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  • EHR Partner Programs

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    John Lynn
    22 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Amazing Charts just announced a new EHR partner program. This isn’t something that’s particularly new for EHR vendors. They all have lots of partners. Some have formalized them into a program like athenahealth has done with their More Disruption Please (MDP) program. Others are much more quiet about the partners they work with and how they work with them. What’s clear to me in the EHR industry is that an EHR vendor won’t be able to do everything. There are some that like to try (See Epic), but even the largest EHR vendor isn’t going to be able to provide all the…
  • Documentation by Exception is the Dredge of EHR Documentation

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    26 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    There was a very bad practice that was started thanks in large part to EHR software implementations. That practice is called documentation by exception and it’s employed by many (most?) EHR vendors. For those not familiar with documentation by exception, here’s a definition: Charting by exception (CBE) is a shorthand method of documenting normal findings, based on clearly defined normals, standards of practice, and predetermined criteria for assessments and interventions. Significant findings or exceptions to the predefined norms are documented in detail. In the US, we all know…
  • 6 Tips to Feel More Energized

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    Truworth Wellness
    19 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    We work; we manage our tight work schedules, keep ourselves stimulated with caffeine and pure strength of mind! Many of us struggle with energy issues. “Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing,” says psychologist Michelle Segar, PhD, associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women … Continue reading 6 Tips to Feel More Energized →
  • Whistle Blower Doctor’s Case Against Hospital Reinstated–$5.2 Million To Be Paid By IHHI Hospital

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    Medical Quack
    25 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
    It’s been a while since we have had any IHHI news but it rocked the news wires quite a bit a few years back.  There was a bit of everything here with the case of the hospital CEO setting up the Internal Med Physician.  You can catch up at the link below on more of the story but the award mentioned was taken away due to the fact that later it was said the hospital was not responsible for the CEO’s action.  Well that has been reversed so the award stands.  Jury Orders IHHI Hospital Chain to Pay Doctor $5.2 Million As Former Executive Planted a Gun and Gloves in the…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K - Healthcare IT News

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    27 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220KHealthcare IT NewsA two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to and more »
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  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K - Healthcare IT News

    27 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220KHealthcare IT NewsA two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to and more »
  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    27 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Poor usability drives replacement patient portal marketHealthcare IT News (blog)Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn't take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health? - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    27 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    How accountable is the care without behavioral health?Healthcare IT News (blog)I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and ...and more »
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health - Healthcare IT News

    27 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    AHRQ aims to boost heart healthHealthcare IT NewsIn what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the ...and more »
  • Innovation Pulse: Meet the new CMS code worth $17 billion annually - Healthcare IT News

    27 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Healthcare IT NewsInnovation Pulse: Meet the new CMS code worth $17 billion annuallyHealthcare IT News“And this code will give healthcare organizations at least reimbursement to make investments into technology that really include the patient as a meaningful component of the healthcare equation.” Yes, this is where CareSync comes in. The company offers ...
 
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • Organizations vary in ability to use CDS to cut malpractice risk

    Susan D. Hall
    27 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Healthcare providers vary widely in their ability to use clinical decision support tools to assess malpractice risks, according to research published online Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.read more
  • Hospitals expand monitoring to catch subtle warnings

    Zack Budryk
    27 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Healthcare providers are expanding their methods for 24-hour patient-monitoring, factoring in subtle but important signs of worsening conditions.read more
  • Independent researcher discovers infusion pump security flaws

    Katie Dvorak
    27 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Through an independent investigation on medical infusion pumps, security researcher Billy Rios found security vulnerabilities in the devices, which prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning on the tools.read more
  • ICD-10 will cause various problems for EDs

    Katie Dvorak
    27 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Emergency departments will feel negative impacts from the changeover to the new ICD-10 coding system, according to a paper published this month in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.read more
  • USDA taking grant applications for telemedicine projects

    Susan D. Hall
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the $19 million it plans to award through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.read more
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    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus

  • HealthIMPACT Southwest recap: CIOs think dashboards need significant improvement

    Shahid N. Shah
    26 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    I chair the HealthIMPACT series of events that is held in a variety of cities throughout the year. HealthIMPACT is a no-nonsense and “No BS” local one-day event for busy health IT professionals that pretty much know what they’re doing but are looking to learn from their peers (instead of professional presenters). We don’t try to add further hype to common trends everyone’s already seen many times or explain the obvious to make ourselves look smart; we explain the implications of trends to your daily work, figure out how to operationalize innovations, and provide…
  • How health IT can deliver on the promise of Medical Travel

    Shahid N. Shah
    18 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Health IT for large systems, hospitals, and traditional physician practices is well underway. Enough so that innovators/startups, are starting to see consolidation and heavy competition. As I look around at new areas for health IT implementations, I think areas in medical travel or medical tourism (“MT”) appear to be great opportunities. A potent mix of the Internet, cloud computing and globalized medicine — when combined — should drive medical travel. I’ll be speaking at the Medical Travel and Global Healthcare Business Summit in Tampa Florida. That’s where…
  • Shahid’s No BS guide to patient engagement at #HIMSS15

    Shahid N. Shah
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    I’ll be at #HIMSS15 in Chicago this week and am preparing for the onslaught of the term “patient engagement”. It’s both overused and ill-defined which means it’s almost meaningless as a category of technology or approaches. It’s also multi-faceted which means a definition is not going to be forthcoming soon; so, I’m not going to try. As I go through the educational sessions and exhibits looking at patient engagement solutions, I’m going to be trying to figure out how to categorize them. My initial thoughts about how to do are shown below.   The most important facets…
  • Evaluating and choosing healthcare cloud services providers

    Shahid N. Shah
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    As healthcare moves from on-premise to cloud services, the evaluation and selection of “HIPAA compliant” cloud service providers becomes an import task. I don’t like the description “HIPAA compliant” because it’s imprecise and not meaningful. However, it’s something that many non-technical people look for when evaluating providers so I’m using it here. My friend Alex Ginzburg, VP of Technology at Intervention Insights, and I have done this kind of healthcare cloud services providers evaluation and selection many times so it was natural for…
  • Congress finally getting serious about telemedicine, but are CDOs ready?

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    The latest ‘doc fix’ bill, H.R. 1470, was introduced last week. Though it has quite a ways to go before it’s sent to conference or passed, the bill has some pretty nice language for telemedicine and care coordination enthusiasts. Though it’s probably less than I would like, Section 4 (Encouraging Care Management for Individuals with Chronic Care Needs) is a great start. The telehealth language is pretty general but I like how it is making sure that telemedicine isn’t precluded from being reimbursed. Most interesting is that GAO is being asked to do a…
 
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 5/28/15

    Lt. Dan
    27 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Medicaid rule could extend health IT support to behavioral health, long-term care A newly proposed CMS rule governing Medicaid managed-care plans has implications on health IT. The rule authorizes state Medicaid programs to offer incentive payments for organizations that do not qualify to participate in the Meaningful Use program, like behavioral health providers and long-term care providers, to purchase and implement EHRs. The new rule also authorizes states to mandate participation in health information exchanges as part of their contracts with Medicaid managed care organizations.
  • Morning Headlines 5/27/15

    Lt. Dan
    26 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Chronic Care and Population Health Company Persivia Acquires Alere Analytics to Help Healthcare Organizations Manage Clinical and Financial Outcomes Risk Chronic care management vendor Persivia buys back Alere Analytics, the population analytics solution that it sold to Alere in 2014 for $600 million, for an undisclosed sum. Varian Medical Systems and Flatiron Health to Develop Next Generation of Cloud-based Oncology Software Varian Medical Systems is partnering with Flatiron Health to develop a cloud-based oncology EHR. The Triple Aimers have missed the mark Former Beth Israel Deaconess…
  • News 5/27/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    26 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Top News The two entrepreneurs who sold DiagnosisOne to Alere in 2012 buy back their former business, now known as Alere Analytics, to form Persivia. Alere bailed out of healthcare in the fall of 2014 by selling Alere Health to Optum for $600 million in an attempt to pay down company debt, with several of Alere Health’s products reverting back to their original owners. Alere is doing better after sticking with its diagnostics business – shares are up 43 percent in the past year after a price run-up that started in early January. Reader Comments From Stay KLASsy: “Re: Epic. The company…
  • Morning Headlines 5/26/15

    Lt. Dan
    25 May 2015 | 6:16 pm
    EHRA Recommends Changes To ONC’s Standards Advisory Proposal The HIMSS EHR Association responds to ONC’s Standards Advisory Proposal, citing concerns that the newly established standards, and their intended uses, could be unintentionally misinterpreted without explicit clarifications. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report The United Health Foundation publishes a report on senior’s health, finding that preventable hospitalizations within this sub-group have dropped 6.8 percent since 2014, and 11 percent since 2013. Why We Need Design Thinking In Healthcare Deonard D’Avolio, PhD…
  • Morning Headlines 5/25/15

    Lt. Dan
    24 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Patterson: No intersection has ‘more potential than what we’re at’ — health care, IT Cerner booked $4.25 billion in new sales in 2014, beating its previous record of $3.8 billion. The company also reports that it expects its Siemens acquisition to return $1 billion in revenue in 2015. Thompson and Rangel Introduce Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 Representatives Glenn Thompson (R- PA) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) introduce H.R. 2516, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015, which would expand access to telehealth services for…
 
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    Lab Soft News

  • Academic Medical Centers Eliminate Low Volume Surgical Procedures

    Bruce Friedman
    26 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    If you, as a patient, are required to have complex surgery, my advice is to get yourself to a hospital where your operation is performed frequently and select a a surgeon who is experienced in the procedure. To restate the obvious, greater experience yields higher quality results (see: Risks Are High at Low-Volume Hospitals). Now, in an interesting turn of events, some academic medical centers are imposing minimal volume standards on themselves and on their surgeons for selected operations (see: Report: U-M Hospital, other top medical centers aim to reduce low-volume surgeries). Below…
  • University of Louisville Promotes "Official Tanning Center"

    Bruce Friedman
    22 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Almost six years ago, I blogged about how the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) had received a substantial grant from Coca-Cola to provide "educational information" about nutritional aspects of the soft drink on its web site, FamilyDoctor.org (see: American Academy of Family Physicians Cozies Up to Coke). I commented at that time that it appeared to me that this medical society needed more money for some purpose, perhaps paying the salaries of its executive officers, and that it was willing to compromise its ethical and professional standards to…
  • Possible Cause Discovered for Cachexia of Malignancy

    Bruce Friedman
    21 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Cachexia of malignancy has always interested me but the cause has eluded scientists for many years. Cachexia is a wasting away of the body which can be related to cancer or non-cancerous diseases like AIDS. It's always been clear that the etiology of this syndrome had some sort of "humoral" basis which is to say it was related to some substance in the body fluids excreted by the malignant cells. A recent article discussed this topic and the identification of a circulating protein that may be the culprit (see: Why cancer patients waste away): Tumors implanted in adult female…
  • Some Observations about the Hispanic Health Paradox

    Bruce Friedman
    18 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    The "Latino [or hispanic] health paradox" has fascinated public health experts for decades. It's the observation that Latinos, despite often being mired in poverty, are less likely to to suffer from chronic disease or die prematurely. For many other ethnic groups, such a life situation tends to result in a raft of chronic health issues. This topic was covered well by a recent article in the Huffington Post (see: The Latino Health Paradox In 4 Essential Charts): For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report specifically on the…
  • The Explosive Growth of EHR Scribes; Back to the Future

    Bruce Friedman
    14 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I have been covering the growth of the medical scribe industry in Lab Soft News for almost five years (see: Shift of Hospital EMR Data Entry Tasks from MDs to Scribes). You could see this trend coming for a long time. I believe that hospitals EHRs are not well designed and physicians and nurses are seeking some relief from the work burden imposed on them by these systems. A recent presentation of NPR provided some more details about the growing need for medical scribes in hospitals (see: Public radio examines explosive demand for medical scribes). Below is an excerpt from it: The medical…
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  • Knotty Problems Surround Substance Abuse Data Sharing via EMRs

    Katherine Rourke
    27 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    As I see it, rules giving mental health and substance abuse data extra protection are critical. Maybe someday, there will be little enough stigma around these illnesses that special privacy precautions aren’t necessary, but that day is far in the future. That’s why a new bill filed by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), aimed at simplifying sharing of substance misuse data between EMRs, deserves a close look by those of us who track EMR data privacy. Tonko and Murphy propose to loosen federal rules on such data sharing  such that a single filled-out consent form…
  • Documentation by Exception is the Dredge of EHR Documentation

    John Lynn
    26 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    There was a very bad practice that was started thanks in large part to EHR software implementations. That practice is called documentation by exception and it’s employed by many (most?) EHR vendors. For those not familiar with documentation by exception, here’s a definition: Charting by exception (CBE) is a shorthand method of documenting normal findings, based on clearly defined normals, standards of practice, and predetermined criteria for assessments and interventions. Significant findings or exceptions to the predefined norms are documented in detail. In the US, we all know…
  • Happy Memorial Day!

    John Lynn
    25 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    In the US, today is Memorial Day. It’s a bit ironic that I’m writing about Memorial Day in the US while I’m teaching an EHR workshop in Dubai. While I love international travel, experiencing other cultures and meeting people with different perspectives, the travel also reminds me how lucky I am to live where I live and do what I do. There are a lot of amazing people who have lost their lives in order for that to be possible for me. I’m thinking about that this Memorial Day. This never hit home more to me than when I saw this Memorial Day post by Dr. Nick. It included…
  • EHR Partner Programs

    John Lynn
    22 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Amazing Charts just announced a new EHR partner program. This isn’t something that’s particularly new for EHR vendors. They all have lots of partners. Some have formalized them into a program like athenahealth has done with their More Disruption Please (MDP) program. Others are much more quiet about the partners they work with and how they work with them. What’s clear to me in the EHR industry is that an EHR vendor won’t be able to do everything. There are some that like to try (See Epic), but even the largest EHR vendor isn’t going to be able to provide all the…
  • What’s the Story on 21st Century Cures Legislation?

    John Lynn
    21 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    I just saw that the 21st Century Cures legislation passed the house committee process. Word on the street is that Congress probably won’t take this up even if the house passes it this summer. The legislation looks pretty interesting for those of us in healthcare IT. Blair Childs, Premier’s senior vice president of public affairs, offered the following statement on the legislation: Members of Premier wish to thank House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana Degette (D-CO) for their leadership to advance interoperability standards as part of the…
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  • Insulin Delivery Devices Market Research Report to 2019 – Simplified Pump Solutions and Low Cost Pens Represent Distinct Regional Growth Drivers

    pramoddige
    27 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    The Report Insulin Delivery Devices Market to 2019 – Simplified Pump Solutions and Low Cost Pens Represent Distinct Regional Growth Drivers provides information on pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants. – MarketResearchReports.biz GBI Research’s report: Insulin Delivery Devices Market to 2019 examines the market, competitive landscape, and trends for the four insulin delivery devices market segments: insulin pens, insulin pumps, insulin syringes and traditional insulin pump accessories. It provides comprehensive…
  • Protein-Based MRI Contrast Agent Enhances Liver Cancer Detection

    Rukmani Sridharan
    27 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world, with close to 800,000 patients worldwide diagnosed with the disease annually. Current methods of diagnosis include blood tests, ultrasound imaging, CT scans, and MRI scans. MRI offers a highly detailed visualization of the tumor and often helps determine if the tumor is benign or malignant. However, contrast agents used for MRI imaging have significant disadvantages such as low specificity, rapid excretion by the liver, and uncontrolled retention time in the body. This often leads to a late stage diagnosis, drastically reducing the…
  • Report Overview: Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Therapeutics in Major Developed Markets to 2019 – Early Stage Pipeline Shows Diversity of Novel Targets though Commercial Impact Remains Distant

    pramoddige
    27 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The Report Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Therapeutics in Major Developed Markets to 2019 – Early Stage Pipeline Shows Diversity of Novel Targets though Commercial Impact Remains Distant provides information on pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants. – MarketResearchReports.biz Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Therapeutics in Major Developed Markets to 2019 Early Stage Pipeline Shows Diversity of Novel Targets though Commercial Impact Remains Distant’, which provides in-depth analysis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma market within the…
  • Aptamers Market Expected to Reach USD 4.33 Billion Globally in 2019

    tmr
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research Aptamers Market (By Types – Nucleic Acid Aptamers and Peptide Aptamers; By Applications – Therapeutics Development, Diagnostics, Research and Development Applications and Others) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019, the global aptamers market was valued at USD 93.0 million in 2012 and is estimated to reach USD 4,333.0 million in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 73.1% from 2013 to 2019. Browse the full Aptamers Market report at…
  • Veterinary Vaccines Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015 – 2025 by Future Market Insights

    pmrresearch
    27 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Veterinary vaccines help in improving animal health, increase production of livestock in a cost effective manner and prevent transmission of diseases among animals. The veterinary vaccines market has witnessed double digit growth over the past few years, due to fear of impending pandemics that have led to heavy losses particularly in poultry. The global veterinary vaccines market is driven by factors such as the vulnerability of animals to fatal and chronic diseases, and rapidly changing patterns of diseases among animals. Veterinary vaccines have also reduced the amount of drug treatments…
 
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  • "Overcoming 10 Barriers To Happiness As A Radiologist"

    27 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Dalai's note:  There has been considerable discussion on AuntMinnie.com in recent years as to the level of happiness (or lack thereof) among radiologists. Flounce, a frequent contributor to the forums, has authored this piece for AuntMinnie, and I believe his recipe is applicable to most everyone, not just radiologists.May 26, 2015 -- Much has been written in the Forums on AuntMinnie.com about why radiologists are unhappy. Increasing volume. Cuts in reimbursement. Busier days. Difficult job market.These trends all have some truth and are largely outside the control of any…
  • A Note To GE PACS Service

    23 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Image courtesy GEHealthcare.co.ukGentlemen:I don't believe I've had the opportunity to meet any of you, but I am one of the radiologists who provide imaging interpretation at a site using GE PACS. I have some familiarity with PACS in general as well, and so I wanted to touch base with you on the issues we are having with the Universal Viewer. I was very disappointed to learn that GE would not have someone on site today; we had rearranged the schedule so I could be here to work with you. Since that is the case, I wanted to outline some of the difficulties we are facing with the new UV software…
  • Watching The Apple Watch

    12 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    My birthday present from Mrs. Dalai arrived yesterday, just a few months past the event itself. The much ballyhooed Apple Watch now rests comfortably on my wrist, wresting my restless attention from the rest of what I'm supposed to be doing. (Mrs. Dalai is getting a complete kitchen redo for her birthday...I think she wins.)I won't go into much detail on its function and so forth, as that is available ad nauseum on the internet. Suffice it to say, I'm happy with my present, and I think it has a great future. When you read some of the reviews out there, you'll think this little gem is nothing…
  • Enterprise Imaging: To Boldly Radiograph What No Man Has Radiographed BeforeWell, Actually, ONCE Before...

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Few images are more iconic than the Starship Enterprise flying around the galaxy. One could argue that the ship herself was the real star of Star Trek. Of course, there was never an actual Enterprise, right?Wrong. These are the voyages of the model ship that in a very real sense was the Enterprise itself, its 50 year mission, to delight and amaze fans and Trekkies of all ages, to boldly pretend to go, well, you get the idea.Back in the days before computer generated imaging (CGI), to make a ship fly through space, one needed a model of the ship, which was filmed in front of a green-screen or…
  • Dalai's Shipboard Standup Routine Or, Why I'm Keeping My Day Job...

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Courtesy britishtitanicsociety.comEarlier this year, Mrs. Dalai and I spent a week on a Princess Cruise ship, meeting up with some good friends who were escaping the horrid weather in the Northeast. (Our weather here in the Deep South wasn't so wonderful either: we had a pipe freeze and then rupture, spewing a waterfall from the ceiling by our back door. Thus, this phase of my retirement is devoted to helping Mrs. Dalai redo the kitchen.)I'm guessing just about everyone has been on a cruise at some time or other. Most of them are rather similar. A few shore excursions to tropical beaches…
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • Now Here Is A Way Of Replicating Most Of What The PCEHR Was Meant To Do Without A Huge Centralised Database.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This article appeared a little while ago.Records access target hit19 May 2015   Thomas Meek Nearly all GP practices in England are able to offer a variety of online services to patients, including access to a summary of their record, appointment booking, and ordering repeat prescriptions.Data published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre appears to justify the “optimism” expressed by NHS England in March that that the government’s target for online access to medical records would be hit.The HSCIC’s indicator portal shows that on 31 March 2015, 7,566…
  • Senate Estimates - E-Health On Next Week - Tuesday June 2, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Here is the current program:Tuesday, 2 June 2015Health Department - Community Affairs Committee10:45am – 12:25pm(100 mins)Outcome 7: Health System Capacity and QualityProgram 7.1: e-Health ImplementationProgram 7.2: Health InformationProgram 7.3: International Policy EngagementProgram 7.4: Research Capacity and QualityProgram 7.5: Health InfrastructureProgram 7.6: Blood and Organ DonationProgram 7.7: Regulatory PolicyOrgan and Tissue AuthorityTherapeutic Goods AdministrationNational Blood AuthorityNational Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme(NICNAS)-----As always…
  • Now This Is Going To Make A Major Change To The Way The PCEHR Will Work. Will Be Fun To Watch.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    25 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago.Doctors hit out over greater care role for pharmacists under new $19b dealDate May 18, 2015 - 11:41PM Dan Harrison "There is an opportunity for pharmacists to step into the primary care space, but we are doing this carefully and in an evidence-based way": Health Minister Sussan Ley. Pharmacists could receive public funding to dress wounds, deliver vaccinations and give weight loss advice under a $19 billion deal between the Abbott government and the powerful Pharmacy Guild.Under the five-year agreement, announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley on Monday,…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 25th May, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    24 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentThings are gradually settling down after the Budget and sadly we still don’t know what all this money will actually lead to and be spent on!Other than that we have an interesting interview with the NEHTA chair and a lot of private sector activity. All good to see stuff happening despite the dead hand of…
  • It Seems My Concern About What Is Going On In Hospital IT In South Australia Is More Than Warranted! A Whistle Blower Strikes!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I published a blog suggesting there was a need for a review of what was going on with the EPAS project.Wednesday, May 06, 2015It Looks Like The South Australian Implementation of EPAS Is Going Pretty Badly. An External Expert Review Is Really Needed and Egos Parked At The Door! Here is the link:http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/it-looks-like-south-australian.htmlThe relevant paragraphs in the blog were:“Oh dear. This all suggests that a fundamental re-think of what has gone on to date and just how progress can be made is vital. This project has been going on…
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  • Interested in a Masters degree in Health Informatics?

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

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

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

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

    Deborah Leyva
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Link: Press Release The Accountable Care (ACO) Survival Guide Store now contains a 3-hour training program with a Question and Answer Quiz to help ACO Professionals and their partners better understand the daunting challenges of CMS regulations. The training is broken up into 3 parts: Eligibility and Application Requirements, Benchmark and Performance targets, and understanding the calculations for selection of a Shared Savings and Losses risk model. For more information visit the ACO Survival Guide Store.
 
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  • What Happens When Billing Is Optimized?

    John Lynn
    27 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    In my recent EHR workshop in Dubai I talked with them about the many changing EHR business models that I’ve seen over the last 10 years. I was really trying to highlight how these new business models have generally been good for healthcare since it’s caused EHR prices to drop to a much more reasonable price point. Take for example the Free EHR model. Whether you love it or hate it, one thing is certain: Free EHR has caused all the other EHR vendors to lower their price. I’ve seen this over and over again with EHR vendors. It’s hard to compete with an overpriced product…
  • Bringing the Obvious to the Surface Through Analytics

    Andy Oram
    26 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Analytics can play many roles, big and small, in streamlining health care. Data crunching may uncover headline-making revelations such as the role smoking plays in cancer. Or it may save a small clinic a few thousand dollars. In either case, it’s the hidden weapon of modern science. The experience of Dr. Jordan Shlain (@drshlain) is a success story in health care analytics, one that he taking big time with a company called HealthLoop. The new venture dazzles customers with fancy tools for tracking and measuring their customer interactions–but it all started with an orthopedic…
  • Happy Memorial Day Video

    John Lynn
    25 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Happy Memorial Day to those readers who are in the US. I thought this video captured the spirit of the Holiday so well. My thanks to all the military veterans out there. Related posts: A Memorial Day Message from EMR and EHR Memorial Day Happy New Year! EMR and EHR Stats Report
  • EMRs Should Include Telemedicine Capabilities

    Anne Zieger
    22 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    The volume of telemedicine visits is growing at a staggering pace, and they seem to have nowhere to go but up. In fact, a study released by Deloitte last August predicted that there would be 75 million virtual visits in 2014 and that there was room for 300 million visits a year going forward. These telemedicine visits are generating a flood of medical data, some in familiar text formats and some in voice and video form. But since the entire encounter takes place outside of any EMR environment, huge volumes of such data are being left on the table. Given the growing importance of…
  • Allscripts (MDRX) At Important Moment In Its History

    Anne Zieger
    21 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Allscripts has announced plans to move more of its software development and operations to India, while cutting 250 jobs in the U.S., or about 3.5% of its 7,200-member workforce.  While this is significant enough as it is, it’s an even more important leading indicator of how Allscripts may perform going forward. Here’s how I think things will net out. Making a “rebalancing”:  The company has called the changes a “rebalancing” of staff which will allow it to respond more effectively and efficiently to shifts in its software design and product dev plans.
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  • Whistle Blower Doctor’s Case Against Hospital Reinstated–$5.2 Million To Be Paid By IHHI Hospital

    Medical Quack
    25 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
    It’s been a while since we have had any IHHI news but it rocked the news wires quite a bit a few years back.  There was a bit of everything here with the case of the hospital CEO setting up the Internal Med Physician.  You can catch up at the link below on more of the story but the award mentioned was taken away due to the fact that later it was said the hospital was not responsible for the CEO’s action.  Well that has been reversed so the award stands.  Jury Orders IHHI Hospital Chain to Pay Doctor $5.2 Million As Former Executive Planted a Gun and Gloves in the…
  • Privacy Duping of America-The Intangible Threat Model Has Changed Significantly-Companies Hide The Code On the Web, $180 Billion Dollar A Year Business, Welcome to The Duperville World of Inequality..

    Medical Quack
    25 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    This is a pretty good article from Wired Magazine and it’s the truth and pretty much a lot of what I say here, so good to see others join in and make the case to try to start up a wake up call for consumers.  What you don’t see does hurt your or hurts your access.  Again we go back once more to a post I made about a year ago in the fact that people can’t tell the difference between virtual world values and the real world.  This is done on purpose to keep this confusion alive and well as it means big money for those mining and scoring your data.  It’s out there and…
  • Koch Brothers Buy Irish Medical Device Company Protek Medical

    Medical Quack
    24 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Even the Koch Brothers are dabbling in the medical business, but this one, is an Irish company and as the article mentions, it will be dovetailed under their current subsidiary company Molex Electric, who makes cable supplies.  Among other things the company makes disposable “probe” covers but it’s ok as it’s in Ireland and not related to abortion laws like the one in Virginia with mandatory vaginal probes.  You can also see a sterile tablet cover advertised on the website as well as many other products. BD Koch Industries, the vast US industrial empire run by controversial…
  • Got A Referral for a Specialist? Too Bad You Can’t Go There Anymore as The Doctor Works in a Competing Health System, EMR Records Expressed Over To The “Covered Provider”…

    Medical Quack
    23 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    It’s not just insurance that keeps you from retaining your doctor, look at this at how competing Health Systems just capture you, your medical records and express you on over to where they want you to go.  You have to go where it’s “financially advantageous” not to where the care could be better.  Look at this story and listen to how the doctor communicates what happened.  The patient had full confidence in their long time cardiologist and the data just ripped this option right out from underneath the patient here and they had to go where they were told to go.  So…
  • Walgreens Spins Off Home Drug Infusion Company–Option Care Bought by Private Equity Firm Madison Dearborn Partners..Option One Formerly Walgreens Infusion Services Subsidiary

    Medical Quack
    23 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    We all know that cutbacks and/or changes were coming with Walgreens as was noted in the big $ 8 billion dollar bond sale last year with debt.  It’s kind of hard to miss that one and the fact that they have a couple hedge fund folks now sitting on their board.  Walgreens Has A Bond Sale to Help Finance Purchase of Boots Pharmacy in the UK–$8 Billion Two Hedge Fund Executives Gain Board Seat Walgreens, Stock Buy Backs To Continue And Increase, As Well Cost Cutting With Products And Maybe Employees Option One has around 5000 employees/contractors along with 92 pharmacies and 110…
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  • New bill aims for ICD-10 'transition' period

    Tom Sullivan
    14 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    One thing about ICD-10 is becoming crystal clear: The compliance deadline is not going to arrive without Congressional resistance. Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black – a former nurse, according to her website – added a new wrinkle to the discourse by introducing a House bill this week that would essentially institute an ICD-10 transition period. ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Investor interest in health IT remains strong

    Jeff Rowe
    14 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Investor interest in health IT strong http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/investor-interest-health-it-remains-strong Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Investor interest in health IT remains strong Usually, we report on changes in the care delivery systems by pointing to new technologies or organizational configurations. Sometimes, though, it's easier just to point to the money. Healthcare IT News blog/investor-interest-health-it-remains-strong
  • 3 things to know about the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015

    Tom Sullivan
    11 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    As far as proposed legislation goes, the latest attempt to avoid ICD-10 cuts straight to the point. ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Epic, Watson at work on interoperability

    Bernie Monegain
    6 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    IBM Watson Health is collaborating with Epic and Mayo Clinic to apply cognitive computing capabilities of Watson to EHRs, and also with 14 cancer institutions to reduce from weeks to minutes the ability to translate DNA insights. Analytics read more
  • Healthcare security: Adapt or die

    Erin McCann
    4 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    This is Part III of our April Cover Story on healthcare IT's tall to-do list. Part I focused on interoperability. Part II focused on analytics.  Privacy & Security read more
 
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year. Privacy & Security read more
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    Bernie Monegain
    27 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country. The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients. Clinical read more
  • Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year. Privacy & Security read more
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    Bernie Monegain
    27 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country. The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients. Clinical read more
  • Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year. Privacy & Security read more
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    Bernie Monegain
    27 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country. The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients. Clinical read more
  • Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more
 
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year. Privacy & Security read more
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    Bernie Monegain
    27 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country. The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients. Clinical read more
  • Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year. Privacy & Security read more
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    Bernie Monegain
    27 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country. The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients. Clinical read more
  • Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year. Privacy & Security read more
  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    Bernie Monegain
    27 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country. The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients. Clinical read more
  • Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

    Erin McCann
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more
 
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  • Sarah Corley of NextGen at HIMSS15

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    27 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Short Headline:  Sarah Corley of NextGen at HIMSS15 Sarah Corley, CMO of NextGen, talks about the benefits of interoperability certification through ConCert by HIMSS.  
  • Linda Burt on rethinking revenue cycle at HIMSS15

    Healthcare IT News
    26 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Short Headline:  Linda Burt on rethinking revenue cycle Linda Burt, Chief Financial Officer for Nebraska Methodist Health System, talks about how her organization has adapted to the ever-changing financial landscape in healthcare by adding specialized staff and adopting new technologies.  
  • Davies Award Winners at HIMSS15

    Healthcare IT News
    22 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Short Headline:  Davies Award Winners at HIMSS15 Healthcare IT News catches up with recipients of the 2015 HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence which recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations who have utilized health information technology to improve patient outcomes and achieve ROI.  
  • Thomas Mason, MD, CMO of ONC at HIMSS15

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    20 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Short Headline:  Thomas Mason, MD, at HIMSS15 Thomas Mason, MD, discusses his role as chief medical officer at the ONC and how his experience as the ambulatory CMIO and practicing physician at Cook County has aligned with the ONC's work in transforming healthcare delivery.  
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    Healthcare IT News
    19 May 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Short Headline:  ConCert Certification at HIMSS15 Anuj Desai explains ConCert by HIMSS and how it enables the reliable exchange of data between EHRs and HIEs.  
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  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    Amanda Guerrero
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Poor UX drives replacement portal market Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice. Patient Engagement Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is…
  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    How accountable is the care? I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there. Quality and Safety How accountable is the care without behavioral health? Continuity of care or…
  • Interoperability and the Trough of Disillusionment

    John Halamka
    27 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Interoperability disillusionment Every technology has an adoption journey. The classic Gartner hype curve travels from a Technology Trigger to the Peak of Inflated Expectations followed by the Trough of Disillusionment. It often takes years before organizations reach the Slope of Enlightenment and finally achieve a Plateau of Productivity. Have you noticed that Congress and the popular press have entered the Trough of Disillusionment for EHRs and interoperability over the past month? Interoperability Interoperability and the Trough of Disillusionment Every technology has an adoption journey.
  • Who should be in charge of developing health IT standards for the US?

    Keith W. Boone
    26 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Who should be in charge of standards? The 21st Century Cures Act recently cleared a hurdle in the US (approval by the House Energy and Commerce committee) to go onto the next step, a vote in the House of Representatives. Quite frankly, having read various versions of the bill, and having seen its evolution, I have to wonder who should really be doing this job. Policy and Legislation Who should be in charge of developing health IT standards for the US? The 21st Century Cures Act recently cleared a hurdle to go onto the next step. Quite frankly, having read various versions of the…
  • Infographic: The future of clinical & business intelligence in healthcare

    Brendan FitzGerald
    26 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Business intelligence in healthcare If Big Data is the new oil in healthcare, clinical & business intelligence is the refinery. Business Intelligence The future of clinical & business intelligence in healthcare Healthcare organizations have learned that gathering data for the sake of gathering data yields little benefit. But when data is refined, the opportunities for use multiply. Healthcare IT News blog/future-clinical-business-intelligence-healthcare read more
 
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  • Healthcare CEOs earn highest average pay than any other industry

    Alok Saboo
    27 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    The healthcare industry had the highest level of median pay for CEOs last year--$13.6 million--beating industries such as energy, technology and finance, according to recent data calculated by the Associated Press.read more
  • Fierce exclusive: Tales of an accidental hospital CEO

    Ron Shinkman
    25 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    When I dine with Jerry Seelig, it's usually to enjoy some foodie oasis in or around Los Angeles. But when I sat down with him for breakfast last week, it was to deconstruct his recently...read more
  • Paramedics employed to cut down on ER admissions

    Ron Shinkman
    25 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    A movement to keep hospital emergency room admissions down is recruiting first responders, especially paramedics, Kaiser Health News reports.read more
  • Florida hospitals balk at turning over financial information

    Ron Shinkman
    25 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has asked for financial information from most of the hospitals in the Sunshine State, and many of them are telling them to go look it up himself, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.read more
  • Hospitals have improved productivity dramatically in recent years

    Ron Shinkman
    25 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Is it truly possible for hospitals to become more productive, providing patients with better care for less money? Apparently yes, according to recent research that examined productivity growth in U.S. hospitals that treated Medicare patients who had a heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia during 2002-2011.read more
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  • How To Draw People To Your Blog

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    You can find blogging everywhere in today’s world. It seems that everywhere you go you see another blog. But, creating a successful blog takes planning and making important decisions. Engage in some beneficial research as well as using the advice of this article to propel your blogging efforts and become a true success at it. When you are writing a blog, leave time to respond to your reader comments or inquiries. Be consistent in the frequency of your blog and your responses to comments. Connecting to your readers means that you won’t let them down. When you feel like giving up…
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  • Jawbone sues Fibit for data theft, employee poaching

    Judy Mottl
    27 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Fitbit is facing a legal battle from competitor Jawbone regarding alleged employee poaching and data theft.read more
  • Reproductive apps lack review, professional validation assessment

    Judy Mottl
    26 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    When it comes to female reproductive health tracking apps few have been developed, assessed or come recommended by health experts, according to research recently published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.read more
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    Judy Mottl
    25 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Mobile health technology can prove useful in helping patients suffering from anxiety disorders, especially when applied in conjunction with traditional clinical care approaches, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.read more
  • Fitbit faces challenges as smartwatch, fitness band competition heats up

    Judy Mottl
    25 May 2015 | 6:37 pm
    As Fitbit prepares for its impending initial public offering, new research claims the wearables maker is struggling to maintain dominance in the smartwatch market and that its leadership in wearables is less than 50 percent, which is much less than its 68 percent ownership of the fitness band segment.read more
  • Apple Watch tapped for breast cancer treatment pilot program

    Judy Mottl
    25 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in New Jersey is deploying Apple Watch devices featuring a custom app to breast cancer patients in a pilot program to track behavioral information for ensuring treatment programs remain on target.read more
 
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    FierceEMR News

  • Minnesota exempts some docs from EHR mandate

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    26 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    Minnesota is softening its stance on electronic health record adoption a bit, exempting solo practitioners and cash-only doctors from its law requiring all providers to adopt interoperable EHRs.read more
  • EHRs can ID inpatients at high risk of readmission

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    23 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Electronic health records can help predict which inpatients are at high risk for readmission, and do so in real time, according to a new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.read more
  • HL7's Reed Gelzer: EHR malpractice problem at 'critical mass'

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    22 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    As electronic health records become more common, they are increasingly the medical records relied on in medical malpractice litigation--often to the detriment of the provider, not only causing or contributing to the malpractice but also in not supporting provider's defense. read more
  • Meaningful Use is not the right model for a telemedicine incentive program

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    20 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Telemedicine has been receiving a lot of media attention recently, with initiatives in Congress, the Federation of State Medical Board's Interstate Licensure Compact now ready to launch, and more health insurers than ever paying for it. So I'm a bit surprised that a recent proposal published in Telemedicine and e-Health has garnered so little attention, positive or negative.read more
  • Texas HIEs to join forces

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    20 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Two Texas health information exchanges have agreed to combine forces to create a network that will cover 35 counties centered around Dallas and San Antonio.read more
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    Practice Fusion Blog

  • Customize your EHR: Rich-text formatting, Chart views, Reminders, Online Check-in and more

    Practice Fusion
    26 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    We’re excited to announce several top requested features that will improve customization in your EHR. These new customization options are available now and will help make our EHR an even better fit for your particular specialty or subspecialty. Have an idea or new feature that would improve your experience? Let us know »   Rich-text formatting Use rich-text formatting in your chart notes. In additional to our fully-customizable template builder and community library filled with specialty-specific charting templates, you can now  add headings, bold and italicize text, and include…
  • CMS Proposes new Meaningful Use Stage 3 Requirements

    Sophie Scheidlinger
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which could determine the course of Meaningful Use. These proposed rules include: Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 Stage 3 These rules propose what requirements eligible professionals (EPs) will need to complete to meet Meaningful Use requirements starting in 2015 continuing through 2018 and beyond. What are some of the key changes in the proposed rule that could affect my practice now? Most of the modifications proposed for Meaningful Use for 2015 through 2017…
  • Make your voice heard: Comment on the new CMS proposed ruling for Meaningful Use public health reporting

    Sophie Scheidlinger
    14 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes changes to the current Meaningful Use Program. Overall, CMS has streamlined and simplified attestation requirements and reduced the overall number of objectives for advanced use of EHRs. These proposed changes may help alleviate your reporting burden and remove measures that have become redundant or have already reached wide-spread adoption. However, one of the proposals in the Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 NPRM does have concerning implications:…
  • Easily submit your prescription prior authorizations electronically

    Practice Fusion
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    As part of our continued effort to help improve the efficiency of your practice, we’ve digitized medication prior authorizations. This top-requested feature is now available in the new EHR and will save your practice hours of back-and-forth communication with pharmacies and health plans. Studies show that providers and staff spend over 20 hours a week completing paper prior authorizations[1]. Administrative complications and delayed authorizations can prevent up to 70% of patients from receiving the treatment their provider originally ordered[2]. Get started with electronic prior…
  • Help lower treatment costs for your patients

    Practice Fusion
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    As prescription costs continue to rise, Practice Fusion is working alongside your practice to empower your patients and improve their care. As part of this initiative we’re offering streamlined solutions that increase treatment accessibility, helping your patients follow their care plan and get back to health faster. We’re excited to announce that prescription coupons are now available in your EHR. In 2012, 50 million patients in the US did not fill their prescriptions due to the high cost. Patients who avoid taking prescribed medications are twice as likely to experience a health…
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  • Prior Auths are Here to Stay

    Rich Levin
    21 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Does the transition to value-based care mean the end of prior auths? Managed Healthcare Executive posed that question to several industry leaders, including our own Laura Coughlin, vice president of clinical development at McKesson Health Solutions. Read what these executives had to say.  
  • Welcome AHIP 2015 attendees!

    Cara Wood
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
            This year we’re coming to AHIP focusing on the challenges that you told us are topping your list of priorities. In this disruptive era, the right technology is crucial to maintaining a long-term competitive advantage. You’ve told us you need new tools and strategies to meet these new challenges head on. We want to help.  Visit us at AHIP’s Institute Booth #903 Don’t Miss Our Session on Provider Network Strategies Wednesday, June 3 • 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm • Room 205C What do consumers and networks have in common? Learn how a health plan’s…
  • Top 10 things payers and providers can do today to start aligning with value-based reimbursement tomorrow

    Cara Wood
    19 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Becker’s Hospital Review just featured our advice to help payers and providers address the new CMS initiative, which calls for 30% of payment to be based on measures of quality or value by 2016, increasing to 50% by 2018. Read the full article here.
  • McKesson Health Solutions unveils InterQual 2015

    Cara Wood
    19 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    McKnight’s just covered our launch of InterQual 2015, the latest edition of our flagship evidence-based clinical criteria and decision support technology. Read the full article for all of McKnight’s coverage.
  • McKesson InterQual® 2015 Sets New Standard for Peer-Reviewed Evidence-Based Clinical Content

    Cara Wood
    18 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Today McKesson Health Solutions announced InterQual® 2015, the latest edition of our flagship decision support solution. What’s new in InterQual® this year? Quite a lot! Read the press release, then visit InterQual2015.com to see how InterQual® 2015 can help your organization support better patient outcomes and efficiency with the industry’s leading peer-reviewed clinical decision support criteria. Read the press release Get more information about InterQual® 2015
 
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  • CFPB Quietly Extends Debt Collection Rulemaking on the Eve of Holiday Weekend

    Stephanie Eidelman
    27 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Quietly, on the eve of the holiday weekend, the CFPB published a Rulemaking Agenda update, extending the end of Prerule Activities for Debt Collection, for a second time, to December of this year.
  • TD Bank to Buy Nordstrom $2.2 Billion U.S. Credit Card Portfolio

    Tim Bauer
    27 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) on Tuesday announced that it would acquire Nordstrom Inc.’s. (NYSE:JWN), U.S VISA® and private-label consumer credit card portfolio. The transaction is part of a long-term deal to become the retailer’s exclusive U.S. credit card issuer. The retailer’s existing portfolio totaled about $2.2 billion in receivables. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. […]
  • Urban and Rural Firms Sought to Collect Federal Student Loans

    insideARM.com
    27 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Collingswood, NJ: Fed Cetera has announced it is seeking small business collection agencies operating primarily from urban or rural communities to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to compete for new business collecting Federal student loans in 2015 and beyond. Such firms may be selected to work as Federal subcontractors on United States Department […]
  • New York Court of Appeals Revives Class Action Lawsuit Against Encore Capital

    Tim Bauer
    26 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    The original lawsuit was filed by Madden in 2011. Madden claimed, on behalf of herself and a putative class, that Midland had engaged in abusive and unfair debt collection practices and had charged a usurious rate of interest under New York law that proscribed interest from being charged at a rate exceeding 25% per year.
  • International Debt Collection Stories Emerge for Memorial Day

    Stephanie Eidelman
    26 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    While those of us in the United States have been observing Memorial Day, there has been a flurry of international debt collection stories. Australia It seems that Australian regulators, like those in the United States, are now warning businesses that they will be held accountable for the actions of their debt collectors. This was noted […]
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  • CureMD Referral Program: Let’s grow together!

    Daniel Schwartz
    21 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    If you appreciate the quality and affordability of CureMD services, why not share your experience with your friends? In addition to the $400 gift card you get for each referral, you benefit from: An improved billing process Better workflows A wider network Here’s how: To find out how you can refer a friend, visit the CureMD Referral page.
  • Don’t delay ICD-10, but allow us a Penalty Free Transition:  ICD-TEN bill proposed

    Daniel Schwartz
    21 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    As expected, the buzz surrounding ICD-10 continues to grow as we move closer to the October 1, 2015 implementation deadline. Last week, Texas based Republican -Rep. Ted Poe proposed the “Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015” to block the replacement of ICD-9 with ICD-10. Now, another proposal, a more realistic and achievable one I must say, has been put forward by a fellow republican. The Proposed Bill Rep. Diane Black, a former nurse, hasn’t mandated to block or delay the ICD-10 implementation; instead she has proposed a bill which will protect healthcare practices from penalties…
  • Ambulatory EHR Differentiation: CureMD’s interview with IntrepidNow

    Daniel Schwartz
    20 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    This past week, Intrepid Healthcare’s Editor-in-Chief Joe Lavelle caught up with CureMD’s Director of Business Development, Ian Walker, to talk about the core factors of Ambulatory EHRs. Meaningful Use, ICD-10, iPad EHRs, and tools for population health management were also discussed in the interview. Here’s the complete podcast: You can also access the interview at intrepidnow.com:
  • A Small Provider’s take on ICD-10

    Dr. Alexander Sherman
    11 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, CureMD Healthcare. Never have I paid so much attention to US politics like I did last month. I am still hoping against hope that ICD-10 is not coming. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a shirker. I work almost 15 hours a day at my practice, come home to a house full of toddlers, and still find it in me to go to work on time the next day. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I belong to that rare breed who opted to open an independent practice fresh out of…
  • Losing a patient

    Daniel Schwartz
    6 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Who heals the healers? When I was ten, my grandfather suffered his third and final heart-attack in as many decades. The attending physician performed a coronary artery bypass, and an angioplasty, but neither was enough. Two days later, he advised us to pull the plug. Several hours later, the ventilator was switched off and Grandpa was no more. Sadness and anger inundated my body, the former for Grandpa, and the latter directed towards the cardiologist who advised us to unplug the ventilator.  I don’t think I’d have ever forgiven him, had I not unwarily walked into his half-open office…
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  • The Big Miss

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    19 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Several years ago Tiger Wood’s former golf coach wrote a book with the above title. Among providing glimpses of Tiger’s personal life, his work ethic, practice routines, diet, interaction with his wife, etc… the author of course talks about Tiger’s presence on the golf course, his swing mechanics and level of focus on the course.
  • A Spotlight on Second Opinions After Rita Wilson’s Diagnosis

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    News of Rita Wilson’s announcement that she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy has been spreading across media and social media outlets. Anytime a celebrity, vis-à-vis Angelina Jolie or Suzanne Summers or Edie Falco (who played the fictional wife to Tony Soprano) makes public their diagnosis and treatment, the popular media has an opportunity to share their stories with millions of women. Their support promotes breast cancer awareness and early diagnosis and treatment via their publications or on air.
  • Internal & External Consults: Streamlining the Process

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Cut Waste and Increase Quality of Care with New Technology I’m sure you’ve thought about it. Every time a package arrives at your pathology practice, it represents a patient anxiously waiting for results at the other end.  What would happen if you could significantly reduce the time it takes to return an opinion? How would your practice benefit if you could reduce the costs involved? 
  • Dread prepping for Tumor Boards? This might be why. [Infographic]

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Tumor boards are a critical component of a patient's diagnostic and treatment processes, and pathology participation in these discussions is vital. However, the traditional process required to prepare pathology data and images can be laborious and time consuming.   
  • Pathology Challenges in the Era of Subspecialists

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    As a medical student/intern/resident in the early to mid-1990s, most of the pathologists I was exposed to in a university/medical center setting were pathologists who were-first and primarily-general pathologists, general surgical pathologists and clinical pathologists. Everyone did everything in terms of surgical pathology subspecialties, with a few notable exceptions (bone marrow examinations and liver biopsies, depending on the nature of the case and the particular pathologist assigned the case). In addition, the staff pathologists I worked with also covered some area of the clinical…
 
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  • Your Hired Caregiver is Precious

    Mohammed Lone
    14 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Treat her well and you won’t have to worry about turnover   Is that your new caregiver at the door? You can’t help but be apprehensive about the nursing assistant sent by the home care agency, despite their reassuring description on the phone and their strong recommendation. They said Gloria was her name, and they described her to the point where you felt sure she was a nice person and a good caregiver. In addition, her references had come in very good, with one of her past clients mentioning a virtue in particular that Gloria will absolutely need with her mother –that of patience.
  • Understanding the Roles of a Home Care Agency

    Mohammed Lone
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The Agency’s Role with its Caregivers It is well known in at-home elder care that great caregivers like to work through an agency. The agency provides the marketing that they lack individually. Here is what that means: When services are no longer needed with a particular family, the agency assigns them to another care recipient, frequently with a wait time of a few days only. The agency can get caregivers the kind of work they like, usually close to where they live, and on their preferred schedules (week days, weekend days, Part-time, full-time, and live-in or live-out). The agency…
  • Quality Senior Care At Home – 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

    Mohammed Lone
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Providing seniors with exceptional care that is specified and tailored to the needs of the seniors is of paramount importance and is what Precision Home Health Care offers. A nursing home and assisted living facility has an often impersonal approach and routine that is established according to the facility’s schedule and services that doesn’t permit enough room for personalized attention for the seniors. The cost to obtain a quality nursing home for seniors is not only expensive but the availability and long waiting lists can be daunting. Additionally, any special care or service that is…
  • Guidelines for Keeping Persons with Alzheimer’s Stimulated

    Mohammed Lone
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    For all of you who are caring for a dad or a mom with Alzheimer’s, and especially for hired caregivers, you’re only too familiar with how daunting it can be to keep your patient successfully occupied. The hours drag on each day, and every time you get the smile that makes you think you have crossed a milestone, you get a reversal. We therefore devote this article not so much to successful activities, but more so to the guidelines that can enhance your success when trying to keep your patient stimulated. 8 Guidelines to Give Caregivers a much Deserved Lift: 1.  Are you reading the signals…
  • Types of Senior Care in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania

    Mohammed Lone
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Infrographic Explaining the Types of Senior Care in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania Explore this unique Infographic Demonstrating the Types of Senior Care in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
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  • Allscripts Expands Patient Admin System Presence in UK

    Jasmine Pennic
    27 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Allscripts is expanding its patient administration system presence in the United Kingdom with recent agreements from East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to deploy Allscripts PASTM. As part of the agreement, the Allscripts PAS will replace the Trusts’ existing system and will empower the health organizations to use a highly flexible and configurable solution to manage patient data. Allscripts PAS is currently used across the National Health Service (NHS) in more than a dozen trusts and hospitals.  These deployments reflect…
  • How Accountable Is The Care Without Behavioral Health?

    Edmund Billings MD
    27 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Continuity of care, accountability of care, unlikely without Medicare Shared Savings and Meaningful Use health IT incentives for mental and behavioral health providers Dr. Edmund Billings I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket. Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral…
  • 5 Cultural Pitfalls To Avoid In Health System Integration

    Guest Post
    26 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Editor’s Note: This spotlight article was recently included in PwC’s Q1 2015 US health services deals insights report.  These days it seems every health system is in the middle of a transformation — be it buying, selling or trying to integrate the assets it has amassed over time. Being in the business of transformation, this means we find ourselves invariably and repeatedly answering the question, “What are the big stumbling blocks to avoid?” Without fail, our answer will include some version of, “Don’t underestimate the power of culture.” It’s…
  • Partners HealthCare Offers Access to PatientsLikeMe Via Patient Portal

    HITC Staff
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Partners HealthCare announced they would provide their patients access to PatientsLikeMe website tools and information that can help improve decision making with their clinical teams and enhance health outcomes. PatientsLikeMe Executive Vice President of Marketing and Patient Advocacy Michael Evers stated the agreement is the first to provide access to the website from within a provider’s patient portal. Partners Population Health Management Associate Medical Director Adam Licurse, MD, MHS, who is a leader in population health patient engagement efforts at Partners, added the agreement…
  • Why Healthcare Is Incapable Of “Plugging-In” New Solutions

    David Brooks
    25 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
      David Brooks, CEO of Medlio The first time I heard Par8o’s tagline “Healthcare’s Operating System,” I remember thinking to myself, “what the hell does that mean?” I now think I have a pretty good idea. Over the last two and a half years, my partners and I have been on a journey to transform the healthcare consumer experience. We began this journey by developing a patent-pending process for creating virtual health insurance cards. Beyond providing consumers real-time information on plan benefits, the virtual insurance cards serve as a digital token to enable smartphone-based…
 
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  • 4 Step Plan for HIPAA Compliance Infographic

    Blog HIPAA
    19 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Please include attribution to PerfectServe with this graphic. – See more at: http://www.perfectserve.com/connect/knowledge-center/infographics/4-step-plan-hipaa-compliance#sthash.qMZV70cV.dpuf The post 4 Step Plan for HIPAA Compliance Infographic appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • Mobile Health Survey Infographic

    Blog HIPAA
    12 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Visit www.datamotionhealth.com to learn more! The post Mobile Health Survey Infographic appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • Two Elements You Can’t Afford To Leave Out Of Your Security Program

    Blog HIPAA
    7 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    By Eric Cowperthwaite, vice president of advanced security and strategy at Core Security Considering you could easily spend days poring through the details of HIPAA, it’s surprising how little direct instruction it actually offers. If you want to cut through the fluff, you can pretty much boil HIPAA requirements down to the following: you must perform risk analysis, you must have administrative, physical and technical safeguards in place to manage that risk, and you must document how your program meets these first two requirements. In many ways, it’s up to you to decide what that looks…
  • FREE Webinar: HIPAA Compliance as a Service for MSPs and Business Associates

    Blog HIPAA
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Wednesday, June 3rd from 2:00–3:30 EST Are you and your clients compliant? According to HHS, 70% of the market is not HIPAA compliant, while CMS states that 79% of Meaningful Use Audits result in failure. The two biggest factors: incomplete risk assessments and the lack of understanding between the difference of HIPAA and HITECH compliance. With massive breaches, like Anthem, and mandatory 5% Meaningful Use Audits, Covered Entities are looking to their MSPs to provide a solution. In this webinar we will provide an overview of Healthcare regulations (HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus), what you and…
  • Business Associates and the Omnibus Rule Cartoon

    Blog HIPAA
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The post Business Associates and the Omnibus Rule Cartoon appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
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  • DoD EHR Contract | May 22, 2015

    Dave Newman
    23 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Decision on DoD EHR Contract Nears (Maybe) It is expected that the Department of Defense/VA will announce a winner this summer for the $11B electronic health records system replacement. It’s pretty much common knowledge that the winner will be one of two competitors: Cerner, partnered with Accenture Federal Services and Leidos, or Epic, partnered with IBM Corp and Impact Advisors While I don’t have any plans to sign up for this project, I do have some interest in the outcome because I am very active with Epic in my current career position. If the decision goes to Epic, people like me…
  • What Is Population Health?

    Dave Newman
    16 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I’ll bet some of you have been wondering where I’ve been. I rarely go more than a week without posting, so I really feel bad about not getting some new content published. The reason I haven’t had time is that I’ve been working long hours implementing a metrics-based population health program for my organization of Care Managers. What better subject than something I’m doing now, right? Let’s jump in. So, what is population health? It’s no secret that Healthcare in the US has under-performed against our modern peers in spite of spending vastly more than other developed…
  • Internet Of Things In Healthcare | Apr 26, 2015

    Dave Newman
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    In case you haven’t heard the term “The Internet of Things” (IoT); it is defined as the connection of objects, people, or even animals to networks to transfer data in an attempt to provide new and enhanced features. When the ‘regular’ Internet came into commercial maturity in the 1990’s, we heard outrageous predictions of toasters and other household appliances coming to life, essentially turning us all into mindless slaves to devices. When reality finally catches up with hype, the result is usually a little like the original vision, but in many ways different. A practical example…
  • InterSystems HealthShare | Apr 18, 2015

    Dave Newman
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
      InterSystems HealthShare Patient Portal Announced April 13, 2015: I’m really fascinated by this story. InterSystems is the maker of the Cache database system, which is used by Epic Systems, one of the leading electronic health records systems in the US. A critical component of the Epic EHR is their MyChart patient engagement portal, which is the leading patient portal in the US. MyChart is used mostly within the confines of the Epic system. Now InterSystems is offering their own patient portal touted as an interoperable system, not tethered to a specific EHR. It is called HealthShare…
  • VA Telemedicine Helps Reduce Wait Times | Apr 11, 2015

    Dave Newman
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
      VA Telemedicine Helps Reduce Wait Times April 09, 2015. Veteran’s Administration clinics in Michigan have outperformed many parts of the country in terms of meeting wait time requirements. An analysis of 13,500 appointments over a six month period revealed that just 2 percent failed to meet the goal of seeing patients within 30 days for non-emergency health issues. While staffing continues to be a challenge in the Michigan clinics as well as everywhere else; one of the reasons for their success has been the expansion of telemedicine. The system also benefited by a program that pays…
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  • Meet A Crohn’s Snowflake

    Alexandra Carmichael
    27 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    This is a guest post by Josh Pate. Thanks Josh! — Crohn’s Disease patients are like snowflakes; we’re all different. There’s no known cause or cure for Crohn’s disease and millions of people suffer silently from it every day with different triggers, different causes of pain, and different levels of sensitivity to food. We’re so unique that it sometimes feels like no one understands our individual experience with the illness. Living with Crohn’s Disease can be really painful and embarrassing, but for me the worse part of it all is not knowing how to make it any better and…
  • PicnicHealth and uBiome are partnering to further IBD research

    Alexandra Carmichael
    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    A special letter from uBiome CEO Jessica Richman and Picnic Health CEO Noga Leviner: — Last summer, we were both participants in Y Combinator, a program for entrepreneurs that changed both of our lives. We came together as part of a group of female founders, who were also leading companies in the health / life sciences space. uBiome was founded to analyze the microbiome by giving participants access to their own microbiome data. PicnicHealth was founded to give patients access to their complete medical records. It was a crazy summer, but one of the things we learned was the importance…
  • Free uBiome Gut Kit For Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Alexandra Carmichael
    21 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    We’re excited to announce that uBiome is partnering with PicnicHealth, a service that gathers and manages all your medical records in one secure place. If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), we invite you to: Join the uBiome IBD study to help understand the role of the gut microbiome in this disease Have PicnicHealth gather medical records from your GI doctors and create a single, aggregated medical record that you can securely access Get a FREE uBiome kit to discover your gut bacteria (first 250 participants only, use code PICNICBIOME5 at checkout for your free kit)  …
  • My Brother Evan Tests His Poo

    Alexandra Carmichael
    19 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Here’s a fun peek into the experience of a microbiome newbie. My brother Evan, also a serial entrepreneur from Toronto, normally faints at the mention of anything health-related. He made this video with his wife Nina in my parents’ kitchen. Look for my cameo half-way through, and laugh at the surprising lesson Evan learns from uBiome. The post My Brother Evan Tests His Poo appeared first on uBiome Blog.
  • Will You Take The Cicada Challenge?

    Alexandra Carmichael
    15 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    uBiome community member Ann Tenny writes in with the following citizen science study idea. Thanks Ann! Everyone else, feel free to share your study ideas with us too. — The Cicada Challenge by Ann Tenny I’m an avid forager of wild greens and wild mushrooms. Now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I just found out we can expect periodical cicadas to show up in my region any day now. If I have to endure a month of their deafening shrieks, the unnerving sight of them all over my fruit trees, the inevitable flagging of twigs after they lay their eggs, this time I’m sharpening…
 
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  • 6 Tips to Feel More Energized

    Truworth Wellness
    19 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    We work; we manage our tight work schedules, keep ourselves stimulated with caffeine and pure strength of mind! Many of us struggle with energy issues. “Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing,” says psychologist Michelle Segar, PhD, associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women … Continue reading 6 Tips to Feel More Energized →
  • 7 Ways to Beat Job Burnout

    Truworth Wellness
    8 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    Do you ever get this fruitless feeling? It may be a burnout. This is a state of severe exhaustion, which is brought about from prolonged mental, physical and emotional stress. So, how do we eliminate this burnout beat? Here are a few ways to stay on track and refresh your motivation: Learn to say “NO”: … Continue reading 7 Ways to Beat Job Burnout →
  • 8 Ways to Stress-Proof your Day

    Truworth Wellness
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    It’s a matter of putting in a little effort into getting what you want. If your goal is stress reduction, start with these: Re-label a negative experience in your head. Say you leave your headphones in the car when you go to the gym. Interpret the return trip to the car not as a nuisance … Continue reading 8 Ways to Stress-Proof your Day →
  • How can exercise improve your mind health?

    Truworth Wellness
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
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