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  • Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Self-monitoring by patients with hypertension led to a drop in blood-pressure levels over the course of a year, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.read more
  • Encryption at rest and encryption in transit for HIPAA compliance are not easy questions to answer

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Given the number of breaches we’ve seen this Summer at healthcare institutions, I’ve just spent a ton of time recently on several engineering engagements looking at “HIPAA compliant” encryption (HIPAA compliance is in quotes since it’s generally meaningless). Since I’ve heard a number of developers say “we’re HIPAA compliant because we encrypt our data” I wanted to take a moment to unbundle that statement and make sure we all understand what that means. Cryptology in general and encryption specifically are difficult to accomplish;…
  • Morning Headlines 9/1/14

    HIStalk
    Lt. Dan
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014 CMS publishes a final rule that will delay the start of MU Stage 3 until 2017, but does little to help providers and hospitals still struggling to meet Stage 2 requirements. Hundreds of blood tests to be re-checked after computer crash at hospital In Ireland, Cork University Hospital will have to redraw and rerun hundreds of blood tests after an IT failure leads to the loss of the original test results. More Data to Be Withheld from Database of Physician Payments CMS reports that additional data will be withheld from the…
  • EHRs and patient safety

    Meaningful HIT News
    Neil Versel
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you wonder where I’ve been, I’ve, for one thing, been blogging a bit for (very little) pay over at Forbes.com and writing a lengthy cover story for the September issue of Healthcare IT News. The Healthcare IT News piece actually breaks down into a fairly short lead story and several sidebars, which aren’t all that evident from the traditional Web version. (The digital edition has everything.) For the sake of convenience, here are links to all elements of the cover package: Main story: “Patient safety in the balance: Questions mount about EHRs and a wide range of…
  • Inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium

    Medical Connectivity
    Tim Gee
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Clinical alarm safety can be hard to achieve, and once attained, a struggle to maintain. There are so many challenges: False/positive and non-actionable alarms; Optimizing default alarm limits across patient populations and for individual patients; Spread out nursing units with high patient-to-nurse ratios; Numerous alarm notification methods – audible signal amplification, monitor techs and alarm notification systems; And the constant threat of complacency and alarm fatigue. The inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium, November 20-21, 2014, will delve into these issues and more to…
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates

    Dan Bowman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Self-monitoring by patients with hypertension led to a drop in blood-pressure levels over the course of a year, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.read more
  • Rounds important to health IT leadership success

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    When it comes to being a successful IT leader in any industry, including healthcare, it is important to "go to the 'gemba,'" says Sue Schade, CIO at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.read more
  • CMS Open Payments database: Exclusions mount

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    More data is expected to be withheld when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, launches to the public, ProPublica reports.read more
  • HIPAA business associate agreement deadline looms large for healthcare entities

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    A final deadline for the HIPAA Omnibus rule is quickly approaching in which healthcare organizations must make sure business associate agreements are revised and ready by Sept. 22.read more
  • ONC advisers pinpoint HIE problems

    Dan Bowman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.read more
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Encryption at rest and encryption in transit for HIPAA compliance are not easy questions to answer

    Shahid N. Shah
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Given the number of breaches we’ve seen this Summer at healthcare institutions, I’ve just spent a ton of time recently on several engineering engagements looking at “HIPAA compliant” encryption (HIPAA compliance is in quotes since it’s generally meaningless). Since I’ve heard a number of developers say “we’re HIPAA compliant because we encrypt our data” I wanted to take a moment to unbundle that statement and make sure we all understand what that means. Cryptology in general and encryption specifically are difficult to accomplish;…
  • How to tackle vague requirements in health IT and medical device software using fuzzy logic and storytelling

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These days it’s pretty easy to build almost any kind of software you can imagine — what’s really hard, though, is figuring out what to build. As I work on complex software systems in government, medical devices, healthcare IT, and biomedical IT I find that tackling vague requirements is one of the most pervasive and difficult problems to solve. Even the most experienced developers have a hard time building something that has not been defined well for them; a disciplined software requirements engineering approach is necessary, especially in safety critical systems. One of…
  • Learn how to operationalize new health IT wisdom at HealthIMPACT Midwest in Chicago on September 8

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Our vision of providing a series of packed one day events focused on practical, relevant, and actionable health IT advice were very well received in Houston, NYC, and Santa Monica earlier this year. Our next event is in Chicago and we’re going to continue to eschew canned PowerPoint decks which limit conversations and instead deliver on the implications of major trends and operationalizable advice about where to successfully apply IT in healthcare settings. As usual, the blind promotion of tech hype is going to be replaced with and actionable insights that can be put to immediate…
  • To improve patient satisfaction, hospital supply chain units need better IT and next generation technology

    Shahid N. Shah
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I’ve been looking at hospital supply chain automation and the IT surrounding it for a number of years now. Starting with Cardinal Health but then moving on to help a number of other vendors in the space, I’ve felt that there’s not been enough next-generation tech being applied to the low margin, high volume business of hospital supply management. Hospitals often spend tens of millions of dollars on EHRs and other IT systems that have little direct cost reduction capability but they ignore, often at their peril, supply management systems that can save immediate…
  • Guest Article: OLAP remains a great healthcare analytics architecture, even in the Big Data era

    Shahid N. Shah
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    I’ve been getting many questions these days about big data tools and solutions, especially their role in healthcare analytics. I think that unless you’re doing large scale analysis of biomedical data such as genomics, it’s probably best to stick with traditional tried and true analytics tools. Online Analytics Processing (OLAP) can be invaluable for medical facilities to use when interpreting data and health informatics because most of that data is in relational, key-value, or hiearchical databases (such as MUMPS). I reached out to Ron Vatalaro, who works with the…
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 9/1/14

    Lt. Dan
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014 CMS publishes a final rule that will delay the start of MU Stage 3 until 2017, but does little to help providers and hospitals still struggling to meet Stage 2 requirements. Hundreds of blood tests to be re-checked after computer crash at hospital In Ireland, Cork University Hospital will have to redraw and rerun hundreds of blood tests after an IT failure leads to the loss of the original test results. More Data to Be Withheld from Database of Physician Payments CMS reports that additional data will be withheld from the…
  • Monday Morning Update 9/1/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Top News   CMS basically kills the comatose Meaningful Use program by publishing a rule that leaves the 365-day attestation period for 2015 unchanged, meaning hospitals must be ready to start in the next four weeks. The rule, released late in the afternoon of a Friday holiday weekend, ignores widespread recommendations to allow providers to attest for any three-month quarter of the year. The only benefit to providers is that Stage 3 is moved back a year to January 2017 and an extension of time for using 2011 CEHRT. The program has gotten so complex that I’m not sure anyone really…
  • Morning Headlines 8/29/14

    Lt. Dan
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Apple prohibits HealthKit app developers from selling health data Apple has updated its privacy policy to prohibit developers that connect to its HealthKit API from selling health data to marketers. The announcement comes on the heels of rumors that Apple will finally unveil the iWatch during its upcoming September 9 marketing event. Google’s Smith Is Top Candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer The VP of Google’s secretive X labs is rumored to be a top candidate for next US CTO position, replacing Todd Park who recently announced that he would be moving on. Greenway Collaborates with…
  • News 8/29/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Top News Apple updates its privacy policy to prohibit companies whose apps connect to its HealthKit platform from selling user data to marketing firms. The change comes just ahead of the expected announcement of new health-related iOS 8 capabilities, including Apple’s Health app. Deborah Peel, MD of Patient Privacy Rights reacted to the announcement by saying, “If Apple is really doing this, if they’re really saying to developers that you can only use the data for the specific purpose that app provides the user and that they can not share the data with anyone else without informed…
  • Morning Headlines 8/28/14

    Lt. Dan
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    Medtronic Buys NGC Medical To Expand Hospital-Services Offerings Medtronic acquires Italian-based hospital services firm NGC Medical for $350 million. NGC Medical will be integrated into Medtronic’s hospital managed-services business. Federal auditors sought documents related to troubled Md. health exchange launch Auditos from HHS’s Office of the Inspector General are investigating the now fired Noridian Healthcare Solutions over fraud allegations surrounding the failed health insurance exchange it was contracted to develop for Maryland. NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • EHRs and patient safety

    Neil Versel
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you wonder where I’ve been, I’ve, for one thing, been blogging a bit for (very little) pay over at Forbes.com and writing a lengthy cover story for the September issue of Healthcare IT News. The Healthcare IT News piece actually breaks down into a fairly short lead story and several sidebars, which aren’t all that evident from the traditional Web version. (The digital edition has everything.) For the sake of convenience, here are links to all elements of the cover package: Main story: “Patient safety in the balance: Questions mount about EHRs and a wide range of…
  • Cerner to buy Siemens health IT business for $1.3B

    Neil Versel
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The next round of health IT consolidation is on. Today, Cerner confirmed the rumor that had been swirling for a couple of weeks, that it will acquire Siemens Health Services, the health IT business of Siemens AG, for $1.3 billion in cash. Cerner and Siemens also announced a strategic alliance to, according to the press release, ” jointly invest in innovative projects that integrate health IT with medical technologies for the purpose of enhancing workflows and improving clinical outcomes.” Each company will commit as much as $50 million to the alliance over the next three years,…
  • Colbert pokes fun at Fitbit and other digital trackers

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

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

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

  • Inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium

    Tim Gee
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Clinical alarm safety can be hard to achieve, and once attained, a struggle to maintain. There are so many challenges: False/positive and non-actionable alarms; Optimizing default alarm limits across patient populations and for individual patients; Spread out nursing units with high patient-to-nurse ratios; Numerous alarm notification methods – audible signal amplification, monitor techs and alarm notification systems; And the constant threat of complacency and alarm fatigue. The inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium, November 20-21, 2014, will delve into these issues and more to…
  • Interview with Jim Welch, EVP, Sotera Wireless

    Tim Gee
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    This interview is with a long established thought leader in patient monitoring and alarm notification, Jim Welch. Jim has demonstrated a knack for bringing a fresh approach to long-term persistent problems in monitoring, nursing vigilance and patient care. At Sotera Wireless, Jim’s had a chance to re-imagine patient monitoring in low acuity settings with predictably innovative results. At the AAMI 2014 conference, I had the opportunity to attend the breakfast symposium where Jim presented, Transforming Care in Non-ICU Settings through Disruptive Continuous Monitoring Technology. The…
  • Messaging Middleware Growth Strategies

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

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

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

  • Medical image archiving in the cloud? Consider the 4 S’s

    hlthblog
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    One of the most compelling arguments for storing digital data in the cloud is medical imaging. It is estimated that data from medical imaging (digital x-rays, CT, MRI, PET scans, etc.) already accounts for about 30 percent of the world’s total data storage...(read more)
  • The second wave is coming. Will your EMR make the grade?

    hlthblog
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    As I noted in last week’s post, I’ve recently returned from a Healthcare Executive Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by McKesson . Among some of the other invited keynote speakers at the event was Adam Gale, CEO of KLAS . For those of you...(read more)
  • Healthcare leaders navigate tectonic changes but must never lose sight of caring and hope in human healing

    hlthblog
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The past few days I’ve been in the nation’s capital with senior healthcare executives from some of America’s largest and best known hospital systems and clinics. I was honored to be asked by the event sponsor, McKesson , to deliver a keynote address to...(read more)
  • Better Health IT. Is sending docs to tech school the answer?

    hlthblog
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    An article in Information Week caught my eye this morning. It reviews a new program offered by Texas A&M with support from Dell to help medical students and other healthcare professionals “come to terms with  the ways technology is changing their...(read more)
  • A Windows 8 app for telemedicine by the numbers

    hlthblog
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    You know, and I know, there’s nothing especially new or exciting about telemedicine. From a technology standpoint, the capability to care for patients remotely via “telemedicine” has been around practically since the invention of television. What has...(read more)
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    Lab Soft News

  • Technology, Lower Reimbursements Reduce Number of Radiology Positions

    Bruce Friedman
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I have blogged before about the shrinking residency and job opportunities in radiology (see: Job Prospects Dimming for Residents in Radiology; Defining the Underlying Problems; Radiology Jobs Trend Downward; Blame Technology and Reimbursement). Also see this: Job Prospects Are Dimming for Radiology Trainees. This seems to be the result of a number of factors including: (1) incumbent radiologists are able to work more efficiently due to RIS/PACS support; (2) some radiologists have reportedly postponed their retirement due to the financial downturn in 2008; (3) teleradiology enabled some…
  • Hospital M&A Costs Boosted by IT Integration; A Note of Caution about Mergers

    Bruce Friedman
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    During my early years in pathology informatics, I was constantly reminded of the challenge of two hospitals merging with different LISs. The problem was usually resolved in one of two ways. The first was that the two merged hospitals continued to operate the their two different LISs but with some makeshift attempt to view lab results across the two institutions. The second and more common approach was to rip out one of the LISs and replace it with the brand running in the other. All of these previous problems of IT integration are now compounded in this era of complex and expensive EHRs.
  • Pfizer and 23andMe Collaborate to Study Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Bruce Friedman
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Lab industry observers have long suggested that that the 23andMe business model ultimately involved selling anonymized client genomic data to the deep-pockets pharmaceutical industry (see: 23andMe as an Example of "Big Bang" Market Disruption; 23andMe Builds Online Sarcoma Research Community). This model required abundant capital up-front to attract clients with a relatively low lab testing cost. At some point, it's even possible for these costs to drop to zero but this might arouse suspicion and reveal more about the business model than was necessary. At any rate, a…
  • Population Health Management; Software Designed to Support ACOs

    Bruce Friedman
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Chilmark Research blog had this to say about Cerner's recently announced acquisition of Siemens' EHR (see: Big Fish Swallows Another – Will it Choke?): Much of that future value is likely found in Cerner’s rapidly growing PHM activities (HealtheIntent). One of our analysts just came back from Cerner’s PHM Summit last week and was truly impressed with how aggressive Cerner is moving on this front. There is a huge untapped PHM market among existing Cerner clients and now Siemens clients – potentially huge up-sell opportunities if Cerner does it right. John's slant…
  • Charges for Blood Tests in California Hospitals Show Wide Variation

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    A recent article reported the results of a study showing wide variation in the cost of lab testing in California hospitals (see: Charges for 10 common blood tests at California hospitals). This is not news to anyone involved in the management of clinical laboratories. Below is an excerpt from the article: Researchers studied charges for a variety of tests at 160 to 180 California hospitals in 2011 and found a huge variation in prices. The average charge for a basic metabolic panel, which measures sodium, potassium and glucose levels, among other indicators, was $214. But hospitals charged…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • 4 Health IT and EHR Blogs

    John Lynn
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    As most of you know, I’ve been regularly trying to feature other Health IT and EHR bloggers out there. A lot of them are creating some really great content and I’m always happy when there are more smart people joining in on the healthcare IT conversation. I hope you enjoy discovering some new blogs that might help you in your work. Meaningful Health IT News – This is Neil Versel’s healthcare IT blog. Neil is the most prolific healthcare IT journalist out there having written for pretty much every healthcare IT publication over the past couple decades. I’ve…
  • OCR Fines Are the Least of Your Worries in a HIPAA Related Breach

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Art Gross, Founder of HIPAA Secure Now!. Ask any medical professional about their biggest concern for protecting patient information and they will probably tell you about the threat of a random audit conducted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is tasked with enforcing HIPAA regulations and has the ability to hand out fines up to $1.5 million per violation for a HIPAA breach and failing to comply with HIPAA regulations. With recent fines of $4.8 million handed out to New York and Presbyterian Hospital and $1.7 million fine to Concentra Health…
  • Healthcare IT Career Resources

    John Lynn
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    About 10 months ago, we added Healthcare IT Central to the Healthcare Scene family of healthcare IT websites. It’s been a really amazing addition to the network and I’ve been amazed at the thousands of people that have been able to find health IT jobs thanks to Healthcare IT Central. I love blogging because you get the direct interaction with readers, but there’s a really amazing feeling that comes when you play some small role in helping someone find a job. The other great part about the addition of Healthcare IT Central is the related Healthcare IT Today career blog. If…
  • Can a Client Server EHR Provide All the Same Benefits of Cloud EHR?

    John Lynn
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    One of the most popular battles discussions we’ve had on this site since the beginning is around client server EHR software versus cloud EHR software. It’s a really interesting discussion and much like our US political system, most people fall into one camp or the other and like to see the world from whatever ideology their company approaches. The reality I’ve found is that there are pros and cons to each side. Certainly cloud has won out in most industries, but there are some compelling reasons why cloud hasn’t taken hold in many parts of healthcare. With that in…
  • Where is Voice Recognition in EHR Headed?

    John Lynn
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I’ve long been interested in voice recognition together with EHR software. In many ways it just makes sense to use voice recognition in healthcare. There was so much dictation in healthcare, that you’d think that the move to voice recognition would be the obvious move. The reality however has been quite different. There are those who love voice recognition and those who’ve hated it. One of the major problems with voice recognition is how you integrate the popular EHR template documentation methods with voice. Sure, almost every EHR vendor can do free text boxes as well, but…
 
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    Medgadget

  • CanGaroo ECM Envelope Bioscaffold Holds Cardiac Implants, Turns Into Vascularized Tissue

    Editors
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Implantation of medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can cause significant damage to nearby tissue, while afterwards the implants can move around, causing more problems. CorMatrix, a company that develops novel biomaterials, has developed and implanted in a patient for the first time a special bioscaffold that holds the cardiac device while providing a welcoming environment for the body’s own tissue to grow around. The CanGaroo ECM Envelope supports and reinforces the pocket within which the electronic implant is placed. It matches shape of the implant, does not…
  • Hansen Medical Magellan Transport System

    Editors
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Hansen Medical has received the final clearance necessary from the FDA to introduce the Magellan Transport System for its Magellan robotic arm. The device allows a single clinician to move the robotic arm, which is used for intravascular navigation and placement of tools, between different cath labs. The hope is that a single robotic system can be shared by more than one doctor, allowing a hospital to get more use out of the investment while allowing a greater variety of procedures to be completed in one facility. The Transport System has a hydraulic lift pedal which helps to level the…
  • Masimo rainbow DCI-mini Hemoglobin Spot-Check Sensor Cleared in Europe, Japan

    Editors
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Masimo has received European and Japanese regulatory approvals to introduce the rainbow DCI-mini non-invasive hemoglobin (SpHb) sensor. Intended for infants and small kids weighing 3 to 30 kg (6.6 lbs to 66 lbs), the sensor connects to Masimo’s Pronto monitor that displays the readings. Finger sensors for hemoglobin have only been available for patients 10 kg (22 lbs) and larger, making catching anemia difficult in small kids without the drama of drawing blood. The DCI-mini is clipped onto to a child’s finger, or a toe on smaller kids, and provides spot-check readings at any…
  • FDA Clears SHILLA Growth Guidance System for Children with Severe Scoliosis

    Editors
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Children with early onset scoliosis can have a few difficult years growing up, as regularly scheduled surgeries are necessary to adjust the spine to keep up with growth. Dr. Richard McCarthy, an ortho surgeon at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has invented a system that can help avoid many such periodic procedures. Medtronic, which has developed the idea into a real product, just announced that the SHILLA Growth Guidance System has been FDA cleared and is being launched to the U.S. market. It’s intended for children under 10 years of…
  • Smartphone App May Detect Neonatal Jaundice

    Wouter Stomp
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Engineers and physicians at the University of Washington have developed an app called BiliCam that can detect jaundice in newborns using just a smartphone’s camera and flash plus a color calibration card the size of a business card. Jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the skin resulting from an excess amount of bilirubin in the blood. Severe jaundice can cause kernicterus and brain damage. The app is meant to be used by either parents or healthcare providers as a screening tool to help in deciding when a blood test is needed, in the first few days after birth. The app works by…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Out Of Site Visits

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Because one of our sites has decided to replace some generations-old equipment, I had the joy of going on two site visits over the past couple of weeks. Both were sponsored by BIG NAMES, and both fell rather short. Which prompts me to examine the entire concept of the site visit.In brief, the site needs two quite different pieces of equipment, both sold by the BIG VENDORS in question. Both teams got only half of it right, one showing us the first, and one showing us the second. Both seemed to be a little oblivious to the fact that we needed one of each. My recommendation at this point is to…
  • "Speaking Truth To Crap"

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Dalai's note: This piece is reprinted from today's American Thinker. It is one of the most eloquent, heartfelt, and most importantly, ACCURATE renditions of the Mideast situation today. It is a long essay, but well worth your time. Know the history. Know the TRUTH.Speaking Truth to CrapBy Dan GordonI've been home from participating in Operation Protective Edge for about a week. I am in uniform no more, though I still wear my dog tags in solidarity with my brothers in arms, who, like all citizens of Israel, await the outcome of cease-fire talks in Cairo. Because we never wanted this war. It…
  • Sensitivity Or Specificity? Which Would YOU Prefer?

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    A typical day at work...from I Love Lucy, first aired September 15, 1952There are days when the grind feels a lot like Lucy's candy factory as seen in the clip above. But the beat goes on, the images keep coming, and they have to be read. As one of my professors used to say, "Miss 'em slow, or miss 'em fast, boys!" Of course, that was a joke. Of course it was. Definitely.You probably know the difference between sensitivity and specificity. In essence, sensitivity is the percentage of the time you find something that is actually present. Specificity is the percentage of the time you don't find…
  • Dalai The Glasshole

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    We've all heard the hype about Google Glass, but bleeding-edger though I am, I have not yet succumbed to the pressure to invest $1,500 in the future of the future. Fortunately, a friend in the healthcare software business has allowed me to borrow his for a prolonged trial. My conclusion? Nice first effort, Google, but it needs some work.I'm not going to attempt a full review of Glass, nor will I dabble in the discussions about privacy and so forth. That's all been done many, many times out there on the web, by folks much more eloquent than I. On the privacy issue, my only real concern would…
  • Bony GIF's

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Just in time for Halloween, here are some motion GIF's demonstrating function of various joints.As reported in the Daily Mail,They were created by San Francisco-based designer Cameron Drake for his client Weiss Orthopedics. Mr Drake began by uploading the raw footage to a video editor and trimming the clips so they revealed the precise motions made by the joints. He then removed the individual patient details using Photoshop. Once the clips were selected, Mr Drake duplicated the frames so they played on a loop. 'This was an excitement in and of itself as there is not much like it on the web…
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01st September, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentThe review of the NBN and what will now apparently be delivered, as far as broadband is concerned, to a waiting populace. It is a compromise but seems as though it might just deliver some useful improvement reasonably quickly. As always it seems, time will tell!Otherwise the consultation period on the…
  • So What Happens Next Now The Consultation On The PCEHR Review Has Finished?

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Regular readers will be aware that over approximately the last 2 months Deloitte has been assisting DoH in consulting stakeholders on the PCEHR as produced by the Royle Committee the report of which was released in May.There is a link discussing all this here:http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/deloittes-have-been-engaged-to-consult.htmlAbout a month ago we had the astonishingly botched release of an online survey for the public and others (vendors and clinicians) to respond to. You can read about all that…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 233 – Results – 31st August, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The NEHTA Leadership Should Be Held Accountable For The Slow Progress In E-Health Over Almost The Last Decade? For Sure 48% (79) Possibly 34% (56) Neutral 6% (10) Probably Not 5% (8) No Way 4% (7) I Have No Idea 2% (3) Total votes: 163 This is a clear cut outcome. The readers of this blog largely believe NEHTA has failed and needs major change. Again, many, many thanks to the many that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 30th August, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----http://www.voanews.com/content/new-technology-gives-surgeons-unprecedented-views-of-patients-bodies/2424474.htmlNew Technology Gives Surgeons Unprecedented Views of Patients’ Bodies by George Putic When could a video game possibly save your life?  A new imaging technology, now being used at Methodist Hospital in…
  • Another Example Of Definite Success In The Use Of EHR. Basic Medication Management Really Making A Difference.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a little while ago:Meaningful use medication measures reduce ADEs by 35%Author Name Jennifer Bresnick   |   Date August 18, 2014   |   Hospitals that adopt all five of the core medication management measures inherent in meaningful use experience fewer adverse drug events (ADEs), says a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reducing the number of patient safety errors by more than one third.  The use of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) technology, decision support systems that check for drug and allergy interactions,…
 
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  • Brain-Like Chip With 4000 Processor Cores

    Bob
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    IBM Unveils a ‘Brain-Like’ Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores. The TrueNorth chip mimics 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses that IBM calls “spiking neurons.” …the chip can encode data as patterns of pulses, which is similar to one of the many ways neuroscientists think the brain stores information. IBM Research: Neurosynaptic chips provides more information on the low power system architecture and potential applications: This is similar to Qualcomm’s Brain-Inspired Computing effort.
  • Connectivity Standards

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

    Bob
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The reality of healthcare interoperabilty is going mainstream: Apple Launches HealthKit To Share Vital Stats With Nike, Mayo Clinic: The problem Apple will run into: No one agrees on how to measure even very simple health metrics, … TL;DR:  iOS 7.1 to iOS 8.0 API Differences (search for ‘HealthKit’ on the page). UPDATE (8/18/14);  Apple – iOS 8 – Health
  • FDASIA Health IT Report

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

    Bob
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is a good read: Healthcare Innovation Day 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System (warning: PDF). Healthcare is the one industry that’s been the slowest to adopt the intelligent methods we have in most other parts of our lives. How did the communications revolution that transformed industries such as banking, entertainment and telecom somehow leave healthcare behind? Great question! Here’s the ‘Call to Action’ list: Recognize that the lack of interoperability is a crisis and advocate for rapid change. Frame the interoperability problem correctly:…
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  • Impact of EHR and Technology on Nurses’ Wellbeing Infographic

    John Lynn
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Who doesn’t like an informative infographic? I don’t think we’ve talked enough about the ergonomics of EHR. This is going to become a really big issue for nurses, doctors, front desk staff, etc. It’s good news for the chiropractors though. Related posts: Reality of Patient Engagement Infographic Nurses Raise Alarm Over Epic-Related Safety Errors California Nurses Slam Sutter’s Epic System
  • Do We Really Like the JASON Recommendations for Interoperable Health Data?

    Andy Oram
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    The health IT community has been abuzz over the past few months about a report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Although the report mostly confirmed thoughts that reformers in the health IT space have been discussing for some time, seeing it aired in an official government capacity was galvanizing. The Office of the National Coordinator has held several forums about the report, known by the acronym JASON, and seems favorably inclined toward its recommendations. Even though only four months have passed since its publication, we can already get some inkling of how it…
  • One Physician’s Experience Seeing an Ophthamalogist Pre and Post EHR

    John Lynn
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I always love to hear doctor’s perspectives on EHR and how they’re impacting their day. You can be certain that they’ll lead with a long list of complaints. Many of the initial complaints are minor things that can be easily resolved with workflow or by a small enhancement by the EHR vendor. Once you get past the initial complaints, then you get to the heart of what they really think about the EHR software. I’ve had this experience hundreds of times and it’s always insightful. However, this time a doctor shared something even more interesting. This was a doctor…
  • Trying to Regulate Twitter

    John Lynn
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    I recently saw a bunch of people tweeting about a conference in Milan which was supposedly trying to regulate the use of Twitter at the medical meeting. It turns out that the post about what you should tweet about at the meeting was mostly a joke and the comments that were highlighted were largely taken out of context. Plus, it wasn’t the organizer of the event that did the post, but just a participant in the conference. Because of the stir up, the post was taken down, but Dr. Bryan Vartabedian captured a piece of the post in his commentary: The social side of any conference is…
  • Ten-year Vision from ONC for Health IT Brings in Data Gradually

    Andy Oram
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    This is the summer of reformulation for national U.S. health efforts. In June, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released its 10-year vision for achieving interoperability. The S&I Framework, a cooperative body set up by ONC, recently announced work on the vision’s goals and set up a comment forum. A phone call by the Health IT Standards Committeem (HITSC) on August 20, 2014 also took up the vision statement. It’s no news to readers of this blog that interoperability is central to delivering better health care, both for individual patients who move from one facility…
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  • Ice Bucket Water Heart Rhythm Conversion for Atrial Tachycardias-A New Treatment for Rapid Heart Arrhythmias That Works!

    Medical Quack
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    We found therapeutic value with the “Ice Bucket”.  This is good and they also kept straight faces through all of this, but in fact it works!  Dr.  Mike starts out talking about how a person could help themselves when experiencing a racing heartbeat, or palpitations.  The most common he states is “PAT” to where the heartbeat is racing.  It is not considered life threatening and can be triggered by a number of things and can include annoying symptoms.  Dr. Mike goes through and demonstrates things we can do to stop the racing heart and bring the heart back…
  • Feds Decide to Intervene, File Their Own Lawsuit Against Optum (United Healthcare) Hospice Services Relative to Whistleblower Fraud Cases Already Submitted- Pay for Performance Issues With Hospice Performance and Medicare Fraud At the Core

    Medical Quack
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Optum Hospice used to be known as Evercare until the last year when United Healthcare subsidiary, Optum rebranded the company.  To me a hospice company owned by a health insurance company just doesn’t mix, especially when the same corporation has truckloads of subsidiary companies that are not always apparent to the consumer.  2/3 of United’s profits come from selling policies and the other 1/3 comes from writing code, selling software, consulting and so on, in other words Health IT.  Optum also wants to be contracted integrators as well for major medical record systems as…
  • Sears Holdings Yanks the $37.00 Health Insurance Subsidiary for Retirees

    Medical Quack
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Sears Holdings will be notifying thousands of retirees that their $37.00 a month subsidy towards health insurance at the beginning of 2015 will be a thing of the past.  It may not sound like a big deal but for those who are on fixed income, it is a big deal that helps.  Again this applies towards those who retired before 2000 as those who retired later already had their subsidiary ripped.  BD  CHICAGO - About 14,000 Sears retirees will lose a monthly health insurance subsidy as the languishing department store titan looks for ways to shave costs. Sears Holdings planned to…
  • Cleveland, Texas Hospital Abruptly Closes–Note On Door Says We Hope to Re-Open Soon, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch CMS Is Working Hard to Create A Ridiculous 5 Star Rating System for Hospitals…

    Medical Quack
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One older article seemed to reflect something about a “boiler room” remodel but those are usually scheduled and maybe something unexpected popped up in that area as the note does reference the hospital wants to be a “safe” facility.  In addition the hospital has also had financial issues in struggling to pay both employees and vendors in the last 3-4 years.  Who knows, maybe they need a loan to fix the boiler?  RKM Management is the owner of the hospital.  The ER room is closed and the next closest facility is 24 miles away which concerns residents. Back in 2013…
  • CMS Overload of Short Term Inpatient Hospital Stays Appeals Process Leads To the Agency Offering New Settlement Proposals

    Medical Quack
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    This could be good and get a large number of appeals, which are slated to be around 800,000 out of the way, that is if the hospitals agree to the proposed numbers of around 2/3rds of the dollar amounts.  It could be small amounts for some hospitals and very large amounts for others.  CMS is basically offering to pay a flat amount and be done with it.  These are some of the appeals that were a result of audits conducted by contractors at hospitals all over the US in their pursuit of looking for fraud.  Stuff like this goes on forever when numbers and cases are reconstructed…
 
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  • Epic defends interoperability bona fides

    Mike Miliard
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    In testimony before ONC's Health IT Policy Committee on Aug. 15, Epic President Carl Dvorak made his case that the EHR giant is far more engaged with data sharing than some critics would contend. read more
  • Breach alert: Hackers swipe data of 4.5M

    Erin McCann
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Event Call out Unpublish:  Mon, 09/08/2014 (All day) Event Teaser:  This Privacy & Security Forum delivers what CIOs, CISOs and other healthcare IT leaders told us they want from an industry conference: peer-to-peer learning, case studies and forums to brainstorm and share ideas. In the second biggest HIPAA breach ever reported, one of the nation's largest healthcare systems has notified some 4.5 million of its patients that their personal information has been stolen by cybercriminals.    read more
  • Telehealth could rake in $6B savings

    Erin McCann
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Looking to save a few bucks? Telehealth might just be the golden ticket to getting there, at least according to new analysis suggesting the remote care delivery model could potentially save U.S. companies a whopping $6 billion.    read more
  • 5 'crazy ones' reshaping health IT

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. read more
  • Cerner, Siemens and the future of EHRs

    Mike Miliard
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    As the dust settles from this past week's mammoth $1.3 billion merger, Siemens Health Services CEO John Glaser tells Healthcare IT News what led up to the Cerner deal, how his experience as a health system CIO could help smooth integration challenges and what to expect – from the two companies specifically and
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  • MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

    Bernie Monegain
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more
  • Blues go public with data exchange

    Anthony Brino
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Accountable care driven by data

    Jihan Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Accountable care driven by data Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions. read more
  • Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8-9

    Gus Venditto
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after a huge breach affected 4.5 million patients at the Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems. It was the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported. read more
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  • MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

    Bernie Monegain
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more
  • Blues go public with data exchange

    Anthony Brino
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Accountable care driven by data

    Jihan Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Accountable care driven by data Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions. read more
  • Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8-9

    Gus Venditto
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after a huge breach affected 4.5 million patients at the Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems. It was the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported. read more
 
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  • MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

    Bernie Monegain
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more
  • Blues go public with data exchange

    Anthony Brino
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Accountable care driven by data

    Jihan Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Accountable care driven by data Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions. read more
  • Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8-9

    Gus Venditto
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after a huge breach affected 4.5 million patients at the Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems. It was the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported. read more
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  • MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

    Bernie Monegain
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more
  • Blues go public with data exchange

    Anthony Brino
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Accountable care driven by data

    Jihan Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Accountable care driven by data Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions. read more
  • Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8-9

    Gus Venditto
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after a huge breach affected 4.5 million patients at the Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems. It was the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported. read more
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  • MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

    Bernie Monegain
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more
  • Blues go public with data exchange

    Anthony Brino
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Accountable care driven by data

    Jihan Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Accountable care driven by data Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions. read more
  • Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8-9

    Gus Venditto
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after a huge breach affected 4.5 million patients at the Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems. It was the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported. read more
 
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  • MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

    Bernie Monegain
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more
  • Blues go public with data exchange

    Anthony Brino
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Accountable care driven by data

    Jihan Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Accountable care driven by data Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions. read more
  • Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8-9

    Gus Venditto
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after a huge breach affected 4.5 million patients at the Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems. It was the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported. read more
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  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Gerry Hinkley - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Gerry Hinkley, a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's health care practice in San Francisco, provides advice on HIPAA preparation and planning for and responding to a breach. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Dena Boggan - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Dena Boggan, HIPAA Privacy/Security Officer at St. Dominic Hospital and speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, explains how she established a culture of HIPAA compliance at her hospital setting. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 16: Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, discusses his new book, Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction (HIMSS Books, 2014), at HIMSS14. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 17: Marc Probst

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    “We will not be attesting to meaningful use Stage 2 in 2014,” Marc Probst, chief information officer of Intermountain, told Healthcare IT News. “And frankly, most of my peers are not as well.” Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Hospital M&As decline in the second quarter

    Ron Shinkman
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Mergers and acquisitions in the hospital sector tumbled during the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from PwC.read more
  • California mulls ending some Medicaid estate recoupments

    Ron Shinkman
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown (D) could make California one of the first states in the nation that would preemptively block collections from the estates of deceased patients who receive ordinary Medicaid benefits, Kaiser Health News reportedread more
  • 5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

    Zack Budryk
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal. read more
  • 5 concerns that should keep hospital CFOs up at night

    Ron Shinkman
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Chief financial officers of hospitals, health plans and other ventures in the health sector should not only keep their eyes on the bottom line, but also five other areas that have financial implications under the Affordable Care Act, Forbes reportsread more
  • Atlanta hospital tries pegging costs to actual activities

    Ron Shinkman
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has entered a new frontier in healthcare finance: equating a hospital's labor costs to the actual steps required to treat a patient.read more
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  • Obamacare Roadmap: The Plan to Ace Midterms with ACA – Part 2

    Pamela Girardin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    With a coordinated strategy to show how most Republican claims about the ACA were wrong and how opposition is preventing the law from delivering the best, Obama administration has its first steps clearly outlined for the upcoming midterms. The only remaining part of the strategy is to show the country how Americans are benefiting from […]
  • Obamacare Roadmap: The Plan to Ace Midterms with ACA – Part 1

    Pamela Girardin
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    As November midterms edge closer, the Obama administration is gearing up for a showdown. The major point of contention, as you might have guessed already, is going to be the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which the Republicans have strongly contested since the inception of the act. A prime achievement of the administration, the Affordable […]
  • ACA & Prevention – How the Law is Encouraging Better Preventive Healthcare

    Pamela Girardin
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Did you know that the U.S. spends about 75 percent of the annual healthcare budget on treating diseases, while 70 percent of diseases are connected to one or more preventable conditions? With only 3-5 percent of the $2.8 trillion budget going to prevention, we are not hitting the problem where it hurts the most – […]
  • Are Health Insurers Breaking ACA Mandates by Discriminating against Patients with HIV?

    Pamela Girardin
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    The foundations of the ACA are built on the promise to provide health insurance without discriminating on the basis of medical history and pre-existing conditions. However, it seems that not all health insurers are following the mandates set by the law and subtly discriminating among the type of enrollees they have received in the first […]
  • Obamacare Brought Monthly Payments to Less than $100, but Premiums Are Set to Rise

    Pamela Girardin
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    The Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, Obamacare), an act dedicated to affordability and health insurance for all, issued great news after the massive 8 million enrollment spree – the ACA has provided 7 out of 10 Americans better health insurance coverage at less than $100 per month. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]
 
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  • CMS publishes final rule for Meaningful Use flexibility

    Dan Bowman
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.read more
  • ONC power team: Improvements needed to share patient queries, data

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Improvements need to be made to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation guidance and elsewhere to facilitate electronic health record queries for patient records for the 2017 edition of certified EHR technology, according to recommendations by the Health IT Standards Committee's Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) power team.read more
  • Providers shouldn't bear the brunt of slow patient engagement

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Once again, the Meaningful Use program is suffering from a disconnect between aspiration and reality. This time it's patient engagement.read more
  • Malpractice dangers lurk in every nook of EHR use

    Susan D. Hall
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Electronic health records pose an array of dangers for physicians in terms of potential malpractice claims, according to a Medscape article.read more
  • DoD begins accepting bids for records modernization contract

    Susan D. Hall
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    The Department of Defense began accepting bids Monday for the coveted contract to replace and modernize its EHR system.read more
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  • We couldn’t be more excited.

    @kellylawson
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Things are abuzz here in ClinicServerville. We are changing, moving, growing… we have been working harder than ever before, and we are bursting at the seams to tell you all about what’s been going on over here; why we’ve been so quiet and what lies around the corner. That feeling you get at the age [...]
  • ClinicServer Partners with Biosign

    Chris Boudreau, CEO
    29 May 2013 | 6:36 am
    TORONTO, ONTARIO, May 29th, 2013 – Biosign Technologies Inc. (TSXV: BIO) (“Biosign” or the “Company”) announced: New Sales Agent / Value Added Reseller Biosign has partnered with IBL-Internet Business Logic Inc (“ClinicServer”), a developer of “Cloud” clinical management software, based in Saint John New Brunswick to jointly integrate Biosign’s Pulsewave™ health monitor technology and Healthanywhere™ [...]
  • Top 3 things that will drive clinic managers crazy about penny rounding

    Lee McLean, Comptroller
    11 Jan 2013 | 10:48 am
    When pennies become more scarce after the Canadian government stops supplying them after Feb. 4, 2013, business owners may need to accept a rounded cash payment amount, rather than the exact amount a customer was charged. Things may feel less precise than they used to be, which may cause some angst, such as the following [...]
  • Four things business owners need to know about elimination of the Canadian penny

    Lee McLean, Comptroller
    17 Dec 2012 | 10:10 am
    As the company comptroller, I promised to delve into the details about elimination of the penny. We want to ensure that we are doing the right things in our business and in our clinic management software, and that we are able to advise clinical practice owners appropriately when the Canadian federal government stops distributing pennies [...]
  • ClinicServer Announces Distribution of its Clinic Management Software in Zimbabwe

    Stephen Alexander, Chief Financial Officer
    7 Dec 2012 | 10:28 am
    ClinicServer and Communication 247 are pleased to announce the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU outlines plans to offer a state of the art clinic management solution to Zimbabwe’s private health sector through Communication 247’s health business “Health263”. This agreement will allow Health263 to offer a new affordable solution to small [...]
 
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  • Help more patients find your practice with Vitals and online scheduling

    Practice Fusion
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Managing your online presence and spreading the word about your practice is important for every provider, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Through a new partnership with Vitals, you can have your profile appear on the Vitals website, where millions of patients search for a doctor. From your profile, patients can learn about your practice, read reviews, and schedule an appointment through your online scheduler. If you’ve enabled online scheduling, Your online scheduler is now live on the Vitals website. See for yourself how convenient it is for patients to find you by…
  • EHR Update: Messaging, billing and more in the new EHR

    Practice Fusion
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    We’re continuing to roll out the new EHR with this week’s product upgrade, incorporating several new enhancements into the new design. This week’s release also includes updated growth charts, advanced directives, the ability to enter past medical history, and manual entry of structured lab data. Read our release notes for a list of all the enhancements. Over the next several weeks, we’re introducing messaging and billing in the new EHR. We’ll let you know when your practice is scheduled to receive the new updates through multiple communications, including notifications when you log…
  • Eight Meaningful Use and PQRS deadlines to keep on the calendar

    Sophie Scheidlinger
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Important deadlines are coming up for Meaningful Use (MU) and the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) program — see what they are below. You can also learn how to prepare for these deadlines by visiting our Meaningful Use Center and using our PQRS resources. September 30, 2014 MU: Last day of the 3-month reporting period for Q3.* PQRS: Last day for groups to register to participate in the GPRO. October 1, 2014 MU: Attestation deadline for first year Medicare providers to avoid 1% penalty on Medicare Part B reimbursements in 2015. Also the last chance to earn up to $23,520 in…
  • Meet your new EHR

    Practice Fusion
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    We’re building a new EHR. It’s designed to provide you with more efficient clinical workflows, better support for collaboration, and more tools to improve patient health and track outcomes — all packaged in a new look, powered by new technology: Introducing the new EHR What’s in the new EHR? The new EHR goes beyond just an elegant design to deliver across-the-board improvements in usability, including: More flexible and enhanced charting – We’re continuing to improve the charting experience with an enhanced interface and powerful new features for more flexibility. In the new…
  • What’s missing when it comes to misdiagnosis? The right information

    Ryan Shay
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    An estimated 5% of adult patients are misdiagnosed each year, according to findings discussed in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Given the challenges doctors currently face, providing the correct diagnosis 95% of time is a commendable feat: there are over 10,000 recognized diseases. Yet that missing 5% means that over 12 million adults are misdiagnosed every year, sometimes with life-threatening consequences. How do we close the gap? Dr. Singh — the author of the article and Chief of Health Policy, Quality and Informatics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center — offers…
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  • Three Must-Dos for Payers, Providers Seeking Successful Collaboration

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

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

    laurie Tarkan
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:50 am
    Healthcare is moving rapidly to incorporate measures of value into payment models, with more than two-thirds of payments expected to be based on value measurement in five years, up from just one third today. That’s just one of the compelling findings from our new report, The 2014 State of Value-Based Reimbursement, an independent research study of 464 payers and providers conducted by ORC International and released this week at AHIP’s Institute 2014 conference in Seattle, Wash. In the study’s executive summary, McKesson’s Medical Director David Nace, M.D., says these results point to…
  • AHIP’s Institute 2014: The Connective Thread

    Cara Wood
    28 May 2014 | 9:15 am
    How can we juggle a multitude of siloed systems and IT processes? How can we effectively diversify in a rapidly changing market? How can we make a positive impact on care decisions before care is delivered?   At McKesson, we’ve begun a new conversation about today’s complex healthcare reimbursement landscape – that starts with the challenges our customers face as they lead their organizations and the entire industry towards a more collaborative and integrated future. Join us to discuss some of the big questions about changing consumers, shifting regulations, and new methodologies…
  • The Key to HIX Success: Network Flexibility

    Cara Wood
    19 May 2014 | 12:22 pm
    For today’s payers, “success will require staying competitive on price, network quality, and access,” writes Michael Flanagan, vice president, product management, McKesson Health Solutions, in Managed Care Magazine. “Payers must be agile enough to adjust network strategies on the fly as they learn more about newly enrolled populations. They need the ability to administer more complex product designs, care delivery and reimbursement initiatives quickly and efficiently.” In his recent byline, Flanagan offers a template for health plans to drive their activity on the health…
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  • VIDEO: AHRQ Highlights Pioneer Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Study

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

    Eric Rosenfeld
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    Recently, a colleague and I were talking about how times have changed. My colleague is a physician, recently retired from private practice, though he continues to see patients part time in a teaching environment. He is a key individual who has been and continues to be instrumental in the development of several healthcare IT standards […]
  • Improving Provider Behavior to Enhance Prescription Quality

    Michelle Soble-Lernor
    15 May 2014 | 9:23 am
    In this next installment of my blog series on increasing quality in the e-prescribing marketplace I want to focus on the question of provider behavior. As I mentioned in my introduction to this series, there is a tendency to place nearly all of the blame for e-prescribing quality issues squarely on the shoulders of providers, […]
  • Communications Strategies that Foster Patient Accountability

    Maria Barhams
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Health literacy, defined as the “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”,* is a growing concern within the U.S. as more Americans are diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases…chronic diseases that often require complicated self-care. When you factor in […]
  • The real key to security in healthcare in an online world

    Eric Rosenfeld
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    In my last blog, I discussed the nature of identity and the reasons why identity management and the establishment of trust are very difficult and complex issues in healthcare and other industries. Identity is only half the problem. The other half, and unfortunately the one to which many incomplete solutions have been posed, is the […]
 
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  • NARCA President Among New Members of CFPB Consumer Protection Advisory Board

    Patrick Lunsford
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday announced the latest additions to its three advisory boards, including seven new members of its Consumer Protection Advisory Board. Joann Needleman, VP at law firm Maurice & Needleman and current President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA), was named as one of the new members.
  • Debt Buyer PRA Group Named One of Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies for 2014

    insideARM.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    PRA Group (Nasdaq:PRAA), a world leader in acquiring non-performing consumer debt, has been named one of Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies for the third consecutive year.
  • Kaulkin Ginsberg Kicks Off Fall 2014 Research Fellows Program

    insideARM.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Kaulkin Ginsberg, the leading consultancy and M&A advisory firm focused on the accounts receivable management (ARM) industry, is pleased to announce that it initiated its fall semester research fellows program, in conjunction with the University of Maryland, College Park’s Department of Economics undergraduate studies program.
  • Circuit Court: Visible Account Number in Collection Letter is an FDCPA Violation

    Patrick Lunsford
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Third Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday said that a collection agency violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it sent a collection letter with the debtor's account number visible through the transparent address window of an envelope.
  • How Statistical Models Can Help Navigate the Future of Medical Debt Collections

    Mike Bevel
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    An increasing percentage of people with medical insurance are having difficulty paying medical bills. With growing debt and rising costs, healthcare providers and medical debt collectors are turning to statistical modeling to develop a more targeted and effective patient friendly collections strategy. Download this white paper to learn how statistical models can help you identify which accounts have the highest propensity to pay, helping you make the collections process more efficient and effective leading to cost reductions and increased liquidations.
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    CureMD Blog

  • Don’t Deny your Denials: What do Denials say about your practice?

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

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

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

    Rabia Malik
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Practicing medicine and technology are both successful fields but collectively they have changed the healthcare industry manifolds. A medical practice today no longer functions as it did in the past. Physicians are using technology, and lesser paper charts, to assist them with better patient care. EHRs (Electronic Health Records) have heavily impacted a practice’s everyday workflow. Doctors and patients alike will agree that paper charts were not secure and easily accessible. Technology has helped improve this situation by better protecting patient health information. For example, providers…
  • How small practices can prepare for the shift from Volume to Value-based Care?

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

    Lee Farabaugh
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    La Leche League, a national breastfeeding advocacy group, recently posted a question on Facebook: “Do you use a breastfeeding app? What apps do you like, and why?” As a new mother who is exclusively breastfeeding my infant, this question was of interest to me, mainly because I started out using an app to track various aspects of breastfeeding, but abandoned it relatively quickly because of user experience issues. The app I used was provided by formula-maker Similac. You’re probably wondering why a formula company would provide a breastfeeding app, and you may be right to be suspicious.
  • Taking Care Management Mobile

    Erica Newcomb
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Care management is big right now. It has to be one of the “lowest hanging fruit” for cost savings in healthcare because the protocols and conditions for execution are well established. It really boils down to a matter of proper implementation. In a November 2013 article, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth states that in order to “achieve robust and effective planning and communication [around care management], we must move beyond our mental construct of a care plan as a document fixed in time, to a multidimensional, person-centered health and care planning process built on a dynamic,…
  • Optimizing mHealth Apps for Older Adults: 8 Strategies

    Jeanie Barker
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    Older adults are increasing in number and increasing in the frequency they use mobile apps, especially to manage their healthcare. Today, older adults – aged 65 and older – make up 13% of the U.S. population, and this population is expected to grow to 19% by 20308.  Mobile technology use among this population is growing with 27% of older adults owning a tablet, an e-book reader, or both, and 18% owning a smartphone6.  As UX designers, we can influence the adoption of mobile technology by designing user interfaces that overcome typical usage barriers for older adults. At PointClear, we…
  • Can Technology Bring More Humanity to the Practice of Medicine?

    Katie Climo
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I read a very interesting article about how technology can save medicine’s heart and soul. While there is no shortage of articles that highlight the struggles and frustrations faced by clinicians as we incorporate more technology into their everyday practice, this one had a refreshing and optimistic outlook. Yes, I do think it is possible to bring more humanity to the practice of medicine. There’s no question that we still have a long way to go and it’s disheartening to hear so many providers complain that EHR technology has become a barrier to providing patient care,…
  • Lessons From The Bedside: Nurses Provide The Rosetta-Stone for Healthcare

    Scott Frederick
    20 May 2014 | 6:42 am
    When I began my career as a nurse, I know I would do a lot of things for my patients from starting IV’s, medication administration, making beds and oh, emptying bedpans. But early on in my career, I realized the most important skill I had to master was being able to translate medical jargon into terms a patient could use. I spent countless hours talking with patients and their loved ones about what’s going on with the patient and what the doctor just said. One memory that stands out is the first time I had one of my patient’s codes. I remember standing with my arm around the shoulder of…
 
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  • Why Are More Physicians Choosing Startups?

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Some time ago I came across some videos and a TED talk by Dr. Zubin Damania aka ZDoggMD. Born of Indian parents, educated at the finest colleges, medical schools and residencies, he felt his career had hit a wall. He felt he wasn’t making the impact he’d planned to when he first entered the medical field as a physician. So Dr. Damania transformed himself into an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and social media cult figure. A recent Forbes article on Doximity talks about Why Physicians are Turning to Startups. What I found most interesting is the historical reasons why physicians…
  • It’s 2 AM – Do You Know Where Your Pathologist Is?

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    A friend of mine recently put me on to some old, and not so old, articles about radiology services being outsourced, including this story entitled “Who’s Reading Your X-Ray?" in The New York Times, publishedmore than a decade ago, and another article a few years old from NBC News entitiled “Is a doctor reading your X-rays? Maybe not”. The more recent article focused on poor outcomes from outsourced radiology services, while The New York Times piece looked at the business models in healthcare that relate to outsourcing. Tom Friedman, the Pulitzer prize winning author for the newspaper…
  • Is Telepathology Poised for a Giant Leap Forward?

    Dr. Keith Kaplan and Liz Wingard
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Current technologies can enable real time access to expert pathology specialists for case review and 2nd opinions and are particularly valuable for patients in areas where specialists are in short supply. But other barriers to widespread adoption of these technologies remain. One of the key issues that must be addressed to spur that adoption is remote licensing for specialists.   Have License – Will Provide Care to Remote Patients   Radiologists practicing teleradiology first addressed multi-state licensing in the late ‘80s, and North Carolina was an epicenter of large…
  • Capacity or Lean? Maintaining Margins at Expense of Timely Service and Quality

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

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

  • Why Document HL7 Profiles (or Specs)? Part 2

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Tip 24 in the Interoperability Tip Series Read Part 1 here In our previous tip we asked: why document HL7 profiles and specs. In beginning to answer that question, we explained that profile documentation is critical for troubleshooting and maintenance. Another benefit to documenting profiles is that it streamlines processes when you are performing a system upgrade. Let’s say you’re changing or upgrading your pharmacy system – that change affects the interface of any other system that communicates with the pharmacy system. Imagine [...]Cet article Why Document HL7 Profiles (or Specs)?
  • Why Document Your HL7 Profiles and Specs? Part 1

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Tip 23 in the Interoperability Tip Series The last few tips have been about what to document and how to document. This one and the next explain why documenting your HL7 profiles and specs is so important. When you document your HL7 profiles and specs, you can much more easily troubleshoot issues and tweak configuration once your interface is live. Plus, if you created electronic – i.e., machine readable – versions of your profiles, you can use them in your monitoring. For [...]Cet article Why Document Your HL7 Profiles and Specs? Part 1 est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Overcoming CDA and CCD Barriers

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
      In the design of Meaningful use, C-CDA – especially CCD – was supposed to solve the pressing issues in healthcare concerning interoperability and data exchange problems. But it’s just not turning out that way. Emerging Major Data Exchange Problems One recent study found 11 interoperability barriers relative to C-CDA. This is of concern and it’s a concern that integration analysts and developers will have to address in their work.  How does an organization deal with the mismatch of specific patient information? What [...]Cet article Overcoming CDA and CCD Barriers est…
  • Managing Interoperability and Interfacing Assets

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Tip 22 in the Interoperability Tip Series In the previous tip, we talked about documenting your interfaces and workflows – especially important for HIE organizations. This tip is all about our recommendations for what to look for when you’re planning out how to organize your assets – documentation, requirements, test scenarios, and the rest. 4 Capabilities to Seek Out Visualize all of your interoperability assets, from multiple interface engines to the interfaces themselves. Cover the entire interface lifecycle. Access a library of interfacing assets and [...]Cet article Managing…
  • What is Gap Analysis in HL7 Interfacing?

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    First, what’s the problem? One of the problems we hear about from HL7 team leads and their management is that interfaces take a long time to configure. The reasons why boil down to missing information. Here’s what they typically hear back from the team members: “The fields need fine-tuning.” “We don’t know up-front which message types will need the most work.” “That field mapping was a bear because we couldn’t get a complete code set from the source and destination systems.” “These code sets have [...]Cet article What is Gap Analysis in HL7 Interfacing? est apparu en…
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  • Why Kaiser Permanente’s Health Care Model Works

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    We give you reasons why Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system, known as the Health Care Model, is a structure that even European countries are closely looking into as a model for their own healthcare systems.
  • 10 Ways Technology Boosts Healthcare Services

    Jeff De Jesus
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Technology has made it possible for breakthroughs in research and medicine to happen at a very fast rate. We have had more innovations in information gathering, research, treatments and communication between patients and the healthcare providers in the past decades than ever before. We came up with 10 ways technology boosts healthcare services. Take a look.
  • How the Affordable Care Act Affects Small Businesses

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    With the Affordable Care Act stating mandated healthcare for everyone, most small business owners are confused and don’t know how to start providing healthcare coverage for their employees. Does the Affordable Care Act hurt or help small business?
  • Is Big Data Just a Trend in Healthcare?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Google Co-Founder Larry Page made a controversial statement that 100,000 lives could be saved next year if Big Data of healthcare information was used. And while there has been much debate surrounding its usage, there is no doubt that Big Data is causing a revolution in the US healthcare industry.
  • Big Data in Healthcare and How Kaiser Permanente Uses It

    Infinit Healthcare
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Even if big data faces much controversy and open data still has so many hurdles to go through in the healthcare industry, there is no doubt that this progress has pushed the industry straight into the information age and California's Kaiser Permanente is showing what can be done with the huge influx of data they are receiving.
 
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