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  • Hospital Mobile Apps: Increase Revenue And Patient Satisfaction

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    Healthcare IT News
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Hospital Mobile Apps: Increase Revenue A No White Papers & Webinars Block Mobile
  • After the EMR. The technologies that will truly transform healthcare and clinical workflow.

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    hlthblog
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last week, Healthcare IT News editor Mike Miliard wrote a piece that might have escaped your attention. He offered up 18 health technologies poised for big growth based on data from HIMSS Analytics. While none of the technologies listed are quite as sexy...(read more)
  • Big Data Byte: Handling unstructured data

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    Eric Bailey
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Short Headline:  Handling unstructured data Michael O'Hara, VP of VCE, discusses the company's convergence infrastructure platform and its application to the healthcare industry via their Unified Big Data and Analytics Solution.  
  • How one health system tightened security - Healthcare IT News

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    31 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    How one health system tightened securityHealthcare IT NewsThrough this deployment, hospital executives say, St. Elizabeth's IT security team has tackled one of the biggest security challenges in the healthcare industry – securing "smart" medical devices that cannot be interrupted for active vulnerability and more »
  • VA's Yammer troubles won't deter HHS use of platform

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    Katie Dvorak
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    A recent report called the Department of Veterans Affairs' use of social network Yammer improper, but that's not stopping the Department of Health and Human Services from using the tool.read more
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  • How one health system tightened security - Healthcare IT News

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    How one health system tightened securityHealthcare IT NewsThrough this deployment, hospital executives say, St. Elizabeth's IT security team has tackled one of the biggest security challenges in the healthcare industry – securing "smart" medical devices that cannot be interrupted for active vulnerability and more »
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market - Healthcare IT News

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    ICD-10 tools continue trickling to marketHealthcare IT NewsICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition. Many of the tools emerging throughout the summer are from upstarts, but
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA complianceHealthcare IT News (blog)Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially and more »
  • 4 in 5 health orgs hit by cyber crooks - Healthcare IT News

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Computerworld4 in 5 health orgs hit by cyber crooksHealthcare IT NewsMore than 80 percent of healthcare chief information officers, chief technology officers and other security leaders polled by KPMG say their organizations have been victimized by at least one cyber attack in the past two years -- and many still feel More than 80% of healthcare IT leaders say their systems have been compromisedComputerworldall 21 news articles »
  • 4 steps to win the cybersecurity race - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Healthcare IT News (blog)4 steps to win the cybersecurity raceHealthcare IT News (blog)Every information security incident is the start of a race, the race to determine the risks and compliance requirements surrounding the incident before potential victims are harmed and compliance deadlines are missed. Yet, as we discussed in last month
 
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 9/1/15

    Lt. Dan
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    CMS continues ICD-10 education, names “ombudsman” CMS names Williams Rogers, MD as the ICD-10 ombudsman. Rogers currently leads the Physician Regulatory Issues Team for CMS. Vermont becomes final state to legalize e-prescribing of controlled substances Five years after the DEA legalized e-prescribing of Schedule II through V drugs, Vermont becomes the 50th state to change its prescribing regulations and adopt e-prescribing of controlled substances. Sanofi To Collaborate With Google Life Sciences To Improve Diabetes Health Outcomes Google’s Life Sciences unit announces yet another…
  • Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 8/31/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
      A reader recently contacted me about strategies for dealing with providers that are struggling with chart completion: My outpatient physician group is struggling with chart completion after conversion to an EHR. Some physicians have no issues, but others are having considerable problems. Not surprisingly, the ones struggling are the same physicians who had trouble on paper and had stacks of charts in their offices before EHR. Our policy is that charts need to be completed within two days. However, we have physicians who have hundreds of charts open and are months old and therefore not…
  • HIStalk Interviews Tom Zajac, CEO, Wellcentive

    Mr. HIStalk
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Tom Zajac is CEO of Wellcentive of Alpharetta, GA. Tell me about yourself and the company. I’ve been in healthcare for a little over 30 years. I’ve had the great fortune to be on this journey of transformation. My first role at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia was when DRGs first came out. I moved on to things like cost accounting and looking at efficiency of care and effectiveness of care management.  At Wellcentive, our focus is on population health, which we’ve been doing since 2005. We don’t focus on the technology as much as the outcome. We try to help our…
  • Morning Headlines 8/31/15

    Lt. Dan
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Mutual self-interest leads to antitrust concerns Paul Levy, the former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, publishes a blog calling for an anti-trust investigation into Epic as Partners goes live and pressures affiliated practices to do the same. Epic traffic jams on tap A local paper warns Madison residents of the upcoming traffic nightmare that Epic’s UGM conference will bring this week. A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions Former Arizona State University rugby player Anthony Gonzalez invents a mouth guard that measures impact force and combines that data with the users…
  • Monday Morning Update 8/31/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Top News Former BIDMC CEO Paul Levy urges the attorney general of Massachusetts and her counterparts in other states to launch an anti-trust investigation into Epic, saying that agreements such as the one between Partners HealthCare and Epic “box out the competition” as the organizations act on their own mutual self interest. He gives this play-by-play: Partners spends $1.2 billion to implement Epic. Partners and Epic tell affiliated (not owned) medical practices that they have to replace their existing EHRs with Epic because they won’t be interoperable with the Partners (Epic) systems…
 
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    Medical Connectivity

  • Connectivity and Hackability

    William Hyman
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    It is somewhat ironic that Hospira and Cerner announced a new collaboration on Hospira’s infusion pumps and Cerner’s EHR given that Hospira has recently had more than its share of attention with respect to asserted LifeCare and Symbiq pump cybersecurity vulnerabilities. This attention included a notice from the Department of Homeland Security as well as from the FDA (here and here). I found it of interest that despite the widespread hype around these notices there has been no recall of these pumps for the related issues. Instead advice was given to transition away from their use,…
  • Some Funky Cybersecurity Math

    William Hyman
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Assessing the magnitude and significance of cyber threats has at least two important purposes. One is to determine the extent of measures that have been or should be taken to respond to or counter the threat. This is part of the rational deployment of resources across the multiple risks that we face, whether cyber or otherwise. In this regard it is simply not possible or necessary to respond to all risks with equal vigor. A second purpose can be to communicate threat significance to or among interested parties. For such communication there is a tendency to reduce complex, multifaceted issues…
  • Interview with Sailesh Chutani, CEO, Mobisante

    Tim Gee
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    My first exposure to Mobisante and their disruptive diagnostic ultrasound system was the mHealth Summit in November of 2010. At that time, the consumerization of medical devices had been gaining traction, mostly in the physician office market. Consumerization offers medical device manufacturers advantages in lower design costs, shorter time-to-market, lower product costs, increased usability and lower training costs. I recently got Sailesh Chutani, co-founder and CEO of Mobisante, on the phone and we discussed their product strategy — a software based diagnostic ultrasound that runs on…
  • The FDA October Workshop on Cybersecurity

    William Hyman
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    If it were possible to be unaware of the general problem  of cybersecurity, the recent Sony hack with its public disclosures of  “private” e- conversations and then terroristic blackmail, following the earlier release of celebrity cloud photos, ought to have provided notice that what is electronically stored is likely to be available to those determined to have it. Moreover we know that cybersecurity can in principle also impact the function and availability  of connected systems (Sony again) and/or the information they contain. We also need to be concerned about the malicious…
  • DHHS OIG Work Plan Targets Networked Devices

    William Hyman
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services has released a report (pdf) outlining its 2015 work plan.  Among a host of subjects is “Information Technology Security, Protected Health Information, and Data Accuracy” with the subsection “Controls over networked medical devices at hospitals”. The focus here is on the security of  patient electronic health information which is to be protected under law. Other risks associated with device networking are not addressed. The relevant subsection (page 22) is relatively brief: We…
 
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    MomAngeles

  • What’s “Tinkering School”? reDiscover Center’s Jonathan Markowitz Bijur Explains

    Kristin Cruz
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Have you watched “Life Lessons Through Tinkering” on TED Talks? My hubby and I are thoroughly addicted to these shows on Netflix. We can’t get enough of them, especially the ones about our children’s health and education. After you hear how Jonathan Markowitz Bijur,. Executive Director of reDiscover Center, explains his passion for tinkering and working with kids, then tune into those TED Talks! It’s all so fascinating that even if you don’t have kids you’ll want to know this stuff. It’s about unlocking different parts of our brains and problem…
  • Get Your Body Back & Support Mompreneurs: Guest Jenn Johnson, Personal Trainer

    Kristin Cruz
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Meet Jenn Johnson, a personal trainer and mom who decided that holding your baby is the greatest source of joy for you and your baby so she created a workout that allows you to hold your baby throughout your workout. You can actually build your body strength and get your body back in shape and never let go of your baby – using your baby as a weight. The workout is called Baby Strong. The workout is a stack of cards that you can throw in your bag and take anywhere. Its pulled together with a ring that your baby can actually chew on. Innovative exercise cards using your adorable,…
  • Back to Basix with Mompreneur and CEO Susan Soja

    Kristin Cruz
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    There is a better way. Meet Susan Soja, CEO of Kid Basix who like so many women discovered that motherhood is what propelled her into entrepreneurialism. “Once you become a mom everything changes. Suddenly the things that were ok before are no longer ok. I found myself throwing out all the plastic in our home and all that was left was my child’s sippy cup.” Sue suddenly found herself a non-toxic sippy cup innovator. Her products are front runners that changed the baby gear industry. If you are trying to “go green” in your house, then this brand is for you.
  • Farm to Table Home Delivery with FarmBox

    Laura Gerson
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    This morning I opened my door to be greeted by a friendly face in a bright orange shirt, a member of the FarmBox team dropping off my weekly delivery. I eagerly accepted my bright red Eco-Basket and happy, green FarmBox recyclable bag and ran with them to the kitchen to see what treasures awaited inside. I unwrapped my package to discover beautiful purple peppers, crunchy lemon cucumbers and gorgeous heirloom tomatoes all in mesh bags. There was kale and lettuce, a beautiful head of cauliflower, potatoes and some plums. I was thrilled to discover Lilly’s Eggs and Mary’s Organic…
  • What to Do When Your Kid Gets Stung By a Bee

    Laura Gerson
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Do you know what you should do when your kid gets stung by a bee? We recently asked that question in a collaboration we did with ModernMom and the great folks Nexcare™ Brand from 3M. The video below shows how to remove the stinger, clean the wound and apply Nexcare Sensitive Skin First Aid Tape. You’ll feel confident knowing that the wound is protected and your child won’t have to worry about painful bandage removal! Getting stung by a bee is painful for anyone, but it can be especially scary and uncomfortable for young children. Luckily Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin products can help…
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    Lab Soft News

  • Pharmaceutical Companies Continue to Experiment with Social Media

    Bruce Friedman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    I have posted a number of previous notes about how pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with social media despite indications that the FDA views such activities with great suspicion (see, for example: FDA Gearing Up to Regulate Smartphone Apps and Social Media? Or Not?; Limitations Placed on Big Pharma Facebook Pages; FDA Issues Warning Letter to Drug Company about Use of Instagram). I am personally opposed to any presence at all of pharma on the social media -- they are too tempted to use if for  marketing and the landscape is so vast that it would be difficult…
  • Biggest Threats to Radiology According to Aunt Minnie Article

    Bruce Friedman
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    AuntMinnie.com is the key web site for current news and information about radiology. In a recent article containing various lists pertaining to the specialty (see: Minnies 2015 semifinal candidates), one was captioned as the Biggest Threat[s] to Radiology. Below is the list: Code bundling of radiology procedures Commoditization of radiology services Competition to local practices from teleradiology and national radiology groups Concerns about CT radiation dose Consolidation of healthcare systems Decline in Medicare and third-party reimbursement rates Declining job market for…
  • Epic Wins EHR Contract Covering Most of Helsinki, Finland

    Bruce Friedman
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    I have been assuming that Epic would turn to other countries for sales, given that its EHR has already been deployed or chosen in many of the large, complex U.S. hospitals where it has found great favor. Epic was recently  selected to supply the EHR for the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa and four municipalities at a price of 384 million euros (see: American software developer to supply patient data system). Here is a very interesting quote from the article in the Finnish press describing the selection criteria used in the process: Price was weighted at 40 per cent…
  • Details of Cleveland Clinic's MyCare Online Virtual Telemedicine Visits

    Bruce Friedman
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    In a previous note, I discussed how the Cleveland Clinic is now offering 24/7, no-appointment, telemedicine visits under their MyCare Online program to any Ohio resident for $49 (see: Cleveland Clinic Launches Web Site to Offer Physician Visits to Ohio Residents). At that time, I signed up for an account. I recently received an email from the Clinic detailing a MyCare Online visit. Below are a number of salient points about it, in part, extracted from a Youtube introductory video, a link to which was provided in the email: Patients are linked to  a family practice…
  • What Motivates Scientists to Align with Coke Regarding Sugary Drinks?

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Coca-cola continues to take a page out of the tobacco company playbook. They are funding academics specializing in exercise physiology to support the company position that exercise is more important than cutting calories in combating obesity (see: Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets). In do doing, they oppose efforts such as those on the part of states or cities to tax sugary drinks. (see: Consumption of Soda Begins to Decline but What Beverages Are Being Substituted?; Federal Tax on Soda Pop Proposed: Can This Be Justified?). Below is an excerpt…
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  • Population Health Management Infographic

    John Lynn
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    I recently came across this graphic which tries to illustrate the components of population health management. I like the components they’ve listed around the outside, but I thought the center section was the most interesting. All of us in healthcare need to think about how we take population health management and incorporate it into a shared vision of what we want to accomplish. One thing is certain to me, population health management isn’t going to happen if we all stay in our silos. SOURCE: CTG Health Solutions and Clinovations. “Population Health Management: Leveraging Data…
  • Are ACOs More About Good Accounting and Reporting Than Improving Care?

    John Lynn
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    I was recently reading David Harlow’s analysis of the recently released data from CMS on ACO performance and found a lot to chew on. Most people have found the results underwhelming unless they’re big proponents of ACOs and value based reimbursement and then they’re trying to spin it as “early on” and “this is just the start.” I agree with both perspectives. Everyone is trying to figure out how to reimburse for value based care, and so far we haven’t really figured it out. These programs aside, after reading David Harlow’s post, I asked…
  • Flow – A Spoken Word HIE Piece by Ross Martin

    John Lynn
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Want to see brilliance in action? Check out this spoken word piece about HIEs by Ross Martin. Here’s the background Ross Martin shares about the piece: On Monday, August 17th, 2015 I begin a new chapter as Program Director for the new Integrated Care Network initiative at CRISP, Maryland’s health information exchange. We will be providing data to healthcare providers to enhance their care coordination efforts and providing additional care coordination tools to some of those providers who don’t already have these capabilities in place. To mark the transition, I decided to…
  • Health Information Governance of 3rd Party Vendors

    John Lynn
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Interesting point by @debgreen_AHIMA that health information governance includes your third party vendors as well. #HIMSummit — EMR, EHR and HIT (@ehrandhit) July 27, 2015 I love when my eyes are opened to an issue that I haven’t heard people talking about. That’s what happened when I heard Deborah Green from AHIMA say that health information governance includes your third party vendors. I’m not sure how many organizations realize this and treat it appropriately. What’s ironic is that we definitely do this with HIPAA. This is particularly true in the HIPAA…
  • 3D Printed Stethoscopes for Just 30 Cents

    John Lynn
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    We’ve written about 3D printing a number of times before including the 3D printed hand, 3D printed hearts, and even 3D printed blood systems to name a few. Plus, we’re just getting started with the 3D printing revolution. Another example of the amazing work of 3D printing in healthcare is this story about a doctor in Gaza that’s developed a 3D printed Stethoscope. Here’s a quote from the article which highlight the healthcare challenges he faces: “I had to hold my ear to the chests of victims because there were no good stethoscopes, and that was a tragedy, a…
 
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  • Cerebrotech VIPS Intracranial Fluid Detector Approved in EU

    Editors
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Patients suffering from stroke or traumatic brain injury typically get scanned by CT and/or MRI after being admitted and then a few times during follow-ups. Those remaining in the hospital for observation are monitored primarily for side effects to detect potential cerebral bleeding or edema within the brain. Now Cerebrotech Medical Systems, a company out of Pleasanton, California, won European CE Mark approval for its non-invasive VIPS technology that uses radio waves to detect changes in the flow of intracranial fluids within the brain. The real-time monitor consists of a  headband that…
  • Optogenetics With Closed-Loop Control for Complex Brain Experiments

    Editors
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    We’re excited about optogenetics, the new technology that allows scientists to selectively control the firing of genetically modified neurons within living animals’ brains. The potential for it is huge, from learning how the brain works to treating previously unmanageable neurological conditions. So far, the triggering of neurons has been pretty dumb compared to how existing biofeedback devices and many electronic systems work. Scientists decide when to activate neurons and then look for certain responses, then again decide when and for how long to shine the light that excites…
  • High Energy X-rays and Phase-Contrast X-ray Tomography to Detect Cancer Cells

    Editors
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A German collaboration between researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, and the Technical University Munich has combined the capabilities of a new high energy laser X-ray source with phase-contrast X-ray tomography to effectively create a new tissue imaging modality. While initial experiments with the technology has been applied to imaging flies, the researchers believe that it can be applied to distinguishing different tissue types, in particular detecting cancerous cells among healthy ones. The technique combines…
  • UCSD Mouth Guard Tracks Levels of Uric Acid Without Blood Draws

    Editors
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    The saliva holds a lot of chemical cues about the state of the rest of the human body, so researchers at University of California, San Diego are working on sensor technology that can be integrated into mouth guards to track these cues. In the latest issue of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the researchers are reporting on a sensor that is able to detect uric acid in saliva with precision similar to the standard blood draws. The sensor has been integrated into a prototype mouth guard that also contains a battery, additional electronics, and a Bluetooth chip for wirelessly transmitting readings…
  • 3D Models of Tumors Reveal How They Grow, Mutate

    Editors
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tumors are notoriously difficult to control, spreading seemingly randomly in unexpected ways. Unlike healthy cells that mutate fairly frequently with each division, tumor cells tend to be nearly identical within large tumors and mutate only at certain rare instances. A team of researchers from University of Edinburgh, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University created a high resolution simulation of how a tumor grows from a single cell into a complicated mass of variously mutated groups of cells. The researchers discovered that a single cell that mutates away from the rest of the tumor…
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  • Turning Point?

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Image courtesy thisfabtrek.comThere was a meeting involving everyone with a stake in our PACS problem. This included radiologists, IT folks, administrators, and representatives from the vendor. The purpose of the meeting was to outline where we were, where we are, and where we are going. I left the meeting feeling cautiously optimistic for the first time in quite a while.I'll not delve into specifics much, as they probably won't help you with your PACS problems, nor will they help you help me with mine. The generalities however, should prove more valuable.The bottom line is quite simple,…
  • And Another New Pres For TR

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    Looks like TeraRecon has a new CEO:(from radiologybusiness.com)TeraRecon, a global medical image management company, announced that Jeff Sorenson is the company’s new president.Sorenson has been with TeraRecon since 2004. His most recent position with the company was senior vice president of sales and marketing.“TeraRecon is unique because it offers a complete and truly vendor-neutral 3D advanced visualization suite which can be extended to serve the medical image viewing needs of the entire health enterprise," Sorenson said in a statement. “I am excited to serve our valued customers…
  • A Post For Larry

    15 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    My friend and colleague Larry tells me he has become an avid reader of the blog, so this one's for you!For the record, I'm discussing our situation in this public manner in hopes of eliciting help from those who are smarter than I am, with more experience than I have, and who might actually have a clue about what is going on with our PACS and how to fix it. I believe this if anything REQUIRES discussion about a situation that is IMPAIRING PATIENT CARE. I have tremendous respect for privacy and security, and I will do nothing to compromise it. But as Mr. Spock might have put it, the needs of…
  • MGH Still Uses Old AMICAS!

    9 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Look familiar? This is a screen-shot from AMICAS PACS, circa 2005. That would be about 10 years ago.But I just had a flash of deja vu...While watching tonight's episode of Save My Life on ABC, filmed at Mass General, I very briefly spotted a PACS client of this vintage...Here is the screen-shot (actually taken from last week's episode...yes, that is a severed hand, which was successfully reattached):I knew AMICAS PACS had been used as an overlay to IMPAX at MGH, put in place back when IMPAX couldn't handle multi-slice scans.Apparently, a 10-year-old AMICAS system is good enough for Mass…
  • Error Message

    9 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    I'm just waiting for this to happen...
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  • Some IT Fiascos Seem To Drag On Forever. Witness The Queensland Health Payroll Debacle!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago:Updated Aug 24 2015 at 5:04 AM IBM 'negligent and misleading', Queensland allegesby Mark Ludlow The Queensland government has accused technology giant IBM of misrepresenting its credentials in delivering a $6 million payroll system that cost $1.2 billion to fix.It said if IBM hadn't talked up its credentials to design, build and deliver the payroll system for Queensland Health before it signed a contract in 2007, it would have awarded the deal to its archrival Accenture, court documents reveal.​ The state government is attempting to…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 31st August, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAn interesting week with Telstra seemingly wanting to buy up the eHealth farm! Interesting they are into Asia with Hospital Systems. That is a hard market segment to say the least!Interesting the Qld Health Payroll debacle continues to cause news ages after it has been resolved - or has it?Reporting season…
  • A Senior Clinician Tries To Use The PCEHR And Discovers What A Heap Of Crock It Is!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This appeared earlier in the week:Ian Maddocks: Record of careIan MaddocksMonday, 24 August, 2015INTEGRATION of care is a common theme in health, with expectations that information technology will play a major part to bridge gaps in offering patients continuous, seamless care. In 2012, the federal government launched the e-health record system, where patients could register for a personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR). More recently, the government has announced moves to introduce an “opt out” rather than “opt in” system and will rename the PCEHR myHealth…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 285 – Results – 30th August, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.How Important Do You Think It Is That The CEO Of The Proposed Australian Commission for eHealth (ACeH) Be An E-Health Expert?Critical 36% (31) Pretty Important 17% (15) Neutral 15% (13) Unimportant 31% (27) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 87 It seems a clear majority (53% to 31% of those who had a view) feel expertise is important. We can now see how much notice is taken of this view. Very little I fear! Good to see such a great number of responses! Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by…
  • Weekly Overseas Health IT Links -29th August, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/Surveys-on-EHR-Satisfaction-Show-Conflicting-Results-51112-1.htmlSurveys on Physician EHR Satisfaction Show Conflicting ResultsGreg Slabodkin AUG 21, 2015 7:50am ETDepending on who you talk to these days, physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems is either…
 
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  • Minding the Data Freshness Gap

    loderadmin
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    While every healthcare organization achieves the same basic task—open door, see patient, diagnose patient, bill patient, pay provider—the business processes involved can be very different, based on the stated mission, population served, and financial structure of the organization. Best practices that help the organization find the nexus of these competing goals might be generally defined, but business process flow can vary widely. Every healthcare information software system can be molded to serve the existing process flow, but some organizations find it is easier to change the processes…
  • Predicting and Preventing Coding-Related Revenue Dips

    loderadmin
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Predicting and Preventing Coding-Related Revenue Dips As the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation deadline approaches, the countdown is on. Your healthcare organization may be closer to readiness than some. Just like a hurricane forecast where landfall is uncertain, it’s better to be aware of the storm than caught unprepared. In truth, ICD-10 is meant to help close the gap between how provider and patient experience care from the clinical perspective, and how finance and business analysts view the financial return possible from services delivery. Good revenue cycle management processes…
  • ICD-10 Readiness: Coding Is Just the Half of It

    loderadmin
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    With a grace period agreed upon, it appears the new deadline for ICD-10 coding implementation is finally set to be October 1, 2015. Though the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), the AMA (American Medical Association), and Congress have tangled and wrangled for years over the implementation date, the codes will allow clinicians, administrators, and payers to employ a more rigorously defined specificity when recording patient health. Your healthcare organization may have already performed mapping and crosswalks to handle both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes. Those that have waited are…
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    Healthcare & Technology

  • Accountable Care Quality Measures

    Deborah Leyva
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Link: What Are The 9 Reasons to Stop Scoring Patient Experience? The above link is a post from Paul Roemer on quality measurement from the patient's perspective. Although he brings up a few good points about the timeliness and validity of the CAHPS Survey, monitoring and measuring the quality of care provided to ACO Beneficiaries is directly correlated to a revenue gain or bust. Of particular interest in Paul's post is the need to compare your scores, question by question (or measure by measure), against average scores for other health systems. The ability to analyze your performance against…
  • Accountable Care Informatics Video

    Deborah Leyva
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    If more information is needed, please visit the ACO Survival Guide Website or sign up for the FREE ACO Newsletter.
  • Analytics and Comprehensive Primary Care

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

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

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

    Bob
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Even the IoT (Internet of Things) world is concerned about interoperability: Do We Really Want Empires of Connected Things? Here are a couple of key quotes: …little hope for open standards or a universal language for how they do that. It’s time for regulatory guidance to make that happen. …one analyst observed that the industry seems to be forming “walled gardens” rather than a coherent network that encourages openness and interoperability. Sound familiar? This is the same medical device interoperability struggle that has been going on for over 25 years.  The…
  • Melon Headband — Android Beta

    Bob
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:54 pm
    About 2 years ago (May 2013) I backed this Kickstarter project:  Melon: A Headband and Mobile App to Measure Your Focus. I received the hardware (headband and accessories) about a month ago. The Android application became available yesterday. I’m having trouble focusing (according to the Melon anyway), but at least the device and software seem to be functioning. As expected, the software needs a lot of work. No use in bashing beta software though. I just downloaded the alpha SDK. Now the real fun begins… Company link: Melon
  • EEG Dating

    Bob
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    I’ve been tracking EEG-related stories for many years. This perfect Valentine’s Day technology story: ‘EEG Dating’ matches people based on their brainwave data is certainly worth adding to the catalog. The end goal: Many dating services ask countless questions. With EEG matching, there should be no need for the questions that most people shade the truth with. I have no idea what this ‘Color Spectrum Analysis of EEG Data’ (from Biometric Dating) is, but it’s sure pretty: Granted, they are in the process of testing their theory by using data from…
  • Software Doesn’t Have An MD

    Bob
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    I got a kick out of this Andreessen Horowitz piece: Digital Health/SOFTWARE DOESN’T HAVE AN MD. I’m sure ‘the kid in the garage without a degree’ is no dummy, but this premise: And so that large percentage of medicine that is effectively being practiced by non-MDs is going to expand. is simply ludicrous. There’s a big difference between creating health and wellness appliances and mobile applications and diagnosing and treating patients. The distinction is outlined in FDA clarifies the line between wellness and regulated medical devices.  If you claim your…
  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

    Bob
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    The HL7 FHIR (pronounced “fire”) standard has been under development for a while. It became a Draft Standard for Trial Use (see DSTU Considerations) in Jan 2014. The recent announcement of the vendor collaboration Argonaut Project has fueled some “interoperability excitement”™. The best technical overview I’ve read is this whitepaper: The HL7 Games Catching FHIR. In particular, it does a good job of comparing FHIR with HL7 v3. Summay: HL7’s FHIR™ standard has learned from the mistakes of HL7 v3, and is surprisingly delightful.  
 
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  • Awesome #HIT99 Profile Site

    John Lynn
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    Communities are amazing and that’s especially true of the healthcare social media community. For those who didn’t see it, we recently held the #HIT99 to recognize and thank those people who’ve been active in the healthcare social media community. You can see the official #HIT99 rankings listed here along with a number of other lists to help you find some interesting healthcare people on social media. Steve Sisko (@shimcode) did all the massive work associated with collecting the nominations for the #HIT99 and he published the raw data for anyone to use. We both hoped that…
  • Consumers Take Risk Trading Health Data For Health Insurance Discounts

    Anne Zieger
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    When Progressive Insurance began giving car owners the option of having their driving tracked in exchange for potential auto insurance discounts, nobody seemed to raise a fuss. After all, the program was voluntary, and nobody wants to pay more than they have to for coverage. Do the same principles apply to healthcare? We may find out. According to a study by digital health research firm Parks Associates, at least some users are willing to make the same tradeoff. HIT Consultant reports that nearly half (42%) of digital pedometer users would be willing to share their personal data in exchange…
  • Wearables Data May Prevent Health Plan Denials

    Anne Zieger
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    This story begins, as many do, with a real-world experience. Our health plan just refused to pay for a sleep study for my husband, who suffers from severe sleep apnea, despite his being quite symptomatic. We’re following up with the Virginia Department of Insurance and fully expect to win the day, though we remain baffled as to how they could make such a decision. While beginning the complaint process, a thought occurred to me. What if wearables were able to detect wakefulness and sleepiness, and my husband was being tracked 24 hours a day?  If so, assuming he was wearing one,…
  • Outsourced Medical Billing #KareoChat on Twitter

    John Lynn
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    On Thursday, August 27th at 9 AM PT (Noon ET), I’ll be hosting the #KareoChat where we’ll be discussing the good and bad of outsourced medical billing. You can follow along tomorrow on Twitter by watching the #KareoChat hashtag or by checking out my tweets on @ehrandhit. Here are the questions we’ll be discussing in tomorrow’s Twitter chat: Why are many practices choosing outsourced billing over in house? What are the disadvantages of outsourced billing? How will ACOs and value based reimbursement work with an outsourced billing company? How do you select a high…
  • Periscope and Healthcare – Healthcare Scene “Minute”

    John Lynn
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Last week I posted a question on EMR and HIPAA: Do You Periscope? I’m sure that many readers had no idea what periscope even is even though there are more than 10 million Periscope accounts created to date. After writing the post, the discussion about Periscope was hopping on Twitter and so I decided that it would be fun to try something new. I call it the Healthcare Scene “Minute”. What’s the Healthcare Scene “Minute”? Well, I basically hop on Periscope and spend ~1 minute talking about a topic related to healthcare IT. Since doing the Periscope 21 hours…
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  • Healthcare headlines: August 31

    Healthcare IT News
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    Healthcare IT News' focus is on technology, of course, but there's so much else happening now across the broader realm of healthcare. We're keeping track of all the top studies, articles and other big happenings in the industry and compiling them on this healthcare watch list. It's updated daily, so check back in with us for regular updates. Clinical
  • 18 health technologies poised for big growth

    Mike Miliard
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    By now, everyone's got an EMR. And most providers are also making use of ancillary technologies to help harness patient data toward more efficient care and better outcomes. But many species of health IT are still surprisingly underused in the U.S. hospital market. Population Health read more
  • Stage 3 meaningful use: What's next?

    John Andrews
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    Stage 3 of meaningful use is shaping up to be the most challenging and detailed level yet for healthcare providers. Among the elements that warrant attention are quality reporting, clinical decision support and security risk analysis. Meaningful Use read more
  • Google plans to grow healthcare efforts under Alphabet

    Tom Sullivan
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Google divulged an interesting plot late Monday when it announced Alphabet. Alphabet will be the parent company presiding over many distinct entities, of which Google is to be the largest initially. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be Alphabet CEO and president, respectively. [See also: For clinicians, Google Glass isn't dead] Cloud Computing read more
  • Where big data falls short

    Jack McCarthy
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Big data and analytic tools have not yet been harnessed to bring meaningful improvement to the healthcare industry. Analytics read more
 
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  • How one health system tightened security

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky has added security muscle targeted at its network-connected medical devices by rolling out technology that monitors the devices for cyber vulnerabilities. The health system tapped Tenable Network Security for nonstop network monitoring via the company's SecurityCenter Continuous View, which makes it possible to keep watch over the devices without taking them offline. Privacy & Security read more
  • Health system may withdraw from Pioneer ACO program

    Susan Morse
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following two years of considerable financial losses, one health system is considering dropping out of the CMS Pioneer ACO program altogether.   Accountable Care read more
  • Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe

    Mike Miliard
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "bo Interoperability read more
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market

    Tom Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    ICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition.   ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
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  • How one health system tightened security

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky has added security muscle targeted at its network-connected medical devices by rolling out technology that monitors the devices for cyber vulnerabilities. The health system tapped Tenable Network Security for nonstop network monitoring via the company's SecurityCenter Continuous View, which makes it possible to keep watch over the devices without taking them offline. Privacy & Security read more
  • Health system may withdraw from Pioneer ACO program

    Susan Morse
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following two years of considerable financial losses, one health system is considering dropping out of the CMS Pioneer ACO program altogether.   Accountable Care read more
  • Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe

    Mike Miliard
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "bo Interoperability read more
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market

    Tom Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    ICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition.   ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
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  • How one health system tightened security

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky has added security muscle targeted at its network-connected medical devices by rolling out technology that monitors the devices for cyber vulnerabilities. The health system tapped Tenable Network Security for nonstop network monitoring via the company's SecurityCenter Continuous View, which makes it possible to keep watch over the devices without taking them offline. Privacy & Security read more
  • Health system may withdraw from Pioneer ACO program

    Susan Morse
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following two years of considerable financial losses, one health system is considering dropping out of the CMS Pioneer ACO program altogether.   Accountable Care read more
  • Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe

    Mike Miliard
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "bo Interoperability read more
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market

    Tom Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    ICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition.   ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
 
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  • How one health system tightened security

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky has added security muscle targeted at its network-connected medical devices by rolling out technology that monitors the devices for cyber vulnerabilities. The health system tapped Tenable Network Security for nonstop network monitoring via the company's SecurityCenter Continuous View, which makes it possible to keep watch over the devices without taking them offline. Privacy & Security read more
  • Health system may withdraw from Pioneer ACO program

    Susan Morse
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following two years of considerable financial losses, one health system is considering dropping out of the CMS Pioneer ACO program altogether.   Accountable Care read more
  • Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe

    Mike Miliard
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "bo Interoperability read more
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market

    Tom Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    ICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition.   ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
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  • How one health system tightened security

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky has added security muscle targeted at its network-connected medical devices by rolling out technology that monitors the devices for cyber vulnerabilities. The health system tapped Tenable Network Security for nonstop network monitoring via the company's SecurityCenter Continuous View, which makes it possible to keep watch over the devices without taking them offline. Privacy & Security read more
  • Health system may withdraw from Pioneer ACO program

    Susan Morse
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following two years of considerable financial losses, one health system is considering dropping out of the CMS Pioneer ACO program altogether.   Accountable Care read more
  • Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe

    Mike Miliard
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "bo Interoperability read more
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market

    Tom Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    ICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition.   ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
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  • How one health system tightened security

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky has added security muscle targeted at its network-connected medical devices by rolling out technology that monitors the devices for cyber vulnerabilities. The health system tapped Tenable Network Security for nonstop network monitoring via the company's SecurityCenter Continuous View, which makes it possible to keep watch over the devices without taking them offline. Privacy & Security read more
  • Health system may withdraw from Pioneer ACO program

    Susan Morse
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following two years of considerable financial losses, one health system is considering dropping out of the CMS Pioneer ACO program altogether.   Accountable Care read more
  • Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe

    Mike Miliard
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "bo Interoperability read more
  • ICD-10 tools continue trickling to market

    Tom Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    ICD-10 has been a long time coming and, now that the deadline is closing in quickly, a steady stream of vendors are unveiling new products to help hospitals with the transition.   ICD-10 & Coding read more
  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
 
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  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 22: Joseph Colorafi, MD

    Eric Bailey
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    Short Headline:  Clinical Spotlight Episode 22 Joseph Colorafi, MD, of Dignity Health in San Francisco, CA, discusses the analytics project his organization is working on with SAS. Thumbnail:  Clinical Spotlight Episode 22: Joseph Colorafi, MD Joseph Colorafi, MD, of Dignity Health in San Francisco, CA, discusses the analytics project his organization is working on with SAS. Healthcare IT News video/clinical-spotlight-episode-22-joseph-colorafi-md read more
  • Big Data Byte: Handling unstructured data

    Eric Bailey
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Short Headline:  Handling unstructured data Michael O'Hara, VP of VCE, discusses the company's convergence infrastructure platform and its application to the healthcare industry via their Unified Big Data and Analytics Solution.  
  • Big Data Byte: The benefits of in-memory computing

    Eric Bailey
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Short Headline:  The benefits of in-memory computing David Delaney, MD, CMO at SAP, talks about the HANA in-memory computing platform and its ability to dramatically improve query execution speed, simplify how data is stored internally and allow organizations to focus more on value from analytics. Thumbnail:  Big Data Byte: The benefits of in-memory computing David Delaney, MD, CMO at SAP, talks about the HANA in-memory computing platform and its ability to dramatically improve query execution speed, simplify how data is stored internally and allow organizations to focus more on…
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 27: Rich Schaffer

    Eric Bailey
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 27: Rich Schaffer Rich Schaffer, VP and CIO for St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, talks about what it means to receive the HIMSS Davies Award.  
  • Big Data Byte: The emergence of the Chief Data Officer

    Eric Bailey
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Short Headline:  The emergence of the Chief Data Officer Nick Marko, MD, Chief Data Officer at Geisinger Health System, discusses the nature and purpose of the role of CDO in a healthcare organization. Recorded from the 2015 Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in NYC.  
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  • Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance

    Lyn Triffletti
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance It's been more than ten years since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare organizations have worked ever since to consistently maintain the privacy and security of patient health information. HIPAA requirements are vast and deep, requiring considerable effort for organizations to keep up with. Many--especially physician practices and smaller hospitals--do not have the bandwidth to keep on top of all the different HIPAA nuances. Compliance & Legal Closing the gaps in HIPAA compliance HIPAA…
  • Are physicians really dissatisfied with EHRs? Should we be concerned?

    Irv Lichtenwald
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Physicians dissatisfied with EHRs? Electronic Health Records Are physicians really dissatisfied with EHRs? Should we be concerned? While we continue to ask the specific question, "Are you happy with your EHR?", maybe we don't consider often enough the general frustration of digitizing processes that were once manual. Healthcare IT News blog/are-physicians-really-dissatisfied-ehrs-should-we-be-concerned read more
  • 4 steps to win the cybersecurity race

    Rick Kam
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    4 steps to win the cybersecurity race Every information security incident is the start of a race, the race to determine the risks and compliance requirements surrounding the incident before potential victims are harmed and compliance deadlines are missed. Yet, as we discussed in last month's article, "When a cyber attack hits: Who's in charge?," information security, compliance, privacy and other functions are not operating as a team to win this race. Privacy & Security 4 steps to win the cybersecurity race In many organizations today, incident response is run like a relay…
  • 4 people you need for an easy EHR transition

    Tim Cannon
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    4 people you need for an EHR transition Facing a new electronic health record implementation is like facing the bogeyman of the health IT world. Transition to a new system can be a nightmare. There's staff resistance, technical difficulties, disrupted workflow and a steep learning curve. But as technology advances, transition from one EHR system to the next is often becoming a necessity. Workforce 4 people you need for an easy EHR transition Facing a new EHR implementation is like facing the bogeyman of health IT. Transition to a new system can be a nightmare. But as technology advances,…
  • Lessons learned from FY16 strategic planning

    John Halamka
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    FY16 strategic planning As we gather together stakeholders for strategic planning of next year's priorities, what are we hearing and what we have learned? Electronic Health Records FY16 strategic planning Stakeholders are gathering to discuss next year's priorities. John Halamka, MD, outlines what's top of mind for healthcare IT leaders. Healthcare IT News blog/fy16-strategic-planning read more
 
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  • Pentagon funding to drive wearables innovation forward

    Judy Mottl
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    The U.S. Department of Defense is providing $75 million to spur flexible hybrid electronics development by a consortium featuring Apple, Lockheed Martin, top research institutions and universities including MIT and Stanford.read more
  • Collaboration is the best medicine for mHealth

    Judy Mottl
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    There are many reasons mobile healthcare is being propelled forward. Smartphone advancements are laying a strong foundation for healthcare device development; app makers are innovating on monitoring; and tracking software and providers are piloting new tools at their facilities. These all make for good headlines, but one trend that often doesn't get as much attention is the collaborative trifecta: when tech vendors, platform builders and providers all are part of an effort.read more
  • ZocDoc gets another healthy dose of funding to drive strategy

    Judy Mottl
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    ZocDoc is expanding its focus on patient-doctor interaction to boost the user healthcare experience and has raised $130 million in a new funding round to drive the strategy forward.read more
  • Samsung, WellDoc team with Ontario Telemedicine Network for diabetes management

    Judy Mottl
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Health IT stakeholders in Canada want to find out how mobile tools can improve diabetes management in the clinical care environment.read more
  • How mobile technology could change the patient-provider relationship

    Judy Mottl
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    Today's smartphones soon could be integral to the relationship between patients and providers, according to Erin Byrne, managing partner and chief engagement officer at Grey Healthcare Group.read more
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  • ACOs increasing their use of EHRs, CMS says

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Electronic health records are increasingly becoming an integral part of Medicare's accountable care organizations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2014 quality and financial performance results.read more
  • Electronic mental health, substance abuse records need special care

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    I have little sympathy for the millions of people who joined the Ashley Madison website that facilitates extramarital affairs and now are dealing with the exposure of their involvement due to hackers. It is naïve in these electronic times to think that there's anything private. But it is disconcerting to think that electronic substance abuse and mental health records are more vulnerable to exposure.  read more
  • More than $31B in MU incentive payments made to providers

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    A whopping $31.3 billion in incentive payments have been made to providers pursuant to the Meaningful Use program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's latest report, which includes data through July 2015.read more
  • Electronic 'trigger' can identify cancer red flags, reduce diagnostic delays

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    Electronic "triggers" searching for data within an electronic health record can identify patients at risk of delayed cancer diagnosis and speed up the diagnostic evaluation, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.read more
  • Task force summarizes barriers, mulls recommendations to improve EHR data sharing

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Patient care coordination is the "key driver" to data sharing, but there are challenges accomplishing that goal, according to the Health IT Policy Committee's task force on clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers to interoperability. In its Aug. 25 meeting, the task force summarized information from hearings held earlier in the month regarding obstacles to electronic health record interoperability.read more
 
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  • Practice Fusion expands EPCS to eight more states

    Practice Fusion
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    After delivering our e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) system to our New York customers, we’ve been actively working to offer EPCS to practices in all states. We’re excited to announce that in the past two months, eight more states now have access to our free industry-leading EPCS software: Alaska Arizona Hawaii Iowa Maryland Missouri Nebraska Utah   Start using the only certified e-prescribing software with EPCS that’s 100% free Practice Fusion’s EPCS system is certified and meets all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requirements, plus it’s 100% free. Start…
  • Practice Fusion ranks among highest in customer satisfaction according to AMA and AmericanEHR

    Practice Fusion
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    When it comes to electronic health record (EHR) satisfaction, providers continue to rank Practice Fusion as one of the best. In a new survey conducted by AmericanEHR Partners and the American Medical Association, Practice Fusion was only one of two EHRs that had a majority of satisfied users. Researchers received responses from 940 clinicians reviewing 108 EHRs. 68% of respondents used EHR software from 10 EHR vendors which included Practice Fusion. While a majority of Practice Fusion reviewers said they were satisfied, a majority of respondents (54%) said they were dissatisfied or very…
  • Imaging results straight to your EHR

    Practice Fusion
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Save time with free integrated imaging Practice Fusion provides free integration to imaging centers nationwide, allowing you to receive radiology reports directly in your EHR. With a live connection to an imaging partner you’ll be able to: Receive patient imaging results and radiology notes electronically. Instantly share reports with patients in Patient Fusion. Track patient results in your EHR to attest for Meaningful Use. Evaluate patients more longitudinally with all their diagnostic imaging in one convenient location. A powerful network for your medical practice With more than 112,000…
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)

    Practice Fusion
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    What is the Medicare Shared Savings Program? The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) was established by the Affordable Care Act to address rising healthcare costs and growing concerns of the financial stability of the Medicare program. The Shared Savings Program is a key reform initiative and a new approach to the delivery of health care. The Shared Savings Program facilitates coordination and cooperation among providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs. Eligible providers, hospitals, and suppliers may participate in the Shared Savings…
  • Leadership Update at Practice Fusion: A Letter From Interim CEO Tom Langan

    Tom Langan
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:49 pm
    To the Practice Fusion Community, As a valued member of the Practice Fusion community, I want to share an important announcement about changes to our leadership team. In addition to my role as chief commercial officer, I have assumed the role of interim CEO of Practice Fusion. Ryan Howard, Practice Fusion’s founder, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Realizing Ryan’s vision Over the last ten years at Practice Fusion, Ryan’s incredible vision and perseverance built this company from an idea in a San Francisco Starbucks to the #1 cloud-based electronic…
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  • National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Honors Three WebMD Health Services Clients with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Awards

    WebMD Health Services
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    We love celebrating our clients’ successes, and we do it every day—for all the small daily wins, and for those that aren’t so small. But occasionally big news comes in that we need to celebrate in a big way. This news is big. Photo by: Julie Rybarczyk The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) recently honored 64 employers from across the U.S. for their ongoing commitment to promoting healthy work environments and encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles. These organizations received the prestigious Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards at the Institute on Innovation…
  • One Way to Feel Better? Get Outside.

    WebMD Health Services
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Photo by Andy Arthur Spending time outside calms the soul. Seems obvious, right? But a recent study done by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, proves that communing with nature not only improves your mood, but it can also alter your thought processes—and quiet sections of the brain. 1 In the study, Bratman and his colleagues rounded up 38 healthy, adult city dwellers and asked them to fill out a questionnaire to determine their normal tendency to fixate on what’s wrong with their lives. Then…
  • On-Demand Webinar: 5 Steps for Creating Wellness Enthusiasm Among Leadership

    chaener
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
  • 5 Great Things about Being a Health Coach–and 1 That’s Not so Great

    Elizabeth Crumley
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: Elizabeth Crumley is a WebMD Health Services Lifestyle 1st Health Coach who is passionate about helping people live their best. She’s shared her own weight-loss journey on the blog here and here.  There are so many great things about my job as a health coach that it’s hard to narrow them down! Photo by Nancy Anne L. Merolle Positive Change and Results – Truly, one of the best things about being a health coach is hearing the accomplishments from participants. We know we are making a positive impact when we hear that the suggestion of having fruit for dessert rather than…
  • July Is UV Safety Month: Protect Your Skin!

    WebMD Health Services
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo by Daryl Bruvelaitis Pop quiz! What’s your body’s largest organ? Your lungs? Your heart? Your growling stomach? Nope. It’s actually your skin. Covering a total area of approximately 20 square feet 1 , your skin regulates your temperature, protects your innards from harmful external bacteria and excretes harmful internal toxins through sweat glands, and enables the sensation of touch. With such a vital role in keeping your body healthy and strong, your skin should be pampered and preserved at all costs. Some alarming skin-related statistics: The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can…
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  • RelayHealth Rolls Out ICD10Central.com, a Tracking Tool for National ICD-10 Trends

    Amy Valli
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Today Healthcare Finance News (HFN) took an in-depth look at RelayHealth Financials’ newly launched resource, ICD10Central.com.  Read the article to find out why HFN is excited by this new resource, then visit the site to see how ICD10Central can help providers prepare for ICD-10’s “last mile” and beyond. Read the full article here
  • RelayHealth Leverages Information to Help Manage ICD-10 Transition

    Amy Valli
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    This week, ICD-10 Watch covered our launch of ICD10Central.com, a new go-to resource for providers blazing a path to ICD-10.  See what editor Carl Natale had to say about this new service and its unique real-time dashboard that shows ICD-10 trends across the country. Read the article
  • RelayHealth Financial Unveils ICD10Central.com

    Grant Evans
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today RelayHealth Financial introduced ICD10Central.com – the last site that providers will need for the last mile of their ICD-10 journey. With a real-time ICD-10 KPI dashboard, expert coding guidance, payer-supplied resources, and peer-powered best practices, the site offers a wealth of information to help providers prevail during these final hectic days. Read the news release
  • Health Plan of San Joaquin chooses McKesson for Network Management

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

    Amy Valli
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    This week’s Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review explores why even the most prepared providers might not truly be ready for the October 1st ICD-10 transition. In the article, in which Becker’s interviewed several industry experts, RelayHealth Financial’s Joshua Berman offers his take and provides some advice to help providers see the gaps that might not be readily apparent. Read the full article here.  
 
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  • Illinois Collection Agency Act Updates Are Material, And Have Already Taken Effect

    Stephanie Eidelman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Illinois Public Act No. 227 was quietly signed into law earlier this month, containing several substantive updates to the Illinois Collection Agency Act (ICAA). It is important to note that there is no implementation period on these changes; they took effect upon signing of the law on August 3, 2015.
  • CBE Group Defeats Motion for Class Action Certification in TCPA Case

    Tim Bauer
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    In an order published last week United States District Court Judge Michael M. Anello from the Southern District of California denied Plaintiffs motion for class action certification in the case of Linda Blair, Diane Deal, and Shannon Collins v. The CBE Group, Inc. (CBE) (13cv134-MMA).
  • Helen Mac Murray, Attorney General Consultant to DBA International, Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2016

    insideARM.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    Attorney Helen Mac Murray of Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster LLP (MPS) and Attorney General Consultant to DBA International, has once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Government Relations Practice. This is Mac Murray’s second year in a row receiving this distinctive recognition. Since it was […]
  • LocateSmarter Determined to Change the Data Industry with New Product

    insideARM.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    CEDAR FALLS, IA – Today, data company LocateSmarter announced the launch of Movali 2.0, a phone append product. Movali 2.0 allows customers to create custom phone append products in real-time by choosing from a list of available data sources. The customer is provided with metrics on each data source’s hit rate, phone type, priority score and processing […]
  • FTC’s Reilly Dolan Lists Those Banned From Debt Collection, and Discusses Industry Self-Regulation

    insideARM.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Earlier this week, Reilly Dolan, Associate Director, Division of Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission posted a blog about the debt buying industry and its efforts to self-regulate. Click here to read the full text of the piece, which offers insight into the regulator's expectations. Also of interest is the link to the 75 bad apples recently banned from the debt collection business.
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  • 5 Things to Ensure Coder Productivity Post ICD-10

    Nina Keller
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Depending on who you talk to, the countdown to ICD-10 offers the same excitement and wonder of the Olympic Games. Considering the amount of training and preparation most practices have undergone, the comparison to world-class athletes competing for gold isn’t that far off. What exactly will happen come October 1st? Will there be a decline in coding efficiency as many industry experts have predicted? So far only 2% of claims were denied due to coding errors during Medicare’s recent end-to-end testing weeks. But this figure reflects only the small portion of practices that partook in the…
  • The Appropriate Use of Unspecified Codes in ICD-10

    Nina Keller
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    This is the second Blog in our “Tell Me Why” Series addressing questions on ICD-10. Last time we introduced to you the 7th Character that sets ICD-10 apart from ICD-9. This time we will address the continued existence of “Unspecified codes” in the new code set. What are these codes? Why are they not a thing of the past? With this level of tremendous specificity is there still room for more? These questions are surely mind boggling and continue to be the bone of contention for practices. How payors will react to these unspecified codes? Only time will tell. Practices however…
  • The Elusive 7th Character in ICD-10

    Nina Keller
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    CureMD’s  “Tell Me Why” blog series will answer any questions about ICD-10, its code structure and usage. If you have a query, please submit it in the comments section below. Alternatively, you can register for our ICD-10 Physician Training program to talk to experts. The Elusive 7th Character The 7th character in ICD-10 can be as deadly as the seven deadly sins. Confused about when and where to use it? Don’t worry! This blog post will answer all your questions about this horrendous ICD-10 invention. What does the 7th Character Mean? Seventh character extensions are…
  • Highlights – Jump start CureMD for ICD-10

    Maryann Lambert
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    CureMD recently conducted its ICD-10 training for physicians titled ‘Jump start your CureMD application for ICD-10.’ We provided a ICD-10 training plan road map to our physicians for a smooth transition in the next few weeks. Here are the highlights from the session CureMD Application is ready for ICD-10 with minimal changes to application’s existing interface. This is a conscious decision as we did not want to overwhelm our users with a completely new application landscape, especially at a time when they are learning a new language i.e. ICD-10. All CureMD products (EHR, Practice…
  • We made it to #HIT99

    Nina Keller
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Massive shout out to CureMD and Its senior health IT consultant Maryann Lambert, for making it to the #HIT99 2015 list, a twitter platform where various healthcare social media enthusiasts interact with others of their kind, to influence the lives of people through their insightful tweets, blog posts  etc. Among 1650 valid nominations and thousands of tweets, it was CureMD and its consultant Maryann who made it to the 39th and 19th spots respectively! Among other Health IT vendors which were nominated, Get My Health Data stood at the 45th spot followed by Galen Healthcare at 69th, and…
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  • The Sleepy Healthcare Industry Is No Longer

    David Karabinos
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    I recently ran across an insightful Health IT midyear 2015 market review by Healthcare Growth Partners, a well respected investment bank out of Chicago. At PointClear we constantly scour the landscape for fresh intelligence on HIT Product and Health Information Service companies. As clients, our goal is to help these companies innovate, scale and achieve exceptional market share. Some have even found their way through the IPO window, while many are on their way. A few have become unicorns by growing to billion dollar enterprises while continuing to attract massive amounts of capital which…
  • The Importance of a Minimum Viable Product

    Josh Rothman
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A former executive of mine used to tell our clients, “I can give you a little bit now, or everything never”. When you start a new project, there are 3 ways to deliver the product. You can create a product with every imaginable feature, which will require a timeline of infinity. You can create a product that has close to every feature in a short timeframe, which will undoubtedly be buggy and have performance issues. Or you can create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with rock solid features and be on time. Every user would rather have 5 rock solid features than have 10 buggy features with…
  • Heard about earcons?

    Brian
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    An earcon is a little sound made to increase the usability of some device or system. It’s abstract and conveys a relationship with that device or system. Multiple earcons relate to one another. An earcon delivers a sound message. Listen to these examples: Facebook iPhone Tivo A little sound telling you what’s going on with something. It’s not speech and not music, although it may contain traces of either. You hear it in conjunction with a system state or with a user action. It doesn’t just happen for its own sake: it’s a reference, a correlation. EARCON-ISH The examples above are…
  • EHR Ease of Use is Not Easy

    Lee Farabaugh
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A recent blurb on Politico Morning eHealth mentions a usability collaborative involving the efforts of the Electronic Health Record Association, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American College of Physicians to improve user-centered design of EHRs in the context of the Meaningful Use program. It’s no secret that EHR usability is, generally-speaking, pretty abysmal. There are standouts in the realm of interface design excellence – think of the award-winning PracticeFusion and athenahealth. But the overwhelming response to EHRs from the physician community is a groundswell…
  • Avoid researching in a vacuum!

    Erica Newcomb
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    The photograph below is from the July 1925 issue of Science and Invention magazine. The contraption being worn in this photo is called “The Isolator.” The magazine’s founder, Hugo Gernsback, invented it. It is a soundproof, oxygen-supplied helmet allowing a worker to “concentrate with ease upon the subject at hand”.  Apparently, Hugo had trouble concentrating… When designing “The Isolator,” I wonder if did Mr. Gernsback conducted research with end users? I am betting not- his solution appears myopically designed. We can guess that it was inspired by his context- he is…
 
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    Caristix

  • HL7 Definition Reference

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    Caristix is pleased to make the online HL7® Definition reference available to all users. It’s an easy-to-use complete reference. Just chose the HL7® standard you need to use (the default is v2.51) from the drop down menu. Next, choose the trigger event, segment, data type or table, or enter a search string to get the needed definition. You can find it here: http://hl7-definition.caristix.com:9010/Default.aspx While you are on our website, check out our Workgroup demo. Workgroup is our team focused solution for the development [...] Cet article HL7 Definition Reference est apparu en…
  • What’s the Glue Holding EHR Migration and Conversion Projects Together?

    stephane.vigot@caristix.com
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Caristix is sponsoring a series of blogs posts on John Lynn’s Hospital EMR and EHR blog. You can read the latest post, What’s the Glue Holding EHR Migration and Conversion Projects Together? here: http://www.hospitalemrandehr.com/2015/08/13/whats-the-glue-holding-ehr-migration-and-conversion-projects-together-optimize-healthcare-integration-series/ We’re focusing on the particular issues of QA. What are the tools you need to support the work of your QA teams? Cet article What’s the Glue Holding EHR Migration and Conversion Projects Together? est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Release Notes – Caristix 3.5

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

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

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

  • Outsourcing vs In-Sourcing: Which is Cost Effective for Healthcare?

    Infinit Healthcare
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    One of the biggest challenges that HCOs face is to comply to cost regulations while maintaining quality of service. While outsourcing can provide feasible solutions, it isn’t not for every healthcare organization. Costs are not the only determining factor in making a decision on whether to outsource or leverage in-source.
  • How Healthcare Analytics Technology Can Improve Patient Care Quality

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

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

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

    Robert McEwan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The doctor, in this case reminded me of 'ol Doc Frazier,' our family physician who was like Doc Mellhorn in every respect, including the occasional house call. It was at a time when there weren't many prescriptions to give and Doc Frazier's words and hands conveyed all the confidence we needed to get better.
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  • Google Life Sciences, Sanofi Collaborate on Creating Digital Health Tools for Diabetes

    HITC Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Google Life Sciences, the new division under the recently established Google Alphabet is teaming up with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to improve care and outcomes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, adding to recent partnerships with Novartis AG and DexCom Inc.  The collaboration aims to explore ways to collect, analyze and understand multiple sources of information impacting diabetes.. This includes health indicators such as blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c levels, patient-reported information, medication regimens and sensor devices.  Almost 30 million children and…
  • Health IT: The Knockout Punch of All Cancer Treatments

    HITC Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A targeted beam of high-energy particles known as protons can kill cancer cells without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. Yet no facility in the Southern Hemisphere can currently deliver this kind of therapy. Now significant national and international momentum is building to include a Proton Therapy Unit as part of the planned expansion of SAHMRI, South Australia’s Health and Medical Research Institute. Cancer specialist and former CEO of Cancer Council Australia Professor Ian Oliver said South Australia was the obvious choice to create a Proton Therapy Unit that would service…
  • 8 Recent Trends on How Millennials Shop for Healthcare

    Jasmine Pennic
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Millennials overtook Baby Boomers this year as the largest living generation; and while Baby Boomers may currently consume most healthcare resources, the move to value-based care and increased focus on prevention is driving healthcare providers to better understand and reach Millennial patients.  As part of its ongoing research on the changing practice of the art of medicine, Nuance Communications, Inc. today released new data on generational patient behaviors and the slideshare presentation, “How Millennials shop for healthcare.” From its global survey of 3,000 people, this latest data…
  • How CMS Is Redefining Telemedicine with Its Chronic Care Management Service Guidelines

    Dr. Donald Voltz
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Dr. Donald Voltz Telemedicine is about reaching out to patients in remote locations, but limited to videoconferencing between patients and health providers. It is similar to a face-to-face service with the exception that the patient and primary care provider are not physically together. Such efficient is limited in term of scope and only addresses the geographical challenge and scarcity of physician availability, a far cry from what CMS wanted for its Chronic Care Management Services (CMS) which would fundamentally change telemedicine as it is practiced. CCM services bring the telemedicine…
  • Infographic: Why Healthcare Information is Valuable

    HITC Staff
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    81 percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. In fact, only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks.   The following infographic created by KPMG illustrates why healthcare information is so valuable to hackers.  Why healthcare information is valuable — KPMG infographic. (PRNewsFoto/KPMG LLP)
 
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    Blog HIPAA

  • Offering HIPAA Compliance As A Service: A How-To Guide

    Blog HIPAA
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    The health care industry has seen big changes over the past couple of decades due to the enactment of HIPAA in 1996. These changes have not only raised the bar on how best to safeguard PHI, but it has also provided lots of business opportunities for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Organizations that deal with PHI and EHR in any way, however, face the daunting task of becoming HIPAA compliant and staying compliant. HIPAA is a complicated and sometimes confusing set of government mandates, and the thought of going it alone can be a bit intimidating for practices both large and small. The…
  • Introduction To HIPAA: The Basics

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

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

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

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

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    What is the Triple Aim? The Triple Aim in Healthcare is a concept put forward by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that is intended to drive Healthcare providers to simultaneously implement programs that: Improve the patient care experience, Improve the health of patient populations, and Reduce the per capita cost of health care. These simple sounding concepts are easier said than done, and not surprisingly require a significant investment in Healthcare Information Technology to implement and measure. Let’s look at each component of the Triple Aim and consider how Healthcare IT comes…
  • Neal Patterson Pizza Email

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    Here is a bit of folk history in Healthcare IT. Neal Patterson is the CEO of Cerner, the Missouri based company that was recently awarded a multi-Billion dollar contract to upgrade the Department of Defense/VA electronic health records systems.The post Neal Patterson Pizza Email appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
  • Healthcare IT Interview Questions

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    The interview process is what holds a lot of us back from getting to that next step. Learn how to answer the challenging and unexpected Healthcare IT interview questions that may come up in your next interview. The post Healthcare IT Interview Questions appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
  • What Is Population Health?

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    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…
  • Continuity Of Care Document

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    CCD stands for Continuity Of Care, and a continuity of care document (CCD) is a copy of a patient's medical record that has been formatted to provide easy transmission from one electronic health records (EHR) system to another. The post Continuity Of Care Document appeared first on Learn Health Tech.com.
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  • 17 Surprising Facts About Your Body’s Bacteria

    Alexandra Carmichael
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Nothing personal, but your microbiome is a truly curious thing. Gotta love those bacteria of yours. After all, right now many of them are doing a remarkable job of keeping your body in good shape. We love them too of course, and every day our labs run genetic sequencing on unimaginable numbers of the little critters. Not surprisingly our scientists know a thing or two about the bacteria in your body, some of it pretty extraordinary, so I figured a choice selection of facts would be a fun way to start your week. 1. A study of belly button bacteria found 1,458 different species. One…
  • You Asked, We Listened. An Update to the uBiome Data Website.

    Alexandra Carmichael
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Since we launched the new version of our app.ubiome.com website for you to explore your microbiome data a couple of months ago, we’ve heard a lot of great feedback. This week, we’ve finished some of the most requested changes, which I’d like to introduce to you now. 1. Suggestions From Science The #1 question we get at uBiome is “yeah, but what can I do about my microbiome results?” While the science of the microbiome is still relatively nascent, there are new discoveries being made around the world every week. So we’ve added a section called…
  • The People Who Get Their Own Gut Bacteria Fed Back to Them

    Alexandra Carmichael
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Can you “bank” your microbiome? Imagine what it would be like to have your gut bacteria stored away somewhere, then fed back into you one day. Sound crazy? Well don’t get grossed out. It’s already happening. Disease and serious illness are a sad part of life, affecting the healthiest of us, often out of the blue. Of course the human body has evolved a sophisticated immune system which usually does an amazing job of battling pathogens. The fact that it’s called a “system” should serve as a reminder that it’s not a single entity, but a complex network of organs, tissues, and…
  • It’s Not Just About Your Gut: Five-site microbiome kit for the price of one, today only

    Alexandra Carmichael
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    We love your gut, but it’s time to branch out. A bookstore window in Mountain View, California this past week. Gut bacteria are everywhere! Maybe you’ve tested your gut bacteria with uBiome already. Or maybe something has changed in your life since you last tested: say your diet, health, or supplements. Here’s your chance to see what’s different about your gut, and also learn about your mouth, nose, skin, and genital microbiomes at the same time. Today only, a 5-site microbiome testing kit is $89 instead of the usual $399. Use discount code 5FOR1PARTY when you…
  • What Gut Bacteria Can Teach Us About Eating Disorders: uBiome and University of North Carolina Launch Groundbreaking Study

    Alexandra Carmichael
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    uBiome is teaming up with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders to learn more about whether eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – could be linked to changes in an individual’s gut bacteria rather than having a wholly psychiatric cause. The joint study will also explore ways in which the microbiome changes as a result of eating disorders, and how this affects general health. Participation in the study is free, and those taking part will get a detailed report on their own microbiome as well as learning…
 
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