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  • Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time

    Medical Connectivity
    BMoorman
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was listening today to the CE-IT Webinar on CE and HIT from the 2014 AAMI conference in Philadelphia. Much of the session reviewed what has happened over the last five years and it got me thinking about my experiences and what I’ve seen over the last ten years in medical device connectivity and remote monitoring. It’s been an interesting ride and yet I realize there are a few basic ideas that have resonated over the years. These basic ideas are: Specifying those requirements that are unique to my situation are where I have the most control in acquisition; There are other players in the…
  • 6 ways big data can lower costs

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    Mike Miliard
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Brigham and Women's Hospital has put forth a new report showcasing a half-dozen ways to lower healthcare costs through the use of big data. [See also: Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'] read more
  • The Human Connection in Health—It’s not about the technology

    HealthBlog
    hlthblog
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    So much is written about technology transforming health and healthcare. All too often we forget what makes health and healthcare so special--why so many of us selected a career in the healthcare industry when quite frankly, there are lots of easier ways...(read more)
  • EMR vs EHR

    EMR and EHR
    John Lynn
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    This tweet tried to define the difference between EMR and EHR: A clear take on #EHR vs #EMR via @histalk. Yes, there actually is a difference, but it’s not that hard to recognize. http://t.co/Bs4rUMUQk4 — Michael L. Grabowski (@MikeLGrabowski) July 24, 2014 Let me make it even simpler: EMR and EHR are the same and used interchangeably! That’s all. Related posts: EMR Usability Point Difference, Us vs Them in EHR Adoption, and EMR Companies Don’t Care About Usability Value of Meaningful Use – Perspective from EHR Executive at simplifyMD Physician EMR Use Passes 50%…
  • Hacker charged with stealing HHS employee info

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.read more
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  • Hacker charged with stealing HHS employee info

    Dan Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.read more
  • Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts

    Dan Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts in the coming year, according to a new survey published today by Black Book Rankings.read more
  • Kaiser Permanente implements testing as part of ICD-10 transition

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Kaiser Permanente is testing nearly 200 applications with a range of external trading partners and providers as part of its preparation for the transition to ICD-10.read more
  • Carolinas HealthCare embraces new data initiatives

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Using data and analytics, physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System are undertaking many new initiatives, including ones on community health.read more
  • OIG audit criticizes HHS access controls

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services must improve its security procedures for granting access to physical facilities as well as computer applications and files, according to an audit from the HHS Office of Inspector General that found security controls inadequate.read more
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • What EHR/PM vendors should do as 63% of buyers look to replace existing PM solutions

    Shahid N. Shah
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    Melissa McCormack, a medical researcher with EHR consultancy group Software Advice, recently published their medical practice management BuyerView research, which found that 63% of the buyers were replacing existing PM solutions, rather than making a first-time purchase.  This mirrors the trend we’ve seen across medical software purchasing, where the HITECH Act may have prompted hasty first purchases of EHR solutions, followed by replacements 1-2 years later. For PM vendors, this means there’s a huge opportunity to market your products to practices as an upgrade, even if they’re…
  • Guest Article: HL7 FAQ and why exchanging critical patient data isn’t a nightmare

    Shahid N. Shah
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I recently saw a demo of the Decisions.com platform and left impressed with the workflow engine, business rules execution, forms automation, and data integration platform. I’m very familiar with almost all the major HL7 routers and integration engines out there but Carl Hewitt, Founder and Chief Architect at Decisions, is releasing something fairly unique — an visual HL7 interface definition and integration platform for use by analysts and non-technical personnel charged with healthcare data connectivity across business workflows. I found their approach unique enough that…
  • Guest Article: What EHR buyers and health IT vendors can learn from the Nashville market

    Shahid N. Shah
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Zach Watson over at Technology Advice.com wrote a nice piece on EHR Trends in Nashville. I’m not a big fan of “trends” articles because trends aren’t that important, the implications of those trends and how to operationalize the implications are most important. I enjoyed Zach’s article so I asked him to tell us what those trends mean for EHR buyers and health IT vendors writ large. Here’s what Zach said: Our study of office-based physicians across the city of Nashville to gain insight into which EHR systems they were using, as well as how pleased they…
  • Guest Article: Is Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) trustworthy enough to use in health record banks?

    Shahid N. Shah
    18 May 2014 | 7:07 am
    The push towards shifting the patient’s role from a passive recipient of care to an active member of the care-team looks set to gain further legislative backing. Earlier this year, the Health IT Standards Committee, along with The Joint Commission and ONC, laid out recommendations for integrating patient generated health data (PGHD) into Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements. To see what this might mean to health IT and med tech vendors, I reached out to Zach Watson of TechnologyAdvice, who covers EHR related news, along with business intelligence, and other topics. Zach mentioned that health…
  • There’s no difference between mHealth & telemedicine, come to ATA May 17-20 in Baltimore to learn more

    Shahid N. Shah
    8 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I’ll be heading to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual conference in Baltimore in a couple of weeks. To see what I might learn there I interviewed Jon Linkous, CEO of ATA. The first question I asked him was “what’s the difference between mHealth and telemedicine?” Basically nothing, he said — but, he noted that the mobile health or mHealth movement and nomenclature has been very useful to the telemedical industry and he welcomed the comparisons. I asked Jon a few other questions and got some great answers, he was quite candid and very…
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 7/30/14

    Lt. Dan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Tapped as New VA Secretary Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble CEO, is unanimously confirmed as the new VA secretary. Many health-IT success stories to note National coordinator for health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, publishes a response to an earlier Boston Globe article which reported that rushed EHR implementations are introducing new, sometimes serious, patient safety risks into care delivery. Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs The Institute of Medicine publishes a report analyzing what value taxpayers get from the $15…
  • News 7/30/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Top News House and Senate leaders approve spending $17 billion to improve services at the Department of Veterans Affairs by leasing new facilities, hiring more clinicians, and paying for care delivered outside the VA for veterans who can’t get timely appointments. Most of the “cost of war” funding goes straight to the $18 trillion national debt. In related news, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald is unanimously confirmed as VA secretary. Reader Comments From Legume Enumerator: “Re: Cerner earnings call. You missed the laughter toward the end of the call when EVP Zane…
  • Morning Headlines 7/29/14

    Lt. Dan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Lawmakers reach $17B deal on VA bill House and Senate lawmakers announce a $17 billion plan aimed at addressing appointment wait times.  The bill would provide $10 billion for veterans to seek medical treatment from non-VA providers, with another $5 billion going toward hiring additional medical to help the VA keep up with appointment demands. Almost half of Kaiser Permanente members book appointments, request refills and send messages online A new Kaiser Permanente report claims the health system’s portal and mobile app saw 131 million visitors during 2013. Kaiser ties their web…
  • Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 7/28/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I had a chance to catch up with an old friend this weekend. He’s an OB/GYN, and as an employed physician, he’s had EHR in both the hospital and ambulatory settings for years. Their efforts have resulted in massive amounts of data that can be mined to improve patient care. Surgeons can easily access their own outcomes data and compare morbidity and mortality data when incorporating new techniques (such as robotic surgery) into their practices. There’s a dark side to that big data, however, and it’s starting to rear its head. Although most laypeople are aware that babies are going to…
  • HIStalk Interviews Linda Reed, CIO, Atlantic Health

    Mr. HIStalk
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Linda Reed is VP of integrative and behavioral medicine and CIO of Atlantic Health System of Morristown, NJ.   Tell me about yourself and your job. I’m the vice president of integrative and behavioral medicine and chief information officer. I’ve been at Atlantic Health 10 years. For the first six, I was vice president and CIO. About five and a half years ago, I got integrative medicine, which is massage, yoga, supplements, functional medicine, and acupuncture. Then about three years ago, I got behavioral health. One of my doctor friends here says, “Who did you annoy that…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Colbert pokes fun at Fitbit and other digital trackers

    Neil Versel
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    “We live in a golden era of digital toys,” noted comedian Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” last Monday. Indeed, some of the digital health and fitness products out there are rather ridiculous, even the popular ones, and we’re hearing just that at some actual health IT events. At last month’s WTN Media Digital Healthcare Conference in Madison, Wis., Adam Pellegrini, vice president of digital health at Walgreens, poked fun at programs that reward people for allegedly exercising. “You could put a pedometer on your dog and get 10,000 steps while…
  • Health eVillages, Qualcomm ‘move the needle’ on global health

    Neil Versel
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    I’m back from an extended break, though hardly a vacation. I spent 11 days this month cycling from Chicago to Washington to raise awareness of multiple system atrophy, the rare neurodegenerative disease that killed my father in 2012. For my first post in more than two weeks, I’ll keep it simple but important, namely with an update on Health eVillages, the program I sit on the advisory board of, as well as some vaguely related news from Qualcomm. First off, Health eVillages this week officially welcomed five new board members: Brad Fluegel, Spencer Warden, Mike Hamilton, Lorri L.
  • Adelphi U ad spreads health reform fallacy

    Neil Versel
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The following ad has popped up several times on my mobile Facebook app recently: That’s from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and the first sentence of that ad is absolutely false, not to mention poorly written. There is no government mandate for any healthcare facility to go paperless at all, much less by 2015. As people in health IT and in healthcare management probably know, the federal Meaningful Use EHR incentive program calls for Medicare penalties starting next year for any provider that hasn’t achieved at least Stage 1 of Meaningful Use. But that’s not a…
  • Digital health should get in on Health Affairs innovation action

    Neil Versel
    22 Jun 2014 | 9:41 pm
    The policy journal Health Affairs puts out an e-mail update every Sunday, for those of us who can’t get enough of reading work e-mail during the week. Today’s contained the following solicitation: Health Affairs is planning a theme issue on health care and medical innovation in early-2015. The issue will span the fields of medical technology and public policy as well as private sector innovations that promote improvements in the delivery of care, lower costs, increased efficiency, etc. We plan to publish 15-20 peer-reviewed articles including research, analyses, and commentaries…
  • Browning out at IntelliBlast, PwC’s Wasden gets academic appointment

    Neil Versel
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:48 am
    I have some personnel news from the world of digital health for you today. This morning, I learned that Matthew Browning, founder of IntelliBlast Health, a healthcare communications platform formerly known as YourNurseIsOn, has resigned as CEO, in an apparent dispute with investors. Alliance Healthcare Partners made an undisclosed investment in IntelliBlast parent Targeted Instant Communications one year ago tomorrow. Browning’s wife, Phoebe, remains CFO of the New Haven, Conn.-based company for the time being, but probably not much longer. Also, Chris Wasden, managing director of…
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    Medical Connectivity

  • Messaging Middleware Growth Strategies

    Tim Gee
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Developing and launching a competitive product, and getting initial traction in the market are not inconsiderable milestones. And yet for the entrepreneur and their investors, this is just the beginning. What was record setting last quarter is barely acceptable this quarter, and next quarter had better be back on track. Developing a solid plan for growth depends on two things: a good understanding of the basic means to drive growth, and a deep understanding of the market. This post seeks to combine both of these in a brief survey of the key factors to drive messaging middleware revenue growth…
  • Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time

    BMoorman
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was listening today to the CE-IT Webinar on CE and HIT from the 2014 AAMI conference in Philadelphia. Much of the session reviewed what has happened over the last five years and it got me thinking about my experiences and what I’ve seen over the last ten years in medical device connectivity and remote monitoring. It’s been an interesting ride and yet I realize there are a few basic ideas that have resonated over the years. These basic ideas are: Specifying those requirements that are unique to my situation are where I have the most control in acquisition; There are other players in the…
  • Interview with Todd Dunsirn of True Process

    Tim Gee
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A while back I had the opportunity to chat with Todd Dunsirn, the CEO of True Process. True Process provides products and services to both hospitals and various manufacturers. The company is focused on the point of care market offering a medication administration solution and a medical device data system. What was the genesis for starting True Process? I started the company in 2004. I have an engineering background, and had several other companies doing IT consulting and then web development, and application development. Then I had a friend contact me to develop a bar-code point-of-care…
  • Messaging Middleware Market Segmentation & Adoption

    Tim Gee
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    The previous post in this series suggested a set of characteristics to define the messaging middleware market and described the typical product architecture for these systems. In this post, we’ll look at ways the market may be segmented and how the market is adopting these systems. Market Segmentation Market segmentation is the dividing of a broader market into subsets of potential buyers who have common market requirements who then become the target for your product, sales and marketing. Using my favorite market adoption model, Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm, this is the…
  • Secure Messaging Middleware Market Defined

    Tim Gee
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    What do secure communications, care team coordination, patient engagement various workflow automation solutions and alarm notification have in common? They’re all examples of messaging middleware solutions found in health care. Which begs the question, what the heck is messaging middleware? This label is a term of art that was first coined by Emergin in the early to mid 2000s. As the name of a product category, it’s descriptive of the underlying technical functions of the product, but has nothing to with how the products are actually used – which can vary considerably. All…
 
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    HealthBlog

  • Is the perfect computing device for clinicians not a “device” at all?

    hlthblog
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    As you might expect considering my profession and where I work, clinicians frequently ask me, “What kind of computer is best for clinicians?” My answer typically goes something like this. “Well, it depends. If I’m out to dinner with my wife and on call...(read more)
  • Why one plus one equals ten for physicians and information technologists

    hlthblog
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    An article in Becker’s Hospital Review caught my attention this morning, not specifically because of the topic but rather because of what it portends for the careers of physicians and health IT workers. The article, 10 Concerns and Trends Facing Hospitals...(read more)
  • Medical Mistakes: To Err is Human…. yes and no?

    hlthblog
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I must admit that I’ve been feeling a bit depressed this week about the human condition. A passenger jet gets blasted out of the sky ( mistake or not) by hostile forces. There are rising tensions in the Ukraine and a ground war is now underway in Gaza...(read more)
  • The Human Connection in Health—It’s not about the technology

    hlthblog
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    So much is written about technology transforming health and healthcare. All too often we forget what makes health and healthcare so special--why so many of us selected a career in the healthcare industry when quite frankly, there are lots of easier ways...(read more)
  • How to provide a more intuitive user interface for clinicians and patients

    hlthblog
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Clinicians have told me they want a simplified, more intuitive user interface to clinical systems and all of the other applications they use on a daily basis. I also hear the same thing from health insurance companies and healthcare organizations that...(read more)
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    Lab Soft News

  • AstraZeneca Partners with Roche on Development of a Companion Diagnostic

    Bruce Friedman
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The topic of companion diagnostics has been of continuing interest for me. I have posted a number of notes about this type of lab test (see, for example: More Details About Roche's Companion Diagnostics Strategy; A Closer Look at Companion Diagnostics Strategies; Consideration of a Broader Definition for "Companion Diagnostics"; Some Interesting Insights into Companion Diagnostics; Companion Diagnostics Gains Wider Acceptance in FDA Despite Challenges). Now comes news of a new collaboration between AstraZeneca and Roche on a diagnostic test to be…
  • It's Time for More Formal Strategic Planning Efforts in Pathology

    Bruce Friedman
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I believe that there is inadequate strategic planning taking place in pathology and by pathologists. It's true that many of the individual pathology societies support some strategic planning activities but there are few published reports articles addressing the challenges facing our specialty. Here's what I consider the four of the most important challenges facing the field consideration from a strategic perspective: (1) cancer oncology; (2) digital pathology; (3) the future of the LIS; (4) increased lab complexity with reduced lab budgets.  By way of contrast, radiologists has…
  • Big Pharma Pursues the Development of "Electroceuticals" with Google

    Bruce Friedman
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One of the major goals of Big Pharma is to enlarge its customer base, which is to say, sell more product. One way to accomplish this is through the medicalization of "conditions" that previously have not been viewed as diseases. One example of such a condition is obesity. This medicalization process has also been referred to as "disease mongering" (see: Disease Mongering (i.e., Medicalization) by Pharmaceutical Companies; Medical Device Mongering, a Variant of Disease Mongering). The reason that Big Pharma spends huge amount of money each year on direct-to-consumer…
  • The Changing Face and Diagnostic Challenge of Diabetes

    Bruce Friedman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent article addressed both the diagnostic challenge and the changing presentation of diabetes mellitus.  It included a description of the development of a new microchip for the inexpensive analysis of the autoantibodies that are pathognomonic of type-1 disease (see: Type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed with new microchip). Below is an excerpt from it: An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device’s inventors at the Stanford University School…
  • Free-Standing Emergency Rooms; A New Type of Healthcare Facility

    Bruce Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Free-standing emergency rooms seem to be emerging as a new category of healthcare facilities, at least in New York City. This according to a recent article about this trend (see: E.R., Not a Hospital, Is Set to Open at St. Vincent’s Site). Below is an excerpt from the article: The shiplike building on Seventh Avenue that used to house part of St. Vincent's Hospital is reopening in the coming days as a stand-alone emergency room and medical care center....The new E.R. [called HealthPlex], however, is part of a trend that has as much to do with a hospital’s bottom line as it does with…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • Focused EMR Discussion Boards

    John Lynn
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    When I was speaking at the gMed user conference, I learned about many of the users who participated on a GI focused online forum for gMed users. Essentially it’s an independent user group for gMed EHR users. Although, with so many GI doctors in one place, you can be sure there are all sorts of focused discussions that would be of interest to gastroenterology doctors. Of course, there are a lot of other online forums that are similar to the GI forum. For example, Amazing Charts has a really active user forum. The open source EHR, OpenEMR also has a forum. I’m sure there are a lot…
  • EHR Replacement Roadmap to Success

    John Lynn
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    We’re just now starting down the road of the EHR replacement cycle. Meaningful use has driven many to adopt an EHR too quickly and now the buyer’s remorse is setting in and we’re going to see a wave of EHR replacements. Some organizations are going to wait until meaningful use runs it course, but many won’t even be able to wait. With this prediction in mind, I was interested by this Allscripts whitepaper: Key Hidden Reasons Your EHR Is Not Sustainable and What To Do About It. I always learn a lot about a company when I read whitepapers like this one. It says a lot…
  • 10 Ways Many Dental Offices Are Breaching HIPAA

    John Lynn
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Trevor James. If you work in the health/dental/medical space, you already know that HIPAA violations are a serious matter. Fines today for not complying with HIPAA laws and regulationsare a minimum of100-$50,000 per violation or recordand a maximum of $1.5 million per year for violations of the same provision.Some violations also carry criminal charges with them, resulting in jail time for the violators. Many dental offices are breaching HIPAA laws without realizing it or have employees doing so without their knowledge. If you’re a dentist, office…
  • Value of Data, EMR Jobs, and EMR vs EHR

    John Lynn
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Raw claims+EMR data not meaningful; need to clean & display it in a way that makes sense to users. @JulieHallBarrow @ChildrensMed #mHealth14 — Wen Dombrowski MD (@HealthcareWen) July 22, 2014 I agree with Wen that the EMR and claims data needs to be cleaned up. I think it gives the wrong message to say it’s not meaningful though. Once it’s cleaned up, it has a lot of value. Looking for a Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Consultant – Manager level (#Washington) http://t.co/pks3fG8bYX #job pic.twitter.com/nl2CWo8pMD — Jobs in Washington (@W4_Jobs_in_DC) July 28,…
  • HIPAA Risk Assessment Infographic

    John Lynn
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for infographics. I usually post the various EHR infographics I find on EMR Thoughts, but this one seemed more appropriate to post on EMR and HIPAA. You can find all of the various EHR and Health IT infographics I’ve posted on this Healthcare IT Infographic pinterest board as well. Thanks to Coalfire for putting together this HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Myths infographic. Update: David Harlow offered this interesting note that might be helpful to some “The infographic suggests that only covered entities need to undergo a security risk…
 
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    Medgadget

  • Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Using Reading Glasses on Computers, Tablets, Smartphones

    Editors
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Many people only use glasses while reading, requiring them to have a pair handy wherever they go. Since all print seems to be moving toward digital screens, there might be a way to display images that compensate for the reader’s vision and end up looking sharp and in focus. A team of researchers from UC Berkeley, MIT, and Microsoft have proposed a method of using light field displays to correct images before they reach the reader’s eyes. The technology relies on using algorithms to pre-process an image that the screen will display. A plastic filter is set against the front of…
  • Wyss Institute to Commercialize Its Organs-on-Chips Technology (VIDEO)

    Editors
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Wyss Institute’s human organs-on-chips team has used the lung-on-a-chip (pictured) to study drug toxicity and potential new therapies. The technology will be commercialized to accelerate development of pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, and personalized medicine products. Credit: Harvard’s Wyss Institute Credit: Harvard’s Wyss Institute We’ve been reporting over the last few years on Harvard’s Wyss Institute’s efforts to develop small devices able to mimic various genetic, biochemical, and metabolic characteristics of human organs. This technology can…
  • Smart Brain Electrodes Move Automatically to Follow Individual Neurons

    Editors
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    The brain is made of pliant soft tissue that flexes and moves within the cranium as we go about our days. Studying the organ and being able to interface with it on the level of individual neurons is exceedingly difficult when the electrodes used are rigid and so can’t maintain a solid contact with the neurons they’re interfacing with. As the brain shifts, traditional electrodes lose the signal they’re homing in on, and end up only useful when covering a large number of neurons at once. Now  scientists from Arizona State University and Sandia National Labs, a subsidiary of…
  • Google to Harness Its Computing Power to Mine for Biomarkers of Disease and Healthy Living

    Editors
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is initiating a project to identify a slew of biomarkers that point to the presence of a variety of diseases and other chemical signatures that are related to healthy body function. The team will initially collect genetic and molecular information from 175 volunteers using many tests that sample bodily fluids. Later on, the plan is to expand the project, called Baseline Study, to include thousands of people and to identify what a “healthy human” is. This knowledge is aimed at identifying which people should change certain aspects of…
  • New Eye Monitoring Device Spots Early Signs of Diabetes

    Editors
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Autonomic neuropathy is a common complication arising from diabetes, causing side effects like gastroparesis, erectile dysfunction, and other conditions due to damaged autonomic nerves. Early detection of diabetic autonomic neuropathy can have substantial benefits to patients thanks to treatment commencing sooner than it does now. Now researchers at National Taiwan University Hospital and National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan developed an optical sensor that hangs off a pair of glasses and helps spot autonomic neuropathy by monitoring the activity of the eye for a half hour. The device…
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • Can You Believe Something This Crazy Seems To Be Happening? I Really Can’t

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago:Campaign for single eHealth record, says YoungBy Natasha Egan on July 23, 2014 in In-depth, Industry, Technology AUDIO: Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council representative Rod Young has called on the sector to campaign for a single eHealth and aged care record at the council’s annual technology conference currently underway in Hobart.Mr Young, Associate Professor Kate Swanton from Feros Care and Dr George Margelis took part in a panel discussion on the government’s eHealth record at the Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference on…
  • It Looks Like South Australia Has Caught The Very Problematic Hospital IT Roll Out Disease. What A Disappointment.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago:Minister puts future of $422m SA eHealth system in doubtBy Paris Cowan on Jul 23, 2014 6:30 AM (4 hours ago) EPAS still on hold.South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling has refused to commit to the continuation of the state’s $422 million electronic patient administration system (EPAS) rollout, which is currently on hold as the government works through funding and performance issues.“We are having a look at it at the moment,” Snelling said, when challenged by opposition MP Duncan McFetridge to guarantee the rollout during an estimates hearing late last…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 28th July, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    27 Jul 2014 | 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 CommentSome interesting items this week - especially the apparent problems with the South Australian e-Health roll out - that until recently was seen as going pretty well. Given there has not been a change of Government in SA, who have driven the project for a good number of years, it seems there is really a…
  • I Wonder Why It Is People Keep Pretending ‘eHealth’ Is An Unalloyed Good And The PCEHR Is Largely OK?

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This appeared last week.Andrew Knight: e-Health revolutionAndrew KnightMonday, 21 July, 2014THE benefits of having an effective electronic health record seem obvious. Rapid sharing of information, reduction of duplication and greater ownership by patients of their health information offer hope of reduced harm and savings in time and money.The review of the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) commissioned late last year by the federal government certainly thinks so.The reviewers point to modelling which suggests that e-health changes could lead to savings of $7 billion a…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 228 – Results – 27th July, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Do You Think Continuing Work On The PCEHR Can Lead To A System That Will Improve The Quality, Safety and Efficiency Of Healthcare? I.E. Is The PCEHR Fixable?For Sure 20% (14) Maybe 16% (11) Neutral 6% (4) Probably Not 17% (12) No Way 40% (28) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 70 A very good response and the view 57% to 36% that the PCEHR is not really fixable with very few undecided. Time will tell who is right! Again, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
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  • Connectivity Standards

    Bob
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    I had been reading about “internet of things” (IoT) connectivity standards groups (links below) when I came across Bridget Moorman’s post Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time. I made an off-the-cuff comment because of the contrast I saw between the way other industries approach standards vs. the medical device industry.  Bridget and Tim kindly responded with informative feedback. Standards are hard, so I guess it’s not easy for anyone. Open Interconnect Consortium AllSeen Alliance Thread Group  
  • An Unhealthy Lack Of Standards

    Bob
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The reality of healthcare interoperabilty is going mainstream: Apple Launches HealthKit To Share Vital Stats With Nike, Mayo Clinic: The problem Apple will run into: No one agrees on how to measure even very simple health metrics, … TL;DR:  iOS 7.1 to iOS 8.0 API Differences (search for ‘HealthKit’ on the page).
  • FDASIA Health IT Report

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

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

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

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This summer, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is holding an IHI Innovation Relay and you can join the Twitter chat on Wed 7/30 at 1 pm ET to learn more about how to pioneer answers to persistent problems in health care. "Each leg of the Relay will focus on a fundamental aspect of IHI’s Innovation strategy empowering participants to develop innovative solutions to challenges in health and health care. Rather than just research the problems, they’ll design testable solutions together, with the help of the IHI Innovation team and experts within and outside of health care."Don't…
  • Will chikungunya reach your neighborhood?

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Could chikungunya be coming to your neighborhood? Right now, chikungunya has been detected in all these states (dark blue = locally-acquired cases; light blue = travel-associated cases):Are you surprised by this map? This map is probably going to change as the summer goes on. So many families travel to Florida with their children to visit theme parks like Disney. Florida is the only state (dark blue) where we have detected locally-acquired cases. The light blue states represent travel-associated cases. There have been 2 cases of chikungunya in Florida so far.
  • Fulfill your REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Misuse and abuse of opioids has grown to be a serious public health concern about addiction, overdose, and death. REMS-compliant training is a critical component of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS program.On July 9, 2012, the FDA approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications. The REMS introduces new safety measures to reduce risks and improve safe use of ER/LA opioids while continuing to provide access to these medications for patients in pain.You can access free online REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids…
  • NEJM perspective article about Big Data in Healthcare

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Dr. Sebastian Schneeweiss recently wrote an interesting perspective article in the NEJM about big data in health care. He writes:Two key “learning” applications of big health care data that hold the promise of improving patient care are the generation of new knowledge about the effectiveness of treatments and the prediction of outcomes. Both these functions exceed the bounds of most computer applications currently used in health care, which tend to offer physicians such tools as context-sensitive warning messages, reminders, suggestions for economical prescribing, and results of mandated…
  • Innovation HealthJam #InnovationHealthJam

    4 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In a few weeks, the Innovation HealthJam will happen online! June 17-19. Here's what it's going to be about:Come together for this Innovation HealthJam and help brainstorm new ideas for the healthcare technology area. This event will challenge a large diverse group within the medical eco-system to re-frame health care in the United States. This online brainstorming event will bring together healthcare providers, healthcare technology companies, universities, patient advocacy groups, trade associations, and government agencies from the healthcare industry to discuss how innovation can address…
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  • Rep. Phil Gingrey Comes After Healthcare Interoperability and Epic in House Subcommittee

    John Lynn
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    On July 17th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Communications and Technology and Health (that’s a mouthful) held a hearing which you can see summarized here. Brought into question were the billions of dollars that have been spent on EHR without requiring that the EHR systems be interoperable. In the meeting Rep. Phil Gingrey offered this comment, “It may be time for this committee to take a closer look at the practices of vendor companies in this space given the possibility that fraud may be perpetrated against the American taxpayer.” At least…
  • What Will the Shifting Reimbursement Model Require?

    John Lynn
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I was really intrigued by this post on the First Databank blog titled “Making the Most of the Meaningful Use Extension.” Here’s an excerpt of the post that really struck me. We are looking at an industry undergoing a change in the reimbursement model, from fee for service to a risk-based model. Therefore, our systems must support quality measure reporting, tracking of specific treatment responsibilities for improving outcomes, and they must provide health information to the patient that allows them to be an active participant in their care. We have to incorporate access to…
  • Social Determinants of Health (#SDOH)

    John Lynn
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    In a recent chat that I think was hosted by HIMSS, they used the hashtag #SDOH. I’ll admit that the hashtag wasn’t familiar to me, so I was glad that they included a link to resources on the HIMSS Future Care website that defined #SDOH as Social Determinants of Health. Had you heard of this hashtag or term before? I’d never heard of Social Determinants of Health before, but I’d certainly heard of some of the concepts. I think there is a lot to be said about how our social interactions can be used to determine our health. I think the real challenge with it is taking it…
  • Is the End of the Standalone EHR and PM Near?

    John Lynn
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    News this week came out that simplifMD and Azalea Health were merging companies. It’s an interesting merger since Azalea Health has been strong on the PM side of things and an EHR that’s not yet MU 2 certified, while simplifyMD has been more focused on the EHR side of things. As one company they can put together their PM and EHR into one standalone system. As Shahid Shah recently pointed out on his Healthcare IT Guy interview with Melissa McCormack from Software Advice, buyers are decidely more interested in an integrated PM and EHR. Here’s one of the questions and answers:…
  • EMR vs EHR

    John Lynn
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    This tweet tried to define the difference between EMR and EHR: A clear take on #EHR vs #EMR via @histalk. Yes, there actually is a difference, but it’s not that hard to recognize. http://t.co/Bs4rUMUQk4 — Michael L. Grabowski (@MikeLGrabowski) July 24, 2014 Let me make it even simpler: EMR and EHR are the same and used interchangeably! That’s all. Related posts: EMR Usability Point Difference, Us vs Them in EHR Adoption, and EMR Companies Don’t Care About Usability Value of Meaningful Use – Perspective from EHR Executive at simplifyMD Physician EMR Use Passes 50%…
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  • CVS Caremark Send Wrong Prescription Information to the Wrong Consumers

    Medical Quack
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    The folks affected here know what someone else has on their prescription lists.  The reason for the letters going out was to solicit patients to change to a 90 day prescription fill.  It was a programming error this time and of course we just live with that of late as complexities in healthcare continue to mount.  In other CVS news, I still believe the company is working to buy a huge drug store chain in Brazil as well.  CVS Working To Acquire Brazilian Drug Store Chain DPSP - $4.5 Billion Offered, Refused, Still Working In California the chain is still facing a large fine…
  • NueMD Looks to the Future, Sees “Mobile”

    Medical Quack
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    NueMD is a valued advertiser at the Medical Quack and are announcing a new upgrade that will stand to simplify the reimbursement process and who doesn’t want that.  Below is a message from the CEO of the company.  Nice how they are all using Ipads to show how mobility works with their systems.  Visit the NueMD website for more information.  As a reminder you can always find the link to the NueMD website to the right on the Medical Quack along with my other values advertisers and sponsors.  BD The folks over a NueMD recently announced a major upgrade to their medical…
  • New England Quality Care Alliance, Next Up Duped On Consumer Credit Card Data And Web Information..As The Scoring of America Rolls On..

    Medical Quack
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    This kind of funny as the chief medical officer says he’s not real sure about it:)  We we know what happened with that Master Card Steroid Marketing Plan, here’s one more that was sold and duped.  What they are worried about here is the fact that they need to match up those who can use care management services better, in other words predict.  Now if this were something people were breaking the doors down to get it might be a little different.  As the article states those who did volunteer on their own before this big “dupe” in predictive analytics takes place were…
  • Amgen to Lay Off 2900 Employees, Close Two Plants As Profits Are Up 23% 2nd Quarter

    Medical Quack
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    This is a restructuring move the article states and it’s not due to lost revenue that’s for sure. The Bothell, Washington operation will be closed impacting 600 jobs in Seattle and 50 at the manufacturing plant and it currently is the largest biotech employer in the area.  Biotech giant Amgen Inc. said it would lay off up to 2,900 employees and close facilities in Washington state and Colorado, as the Thousand Oaks company moved to reign in expenses and focus on new drugs. Those cuts could amount to nearly 15% of its 20,000 worldwide employees. Amgen said it would use the savings --…
  • Big Clinical Data Registries Next? Why Doesn’t Congress Restore the Office of Technology Assessment? More Proof that It’s Needed As This Is Yet One More Complex IT Project That Will Not Contribute Good Care, Just An IT Expenditure With a Lot of Quantitated Justifications Tossed In

    Medical Quack
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I am not against registries at all as they are very useful and 8 years ago I built on in the EMR I wrote so no argument there at all however, a “Big Frigging Data” registry like this?  Heck no.  This is a flat out burden and big groups like Kaiser Permanente are doing good things with their registries and you don’t need big data here as smaller data works.  Kaiser is pretty big data in itself and is a great resource and they have done some great things there.  This massive government project as suggested here is just some more Congressional Algo Duping taking…
 
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  • Best Hospital IT Departments finalists

    Mike Moran
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Eighty-five IT teams are in the running to be named a top hospital in the Healthcare IT News 2014 "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program. More than 5,000 IT staff from 194 nominated hospitals completed the 79-question online survey. To qualify to be considered a top hospital, at least half the employees in an IT department needed to complete the survey. read more
  • Deaths by medical mistakes hit records

    Erin McCann
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Senate hearing Thursday, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions.    read more
  • Watson + Siri: new mHealth power couple?

    Tom Sullivan
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    It's one of those thoughts many mHealth insiders and observers have at some point had: What if one could put the power of Watson analytics into a smartphone and interact with it like Apple's Siri at the point of care? [See also: Watson now open for app development] read more
  • Stage 2: Rubber meets the road

    Bernie Monegain
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    As David Blumenthal, MD, sees it, Stage 2 is where the rubber meets the road for the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program – the government’s grand scheme to drag the American healthcare system, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. read more
  • 6 ways big data can lower costs

    Mike Miliard
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Brigham and Women's Hospital has put forth a new report showcasing a half-dozen ways to lower healthcare costs through the use of big data. [See also: Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'] read more
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  • '2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

    Erin McCann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.   read more
  • Tech for docs may save big bucks

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more
  • New VA head could go big on telehealth

    Government Health IT Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more
  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Connected health as a therapeutic

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more
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  • '2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

    Erin McCann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.   read more
  • Tech for docs may save big bucks

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more
  • New VA head could go big on telehealth

    Government Health IT Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more
  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Connected health as a therapeutic

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more
 
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  • '2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

    Erin McCann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.   read more
  • Tech for docs may save big bucks

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more
  • New VA head could go big on telehealth

    Government Health IT Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more
  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Connected health as a therapeutic

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more
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  • '2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

    Erin McCann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.   read more
  • Tech for docs may save big bucks

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more
  • New VA head could go big on telehealth

    Government Health IT Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more
  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Connected health as a therapeutic

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more
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  • '2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

    Erin McCann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.   read more
  • Tech for docs may save big bucks

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more
  • New VA head could go big on telehealth

    Government Health IT Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more
  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Connected health as a therapeutic

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more
 
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  • '2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

    Erin McCann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.   read more
  • Tech for docs may save big bucks

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more
  • New VA head could go big on telehealth

    Government Health IT Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more
  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Connected health as a therapeutic

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more
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  • Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more
  • John Houston - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    John Houston, Vice President, Privacy and Information Security & Associate Counsel at UPMC and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about the "insider threats" in healthcare organizations. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Kevin Fu, Ph.D. - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Kevin Fu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, addresses the vulnerabilities of medical devices and the potential risks to patients. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Phil Alexander - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Phil Alexander, Information Security Officer at UMC and session panelist at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, discusses the rise of cyber crime and the importance of personalizing employee education around security. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 15: Doug Fridsma, MD, Ph.D

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Doug Fridsma, MD, Ph.D, of the ONC discusses interoperability challenges, standards, and policies at HIMSS14. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • How sharing ministries steer members away from actual health insurance

    Ron Shinkman
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    "I hope they don't take anything away from us." Those were the words of a Baptist minister from Georgia named Daniel, uttered in my living room about five years ago as the Affordable...read more
  • For-profit hospital revenues, earnings soar

    Ron Shinkman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    As millions of Americans are added to the rolls of insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the for-profit, publicly-traded hospital chains that care for them have gone on a roll of their own.read more
  • ACA fuels construction boom

    Ron Shinkman
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Hospital construction has been in a boom mode for some years now, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is apparently prompting even smaller players to get into the action, Crain's Chicago Business reportsread more
  • Johns Hopkins gets help with $190M settlement

    Ron Shinkman
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to a massive $190 million payout to settle charges that a former physician secretly recorded pelvic exams of patients. However, the legendary provider will not make the payment solely on its own, according to the Baltimore Sun.read more
  • Hospital purchases of medical groups catch regulators' eyes

    Ron Shinkman
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    When hospitals purchase specialty physician practices they tend to raise the prices for care rendered--a move that has caught the eye of federal regulators, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.read more
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  • Small Businesses – How Are They Responding To Increasing Healthcare Costs?

    Pamela Girardin
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    There’s a lot in the pipeline for small businesses – SHOP exchange, collective buying power to purchase better health insurance and a chance to provide the same level of benefits as their large counterparts. However not many have weighed in on an aspect that might become a primary concern for small organizations in the near […]
  • Decreasing ACA Spending is Hitting Healthcare Hiring, but It’s not that Bad

    Pamela Girardin
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    The healthcare sector has taken the mantle of a rescuer over the last few years, when unemployment reared its ugly head. Healthcare sector has been one of the bright spots, adding jobs to the economy when other sectors, such as construction and manufacturing, were forced to lay off workers while struggling to make ends meet […]
  • Medicaid – The Economics of Expansion and the Woodwork Effect

    Pamela Girardin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    Medicaid has long been a hot discussion point for Democrats and Republicans, and Medicaid Expansion is a new avenue where the sides are locking horns across all states. The case in point being the support given to Obamacare’s effects through the Medicaid expansion, which will work as a strategy to cover those up to 138 […]
  • Overburdened Nurses – Is ACA making hospitals compromise on healthcare quality?

    Pamela Girardin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Wide health insurance coverage does not always translate into better healthcare facilities– this debate has long been at the helm of various health reforms. Various administrations have taken the incorrect approach to equating health insurance with improved healthcare service, and the Affordable Care Act seems to be on a path to the same debilitating mistake. […]
  • Obamacare Can Save Lives, Says Harvard Study

    Pamela Girardin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Better collective American healthcare system through health reform – that was the primary aim when Obama administration set out to design PPACA. Seen as a way to improve overall health of the nation through improved healthcare, Obamacare is now getting a major confirmation from a Harvard study. The study states that Obamacare could save substantial […]
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  • Is it time to create a Mobile Health Administration?

    Judy Mottl
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    There's been intense effort over the past several years to try to determine the best regulatory approach when it comes to mHealth technology. Thousands of hours have been spent in meetings, conferences, hearings and conversations, all in a quest to figure out how best to protect patients, foster innovation among developers and creators, and not hurt a burgeoning industry that could potentially be greater than the PC revolution. Much of it has been focused on figuring out how to wedge mHealth tools into regulatory parameters already in place within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,…
  • Weak user commitment, mHealth tool reliability present adoption hurdles

    Judy Mottl
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Privacy concerns and data security may not be the top obstacles in mHealth technology adoption. Insteady, the biggest hurdles might be getting patients and consumers to use such tools in a more dedicated fashion and boosting the reliability of emerging monitoring and tracking devices to spur user activity.read more
  • Apple's potential role in the Epic-IBM Pentagon EHR bid

    Judy Mottl
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Apple iOS support would play a role if the joint bid by IBM and Verona, Wisconsin-based electronic health record vendor Epic to develop a new EHR system for the Department of Defense is accepted.read more
  • How mobile apps can make the most of patient-doctor interactions

    Judy Mottl
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Mobile apps are helping gain better patient care results in the short time span patients and doctors interact, but the key to success is software that adheres to the "80-20" rule.read more
  • Why FDA's role in mHealth oversight must be 'robust'

    Judy Mottl
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be given robust oversight regarding mobile healthcare products and technology, states an article published July 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Such a role, authors Nathan Cortez, J.D., I. Glenn Cohen and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.P.H. say, will not hinder innovation but may be a necessary linchpin for safe mHealth tools, devices and platforms.read more
 
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    FierceEMR News

  • Kaiser, Johns Hopkins collaboration to hone in on evidence-based care

    Susan D. Hall
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced plans to strengthen their collaboration by focusing on research and evidence-based care, according to an announcement. The two plan to...read more
  • Meaningful Use flexibility rule may open the door to bigger changes

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed rule offering some flexibility for attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 may be one of the few occasions where a rule relating to the program has been met with open arms. But deeper dive reveals a detail that I find particularly interesting: the Medical Group Management Association's suggestion that CMS has overstepped its regulatory authority in Stage 2.read more
  • Vendors accused of using political clout to avoid reporting of EHR safety issues

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    A rush to implement electronic health records caused by the Meaningful Use incentive program has thrust "complex, balky, unwieldy error-prone" systems into highly sensitive clinical settings, according to an article in the Boston Globe.read more
  • Care coordination pilot looks to prevent hospital readmissions

    Katie Dvorak
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    The University of Buffalo is working to limit patient readmissions to hospitals and ERs via use of dashboard technology.read more
  • MGMA: Meaningful Use program overreaching, runs the 'risk of failure'

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has added its voice to the commenters on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's proposed rule relaxing the Meaningful Use rules in 2014, supporting the increased flexibility in reporting but warning that without "significant" modifications, the program itself "runs the risk of failure."read more
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    Practice Fusion Blog

  • Black Book: Practice Fusion’s mobile EHR ranks #1 for Meaningful Use, Top 10 Overall

    Ryan Shay
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Black Book Rankings named Practice Fusion for tablet a top performer among mobile EHRs in its recent report, “Top Ranked Virtualized and Native Mobile EHR Applications.” Over 2,000 medical professionals participated in the independent survey, evaluating 250+ vendors with a mobile EHR. #1 For Meaningful Use Practice Fusion for tablet was named #1 for vertical industry recommendations for Meaningful Use achievement in Stages 1 and 2. Overall, Practice Fusion ranked seventh out of the 268 vendors named in the survey — the second year in a row that our mobile EHR ranked in the top 10.
  • Practice Fusion #1 for Vendor Support, #2 EHR Overall in Medscape’s EHR Report 2014

    Practice Fusion
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Last week, Medscape issued its EHR Report 2014, which explores the status of EHR adoption in medical practices. To create the report, Medscape invited physicians to answer questions on their use of an EHR and their EHR’s performance. Over 18,000 physicians from 25 specialties responded, providing a robust look at current trends in EHR adoption. Here’s a high-level overview of the findings: EHR Rankings Practice Fusion ranked #1 EHR for vendor support, in both the quality of training programs and continuing customer support. Our EHR ranked second in its overall rating, and was ranked in…
  • Meaningful Use success comes early for providers using a cloud-based EHR

    Ryan Shay
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    According to data recently released from the CMS Office of eHealth Standards and Services, providers with a cloud-based EHR such as Practice Fusion may be more likely to achieve Meaningful Use in 2014 and beyond. “Providers who have used cloud-based software have been able to attest early [in 2014 for Meaningful Use]” reported Elisabeth Myers, the policy and outreach lead for eHealth. “There is a higher [than] normal distribution percentage of [eligible providers attesting early] that are using a cloud-based software system.” Practice Fusion logged the third most attestations among…
  • 19 must-see stats on the changing EHR landscape

    Ryan Shay
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Less than a decade ago, nine out of ten doctors in the U.S. updated their patients’ records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. In 2014, 61% of physician nationwide use electronic health records (EHRs), up from 50.3% during the prior year. Health records are changing quickly — spurred in no small part by government programs supporting the use of EHRs. With October 1, 2014 being the effective deadline to adopt an EHR for Meaningful Use incentives (and avoid 2016 penalties), the latest EHR trends provide valuable insight into how physicians are faring so far in a brave new…
  • 4 costs associated with most EHRs

    Ryan Shay
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    According to HealthIT.gov, the estimated cost of purchasing and installing an electronic health record (EHR) ranges from $15,000 to $70,000 per provider. An independent third-party organization found similar findings when they looked at the average yearly cost and total cost of ownership:   Average EHR costs   Server-based EHRs*    Web-based EHRs*     Practice Fusion     Upfront cost     $26,000   $33,000   Free   Yearly cost     $4,000   $8,000   Free   Total cost of ownership for 5 years    …
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    insideARM

  • More than 35 Percent of American Adults are Currently in Collections: Report

    Patrick Lunsford
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    A joint study from the think tank Urban Institute and debt buyer Encore Capital Group released today reported that more than 35 percent of U.S. adults with a credit report have accounts that qualify to be in some stage of the debt collection system. The average balance of those accounts is $5,178.
  • Executive Change: Mark Savoie to Stoneleigh Recovery Associates as VP

    insideARM.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Rudy Knepper, President of Stoneleigh Recovery Associates (SRA), announced today that SRA has added Mark Savoie to their roster as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Mr. Savoie will use his experience and his extensive professional network to grow SRA into one of the top industry providers of accounts receivable management services.
  • 2014 Data Shows Overall Rise in Debt Collection Lawsuits

    Stephanie Levy
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the first time this year, litigation surrounding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act increased from one month to the next, but Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation decreased compared to the prior month, according to the latest data from WebRecon. However, when comparing data from June 2014 to June 2013, […]
  • Debt Collection Becoming an Actual Issue in Hot State AG Election

    Patrick Lunsford
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The issue of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s alleged favoritism in rewarding a debt collection contract boiled over on the weekend as his office released official collection totals for last year and a prominent newspaper published a blistering editorial on the matter.
  • European ARM Giant Lindorff Acquires Collection Unit of Spanish Bank

    Patrick Lunsford
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Lindorff, one of the largest debt collection companies in the world, announced today that it has purchased the debt recovery unit of Spanish bank Sabadell for €162 million ($218 million). The agreement calls for Lindorff to exclusively handle Banco Sabadell’s past-due loans for a period of at least 10 years.
 
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    CureMD Blog

  • How small practices can prepare for the shift from Volume to Value-based Care?

    Nina Keller
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    An expected shift is going to take place soon in the health industry, where healthcare will transform from volume based (paid for every patient visit) to value based (paid for quality of service). The government is encouraging physicians to form Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), so that they can cut down on costs and provide quality patient care in limited resources, shared among them. The evolution from fee-for-service to value-based service is quite challenging as it requires implementation of electronic systems, training staff, and smooth functioning of the changed workflow.
  • Eight Reasons Why You Must Attend UC’ 14

    Daniel Schwartz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The annual CureMD User Conference (UC) 2014 is less than four months away. With 20+ interactive, engaging and informative sessions in addition to cruise trips, raffle competitions and the flamboyance and grandeur of New York, the two-day UC ’14 promises to be a spectacle. If you’re using CureMD solutions or are just interested to know more about the Health IT industry, here’s why the UC ’14 is a must-go-to. 1.    The latest in healthcare Have industry experts guide you on the latest healthcare requirements and developments including sessions on the much talked about Meaningful Use…
  • The real reason why physicians must comply with HIPAA. What the government does not tell you.

    Nina Keller
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    There is widespread resentment among healthcare providers on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Many physicians, that I have come across, find the law redundant and somewhat insulting. Confidentiality and patient privacy, they say, has always been inherent in any doctor-patient interaction and is a fundamental pillar of practicing medicine. That said, most of you are probably unaware of the bigger picture. It’s not entirely your fault as the government has done little to address misconceptions about the real aim of this law i.e. The government doesn’t want to…
  • Simplifying EHR documentation: The tricks of trade for your practice

    Daniel Schwartz
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Although it was technology that took man to the moon, it was man himself who invented that technology. Man built the machines; devised the mechanisms, and hence landed on the moon. You are the Neil Armstrong of your practice, to reach the moon (achieve your goals), you need to take control of Apollo 11’s machines (EHR systems) just as he did in 1969. Merely possessing the technology will not take you anywhere; to enjoy the benefits it offers, you must learn to use it effectively. The towers of paper that once inundated your practice might have been replaced by a sleek new computer, a handy…
  • Why usability is one of the most important factors in EHR design?

    Stephanie Debbie
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    One of the first requirements providers have when searching for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is ease of use. It is necessary for providers to limit the changes in their workflow that they are accustomed to while running their practice. So when a provider makes the decision to adopt an EHR system, it is expected that the technology they are urged to use will be familiar to their routine and even enhance their capabilities to better their workflow. Read more: Usability Redefined: An all-new EHR Many EHR vendors will portray to have a great user interface, to have user-specific…
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    blog.corista.com

  • Capacity or Lean? Maintaining Margins at Expense of Timely Service and Quality

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    For my nearly 30 years of working in health care - in some form or another – I’ve repeatedly heard one guiding principle: run lean. What does that mean? Lean methodologies have been applied and adapted across just about every type of industry. Banking, construction, health care, government, manufacturing, engineering, design, back office administration and more. It is not just for the more "industrial" sectors; it can and has been applied across a diverse range of industries. There are lean programs for supply chain, administration, management, product development, manufacturing and…
  • 1st of July: Moving Up Over Black Coffee

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I arrived for my away rotation early. I was scheduled to be at the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for the month of July. My first rotation of second year of residency would be spent away from the gross bench and chemistry analyzers. The month was actually fine with me – the OCME office handled deaths from all over the state of Maryland including Baltimore city and county, so there would be a mix of the usual inner city homicides, suicides, drug-related deaths, as well as farming, motor vehicle, and boating accidents at the peak of summer in Maryland. And the OCME…
  • What is a Pathology Consultation? When is it Used?

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Pathologists frequently mention “I consulted on this” or “I sent this case off to a consultant” or “We were consulted about…”. But what does it mean? It is frequently puzzling for clinicians or patients. Does that mean my tissue specimen went to another laboratory? Does that mean slides or images from my case were seen outside the institution? Who gets consulted? Who pays for this? Many appropriate questions.  In most instances, and historically, representative sections from the biopsy or surgical specimen in the form of glass slides are transported to another pathologist.
  • Want to be a better Pathology Director? Get In…and Out of The Lab

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    In medical school, the pathologists would come to lecture during second year, and while they had their own subspecialty or research interests, they would often tell us “Pathology is a lot of fun. All of the interesting cases in the hospital wind up under the microscope and you are respected among your peers.” They would go on to say that there were no jobs in pathology and not to go into it. The surgeons would tell us later in clinical years that the worst part about being on call every other night is that you miss half the interesting cases (the cases missed every other night you were…
  • Corista Receives Frost & Sullivan’s Product Innovation Award

    Elizabeth Wingard
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:55 am
    According to the College of American Pathologists (CAP) 2013 data, approximately 80 percent of the world’s pathologists are based in the United States. This concentration causes an increased need to access, share, and diagnose images remotely. Industry analysts predict most laboratories will switch to a digitized pathology workflow within 7 years. However, there remains a number of challenges within digital pathology that extend beyond the mere digitization of pathology images, including interconnectivity between geographic locations and devices, and providing efficiency in collaborative…
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    Caristix

  • HIEs, Business Models, and Interfacing

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Healthcare Information Exchange Types There are three basic types of healthcare information exchanges (HIEs): some cover a geographic region (for instance, NCHIE in North Carolina), others a community; and yet others that cover a single hospital system (which in turn may be spread out geographically – for instance, Catholic Health Initiatives). HIE Business Models: Grants vs. Revenue Generation While some regional and community HIEs got their start via government grants, many of those grants are coming to their end. Even though they might [...]Cet article HIEs, Business Models, and…
  • Interfacing Workflows: Start with a Spreadsheet?

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Tip 20 in the Interoperability Tip Series In our previous tip, we explained why you need to map processes and workflows. Many developers list their interfaces and workflows in a spreadsheet. You’ll find examples of what to track in the HL7 Interface Asset Template here. While a spreadsheet provides a good start, you need to go beyond to capture the details and interconnections to capture a complete picture of your interfacing workflows. After all, in most hospital and HIE environments, you’ll be [...]Cet article Interfacing Workflows: Start with a Spreadsheet? est apparu en premier sur…
  • Why You Need to Map Processes and Workflows

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Tip 19 in the Interoperability Tip Series Throughout the Interoperability Tip Series, we’ve stressed the need to complement the message structure and and content details from HL7 profiles with good process and workflow maps for future interfacing asset management. Earlier in the Interoperability Tip Series, Tip 4 emphasized the importance of mapping out the message process and workflow from the very beginning to kick off the planning of an interoperability project. If you’ve documented your systems and taken the time to map [...]Cet article Why You Need to Map Processes and Workflows…
  • HL7 Messages – Don’t Fall into the Beginner’s Trap

    sovita.chander@caristix.com
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Tip 18 in the Interoperability Series What’s The Big Deal? If you’re just getting your feet wet with clinical and medical applications, you might think: “What’s the big deal? I’ll just hit Google for some sample HL7 messages and get started that way.”  Don’t do that! If you do, you’ll get some basic structures right – like pipes and carets. But you won’t have any information about the interface you’re trying to build: the message types it uses, the segments and fields, positions, [...]Cet article HL7 Messages – Don’t Fall into the Beginner’s Trap est…
  • Sneak Peek – New Caristix CDA Functionality

    sovita.chander@caristix.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Brian Ahier is right Before you read any further, please go right now and check out what health data exchange expert Brian Ahier has to say about C-CDA on the HIStalk blog.  He is right on the money about the need to clear up the problems with CDA/C-CDA documents. Once you’ve read his article, come back here and you’ll get exactly why  we’re building our new CDA functionality around gap analysis. A bit of context. A few weeks back we talked about [...]Cet article Sneak Peek – New Caristix CDA Functionality est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
 
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