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  • CMS’ HIPAA Risk Analysis Myths and Truths

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I’ve been writing about the need to do a HIPAA Risk Assessment since it was included as part of meaningful use. Many organizations have been really confused by this requirement and no doubt it will be an issue for many organizations that get a meaningful use audit. It’s a little ironic since this really isn’t anything that wasn’t already part of the HIPAA security rule. Although, that illustrates how well we’re doing at complying with the HIPAA security rule. It seems that CMS has taken note of this confusion around the HIPAA risk assessment as well. Today, they…
  • Top 9 Insights for patient-centric Digital Health Innovators from the ENGAGE conference

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. Since I chair several conferences every year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to congratulate MedCityNews for pulling off a great event. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor that focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event. Here’s Vik’s recap of the conference: The goal of the ENGAGE was to highlight the importance of…
  • The Digitization and Democratization of Healthcare

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    Keith Kaplan, MD
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Two weeks ago, healthcare news headlines and Twitter made hundreds of thousands of references to Dr. Eric Topol’s keynote address at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 conference. For a review of Dr. Topol’s thoughts and comments, click here.   Dr. Topol spelled out eight drivers of the evolving paradigm in healthcare, namely, sensors, labs, imaging, physical exams, access to medical records, transparency of costs and digital pills. That list would have seemed foreign just a few years ago.   Dr. Topol took a look at the radical shift occurring in the centuries-old doctor-patient…
  • 12 Must-Read Healthcare IT Blogs

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    Infinit Healthcare
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Whether you’re a healthcare provider, a medical professional, or just simply a healthcare enthusiast, it’s important to be updated on the latest news and issues related to healthcare information technology. Here is a list of some of our favorite healthcare IT blogs for everyone looking for news, analysis, and valuable guidance in the intersection of medicine and technology.
  • President Signs Executive Order on Identity Theft; Endorses Chip and PIN for Cards

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    Patrick Lunsford
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    President Obama Friday signed an executive order that calls for increased credit card protection measures for some federal benefits and expense cards distributed by the government. The President also formally endorsed the chip-and-PIN payment system for U.S. cards, a move opposed by many banking and commerce groups.
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Health-focused wearables have a chance of improving patient care if innovators craft solutions plus providers and insurers work together to incentivize and pay for them

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I’ve been interested in the new “wearables” segment for a while. I reached out to Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice where he oversees market research for emerging technology, to give us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making. Specifically, what does the current research show and what are the actionable insights for how to incentivize patients to use them and figure out why patients might pay for them? Cameron thinks that wearable health technology…
  • Top 9 Insights for patient-centric Digital Health Innovators from the ENGAGE conference

    Shahid N. Shah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. Since I chair several conferences every year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to congratulate MedCityNews for pulling off a great event. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor that focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event. Here’s Vik’s recap of the conference: The goal of the ENGAGE was to highlight the importance of…
  • The difference between User Stories and Software Requirements Specifications (SRS), especially for regulated systems (part 1)

    Shahid N. Shah
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It’s getting easier and easier to build unregulated software these days but it’s still pretty hard to create regulated/certified systems such as EHRs, medical device software, and government IT. To help create better systems we all know we need better user requirements; however, “heavyweight requirements” efforts have been shunned, especially in unregulated systems, over the past decade in favor of “user stories” and more agile specifications. But, are agile user stories the best way to go in regulated systems where requirements traceability and safety…
  • When you’re looking to buy or replace your EHR, follow these common sense Dos and Don’ts for comparing EHR software

    Shahid N. Shah
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    By some accounts, almost 30% of EHR users will be interested in replacing their software as they move from Meaningful Use Stage 1 to 2 to 3 over the next few years. Although I’ve written and spoken extensively in the past about how to make sure you pick the right digital health and EHR software, I wanted to put together a new “common sense” type of Do’s and Don’ts list for picking new EHR software. To help me out, I reached out to J.P. Medved at Capterra because of their unique expertise in this area. What follows are the dos and don’ts of each step in…
  • Patient portals have a future as a patient engagement tool if clinicians are on board and encourage their use

    Shahid N. Shah
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    I wrote my first patient portal site, built into my first EMR software, back in 1998. At that time I mistakenly thought that portals would take off and patients would embrace them. What I quickly learned was that patient portals aren’t really portals in the sense of Yahoo! or Google but enterprise software’s customer-facing front-ends. The enterprise software in this case is of course an EHR and the customers are the patients. If patients are the consumers then their expectations are that they can conduct “business” with the practice through the portal. This means…
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  • Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 10/20/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    One of my friends from residency contacted me last week for advice on converting from one EHR to another. She’s a medical oncologist. Her organization is bucking the single-vendor system trend by allowing its oncology practice to move onto a specialty-specific EHR. They’re planning to use a private HIE to tie it all together for patient care and data integrity. She wanted to know what kind of skills would be involved in supervising a data extract and migration since she had been asked to be the physician champion. I started explaining that there are multiple dependencies involved – from…
  • Readers Write: What Healthcare Revenue Cycle Leaders Can Learn from Apple Pay

    Mr. HIStalk
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    What Healthcare Revenue Cycle Leaders Can Learn from Apple Pay By Joshua Silver It often feels like the healthcare industry is just as much about patience as it is about patients. Waiting for final regulations to be approved; waiting to be seen in a doctor’s office; waiting for new EHR systems to be rolled-out; waiting for the final, final, final ICD-10 rollout deadline; just plain waiting. The waiting game spills over into the consumer technology space too, especially when it comes to mobile payments. Despite the media popularizing the notion of replacing a traditional wallet with a…
  • Readers Write: Digital Patient Engagement Tools to Achieve “Top Box” Medication-Related HCAHPS Scores

    Mr. HIStalk
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Digital Patient Engagement Tools to Achieve “Top Box” Medication-Related HCAHPS Scores By David Medvedeff, PharmD, MBA Improving HCAHPS performance is a never-ending struggle for hospitals, one that has taken on greater urgency as results are linked to CMS’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. The HCAHPS Survey is the basis of the “Patient Experience of Care Domain” under VPB, which makes up 30 percent of a facility’s total performance score. A particularly thorny problem has been improving patient communications regarding medication, which is measured based on HCAHPS…
  • Readers Write: The Elephant in the Room: Provider Validation

    Mr. HIStalk
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The Elephant in the Room: Provider Validation By Miranda Rochol I’ve seen and heard a lot of discussion about EHRs and identity proofing – the process of verifying that a provider is who he or she claims to be. Identity proofing has been a hot topic in healthcare for years, starting with the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003, when e-prescribing was promoted as a vital part of reducing prescription errors and enhancing patient safety. Prior to that, e-prescribing was a novel concept.  Today, the majority of office-based physicians (73 percent) send e-prescriptions and nearly…
  • Morning Headlines 10/21/14

    Lt. Dan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Tech firms vie for $11 billion military healthcare contract as deadline looms The DoD has extended its EHR RFP deadline by one week, to October 31. The deadline was already extended by two weeks earlier this month. There are currently four EHR vendors known to be competing for the deal: Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, and VistA via Medsphere. Healthcare IT Leaders Embrace Federal Interoperability Plans CHIME and HL7 announce that they will partner to lobby for the inclusion of API-based interoperability standards in Meaningful Use Stage 3. New Affordable Care Act initiative to support care…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Podcast: Scot Silverstein talks health IT safety risks

    Neil Versel
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    In a sidebar to the September cover story I did for Healthcare IT News, I reviewed some of the work of Scot Silverstein, M.D., who has long been chronicling problems with EHRs and other health IT systems. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available for an interview in time for that report, but he was last week, so I got him for a new podcast. Silverstein, a professor of health informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, considers EHRs to be experimental and, sometimes, less safe than paper records and would like to see health IT subjected to the same kind of quality controls as aerospace…
  • Breaking: ONC’s Judy Murphy leaving for IBM job

    Neil Versel
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Judy Murphy, R.N., Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the ONC’s chief nursing officer, is stepping down Oct. 17 to become CNO of IBM Healthcare Global Business Services. Murphy has been with the ONC since December 2011 after 25 years as a nursing and informatics expert at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin; she had led Aurora’s EHR program since 1995. Most importantly to those of us in the media, she has never been afraid to speak her mind and provide good quotes. Now that she’s…
  • Podcast: Care Innovations CEO Sean Slovenski on his company’s Validation Institute

    Neil Versel
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — I’m out here in the Bay Area, in part because Intel-GE Care Innovations invited me to be one of six judges of its first-ever “hackathon” this past weekend. (Full disclosure: Care Innovations paid my travel expenses, but placed no editorial demands on me.) On Saturday, I sat down with CI CEO Sean Slovenski to discuss a number of issues in digital health and health reform, but I found myself most curious about CI’s new Validation Institute, launched in late June, which looks to bring some truth to some outrageous claims made by entrepreneurs in the…
  • Infographics: Health IT leadership and salaries

    Neil Versel
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    It’s infographic time! In fact, it’s time for two infographics. The first is from HIMSS, celebrating 25 years of the organization’s annual health IT leadership survey. Some interesting findings, as pointed out by a HIMSS publicist: 1991- 75 percent say their institution’s financial health is helped by computers 1994 – 14 percent predict that digital patient information will be shared nationwide in 1-3 years 2000 – 70 percent of respondents say HIPAA is a top business issue.   The second infographic comes from HealthITJobs.com. Not surprisingly, the most…
  • More health IT comedy means the public is taking notice

    Neil Versel
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    I often share jokes and humorous videos here, sometimes because a product is worthy of ridicule, but also to illustrate how some health IT is going mainstream. I’m going to do it again today because two things happened in the last week that I had not seen before. First, though Stephen Colbert has made fun of digital health and fitness products before, last week he took it upon himself to do so on consecutive nights. On Sept. 8, he took down the forthcoming Pavlok fitness bracelet, a product that sends an electrical jolt to the wearer’s arm as a reminder to exercise. It also debits…
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    HealthBlog

  • Mobility matters in physician satisfaction with electronic health record solutions

    hlthblog
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    By now it is becoming quite clear that the billions of dollars in government incentives to get physicians using electronic health record solutions has moved the market. According to an article in Healthcare IT News, 77 percent of docs practicing in free...(read more)
  • Sleeping on a cloud—advanced clinical anesthesiology solution uses Microsoft Azure as its technological foundation

    hlthblog
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    As a physician, I have a great deal of respect for my colleagues who specialize in anesthesiology. While surgeons may get all the glory for what they do in an operating room, they couldn’t do their job without the anesthesiologist. These specialist doctors...(read more)
  • Singapore slings a 10 in health & healthcare

    hlthblog
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In the same week that my company introduced Windows “10” to the world, I was contemplating a 10 of a different kind while on a business trip to Singapore. During one of my business meetings there with a prominent physician leader from the Ministry of...(read more)
  • On the road for Clinical Mobility

    hlthblog
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I’m writing this today from Sydney, Australia. This past week I’ve been working with my teammates here on something we’re calling the Clinical Mobility Roadshow. On each of the last four days we’ve been hosting a breakfast event in a different city. We...(read more)
  • Foggy brain? Get a forecast in the cloud.

    hlthblog
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Do you have trouble remembering proper names? Do you start to say something and then stop because you can’t remember what it was you were going to say? Are you always misplacing your car keys or eyeglasses? Do you walk across your house into another room...(read more)
 
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    Lab Soft News

  • E-Prescribing Giant, SureScripts, Provides EHR Interoperability Solution

    Bruce Friedman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    EHR interoperability has been a hot topic lately and I have posted a number of notes about it. Here's a couple of the latest (see: What Will Motivate Hospital CEOs to Seek HIT Interoperability?; Revisiting EHR Interoperability; Standardized Content and Vendor Strategy). The major EHR vendors have been unable or unwilling to provide broad interoperability solutions, particularly between their systems and "foreign" systems by which is meant systems from competing vendors. A new and perhaps unexpected player has emerged to provide an interoperability solution -- e-prescribing…
  • More Discussion about a Reverse Feed from the EHR to the LIS

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    On October 17, 2014, I posted a note discussing the usefulness of a reverse feed of clinical data from the EHR to the LIS (see: Reverse Feed" of Clinical Data from EHR to the LIS -- Will This Ever Happen?). I commented that I had first heard about the "reverse feed" from Dr. Ulysses Balis who is the Director of Pathology Informatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He submitted an interesting comment to my note which I am now elevating to the level of a note. --BAF Indeed, I proposed on the fundamental need for reverse feeds (and also reverse-federation,…
  • "Reverse Feed" of Clinical Data from EHR to the LIS -- Will This Ever Happen?

    Bruce Friedman
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In a pathology informatics webinar delivered yesterday by Dr. Mike Becich and presented by API and Sunquest  (see: Free Informatics Webinar Tomorrow: IT Support for Pathology Research), I posed the question whether he knew of any cases of a "reverse feed" of clinical information from an EHR to an LIS. Ul Balis was the first informaticist who had used the term "reverse feed" in my presence but I am not sure if he originated it. A feed of clinical information to the LIS will be absolutely necessary for pathology to fulfill its evolving mission in molecular…
  • The Comprehensive Theranostic Summary (CTS): A "Must Have" for Surgical Pathology

    Bruce Friedman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    At the just completed ASCP annual conference in Tampa, Dr. Liron Pantanowitz discussed how he and colleagues in the pathology department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a new type of pathology report for solid tumors and FNAs. It's called the comprehensive theranostic summary (CTS). Theranostic is a blend of the words therapeutic and diagnostic and is applied here to a report that incorporates both diagnostic and therapeutic features. Pathology generates the CTS as an addendum to its solid tumors and FNA reports, creating a useful summary for clinicians…
  • WiserTogether Helps Patients Make Decisions about Their Own Care

    Bruce Friedman
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    I have always strongly supported the idea that patients need to be engaged in making their own healthcare decisions and also take responsibility for maintaing their own health. My first note about this topic was posted six years ago (see: Increasing Patient Involvement with Their Personal Health Issues). One facet of this discussion relates to the distinction between patients and healthcare consumers (see: Differentiating Between Patients and Healthcare Consumers). Here's a quote from this note about that difference: I personally view a patient as a person…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • CMS’ HIPAA Risk Analysis Myths and Truths

    John Lynn
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I’ve been writing about the need to do a HIPAA Risk Assessment since it was included as part of meaningful use. Many organizations have been really confused by this requirement and no doubt it will be an issue for many organizations that get a meaningful use audit. It’s a little ironic since this really isn’t anything that wasn’t already part of the HIPAA security rule. Although, that illustrates how well we’re doing at complying with the HIPAA security rule. It seems that CMS has taken note of this confusion around the HIPAA risk assessment as well. Today, they…
  • Interesting and Funny Insights Into EHR and Health Information Management

    John Lynn
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week I had the chance to attend the Craneware Summit in Las Vegas. It was a really interesting event where I had the chance to meet and talk with a wide variety of people from across the spectrum of healthcare. I love getting these added perspectives. One of the sessions I attended was an E&M session which provided some really interesting insights into the life of an E&M coder and how they look at things. There’s a lot more to their job, but I tweeted these comments because they made me laugh and illustrated part of the challenge they face in a new EMR world. What's…
  • Funny ICD-10 Codes Have Ruined the ICD-10 Branding

    John Lynn
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The people at online physician community, QuantiaMD, recently sent me a list of the top 3 “Crazy ICD-10 Codes” that they got from their community. It was quite interesting to learn that when they asked their community for these codes, they yielded double the participation the company typically sees. No doubt, physicians have globbed on to these funny and crazy ICD-10 codes. I’ll be honest. I’ve gotten plenty of laughs over some of the funny ICD-10 codes as well. Seriously, you can’t make some of this stuff up. Here’s a look at the top 3 crazy ICD-10 codes…
  • Are You a Healthcare Data Hoarder?

    John Lynn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I’m thinking I need to start a new healthcare reality TV show called “Healthcare Data Hoarders.” We’ll go into healthcare institutions (after signing our HIPAA lives away), and take a look through all the data a healthcare organization is storing away. My guess is that we wouldn’t have to look very far to find some really amazing healthcare data hoarders. The healthcare data hoarding I see happening in comes in two folds: legacy systems and data warehouses. Legacy Systems – You know the systems I’m talking about. They’re the ones stored under a…
  • 8 Steps to Creating a Solid EHR Foundation – Breakaway Thinking

    Guest Blogger
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Noelle Whang, Sr. Instructional Designer at The Breakaway Group (A Xerox Company). Check out all of the blog posts in the Breakaway Thinking series. Implementing an electronic health record (EHR) is a huge undertaking, but the work after go live can be even more demanding. Mapping and redesigning workflows is an important aspect of EHR implementation and optimization that is often overlooked, especially after the application has been live for a while.  This seemingly simple but complex task involves diagraming and analyzing all current work processes and…
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    Medgadget

  • Daysy Oral Thermometer for Menstrual Cycle Tracking to Help Women Manage Pregnancies

    Editors
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    We recently covered the Wink connected thermometer, a new device for helping women track menstrual cycles. Now we learn that there’s a competitor device called daysy that’s very similar, but that runs on a different algorithm that may provide more accurate results. Jessica Griger, COO at Valley Electronics, the U.S distributor of daysy, was kind enough to answer our questions about the daysy and the app that powers it. Medgadget: Daysy is a fertility monitor designed to learn and track the menstrual cycle for people who want or don’t want to conceive. How does daysy work…
  • MotionSavvy UNI Sign Language Interpreter Gives a Voice to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VIDEO)

    Scott Jung
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Life can be very hard for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. There’s the frustration that comes when people simply have trouble communicating with you. Unfortunately, for many of the 370 million deaf people in the world, their inability to communicate is often perceived as an intellectual handicap which is likely preventing some very brilliant minds in our society from reaching their full potential. Ryan Hait-Campbell, CEO and founder of Alameda, California based MotionSavvy, is one of those brilliant minds. He, along with his colleagues who are all also deaf, have developed a…
  • TriVascular CustomSeal for Ovation AAA Stent Grafts FDA Approved (VIDEO)

    Editors
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    TriVascular Technologies (Santa Rosa, CA) won FDA approval for the CustomSeal Technology that’s used in placing the company’s Ovation stent grafts to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). The special polymer O-ring on the neck of the stent sits within the aorta, but does not apply continuous pressure against the vessel’s walls to maintain a leak-proof seal. In order to achieve this, after the delivery of the main part of the stent the O-ring is filled with a polymer to match the patient’s aorta. Once cured, a process that’s now 30% faster that’s to the…
  • Dexcom SHARE Helps Caretakers Watch Relatives’ Glucose Levels (VIDEO)

    Editors
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    While diabetics usually take their own blood glucose readings, they are not the only ones to worry about the results. Parents of diabetic kids and adult children of diabetic parents often want to keep an eye on their relatives without having to bother them every time a reading is taken. Dexcom received FDA approval to introduce its SHARE device that connects with the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Continuous Glucose Monitor and uploads the data for easy sharing with a select group of people. Folks wishing to check the latest readings of their family members can simply launch an iOS companion app that…
  • No More Reading Glasses: KAMRA Vision Implants Treat Presbyopia

    Editors
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Person wearing KAMRA Vision implants. Presbyopia, the inability to see things up close, affects large portions of the population as we grow older. Most people with the condition end up using reading glasses, putting them on and off as necessary, while some people keep them on throughout the day and end up looking like that English teacher from your childhood that would read famous poems in front of the class. Soon there may be a new options for Americans that would rather avoid glasses all together. The KAMRA Vision corneal inlay device has a camera-like aperture that automatically adjusts…
 
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Epic Fails And Deadly IT Cultures (An OPINION Piece)

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The Ebola Virus...Image courtesy of scienceblogs.comIt's bad enough that a fellow from Liberia by the name of Thomas Eric Duncan through hubris, stupidity, or simply bad luck brought Ebola to our shores. He did ultimately seek medical attention in the Emergency Room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas when he became symptomatic with the characteristic fever and pain of an Ebola infection. In fact, he presented twice to the Dallas ER. In between his two visits, Mr. Duncan was set loose on a city of well over a million souls while his disease was at its most infectious level. (He…
  • Saving Candy Crush

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    What may seem obvious to some can be mysterious to others. Case in point: the introduction of Western-style toilets to parts of China. It was necessary to provide pictographic instructions to be sure the new equipment was utilized properly:Assuming you have flown on a commercial airliner ever in your life, you've had to sit through what some would consider an equally-foolish instruction set: the safety briefing. This is how you buckle your seat belt, if the plane goes down somewhere it shouldn't, find the closest exit unless said exit is under water, in which case you should go elsewhere. And…
  • From The Healthcare Blog: How To Discourage A Doctor

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Dalai's note:  A piece by Dr. Richard Gunderman posted on TheHealthcareBlog.com.  It is unclear whether or not Dr. Gunderman's "discovery" is a real document or not. Still, it would seem to explain a lot of what we are seeing in healthcare today...How To Discourage a DoctorNot accustomed to visiting hospital executive suites, I took my seat in the waiting room somewhat warily.Seated across from me was a handsome man in a well-tailored three-piece suit, whose thoroughly professional appearance made me – in my rumpled white coat, sheaves of dog-eared paper bulging from both pockets…
  • "Value-based care: Bad for doctors, bad for patients?"

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Dalai's note:  Here is another piece cross published from KevinMD.com. I have a huge level of antipathy toward "Value-Based" reimbursement. From the beginning, I smelled a rat. How could we in radiology in particular prove the "value" of what we do in a manner that would convince those who hold the purse strings that we should actually be paid for our efforts? If, for example, we tell the ER doc that his order for a CT is inappropriate, we save the system money, and risk a lawsuit. If we let it go through, and it is negative as expected, we are dinged for charging the system for…
  • iWant

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    'Nuff said.
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  • Senate Estimates Alert - e-Health Scheduled 3:10pm -4pm Today 22/10/2014

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    To watch go to the following link: http://www.aph.gov.au/ Then select the Watch Parliament Tab and click on Senate Estimates / Community Affairs Hearing. Enjoy! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Edward Gough Whitlam - My Thanks

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Gough, For getting rid of conscription (yes I was sucked in), providing major changes to health and education (yes I really benefited) and getting rid of the death penalty - many thanks! We won't see his likes again I believe. The meanness we now see in public policy just shows how badly we are presently led - IMVHO. We can care and fund things - but no one wants to try! Pity about that. David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Ebola And Technology Intersect With Hopefully Some Useful Outcomes.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This appeared a day or so ago.CDC, ONC Target EHR-Based Ebola ScreeningGreg Slabodkin OCT 17, 2014 7:30am ETAn initiative launched last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help providers meet Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use public health objectives is now focusing its efforts on Ebola electronic screening tools.In August 2013, CDC and ONC established the Public Health Electronic Health Records Vendors Collaboration Initiative. However, with recently confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the initiative—which…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 20th October, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAnother quiet and pretty news less week. Lots of private sector activity but the Government is just a black hole with no light or information escaping!Interesting to see Google Glass gradually becoming more mainstream. The impact of health is far from clear and we will only see what the outcome of the…
  • Is It Time To Declare The PCEHR As A Failure That Is Moving In The Wrong Direction?

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There was a very interesting meeting that has considerable impact on where e-Health is heading globally held in the last few days.There are reports here:Interoperability's 'game-changer'Posted on Oct 17, 2014By Bernie Monegain, EditorCharles Jaffe, MD, CEO of standards organization HL7, came away from the joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees earlier this week, thinking that the industry could move faster on interoperability. And HL7 has just the thing to change the game."I don't try to denigrate the success; I try to celebrate it," he told…
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    Legacy Data Access

  • One More Lesson

    shelly
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
      If you follow this blog at all, you know I am big on talking about lessons I have learned from others – my colleagues,  my classmates, birds in a nest, my family, strangers I have met in England, my SASS Cowboy crew, cartoon characters, my son… Today my lesson came from a 1st grader.A very entrepreneurial and creative 1st grader. She is the first student at her school to secure her own “booth” (aka table) at her school fall festival, at her own request.She has written and published (with a little help) a book called “The Arguing Colors”, and was selling and signing copies…
  • Life as we know it (By Ryan, Age 15)

    shelly
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    (Side note: This is a journal entry written by my son, verbatim, as a class assignment. I only had him change one sentence because he wrote the opposite of what he intended. Otherwise, these are his thoughts, in his words. Sometimes things like this are put into your life at the right time and for all the right reasons... and its nice to get a validation that I am rubbing off on him, just a little! Enjoy!) When a person reflects on there life, they don’t think of the times where they just followed the path of society, they think of the times where the actions they took where what us as a…
  • Aiming is not always enough

    shelly
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    I’m on a vacation this week with my daughter at the SASS World Championships.Its my first time as a shooter and our first time without the rest of our family to coach us, guide us, and generally just keep us on the straight and narrow. Funny thing about both cowboy shooting and life: You hit what you aim at. (Yes, I just ended that sentence with a preposition). Sometimes, however, even when you bring your best game, your sights are dead on, and you are keeping your chin on the butt of the gun and your head down, things happen that are beyond your control.Your rifle jams, your shotgun falls…
  • Cowboy Wisdom – Did you look at it?

    shelly
    26 May 2014 | 6:01 pm
      This weekend I had the opportunity yet again to spend time with some of the greatest people on earth – the SASS cowboys in Byhalia, MS at their annual match. I picked up a piece of wisdom that needs to be shared: “Did you look at it?” Think about this. How many times do we think we have an insurmountable problem? A task that seems to be impossible? A goal that we don’t think we have the tools or resources or skills to reach? A frustrating situation that makes us feel trapped? So just stop and ask yourself that one simple question: “Did you look at it? I mean, really….did…
  • A Nest’s Life Lessons

    shelly
    11 May 2014 | 9:14 am
      Today I had the privilege of seeing baby birds leaving their nest.We had a pair of finches build a nest in our winter wreath on our front door…I am a lover of all things snowman-ish so I have a wreath with a snowman on it that stays on the front door through the winter months.Just when we went to take it down, we noticed the nest with the four eggs in it. Three of them ended up hatching and I was excited to see some VERY ugly naked baby birds.They were tiny and vulnerable and of course soon after that the weather went down to freezing again. All I could think of was how worried I was…
 
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  • ICD-10 Ebola Infographic

    John Lynn
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    In my post on funny ICD-10 codes ruining the ICD-10 brand, I briefly commented how there’s no ICD-9 code for Ebola, but that there is one for ICD-10. Beth Friedman from Agency Ten22 shared a link to this ICD-10 Ebola Infographic that I thought readers would find really interesting. One more reason to finally implement ICD-10 in the US. Related posts: Rise of the Digital Patient Infographic Ebola Lapse in Dallas Offers Few Lessons, Except About Our Over-reliance on Technology Reality of Patient Engagement Infographic
  • Are Researchers Ready to Use Patient Health Records?

    Andy Oram
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    There’s a groundswell of opinion throughout health care that to improve outcomes, we need to share clinical data from patients’ health records with researchers who are working on cures or just better population health measures. One recommendation in the much-studied JASON report–an object of scrutiny at the Office of the National Coordinator and throughout the field of health IT–called on the ONC to convene a conference of biomedical researchers. At this conference, presumably, the health care industry will find out what researchers could accomplish once they had…
  • Meaningful Use #HITsm Twitter Chat

    John Lynn
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I had the honor today to host the #HITsm Twitter chat. For those not familiar with the #HITsm chat, you just join every Friday at Noon ET and watch the tweets that are sent using the #HITsm hashtag. There are usually 4-5 questions that are discussed over the hour chat. Since I was the host, I created the questions this week. I chose to focus the chat on the latest happenings with meaningful use. The transcript of the chat is found here. I just took a look at the stats for the chat on Symplur and saw that the chat had 68 participants that sent out 474 tweets which had 3,196,079 impressions.
  • Insights from Dr. Eric Topol at #SHSMD14

    John Lynn
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    RT @MichaelPDowd: Dr Topol: The healthcare industry and telemedicine are about to collide. Sacred cows vs patient care, who wins? #SHSMD14 — EMR, EHR and HIT (@ehrandhit) October 14, 2014 Patient care will eventually win, but sacred cows still have a lot of fight in them. Love it. #HITsm #hcsm RT @aldermanae: The smartest patient room is their bedroom. @EricTopol #SHSMD14 #patientcare — EMR, EHR and HIT (@ehrandhit) October 14, 2014 I’m still chewing on this one. I definitely love the idea of remote visits. Not sure it’s the smartest patient room. RT @donstanziano:…
  • Are We Moving from Passive Patients to Active Consumers?

    John Lynn
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Are we moving from Passive Patients to Active Consumers? What impact will that change have? #craneware14 #HITsm #hcsm — EMR, EHR and HIT (@ehrandhit) October 14, 2014 This were the questions I was asking myself when I sat in on a presentation by Intermountain’s revenue cycle manager at the Craneware Summit in Las Vegas. I think the clear answer to the first question is that patients are becoming more active. Patients are shouldering a larger portion of the cost of their healthcare and so now they’re move involved in the care they receive. Plus, the internet and mobile…
 
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  • DIGITAL X-RAY VIRGINS Contd

    gpldev
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Call Today for Information on our Digital X-Rays and Dental  Software | (800) 704-8494 Digital X-Rays? After doing a good deal of research, the system I finally chose was DentiMax. There were several reasons I choose that company’s Dream Sensor. The first was that I found the quality to be amazing and the price was the lowest I had seen anywhere. This made me skeptical, but further research with CRA and other literature helped convince me that this sensor—and its low price—was not too good to be true. I was delighted to find the sensor was very highly rated. This, of course, made them…
  • DIGITAL X-RAY VIRGINS

    gpldev
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Digital XRays Are the Future | (800) 704-8494 For some unidentified reason, my wife and I have gotten hooked on all those real estate reality shows on HGTV. One of these shows, “Property Virgins,” features first-time homebuyers trying to decide if they want to own a home and, if so, what they should buy. Watching this show feels a bit familiar to me because a few short months ago you could have called me a Digital X-Ray Virgin. For the last 13 years, I have shared a 12-operatory building and an old x-ray processor with two other Digital X-Ray Virgins. We all thought we were doing…
  • Going Paperless: One Step at a Time (Contd)

    gpldev
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Call Today for Information on our Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 It really is a beautiful thing to watch the smooth flow of information  between the back and front office as treatment plan, perio, clinical notes and other data is shared to create claims, statements and new appointments.   Go Digital with X-rays Now, for a real productivity boost, combine your practice management software with a digital x-ray system.  Using these two systems together lets you view digital x-rays while treatment planning – at the same time.  And the advantages of digital x-rays over traditional film…
  • Going Paperless: One Step at a Time

    gpldev
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    By Ryan S. Brown, DDS Throw out your progress notes, x-ray film and the other systems that you have used for years and try going into work the next day with an all new paperless system that you and your staff have neither seen nor used – and did I mention that your day is packed full of patients?  This kind of nightmare would make any dental team anxious and would prove a recipe for disaster.  Fortunately, offices that want to go paperless don’t have to do it all at once, but can take it one step at a time.  Let me suggest three initial steps to going paperless: (1) create treatment…
  • Embezzlement Contd

    gpldev
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
     How can a dental practice prevent embezzlement?  Obviously, the first line of defense against embezzlement is to hire honest people.  But beyond reviewing work history and calling references, no one can guarantee that their staff will never steal from them.  Bluntly stated, without good software, you cannot properly protect yourself from employee theft.  I would not have pursued my suspicion and caught this office manager without the detailed information provided by my software program.  I shudder to think about the amount of money that she could have stolen had I not caught her early…
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  • EHR still in play with US Ebola case

    Erin McCann
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    In a congressional hearing Thursday, a Texas Health Resources executive joined other clinical stakeholders in the U.S. Ebola crisis to shed light on myriad oversights that materialized when the Ebola virus arrived on American soil.    read more
  • Ochsner first to link Epic to Apple's HealthKit

    Erin McCann
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    It's official. The Louisiana-based health system has become the first Epic EHR shop to integrate its electronic health record with Apple's HealthKit, making for seamless data exchange between clinicians and their patients.    read more
  • Is the post-EHR era upon us?

    Mike Miliard
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    When announcing his company's seismic $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services this past summer, Cerner CEO Neal Patterson noted the deal was meant, in part, to help the electronic health record giant chart a course for the "post-meaningful use" era. read more
  • Missed Ebola diagnosis leads to debate

    Erin McCann
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    A statement from the 25-hospital Texas Health Resources explaining why critical travel information was not communicated regarding the nation's first Ebola patient has left many wondering where the problem occurred. And, more importantly, how to fix it.   read more
  • Why should docs care about big data?

    Mike Miliard
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    When he speaks at Healthcare IT News' Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum next month in Boston, Robert Wachter, MD, will have some provocative things to say about quality and safety – and the responsibility physicians have to embrace the promise of business and clinical intelligence. [See also: Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'] read more
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  • JASON and the EHRnauts

    Keith W. Boone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I thought I was done with JASON and the EHRnauts for a little bit, when this query popped into my inbox via Will Ross over at Redwood MedNet.  He points to this bit of wisdom: From the report: read more
  • Wearable tech must get smart with data

    Mike Miliard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC. [See also: Wearable device market in growth mode] read more
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation

    John Halamka
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Over the past several years I've written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.   read more
  • Take the Healthcare IT News Patient Engagement Survey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based payment models, this is a critical topic that all healthcare providers must address sooner rather than later.   We value your opinion. Please click here and take a few minutes to complete this short survey.    read more
  • The new cool in healthcare: "Cost accounting is sexy?!"

    Dan Michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    A few weeks ago I was sitting in a conference room with the senior executive team from one of the top academic medical centers in the country.  The Chief Information Officer introduced my team to his team by saying, “OK everyone, let me make this simple. Pay attention. Cost accounting is sexy.” Now, that’s four words most folks in healthcare would never expect to hear.  Yet, an hour later, it was clear that everyone, from physicians to finance, agreed.  read more
 
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  • JASON and the EHRnauts

    Keith W. Boone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I thought I was done with JASON and the EHRnauts for a little bit, when this query popped into my inbox via Will Ross over at Redwood MedNet.  He points to this bit of wisdom: From the report: read more
  • Wearable tech must get smart with data

    Mike Miliard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC. [See also: Wearable device market in growth mode] read more
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation

    John Halamka
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Over the past several years I've written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.   read more
  • Take the Healthcare IT News Patient Engagement Survey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based payment models, this is a critical topic that all healthcare providers must address sooner rather than later.   We value your opinion. Please click here and take a few minutes to complete this short survey.    read more
  • The new cool in healthcare: "Cost accounting is sexy?!"

    Dan Michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    A few weeks ago I was sitting in a conference room with the senior executive team from one of the top academic medical centers in the country.  The Chief Information Officer introduced my team to his team by saying, “OK everyone, let me make this simple. Pay attention. Cost accounting is sexy.” Now, that’s four words most folks in healthcare would never expect to hear.  Yet, an hour later, it was clear that everyone, from physicians to finance, agreed.  read more
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  • JASON and the EHRnauts

    Keith W. Boone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I thought I was done with JASON and the EHRnauts for a little bit, when this query popped into my inbox via Will Ross over at Redwood MedNet.  He points to this bit of wisdom: From the report: read more
  • Wearable tech must get smart with data

    Mike Miliard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC. [See also: Wearable device market in growth mode] read more
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation

    John Halamka
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Over the past several years I've written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.   read more
  • Take the Healthcare IT News Patient Engagement Survey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based payment models, this is a critical topic that all healthcare providers must address sooner rather than later.   We value your opinion. Please click here and take a few minutes to complete this short survey.    read more
  • The new cool in healthcare: "Cost accounting is sexy?!"

    Dan Michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    A few weeks ago I was sitting in a conference room with the senior executive team from one of the top academic medical centers in the country.  The Chief Information Officer introduced my team to his team by saying, “OK everyone, let me make this simple. Pay attention. Cost accounting is sexy.” Now, that’s four words most folks in healthcare would never expect to hear.  Yet, an hour later, it was clear that everyone, from physicians to finance, agreed.  read more
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  • JASON and the EHRnauts

    Keith W. Boone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I thought I was done with JASON and the EHRnauts for a little bit, when this query popped into my inbox via Will Ross over at Redwood MedNet.  He points to this bit of wisdom: From the report: read more
  • Wearable tech must get smart with data

    Mike Miliard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC. [See also: Wearable device market in growth mode] read more
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation

    John Halamka
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Over the past several years I've written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.   read more
  • Take the Healthcare IT News Patient Engagement Survey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based payment models, this is a critical topic that all healthcare providers must address sooner rather than later.   We value your opinion. Please click here and take a few minutes to complete this short survey.    read more
  • The new cool in healthcare: "Cost accounting is sexy?!"

    Dan Michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    A few weeks ago I was sitting in a conference room with the senior executive team from one of the top academic medical centers in the country.  The Chief Information Officer introduced my team to his team by saying, “OK everyone, let me make this simple. Pay attention. Cost accounting is sexy.” Now, that’s four words most folks in healthcare would never expect to hear.  Yet, an hour later, it was clear that everyone, from physicians to finance, agreed.  read more
 
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  • JASON and the EHRnauts

    Keith W. Boone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I thought I was done with JASON and the EHRnauts for a little bit, when this query popped into my inbox via Will Ross over at Redwood MedNet.  He points to this bit of wisdom: From the report: read more
  • Wearable tech must get smart with data

    Mike Miliard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC. [See also: Wearable device market in growth mode] read more
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation

    John Halamka
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Over the past several years I've written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.   read more
  • Take the Healthcare IT News Patient Engagement Survey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based payment models, this is a critical topic that all healthcare providers must address sooner rather than later.   We value your opinion. Please click here and take a few minutes to complete this short survey.    read more
  • The new cool in healthcare: "Cost accounting is sexy?!"

    Dan Michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    A few weeks ago I was sitting in a conference room with the senior executive team from one of the top academic medical centers in the country.  The Chief Information Officer introduced my team to his team by saying, “OK everyone, let me make this simple. Pay attention. Cost accounting is sexy.” Now, that’s four words most folks in healthcare would never expect to hear.  Yet, an hour later, it was clear that everyone, from physicians to finance, agreed.  read more
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  • JASON and the EHRnauts

    Keith W. Boone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I thought I was done with JASON and the EHRnauts for a little bit, when this query popped into my inbox via Will Ross over at Redwood MedNet.  He points to this bit of wisdom: From the report: read more
  • Wearable tech must get smart with data

    Mike Miliard
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC. [See also: Wearable device market in growth mode] read more
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation

    John Halamka
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Over the past several years I've written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.   read more
  • Take the Healthcare IT News Patient Engagement Survey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based payment models, this is a critical topic that all healthcare providers must address sooner rather than later.   We value your opinion. Please click here and take a few minutes to complete this short survey.    read more
  • The new cool in healthcare: "Cost accounting is sexy?!"

    Dan Michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    A few weeks ago I was sitting in a conference room with the senior executive team from one of the top academic medical centers in the country.  The Chief Information Officer introduced my team to his team by saying, “OK everyone, let me make this simple. Pay attention. Cost accounting is sexy.” Now, that’s four words most folks in healthcare would never expect to hear.  Yet, an hour later, it was clear that everyone, from physicians to finance, agreed.  read more
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  • Defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and Choosing a VNA

    Mach7 Technologies
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    (SPONSORED) In this video, Eric Rice, Mach7’s CTO, offers a quick summary of what to consider when defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and choosing a VNA and a VNA partner. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Nathan Russ - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 Boston

    Tom Sullivan,Eric Bailey
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Nathan Russ, Director of Healthcare with Symantec, discusses healthcare IT security in the age of targeted attacks and cyberwarfare. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 19: Denis Tanguay

    Mike Miliard,Eric Bailey
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Denis Tanguay, CIO at Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston, Maine, talks about meaningful use Stage 2 readiness. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 17: Daniel Nigrin, MD

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Daniel Nigrin, MD, CIO at Boston Children's Hospital, describes his experience dealing with a cyberattack at the hospital by notorious hacktivist group Anonymous. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Introducing the U.S. Digital Service

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    In this video from whitehouse.gov, Mickey Dickerson, administrator of the new U.S. Digital Service, takes us through a few moments of his first day on the job where he leads a team responsible for digital interfacing with the government. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Ebola in US could have shed light on hospital medical errors--but it hasn't

    Ron Shinkman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    The Ebola virus' history in the United States has been quite limited: One overseas and two domestic infections in total, far fewer than the number of people in the country who will die today...read more
  • VHA division serves hospitals in Midwest looking to cut costs

    Ron Shinkman
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The VHA has created Mid-American Service Solutions, which is focused on Midwestern acute care facilities and has about 120 in its purchasing group altogether, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.read more
  • GOP senators warn ACA will increase budget woes

    Ron Shinkman
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Will the Affordable Care Act actually add to the deficit in the coming years? Congressional Republicans, according to a recent Forbes op-ed piece, are now asserting the ACA will add $131 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, negating promises made by President Barack Obama.read more
  • Two health system CEOs will share top spot after merger

    Ron Shinkman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A shared office of the chief executive officer is the key to a smooth merger between two of New Jersey's leading hospital systems, NJ Biz has reported.read more
  • Medicaid, CHIP enrollment up by nearly 9 million

    Ron Shinkman
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent.read more
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  • Analysis: How will Obamacare Premiums Behave during Second Open Enrollment – Part 1

    Pamela Girardin
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    The second open enrollment period is quickly approaching and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is – how will Obamacare premiums behave in the second year of reformed health insurance coverage? We are roughly two months away from open enrollment and any solid number on rate increase is far from available. As we approach November […]
  • Are Billing Problems Forming a New Set of Challenges for Obamacare?

    Pamela Girardin
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    At outset of Obamacare, all eyes were on the troubled healthcare.gov launch that gripped the administration on October 1, 2013. While the Affordable Care Act was being lauded as the coveted reformer of the health insurance, it had its own demons to fight. As time passed, exchange problems were weeded out and the system became […]
  • Anti-Obamacare Spending Boosted Enrollments, Say Reports

    Pamela Girardin
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act has attracted the ire of opposition for mainly being a Democratic idea. The GOP has tried more than once to repeal the law. When the repeal did not work, it tried for a replacement of the law. The idea of replacement didn’t work, as the alternative did not […]
  • Burwell vs Hobby Lobby: What’s The Impact On Corporations?

    Pamela Girardin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    With a Supreme Court ruling adding fuel to the fire, the Burwell vs Hobby Lobby fight is far from over. Let’s start with a little background first. The Affordable Care Act mandated that the employers providing health insurance coverage to employees must cover all forms of birth control. However, not all organizations agreed with the […]
  • Colorado: A Roundup of the State with Solid Obamacare Enrollment Progress

    Pamela Girardin
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Out of the states that adopted Obamacare from the start and chose to establish their own state-based health insurance exchanges, Colorado was one of the forerunners. The Centennial State was already making strong progress in healthcare and reforms, and took up Obamacare to further its position as one of the leaders in healthcare. Other than […]
 
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  • Improving care transitions for pediatric asthma patients

    Ashley Gold
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Ivor Horn, M.D., an emergency medical physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has her sights set on creating truly patient-centered technology with mobile solutions. She and fellow physicians at Children's are focusing on at-risk children and adolescents with asthma--and the stress and confusion that caring for those children that can cause parents.read more
  • Slow down, Apple; mHealth tech requires validity to drive user adoption

    Judy Mottl
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sometimes, with all that's going on with mobile healthcare technology--from emerging tools and the stream of research reports to product development and deployment--it can be easy for tech experts to become too focused on being first and ahead of the pack rather than producing a viable and validated product.read more
  • Texting as healthcare tool shows promise

    Judy Mottl
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    An in-depth examination of research literature regarding the use of text messaging as a healthcare tool indicates texting can benefit patients and boost treatment initiatives in several ways.read more
  • Doc: Smartwatches are a fad, but other wearables have staying power

    Judy Mottl
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The smartwatch is a fad, but developers demonstrating clinical use of tools will be the "Holy Grail" in pushing mHealth to the next level, according to a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.read more
  • Hospital goes mobile with physician order entry to boost treatment process

    Judy Mottl
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Canada's biggest hospital is utilizing a native mobile electronic order entry system for physicians featuring an app that lets doctors prescribe and conduct data entry wherever they may be.read more
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  • Black Book: Nurse dissatisfaction with inpatient EHRs at all-time high

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Poor workflow, communication issues and other problems with electronic health records have increased nurse dissatisfaction of inpatient systems to 92 percent, an all-time high, according to the latest report from Black Book Market Research.read more
  • THR Chief Clinical Officer testifies to Congress about EHR changes in wake of Ebola situation

    Dan Bowman
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations on Oct. 16, Texas Health Resources Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Varga spoke about electronic health record documentation and updates made to the hospital's system in the wake of treatment for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.read more
  • Groups want 'streamlined,' less restrictive MU program

    Dan Bowman
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Growing interoperability and usability concerns with electronic health records were the impetus behind a letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell by several healthcare associations and providers systems pushing for a revised approach to Meaningful Use.read more
  • Pollyanna ONC highlights interoperability mistakes made in the past

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I presume that I'm not the only person who finds the occasional disconnect between the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's blog posts and the real data behind them amusing.read more
  • End of Highmark-UPMC contract raises concerns about data sharing

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    The termination of the contract between managed care company Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), slated to end Jan. 1, 2015, has called into question whether UPMC will be able to transfer electronic patient health records in a timely manner.read more
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  • Two less obvious profit drivers for your clinic.

    Kelly Lawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    1. E-Confirmations. Cancellations and no-shows are not just annoying, they are a significant revenue drain. An e-Confirmation is an automatically generated email to the patient that delivers an online notification regarding their upcoming appointment and allows them to confirm their intention to attend the appointment. eConfirmations are built into your practice Management Software – so they are of no cost to you or your resources, and… eConfirmations decrease no shows by and cancellations rates by 50% @clinicserver [tweet this] Calculate: Your clinic’s no-show rate =  (Number of…
  • Five ways to improve the ambiance of your waitroom before your morning coffee break.

    Kelly Lawson
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    We wish that wait rooms didn’t exist. Really. As clinicians, we dont ever want to make people wait for us. It creates an undesirable and perceived hierarchical dynamic of, “My time is more important than yours, therefore, you wait for me.” Sadly, it is largely unintentional, and often necessary as appointments can run late, clients can run late, phone calls can interject, documentation can take longer than expected. There are any number or reasons that we can keep our clients waiting. The reality is, clients don’t like waiting, and we don’t like making them wait, but it happens. The…
  • 5 Free Ways to Market Your Practice This Fall

    Kelly Lawson
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    It is no secret that fall is ramp up time in the business world. Schools reopen, vacations end, cottages close, RVs get packed up, the boats go into storage, people resume their routines. Fall is a well known period of time when bustle begins. What better time to be prepared to accelerate community awareness efforts for your practice and getting the word out about who you are and what you have to offer your potential clients? Below are 5 tips for marketing your practice that take a little time, and good news, they’re all FREE to you. 1. Plan a speaking engagement. When you understand who…
  • Happy National Physiotherapy Month!

    Kelly Lawson
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    It’s National Physiotherapy Month! ClinicServer would like to give a well deserved shout out to physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants across the globe! We recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication you give to your profession and your patients everyday. Cheers to you!  
  • New Feature: Provider Type Icons #YOUSPOKE

    Kelly Lawson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    You Spoke. We Listened. Every clinician knows that appointment booking is a highly complex activity. In fact, it is the lifeblood of running a your clinic smoothly. ClinicServer is built by clinicians and has always recognised the need to accommodate the intricacies of appointment bookings. We understand that the more visual aid an appointment book can offer, the better. For this we have always had define icons: small icons that you can customise to identify procedural instructions. Procedural instructions may include such things as: initial assessment, re-assessment, a patient requiring…
 
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  • Front office hacks for the best medical practices

    Mike Hoaglin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s much more to the patient experience than the medical exam, and the front office environment sets the tone upon arrival. Optimize this space to promote a healing—not waiting—environment and maximize patient satisfaction. It’s only a waiting room if they’re waiting Rather than focus only on reducing wait times, transform how patients perceive and use that time. Offer wi-fi in the waiting room and have a couple of iPads or tablets on-hand for the following: PHR registration: When a patient arrives, it’s a good time to check whether he or she is enrolled in Patient Fusion.
  • Thinking outside the pillbox: Enabling patients to stick to their medication plan

    Mike Hoaglin
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    To the tune of 125,000 deaths and $300 million, medication non-adherence is a growing concern to clinicians and the healthcare system. In fact nearly two thirds of re-admissions are due to medication non-adherence. However, the use of interventions to improve adherence are rare in routine clinical practice. When pill counts, chasing pharmacy records, or patient attestation aren’t cutting it, reach for a technological helping hand. Gamify the importance of adherence The benefits of taking medications regularly aren’t readily apparent to many patients, especially with medications that are…
  • Prescribing an easier pill to swallow with apps

    Mike Hoaglin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Download these two apps and call me in the morning.” If these doctor’s orders sound a little far-fetched, it might be time to consider thinking outside of the pillbox. According to a recent survey, there is a possible preference among patients to be prescribed an app compared to medications. 90% of patients would accept a mobile app prescription while only 66% would fill a medication prescription. But with over 40,000 apps, where is a doctor to start? After all, most health apps receive fewer than 500 downloads, and the top 5 apps make up 15% of the health app market. Security is…
  • 19 must-see stats on the changing EHR landscape

    Ryan Shay
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Less than a decade ago, nine out of ten doctors in the U.S. updated their patients’ records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. In 2014, 61% of physicians nationwide use electronic health records (EHRs), up from 50.3% during the prior year. Health records are changing quickly — here’s a snapshot of the current EHR landscape: Support for EHR adoption The annual healthcare spending of the country reached ~$2.9 trillion in 2011. It’s expected to soar to $3.5 trillion by 2015. (Source) Medical errors cost $19.5 billion a year, and maybe as much as a staggering…
  • Building the right foundation for CINs and ACOs from the ground up

    Dan O'Neill
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Cloud-based software and web services integration delivers technical efficiency while enabling simpler workflows and data exchange. Builders and homebuyers in quake-prone regions of California prefer neighborhoods erected atop bedrock to those that rest on landfill, which are prone to crumble and slide when an earthquake hits. Portions of new buildings in San Francisco’s Mission Bay district rest on steel pilings driven through 150 feet of unstable landfill to reach solid rock. Without a firm footing in bedrock, these buildings could be at risk of catastrophic “ground failure” in the…
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  • Karen’s Story

    chaener
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
  • Keith’s Story

    chaener
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Watch Keith’s inspiring story about how he lost over 100 pounds.
  • When the Coach Is In, Everyone Wins

    Matt Ferguson
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    I eat, breathe, and sleep health coaching, so it’s great when I see companies talk about how coaches have helped engage employees and lower costs. A recent article in Human Resource Executive Online, “The Coach Is In,” was especially exciting for all of us at WebMD Health Services because our client, Prudential Financial, talked about how WebMD coaches have been integral to them in developing a “coaching culture.” Better health and lower costs are great reasons to have coaches. But the article highlighted other benefits that people may not think about. Here are my top four. 1.
  • Best Practices: Wellness Culture Ideas Handbook

    Erin Olsen
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
  • Data Is Changing—and It’s about to Change All of Us

    Kelsey Naffziger
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    The market for wearable smart devices is predicted to reach $53 billion by 2019.1 That’s BILLION—with a B. To say that this market is exploding is an understatement. This predicted expansion of devices and their associated apps begs the question of all that data that’s going to be collected. In the very near future, all of us will be creating our own digital exhaust from how we sleep, eat, exercise, and who knows what else. But the more important question is what we’ll do with the data. How will it feed our notion of the quantified self? Knowing our numbers is great, but only if we…
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  • Can efficient network management bring you closer to value-based reimbursement?

    Cara Wood
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    There is a cascading inefficiency problem in many network management approaches today. Chances are your network management is using multiple data sources, still relying on paper-driven processes, struggling with long cycle times, or built on an older platform that has not integrated multiple systems well. Worse still, these administrative mistakes and nuisances may be holding you back from the solid foundation your systems need to enact successful value-based reimbursement in the future. As the industry changes, one of the keys to success is putting the technology in place to have more…
  • Happy ICD-10 Anniversary!

    Rich Levin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Here’s a commemorative cartoon for your office refrigerator! Click to Enlarge But don’t thank us for it. Thank our colleagues at RelayHealth Financial, where you’ll find more revenue cycle management cartoons and expertise on ICD-10 readiness to boot. In fact, RelayHealth Financial’s full suite of financial connectivity solutions were ready for ICD-10 — including support for true end-to-end testing — a full two years ahead of the U.S. government deadline. So enjoy the anniversary. And hop on over to RelayHealth Financial to learn more about ICD-10…
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about bundled payments

    Cara Wood
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    When it comes to bundled payments, you have questions. And we’ve been listening. We compiled the top questions our customers ask about bundled payments and posed them to Francois de Brantes, Executive Director of the Health Care Incentive Improvement Institute (a-k-a HCI3). In this unscripted, unrehearsed live interview, Francois provides answers to the following questions: How bundled payments work How is the member benefit and product design handled for bundled payments? How is the member obligation handled in bundled payments? How is risk adjustment managed in prospective bundled…
  • Three Must-Dos for Payers, Providers Seeking Successful Collaboration

    Cara Wood
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    “The only way to win is to work together,” advises Holly Toomey, RN, BS, HCA, director, product management at McKesson Health Solutions. Her recent blog post features practical advice for payers and providers navigating the new reality of healthcare: success requires the best possible clinical outcomes at the lowest possible costs.   To build a more comprehensive, collaborative relationship between payers and providers, Toomey suggests: An Automated Utilization Management Process – Use electronic tools to streamline requests for treatment, minimizing patient delays and making it…
  • Can Utilization Management Work in a Value-Based World?

    Cara Wood
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And solutions to healthcare’s problems are in the eye of the stakeholder. Payers see the world one way, providers another, and patients still another. Finding solutions that balance stakeholders’ concerns isn’t easy. But it’s not impossible, if you bring the varying points of view together. I’ve been privileged to work with all stakeholders—payers, providers, and patients—and have heard (and hear) their problems, anxieties, and concerns. It’s from this vantage point that I’ve been wrestling with the problem of utilization…
 
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  • Hello, It’s Telemedicine Calling.

    Vlada Barlow
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    As I sit in my home office with the security icon blinking on the screen of my company-issued laptop, it dawns on me how much nearly every profession relies on remote communication. From banking, to education, and even to matchmaking, people use technology to communicate with others near and far, often making life changing decisions […]
  • T-Minus 169 days…the Clock is Ticking for New York Providers

    Michelle Soble-Lernor and Peter Kaufman
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015 This is the headline that jumps off of the page on the New York Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s (BNE) website, and March 27 is the drop-dead date, no ifs ands or buts. March 27 is only 169 days away, and all physicians, with few exceptions, must go paperless […]
  • Elements of a Patient-centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

    Maria Barhams
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Increasingly provider compensation and penalties are associated with the quality of care they deliver to their patients and whether those patients heed their advice. Although there is not a quick fix formula to ensure a patient complies with provider guidance, strategies exist to enhance patient engagement and accountability. Strong patient-provider relationships are associated with better […]
  • VIDEO: AHRQ Highlights Pioneer Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Study

    Peter Kaufman
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Several years ago, we embarked on a journey that no other health IT company had taken to date: we participated in a study that dramatically shifted the e-prescribing landscape by adding controlled substances as a capability. I am happy to share that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a video about the […]
  • The Value of an Identity Exchange in Healthcare

    Eric Rosenfeld
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    Recently, a colleague and I were talking about how times have changed. My colleague is a physician, recently retired from private practice, though he continues to see patients part time in a teaching environment. He is a key individual who has been and continues to be instrumental in the development of several healthcare IT standards […]
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  • The US healthcare industry will never be ready for ICD-10 until we stop scapegoating our physicians

    Nina Keller
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This would have been the second week of the ICD-10 era in American Healthcare had the Congress not intervened to delay its implementation. It was believed that by giving EHR vendors, providers and payers more time America would have a relatively smoother transition. On this day, it’s only fair to ask ourselves if the government policy worked. Are we better prepared to handle the ICD-10 phenomena now than we were a few months back? The simple answer is no. We are asking too much of our physicians by expecting them to change their workflow, implement all sorts of technology, comply with…
  • How to Succeed with Patient Portals for Meaningful Use Stage 2?

    Stephanie Debbie
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Utilizing a patient portal within a healthcare organization may have been an option for providers to meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements. Now, for Meaningful Use Stage 2, it is a core objective that must be met. CMS  requires eligible professionals not only to  provide 50% of unique patients online access to their healthcare information, they will now for Stage 2 need to have more than 5% of these unique patients view, download, or transmit to a third party their electronic personal health information. Understandably, this is one of the more challenging objectives for eligible…
  • Don’t Deny your Denials: What do Denials say about your practice?

    Nina Keller
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    A typical Medical Practice can easily lose 7%-10% of its revenue to denied claims that could successfully be amended and resubmitted. Add to that the difficulty, at times the impossibility, of collecting from patients directly, and you’d be able to comprehend the extent of revenue you are losing despite enhanced workload. Patient collections might be a hard nut to crack. Thus, your immediate focus should be to ensure that denials are kept at a minimal. One often-quoted best-practice recommendation is to hold denials to 4% or less. Difficult but doable. Advisory Company, a hospital research…
  • How to find more ‘physicians’ for your practice

    Daniel Schwartz
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The best doctor is the one you run to and can’t find This decade has been one in which the healthcare industry has gone through a mammoth transformation, and the metamorphosis shows no signs of slowing down. However, with more and more of the 317 million Americans gaining health insurance, and this coinciding with the retirement of the highly productive baby boomers, a growing trend of specialization in particular fields of medicine and several other factors, the country’s relatively constrained number of doctors are finding it extremely difficult to cope with the seemingly infinite…
  • Small actions with big consequences: Data Encryption a must do for medical Practices

    Daniel Schwartz
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Would you ever buy an SUV without locks? Or leave the keys in the ignition while you’re grocery shopping? Would you be happy to deposit your hard earned money in a bank, with no security protocol, so that anybody can walk in and get away with all the money stored inside?  The likely answer to all three questions is no. Why do we have such checks in place? They’re there to prevent the Jesse James’ and John Dillingers’ of modern times from trying to steal what isn’t theirs. Your practice is the bank, personal health information (PHI) is the deposits, and data encryption is what must…
 
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  • The Digitization and Democratization of Healthcare

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Two weeks ago, healthcare news headlines and Twitter made hundreds of thousands of references to Dr. Eric Topol’s keynote address at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 conference. For a review of Dr. Topol’s thoughts and comments, click here.   Dr. Topol spelled out eight drivers of the evolving paradigm in healthcare, namely, sensors, labs, imaging, physical exams, access to medical records, transparency of costs and digital pills. That list would have seemed foreign just a few years ago.   Dr. Topol took a look at the radical shift occurring in the centuries-old doctor-patient…
  • Robo-Pathologist Will Still Require Human Intervention

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I read with interest a recent article entitled “If A Computer Can Diagnose Cancer, Will Doctors Become Obsolete?”. The discussion in the article has several purely economic points and focus, but what caught my eye of course was being made obsolete by a computer!   This, of course, is not a new idea. In medical school 20 years ago, I was involved with a pilot project of what was once a commercially available product that used artificial intelligence to provide diagnoses. I say was “once a commercially available product” because the company - and the application - are no longer in…
  • Kimberly’s Story and the Power of Pathology 2.0

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Today, Keith Kaplan posted the following blog on his tissuepathology.com site. We are reposting here because we couldn’t agree more. The honest, candid response to client issues, listening hard, takes courage. Making amends, moving forward more forcefully addressing that which was missing, takes leadership and enormous courage. We have to ask it of ourselves, for the benefit of clients and patients. That courage can be inspirational, for us all. Thanks Keith. -Posted by Liz Wingard, CEO, CORISTA Kimberly Jewett is a 37 year-old mother of 2 and a two-time breast cancer survivor.
  • Disruptive, Enabling, or Standard of Care

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    An old (-er, I mean experienced) pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon once told me, “The heart is not a music box, it is a pump, why should I use a stethoscope to listen to it?” An experienced neurosurgeon once told me, “Neurologists are the tool we used to use before the CT scan” and a critical care intensivist friend has reminded me several times of the value of a stethoscope when you have arterial blood gases, central venous pressure monitoring, and ventilator settings you can adjust for optimum care.   While the neurosurgeon quip may be offensive to some, particularly…
  • Why Are More Physicians Choosing Startups?

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Some time ago I came across some videos and a TED talk by Dr. Zubin Damania aka ZDoggMD. Born of Indian parents, educated at the finest colleges, medical schools and residencies, he felt his career had hit a wall. He felt he wasn’t making the impact he’d planned to when he first entered the medical field as a physician. So Dr. Damania transformed himself into an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and social media cult figure. A recent Forbes article on Doximity talks about Why Physicians are Turning to Startups. What I found most interesting is the historical reasons why physicians…
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  • Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Interface Conversion Projects: 10 or More Steps If you’ve ever worked on converting from a legacy interface engine to a new one, you know one thing: this is one complex project. With a lot of moving parts. You’re easily facing 10 or more different workflow steps — per interface.  The workflow can start with simply backing up the legacy production interface and can end with testing and deploying the new interface. But between Step 1 and 10, there is a lot [...] Cet article Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Interfacing Capabilities and Costs

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    When you first start researching the interfacing capabilities of each engine vendor, you might be overwhelmed. If you’re in a startup, small company, or a hospital with fewer than 100 beds, get ready for sticker shock. Interfacing and integration don’t come cheap. And if you’re in a bigger organization and you need a new engine, get ready for complexity and value propositions that may be overkill.  This post will help you match your needs to the capabilities in the market. [...] Cet article Interfacing Capabilities and Costs est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • What is de-identification?

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    De-identification is a technique to mask or remove protected health information (PHI) from sensitive patient data. If you need to use production HL7 data, you’ll need to find a way to protect PHI. De-identification is a good choice when you need to: Troubleshoot an interface Populate a test system Gather data for analytics Why de-identify? There are a number of reasons you should consider de-identification. 1. Leverage the richness of production data When you test a system or an interface, you’ll cover the most realistic test scenarios [...] Cet article What is de-identification? est…
  • The HL7 Survival Guide – 2 Year Anniversary

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    It’s been 2 years this fall that we started publishing the HL7 Survival Guide chapter by chapter. It’s proven to be our most popular download and has been called “truly awesome reading for a true practitioner”. The HL7 Survival Guide helps you get in control of the entire interface lifecycle. Move beyond the basics with a go-to guide full of real-world practice advice on effective interfacing. The HL7 Survival Guide helps you cut non-value-added tasks and focus on the essential. Take this [...] Cet article The HL7 Survival Guide – 2 Year Anniversary est apparu en…
  • What are HL7 requirements?

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Requirements Thinking What are HL7 requirements? First, in the world of software engineering, requirements refer to documented needs that an application or system must perform. Requirements are critical for both designing the software and verifying that it works. In the world of HL7 interfacing, requirements thinking is the right way to build an interface. The problem is, traditional HL7 requirements-gathering leaves serious gaps. Traditional HL7 Requirements Approach Key technique: manual analysis and pipe counting in message samples Small data samples Incomplete and/or outdated…
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How to Safeguard Against Healthcare Data Breaches

    Infinit Healthcare
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and with the recent shift towards electronic records and the use of big data, healthcare providers need to fortify data security to safeguard against data breaches. The recent Healthcare.gov web site hacking is an example of why healthcare organizations should not only have a data security plan but also a breach plan
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 5 – 11, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This week, let’s focus on a very important advancement in healthcare that may literally prevent us from catching the most horrifying diseases, Big Data. How you ask? Can it prevent us from getting the notorious Ebola virus? Here’s the newest on Healthcare Data.
  • 12 Must-Read Healthcare IT Blogs

    Infinit Healthcare
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Whether you’re a healthcare provider, a medical professional, or just simply a healthcare enthusiast, it’s important to be updated on the latest news and issues related to healthcare information technology. Here is a list of some of our favorite healthcare IT blogs for everyone looking for news, analysis, and valuable guidance in the intersection of medicine and technology.
  • Top 5 Reasons the Healthcare Industry should Outsource

    Jeff De Jesus
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    The global healthcare industry’s interest in outsourcing has grown massively in the recent years due to the industry’s drive to reduce costs while still being able to provide quality healthcare service. We list down five reasons the healthcare industry should think more about outsourcing their non-medical operations.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (September 21-28)

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    From hackers to nurses, we round up some of the juiciest articles this past week about healthcare. You may be interested to know who might be looking at your personal records! Here’s the newest on healthcare.
 
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  • Benefits of Home Care For the Elderly

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    There are many benefits to home care for the elderly. From companionship and ensuring that there is someone around to look after your elderly loved one’s well being even when you are not present, home care has multiple benefits. Here at Precision HHC we have provided you with 6 great reasons why you should use home care to take care of your elderly relatives. 1)      Home Care is Affordable: A professional caregiver not only provides high quality care, they are also extremely affordable as compared to nursing homes. In most cases, keeping your elderly loved ones at home costs…
  • Find the Right Elder Car Facility

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    14 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
               
  • Elderly Care Agencies: A Guide

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Finding a proper elderly care agency for the senior in your life may be one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. After all, at the crux of your search is the fact that you need to find the proper spot that will provide a comfortable, caring place for your loved one; one that also strives to preserve their dignity in the process. When you consider other important metrics like cost and location, it becomes clear that finding the right elderly care agency is a decision that should be weighed heavily. When the time comes to consider elder care for your loved one, there are a few rules of…
  • The Elderly vs. Insomnia: A Perpetual Battle for Rest

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    One of the most common complaints of the elderly is a lack of sleep.  This may be in the form of aninability to initiate sleep or an inability to maintain sleep for prolonged periods of time.  Frequent waking is the most common form of insomnia amongst the elderly. Insomnia can be caused by a plethora of factors.   Without a specific disease/condition, insomnia can be a result of several things occurring at the same time.  Below is a list of common causes of insomnia: Caffeine Depression Diet Pills Anxiety Nicotine Intense bedtime thinking/worrying Prescription drugs: Ask your doctor for…
  • The Importance of Daily Activity

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:24 am
    The fitness “buzz” has perhaps never been as prevalent as it is today. Fitness “gurus” write books, magazines, and create DVDs to help the general public achieve their fitness goals. Unfortunately, the senior population is usually left out. Now by no means am I suggesting that those who require senior care at home should attempt to perform overly strenuous movements and routines. However, daily activity is paramount in eliminating, reducing and/or preventing various aches and pains. Some of the most common elderly complaints are: headaches, neck pain, back pain, hip pain, and knee…
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  • Over 11k Expected to Attend Cerner Health Conference 2014

    Jasmine Pennic
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    More than 11,000 health care industry leaders, practitioners and Cerner associates are planning to attend the 29th annual Cerner Health Conference (CHC) in Kansas City, MO. Clients, partners and associates from more than 25 countries are expected to collaborate with peers, share best practices and gain hands-on experience with innovative health care solutions and services. The conference begins on Sunday, Nov. 2 and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Kansas City Convention Center. This year’s 2014 theme, “Together we anticipate, innovate, accelerate,” describes…
  • Panasonic Launches Tablet-based Telehealth Service for Seniors

    Jasmine Pennic
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Panasonic Corporation announced it will launch a tablet-based telehealth service in November called On4Today, a non-clinical telehealth service provided to long-term care and assisted living facilities. Designed as an ‘always on’ service, On4Todaybridges potential communication gaps between assisted living facility residents and their families, friends and care providers. It delivers connectivity and easy-to-use communications intended to improve staff efficiencies, reduce anxiety for residents, promote peace of mind among family and friends and encourage stronger levels of…
  • Health Wearables Still In Its Early Days, PwC Reports Reveals

    Fred Pennic
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health wearables are still in the early stages of technology and product adoption cycles, according to PwC’s Consumer Intelligence Series – The Wearable Future report – an extensive U.S. research project that surveyed 1,000 consumers, wearable technology influencers and business executives, as well as monitored social media chatter, to explore the technology’s impact on society and business. In conjunction with The Wearable Future report, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) also launched a separate report, Health wearables: Early days, further examining consumers’ attitudes and…
  • Infographic: Apple HealthKit vs. Google Fit

    HITC Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Infographic created by True Vault, a HIPAA compliant database as a service provider illustrates how Apple HealthKit stacks up against Google’s Fit digital health platform from a developer’s perspective. It also highlights Samsung’s SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction) ecosystem and their new sensor-filled watch “Simband.”  Know the difference between HIPAA compliant hosting and building a HIPAA compliant app, and download True Vault’s Developer’s Guide to HIPAA Compliance.
  • Microsoft Offers Researchers Cloud Tools to Fight Ebola Virus

    Jasmine Pennic
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On Monday, Microsoft announced it will provide free Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources to medical researchers working towards developing a better understanding of the spread and cure of the Ebola virus and its associated factors.  Qualifying proposals will be awarded allocations of Microsoft Azure compute and storage resources. Microsoft Azure is an open platform that supports languages, tools, or frameworks, such as Linux, Python, Java, Hadoop, and Microsoft .NET Framework to perform big data computations in the cloud. Medical researchers will have the opportunity to take full…
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