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  • Social Media Platforms and Techniques for Medical Practices

    EMR and HIPAA
    Guest Blogger
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    The following is a guest post by Barry Haitoff, CEO of Medical Management Corporation of America. In my previous post I talked about the benefits of using social media in a medical practice and I said that the next post in the series would take a look at the tools, techniques, and social media platforms you should use to help you realize the benefits of social media. This will not be an exhaustive look at social media platforms or the way to get the most out of them. However, it will be a good place for you to start and will offer some techniques that those who’ve started might not have…
  • Pete the Planner: You need a plan for career emergency - Indianapolis Star

    healthcare IT news - Google News
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Indianapolis StarPete the Planner: You need a plan for career emergencyIndianapolis StarCOBRA is an acronym for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. It's a Department of Labor provision that allows you to continue health care coverage if you lose your job. COBRA is significantly more expensive than the coverage you have through ...and more »
  • ICD-10 testing: CMS announces dates, pubs guidance

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    A new ICD-10 end-to-end testing period for providers, as well as associated guidance for testing, was revealed this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.read more
  • Second annual Healthcare IT Marketing Conference (HITMC)

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    John Lynn, prolific blogger and health IT media magnate, and I are teaming up again for the second year to produce and deliver a marketing conference focused on helping digital health, health IT, and medical device  innovators. We’re going to be providing actionable advice and specific techniques you can use to cut through the noise when trying to market healthcare and medical tech products to physicians, hospitals, health systems, ACOs, patients, and similar customers. Called The Healthcare IT Marketing Conference, last year’s event covered very important subjects by some of…
  • Morning Headlines 12/19/14

    HIStalk
    Lt. Dan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    First real-world trial of impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records In a small study, 105 patients are given the ability to hide certain parts of their medical record from their doctors, with a “break incase of an emergency” feature built in so that doctors could bypass the lock if needed. By the end of the six-month study, 49 percent of the patients had decided to hide some portion of their record. Many say meaningful use Stage 2 is disastrous, but the data say otherwise While the numbers on Meaningful Use Stage 2 seem grim, Advisory Board Senior Consultant Tony…
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  • Pete the Planner: You need a plan for career emergency - Indianapolis Star

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Indianapolis StarPete the Planner: You need a plan for career emergencyIndianapolis StarCOBRA is an acronym for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. It's a Department of Labor provision that allows you to continue health care coverage if you lose your job. COBRA is significantly more expensive than the coverage you have through ...and more »
  • DeTar partners with Victoria College for job training - Victoria Advocate

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:43 am
    Victoria AdvocateDeTar partners with Victoria College for job trainingVictoria AdvocateThe grant will be used to custom train 60 new and current nonclinical workers for healthcare office and computer skills related to registration and admitting, technical training, medical billing and insurance coding. Those trained will include and more »
  • 'Perhaps I Can Do Food': How One Woman Makes a Difference Against Ebola - NBCNews.com

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:41 am
    NBCNews.com'Perhaps I Can Do Food': How One Woman Makes a Difference Against EbolaNBCNews.comDr. Sesay said the charity has brought hope to Ebola patients and frontline healthcare workers through the simple, universal power of a home-cooked meal. "The holidays are all about families coming together, sharing, feeding and feasting," Janneh said.
  • Puget Sound VA pushing to hire, grow, retain staff - The Seattle Times

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The Seattle TimesPuget Sound VA pushing to hire, grow, retain staffThe Seattle TimesThe Puget Sound VA — with major hubs in Seattle and American Lake and seven clinics around Western Washington — ranks as one of the department's fastest-growing health-care networks. During the past year, the staff provided care for 97,000 patients, ...
  • USA Today Supplement Featuring Konica Minolta Focuses on Impact of ... - IT News Online

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    USA Today Supplement Featuring Konica Minolta Focuses on Impact of IT News OnlineWAYNE, N.J., Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the Friday, December 19 edition of USA Today, a 16-page supplement dedicated to Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) features Konica Minolta, the company announced today. The supplement will focus ...and more »
 
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • ICD-10 testing: CMS announces dates, pubs guidance

    Dan Bowman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    A new ICD-10 end-to-end testing period for providers, as well as associated guidance for testing, was revealed this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.read more
  • 4 ways consumers will impact HIT in 2015

    Katie Dvorak
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    It's hard to deny the influence patients as consumers are having on the healthcare industry, and many predict that 2015 will be the year of the consumer.read more
  • Keys to enabling secondary use of HIE data

    Susan D. Hall
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Secondary use of health information exchange data could be even more valuable than its primary use of giving providers a complete picture of a patient's care history, but there are issues to be worked out.read more
  • Lessons on protecting PHI from the Sony hack

    Susan D. Hall
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Experian's 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast called healthcare "a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals," predicting more breaches are headed the industry's way. The recent breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment provides three lessons for healthcare, according to Michael Bruemmer, VP with Experian's Data Breach Resolution group.read more
  • Study: Nearly half of patients would withhold data from providers

    Susan D. Hall
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Nearly half of patients participating in a trial looking at patient control of the medical records withheld clinically sensitive information from some or all of their care team.read more
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Second annual Healthcare IT Marketing Conference (HITMC)

    Shahid N. Shah
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    John Lynn, prolific blogger and health IT media magnate, and I are teaming up again for the second year to produce and deliver a marketing conference focused on helping digital health, health IT, and medical device  innovators. We’re going to be providing actionable advice and specific techniques you can use to cut through the noise when trying to market healthcare and medical tech products to physicians, hospitals, health systems, ACOs, patients, and similar customers. Called The Healthcare IT Marketing Conference, last year’s event covered very important subjects by some of…
  • Is Meaningful Use working and what can innovators do to help with EHR adoption?

    Shahid N. Shah
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Earlier this year NueMD created a nice looking Meaningful Use Infographic — asking the question whether MU was helping or hurting EHR Adoption. I loved the summary but I wanted to dig in a little further so I asked Dr. William Rusnak, a resident physician in radiology and a healthcare IT writer for NueMD, to tell us what that infographic meant for innovators and folks building solutions. Here’s what Dr. Rusnak said: When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched their Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, coined “Meaningful Use” (MU) back…
  • Health IT and digital health job opportunities, qualifications, and certification benefits

    Shahid N. Shah
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’ve written a number of articles and a few video interviews on job opportunities in digital health recently and have received a steady stream of questions since then. Given healthcare IT professionals can make $90,000 or more annually, there has been growing interest in the industry. To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of these opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT. Careers in healthcare IT are appealing…
  • Health-focused wearables have a chance of improving patient care if innovators craft solutions plus providers and insurers work together to incentivize and pay for them

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

    Shahid N. Shah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. Since I chair several conferences every year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to congratulate MedCityNews for pulling off a great event. The goal of the ENGAGE was to highlight the importance of patient awareness and engagement in developing and managing novel digital health innovations. The conference was attended by industry experts from various disciplines ranging from academic…
 
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 12/19/14

    Lt. Dan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    First real-world trial of impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records In a small study, 105 patients are given the ability to hide certain parts of their medical record from their doctors, with a “break incase of an emergency” feature built in so that doctors could bypass the lock if needed. By the end of the six-month study, 49 percent of the patients had decided to hide some portion of their record. Many say meaningful use Stage 2 is disastrous, but the data say otherwise While the numbers on Meaningful Use Stage 2 seem grim, Advisory Board Senior Consultant Tony…
  • News 12/19/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Top News The research wasn’t all that great, but the methods were pretty cool. A Regenstrief study finds that half of urban clinic patients who were able to selectively hide parts of their EHR information chose to do so. That’s from a ridiculously small study cohort of 105 patients, so don’t get excited about the results just yet. What was interesting is that Regenstrief developed a system in which patients can lock clinicians out of specific sections of their own EHR information, such as as those involved sexually transmitted disease or mental health. However, the system also contains…
  • Morning Headlines 12/18/14

    Lt. Dan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    HHS awards more than $665 million to design and test state-led efforts to improve health care quality, accessibility and affordability HHS announces that it has awarded $665 million in grants to fund 32 state-level initiatives working to implement experimental health care payment models or service delivery models that could improve health care quality and lower costs. More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports CMS releases the latest MU attestation numbers: 1,681 eligible hospitals have attested for MU Stage 2 as of December 1, up from just 840 that had attested by November 1. Open…
  • Readers Write: Review of the mHealth Summit

    Mr. HIStalk
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Review of the mHealth Summit By Norman Volsky Last week I attended the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. I met with 25 vendors over a two-day period and came away with several takeaways regarding mHealth industry trends and the companies that correspond to each.   Changing Patient Behavior Many companies are trying to change a patient’s behavior and inspire them to participate in their own rescue. If you can change a patient’s behavior that resulted in them getting sick (eating unhealthy, not exercising, smoking, etc.), that patient has a better chance of staying healthy. Telcare.
  • HIStalk Interviews Frank Fear, VP/CIO, Memorial Healthcare

    Mr. HIStalk
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    Frank Fear is VP of ancillary cervices and CIO of Memorial Healthcare of Owosso, MI. Tell me about yourself and the health system. I’m the vice president of ancillary services and the chief information officer at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, Michigan. Owosso is about 20 miles from Lansing, 25 miles from Flint, and 25 miles from Saginaw. We’re a 150-bed hospital with 1,100 employees and a medical staff of about 120. Employed physician offices totaling about 15 offices and 50 providers that are sprinkled throughout about a 20-mile radius from the hospital.  Although we’re…
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Join the discussion about wearable technology

    Neil Versel
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    The thing about the Internet is that you never know when something is going to go viral or spark heated debate. (Actually, it’s a fairly sure bet that anything involving politics, religion or sports will lead to heated debate, generally of the lowbrow variety.) Less common is informed, intelligent discussion on the Internet. Something I wrote early yesterday for Forbes.com has, happily, fallen into this category. My post, “Hype Around Healthcare Wearables Runs Into Reality,” is far from the most inflammatory piece I’ve written about overblown hype in healthcare…
  • Health Wonk Review talks turkey

    Neil Versel
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I’ve been a bit remiss the last few days, in that the latest Health Wonk Review came out Thursday, and I’m  just getting around to sharing it now.( Blog carnivals work best when contributors link back to the compilation.) But, better late than never, right? In that spirit, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I invite you to check out Health Wonk Review: The Turkey Edition, hosted by David Harlow on his HealthBlawg. The big stories this time around are all about insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, but there is also…
  • CMS extends 2014 MU hospital attestation until end of year

    Neil Versel
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Just days before the clock was to run out on hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, hoping to attest to Meaningful Use of EHRs for 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has pushed back the attestation deadline by a month, until Dec. 31. In an announcement posted yesterday on the CMS Meaningful Use registration and attestation login page, CMS said: “CMS is extending the deadline for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year from 11:59…
  • The most news I’ve ever gotten out of Meditech

    Neil Versel
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    If you think Epic Systems, which doesn’t issue press releases and infrequently shares much with the press, is tough for the media, you should try Meditech. I’ve never gotten a response from anyone there and never written any actual news about the company. Until now. Today, this tweet appeared:   Our @MEDITECH team is representing at the #HISI14 Conference at the Dublin Castle in Ireland! pic.twitter.com/rdJP1FNBON — Christina Noel (@Christina_Noel) November 19, 2014 So there you have it: Meditech is at a conference in Ireland today. That’s the most news I’ve…
  • Glaser to focus on interoperability as Cerner SVP

    Neil Versel
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A big question surrounding Cerner’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services has been answered: John Glaser, head of the health IT division of Siemens AG, will join Cerner as a senior vice president, concentrating on  “driving technology and product strategies, interoperability and government policy development,” according to a post on the Cerner blog. Glaser wrote about his experience at the recent Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Mo. “For me, the conference, its energy and vision of patient-centered care and health, cemented my decision to…
 
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  • Intelligent insights on mHealth, wearable devices and consumer behaviors

    hlthblog
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    I am writing this as I wing my way back to Seattle after a quick, one day stopover to speak at the annual mHealth conference held this year at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. As always, the atrium at the...(read more)
  • A doctor’s prescription for getting back in shape with Xbox Fitness

    hlthblog
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    So Turkey Day is over. You’ve gobbled down the last drumstick, soaked up the left over mashed potatoes and gravy and finished off the pumpkin pies. You’ve also watched too much football and taken far too many naps. Now it’s time to get back in shape…...(read more)
  • I’ve seen the future and it’s almost here

    hlthblog
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    There are some amazing privileges associated with working for a global technology company like Microsoft. Every day I reflect on how lucky I am. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by so many smart, really dedicated people. I’m thankful for the opportunity...(read more)
  • Exponential learning at Exponential Medicine

    hlthblog
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This week I had the honor to attend and serve as faculty at what is perhaps a dream conference for those of us who care about technology, science, health and medicine. The conference was Exponential Medicine, sponsored by Singularity University. As was...(read more)
  • Getting Value from Technology in Healthcare is All about People

    hlthblog
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    I was highly intrigued by an article on ZDNET today. It was Steve Ranger’s piece on “ Predicting the next decade of tech: From the cloud to disappearing computers and the rise of robots ”. For anyone interested in technology, it’s a good read. I particularly...(read more)
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    Lab Soft News

  • Some Outreach Test Results Are Bypassing Hospital LISs; A Growing Trend?

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    In my last two notes, I have been discussing the potentially disruptive effect of the Theranos business model, particularly with reference to Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp (see: Finally, Some Important New Details about the Theranos Business Model; Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp Business Models Becoming Obsolete). In my analysis, I made mention that Theranos must deploy software to manage their test results and then transmit them to hospitals and physician offices. In other words, they will need some type of LIS, perhaps one analogous analogous to Quest's Care360. An important…
  • Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp Business Models Becoming Obsolete

    Bruce Friedman
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    In my note of two days ago, I discussed the challenge that Theranos is presenting to the two major reference labs in the U.S., Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp (see: Finally, Some Important New Details about the Theranos Business Model). Although the focus of that note was on Theranos, my arguments got me thinking about the business models of these two large companies. It occurred to me that there might be fundamental flaws in them such that a new entrant into the lab testing market, Theranos, could threaten their core business with what could be described as disruptive innovation. The…
  • Finally, Some Important New Details about the Theranos Business Model

    Bruce Friedman
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I have been reluctant in the past to write much about Theranos because the founder, an entrepreneurial prodigy named Elizabeth Holmes, does not speak to the press much. I have posted some information about the company in connection with its relationship to Walgreen's (see: Retail Chain Drug Stores Ramp-Up Their Healthcare Delivery Services). At any rate, a long article about Theranos and Holmes by Ken Auletta has recently been published in the New Yorker and it contains some very important details (see: Blood, Simpler). It's a very long piece so I have copied some significant…
  • Health Insurance Company Pays Its Policy Holders to Stay Fit

    Bruce Friedman
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    On 11/9/14, I posted a note suggesting that wearable health monitoring devices might be a means to lower health insurance costs (see: Wearable Health Monitoring Devices: a Means to Lower Insurance Costs?). I drew a parallel to the electronic monitoring device offered by Progressive Insurance called Snapshot that plugs into your car, monitors your driving habits, and then enables you to a reduced premium if your drive safely. Oscar Health Insurance is now bringing this idea to reality for health insurance (see: This Insurance Company Pays People to Stay Fit): Oscar Insurance bills itself…
  • Retail Chain Drug Stores Ramp-Up Their Healthcare Delivery Services

    Bruce Friedman
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    For the last few years, the major retail pharmacy chains (i.e., Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid) have taken steps to position themselves as the first rung of the healthcare delivery system. They have begun to offer various types of walk-in, low-intensity services staffed by nurses or nurse practitioners. Pharmacists have also begun to provide flu shots and other type of vaccinations. CVS recently made a very bold statement by no longer selling cigarettes. Walgreens is offering lab testing on a pilot basis with Theranos (see: CVS Stops Selling Tobacco; Walgreens Works with Theranos for Lab…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • Are Client Server EHR Holding Back Healthcare?

    John Lynn
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    The number one topic of debate on this blog has definitely been Client Server EHR versus SaaS EHR. There are staunch parties on both sides of this aisle. No doubt both sides have a case to make and we’ll see both in healthcare for a long time to come. Although, I think that long term the SaaS EHR will win out. As I was thinking about this recently, I realized that while client server EHR can do everything a SaaS EHR can do, it definitely makes a lot of things much harder to accomplish. It’s much harder to create an API that connects to 2000 client server EHR installs. It’s…
  • Social Media Platforms and Techniques for Medical Practices

    Guest Blogger
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    The following is a guest post by Barry Haitoff, CEO of Medical Management Corporation of America. In my previous post I talked about the benefits of using social media in a medical practice and I said that the next post in the series would take a look at the tools, techniques, and social media platforms you should use to help you realize the benefits of social media. This will not be an exhaustive look at social media platforms or the way to get the most out of them. However, it will be a good place for you to start and will offer some techniques that those who’ve started might not have…
  • The Future of Electronic Health Records in the US: Lessons Learned from the UK – Breakaway Thinking

    Guest Blogger
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Carrie Yasemin Paykoc, Senior Instructional Designer / Research Analyst at The Breakaway Group (A Xerox Company). Check out all of the blog posts in the Breakaway Thinking series. With 2014 coming to a close, there is a natural tendency to reflect on the accomplishments of the year. We gauge our annual successes through comparison with expected outcomes, industry standards, and satisfaction with the work done. To continue momentum and improve outcomes in the coming years we look for fresh ideas. For example, healthcare organizations can compare their…
  • Top 10 Google Searches in 2014 – What Would Be Healthcare IT’s Top Searches?

    John Lynn
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    Each year Google releases it’s top trending searches in the US and the world. This list isn’t the most frequently searched terms (according to Google the most popular searches don’t change) but is a year versus year comparison of what terms were trending in 2014. US Trending Searches: Robin Williams World Cup Ebola Malaysia Airlines Flappy Bird ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ISIS Ferguson Frozen Ukraine Global Trending Searches: Robin Williams World Cup Ebola Malaysia Airlines ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Flappy Bird Conchita Wurst ISIS Frozen Sochi Olympics Pretty interesting look…
  • Last Day for Healthcare.gov Coverage by January 1st

    John Lynn
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    If you’re like me and sometime gave your email to Healthcare.gov, then you’ve probably getting the daily reminders this past week about December 15th being the last day you can sign up on the Health Insurance Exchange if you want to get health insurance coverage starting January 1st. I wish they would have made the email system a little smarter and let us click a button that said “Already got my insurance this year.” Although, I appreciate that they’re just trying to make sure that everyone knows the timelines. Based on the news coverage (or lack therof), it…
 
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    Medgadget

  • Sorin Memo3d ReChord Mitral Valve Annuloplasty Ring FDA Cleared

    Editors
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Sorin Group received FDA clearance for its Memo 3D ReChord annuloplasty ring designed for mitral valve repair procedures. The semi-rigid device is an upgrade to the existing Memo 3D ring, now featuring a new chordal guidance system that helps with implantation, particularly when performing artificial Gore-Tex chordae replacement. The ring is covered with Sorin’s unique Carbofilm coating that, according to the company, improves the hemo-compatibility of the ring and its flexible shape, as the “3D” in the name implies, allows it to bend along with the heart’s motion…
  • Portable Lens-Free Hollographic Microscopy Brings Pathology Lab Anywhere

    Editors
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tissue sample image created by a new lens-free microscope developed in the UCLA lab of Aydogan Ozcan. The lab of Dr. Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA seems like an ever-flowing wellspring of new optical gadgets that can be used in biomedical applications. Yesterday we reported on a new fluorescence imaging smartphone attachment developed by Ozcan et. al. that can be used to spot and measure DNA strands, and in the past we’ve covered other technologies the team developed to count cells, holographic processing to analyze them, and high-res 3D imaging of samples on a tiny chip. Today we learn of a…
  • Predicting Metastasis at MetaStat: Interview with CEO Dr. Oscar Bronsther

    Michael Batista
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Metastasis of cancer cells from the primary tumor represents one of the most serious concerns for any cancer patient and can affect clinical decisions regarding treatment for the disease. The ability to predict the likelihood of metastasis is imperative, though existing solutions are limited in the scope of patients and types of cancer than can be screened. Changing this paradigm is MetaStat, a company developing a new way to predict the risk for tumor metastasis that could be used for any type of tumor cell and pave the way for clinicians to provide personalized cancer treatments based on…
  • Nanoplug Hearing Aid to Hide Within Ear Canal (VIDEO)

    Editors
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hearing aids have come a long way lately, thanks to new audio processing algorithms, miniaturization, and wireless capabilities. Yet, they can still be too large to wear inconspicuously and can get quite pricey. Now a new project raising money on Indiegogo aims to produce a hearing aid small enough to fit into the ear canal and cheap enough to sell for around $400. The Nanoplug device is able to be this small thanks to its tiny battery, designed to be many times smaller than currently available hearing aid batteries. The team working on the device claims that it will hold enough charge to…
  • Guest Post: How ‘Noisy’ Data Is Holding Hospitals Back

    Asha Saxena
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Asha Saxena is the president and CEO of Future Technologies Inc., an international data management solutions firm. For many patients, all the information physicians collect before every appointment can be a big nuisance. Do physicians really need to know patients’ complete family medical history, drinking habits, and past surgeries for a consultation about seasonal allergies? Does all of this information actually help them make an accurate diagnosis? Unfortunately, the answer is usually no. While it’s true that data is transforming the way doctors practice medicine, if left unstructured,…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • An Hour and Thirty-Five Seconds With George W. Bush

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    It's a hard life, but someone has to do it.I'm writing from frigid Chicago, where the air temperature is something around 20 degrees, and the wind chill is 50 below numbness. I'm here for the 100th Anniversary Edition of RSNA, and one must brave adverse conditions to attend so momentous an occasion.If you are reading my illustrious blog, you must have some connection to radiology, and thus you've probably attended RSNA at least once. If so, you know that the most important part of the whole meeting is the parties that come after hours. In years past, the big vendors have put on some really…
  • Meeting With The PACS Giants And Other RSNA Tales

    1 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    There is a touch of melancholy for me here at RSNA 2014 to go with the 20 degree nip in the air. I'm not one to dwell much on the deep meanings of beginings and endings, but while strolling the exhibits today, I realized that I've been attending this monster of a convention on and off since I was a Nuclear Medicine Fellow in 1990. And it occurs to me that since I'm now semi-retired, it is possible that I won't return next year. But we'll see how that goes.One of the joys of RSNA, and my fame, or at least notariety in the field, is the chance to meet up with those far more promienent in the…
  • EMR: Round Peg, Square Hole From The Sunrise Rounds Blog

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Dalai's note:  My rather vocal presentation of my views on medical IT have earned me an international speaking career. It is sad to see that nothing much has changed over all the time I've been blogging and speaking on this issue. In fact, even though it is more ubiquitous, medical software remains as useless and confounding as ever. It is gratifying, however, to see others take up the cause of improving this potentially deadly deficit. As cross-published on KevinMD.com, this piece from Dr.  James Salwitz, an oncologist who blogs on SunriseRounds.com, takes a similar approach to…
  • Epic Fails And Deadly IT Cultures (An OPINION Piece)

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

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

  • I Would Award The Hon. Peter Dutton M.P. An F- For His Performance In E-Health!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The story: He gets into office as Health Minister - kicks off a six week review of the PCEHR - releases it 6 months later and is yet to actually to provide a Government response 8 months later! In passing leaves industry and Standards setting out in the cold and fails to properly evaluate what has been delivered for the $1.0 Billion or so! F- is generous - but as low as the scale goes. As for the co-payment debacle - his change of job says it all! God help all those poor asylum seekers and refugees. Here is a profile of the new Health Minister:…
  • Has Anyone Else Noticed Just How Political The Political Leadership Of General Practice Is? The Good - They Have Now Actually Listened And Toughened Up Big Time!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This week we have seen the most amazing set of political turn-arounds I have seen in quite a while.Let’s start with the AMA.When the Medicare Co-Payment Plan B was announced the view was that the plan was a ‘mixed bag’. After a week and a few (the most ever) angry e-mails from those in the trenches we get:“Last week I wrote to you outlining the details of the Government's latest co-payment proposal and asked for your feedback to help inform our ongoing advocacy.Many members took the opportunity to respond, and I really value the constructive input you have provided.As I said in my…
  • Big Changes In Federal Ministry! Peter Dutton Gets His Reward and Is Sent To Immigration!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Sussan Ley has been moved into Health. Peter Dutton was clearly out of his depth in Health! I wonder what will happen next? She must be thrilled to have been given the unresolved PCEHR problem to fix! David. All the major details are here: Australian Defence Minister Dumped From Office As Tony Abbott Reshuffles Cabinet Paul Colgan Dec 21, 2014, 3:27 PM Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Getty / FileTony Abbott has announced a cabinet reshuffle, promoting Scott Morrison and dropping defence minister David Johnston in changes the prime minister says will “refocus the government” on driving…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 249 – Results – 21st December, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Do You Think The Abbott Government is 'Strengthening Medicare' And Our Current Universal Healthcare System With The New Medicare Co-Payment Proposal? For Sure 3% (2) Maybe 4% (3) Neutral 13% (9) Probably Not 13% (9) No Way 65% (44) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 68 A pretty clear response with large majority seeing through the suggestion that the Government is going to actually aid our Universal Healthcare System. Good to see a clear outcome. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by…
  • Happy Christmas And A Great 2015!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Well, that is your lot for the year unless we have some important news emerge of the 'silly season', that I feel an urgent need to post on. I plan to re-start posting in mid to late Junuary 2015. Till then stay safe and have a great break! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
 
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  • Next Generation Digital Natives

    John Lynn
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    I asked her to clean her room. She tells me she got paged and needs to fix something for work first. pic.twitter.com/Gwa4i5Bj6U — grinchsuch (@michaelgorsuch) December 19, 2014 I saw the tweet and picture above and couldn’t help but laugh. My children do stuff like this all the time and I love it. Of course, my children aren’t talking about being paged (they don’t work in healthcare), but they definitely know all about technology. In fact, at a recent parent teacher conference, my 7 year old’s teacher talked about how well she did on the computer and how she…
  • Adverse Event Reporting and EHRs: The MEDTECH Act’s Effects

    Carl Bergman
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Medical systems generate adverse event (AE) reports to improve service delivery and public safety. As I described in my first blog post on Adverse Events, these reports are both a record of what went wrong and a rich source for improving workflow, process and policy. They can nail responsibility not only for bad acts, but also bad actors and can help distinguish between the two. The FDA gathers AE reports to look for important health related patterns, and if needed to trigger recalls, modifications and public alerts. EHRs generate AEs, but the FDA doesn’t require reporting them. Reporting…
  • Making JustShowMeTheDoctorNetwork.com A Reality

    John Lynn
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Ok, that website really isn’t a project, but a website that has that functionality would be awesome. I recently had this problem. I was getting new health insurance and I wanted to know if our regular doctors would be part of the new insurance plan’s network. What a pain in the butt. Even the health insurance companies website made it difficult to know if they accepted the plan. The networks were named different than the insurance. Just plain ugly! Turns out that Fred Trotter is doing what he can to help solve the “out of network” insurance game. Since it’s Fred…
  • Communities Help Open Source Electronic Health Records Thrive (Part 3 of 3: Project Round-up)

    Andy Oram
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    This series examines the importance of community and what steps are being taken by open source projects in health IT to create communities around their projects. My previous posting covered VistA and its custodial organization, OSEHRA. The last article in this series covers some important projects in open source with very different approaches to building community. In addition to VistA, the electronic health record with the most success in building community is OpenMRS, using a unique approach. The project has an unusual genesis. They didn’t come out of a technology center such as…
  • Who is Adopting EHRs and Why: ONC Turns up Some Surprises

    Andy Oram
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    A high-level view of the direction being taken by electronic health records in the U.S. comes from a recent data brief released by the Office of the National Coordinator. Their survey of physician motivations for adopting EHRs turns up some puzzling and unexpected findings. I’ll look at three issues in this article: the importance of Meaningful Use incentives and penalties, the role of information exchange, and who is or is not adopting EHRs. Incentives and Penalties The impact of the Meaningful Use bribes–sorry, I meant incentive payments–in the HITECH act are legendary:…
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  • Medical Quack Gone Broke–Independent Bloggers Just Can’t Make It Anymore…

    Medical Quack
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It’s been 7 years and this blog is like attached to me for the most part and I have given this some real thought here with what I produce with my “views” like everyone else’s that’s on the web and again small independent bloggers can no longer compete.  I get asked all the time to do interviews and I like to do them but it’s mostly from folks that have bigger sponsors or those that are part of a company and I just don’t have the money to a lot of that anymore.  Being a former developer my data mechanics logic has helped me understand a lot more than I ever thought it…
  • CVS Settles Patent Dispute With Walgreens on Mobile Prescription Apps “CVS Wrote New Software”…

    Medical Quack
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    A while back Walgreens filed case against Walgreens and Rite Aid on the patent violation and it’s been settled.  In reading this article all seemed to have known about the patent but didn’t care if I’m reading this correctly. Walgreens Suing CVS, Rite Aid, Wants License and IP Damage Reimbursement, Patent Violations, Software Used For Refilling Prescriptions Via Mobile Phone Scanners…Not Getting Enough Data to Sell? In the settlement here, each pays their own legal fees and pretty much walks away.  There were no details on the Rite Aid settlement.  So there you go, new…
  • Insurance Carrier Stock Buy Backs Continue to Rise While Consumers Are Finding It Harder to Afford Some Policies and Care With Dealing With High Deductibles And Narrow Networks…

    Medical Quack
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Stock buy backs are up for 3 of the major insurers.  The purpose of a stock buy back to increase the value of the stock, since there’s less out there after the fact and basically embellish the officers of the company with a little more money.  Your premiums help finance this action as well as the money has to come from somewhere.  Actually insurers have been doing stock buy backs since the last 80s, before it really became fashionable.  Usually when stock buy backs occur it means that money is not being put into resources of the company to build business.  WellPoint…
  • Professor Stephen Hawking Who Depends on Technology States That Artificial Intelligence Has A Big Danger In Store for Future Human Existence, His Opinion Joining the Ranks of Larry Ellison and Elon Musk…

    Medical Quack
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    He uses a speech synthesizer so he can talk to us and talks about why he kept the original voice and now it’s his trademark.  He can’t speak without it.  He was one of the first people to be connected to the internet.  He has his debilitating disease and this is the only way he can function today.  Below is a project that Intel built for him and it has a great video there as well. Stephen Hawking and Intel Develop The Intel IoT (Internet of Things) Connected Wheelchair–Video He says the artificial intelligence can destroy the human race.  We couldn’t compete…
  • Dignity Health Gets a Temporary Reprieve on Pension Plan Lawsuit–Employees Claim As Being Under Funded

    Medical Quack
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:53 pm
    This not unusual today as employees are watching pension funds closely and with what has been happening all over the US with pension funds, they should.  IN this case the debate is over whether or not the pension fund is exempt from federal pension rules as well.  Of course it would take a lot of research for Dignity to go through all the pension fund numbers and would cost money as noted below.  The employees claim the fund is short 1.2 billion in their lawsuit.  Just recently Dignity settled another lawsuit below with the Feds.  Dignity Healthcare to Settle Over…
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  • More About Choosing the Best Dental Office Software

    gpldev
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Dental practice integration software serves a lot of purposes. A dental practice works best with the right practice management tools Dental Software Programs and How They Help Such dental software programs will also help an individual maintain client records, manage billing and insurance cover, plus coordinate the agenda without any difficulty. Therefore, you will be able to reduce the worry you go through on the job. These kind of programs will even make it easier to produce specific calculations and beneficial conclusions. In addition, an individual might still be capable of operate while…
  • Choosing the Best Dental Office Software (Contd)

    gpldev
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Dental software helps a busy practice to succeed. Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 The Difference Good Dental Software Can Make How can dental software help?  By consolidating and integrating different systems together.  Today’s dentist is as busy as ever. Not only at work but at home. It’s no wonder mobile devices such as iPhones and Blackberrys are very popular among dentists. And although their custom tailored software has made headway in digital radiology it has not foraged as far in wide based connect-ability. Dental office integration software have been around for decades.
  • Choosing the Best Dental Office Software

    gpldev
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    These days most dental offices are computerized and use dental office software to simplify time consuming complicated processes of patient management and clinical practice. This software can handle wide range of applications, ranging from sophisticated imaging techniques to substitution of routine office paperwork. Dental Software is about effective communication (800) 704-8494 Dental Software and the Modern Practice The dental office software eases the handling of administrative tasks such as inventory control, patient recordkeeping, appointment scheduling, inventory control of dental…
  • Digital Sensors and Practice Integration (Contd.)

    gpldev
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    When you’re looking at dental practice integration software, there are several different elements that your practice should have in order to thrive in the 21st Century. Call Today for Information on our Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 Dental Digital Sensors The first thing your practice should have is digital sensors.  Why rely on those old school clunky x-ray machines that were one radiation spike away from being a nuclear disaster.  Then there is the development process with a lot of carcinogenic chemicals.   In the dental and medical fields, dental digital sensors are used by…
  • Digital Sensors and Practice Integration

    David Arnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Digital sensors are all part of a well-designed practice integration system. Information About Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 What Are Digital Sensors? What are digital sensors?  Digital sensors refer to an electronic device which uses digital means to transmit and convert data. The sensors are usually used to conduct analytical measurements involving chemical and physical properties of various liquids. The most used measurement parameters are conductivity, pH, redox potentials and oxygen among many others. The measurements are important in the industrial and medical field to give vital…
 
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  • Why U.S. healthcare needs to move on from ICD-9 coding

    Carl Natale
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
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  • HHS slaps provider with $150K bill for HIPAA breach

    Erin McCann
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    A five-facility mental health organization in Alaska has agreed to pay up and shape up its HIPAA compliance program after a Department of Health and Human Services investigation found the group failed to appropriately safeguard patient data.   read more
  • ONC updates Health IT Strategic Plan

    Mike Miliard
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday announced the release of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020, updating the goals of an initiative most recently released in 2011. [See also: Interoperability is 'impossible in the abstract'] read more
  • Epic, Cerner, others join HL7 project

    Mike Miliard
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Health Level Seven International has launched the Argonaut Project – a collaborative comprising healthcare heavy-hitters such as Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain and Partners HealthCare – to speed the development and adoption of HL7’s standa read more
  • Employee sacked after snooping patient EMR records

    Erin McCann
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Your organization can have the most well-crafted privacy and security policies in the world. read more
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  • Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

    Henry Powderly
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/small-hospital-cfos-revenue-cycle-took-backseat-ehr-icd-10
  • Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

    Erin McCann
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more
  • Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

    Mike Miliard
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more
  • HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

    Bernie Monegain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more
  • Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more
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  • Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

    Henry Powderly
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/small-hospital-cfos-revenue-cycle-took-backseat-ehr-icd-10
  • Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

    Erin McCann
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more
  • Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

    Mike Miliard
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more
  • HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

    Bernie Monegain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more
  • Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more
 
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  • Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

    Henry Powderly
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/small-hospital-cfos-revenue-cycle-took-backseat-ehr-icd-10
  • Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

    Erin McCann
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more
  • Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

    Mike Miliard
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more
  • HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

    Bernie Monegain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more
  • Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more
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  • Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

    Henry Powderly
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/small-hospital-cfos-revenue-cycle-took-backseat-ehr-icd-10
  • Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

    Erin McCann
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more
  • Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

    Mike Miliard
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more
  • HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

    Bernie Monegain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more
  • Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more
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  • Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

    Henry Powderly
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/small-hospital-cfos-revenue-cycle-took-backseat-ehr-icd-10
  • Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

    Erin McCann
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more
  • Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

    Mike Miliard
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more
  • HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

    Bernie Monegain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more
  • Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more
 
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  • Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

    Henry Powderly
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/small-hospital-cfos-revenue-cycle-took-backseat-ehr-icd-10
  • Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

    Erin McCann
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more
  • Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

    Mike Miliard
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more
  • HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

    Bernie Monegain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more
  • Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 21: Ed Ricks

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Ed Ricks, VP, Information Services and CIO at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina, talks about meaningful use security risk analysis. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 20: Kurt Hagerman

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at Firehost, discusses data security in the cloud, HIPAA compliance, and vetting vendors. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Nathan Russ - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 Boston

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

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

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Daniel Nigrin, MD, CIO at Boston Children's Hospital, describes his experience dealing with a cyberattack at the hospital by notorious hacktivist group Anonymous. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Center for Connected Health launches mobile platform to drive innovation

    Judy Mottl
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The Center for Connected Health is debuting a market research tool, called cHealth Compass, to help providers, vendors and healthcare organizations better understand what mHealth consumers want, how they're using mobile tools and gain necessary insight for building connected technology.read more
  • Study: Smartphone, tablet use on the rise in hospitals

    Judy Mottl
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals are using smartphones and or tablets and 69 percent of clinicians are using both a desktop/laptop and a smartphone/tablet to access data, according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Mobile Devices Study.read more
  • Study: Messaging diabetic teens bolsters engagement, disease knowledge

    Judy Mottl
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Text messages can help keep teen diabetics engaged in healthcare issues and treatment, according to a new study published in the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Spectrum.read more
  • Texting can help patients stick to prescription routines

    Judy Mottl
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Text messaging can help patients adhere to prescribed medication while saving health payers and government healthcare organizations millions of dollars spent on treating preventable health issues and wasted medicine, according to a report at Medical Daily.read more
  • Why today's smartphones may be the only tech patients need

    Judy Mottl
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    One of the greatest things about technology is it is always changing, always morphing and nearly always improving on what's already in play, and nowhere is this more true than the mHealth landscape. We've all witnessed how the smartphone is now firmly a building block for hundreds of mHealth innovations, from monitoring devices and apps tracking patient's treatment to diagnostic tech helping niche groups such as veterans and those needing psychiatric treatment. Today's smartphones are helping care providers, spurring better…
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  • Call for shorter Meaningful Use attestation period reaches fever pitch

    Katie Dvorak
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) is continuing to urge for a shorter reporting period for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to attest to Meaningful Use--and now has the backing of 28 of her colleagues.read more
  • Groups express disappointment, frustration with MU penalties

    Katie Dvorak
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    The words "concerned," "appalled" and "disappointed" sum up the reaction from many in the industry to yesterday's news from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that about 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals will be hit with penalties for failing to meet Meaningful Use requirements.read more
  • VA to pilot Watson technology to harness EHR info

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with IBM to pilot a study to harness electronic health records to help physicians care for patients. The program will use IBM's Watson technology to study innovative approaches to search EHRs and medical literature for relevant studies in order to quickly collect, combine and present information to help physicians make clinical decisions more quickly and free up their time to spend more of it with patients.read more
  • CMS to hit 257,000 docs with Meaningful Use penalties

    Dan Bowman
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning  Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meaningful Use by Oct. 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed during a press call on Dec. 17. Of those 257,000 EPs, 28,000 will receive a 2 percent penalty for failing to meet an e-prescribing threshold.read more
  • Stop studying patient engagement and do something with the information

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    December appears to be the month of the patient portal study.read more
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  • Eight Reasons Why Doctors Say They Would Recommend Wearables to Patients

    Josh Groth
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Wearable health devices and health apps are stealing headlines left and right. It seems there are daily announcements from major brands about their latest wearable tech. With each announcement the headlines skew more towards how it looks than functionality. Lost in all the hype is the core purpose of wearable health trackers and health apps— that they’re intended to improve our health. Looks  and brand names are fine, and battery life needs to be considered. But how are these things going to improve my health? According to Nielsen, one in six consumers already own a wearable device.
  • 4 free tools that will benefit your practice

    Mike Hoaglin
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Some of the bread and butter tools, apps, and services for independent medical practices can be free (like your Practice Fusion EHR). Free is made possible by shifting the cost burden from doctors to content and other service vendors. There are numerous medical service and content businesses that vie for your attention — they’re willing to pay for it, so you don’t have to. Here’s a curated list of free tools you may want to keep in your electronic “black bag.” Medscape – Point of care content reference From medical students to seasoned healthcare providers, Medscape is a top…
  • Windows Performance Counters for ActiveMQ

    Steven Padfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    A simple .NET Windows service to publish ActiveMQ queue stats as performance counters, with downloadable code Jump to: Introduction The metrics How the code works Installing and running the service Monitoring in PerfMon Best practices Download the code Introduction At Practice Fusion, we’ve been using ActiveMQ as our messaging solution for the last couple years. It’s a great open source option for distributed messaging that’s reliable and scalable (when configured correctly). However, one important feature that doesn’t seem to be included is the ability to track queue…
  • 10 Ways an EHR will make your practice more efficient

    Josh Groth
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Your day is probably filled with an abundance of inefficiencies. Patients will show up late (or not at all) to their appointments. Intake forms will be incomplete or illegible, slowing down their review. Let’s not forget about having to spend the first half of an appointment asking your patient to fill in the blanks on their partially complete patient history. We often try and improve these inefficiencies with temporary fixes. For example, your office manager may try to call all your patients to remind them of their appointment the next day. However, Band-Aids can only go so far — if you…
  • The Hidden Cost of Paper Charts

    Miles Buckley
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    In January of 2014, 39% of office-based physicians reported that they still use paper medical charts, with the assumption that it’s easier, more efficient, or saves their practice money. This is simply not true. Outlined below are just some of the hidden costs of paper. Missing tasks Delegating tasks with colored fluorescent sticky notes on top of patient charts, lab orders, medication refills, follow-up appointments and more is a completely unreliable task management system with no way of tracking if the tasks were actually completed. How much revenue is lost when a referral is missed? Or…
 
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  • New Ebook! Solving Health Systems’ Top 5 Wellness Challenges

    WebMD Health Services
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Click to download the eBook. If you’ve been following our series of infographics on health systems, you know that hospital employees need some serious TLC: Compared to people who work in other industries, they are far more likely to have asthma, depression, and obesity.1 Plus, half of all doctors are burned out,2 and two-thirds of all nurses are disengaged.3 This affects all of us. Not only do we expect hospitals to be at their best 365 days a year, but health systems tend to be among the largest employers in their communities, whether big or small. A medium-size hospital could…
  • Webinar: Easy, Affordable Ways to Fire Up Your Wellness Program in 2015

    WebMD Health Services
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    We’re proud to be a wellness sponsor for Employee Benefits News Web Seminar Week! Debi Muchow, our very own Director of Human Resources, will be leading a webinar on December 18 with wellness experts from L.L. Bean and Holland Hospital on Easy, Affordable Ways to Fire Up Your Wellness Program in 2015. Click to register We know it’s not always easy to keep your program fresh. Coming up with new ideas can be a challenge. In our webinar, we’ll give you tips from the pros and tons of new wellness culture ideas to take you into the new year. Wellness experts Stephanie Harvie,…
  • Infographic: Solving the Health Crisis at Health Systems

    WebMD Health Services
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Lately we’ve been digging deep into data about health systems, in particular the health challenges faced by the people who work there. These are the people we depend on to patch us up and stay calm during our toughest moments. Yet they are 46% more likely to be obese than the general population and 20% more likely to be depressed. This is a problem with far-reaching consequences: About half of all physicians have at least one symptom of burnout, and only one-third of nurses say they feel engaged with their work. Hospital workers spend 9% more on healthcare than the rest of us.
  • Infographic: The High Cost of Disengaged Healthcare Workers

    WebMD Health Services
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    We have the highest respect for hospital employees. Our communities depend on them to be there for us when we need it most. Sadly, people who work at health systems are at a much higher risk for serious health conditions like depression and obesity. And nearly half of all physicians have at least one symptom of burnout. That’s why we’re committed to helping them get healthier and achieve more balanced lives. For health system employees, as with everyone else, the first step toward better health and lower burnout is engagement. And it works! Last year, our client Holland…
  • 5 Tips for Staying Centered During the Holidays

    WebMD Health Services
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Photo by Andrea Westmoreland This week marks the official beginning of the 2014 Holiday Season. For as much as we aim for generosity, brightness, cheer, and family-togetherness, the holidays can be the six most stressful weeks of the year for many. But it doesn’t have to be that way! By planning in advance, knowing your limits, and setting some boundaries, you can take the holidays in stride. 1. This above all: be grateful There’s no better time to cultivate a gratitude habit that lasts all year. Use a journal or an app to help you think about what you’re grateful for every day.
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  • A Happy Healthcare Holiday

    Rich Levin
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    What does healthcare want from Santa this year? Listen in as providers, payers, and patients hop on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want this holiday season and beyond. A Happy Healthcare Holiday from McKesson Want a LARGER VERSION? Click here or click the “View Fullscreen” icon above.
  • Why You Need to Start ICD-10 Testing Right Now

    laurie Tarkan
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    In the latest edition of ICD-10 Watch,  Joshua Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 at RelayHealth Financial, discusses what payers and providers should do now to ensure they’re ready for ICD-10 tomorrow. He advocates end-to-end testing and transparency from payers, so providers who are not being tested can learn from those that are. He also discusses forming partnerships to optimize testing results, and advises providers on what they should be testing. Read the whole column
  • A Tale of Two Communities: How a Payer and a Provider Each Experienced the “Best of Times” with MHS

    Cara Wood
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    How a national general acute care hospital and a national managed health care company each saw the “best of times” with McKesson   Community Health Solutions (payer) and Community Healthcare System (provider) each shared a struggle on how to bring more transparency and information to their care and payment workflows. Automated and robust solutions from McKesson helped them improve the quality and cost of healthcare their organizations provide. The Payer Community Health Solutions: Improving care quality, cost with more robust clinical standards Without a stricter tie to…
  • The Healthcare Exchange You Haven’t Heard About

    laurie Tarkan
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    You can’t discuss healthcare reform without talking about healthcare insurance exchanges. Certainly they play a central role in the Affordable Care Act, and the focus on enrollment has become an annual industry ritual. But there’s another healthcare exchange, centered around molecular diagnostics, that you might not have heard about. Drug Discovery News recently featured it in detail as a commentary by Doug Moeller, MD, Medical Director for McKesson Health Solutions. Dr. Moeller discusses how the number of molecular diagnostic tests is growing faster than payers and…
  • Throw the Forms Away: CMS Relaxes Inpatient Certification

    Cara Wood
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    By Steve Silverstein, MD, FACEP, Vice President, Chief Clinical Architect, McKesson Health Solutions Have you heard the news? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) eliminated the need for two-midnight certifications at the time of inpatient admission as part of updates included in the final Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rule for calendar year 2015, effective January 1. A requirement for certification for prolonged inpatient stays of 20 days or more is also included in the rule but does not affect the now eliminated admission certification requirement. While the…
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  • Credit Card Markets Rebound as U.S. Economy Improves

    insideARM.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    The U.S. credit card market bounced back in the second quarter as the economy improved, according to the American Bankers Association’s December 2014 Credit Card Market Monitor report. The number of new accounts increased and monthly purchase volumes picked up, while the distribution of accounts resumed its shift away from “revolvers” who carry balances month-to-month.
  • CFPB and State AGs Settle with Retailer Over Debt Collection Practices Against Servicemembers

    Patrick Lunsford
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia announced legal action against a retailer that caters to members of the U.S. military, and an affiliated lender and debt collection agency, for using illegal collection tactics against their customers.
  • Debt Collection Agency Launches Website to Help Debtors Get Skinny and Debt Free

    insideARM.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    AmSher, a debt collection agency specializing in Compassionate Collections, announced today that the company has launched SkinnyandDebtFree.com—a website to help people not only get out of debt, but lose weight.
  • Judge Rules that Government Debt is Covered by FDCPA, Forcing Collection Agency to Defend

    Patrick Lunsford
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    A federal judge this week sided with a consumer plaintiff in denying a motion to dismiss an FDCPA class action case. The collection agency defendant argued that the debt did not fall under the FDCPA because it was incurred in a transaction required by law. The case also involves a claim concerning disclosure through a clear envelope window, a recent development that is sure to pop up more frequently.
  • CFPB Sues Texas Company for Sham Credit Card

    insideARM.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, for deceiving consumers into paying fees to sign up for a sham credit card. The Bureau alleges that the company falsely advertises a general-use credit card that, in actuality, can only be used to buy products from the company.
 
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  • User Conference 2014 Rounds Off An Impressive Year For CureMD

    Daniel Schwartz
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    This past month, CureMD hosted its largest and most successful User Conference to date. The 1000+ strong guest list that comprised of clients, health care experts and CureMD partners were hosted by the company’s top brass, client service consultants, IT experts and account managers. During the two-day event, attendees were briefed by industry experts on the latest healthcare developments and requirements via 40+ interactive and informative sessions on topics including ICD-10, Meaningful Use Stage 2, PQRS, ACOs, HIPAA & Health Information Exchange. The guests attentively listened to…
  • Avoid EHR Switching Mistakes To Save Your Practice From Unnecessary Costs

    Nina Keller
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you’re considering taking advantage of the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs and switching over to a more efficient EMR system, a word of caution: though the new implementation will no doubt eventually benefit your practice and allow you to effectively manage the needs of your patients, the initial transition phase can be fraught with challenges (read: headaches). To help you and your staff cope, here are some common mistakes to avoid like the flu. Not ensuring your staff is comfortable If your staff isn’t happy, your business will suffer, which is why it’s really important to…
  • Pain Relief for ICD-10 Transition

    Nina Keller
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    The looming deadline for the ICD-10 transition is causing many headaches, as physicians, who are already facing financial challenges, attempt to navigate their way toward a new code set and avoid any disruptions or loss in reimbursements. The scope of this transition has overwhelmed and crippled many small- and medium-sized practices, and has led many to procrastinate. But time is running out. Come October 1, 2015, those practices who fail to submit claims using the new code sets will lose revenue, and there’s no pill or capsule that will make that pain go away. While physicians can no…
  • EHRs and Pay-for-Performance: The way forward for Primary Care?

    Daniel Schwartz
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Despite working for more hours and seeing more patients, Primary Care physicians struggle to earn even close to what other specialists such as cardiologists, urologists and orthopedic doctors do. However, the introduction of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and the talk of an industry-wide shift towards the pay-for-performance model in the coming years have begun to stir up winds of change. Ever since the Affordable Care Act of 2009, EHRs have been in the headlines of the healthcare industry. By now you probably know that questioning the need for such systems is redundant as they’re here…
  • 11 indicators that you need a new EHR

    Daniel Schwartz
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Often so deeply immersed in looking for ways to make their practice more efficient, physicians sometimes fail to see the most obvious hurdle preventing this very process from occurring; their EHR. If your Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution is not up to the mark, you might be losing out on precious profits, and incurring costs that you can easily overcome. However, physicians have identified numerous ways to identify that you need to replace your EHR. Here are 11 of those ways: Sources EHR Software Buyer View 2014 by Software Advice Survey administered by MPI Group for Medical Economics…
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  • Remote-controlled Patients

    Scott Frederick
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Internet of Things permeates every aspect of our lives, including medical devices. There are tremendous benefits for patients, their providers and society as a whole. These benefits include: Earlier detection of complications or worsening of health status Assessment of the efficacy of treatment plans Reduced costs Increased productivity through improved population health With increased connectivity comes increased risk. Some risks are perceived and others are very real. There was quite a bit of hullabaloo around Y2K and the anticipation of the chaos that was supposed to come at 23:59:59,…
  • What to Look for in the Healthcare IT Workforce

    David Karabinos
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The good folks at the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology asked me to respond to some key questions they have regarding developing and retaining Health IT workers in the state of Georgia. Here’s a short summary of what I think about Georgia healthcare IT workforce readiness. When hiring Healthcare IT workers, what type of experience does your company need most? PointClear primarily hires highly experienced software Architects/Developers, User Experience professionals, Clinical Business Analysts, and Project Managers as consultants to work for our clients developing world-class…
  • Change Orders In Scrum?

    Nathan Jones
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    One ongoing challenge software development consulting companies face is how to manage a variable scope inherent in an Agile Scrum development project against expectations of managing cost and time.  It certainly goes back to the old adage that we do things three ways – great, fast, and cheap – you can pick two.  If it is great and fast, it will not be cheap.  If it is great and cheap, it will not be fast.  If it is fast and cheap, it will not be great.  Free of course is never an option. So, how do we deliver a great product with continued input from all stakeholders at a predictable…
  • Patient Engagement & Meaningful Use

    Beth Hurter
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a recently published article on Meaningful Use Patient Engagement, several C-Level hospital executives respond to the low attestation numbers for Meaningful Use use Stage 2 (only 78 hospitals as of August 1), stating several reasons for the low numbers, one of which is the struggle with meeting the patient engagement core measures. They even go so far as to suggest that patient engagement should not be a core requirement for meaningful use attestation. Patient Engagement is an important aspect of medical care, allowing the patient to become a member of their care team, not the object of…
  • More Evidence: Shift to mobile apps?

    David Karabinos
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    MobiHealth News A recent MobiHealth News article validates my opinion that corporate America will continue to shift IT spending from large web and enterprise apps to mobile app development. The primary reason is that innovation can actually accelerate by investing in smaller amounts and failing faster. Turn this model over and over, and innovation with results will come faster. It doesn’t mean the death of web apps, but it certainly is a harbinger of things to come. The post More Evidence: Shift to mobile apps? appeared first on PointClear Solutions Blog.
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  • Digital Pathology System Implementation Part 2: Managing the Process

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    In a previous blog post, we shared key steps to a successful digital pathology system implementation. This is the second article of a two-part series designed to assist you in managing the whole process.
  • Key Steps to a Successful Digital Pathology System Implementation

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    A successful digital pathology system implementation depends upon careful planning and commitment. Most pathologists are hesitant to move from the gold standard of glass slides to a digital image-based platform. Today, however, whole-slide scanners can provide high quality images that allow pathologists increased flexibility for case management and collaboration with other pathologists. As the technology continues to grow, digital pathology will soon become the new gold standard. 
  • How Many Doctors Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Change? Why would we want to do that?   In 1993, George Halvorsan, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente from 2002-2013, wrote in his book Strong Medicine:   "Rather than taking an overall leadership role in the continuous improvement of the health care delivery system, too many medical professionals either ignore the problems of the system in order to concentrate in their own specific practices or focus their energies and talents on protecting the status quo."  
  • Managing Your Risk

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    All the recent news about Ebola has likely left no laboratorian unscathed in terms of preparing for the worst – caring for a suspected or confirmed case of the disease - and the necessary laboratory procedures, equipment, disposal and personal protective equipment to consider.  Many of us are likely considering these issues for the first time, or revisiting them if you are one of us who lived through the anthrax attacks of September, 2001. Lab readiness - from safety hoods, to training and resources, have all been called into question. Realistically, most of us do not have the…
  • The Digitization and Democratization of Healthcare

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Two weeks ago, healthcare news headlines and Twitter made hundreds of thousands of references to Dr. Eric Topol’s keynote address at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 conference. For a review of Dr. Topol’s thoughts and comments, click here.  
 
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  • Happy Holidays – 2014

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Have a wonderful holiday season and wishing you the best for 2014! Cet article Happy Holidays – 2014 est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Interface Engine Selection: Reducing Migration Risk

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    New interface selection: a big decision Is your team selecting a new interface engine? If so, you’re in good company. With DataGate/eGate and eBiz at the end-of-life mark, many hospitals and health systems are faced with major conversion and migration decisions. The engines they have in place now are responsible for the flow and orchestration of financial, administrative, and clinical data. They can’t afford to disrupt their current capabilities. And the smartest organizations are working to expand their interoperability. This leaves hospitals [...] Cet article Interface Engine Selection:…
  • 5 key interface lifecycle concepts

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last week, we talked about how you can do more with less by applying a lifecycle approach  to your interface and interoperability work. By managing the lifecycle (instead of developing via trial and error), you’re able to forecast timelines, resources, and costs with more accuracy – and better outcomes and margins. Start by getting a firm grasp on the key interface lifecycle concepts behind interface lifecycle management. This post will give you a solid foundation. HL7 requirements You need requirements thinking to build [...] Cet article 5 key interface lifecycle concepts est apparu en…
  • Interface lifecycle management: do more with less

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Caristix White Paper: HL7 Integration: From Trial and Error to Predictable Project Outcomes and Margins If you’re responsible for interfacing within a hospital system, a consulting organization, or an HIE, you know one thing: you need to do more with less. With EHR implementations slowing down, the big HIT implementation budgets are drying up. But so much of the promise and value of those systems is tied to interoperability and data exchange, and you’re still accountable for delivering those capabilities. [...] Cet article Interface lifecycle management: do more with less est apparu…
  • What the data in HL7 messages can tell you

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    You already know that HL7 messages are a rich source of actionable insight about your clinical and financial operations. To get to that insight, start by inspecting, analyzing and querying your messages. You can do this manually via text editors and their basic search features. Or you can check out Caristix software. Here are some HL7 message inspection and analysis tutorials to get you started using Caristix Pinpoint software. And get your data working for you. Download Pinpoint To use these tutorials, [...] Cet article What the data in HL7 messages can tell you est apparu en premier sur…
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  • Top 4 Challenges Healthcare Faced in 2014 and What To Learn from Them

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We've compiled a roundup of this year's biggest healthcare news. As the popular adage goes, "those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it", so take the time to be re-acquainted with what has come to pass, and equip yourselves for the new year ahead.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    It shouldn’t be any surprise that this healthcare round up focuses on healthcare in the future, and how to safeguard it for data security. Are you excited for how next year turns out? Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding Healthcare.
  • Healthcare Providers Progressively Favor Outsourcing

    Infinit Healthcare
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    It's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the many benefits that outsourcing provides to the healthcare industry, most notably the reduction in overhead spending.
  • How Big Data is Reshaping Healthcare

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Big data is transforming healthcare in terms of providing better customer experiences at lower costs. It likewise provides valuable insights on patients’ health, diseases and treatments, which changes the way the industry works.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 16 – 22, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    What does the future hold for healthcare? We saw a glimpse of the incoming years with the articles we have today, and we are extremely excited for the future. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding healthcare.
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  • Give Your Elderly Parents the Quality Home Care They Deserve!

    Mohammed Lone
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    We all know that there comes a time when our loving parents or family loved ones become older and frail. They require more attention, more companionship and more importantly – quality health care that they need. Often, we may find ourselves torn between numerous important tasks that require our focus and concentration. With Precision Home Health Care, your senior parent(s) will get the proper care they need and deserve! Whether your parent has Cardio-Respiratory ailments or Alzheimer or Dementia; Precision Home Health Care has a team of qualified and skilled professionals to assist your…
  • Learn How Assisted Living Assistants Help Patients Suffering From Alzheimer’s

    Mohammed Lone
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Alzheimer’s is a chronic and progressive disease that leaves its victims completely dependent upon others for help with nearly all of their day-to-day tasks. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, over 5 million people in the United States are currently affected by the disease. In fact, one in nine Americans over the age of 65 (a whopping 11 percent) has Alzheimer’s. Most of the time the care and support of Alzheimer’s victims falls on their immediate family members. Indeed, the Alzheimer’s…
  • Senior Care – 4 Alternatives – Options to Go Along With

    Mohammed Lone
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
  • Senior and Elderly Home Health Care Services in Harrisburg & Chambersburg

    Mohammed Lone
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Many seniors living in the United States need some type of special elderly health care but do not require comprehensive 24/7 support from a senior living facility. Instead, they prefer to get what help they need from a caregiver while still living at home and remaining as independent lifestyle. For many people, in-home senior health care is a great option. It gives seniors the care and support they need while giving their families and loved ones the peace of mind that their senior is being well taken care of. It is a great way for seniors to retain their independence and for their family…
  • Precision Offers an Alternative to Senior Living Facilities

    Mohammed Lone
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pottsville 27th October 2014 – When seniors reach the phase in their lives when a measure of health care is needed to carry on with day to day lives, people charged with making sure they receive the proper level of care may automatically turn to some sort of senior living facility such as an assisted living residence or a nursing home. However, home health care services such as the ones that are offered by Precision HHC offers an alternative senior living facilities – one that provides seniors with the care that they need in a comfortable environment. What…
 
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  • Study: 41% of Home Caregivers Use A Digital Health Device

    Jasmine Pennic
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
      41 percent of caregivers in U.S. broadband households currently use a digital health device as part of their caregiving routine, including 8 percent who use online tools to coordinate their efforts, according to recent research from Parks Associates.  The research firm’s latest report, 360 View: Health Devices and Services for Connected Consumers 2014 analyzes multiple consumer surveys, including a 2Q 2014 survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, to analyze consumer health and wellness behaviors, calculate market potential for digital health solutions, and evaluate business…
  • HIMSS Analytics Honors Lancaster General Health With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

    HITC Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    HIMSS Analytics awarded Lancaster General Health (LGH), in Lancaster, Pa., with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award represents Lancaster General Health’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model™ (EMRAM) for both its hospital and physician practices. Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EMR adoption and indicates a…
  • Patient Portal Adoption: Baby Boomers vs. Millennials Infographic

    HITC Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In its annual survey on the usage of electronic health records, Xerox found many Americans are open to getting medical records online if given instruction on how to obtain access by their medical providers.  Based on requirements set out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers can earn Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 federal incentives if they demonstrate that five percent of patients are using secure portals to view, download and transmit their health information. Although less than 720 hospitals have met MU Stage 2 requirements[1] so far, the survey shows an appetite…
  • First Opinion Raises $6M To Expand Its Text-A-Doctor App

    Fred Pennic
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    First Opinion, an iOS mobile app that provides users remote personal health consultations with physicians, today announced a $6 million series A funding round led by Polaris Partners and existing Investors True Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and Monashees Capital.  Studies from the American Medical Association show that roughly 1 billion doctor visits occur each year in the United States, and of those, 70 percent are unnecessary and could be avoided by consulting with a physician by phone, email or text. First Opinion offers an alternative to the time and cost associated with…
  • LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon Offers Telehealth Visits To Members

    HITC Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
      LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon announced it will offer telehealth visits via Teladoc physicians to its members for the purpose of diagnosis, prevention, health advice, disease management and treatment starting starting next year. Effective January 1, 2015, virtual care will be a component of LifeWise’s healthcare delivery system and will be available as a covered benefit to all members. Telehealth Visits Overview Telehealth LifeWise members will have access to telehealth services through two types of healthcare provider channels. Members can receive virtual care through their…
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