share legal documents as…
  • Pre-Existing Conditions With Health Insurance May Be Gone But Narrow Networks Are Providing The Same End Result For Many Ill Patients With Not Being Able To Get Care - Extreme Cases Of New Killer Algorithms Popping Up With Insurance Business Models…

    Medical Quack
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    That was the huge selling point of Obamacare with people not being eliminated with pre-existing conditions and that was popular with everyone it seems no matter what political party one was.  Now through another model of reducing available networks for care, we are starting to see the same end result.  This story below is about a woman in New York that has a neurological disease and has had brain surgery.  She bought an Obamacare policy and can’t get in to see a new doctor and is now denied her medications.  There are 6 doctors in her network that will take her plan, but…
  • In July United Healthcare HMO Patients Using Compounded Drugs Will Need To Have Doctor Submit Prior Authorization For Review In Western 3 States

    Medical Quack
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    You can read below but this is additional paperwork or procedures for the doctor or his medical assistant to submit.  From what is being said here there’s a big opening to not approve drugs compounded that are not FDA approved.  What this could impact are old drugs that are still used but were around before the FDA existed.  There’s still quite a few of those out there.  Nice they let you know you can still get the drug but you have to pay full value if it not approved.  The wording there was just a little too authorative if you will.  BD  We will…
  • “Here’s an App, Now Go Fix Yourself” Why So Many Healthcare Apps Draw Little Attention From Consumers As This Is Not The “Full” Story on Patient Engagement…

    Medical Quack
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Day in and day out we are flooded with new healthcare apps, many used on regular computers and of late more mHealth apps and yet few use them.  There’s little or no interest and we have this stigma out there that if we create an app that people are just going to salivate and jump all over the next app?  They don’t as “people don’t work that way” and it’s hard no doubt to get the right match to generate interest from consumers.  Sure when you have a proof of concept how an app can help and will be used, it all sounds good and you read news that says the same thing,…
  • FDA Approves Grastek Immunotherapy for Treatment of Grass Allergies

    Medical Quack
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    If you have allergies, then you know how this goes with the sneezing and runny nose and now there’s one more available drug to help counter attack.  This is not a pill you take for immediate relief it states here so I am assuming this is  more of a long term treatment.  Usually when you have allergies you get the good old test to determine what allergies you have and are treated with injections on some type of a schedule so we have a pill for this one available versus a shot.  BD  Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Grastek…
 
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  • EHR Vulnerability Reporting issues

    ftrotter
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    For those who actually bother to read to the bottom of my bio, I was actually in Internet Security before going into Health IT. I spoke at DefCon and everything. During my career in Health IT I have had to … Continued
  • How to submit prior art on the Medicity Direct Patent

    ftrotter
    26 Oct 2013 | 2:51 am
    Recently Medicity has tried to patent the concept of a HISP. Please join me in submitting prior art to prevent this undermining of everything that the Direct Project stands for. Groklaw shows the way Here is a specific page that … Continued
  • Interviewed on washingtonpost.com wonkblog

    ftrotter
    25 Oct 2013 | 12:58 pm
    I did an interview with Ezra Klein about healthcare.gov that is now up on the washington post wonkblog. There are some interesting comments there that I will probably respond to eventually… -FT
  • About to have a call with the National Health Service

    ftrotter
    17 Oct 2013 | 7:48 pm
    I am about to have a call with a group of people who work with the UK National Health Service. I know for a fact that the people on the call are doing serious, thoughtful work on behalf of their … Continued
  • DocGraph Journal releasing new data sets

    ftrotter
    24 Sep 2013 | 7:54 am
    If you are near Boston, you should consider trying to make it out to Strata RX. If you live anywhere on the West Coast, its not too late to sign up for Health 2.0 The DocGraph Journal will again be … Continued
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  • CIO: No longer just 'the IT guy'

    Bernie Monegain
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    In chess, the positional play is characterized by long-term maneuvering -- strategic moves. It's exactly what is being required of healthcare CIOs today. Over the past decade, the role has changed from technology manager to valued strategic player, one who helps drive transformational change and who is welcome at the executive table. read more
  • Smart data key to patient engagement

    Mike Miliard
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it? [See also: Patient engagement gains momentum] read more
  • Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'

    Mike Miliard
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Event Call out Event Teaser:  Business Intelligence will change how you get paid. Learn what the experts know. Unpublish:  Wed, 04/16/2014 (All day) When it comes to hacking through the hype of big data, there are two types of analytics projects: those boundary-pushing advancements that, where they do exist, are mainly the product of big hospitals and academic medical centers, and humbler, more doable – but sometimes just as valuable – insights that can be gleaned by smaller providers. read more
  • CIO: Outsourcing 'allows me to focus'

    Mike Miliard
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    Denis Tanguay, chief information officer for Central Maine Healthcare, says his workload has "probably quadrupled," in the past few years. [See also: Outsourcing IT takes many shapes] read more
  • Array of EHR options fuels doc adoption

    Mike Miliard
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Solo physicians and small practices are finally starting to show encouraging electronic health record adoption rates, according to a new report from SK&A. [See also: Don't let meaningful use dictate EMR choices, IDC tells small practices] read more
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  • Geisinger shows how data drives change

    Mike Miliard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. read more
  • mHealth still untapped resource for docs

    Eric Wicklund
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study. The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor. [See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.] read more
  • Why does healthcare resist encryption?

    Evan Schuman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do. [See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.] Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident. read more
  • mHealth consultation launched

    Dillan Yogendra
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said. read more
  • Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

    Erin McCann
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.     read more
 
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  • Geisinger shows how data drives change

    Mike Miliard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. read more
  • mHealth still untapped resource for docs

    Eric Wicklund
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study. The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor. [See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.] read more
  • Why does healthcare resist encryption?

    Evan Schuman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do. [See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.] Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident. read more
  • mHealth consultation launched

    Dillan Yogendra
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said. read more
  • Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

    Erin McCann
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.     read more
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  • Geisinger shows how data drives change

    Mike Miliard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. read more
  • mHealth still untapped resource for docs

    Eric Wicklund
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study. The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor. [See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.] read more
  • Why does healthcare resist encryption?

    Evan Schuman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do. [See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.] Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident. read more
  • mHealth consultation launched

    Dillan Yogendra
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said. read more
  • Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

    Erin McCann
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.     read more
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  • Geisinger shows how data drives change

    Mike Miliard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. read more
  • mHealth still untapped resource for docs

    Eric Wicklund
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study. The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor. [See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.] read more
  • Why does healthcare resist encryption?

    Evan Schuman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do. [See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.] Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident. read more
  • mHealth consultation launched

    Dillan Yogendra
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said. read more
  • Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

    Erin McCann
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.     read more
 
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  • Geisinger shows how data drives change

    Mike Miliard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. read more
  • mHealth still untapped resource for docs

    Eric Wicklund
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study. The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor. [See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.] read more
  • Why does healthcare resist encryption?

    Evan Schuman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do. [See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.] Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident. read more
  • mHealth consultation launched

    Dillan Yogendra
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said. read more
  • Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

    Erin McCann
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.     read more
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  • Geisinger shows how data drives change

    Mike Miliard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. read more
  • mHealth still untapped resource for docs

    Eric Wicklund
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study. The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor. [See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.] read more
  • Why does healthcare resist encryption?

    Evan Schuman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do. [See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.] Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident. read more
  • mHealth consultation launched

    Dillan Yogendra
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said. read more
  • Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

    Erin McCann
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.     read more
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  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 12: John Glaser, Ph.D.

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    John Glaser, Ph.D., talks about common issues for EHR customers and his top priorities for Siemens. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 13: Dave Holland

    Mike Miliard,Eric Bailey
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Dave Holland, CIO of Southern Illinois Healthcare, talks about process improvement and clinical workflows in nursing. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 11: Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, discusses interoperability, meaningful use, and ACOs as he highlights the benefits of the "clinical operating system" from NantHealth. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 12: Mike Mistretta

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    Mike Mistretta from MedCentral discusses meaningful use Stage 2 and ICD-10 at HIMSS14. Thumbnail:  read more
  • HIMSS14: Wednesday Highlights

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:01 pm
    HIMSS14: Wednesday Highlights All the action from day three of the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Should you care about HIPAA compliance?

    David Harlow
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits. They are already actively involved in complaint investigations governed by the “new” HIPAA rules. read more
  • What to do about the ICD-10 delay

    Carl Natale
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Now that medical practices have been legislated a reprieve from ICD-10 implementation, they need to decide what to do next. This is not a 12-month snooze button. There are steps they can take to help themselves. read more
  • Thinning the herd, part 2: Latest MU certification round recognizes competent EHR vendors

    Michael Brozino
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS read more
  • Can IT save medicine's soul?

    Jeff Rowe
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    More often than not, health IT advocates get excited about the myriad ways technology could be used to help doctors do a better job of providing care. But what about using IT to help doctors go back to being doctors, period? That's essentially the opportunity this newly minted MD, who also used to work for Google, wants her colleagues to grab.  When it comes to IT, she pitches herself as a "both sides of the tracks" sort of person.   read more
  • Direct-to-consumer telemedicine: Has its time come?

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    It was 1999, and I was speaking at a prestigious academic center’s ‘Innovations in Dermatology’ symposium.  I presented work we had done on a web application that would allow a non-dermatologist (primary care doctor or other front-line provider) to upload images of a patient’s skin as well as some history.  Subsequently, a dermatologist could review both the history and the images and enter a diagnosis and recommendations on the same website.  My talk was greeted with intense scorn by one audience member (“You are cheapening our specialty read more
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  • Many providers still on fence regarding bundled payments

    Ron Shinkman
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The number of hospitals, hospital systems and physician groups that use bundled payments is slowly increasing, although many providers say they still remain on the fence about participating in this relatively new form of healthcare finance.read more
  • NYC speciality physicians paid millions

    Ron Shinkman
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Specialist physicians practicing at some of New York City's hospitals receive millions of dollars a year in compensation, including hefty bonuses that some suggest are incentives to bring more patients through the doors, the New York Post reported.read more
  • SC Supreme Court uphold's enforcement of state's CON law

    Ron Shinkman
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled the state's certificate-of-need law needs to stay in place, The State reported.read more
  • VT hospitals eye "global budget" payment model

    Zack Budryk
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    At least one Vermont hospital may transition to a drastically different payment system by the end of the year, according to VT Digger. read more
  • AHA, hospital groups sue over two-midnight rule

    Zack Budryk
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    The American Hospital Association (AHA) and several individual healthcare delivery systems and hospital groups have filed two lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' two-midnight rule and associated Medicare payment cuts, Health Data Management reports.read more
 
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    Forum Discussions - Health Informatics Forum

  • eHEALTH EXCHANGE

    Sunny Roshan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Do ehealth exchange model adopt specific HIE(health information exchange) Architecture??? 
  • exchanging laboratory results

    Sunny Roshan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    hey what are the list of key process, technologies, messages used in exchanging laboratory results 
  • conformance and interoperability

    Sunny Roshan
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Define conformance and interoperability. Are they the same thing? Explain
  • Drones for Healthcare

    Chris Paton
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Most people have pretty negative connotations about drones as they have primarily been used for military purposes to date. That is changes rapidly however. Companies like Amazon are actively pursing using drones for useful every-day tasks such as delivering parcels so perhaps it's time to think about how drones could be used in healthcare. The most obvious use would be in proving emergency equipment and telemedicine support in situations where road based or other means are not available such as mountain rescue. Having seen ambulances slowly wind through heavy traffic, drones might also be…
  • Introductions Thread

    Craig T. Robertson
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Hi. I am an RN -- just got my BSN -- and I have a background in publishing (content management). I am looking forward to reviewing the Introductory Material for Health Professionals. Has anyone else already reviewed it, and if so, what did you think? Thanks. Craig
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  • Obamacare Birth Control Coverage – What’s the U.S. Supreme Court’s Concern?

    Pamela Girardin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Back in 2012, Obamacare went before the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutional aspect of the individual mandate. Now, there is a new constitutional challenge to the law and it is related to birth control. A provision of the ACA requires for-profit employers of certain size to offer insurance benefits for birth control and other [...]
  • Chronic Disease Drugs – Can Obamacare Lower Costs for the Terminally Ill?

    Pamela Girardin
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    For people with pre-existing conditions and terminal illnesses, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been viewed as a positive. With a firm stand against long standing discrimination in the health insurance industry, Obamacare strived to bring in equality for all, irrespective of their medical condition. However if Obamacare left any gap to make health [...]
  • 2 Year Extension on Canceled Policies – What’s Obama’s Plan?

    Pamela Girardin
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    If anything grabbed more attention, anguish, and aversion than the failures of the federal online marketplace last year, it was the cancellation of policies that did not meet the requirements of Affordable Care Act. The cancellations, a thorn in the side of the administration, came at the most inopportune time – when the officials were [...]
  • How States are in a Dilemma over Medicaid Expansion

    Pamela Girardin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    Back in 2010, when Obamacare was unfolding its propositions and plans for the implementation, a crucial aspect of the law was coverage to people below the federal poverty line, up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line through a proposed Medicaid expansion. However, in 2012, the proposal to expand Medicare coverage was shot down [...]
  • ACA and State-Federal Partnerships – What can Obamacare learn from CHIP implementation

    Pamela Girardin
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    From a proposal to a law, the Affordable Care Act, was written with the intent that the states and federal would be a partnership. However, reality has been a bit different – some states refused to stand up their own exchange and some have refused to expand Medicaid. Effectively, a state-federal partnership is crucial to [...]
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  • Why engagement is critical to mHealth success

    Judy Mottl
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    An article published late last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Can Mobile Health Technologies Transform Healthcare?" about the need for mobile health technology...read more
  • Challenges in mHealth tech integration are real

    Judy Mottl
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Unfortunately, I've had several experiences in the past few months requiring time spent in a hospital setting, an emergency room and a physician's consulting office. The reasons why...read more
  • Payers may subsidize Apple iWatch

    Ashley Gold
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Apple's long-rumored smartwatch may be subsidized by health insurers, according to a note to investors from Cowen & Company obtained by Investor's Business Daily.read more
  • Cost, value and regulatory issues top doctors' issues with mHealth

    Judy Mottl
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Most doctors realize the benefits of mobile healthcare technology but aren't going to jump on the bandwagon quickly unless there is a compelling evidence the technology will save time and money...read more
  • Smartphone proves to be a useful tool for teletrauma program

    Judy Mottl
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A pilot effort integrating smartphones into a Arizona medical facility's telemedicine program allowed trauma doctors to perform more teletrauma consultations in five months than a preceding...read more
 
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  • EHRs have turned a corner

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    The jury may still be out on how the Meaningful Use program should operate and whether it really improves quality. There's no question, however, that the program was the catalyst for massive, high-speed adoption of electronic health records--and that the industry may have just turned a corner in its use and attitude regarding such systems.read more
  • Top 25 MU attesters earned $171 million in 2012

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    The 25 doctors who attested to Meaningful Use in 2012 and received the most Medicare reimbursements were paid a total of $171 million, according to a personal blog post from Steven Posnack (pictured), director of federal policy division at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.read more
  • KLAS: EMRs don't yet meet ACO needs

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Electronic medical records are not meeting the needs of physician-led accountable care organizations, causing providers to turn to third party ACO vendors to meet their needs, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.read more
  • CMS issues MU attestation guidance for providers in group/health system settings

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidance to help eligible hospitals and eligible professionals who are part of larger entities or who practice in multiple locations and participate in the Meaningful Use program.read more
  • Study: Meaningful Use not necessarily associated with quality improvement

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Although one of the main goals of the Meaningful Use program is to improve the quality of care, there appears to be "no association" between being a "meaningful user" of electronic health records and the quality of care provided to patients, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.read more
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    Practice Fusion Blog

  • EHR Update: Introducing Practice Fusion for tablet

    Practice Fusion
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Today we’re introducing Practice Fusion EHR for tablet, a streamlined version of your EHR optimized for your iPad so you can take your charts anywhere. No more beta sign-up — simply visit PracticeFusion.com from your tablet and log in with your Practice Fusion credentials. The new tablet-ready version of your EHR is a result of our work to upgrade your EHR to faster, touch-optimized technology, while introducing across-the-board design and usability improvements. In the coming months, features added to the new EHR will be instantly available on your tablet and support for additional…
  • Can cloud-based doctors’ “lounges” help keep your fund of knowledge current?

    Mike Hoaglin
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of my medical school professors began morning rounds with a teaching moment about uncertainty. “Telling a patient ‘I don’t know’ builds trust, because it lends more credence to what you actually do know.” As I studied medicine, I often wondered what ‘knowing’ really meant. Socrates did say that “true wisdom is knowing nothing,” but I soon realized that knowledge about knowledge wasn’t just for philosophers. Self-directed learning is a lifelong endeavor for doctors. So do the best docs stockpile their knowledge like a medical library or curate it more like Google…
  • EHR update: Streamlined login and easier password resets

    Matthew Douglass
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    At Practice Fusion, we’re committed to making your EHR easier to use, which starts with your login experience. In the coming weeks, we’ll be updating how you access your EHR. Here’s a screenshot of what you will see when you log in to your EHR: You’ll be able to log in with your email address and password. You’ll no longer need your Practice ID or username, which many of our users have told us are burdensome to remember. You’ll also be able to reset your password with a security code sent to your phone, instead of using a security question. In the unlikely event you’ll need…
  • Practice Fusion doctors received more than $5B in Medicare payments in 2012

    Jim Martineau
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Medicare provider payment data from 2012, giving detailed information on $77 billion in payments made to United States physicians for the treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. This is one of the most transparent data releases in CMS history, and marks the first time that this data set has been released to the public. Specifically, this report contains information on utilization of healthcare services, payment (allowed amount and Medicare payment), submitted charges organized by National Provider Identifier (NPI), visit /…
  • Understanding the C-CDA standard for EHR certification and Meaningful Use

    Emily Richmond
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    This blog post is part of a series that discuss the technology behind Meaningful Use, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program that provides financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to improve patient care. For a high level overview, read “The quiet digitization of American healthcare,” written by Practice Fusion co-founder/VP of Platform Matt Douglass. If you’re interested in joining our talented technology team, check out our Careers page. 2014 EHR Certification and Meaningful Use Stage 2 place a heavy emphasis on health information…
 
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    WildEar Hearing Boosters

  • Sound Protection: Keep Your Ears Safe

    wildear
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    Hearing loss induced by loud noises is permanent. Once you damage your inner ear cells, they are gone for good, they do not regenerate. You will never restore your hearing completely, either with a hearing aid or even surgery. That’s why it is absolutely important to protect your ears from loud sounds. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that 26 million Americans between 20 and 69 years of age have high frequency hearing loss because of exposure to loud noise at work or leisure activities. But fortunately, noise induced hearing loss can be…
  • Ear Protectors: Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

    wildear
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
    It is exciting indeed to pull the trigger of a firearm, but make sure that you keep your ears safe with the help of the following ear protectors. Earplugs Earplugs are the most commonly used type of ear protection. They are tiny and hence easily portable, not to mention cheap. Earplugs are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes and can reduce noise up to 25 to 33 decibels if they are used properly. Earplugs can be worn by professionals who have to deal with loud noises at their workplace, swimmers, musicians, or those who just want to enjoy some peace and quiet for some time. You can…
  • Custom In Ear Hearing Protection

    wildear
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You simply cannot afford to go without hearing protection if you are a sport shooter, hunter, law enforcement officer, or anyone who has anything to do with firearms. Even if you are a hobbyist who enjoys going to the shooting range once in a while, you still need protection to safeguard your hearing.   Noise induced hearing loss Firearms routinely create loud noise that is above 140 dB. Exposure to noise level greater than 140 dB can permanently damage hearing. If you do not wear hearing protection, all it takes is just one shot to develop severe hearing loss, if the surrounding…
  • Bow Hunters Hearing Aid

    wildear
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Traditional archery is gaining popularity, what with seasoned archers looking for added challenges and better experiences. Bow hunting tests your skills as a hunter and can therefore be a thrilling experience.   Bow hunters rely heavily on sounds When you’re stalking deer, you know how important it is to use all your senses completely. Hearing plays a crucial part in knowing when game is near. But if you have been hunting using guns in the past, and without hearing protection, it is highly likely that you would have developed some sort of hearing loss in one or both ears. Can you…
  • Benefits of Electronic Hearing Protection

    wildear
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
    Hunters! Consider this for a moment. The enjoyable time that you spend hunting could actually be causing damage to your hearing. Firearms can cause hearing loss Being exposed to noise levels greater than 140 dB can permanently damage hearing. An article published in the American Tinnitus Association pegs all gunfire noise between 150 to 172 dB. Rifle cracks, which are shorter in duration and with most of its energy in the mid to high frequencies, are more damaging to the ears than the loud, longer lasting boom of an artillery gun. If you use firearms, you are more likely to develop hearing…
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    blog.DrFirst

  • Who is your physician and how do you know? Solving questions of identity in healthcare.

    Eric Rosenfeld
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Most of us take the concept of “identity” for granted. We know and recognize ourselves, our co-workers, family and friends and do not usually give a second thought to this phenomenon in our daily lives. We base these assumptions of identity on our memory and day-to-day interactions. More importantly, we trust these identities implicitly and […]
  • I-STOP in New York is Finally Taking Off

    Michelle Soble-Lernor
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In the very short amount of time since the New York State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) finalized its guidelines for providers and pharmacies to implement the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) there has been a widespread movement from the New York healthcare community to begin using the new technology. As of this writing, […]
  • Tom Sullivan, MD: HIT Standards Committee Testimony

    Tom Sullivan
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:59 am
    On Wednesday, I shared my thoughts on privacy and interoperability with the HIT Standards Committee’s Privacy and Security Workgroup. As the Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce Healthcare Industry Committee that deals with emerging strategies for “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” I have a front row seat, so to speak, on the issues facing the […]
  • The Prescriber Role in Controlled Substance Fraud, Abuse and Clinical Workflow Considerations

    Tom Sullivan
    21 Jan 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Much has changed in the prescriber and the clinical IT vendor communities since the DEA issued the Interim Final Rule in early 2010, making electronic prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) legal at the federal level. For instance, the White House’s decision to highlight the controlled substance drug abuse epidemic and crisis has spurred state legislators […]
  • Should the E-prescribing Industry Require Mandatory Standards?

    Michelle Soble-Lernor
    19 Dec 2013 | 9:11 am
    To follow on to my introductory blog post regarding prescription quality, this blog series is dedicated to examining current quality issues in the e-prescribing industry in order to help foster cross-industry conversations about some of the most pressing dilemmas in the field today. In this blog, let’s examine the broader question of mandating specific fields […]
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    insidePatientFinance

  • Healthcare Spending Jumps, Can Providers Expect a Boom?

    Evan J. Albright
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Patient spending and consumption of healthcare services and medicines increased in 2013, according to a new study. The IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics published its annual survey of healthcare consumption this month, and found that in 2013 overall spending on healthcare services in some categories experienced double digit growth, although some areas, such as emergency room services, declined. Advertisement If the research is correct, the trend of increased consumption of healthcare services began well before the individual insurance mandate and Medicaid expansion took effect. While it…
  • RACs Rake in More than $2 Billion from Healthcare Providers

    Evan J. Albright
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual appraisal of Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), and as will come to no surprise to any healthcare provider, the four agencies found more than $2 billion in overpayments. The new report covers Fiscal 2012, which ended Oct. 1, 2013. The difference between Fiscal 2011 and 2012 is startling. In 2011, RACs found slightly less than $800 million in overpayments; in 2012 that skyrocketed to nearly $2.3 billion, nearly trebling the previous year. At the same time, the number of errors found in favor of providers dropped…
  • CMS Continues to Tinker with ‘Two-Midnight’ Rule

    Evan J. Albright
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continue to refine application of the “two-midnight rule,” the new standard for whether a Medicare beneficiary should be considered “inpatient” under Medicare Part A or “observation status” under Medicare Part B. CMS last month updated its “two-midnight rule FAQ” to to cover circumstances where a patient is admitted to a hospital for a surgical procedure, but that procedure is cancelled. According to CMS, the claim can be submitted under Medicare Part A, provided proper documentation is in order (a…
  • The Future of Bad Debt: The American Worker with Employer Health Insurance

    Evan J. Albright
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    American workers with access to health insurance from their employers were among the lowest financial risks to healthcare providers. No more, according to trends identified in two recent reports. Zywave, a software company that serves health insurers, and ADP, a payroll company, have crunched the numbers of their respective client bases and identified a series of trends that pose high risk to the bottom line of healthcare providers. Thanks, no doubt to the Affordable Care Act which soon will limit an individuals out-of-pocket medical expenses to $6,350 ($12,700 for a family), employers appear…
  • How to Use Patient Response to Jumpstart RCM Transformation

    Derek Stein
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Derek Stein,RevSpring The financial realities of today’s healthcare industry are exposing the inherent workflow gaps and revenue leakage within traditional RCM processes. But as providers review more integrated revenue cycle solutions and seek consulting firms to strategize upgrades, there are steps that can be taken to jump start desperately needed RCM enhancements. Start with the data you have Leveraging existing data within their system, healthcare organizations can identify when and how patients are interacting within their current billing processes. With this insight, RCM professionals…
 
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    Meaningful Use Network

  • How Much Is Your Website Hurting Your Business?

    Amanda Guerrero
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    If your website hasn’t been updated in the past year, it’s almost certainly driving potential customers away – and those customers…they’re going straight to your competitors. So what exactly is your website doing wrong? Use the infographic below to find out. Use MWE’s Conversion Calculator to find out how your website compares
  • Three Reasons Your Patients Want You to Use an EHR

    Amanda Guerrero
    4 Oct 2013 | 11:37 am
    Even if your practice is not participating in Meaningful Use, there are many reasons to implement EHR software and start using a patient portal to connect with your patients – the biggest reason being the positive impact these technologies can have on patient care. Whether or not you are concerned with some of the other purported EHR benefits, namely increased productivity and reduced costs, you should consider adopting electronic charting software for the sake of your patients. Here are three reasons why many patients are starting to support the adoption of EHRs: 1. They’ve heard…
  • New Website Helps Patients Avoid Bad Medical Treatments

    Amanda Guerrero
    23 Sep 2013 | 2:05 pm
    Newly launched website Medulous.com revolutionizes the way people make healthcare decisions by allowing patients to read and write unbiased online reviews about their medical treatment experiences. Medulous logoSAN DIEGO, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – A new concept aiming to help empower patients to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, newly launched beta-version website Medulous.com allows patients and health professionals to write reviews for medical treatments online. By facilitating the exchange of information between patients and physicians, Medulous helps users avoid…
  • Why Health Insurance Is So Expensive

    Guest Contributor
    16 Aug 2013 | 1:00 am
    Healthcare spending in the U.S. has been growing relentlessly over the last decades, becoming one of the major contributors to the nation’s long-term fiscal deficit. In 2011 alone, the U.S. spent 2.7 trillion dollars on healthcare, amounting to almost one-fifth of the total economy. Even more alarming is the fact that healthcare spending is growing 1.5 times faster than the country’s GDP. So, what are the reasons for the exorbitant rise in healthcare costs? According to the following infographic, the seven most significant causes for increasing healthcare costs are: New medical…
  • Could Underperforming EHRs Be Responsible for the Meaningful Use Dropout Rate?

    Amanda Guerrero
    13 Aug 2013 | 12:43 am
    I’ve read quite a few articles in the last few weeks that talk about the fact that Meaningful Use participation rates are declining. This, despite the fact that using an EHR to attest to Meaningful Use comes with a big monetary payoff – and that physician practices, clinics and hospitals are continuing to adopt electronic health record systems at a steady rate. According to a source that cites an assessment of government EHR attestation data from this past April, 17 percent of providers who received a Meaningful Use incentive payment in 2011 did not earn the second-year incentive in 2012.
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    CureMD Blog

  • Tech savvy physicians are the need of the hour

    Jason Hughes
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Information technology is truly transforming the healthcare industry by helping improve processes, streamline workflows and reduce costs. It presents a unique set of opportunities which were non-existent before. Patients are more equipped now thanks to the availability of a wide range of mobile devices and healthcare information. This also provides an opportunity for physicians to take their practice along with them wherever they go and still be able to manage it remotely. A Deloitte report says 73% of all physicians [...]
  • Primary care physicians’ role in circulatory disorders

    Jason Hughes
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The five biggest causes of deaths in America in 2011 included heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes and nephritis/nephritic syndrome/nephrosis. All of these causes of death are linked to the circulatory system and the responsibility of primary care physicians (PCPs) to manage among their patients. The good news is, the causes of these diseases are well known and are largely controllable. Genetics, age, environment, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet are some of the most commonly [...]
  • ICD-10 delay: What now?

    Jason Hughes
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    To say that we all have been baffled by how smoothly the ICD-10 has been delayed by politicians would be an understatement. What surprised me more was the fact that not a single senator raised a point about Section 212 which was very smartly injected in The Protecting Access to Medicare Act 2014 during the extensive Senate debate. I wonder, do the politicians even know what they voted for? Were they not aware of how much the healthcare industry is [...]
  • How Patient Portals help you deliver better care

    Jason Hughes
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Almost every medical professional has a business website today but do they have the ability to provide a HIPAA-compliant account for their patients where they can interact with your practice, review their treatment plans, update account information, pay outstanding balances, schedule appointments, receive lab results, request refills or modify their appointment schedules? This is where a Patient Portal comes in handy. It is fully integrated with a practice management system and can improve patient-to-office communication greatly with features that improve [...]
  • What you need to know about ACOs

    Jason Hughes
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    There will be hardly anyone who disagrees with the notion that the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) concept is gaining strength. Broadly speaking, it is a group of healthcare providers who agree to take on a shared responsibility for the care of a select bunch of patients while ensuring quality and minimum possible cost of care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the 2014 class of 123 Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, which means the total number [...]
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    PointClear Solutions BlogPointClear Solutions Blog

  • How Mobile Apps Will Change The Healthcare Landscape

    David Karabinos
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The healthcare industry has seen a wave of coerced technology adoption in just the past few years due to the onset of the Affordable Care Act and other mandated policies. So what’s on the horizon for healthcare technology innovation? It will have a lot to do with healthcare consumers and how they can better access and manage their own care. Photo courtesy of Techonomy I recently gave an interview for Techonomy about how mobile technologies will help define the future of healthcare innovation and the industry as a whole. In the article, I discuss how mobile applications will play a…
  • The Pros and Cons of the ICD-10 Delay

    Lee Farabaugh
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Recently, Congress voted to further postpone the deadline for ICD-10 conversion from October, 2014 to an unknown future date. Before the vote, the impending deadline provided business opportunities for a number of our clients, and PointClear became well-versed in the ins and outs of going from a system of 13,000 procedure codes to nearly 70,000 codes. After the vote, I started to wonder: is the delay good or bad for our clients’ business that center on the conversion? This morning, I heard a story on NPR that brought up some benefits as well as drawbacks to the conversion that I had been…
  • 5 Questions: Ellen Dalton, Chief Marketing Officer at Medecision

    David Karabinos
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ellen Dalton is the Chief Marketing Officer for Medecision. This company is focused on tackling big problems in healthcare, like disconnected systems, disjointed data, less-than-optimal care delivery, and health outcomes that none of us want to experience. I’ve asked Ellen to be my third guest regarding a new blog series called Five Questions where I interview our clients and industry stalwarts on what is happening in their world of health or healthcare technology, and any insight they have regarding the state of the industry and trends to watch. Five Questions Blog Series – Ellen…
  • Wearable Devices are Growing, But Will They Change Patient Outcomes?

    Scott Frederick
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Nine months ago, I started wearing an activity tracker, and it’s completely changed the way I approach health and fitness. And I’m part of a major trend. Whether you want to measure heart rate, activity level or caloric burn, there’s an ever-growing number of devices that do the job. Both non medical and medical companies are trying to get in the game, from the Nike Fuelband to Fitbit to Apple’s new iOS Healthbook. In a perfect world, a single tracker would do everything, à la the Star Trek Tricorder. But in real life it doesn’t work that way. The resultant…
  • Developing Effective Patient-facing Mobile Apps

    Erica Newcomb
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Patients have high expectations of mobile health (mHealth). In fact, a recent Economist Intelligence Unit report from PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that more than half of the 1,027 patients surveyed believe the evolution of mHealth will improve the convenience, cost and quality of healthcare. The big question is whether today’s mobile apps are able to deliver on these expectations. Consider another report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics that provided analysis of the more than 43,000 healthcare apps available through Apple iTunes. When compared against 25 criteria related…
 
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  • Digital Pathology - The Incremental Push and Pull of Change

    Elizabeth Wingard
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Major changes rarely evolve in a linear fashion. It usually comes down to a group of people pushing forward a new model while another group holds on with both hands to the status quo. Then a small group in the middle plays its role as the bridge to both sides. So it goes with digital pathology. The inevitability of pathology becoming fully digital is not in question. It’s the timeline that causes the rub. And the timeline can be drawn roughly across generational, and to some degree, governmental lines. Younger physicians, having grown up with gaming and tablet technologies at their…
  • Sleep is the New Poster Child for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

    Elizabeth Wingard
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Well, it’s not really new. For decades researchers have been linking a lack of sleep, disturbed sleep, or a “night shift” schedule to various health conditions. But as the studies mount, so does evidence that the intuitive link between sleep loss and metabolic disorders is actually becoming provable. A new report released this week in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal pulls together multiple studies that point toward the detrimental effects on health that come with a sleep starved population. According to the report: Changes in the activity of neuroendocrine systems seem to…
  • The Healthcare Revolution in 2014 is Not Just About Payment Models

    Elizabeth Wingard
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    This is a fascinating time to be part of the healthcare industry. There is a revolution happening in how providers are looking at patients, looking at costs, looking at technologies, looking at…everything. The major driver of the revolution is, of course, changes to reimbursement models driven by the Accountable Care Act (ACA). The death knell is sounding loudly across the U.S. for the Fee-for-Service (FFS) payment model that the government and other payers have used to reimburse healthcare providers for decades. In addition to the new payment models driving the healthcare revolution, there…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Telemedicine Grants

    Elizabeth Wingard
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Billions of dollars in telemedicine grants are available every year from foundations and local, state, and federal agencies. Many healthcare providers miss out on beneficial funding opportunities because they don’t have the resources to track, develop, write, and manage grants. We reached out to Cathy Denison-Robert, Ph.D., founder of Denison Associates, Inc. Cathy and her team have been helping both large and small healthcare systems, educational institutions, and community organizations across the country for more than 20 years with their grants development process. “Most…
  • What’s the #1 Cause of Patient Data Breaches? HCR Issues Cause Concern

    Elizabeth Wingard
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:15 am
    Are Electronic Health Records (EHR) vulnerable to hackers? Yes. But are hackers the main source of healthcare data breaches? According to a report just released by IT Security firm Redspin, theft is listed as causing 83% of all large HIPAA privacy and security breaches. Hacking accounted for 6% of breaches.  The report shows a stunning 137.7% increase in the number of patient records breached in 2012-2013 for a total of more than $7 million in 2013. More than 85% of the records breached in 2013 resulted from the 5 largest incidents.  Other interesting stats: 29,276,385 patient…
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  • 10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal (Part 2)

    Karleen Murphy
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    If you missed it, check out 10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal, Part 1. Let’s take a closer look at 5 more complaints about your intranet portal and how to resolve them: 6. “Our Intranet Portal is No FUN” Your employees pop onto the intranet, grab the material they need and pop off, but there’s no real engagement.  Social tools such as an Employee Wall, Instant Chat and Social Toolbox are all great engagement tools to get your employees online and interacting through the intranet portal.  If you aren’t quite ready for social, there are lots of other…
  • 10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal (Part 1)

    Karleen Murphy
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Your intranet portal is a valuable tool which helps to connect your employees, collaborate on documents/projects and create content to improve overall business efficiency.  However, if you aren’t getting the engagement you are looking for from your users you may not be harnessing all the advantages your intranet has to offer. To zero in on the lack of engagement on your intranet and within your company, you may want to check your intranet analytics to determine which areas of the site are getting the least amount of traffic.  Or, add a quick poll or an online survey to your home page…
  • 10 Ways to Improve Intranet ROI (Part 2)

    Dave Calder
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    Hello Intranet Compadres. I’m back with 5 more ways to improve your intranet ROI with time savings and cost savings. In case you missed the first 5 ways to improve intranet ROI, here are #1 thru #5. 6. Include Outside Contributors There is not a single organization that lacks the need to share information and feedback in a timely, effective manner.  From various cohorts who fall outside of the immediate employee groups, such as Board Of Directors, Advisory Groups and Customer Feedback Groups, there is inherent value in tapping these external contributors. The common problem is that…
  • 10 Ways to Improve Intranet ROI (Part 1)

    Dave Calder
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    The most common questions prospective clients ask us about intranets are: “What is the payback of an intranet?” “How do I quantify the investment in intranet software?” “How do I determine intranet ROI?” Our Product Manager, Neil Chong-Kit, recently discussed how to ensure intranet ROI through effectively utilizing the Form Builder application. As a follow up to that post, this post will cover a more general overview of how you can plan for and improve your intranet ROI. The soft benefits, the intangible assets that your company or organization acquires,…
  • Healthcare Intranet Top 10 Product Enhancements

    Erica Hakonson
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    We have recently unveiled some exciting and innovative product enhancements at Intranet Connections, including the release of two new products – our Healthcare Intranet and our Financial Intranet. Just in case you missed it, our blog last week covered the feature enhancements in our Financial Intranet and previous to that our enhancements to our Corporate Intranet. Healthcare Intranet for Patient Care Over these past 15 years, we’ve worked with over 200 healthcare organizations who have successfully utilized our intranet software. During this time we acquired best practices,…
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