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  • Health IT and digital health job opportunities, qualifications, and certification benefits

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’ve written a number of articles and a few video interviews on job opportunities in digital health recently and have received a steady stream of questions since then. Given healthcare IT professionals can make $90,000 or more annually, there has been growing interest in the industry. To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of these opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT. Careers in healthcare IT are appealing…
  • XChange Events to Host Annual Healthcare IT Summit in Los Angeles ... - IT News Online

    healthcare IT news - Google News
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    XChange Events to Host Annual Healthcare IT Summit in Los Angeles IT News OnlineFRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XChange Events announced today the highlights of its upcoming Healthcare IT Summit, a unique annual forum where IT executives from both healthcare payer and provider organizations gather to discuss ...and more »
  • Hospital CIOs: Leadership is more than a title

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Between implementing government initiatives and ensuring security of IT systems, it's easy to forget the importance of relationship building at all levels for hospital CIOs to achieve widespread success. That message, however, was delivered loud and clear by a trio of industry leaders at CHIME's annual fall forum.read more
  • Morning Headlines 10/31/14

    HIStalk
    Lt. Dan
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Epic Systems makes strategic next moves for expansion Epic confirms that it has constructed a data center on its Verona, WI campus that it will use to begin offering hosted Epic systems to new customers. A backup data center is currently being constructed in Western Wisconsin. PwC pitches open-source electronic health records FWC analyzes the VistA EHR bid that PricewaterhouseCoopers and General Dynamics are proposing for the $11 billion DoD deal. McKesson’s CEO John Hammergren on Q2 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript In its Q2 earnings call, McKesson CEO John Hammergren…
  • Podcast: Scot Silverstein talks health IT safety risks

    Meaningful HIT News
    Neil Versel
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    In a sidebar to the September cover story I did for Healthcare IT News, I reviewed some of the work of Scot Silverstein, M.D., who has long been chronicling problems with EHRs and other health IT systems. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available for an interview in time for that report, but he was last week, so I got him for a new podcast. Silverstein, a professor of health informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, considers EHRs to be experimental and, sometimes, less safe than paper records and would like to see health IT subjected to the same kind of quality controls as aerospace…
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  • XChange Events to Host Annual Healthcare IT Summit in Los Angeles ... - IT News Online

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    XChange Events to Host Annual Healthcare IT Summit in Los Angeles IT News OnlineFRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XChange Events announced today the highlights of its upcoming Healthcare IT Summit, a unique annual forum where IT executives from both healthcare payer and provider organizations gather to discuss ...and more »
  • Obamacare's Healthcare.gov Improved for Insurance Sign Ups - U.S. News & World Report

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Obamacare's Healthcare.gov Improved for Insurance Sign UpsU.S. News & World ReportLast year Healthcare.gov, the federal government's website to help people sign up for health insurance, was riddled with technological bugs, from slow loading times to constant error messages, even keeping some from accessing the health insurance ...and more »
  • CHIME: CIOs Policy Agenda To Focus on Meaningful Use, ICD-10 - iHealthBeat

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    CHIME: CIOs Policy Agenda To Focus on Meaningful Use, ICD-10iHealthBeatAt the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' 2014 Fall CIO Forum this week, stakeholders said the policy agenda for health care CIOs is focused around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety, Healthcare IT News ...and more »
  • Against Odds, Menino Fought Successfully To Merge 2 City Hospitals - WBUR

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    WBURAgainst Odds, Menino Fought Successfully To Merge 2 City HospitalsWBURBOSTON — In 1996, it took all of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's political muscle to pull off what some consider a managerial miracle. Despite intense union opposition, a reluctant city council and concerns about health care costs, Menino fought and more »
  • Healthcare IT News For VARs — October 31, 2014 - Business Solutions Magazine

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Business Solutions MagazineHealthcare IT News For VARs — October 31, 2014Business Solutions MagazineIn this week's news, California reports an increase data breaches with — 15 percent from the healthcare sector. Also, nurses are dissatisfied with EHR (electronic health record) systems, and a study found 26 percent of healthcare data breaches since Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 31, 2014iHealthBeatPwC Submits Bid to Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems PR Newswire (press release)all 10 news articles »
 
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • Hospital CIOs: Leadership is more than a title

    Dan Bowman
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Between implementing government initiatives and ensuring security of IT systems, it's easy to forget the importance of relationship building at all levels for hospital CIOs to achieve widespread success. That message, however, was delivered loud and clear by a trio of industry leaders at CHIME's annual fall forum.read more
  • California data breach report underscores need for encryption in healthcare

    Susan D. Hall
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Seventy percent of breaches involving the California healthcare industry were due to unencrypted data on lost or stolen hardware or portable media, a problem that strong encryption would fix, according to the latest data breach report from the state's attorney general.   read more
  • HIT professionals must have 'customer empathy' when creating software

    Katie Dvorak
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    To create software that works, health IT professionals need to have "customer empathy," said Todd Dunn, director of innovation for Intermountain Healthcare's I.S. Organization.read more
  • Marc Probst: Intermountain will double and triple down on innovation in 2015

    Dan Bowman
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    In part II of our exclusive interview with Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst, he discusses the federal interoperability road map draft, unveiled by ONC on Oct. 14. He also shares what his organization's primary focus will be in the coming year.read more
  • Online tool helps map location of healthcare professionals

    Katie Dvorak
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    A new online tool released by the American Medical Association will help patients find locations of the healthcare workforce countrywide.read more
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Health IT and digital health job opportunities, qualifications, and certification benefits

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

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

    Shahid N. Shah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. Since I chair several conferences every year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to congratulate MedCityNews for pulling off a great event. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor that focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event. Here’s Vik’s recap of the conference: The goal of the ENGAGE was to highlight the importance of…
  • The difference between User Stories and Software Requirements Specifications (SRS), especially for regulated systems (part 1)

    Shahid N. Shah
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It’s getting easier and easier to build unregulated software these days but it’s still pretty hard to create regulated/certified systems such as EHRs, medical device software, and government IT. To help create better systems we all know we need better user requirements; however, “heavyweight requirements” efforts have been shunned, especially in unregulated systems, over the past decade in favor of “user stories” and more agile specifications. But, are agile user stories the best way to go in regulated systems where requirements traceability and safety…
  • When you’re looking to buy or replace your EHR, follow these common sense Dos and Don’ts for comparing EHR software

    Shahid N. Shah
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    By some accounts, almost 30% of EHR users will be interested in replacing their software as they move from Meaningful Use Stage 1 to 2 to 3 over the next few years. Although I’ve written and spoken extensively in the past about how to make sure you pick the right digital health and EHR software, I wanted to put together a new “common sense” type of Do’s and Don’ts list for picking new EHR software. To help me out, I reached out to J.P. Medved at Capterra because of their unique expertise in this area. What follows are the dos and don’ts of each step in…
 
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 10/31/14

    Lt. Dan
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Epic Systems makes strategic next moves for expansion Epic confirms that it has constructed a data center on its Verona, WI campus that it will use to begin offering hosted Epic systems to new customers. A backup data center is currently being constructed in Western Wisconsin. PwC pitches open-source electronic health records FWC analyzes the VistA EHR bid that PricewaterhouseCoopers and General Dynamics are proposing for the $11 billion DoD deal. McKesson’s CEO John Hammergren on Q2 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript In its Q2 earnings call, McKesson CEO John Hammergren…
  • News 10/31/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Top News Booz Allen Hamilton acquires Boston-based Epidemico, stating its intention to delve deeper into population health analytics and following the recent trend of consulting companies getting into the software business. The company – a 2007 spinoff of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and MIT – analyzes large population health datasets to look for problems such as disease outbreaks, drug safety problems, and supply chain vulnerabilities. The company’s HealthMap shows disease outbreaks and alerts, which surely caught the Ebola interest of suitors. One of the…
  • Morning Headlines 10/30/14

    Lt. Dan
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Big health records firm Epic raises DC profile Epic CEO Judy Faulkner gives a rare interview to Politico to discuss the company’s interoperability performance, explaining “If we don’t speak up, people will believe what others say about us, and an unanswered accusation becomes seen as the truth if you don’t respond.” Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector Google unveils its latest X labs project, a pill that delivers millions of antibody-coated nanoparticles into the blood stream where they will live indefinitely, hunting for signs of early-stage cancers, monitoring…
  • Readers Write: Answering Your Questions about Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

    Mr. HIStalk
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Answering Your Questions about Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances By David Ting Last week, Imprivata sponsored a webinar with HIStalk about electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) during which we reviewed the DEA requirements, the benefits, and the scope of work involved in implementing an EPCS solution. I was joined by Sean Kelly, MD, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and chief medical officer at Imprivata, and William Winsley, MS, RPh, the former executive director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. The webinar was very…
  • Readers Write: Stuff Doctors Leave on Workstations in the Doctor’s Lounge Late at Night (And Other Times)

    Mr. HIStalk
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Stuff Doctors Leave on Workstations in the Doctor’s Lounge Late at Night (And Other Times) By anotherdoctorgregg The image above caught my eye when I sat down at a workstation in the doctor’s lounge. I bet whoever left it there thought he or she was making a completely anonymous search, though I could see everything, including visited hyperlinks. We do try to teach our medical staff about using shared workstations, but there is a strong feeling of anonymity even as we are told there is no privacy at work. One of our gastroenterologists is unhappy with his current employment, at least as…
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Podcast: Scot Silverstein talks health IT safety risks

    Neil Versel
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    In a sidebar to the September cover story I did for Healthcare IT News, I reviewed some of the work of Scot Silverstein, M.D., who has long been chronicling problems with EHRs and other health IT systems. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available for an interview in time for that report, but he was last week, so I got him for a new podcast. Silverstein, a professor of health informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, considers EHRs to be experimental and, sometimes, less safe than paper records and would like to see health IT subjected to the same kind of quality controls as aerospace…
  • Breaking: ONC’s Judy Murphy leaving for IBM job

    Neil Versel
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Judy Murphy, R.N., Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the ONC’s chief nursing officer, is stepping down Oct. 17 to become CNO of IBM Healthcare Global Business Services. Murphy has been with the ONC since December 2011 after 25 years as a nursing and informatics expert at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin; she had led Aurora’s EHR program since 1995. Most importantly to those of us in the media, she has never been afraid to speak her mind and provide good quotes. Now that she’s…
  • Podcast: Care Innovations CEO Sean Slovenski on his company’s Validation Institute

    Neil Versel
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — I’m out here in the Bay Area, in part because Intel-GE Care Innovations invited me to be one of six judges of its first-ever “hackathon” this past weekend. (Full disclosure: Care Innovations paid my travel expenses, but placed no editorial demands on me.) On Saturday, I sat down with CI CEO Sean Slovenski to discuss a number of issues in digital health and health reform, but I found myself most curious about CI’s new Validation Institute, launched in late June, which looks to bring some truth to some outrageous claims made by entrepreneurs in the…
  • Infographics: Health IT leadership and salaries

    Neil Versel
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    It’s infographic time! In fact, it’s time for two infographics. The first is from HIMSS, celebrating 25 years of the organization’s annual health IT leadership survey. Some interesting findings, as pointed out by a HIMSS publicist: 1991- 75 percent say their institution’s financial health is helped by computers 1994 – 14 percent predict that digital patient information will be shared nationwide in 1-3 years 2000 – 70 percent of respondents say HIPAA is a top business issue.   The second infographic comes from HealthITJobs.com. Not surprisingly, the most…
  • More health IT comedy means the public is taking notice

    Neil Versel
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    I often share jokes and humorous videos here, sometimes because a product is worthy of ridicule, but also to illustrate how some health IT is going mainstream. I’m going to do it again today because two things happened in the last week that I had not seen before. First, though Stephen Colbert has made fun of digital health and fitness products before, last week he took it upon himself to do so on consecutive nights. On Sept. 8, he took down the forthcoming Pavlok fitness bracelet, a product that sends an electrical jolt to the wearer’s arm as a reminder to exercise. It also debits…
 
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    Lab Soft News

  • TAT Variation among Pathologists Generating Reports for High Risk Cases

    Bruce Friedman
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I have posted a number of previous notes about the use of lab analytics software that is used to analyze LIS data to gain insights into the efficiency of lab operations (see: Lab Analytics Emerges as Hot Area for Software Development; Leveraging Lab Analytic Data to Include Actionable Details to Improve Quality; The Use of Lab Analytic Dashboards in Anatomic Pathology). These companies provide dashboards to clients for a set of preconfigured reports. Clients can also create customized reports by dragging  lab variables into a work space. It's possible, for example, to…
  • Salesforce.com to Offer Mobile "Chat App" to Healthcare Organizations

    Bruce Friedman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    I think that it's safe to say that there has been little deployment of cloud apps by hospitals and health systems whereas they tend to be ubiquitous in other business sectors. Part of the problem is that healthcare trails all other industries by a decade or more in IT issues. It's also a highly regulated industry so some of its conservatism about IT is well deserved. There are plenty of reasons to reject new IT with HIPAA, for example, as an excuse. There is a rumor that Salesforce.com will soon try to offer cloud computing services to the healthcare industry (see:…
  • Alarm and EHR Alert Fatigue: A Growing Patient Safety Concern

    Bruce Friedman
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Hospitals can be chaotic environments both for patients and staff such as physicians and nurses. This high-tension environment is exacerbated by interruptions by alarms from physiologic monitoring devices and alerts  from EHRs. Here is an excerpt from an article about alarms (see: Hospitals rank alarm fatigue as top patient safety concern): Nineteen out of 20 hospitals surveyed rank alarm fatigue as a top patient safety concern, according to the results of a [recent] national survey....Alarm fatigue occurs when clinicians become desensitized to the constant noise of alarms or…
  • IBM Keeps Stock Price High with Buybacks, Perhaps Neglecting Innovation

    Bruce Friedman
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    I keep an eye out for financial reports about IT companies. A recent article in the NYT that labeled IBM's continuing and large stock buybacks as stock-rigging caught my eye (see: The Truth Hidden by IBM’s Buybacks). Below is an excerpt from the article with details: For the first several years of her tenure, [IBM's CEO has] managed to prop up the stock by buying back shares by the cartload. In the first six months of this year, the company spent more than $12 billion ...on its own shares....The company’s revenue hasn’t grown in years. Indeed, IBM’s revenue is about the…
  • Relevance of Lifestyle Analytics for Healthcare Organizations

    Bruce Friedman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I participated two days ago in a Deloitte webinar that addressed healthcare lifestyle analytics (see: Consumer Behavior Over Lab Results: The Power of Lifestyle-Based Analytics). The basic concept here is that healthcare organizations are able to collect various types of publicly available "social" information about individuals and, using "big data" techniques and predictive analytics, make inferences about their health status or goals. For example, a middle aged woman who takes yoga classes, is an avid golfer, and patronizes local health spas will probably…
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  • Happy Halloween!

    John Lynn
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I’m just getting back from a week full of MGMA and CHIME. I’m in full recovery mode as I head off to trick or treating with my children. Looks like many others in healthcare IT are doing the same: TYSM 4 wonderful chat! MT @HealthStandards That's it 4 #HITsm this week! Gotta run!!! Happy Halloween everyone… pic.twitter.com/pPdfzqRJfA — Bernadette Keefe (@nxtstop1) October 31, 2014 You know you work in #healthIT when colleagues dress up as HL7 FHIR & SOAP Web Services. #HITsm 100 Grand bars all the way! — Chad Johnson (@OchoTex) October 31, 2014…
  • 6 Healthcare Incubators Growing the Future of HealthTech

    Guest Blogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    With the rapidly-growing demand for technologies that solve challenges for healthcare patients, professionals and institutions, many of the most innovative and disruptive solutions are coming not from large corporations, but small, scrappy startup companies. With this trend has risen a group of startup “incubators” and “accelerators” specifically focused on healthcare technology entrepreneurs. These organizations serve as a launching pad for healthtech startups by facilitating high-value mentoring, collaboration and investor connections, plus basic needs like office infrastructure and…
  • RIP CCHIT

    John Lynn
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    CCHIT announced that it was ending 10 years of service. Today, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) announced that it is winding down all operations beginning immediately. All customers and business colleagues have been notified, CCHIT staff is assisting in transitions, and all work will be ended by November 14, 2014. Alisa Ray made these comments in the announcement: “We are concluding our operations with pride in what has been accomplished”, said Alisa Ray, CCHIT executive director. “For the past decade CCHIT has been the leader in certification…
  • What Were The Best Practices and Benefits of Implementing a CDI Program at Baystate?

    John Lynn
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    I recently sat down with Walter Houlihan, Director of Health and Information Management and Clinical Documentation at Baystate Health, and Steve Bonney, EVP of Business Development and Strategy at RecordsOne to talk about the CDI (Clinical Documentation Improvement) program at Baystate Health. In the video below Walter and Steve talk about the savings that Baystate Health has received from their CDI program including how Walter has used dashboards, metrics and quality to convince senior management to increase Walter’s CDI staff from 4 FTEs to 10 FTEs so that they can review 100% of…
  • The Shifting Focus to Patients, Really?

    John Lynn
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Everywhere I turn I’m reading articles and tweets that talk about the shift of healthcare towards the patient. All the EHR vendors are touting various patient focused features. Supposedly, a new engaged patient is getting involved in their healthcare and doctors are having to focus much more on the patient that they’ve ever done before. The drum beat of patient focus is being beat in so many places. Is this really happening or is this just the topic du jour? Some might argue that things like meaningful use’s patient engagement requirements are pushing this movement forward.
 
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  • SPUD Sound Pick-Up Device Hopes to Replace Paramedics’ Conventional Stethoscopes

    Editors
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Stethoscopes that most clinicians use have remained essentially the same for decades. They’re not exactly rigid, but their flexibility is limited in emergency situations when accessing a person’s chest is a challenge. A company called Stethoscope Technologies has developed a sound pick-up device (SPUD) that’s basically just a chestpiece that can be connected to any pair of headphones. The device is intended for use by paramedics who will be able to slide the SPUD down the person’s neck and onto the chest without removing layers of clothing. The attached headphones,…
  • HyperQ High-Res ECG Technology FDA Cleared to Diagnose Heart Attacks

    Editors
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Biological Signal Processing Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) received FDA clearance for its high-resolution ECG technology to be used to diagnose heart attacks, according to the Globes newspaper. HyperQ, as it’s called, the technology gives a much closer look at the QRS complex of an ECG, which holds clues about the patient’s cardiac condition. Previously, the technology was intended for use during a traditional stress test, aiding in more accurately assessing the patient’s cardiopulmonary health. The new approval is intended for at-rest use of the technology for diagnosing…
  • Philips Lifeline GoSafe Medical Alert Service Now Live

    Editors
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Philips is finally releasing its Lifeline GoSafe personal alert system after previewing it at CES almost two years ago. Similar to other “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” devices, it lets the user press one button to quickly get in touch with emergency services, loved ones, or anyone else pre-arranged to help. Unlike most other systems, the neck-worn component works just about anywhere there is a cell-phone connection. The necklace has a fall detector built-in, which will automatically call for help after a fall if the user doesn’t do it herself. Additionally, it…
  • Nikon Small World 2014 Micrography Winners Announced

    Editors
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    1st Place – Mr. Rogelio Moreno Panama, Panama.  Rotifer showing the mouth interior and heart shaped corona.  Differential Interference Contrast 40X Nikon Small World has announced winners of this year’s contest of microscopy images. The top prize goes to Rogelio Moreno of Panama for capturing the open mouth interior and corona of a rotifer. It is an amazing image, but the rest of the winners are quite spectacular as well. We’d like to congratulate everyone who has participated and has shown us a view of our world like never before. From the announcement: 18th Place –…
  • Hygeia H1 Clinical Kiosk Hopes to Speed Patients Through Vitals Measurements

    Editors
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Patients coming in for a doctor’s visit are often put through a battery of tests to gather data on their vitals. This usually involves a nurse taking the time to go through the steps, often a time-consuming process that can benefit from a bit of automation. Hygeia, a new company based in Atlanta, Georgia, has developed a kiosk that can help quickly measure things like blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, and the person’s weight. The H1 Clinical Kiosk still requires a nurse to help guide the process and to make sure everything is being…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Epic Fails And Deadly IT Cultures (An OPINION Piece)

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

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Dalai's note:  A piece by Dr. Richard Gunderman posted on TheHealthcareBlog.com.  It is unclear whether or not Dr. Gunderman's "discovery" is a real document or not. Still, it would seem to explain a lot of what we are seeing in healthcare today...How To Discourage a DoctorNot accustomed to visiting hospital executive suites, I took my seat in the waiting room somewhat warily.Seated across from me was a handsome man in a well-tailored three-piece suit, whose thoroughly professional appearance made me – in my rumpled white coat, sheaves of dog-eared paper bulging from both pockets…
  • "Value-based care: Bad for doctors, bad for patients?"

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Dalai's note:  Here is another piece cross published from KevinMD.com. I have a huge level of antipathy toward "Value-Based" reimbursement. From the beginning, I smelled a rat. How could we in radiology in particular prove the "value" of what we do in a manner that would convince those who hold the purse strings that we should actually be paid for our efforts? If, for example, we tell the ER doc that his order for a CT is inappropriate, we save the system money, and risk a lawsuit. If we let it go through, and it is negative as expected, we are dinged for charging the system for…
  • iWant

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    'Nuff said.
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • I Would Be A Bit Careful With Getting Involved In This E-Health Initial Public Offering.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I spotted this report last week:Fund managers wary of Orion price5:00 AM Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 Software developer ends speculation on IPO, but some possible investors worry it might set the bar too high. The ink is barely dry on the announcement of Orion Health's up to $150 million sharemarket listing and fund managers are already talking down the offer's price - even though it is yet to be revealed.After years of speculation, the Auckland developer of software systems used in hospitals yesterday confirmed it is aiming to float on the NZX and Australia's ASX late next month.The company is…
  • Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 30th October 2014. No Sign Of Stopping!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and the fuss has still not settled by a long shot.It is amazing how the discussion on the GP Co-Payment just runs and runs. Some more this week.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this 22nd week since it was released. Clearly Ebola and the Government Response and the new Primary Health Networks got a lot of coverage and this continues.The House of Reps returned a week or so ago and the Senate comes back 27th October so we will see how we go! I note rumblings about a much different approach to the Budget in…
  • I Wonder If There Is A Hint About NEHTA’s Future In This Job Advertisement?

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This advertisement appeared a few days ago.Senior Policy AdvisorNEHTA-Sydney, Australia23 October, 2014Job descriptionStatus: Fixed term until June 2015 The Policy team at NEHTA are vital in developing and delivering consistent national policy frameworks which support eHealth into the future. The Policy team provide specialist advice on governance issues and key to the role is to engage with jurisdictional representatives. As Senior Policy Advisor you will provide specialist policy advice to key stakeholders internally and externally.  In this busy role you will work closely with other…
  • At Least One Blogger Suggests The Expert Vibes Are Suggesting It Is Time To Call Time On The PCEHR.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post from Dr Edwin Kruys appeared last week.The Australian PCEHR: Success or failure?24/10/2014 Edwin Kruys Call me naive, but I was hoping that somewhere in Australia IT-people would be working day and night to fix the PCEHR, based on the abundant feedback from doctors and consumers. I had a rude awakening when I read this article in Australian Doctor Magazine: PCEHR: Patients may see test results before GP.Sorry? Diagnostic imaging & pathology results may be uploaded to someone’s eHealth record, before they have been reviewed by or discussed with the requesting doctor? This…
  • Was Asked For A Few Points On NEHTA For The Review Being Done For Victorian Government. Here Is What I Said.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    The terms of reference for the short review were: Terms of Reference are: review and assess the extent to which NEHTA delivers for Victoria on its intended objectives as documented in relevant national agreements, strategies and agendas; review and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of NEHTA for Victoria, in general, including identifying areas of risk in the national agenda (e.g. duplication of effort, unnecessary burden); assess possible new governance arrangements for the national E-Health agenda in light of the findings of the Commonwealth review of the PCHER; assess the net benefits…
 
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  • Americans Killed by Medical Errors Today

    Bob
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Current events have sparked popular tweets like this: As referenced by the West Health To Err is Human: Interoperability is Divine article, based on a 300,000 annual death rate, the following could be added to the list: Americans killed by medical errors today: 822 This shocking statistic positions medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Also see Deaths by medical mistakes hit records. Pretty depressing. This is a complex problem to solve, but reducing preventable deaths with improved patient safety technology should be a…
  • The Bumpy Road to a New Development Laptop

    Bob
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    My 6 year old Lenovo T400 finally gave up the ghost. It didn’t totally die (it probably never will, thank you IBM), but the screen was starting to flicker and it reliably rebooted itself whenever I was doing something useful. Very annoying. Grief I went though the standard 5 stages of grief: Denial: All T400’s do this. Anger: “Damn it, why does this thing keep crashing? I’m sick of this sh*t!”. Bargaining: Maybe if I update to 14.04 it will stop doing this. Depression: “This sucks!” Acceptance: OK, time to buy a new laptop. I’m fine now, but…
  • 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
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  • One More Lesson

    shelly
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
      If you follow this blog at all, you know I am big on talking about lessons I have learned from others – my colleagues,  my classmates, birds in a nest, my family, strangers I have met in England, my SASS Cowboy crew, cartoon characters, my son… Today my lesson came from a 1st grader.A very entrepreneurial and creative 1st grader. She is the first student at her school to secure her own “booth” (aka table) at her school fall festival, at her own request.She has written and published (with a little help) a book called “The Arguing Colors”, and was selling and signing copies…
  • Life as we know it (By Ryan, Age 15)

    shelly
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    (Side note: This is a journal entry written by my son, verbatim, as a class assignment. I only had him change one sentence because he wrote the opposite of what he intended. Otherwise, these are his thoughts, in his words. Sometimes things like this are put into your life at the right time and for all the right reasons... and its nice to get a validation that I am rubbing off on him, just a little! Enjoy!) When a person reflects on there life, they don’t think of the times where they just followed the path of society, they think of the times where the actions they took where what us as a…
  • Aiming is not always enough

    shelly
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    I’m on a vacation this week with my daughter at the SASS World Championships.Its my first time as a shooter and our first time without the rest of our family to coach us, guide us, and generally just keep us on the straight and narrow. Funny thing about both cowboy shooting and life: You hit what you aim at. (Yes, I just ended that sentence with a preposition). Sometimes, however, even when you bring your best game, your sights are dead on, and you are keeping your chin on the butt of the gun and your head down, things happen that are beyond your control.Your rifle jams, your shotgun falls…
  • Cowboy Wisdom – Did you look at it?

    shelly
    26 May 2014 | 6:01 pm
      This weekend I had the opportunity yet again to spend time with some of the greatest people on earth – the SASS cowboys in Byhalia, MS at their annual match. I picked up a piece of wisdom that needs to be shared: “Did you look at it?” Think about this. How many times do we think we have an insurmountable problem? A task that seems to be impossible? A goal that we don’t think we have the tools or resources or skills to reach? A frustrating situation that makes us feel trapped? So just stop and ask yourself that one simple question: “Did you look at it? I mean, really….did…
  • A Nest’s Life Lessons

    shelly
    11 May 2014 | 9:14 am
      Today I had the privilege of seeing baby birds leaving their nest.We had a pair of finches build a nest in our winter wreath on our front door…I am a lover of all things snowman-ish so I have a wreath with a snowman on it that stays on the front door through the winter months.Just when we went to take it down, we noticed the nest with the four eggs in it. Three of them ended up hatching and I was excited to see some VERY ugly naked baby birds.They were tiny and vulnerable and of course soon after that the weather went down to freezing again. All I could think of was how worried I was…
 
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  • Karen DeSalvo Remains as National Coordinator of ONC Along with New Position

    John Lynn
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In case you missed it, last week it was announced that Karen DeSalvo had been appointed Assistant Secretary of Health focused on Ebola by HHS Secretary Burwell. In that same announcement Jacob Reider also announced his departure from ONC. While the news was true that DeSalvo was taking on a new role at HHS as Assistant Secretary of Health, ONC also published a blog post that DeSalvo would stay on as National Coordinator of Health IT as well: Dr. DeSalvo will serve as Acting ASH while maintaining her leadership of ONC. Importantly, she will continue to work on high level policy issues at ONC,…
  • 6 Physician Website Tips

    John Lynn
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I was asked to write an article for gMed users about Building a Better Physician Website. It’s an important topic that often gets overlooked by clinics and doctors and something I’ve worked on building physician websites. Here’s the intro to the article: In this ever changing world, a physician’s website is how a new patient is going to judge that physician’s skills and capabilities. Whether they find their doctor on their insurance list, Google, a physician rating site or from a friend, a large majority of patients are now reviewing websites before scheduling an…
  • Connected Health takes the stage at Partners symposium

    Andy Oram
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Connected Health Symposium is not one of the larger health conferences, but it is one of the most respected. I met a number of leaders in health IT there who praised it for the conference scope and seriousness, and told me they were glad to see me there covering it. Many issues in health IT and patient empowerment, however, are best learned not from any conference, but from the tussles and tears of everyday life. Let us hope no reader has undergone the personal experience of having her reports dismissed and of being misdiagnosed, as did several speakers at the conference. But many of us…
  • #MGMA14 Twitter Roundup

    John Lynn
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    I’ve been spending the past couple days at the MGMA Annual conference in Las Vegas. It’s been interesting to talk to many of the leaders in healthcare. There seems to be a lot of confusion and uncertainty in the air. In fact, that seems to be the case at all the healthcare conferences I’m attending lately. While the industry is going through a turbulent period, it’s still been interesting to see the ongoing evolution that’s happening. The Twitter stream has been a little disappointing to me. I’d like to see more attendees tweeting content. The vendors are…
  • The Return of the House Call? – UberHealth

    John Lynn
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    I’d been hearing rumors about Uber (the black car service) creating an Uber Health service. I don’t think anyone is clear on the details and I’m not sure how they can do Uber Health when it seems like they have enough growth opportunities and challenges with their car service. Undeterred, yesterday Uber Health dipped its toe in the water with a Flu Prevention program for 1 day in 3 cities. Uber partnered with Vaccine Finder to bring flu prevention packs and flu shots directly to you at the push of a button (an Uber button of course). The offering was obviously really…
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  • Microsoft Launches the “Smart Band” To Work With the Microsoft Health Platform–Much More than Just A Fitness Band

    Medical Quack
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Here’s the answer to the Apple Healthkit and watch and does quite a bit and the video below from tells you all about it with a hands on beginning with the unboxing.  It was announced last night and it’s already in the stores.  This was nice and not having to wait.  It comes in 3 sizes, small, medium and large.  You can also order one online.  The cost is $199 and there’s an extra charger available for $19.95. It has a 48 hour battery life to begin with and there’s some additional perks here than just another band that monitors your heart rate.  The…
  • Health Insurance Companies Exceed Predictions on Profits Hitting All Time Records For the 3rd Quarter of 2014–While The Data and Information Systems Decline In Consumer Value As Flawed Data Is On the Rise..

    Medical Quack
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    We are seeing this in other industries too but nowhere is it more visible than with health insurance.  It’s been said many times over on the web that insurance companies profit on complexities and if you look at the past year that seems to hold very true.  Many do not understand their policies today, what’s covered and what’s not and “is my doctor in network” is the new big question for many.  They maybe in network today and gone tomorrow.  This constant influx is what helps health insurers make money.  Just yesterday I wrote about how the insurance…
  • Feds File Lawsuit Against Honeywell For Tactics Used With Company Wellness Program With Mandated Screening of Employees and Spouses…

    Medical Quack
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to employee complaints filed a lawsuit against Honeywell for their tactics and the company says the testing and screenings are voluntary but the penalties that could hit is what the problem is and penalties can go up as high s $4000.00.  This will be interesting to see how this one plays out.  The EEOC has requested a temporary injunction to stop the employee testing.  Honeywell employees around 50,000 people in the US.  This is the  third suit in three months that the EEOC has filed accusing companies of setting…
  • Here Come the Dead Doctors Again Located In Flawed Directories–Now It’s From Insurance Companies Who Can’t Produce Semi Accurate Listings And They Pay These People…

    Medical Quack
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Ok so now we are at the top of the heap when insurers themselves can’t produce accurate listings, but …..they pay most of them so I would think if anyone could get it right insurers would, well that would be wrong.  In this article they examined dermatologists but I would guess there’s not a lot variance with accuracy through all listings and types of practice.   They found 9% were retired or dead.  In the past if you have read here long enough then you know about my conversation a few years ago with finding my former doctor on Healthgrades who had been dead for 8…
  • Health Exchange Patients Have Trouble Finding Doctors Who Accept Their Insurance–Reimbursement Makes A Huge Difference

    Medical Quack
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    You can read below what the insurers said in their comments.  Cigna and Aetna pay the doctors the same on whether or not the plan is sold on the exchange or not.  In California Aetna doesn’t sell any more individual policies any longer and before the exited last year they were already the lowest paying.  I don’t know much about Cigna. Now look at United Healthcare, they pay doctors at rates “above Medicaid” but “below Medicare”.  United also pulled out of California for individual policies last year so that doesn’t apply here unless they happen to jump back…
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  • DIGITAL X-RAY VIRGINS Contd

    gpldev
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Call Today for Information on our Digital X-Rays and Dental  Software | (800) 704-8494 Digital X-Rays? After doing a good deal of research, the system I finally chose was DentiMax. There were several reasons I choose that company’s Dream Sensor. The first was that I found the quality to be amazing and the price was the lowest I had seen anywhere. This made me skeptical, but further research with CRA and other literature helped convince me that this sensor—and its low price—was not too good to be true. I was delighted to find the sensor was very highly rated. This, of course, made them…
  • DIGITAL X-RAY VIRGINS

    gpldev
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Digital XRays Are the Future | (800) 704-8494 For some unidentified reason, my wife and I have gotten hooked on all those real estate reality shows on HGTV. One of these shows, “Property Virgins,” features first-time homebuyers trying to decide if they want to own a home and, if so, what they should buy. Watching this show feels a bit familiar to me because a few short months ago you could have called me a Digital X-Ray Virgin. For the last 13 years, I have shared a 12-operatory building and an old x-ray processor with two other Digital X-Ray Virgins. We all thought we were doing…
  • Going Paperless: One Step at a Time (Contd)

    gpldev
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Call Today for Information on our Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 It really is a beautiful thing to watch the smooth flow of information  between the back and front office as treatment plan, perio, clinical notes and other data is shared to create claims, statements and new appointments.   Go Digital with X-rays Now, for a real productivity boost, combine your practice management software with a digital x-ray system.  Using these two systems together lets you view digital x-rays while treatment planning – at the same time.  And the advantages of digital x-rays over traditional film…
  • Going Paperless: One Step at a Time

    gpldev
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    By Ryan S. Brown, DDS Throw out your progress notes, x-ray film and the other systems that you have used for years and try going into work the next day with an all new paperless system that you and your staff have neither seen nor used – and did I mention that your day is packed full of patients?  This kind of nightmare would make any dental team anxious and would prove a recipe for disaster.  Fortunately, offices that want to go paperless don’t have to do it all at once, but can take it one step at a time.  Let me suggest three initial steps to going paperless: (1) create treatment…
  • Embezzlement Contd

    gpldev
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
     How can a dental practice prevent embezzlement?  Obviously, the first line of defense against embezzlement is to hire honest people.  But beyond reviewing work history and calling references, no one can guarantee that their staff will never steal from them.  Bluntly stated, without good software, you cannot properly protect yourself from employee theft.  I would not have pursued my suspicion and caught this office manager without the detailed information provided by my software program.  I shudder to think about the amount of money that she could have stolen had I not caught her early…
 
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  • 'Don't tell Judy Faulkner'

    Erin McCann
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    The topic at the Cleveland Clinic annual summit Monday was healthcare innovation – what's impeding it, what more is needed to foster it and the innovation milestones taking place today. It may come as no surprise: Health IT came up a lot at this year's event. (And, yes, so did Judy Faulkner.)   read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Nurses not happy with hospital EHRs

    Mike Miliard
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Frustration with electronic health records has never been higher among RNs, with vast majorities complaining of poor workflows, bad communication and scant input on implementation decisions, a new survey shows. [See also: RNs key to EHR improvement, says CIO] read more
  • EHR still in play with US Ebola case

    Erin McCann
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    In a congressional hearing Thursday, a Texas Health Resources executive joined other clinical stakeholders in the U.S. Ebola crisis to shed light on myriad oversights that materialized when the Ebola virus arrived on American soil.    read more
  • Ambulatory EMRs get down to business

    Mike Miliard
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Here's the good news: Seventy-seven percent of free-standing physician practices have an ambulatory electronic medical record system installed, and a robust 90 percent of hospital-owned providers are up and running with EMRs. Compared to where we were just a few short years ago, that's impressive progress. read more
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  • CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

    Neil Versel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. [See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'] read more
  • NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase. On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers. The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand. read more
  • Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

    Erin McCann
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure. read more
  • Wanted: communications help for EHRs

    Jeff Rowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/wanted-communications-help-ehrs
  • CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more
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  • CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

    Neil Versel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. [See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'] read more
  • NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase. On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers. The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand. read more
  • Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

    Erin McCann
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure. read more
  • Wanted: communications help for EHRs

    Jeff Rowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/wanted-communications-help-ehrs
  • CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more
 
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  • CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

    Neil Versel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. [See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'] read more
  • NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase. On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers. The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand. read more
  • Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

    Erin McCann
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure. read more
  • Wanted: communications help for EHRs

    Jeff Rowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/wanted-communications-help-ehrs
  • CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more
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  • CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

    Neil Versel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. [See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'] read more
  • NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase. On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers. The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand. read more
  • Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

    Erin McCann
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure. read more
  • Wanted: communications help for EHRs

    Jeff Rowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/wanted-communications-help-ehrs
  • CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more
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  • CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

    Neil Versel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. [See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'] read more
  • NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase. On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers. The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand. read more
  • Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

    Erin McCann
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure. read more
  • Wanted: communications help for EHRs

    Jeff Rowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/wanted-communications-help-ehrs
  • CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more
 
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  • CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

    Neil Versel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. [See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'] read more
  • NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase. On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers. The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand. read more
  • Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

    Erin McCann
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure. read more
  • Wanted: communications help for EHRs

    Jeff Rowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/wanted-communications-help-ehrs
  • CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

    Bernie Monegain
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more
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  • Defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and Choosing a VNA

    Mach7 Technologies
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    (SPONSORED) In this video, Eric Rice, Mach7’s CTO, offers a quick summary of what to consider when defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and choosing a VNA and a VNA partner. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Nathan Russ - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 Boston

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

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

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Daniel Nigrin, MD, CIO at Boston Children's Hospital, describes his experience dealing with a cyberattack at the hospital by notorious hacktivist group Anonymous. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Introducing the U.S. Digital Service

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    In this video from whitehouse.gov, Mickey Dickerson, administrator of the new U.S. Digital Service, takes us through a few moments of his first day on the job where he leads a team responsible for digital interfacing with the government. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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    FierceHealthFinance News

  • Bay Area hospitals use fuzzy math on community benefits reporting

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Where have all the community benefits gone? That's a question asked by the Berkeley, CA-based Greenlining Institute, which recently examined how hospitals in San Francisco were expending their community benefits. Greenlining could not find much of an answer.read more
  • Are hospitals being punished by Medicare for treating poor patients?

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Medicare may penalize many hospitals for patient readmissions due to circumstances that are beyond their control, according to Forbes contributor Peter Ubel.read more
  • Consumer-driven healthcare could help empty hospital beds

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The shift toward consumer-driven healthcare could wind up cutting the number of patients receiving care via the hospital inpatient setting by as much as 40 percent over the long term, according to a new report by the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.read more
  • CMS clarifies short-stay claims settlement offer

    Ron Shinkman
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued an update on its settlement process with providers regarding disputed short-term hospital claimsread more
  • A dozen fees providers may soon charge patients

    Ron Shinkman
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Now that hospitals and other providers have become highly invested in nickel-and-diming their patients with fees that have little to do with the care they actually provide (they're also in...read more
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  • Analysis: How will Obamacare Premiums Behave during Second Open Enrollment – Part 2

    Pamela Girardin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    In the first part of this series, we discussed how the results of the PwC study have waylaid some fear of high premium increases playing a role in the 2015 open enrollment period. To be fair, not everyone is buying what the report states but let’s put that aside for right now and look at […]
  • Analysis: How will Obamacare Premiums Behave during Second Open Enrollment – Part 1

    Pamela Girardin
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    The second open enrollment period is quickly approaching and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is – how will Obamacare premiums behave in the second year of reformed health insurance coverage? We are roughly two months away from open enrollment and any solid number on rate increase is far from available. As we approach November […]
  • Are Billing Problems Forming a New Set of Challenges for Obamacare?

    Pamela Girardin
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    At outset of Obamacare, all eyes were on the troubled healthcare.gov launch that gripped the administration on October 1, 2013. While the Affordable Care Act was being lauded as the coveted reformer of the health insurance, it had its own demons to fight. As time passed, exchange problems were weeded out and the system became […]
  • Anti-Obamacare Spending Boosted Enrollments, Say Reports

    Pamela Girardin
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act has attracted the ire of opposition for mainly being a Democratic idea. The GOP has tried more than once to repeal the law. When the repeal did not work, it tried for a replacement of the law. The idea of replacement didn’t work, as the alternative did not […]
  • Burwell vs Hobby Lobby: What’s The Impact On Corporations?

    Pamela Girardin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    With a Supreme Court ruling adding fuel to the fire, the Burwell vs Hobby Lobby fight is far from over. Let’s start with a little background first. The Affordable Care Act mandated that the employers providing health insurance coverage to employees must cover all forms of birth control. However, not all organizations agreed with the […]
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    FierceMobileHealthcare News

  • Microsoft debuts mHealth platform, smartband

    Judy Mottl
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Microsoft is officially in the mHealth realm, debuting its Microsoft Health platform complete with a cloud service, app, 10-sensor smartband and industry partnerships with app developers and a national fitness chain.read more
  • Study: Age, education critical to device use for docs and patients

    Judy Mottl
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Acceptance and use of mHealth devices for medical care by doctors and patients varies given age and education levels, according to a report from Hannover Medical School in Germany, which examined how medical staff and patients perceive mHealth devices.read more
  • Mobile payment tech spurs faster global healthcare services

    Judy Mottl
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Mobile digital payment technology is not only changing healthcare delivery on a global front, it's fostering greater access to services and enabling more cost-effective healthcare for patients and providers, as illustrated by three real-world scenarios reported on by The Guardian.read more
  • mHealth lessons in Ebola crisis continue to spawn tech innovation

    Judy Mottl
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    There's a centuries-old saying that every cloud has a silver lining.  The silver lining I'm focusing on is the mobile health technology lessons being learned from the current Ebola virus outbreak--and how these lessons will foster greater mHealth tools and tech moving forward.read more
  • PwC report: Wearables continue to face obstacles, but consumers show interest

    Judy Mottl
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Consumers are showing interest in mHealth wearables, but true adoption will only come when device makers offer affordable solutions that provide greater value, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute report.read more
 
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  • VA absent among DHMSM bidders

    Katie Dvorak
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    The deadline has come for vendors and other entities to submit their proposals for the Defense Department's electronic health record system contract--but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't be part of the fray.read more
  • EHRs in NICUs could be refined to provide most relevant info

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Electronic health records in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) could be modified to synthesize the vast amounts of data available to assist in clinical decision making and offer variations based on clinician role, according to a new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. read more
  • Epic pushes back against interoperability critics

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Electronic health record vendor Epic is going on the offensive after claims that it impedes data-sharing, according to an article in Politico.read more
  • Could AMA's increased pitch to feds on Meaningful Use backfire?

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    I think it's fair to say that for the American Medical Association (AMA), the gloves officially are off.read more
  • EHRs can 'significantly' improve the quality of clinical notes

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Electronic health records can improve the quality of physicians' clinical notes, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.read more
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    Clinic Server

  • The Key to Clinical Success in One Word

    Kelly Lawson
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    SYSTEMS. “I just have too much extra time,” said no clinician, ever. [tweet this] Simply put, systems are a group of processes. A process is a step by step way of doing something. The key to consistently get the results and service outcomes you want for your business is to ensure that the steps you select produce the best results and are the best ways of doing things. Find the most ethical, evidence-based, efficient, effective, and legal ways of doing things AND THEN USE THEM. That’s a system.  “97% of all business failure is due to the system, not the person.”  – W.
  • Two less obvious profit drivers for your clinic.

    Kelly Lawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    1. E-Confirmations. Cancellations and no-shows are not just annoying, they are a significant revenue drain. An e-Confirmation is an automatically generated email to the patient that delivers an online notification regarding their upcoming appointment and allows them to confirm their intention to attend the appointment. eConfirmations are built into your practice Management Software – so they are of no cost to you or your resources, and… eConfirmations decrease no shows by and cancellations rates by 50% @clinicserver [tweet this] Calculate: Your clinic’s no-show rate =  (Number of…
  • Five ways to improve the ambiance of your waitroom before your morning coffee break.

    Kelly Lawson
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    We wish that wait rooms didn’t exist. Really. As clinicians, we dont ever want to make people wait for us. It creates an undesirable and perceived hierarchical dynamic of, “My time is more important than yours, therefore, you wait for me.” Sadly, it is largely unintentional, and often necessary as appointments can run late, clients can run late, phone calls can interject, documentation can take longer than expected. There are any number or reasons that we can keep our clients waiting. The reality is, clients don’t like waiting, and we don’t like making them wait, but it happens. The…
  • 5 Free Ways to Market Your Practice This Fall

    Kelly Lawson
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    It is no secret that fall is ramp up time in the business world. Schools reopen, vacations end, cottages close, RVs get packed up, the boats go into storage, people resume their routines. Fall is a well known period of time when bustle begins. What better time to be prepared to accelerate community awareness efforts for your practice and getting the word out about who you are and what you have to offer your potential clients? Below are 5 tips for marketing your practice that take a little time, and good news, they’re all FREE to you. 1. Plan a speaking engagement. When you understand who…
  • Happy National Physiotherapy Month!

    Kelly Lawson
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    It’s National Physiotherapy Month! ClinicServer would like to give a well deserved shout out to physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants across the globe! We recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication you give to your profession and your patients everyday. Cheers to you!  
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    Practice Fusion Blog

  • The Hidden Cost of Paper Charts

    Josh Groth
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    In January of 2014, 39% of office-based physicians reported that they still use paper medical charts, with the assumption that it’s easier, more efficient, or saves their practice money. This is simply not true. Outlined below are just some of the hidden costs of paper. Missing tasks Delegating tasks with colored fluorescent sticky notes on top of patient charts, lab orders, medication refills, follow-up appointments and more is a completely unreliable task management system with no way of tracking if the tasks were actually completed. How much revenue is lost when a referral is missed? Or…
  • The new EHR: An upgrade for 21st century medicine

    Matthew Douglass
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When we launched the Practice Fusion electronic health record (EHR) platform in 2007, we wanted to provide a comprehensive, web-based EHR system at an affordable price so that physicians and patients could access their clinical information anytime, anywhere. What started as a vision in 2007 is now reality in 2014, with the launch of our brand new, mobile-optimized EHR that lets you take your practice wherever you go. Whether you’re working from a desktop, laptop, or tablet you can: e-Prescribe medications Complete chart notes Access lab results Send referrals Submit superbills And so…
  • e-Prescribing for controlled substances is coming to your EHR

    Practice Fusion
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Practice Fusion is pleased to announce that we are actively developing e-prescribing for controlled substance (EPCS) so that our providers can meet the March 27, 2015 New York I-STOP deadline. Although we’ve already begun implementing back-end processes to allow for EPCS, this feature will take time to complete and we appreciate your patience as we address all the requirements. As always, this feature will be available to you for free as part of our industry-leading EHR. As part of I-STOP, most New York prescribers have been required to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)…
  • Front office hacks for the best medical practices

    Mike Hoaglin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s much more to the patient experience than the medical exam, and the front office environment sets the tone upon arrival. Optimize this space to promote a healing—not waiting—environment and maximize patient satisfaction. It’s only a waiting room if they’re waiting Rather than focus only on reducing wait times, transform how patients perceive and use that time. Offer wi-fi in the waiting room and have a couple of iPads or tablets on-hand for the following: PHR registration: When a patient arrives, it’s a good time to check whether he or she is enrolled in Patient Fusion.
  • Thinking outside the pillbox: Enabling patients to stick to their medication plan

    Mike Hoaglin
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    To the tune of 125,000 deaths and $300 million, medication non-adherence is a growing concern to clinicians and the healthcare system. In fact nearly two thirds of re-admissions are due to medication non-adherence. However, the use of interventions to improve adherence are rare in routine clinical practice. When pill counts, chasing pharmacy records, or patient attestation aren’t cutting it, reach for a technological helping hand. Gamify the importance of adherence The benefits of taking medications regularly aren’t readily apparent to many patients, especially with medications that are…
 
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  • McKesson Health Solutions Conference 2014 opens today

    Cara Wood
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    This year’s MHSC 2014, an exclusive gathering of healthcare industry leaders convening at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and running through October 30th, brings payers and providers together against the backdrop of a healthcare industry in transition, challenged by the rapid pace of healthcare payment model transformation. Dozens of experts from McKesson’s customer roster and solution areas will be on hand to share and discuss their experiences, best practices, and technology insights to help attendees tackle the unprecedented challenge of running complex reimbursement models at…
  • A Healthcare IT Halloween

    Rich Levin
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    There are lots of scary issues that payers and providers face in healthcare IT every day. Payment reform, ICD-10, uncontrolled molecular diagnostic spends, maintaining legacy systems running in a rapidly changing world – there’s no shortage of costly technical challenges to keep us up at night. But with Halloween approaching, we thought it was time to take a lighter look at “what’s scary about healthcare IT.” To do that, and to celebrate McKesson Health Solutions 27th annual customer forum taking place this Halloween week in Baltimore, we commissioned some…
  • How to handle questions about Ebola

    laurie Tarkan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Adult infectious disease specialist Summerpal Kahlon, MD, has some advice for physicians across America who are now fielding frantic questions from patients about Ebola. Read Dr. Kahlon’s article on actions to take and actions to avoid.
  • Can efficient network management bring you closer to value-based reimbursement?

    Cara Wood
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    There is a cascading inefficiency problem in many network management approaches today. Chances are your network management is using multiple data sources, still relying on paper-driven processes, struggling with long cycle times, or built on an older platform that has not integrated multiple systems well. Worse still, these administrative mistakes and nuisances may be holding you back from the solid foundation your systems need to enact successful value-based reimbursement in the future. As the industry changes, one of the keys to success is putting the technology in place to have more…
  • Happy ICD-10 Anniversary!

    Rich Levin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Here’s a commemorative cartoon for your office refrigerator! Click to Enlarge But don’t thank us for it. Thank our colleagues at RelayHealth Financial, where you’ll find more revenue cycle management cartoons and expertise on ICD-10 readiness to boot. In fact, RelayHealth Financial’s full suite of financial connectivity solutions were ready for ICD-10 — including support for true end-to-end testing — a full two years ahead of the U.S. government deadline. So enjoy the anniversary. And hop on over to RelayHealth Financial to learn more about ICD-10…
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  • Hello, It’s Telemedicine Calling.

    Vlada Barlow
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    As I sit in my home office with the security icon blinking on the screen of my company-issued laptop, it dawns on me how much nearly every profession relies on remote communication. From banking, to education, and even to matchmaking, people use technology to communicate with others near and far, often making life changing decisions […]
  • T-Minus 169 days…the Clock is Ticking for New York Providers

    Michelle Soble-Lernor and Peter Kaufman
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015 This is the headline that jumps off of the page on the New York Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s (BNE) website, and March 27 is the drop-dead date, no ifs ands or buts. March 27 is only 169 days away, and all physicians, with few exceptions, must go paperless […]
  • Elements of a Patient-centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

    Maria Barhams
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Increasingly provider compensation and penalties are associated with the quality of care they deliver to their patients and whether those patients heed their advice. Although there is not a quick fix formula to ensure a patient complies with provider guidance, strategies exist to enhance patient engagement and accountability. Strong patient-provider relationships are associated with better […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    insideARM

  • Challenge to New York City Debt Collection Law Moves to High Court

    Patrick Lunsford
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this week ruled that New York’s highest court will need to resolve the legal questions in a case brought by a debt collection law firm challenging a New York City statute that regulates certain activities of collection attorneys.
  • Economic Growth Remained Robust in Third Quarter; GDP Up 3.5%

    Patrick Lunsford
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Following an economic surge in the second quarter of 2014, the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent in Q3, according to the Commerce Department. The number exceeded economists’ expectations of around 3 percent growth.
  • What Patients Without Insurance Don’t Know is Hurting Them

    insideARM.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the self-pay population is shrinking. But the financial challenges of that population continue to grow and now are spreading to other formerly stable patient populations, namely those with employer insurance.
  • Executive Change: MRS BPO Welcome Tim Steele as VP Sales and Marketing

    insideARM.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    MRS BPO, LLC, an industry leader in financial services, healthcare, cable, utilities and telecommunications debt recovery, gave its national sales presence a significant boost with the addition of a new Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tim Steele.
  • Strategies for Effective Phone Data Testing

    insideARM.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Employing an effective debt-collection strategy—with the right information solutions provider—helps increase Right-Party Contacts (RPC) and drive operational effectiveness for any company, large or small. The rise of consumer sophistication, government regulations and client work standards continues to drive the demand for effective collection processes—and strategic alliances with information solutions providers are a critical element to success. Your data vendor is an extension of your operation and picking the right one has never been more critical.
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    CureMD Blog

  • 4 Practical Ways EHRs Use Real Time Analysis to Help Providers and Patients

    Zach Watson
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    It’s a term constantly inserted into technology conversations to make a product or action seem new and cutting edge. And while the term is undoubtedly over-used, it remains relevant because it showcases a significant truth: the way we access data is changing. In our personal and professional lives, a few clicks can now summon a myriad of empirical evidence about our fitness, financial records, and even utilities usage. Far from being esoteric technology, real-time data retrieval is quickly becoming a foundational element of our relationship with technology. As information technology has…
  • The US healthcare industry will never be ready for ICD-10 until we stop scapegoating our physicians

    Nina Keller
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This would have been the second week of the ICD-10 era in American Healthcare had the Congress not intervened to delay its implementation. It was believed that by giving EHR vendors, providers and payers more time America would have a relatively smoother transition. On this day, it’s only fair to ask ourselves if the government policy worked. Are we better prepared to handle the ICD-10 phenomena now than we were a few months back? The simple answer is no. We are asking too much of our physicians by expecting them to change their workflow, implement all sorts of technology, comply with…
  • How to Succeed with Patient Portals for Meaningful Use Stage 2?

    Stephanie Debbie
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Utilizing a patient portal within a healthcare organization may have been an option for providers to meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements. Now, for Meaningful Use Stage 2, it is a core objective that must be met. CMS  requires eligible professionals not only to  provide 50% of unique patients online access to their healthcare information, they will now for Stage 2 need to have more than 5% of these unique patients view, download, or transmit to a third party their electronic personal health information. Understandably, this is one of the more challenging objectives for eligible…
  • 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…
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  • The Digitization and Democratization of Healthcare

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Two weeks ago, healthcare news headlines and Twitter made hundreds of thousands of references to Dr. Eric Topol’s keynote address at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 conference. For a review of Dr. Topol’s thoughts and comments, click here.   Dr. Topol spelled out eight drivers of the evolving paradigm in healthcare, namely, sensors, labs, imaging, physical exams, access to medical records, transparency of costs and digital pills. That list would have seemed foreign just a few years ago.   Dr. Topol took a look at the radical shift occurring in the centuries-old doctor-patient…
  • Robo-Pathologist Will Still Require Human Intervention

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I read with interest a recent article entitled “If A Computer Can Diagnose Cancer, Will Doctors Become Obsolete?”. The discussion in the article has several purely economic points and focus, but what caught my eye of course was being made obsolete by a computer!   This, of course, is not a new idea. In medical school 20 years ago, I was involved with a pilot project of what was once a commercially available product that used artificial intelligence to provide diagnoses. I say was “once a commercially available product” because the company - and the application - are no longer in…
  • Kimberly’s Story and the Power of Pathology 2.0

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Today, Keith Kaplan posted the following blog on his tissuepathology.com site. We are reposting here because we couldn’t agree more. The honest, candid response to client issues, listening hard, takes courage. Making amends, moving forward more forcefully addressing that which was missing, takes leadership and enormous courage. We have to ask it of ourselves, for the benefit of clients and patients. That courage can be inspirational, for us all. Thanks Keith. -Posted by Liz Wingard, CEO, CORISTA Kimberly Jewett is a 37 year-old mother of 2 and a two-time breast cancer survivor.
  • Disruptive, Enabling, or Standard of Care

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    An old (-er, I mean experienced) pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon once told me, “The heart is not a music box, it is a pump, why should I use a stethoscope to listen to it?” An experienced neurosurgeon once told me, “Neurologists are the tool we used to use before the CT scan” and a critical care intensivist friend has reminded me several times of the value of a stethoscope when you have arterial blood gases, central venous pressure monitoring, and ventilator settings you can adjust for optimum care.   While the neurosurgeon quip may be offensive to some, particularly…
  • 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…
 
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    Caristix

  • What is HL7 Interface Validation?

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The purpose of HL7 interface validation In the interface lifecycle, validation is critical. HL7 interface validation is about checking the interface you’ve developed: making sure it works and that it meets the requirements you captured before interface development. The most important requirements are around clinical workflow. In essence, validation is about testing against your workflows. You should test performance, message volume, and edge use cases, all before the applications and interface go live. Need more detail on what you should test? Get an [...] Cet article What is HL7 Interface…
  • Release Notes – Caristix 3.2

    jeremy.berube@caristix.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Caristix release 3.2 is a broad release of additional features through the range of Caristix products from Workgroup through the individual HL7 modules, Cloak, Conformance, Pinpoint and Test.  We’ve put some additional focus on Test as we continue to add features that accelerate test creation and test execution to help you get your interfaces into production faster. Workgroup New HL7 Messaging Feature Support file drag-and-drop in the Message Gap to quickly compare message files New DeId Features Preformat the source value of a generator or [...] Cet article Release Notes – Caristix…
  • What Can HIEs Do to Overcome Interoperability Barriers?

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Cost and technical barriers? As soon as you hear the word “interoperability” in healthcare, “cost” and “complexity” are right around the corner. If you’re a technical leader at an HIE, this won’t come as a shock. In a recent survey, 59% of HIEs see the cost of interface development as a barrier. And another 38% view technical difficulty in interfacing as their biggest hurdle. So what’s the solution?  For starters, there is no easy technical fix. Direct messaging can tackle some use cases. [...] Cet article What Can HIEs Do to Overcome Interoperability Barriers? est apparu…
  • Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Interface Conversion Projects: 10 or More Steps If you’ve ever worked on converting from a legacy interface engine to a new one, you know one thing: this is one complex project. With a lot of moving parts. You’re easily facing 10 or more different workflow steps — per interface.  The workflow can start with simply backing up the legacy production interface and can end with testing and deploying the new interface. But between Step 1 and 10, there is a lot [...] Cet article Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Interfacing Capabilities and Costs

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    When you first start researching the interfacing capabilities of each engine vendor, you might be overwhelmed. If you’re in a startup, small company, or a hospital with fewer than 100 beds, get ready for sticker shock. Interfacing and integration don’t come cheap. And if you’re in a bigger organization and you need a new engine, get ready for complexity and value propositions that may be overkill.  This post will help you match your needs to the capabilities in the market. [...] Cet article Interfacing Capabilities and Costs est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 18-25, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Is healthcare burning a hole in your pocket? It would be great to know why it costs that way, right? And have you ever noticed how Canada’s healthcare system is structured to succeed in all its objectives? Here’s the newest and most interesting on healthcare.
  • Is it Time to Outsource Revenue Cycle Management?

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    When a healthcare organization decides to outsource their revenue cycle management, they are provided to reduce their business overhead and improve cash flow because of increased efficiency in data gathering and billing collection. This allows them to focus on delivering quality patient care.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Using Big Data in the Healthcare Industry [E-Book]

    Infinit Healthcare
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are looking for a great resource to help you learn more about how Big Data is used in the Healthcare Industry, download and read this FREE e-book now!
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How to Safeguard Against Healthcare Data Breaches

    Infinit Healthcare
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and with the recent shift towards electronic records and the use of big data, healthcare providers need to fortify data security to safeguard against data breaches. The recent Healthcare.gov web site hacking is an example of why healthcare organizations should not only have a data security plan but also a breach plan
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 5 – 11, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This week, let’s focus on a very important advancement in healthcare that may literally prevent us from catching the most horrifying diseases, Big Data. How you ask? Can it prevent us from getting the notorious Ebola virus? Here’s the newest on Healthcare Data.
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  • Precision Offers an Alternative to Senior Living Facilities

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

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    There are many benefits to home care for the elderly. From companionship and ensuring that there is someone around to look after your elderly loved one’s well being even when you are not present, home care has multiple benefits. Here at Precision HHC we have provided you with 6 great reasons why you should use home care to take care of your elderly relatives. 1)      Home Care is Affordable: A professional caregiver not only provides high quality care, they are also extremely affordable as compared to nursing homes. In most cases, keeping your elderly loved ones at home costs…
  • Find the Right Elder Care Facility

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
               
  • Elderly Care Agencies: A Guide

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Finding a proper elderly care agency for the senior in your life may be one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. After all, at the crux of your search is the fact that you need to find the proper spot that will provide a comfortable, caring place for your loved one; one that also strives to preserve their dignity in the process. When you consider other important metrics like cost and location, it becomes clear that finding the right elderly care agency is a decision that should be weighed heavily. When the time comes to consider elder care for your loved one, there are a few rules of…
  • The Elderly vs. Insomnia: A Perpetual Battle for Rest

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    One of the most common complaints of the elderly is a lack of sleep.  This may be in the form of aninability to initiate sleep or an inability to maintain sleep for prolonged periods of time.  Frequent waking is the most common form of insomnia amongst the elderly. Insomnia can be caused by a plethora of factors.   Without a specific disease/condition, insomnia can be a result of several things occurring at the same time.  Below is a list of common causes of insomnia: Caffeine Depression Diet Pills Anxiety Nicotine Intense bedtime thinking/worrying Prescription drugs: Ask your doctor for…
 
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  • 3 Reasons Why Pharma mHealth Apps Have Failed

    Jasmine Pennic
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pharma mHealth companies are struggling to have an impact on the mHealth app market generating only limited downloads and usage, despite releasing more than 100 pharma mHealth apps for iOS and Android. According to Research2Guidance’s new report “Pharma App Market Benchmarking 2014”, the leading Pharma companies have been able to generate 6.6m downloads since 2008 and have less than 1m active users. Given the dominance and reach of the pharma industry, the numbers are extremely disappointing.  Analysis and comparison of the app activities of the top 12 pharma mHealth app…
  • Infographic- Nurses’ Digital and Social Habits at Work

    HITC Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    83 percent of nurses perceive that their organization’s policy allows patient care staff access to public web sites, including social media, to access general health information that will help them with patient conditions, according to a recent survey from Wolters Kluwer Health.  The findings reveal that 65 percent of nurses are using mobile devices for professional purposes at work at least 30 minutes per day, while 20 percent use them for two hours or more.  Also notable, these same results indicated that the vast majority of organizations strictly prohibit actual interaction with…
  • Will the DoD Create Another Frankenstein EHR?

    Dr. Donald Voltz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    photo credit: Dunechaser via cc   Will the DoD create another Frankenstein EHR monster? Don’t trick us with dead data, treat us with middleware connectivity, Dr. Donald Voltz writes.   Dr. Donald Voltz While many children will trick or treat, the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization closes its bidding process today to replace their current EHR for active-duty personal and their families. The current system, the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) will be replaced with a commercial system and the large amount of data migrated into the selected…
  • Like Scorpions, Closed EHR Systems Cause Paralysis

    Edmund Billings MD
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Dr. Edmund Billings Take a step back from the challenges that surround health information technology (HIT) interoperability and you will recognize that market forces and a desperately fragmented health care system make hospitals and vendors act the way we do. It calls to mind the fable of the scorpion and the frog, which is worth revisiting. Wanting to cross a river, a scorpion spies a frog in the water and asks for a ride to the other side. Naturally afraid of being stung and killed, the frog hesitates, but is finally convinced by the scorpion’s argument that stinging the frog would be the…
  • Cleveland Clinic Reveals Top 10 Medical Innovations For 2015

    HITC Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Cleveland Clinic today announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015.  The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel intra-operative radiation approach for breast cancer.  The list of up-and-coming technologies and drug therapies was selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists and announced during Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation Summit. For nomation, each medical innovation must meeting the following criteria:  - Have…
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