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  • BRIEFS: Man arrested; TCA closed Monday; FHU Chili Bowl - Jackson Sun

    healthcare IT news - Google News
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Jackson SunBRIEFS: Man arrested; TCA closed Monday; FHU Chili BowlJackson SunMore than a dozen local health care, civic and community organizations are joining the center to arm black women with information to prevent breast cancer's deadly impact and to encourage best practices in early detection, screening and treatment of
  • What non-HIPAA covered entities must know about protecting PHI

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    Susan D. Hall
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Even companies that are not HIPAA-covered entities need to know how to protect the employee health data they possess, according to attorney Susan A. Miller.read more
  • Who should be held accountable for risk management and cybersecurity in healthcare institutions?

    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus
    Shahid N. Shah
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’ve been involved in building many life-critical and mission-critical products over the last 25 years and have found that, finally, cybersecurity is getting the kind of attention it deserves. We’re slowly and steadily moving from “HIPAA Compliance” silliness into a more mature and disciplined professional focus on risk management, continuous risk monitoring, and actual security tasks concentrating on real technical vulnerabilities and proper training of users (instead of just “security theater”). I believe that security, like quality, is an emergent…
  • Morning Headlines 1/26/15

    HIStalk
    Lt. Dan
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    VSS exits Strata Decision Technology Roper Industries has acquired Strata Decision Technology, a cloud-based analytics platform used by 1,000 hospitals for financial planning and reporting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. New Technology May Save Patients an Additional Visit to a Specialist The University of Virginia Health System will pilot a remote consultation system that connects primary care providers with specialists for quick questions or second opinions on cases that otherwise would have resulted in an unnecessary referral. How Are We Today? Study Lets Patients Help…
  • I’m joining TriMed Media’s Clinical Innovation + Technology

    Meaningful HIT News
    Neil Versel
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I have some big news to share with you this Friday afternoon. I have accepted an offer to become digital editor of Clinical Innovation+ Technology, a publication you may be familiar with. I’ll be responsible for the daily e-mail newsletter, among other things. It’s my first full-time job since the end of 2003. Clinical Innovation + Technology is published by TriMed Media Group of Providence, R.I., which also publishes Health Imaging + IT, Cardiovascular Business, Healthcare Technology Management, Health CXO and the recently revived CMIO. (I freelanced for the first few issues…
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  • BRIEFS: Man arrested; TCA closed Monday; FHU Chili Bowl - Jackson Sun

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Jackson SunBRIEFS: Man arrested; TCA closed Monday; FHU Chili BowlJackson SunMore than a dozen local health care, civic and community organizations are joining the center to arm black women with information to prevent breast cancer's deadly impact and to encourage best practices in early detection, screening and treatment of
  • Reader's Watchdog: Iowan not alone in home-health concerns - DesMoinesRegister.com

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    DesMoinesRegister.comReader's Watchdog: Iowan not alone in home-health concernsDesMoinesRegister.comA West Des Moines quadriplegic's complaint this month of being abandoned by a home-health care agency gave rise to new complaints to the Watchdog — and underscored a worsening national problem in a notoriously low-wage industry. Michael ...
  • Balance of Power: What can Congress get done? - 9NEWS.com

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    9NEWS.comBalance of Power: What can Congress get done?9NEWS.com"One of the burdens we have on the middle class now are increased healthcare costs and it's a direct result of Obamacare. We keep putting more and more burdens on the middle class. The wealthy are gaining wealth because of their investment in the stock ...
  • Healthcare IT News For VARs — January 23, 2015 - Business Solutions Magazine

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Business Solutions MagazineHealthcare IT News For VARs — January 23, 2015Business Solutions MagazineModern Healthcare discusses the implications of President Barack Obama mentioning cybersecurity in his most recent State of the Union Address. Researcher and information security expert, Lillian Ablon, at RAND Corp sees it as an exciting time.
  • Enhance Healthcare IT and Improve Patient Care - DABCC.com

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Enhance Healthcare IT and Improve Patient CareDABCC.comFACT: Preventable medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States right behind heart disease and cancer. It doesn't seem possible but according to “Death by Medical Mistakes Hits Record” in Healthcare IT News it's true and the
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus

  • Who should be held accountable for risk management and cybersecurity in healthcare institutions?

    Shahid N. Shah
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’ve been involved in building many life-critical and mission-critical products over the last 25 years and have found that, finally, cybersecurity is getting the kind of attention it deserves. We’re slowly and steadily moving from “HIPAA Compliance” silliness into a more mature and disciplined professional focus on risk management, continuous risk monitoring, and actual security tasks concentrating on real technical vulnerabilities and proper training of users (instead of just “security theater”). I believe that security, like quality, is an emergent…
  • Second annual Healthcare IT Marketing Conference (HITMC)

    Shahid N. Shah
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    John Lynn, prolific blogger and health IT media magnate, and I are teaming up again for the second year to produce and deliver a marketing conference focused on helping digital health, health IT, and medical device innovators. We’re going to be providing actionable advice and specific techniques you can use to cut through the noise when trying to market healthcare and medical tech products to physicians, hospitals, health systems, ACOs, patients, and similar customers. Called The Healthcare IT Marketing Conference, last year’s event covered very important subjects by some of the…
  • Is Meaningful Use working and what can innovators do to help with EHR adoption?

    Shahid N. Shah
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Earlier this year NueMD created a nice looking Meaningful Use Infographic — asking the question whether MU was helping or hurting EHR Adoption. I loved the summary but I wanted to dig in a little further so I asked Dr. William Rusnak, a resident physician in radiology and a healthcare IT writer for NueMD, to tell us what that infographic meant for innovators and folks building solutions. Here’s what Dr. Rusnak said: When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched their Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, coined “Meaningful Use” (MU) back in…
  • Health IT and digital health job opportunities, qualifications, and certification benefits

    Shahid N. Shah
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:44 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 whether…
  • 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 | 12:45 am
    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 could…
 
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 1/26/15

    Lt. Dan
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    VSS exits Strata Decision Technology Roper Industries has acquired Strata Decision Technology, a cloud-based analytics platform used by 1,000 hospitals for financial planning and reporting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. New Technology May Save Patients an Additional Visit to a Specialist The University of Virginia Health System will pilot a remote consultation system that connects primary care providers with specialists for quick questions or second opinions on cases that otherwise would have resulted in an unnecessary referral. How Are We Today? Study Lets Patients Help…
  • Monday Morning Update 1/26/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    Top News Private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson completes the sale of Strata Decision Technology to Roper Industries. Strata’s StrataJazz financial planning and analytics software is used by 1,000 hospitals. Roper’s other healthcare IT-related acquisitions include Sunquest Information Systems, SHP, and CBORD. Reader Comments From Kim Jong-un: “Re: HIStalk. The CMIO of a large Midwest health system told me that the IT department has blocked web access to HIStalk. Now I am wondering if HIStalk was responsible for the Sony hacking.” I like when an organization blocks access to…
  • Morning Headlines 1/23/15

    Lt. Dan
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
     EHR Certification Improvements A large cohort of medical associations lobby to ONC to focus MU3 certification on usability, interoperability, and safety. NHS disregards patient requests to opt out of sharing medical records The NHS confirms that it has disregarded tens of thousands of requests by patients to opt out of a new national medical record sharing program, citing concerns that patients did not understand what they were opting out of. Pew Submits Letter to Health and Human Services Regarding Unique Device Identifier Capture in Electronic Health Records Geisinger Health Systems,…
  • EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 1/23/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
      While everyone is waiting for the Meaningful Use Stage 3 shoe to drop, let’s not forget we are only eight months away from ICD-10. CMS announced that those organizations that participated in their January end-to-end testing event have already been registered for the upcoming testing week in April. If you missed out on the fun, you can volunteer through your Medicare Administrative Contractor. The chosen few will be announced by February 13. Don’t miss out on this exciting pre-Valentine’s Day gift — volunteer today! CMS has also released an enhanced version of its Open…
  • News 1/23/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Top News A group of medical associations that curiously includes CHIME but not HIMSS urges ONC to refocus EHR certification on usability, interoperability, and safety and to disconnect EHR certification from the Meaningful Use program. They add concerns that ONC isn’t paying enough attention to how ATCBs certify EHRs for privacy and security, such as not requiring complex passwords or insufficiently logging user privilege changes. Apparently the groups don’t think the free market is working since the implication is that the EHR vendors they keep buying from are ignoring their customers…
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • I’m joining TriMed Media’s Clinical Innovation + Technology

    Neil Versel
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I have some big news to share with you this Friday afternoon. I have accepted an offer to become digital editor of Clinical Innovation+ Technology, a publication you may be familiar with. I’ll be responsible for the daily e-mail newsletter, among other things. It’s my first full-time job since the end of 2003. Clinical Innovation + Technology is published by TriMed Media Group of Providence, R.I., which also publishes Health Imaging + IT, Cardiovascular Business, Healthcare Technology Management, Health CXO and the recently revived CMIO. (I freelanced for the first few issues…
  • Cameras in operating rooms?

    Neil Versel
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    As you know, I’ve become rather obsessed with patient safety ever since I watched bad things happen to my dying father nearly three years ago, so I wanted to pass along a petition and gauge people’s opinions. Should cameras be mandatory in operating rooms? Some people think so. There’s obviously a growing movement in the U.S. to equip police officers with body cameras, in the name of protecting police and the public alike. There just might be a parallel for surgery teams and patients. A petition went online late last month as Causes.com, calling on legislators to require OR…
  • Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposals at White House for final review

    Neil Versel
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Why do these things always seem to happen late on Friday afternoons? At least this time it’s not right before a holiday. Actually, with a bit more inspection, I see that it did happen right before a holiday. HIMSS is reporting today that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget is “in its final stages of review” of the proposed rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program. OMB always goes over proposed and final regulations to measure the fiscal — and, presumably, political — impact before allowing executive-branch agencies to make…
  • Health Wonk Review for the holidays

    Neil Versel
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The final Health Wonk Review of 2014 is up (actually, it’s been up for five days, but I’ve been buried with deadlines until this morning), courtesy of Julie Ferguson  and the Lynch Ryan Workers’ Comp Insider blog. My Forbes.com post on the recent reality checks for healthcare wearables makes this biweekly review of the best of the healthcare blogosphere. (I also did a follow-up, featuring an ESPN “Sport Science” segment sponsored by Fitbit.) FWIW, the comments have been closed on the LinkedIn Digital Health Group item about my original post. There isn’t…
  • Join the discussion about wearable technology

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

  • The FDA October Workshop on Cybersecurity

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

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

    BMoorman
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    When I do presentations on the use of standards, I invariably have a slide which defines interoperability as “the ability of a system or a product to work with other systems or products without special effort on the part of the customer.” My second slide then defines syntactic and semantic interoperability. Syntactic interoperability occurs when there are two or more systems capable of communicating and exchanging data and this is usually attainable with the use of physical standards, data standards, and messaging structures. Semantic interoperability is defined as the ability to…
  • FDA Takes Step Backwards with New MDDS Guidance

    Tim Gee
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This summer, FDA proposed lifting regulations from certain currently regulated medical devices. This unprecedented policy shift targets devices known as Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS) and is intended to benefit the mobile app industry and companies like Google, Apple and others. The current regulatory burden for MDDS devices is Class I, 510(k) exempt. This means manufacturers have to follow a basic quality system (i.e., design controls) on par with ISO9001, and report instances of patient injury or death in addition to any product recalls to FDA. The following is a guest blog post…
  • Inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium

    Tim Gee
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Clinical alarm safety can be hard to achieve, and once attained, a struggle to maintain. There are so many challenges: False/positive and non-actionable alarms; Optimizing default alarm limits across patient populations and for individual patients; Spread out nursing units with high patient-to-nurse ratios; Numerous alarm notification methods – audible signal amplification, monitor techs and alarm notification systems; And the constant threat of complacency and alarm fatigue. The inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium, November 20-21, 2014, will delve into these issues and more to…
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  • Windows 10 and Microsoft HoloLens, implications for health and medicine

    hlthblog
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    So yesterday was a big day here at Microsoft. Like many of you, I was glued to my computer screen while our business and product leaders updated the world on Windows 10 , Windows Phone, Xbox, and more. We learned that Cortana will be taking up residence...(read more)
  • Price transparency in healthcare? Despite reforms, still lacking.

    hlthblog
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    The following story is absolutely true. Only the names of the people involved and the name of the academic medical center have  been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. Over the years, I’ve written a number posts about the maddening and frustrating...(read more)
  • Good news and bad news for young medical professionals, and why you should care

    hlthblog
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    There’s good news and bad news coming out of the latest Merritt Hawkins’ survey of medical residents in their final year of training. The good news for resident physicians is that hospitals and health systems are recruiting and hiring. In fact, these...(read more)
  • Your keys to safer, even more secure healthcare cloud services

    hlthblog
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    In my last HealthBlog post, I made the case that we need to focus more on simplicity in healthcare and health IT. Simplicity should be the watchword for solutions in 2015. Thus far, many technology, business and delivery system solutions in the healthcare...(read more)
  • Healthcare and Health IT in 2015. What the world needs now is…….. simplicity

    hlthblog
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Happy New Year to my HealthBlog readers around the world. I’m back in the saddle after a 3 week hiatus for the holidays. I must say I’m feeling fully rested and looking forward to all that 2015 will deliver. Like you, I’m getting tired of reading prognostications...(read more)
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    Lab Soft News

  • Cleveland Clinic Grows Its Inpatient Volume; Relatively Unique Business Model

    Bruce Friedman
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    A recent article in Modern Healthcare featured an interview with Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove who is the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic (see: Cleveland Clinic CEO talks strategy, expansion and standardization). There are a number of very interesting points in this article but one jumped out at me so I will start with it. The exchange is listed below: MH: Cleveland Clinic is unique in that you've actually grown inpatient volume. What do you attribute that to, and is it sustainable? Cosgrove: About 80% of our patients come from about a six-county area, about 19% come from the rest of…
  • Mobile Blood Pressure Optimal but Not with a Smartphone

    Bruce Friedman
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    The idea that continuous ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is preferable to a single measurement in a doctor's office should come as no surprise. A recent study brought this issue into sharp focus (see: Why doctors are excited about mobile blood pressure monitoring). Below is an excerpt from it: In the first decade of this century, deaths attributed to high blood pressure have increased nearly 40 percent – roughly one in three adults in the US now suffer from the condition....An obvious place to start [to control the disease]: make sure that blood pressure monitoring, and thus…
  • Quest's "Blueprint for Wellness" Initiative; Too Little Too Late?

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    In a previous post, I discussed the well-established reference lab business model used by both Quest and LabCorp (see: Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp Business Models Becoming Obsolete). In this note, I listed five different perspectives from which this model was in danger of becoming obsolete. For example, their key customers are private physician offices and such medical practices are disappearing in the face of expansion of integrated delivery networks as well as other factors (see: Health-care law driving doctors away from small practices, toward hospital employment). Moreover,…
  • Free Webinar on the Use of Cloud Technologies to Grow Your Lab Business

    Bruce Friedman
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Xifin will host a free webinar entitled Leveraging Cloud-Based Technologies to Grow Your Laboratory Business this Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PST. Laboratories of all types are turning to cloud computing to minimize time and the resources dedicated to managing and maintaining complex hardware and software environments. Standardizing on cloud-based technologies is a strategic decision. In this webinar, Fritz Gartner CEO of Applied Diagnostics, will discuss how to standardize a laboratory with cloud-based solutions to improve operational efficiencies and…
  • Which Drugs Does Big Pharma Pay Physicians to Promote?

    Bruce Friedman
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Pharmaceutical companies are now being forced by the federal government to publicly disclose the names of physicians whom they pay for various services such as lecturing at medical meetings about their products (see: What We’ve Learned From Four Years of Diving Into Dollars for Docs). I had never given much thought to exactly which drugs physicians were being paid to promote until I came across this article (see: These Are The Drugs Doctors Get Paid The Most To Promote). Below is an excerpt from it: In the last five months of 2013, drug makers spent almost $20 million trying to…
 
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • The Next Generation Tech Kids

    John Lynn
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Today I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at my kids school. They make it a big deal for dad’s to volunteer at the school and my kids absolutely adore having their dad at school with them. We have a tradition that I go and spend the day at school with my kids on their birthdays. It’s pretty awesome and I might have even shed a tear or two. (Side Note: Check out my new Daddy Blog for cute pics of my kids) However, that’s not the point of this post. It turns out today was testing day for a bunch of my kids (I have 3 in elementary school). What was amazing is that all of…
  • Beware: Don’t Buy In to Myths about Data Security and HIPAA Compliance

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Mark Fulford, Partner in LBMC’s Security & Risk Services practice group. Myths abound when it comes to data security and compliance. This is not surprising—HIPAA covers a lot of ground and many organizations are left to decide on their own how to best implement a compliant data security solution. A critical first step in putting a compliant data security solution in place is separating fact from fiction.  Here are four common misassumptions you’ll want to be aware of: Myth #1: If we’ve never had a data security incident before, we must be…
  • Digital Health at CES Wrap Up Video

    John Lynn
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    CES 2015 is now in the headlights. One person I talked to said they thought that the event was missing some of the excitement of previous years. I disagreed with him. I thought it was more exciting than previous years. Although, my excitement comes from the entrepreneurs and the Digital Health space. If you look at the larger CES floor with the massive million dollar booths, it was lacking some luster. Of course, with the size of CES, it’s easy to understand why two people could have very different experiences. If you’re interested about what else I found at CES, I sat down with…
  • Defining the Legal Health Record, Ensuring Quality Health Data, and Managing a Part-Paper Part-Electronic Record – Healthcare Information Governance

    John Lynn
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is part of Iron Mountain’s Healthcare Information Governance: Big Picture Predictions and Perspectives Series which looks at the key trends impacting Healthcare Information Governance. Be sure to check out all the entries in this series. Healthcare information governance (IG) has been important ever since doctors started tracking their patients in paper charts. However, over the past few years, adoption of EHR and other healthcare IT systems has exploded and provided a myriad of new opportunities and challenges associated with governance of a healthcare organization’s…
  • The Value of an Integrated Specialty EHR Approach

    John Lynn
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    As many of you know, I’ve long been an advocate for the specialty specific EHR. There are just tremendous advantages in having an EHR that’s focused only on your specialty. Then, you don’t get things like child growth charts cluttering your EHR when you don’t see any children. Or taken the other way, you have child growth charts that are designed specifically for a pediatrician. This can be applied across pretty much every industry. The reason that many organizations don’t go with a specialty specific EHR is usually because they’re a large multi specialty…
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    Medgadget

  • Coupler Device Shows Promise for Hypertension Control (VIDEO)

    Editors
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Ever since Medtronic announced less than stellar news about the effectiveness of its renal denervation system in a clinical trial, it’s been a bit gloomy for those hoping to get off blood pressure drugs once and for all. Now there’s new hope that rests in a small implant from Rox Medical (San Clemente, CA) that has shown to work effectively in a trial organized among a number of European Centres of Hypertension Excellence. The Coupler device is implanted into the upper thigh where it is used to create a connection, a sort of fistula, between the iliac artery and iliac vein,…
  • Medtronic Enterra II System for Intractable Nausea and Vomiting Lands FDA HDE Approval

    Editors
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Medtronic won FDA approval under the humanitarian device exemption (HDE) provision to treat symptoms of chronic, intractable nausea and vomiting resulting from diabetic gastroparesis or other cause when traditional treatments haven’t worked. The Enterra II neurostimulator is placed within the lower abdominal wall with two leads snaking to the stomach muscle. The neurostimulator sends regular electrical signals through the leads to energize the smooth muscles of the lower stomach. After implantation the device is programmed remotely and can be turned on and off using the wireless…
  • Samsung Unveils Prototype Stroke Detecting Headset

    Editors
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    While brain monitoring using EEG is not a new technique, advancements in technology may allow it to be used for detecting a variety of conditions that are currently hard to diagnose. Samsung is continuing to show evidence that it’s serious about getting a major foothold in the medical field with the announcement that it’s been working on a wearable EEG headset that can be used by patients themselves to detect signs of stroke as well as for regular monitoring to gauge stress levels, analyze sleep, and other brain health parameters that are often not measured quantitatively. The…
  • 3D Face Scans That Spot Early Autism and Help Identify Genes Responsible (VIDEO)

    Editors
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Autism has been a disease difficult to identify in young children, often preventing initiation of early stage therapy that can have the most dramatic positive impact. Researchers at University of Missouri, spurred by one of the scientists on the team who has been working with autistic kids and seemed to have noticed patterns, wanted to see whether children with autism have any characteristic facial features, since many brain conditions are known to. The team used 3D cameras to scan kids’ faces as they fidgeted in their chairs.  One group of kids was known to be autistic, while the…
  • New Injectable Hydrogel Helps Cells and Vessels Grow (VIDEO)

    Editors
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Hydrogels have been shown before to be a medium that promotes new cell growth, potentially serving as a material that can help repair damaged organs. One major obstacle that has kept hydrogels largely absent from this kind of clinical applications has been the inability of high quality blood vessels to form within the material. Typically, only endothelial cell linings show up and the immature vessels quickly degrade. This is due to fibers infiltrating injected synthetic materials and preventing the growth of cells and complex cell structures such as vessels. Now researchers at Rice University…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Je Suis Juif, Je Suis Charlie

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    50 world leaders, and tens, maybe hundreds of thousands, marched in solidarity with the French cartoonists and Jewish civilians, slaughtered by radical Islamists. You will notice that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Palestinian leader Abbas, marched to either side of French President Holland. Not present? Our own President, the so-called leader of the Free World. His lame-duck, racist Attorney General was supposed to be our representative, but he was nowhere to be seen in the very extensive coverage. What message did we just deliver to the rest of the world? That we…
  • Apple Watch Clone?

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    I will probably be one of the first in line for the Apple Watch, at least if it can be ordered online. Supposedly, the grand release will come in March, with pricing ranging from $350 for the aluminum sport flavor to $5,000 or more for the gold "Edition" version. I'll probably go for the $500 steel on steel version:Even though the darn thing hasn't even been released yet, there are manufacturers in China who have already cloned the look and feel, if not the mini iOS experience, and you can be the first on the block to have an Apple Watch, or at least something that looks like one:A few…
  • Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...Lovely Spam, Wonderful E-mail and Telemarketing Spam...

    30 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    We've all likely had about a hundred calls from "Rachel" at "Cardholder Services". This telemarketing-robocalling scam has been around for years. Several of the vermin perpetrating this garbage were shut down, but others have taken up the call, so to speak, and "Rachel" lives on. Apparently there are quite a few idiots out there who will give out their credit card number to the piece of excrement cold-calling their phone. There is indeed a sucker born every minute.I've reported every instance to the FTChttps://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspxand of course all of my…
  • Yosemite Slam

    30 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Yosemite Sam, character copyright Warner Brothers Studios, image courtesy of  dailyinspires.comI've been a lover of Apple products from almost the beginning. My very second computer was a Mac Plus with a whopping one MEG (yes MEGABYTE) of RAM. (My first computer was a TI 99 that didn't do much but hey, it was a computer!) I've since owned or been responsible for the purchase of well over one hundred Apple Macs, not to mention an equal number of iPhones and iPads, half a dozen or so iPods, and even a Newton. I keep hoping for Apple to get into the PACS/EMR game, as their approach to an…
  • An Hour and Thirty-Five Seconds With George W. Bush

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    It's a hard life, but someone has to do it.I'm writing from frigid Chicago, where the air temperature is something around 20 degrees, and the wind chill is 50 below numbness. I'm here for the 100th Anniversary Edition of RSNA, and one must brave adverse conditions to attend so momentous an occasion.If you are reading my illustrious blog, you must have some connection to radiology, and thus you've probably attended RSNA at least once. If so, you know that the most important part of the whole meeting is the parties that come after hours. In years past, the big vendors have put on some really…
 
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  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 26th January, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentThe holidays are about the end and things will start to return to normal next week. Soon after that Parliament will come back and the bun-fight can resart.Interesting that Mr Turnbull is pushing for a ‘single digital identity’ for Australians - I wonder just exactly he means by that - thinking IHI etc.
  • Good To See More Positive Evidence and Publicity On E-Mental Health.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This appeared a few days ago:Health advocates call on Federal Government to utilise technology to fight mental illness saying digital services are 'vastly underused' By Lexi Metherell January 21, 2015, 4:00 pmMental health advocates are urging the Federal Government to make better use of technology-based mental health services, saying they are cheap, effective, but vastly underused.The Federal Government is considering reforms to the sector and is soon expected to deliver its response to the National Mental Health Commission's review of programs and services.Mental health professionals have…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 254 – Results – 25th January, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Following The Back-down On Medicare Rebate Cuts, With A Promise Of Consultation, Do You Expect More Consultation On The PCEHR And E-Health This Year?For Sure 3% (2) Probably 6% (4) Neutral 3% (2) Probably Not 32% (21) No Way 53% (35) I Have No Idea 3% (2) Total votes: 66 A pretty clear response with large majority believing that it is unlikely E-Health consultation will be stepped up any time soon. Good to see a clear outcome with a lot of responses over the time of the holidays. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part…
  • Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 24th January, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----www.fiercehealthit.com/story/iom-framework-further-data-sharing-clinical-trials/2015-01-16IOM framework to further data-sharing for clinical trialsJanuary 16, 2015 | By Susan D. HallA multi-stakeholder effort is necessary to create the culture, infrastructure and policies needed to further responsible data-sharing for clinical…
  • The USA Seems To Be Having Some Difficulties Moving Ahead With Meaningful Use. Not Good News!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    This appeared a little while ago.Little To Show For $26 Billion Health IT InvestmentBy Christine KernThe electronic sharing of information (health information exchange) plays a critical role in improving the cost, quality, and patient experience of healthcare. However, there is very little electronic information sharing among clinicians, hospitals, and other providers despite more than $24 billion in incentive payments to hospitals and eligible professionals who "meaningfully use" electronic health records, and another $2 billion spent on interoperability standards and EHR certification over…
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  • $300 million in bonuses for MSSP ACOs

    Deborah Leyva
    10 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Link: Modern Healthcare The Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorized the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enter into agreements with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on a shared savings basis with the goals of improved health outcomes and efficiency. Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs are measured on the quality of the patient experience, preventive care and disease management and some of the leading causes of death among U.S. elderly. In September 2014, Modern Healthcare reported that CMS released results of each ACOs’ financial performance.
  • Number of ACOs will grow in 2015 serving more than 72 million patients.

    Deborah Leyva
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Link: New ACOs According to a news release in Healthcare Finance, " The number of accountable care organizations in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program will grow by 89 in January 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said this week, boosting the total participants to 405.  Participating ACOs will now serve more than 7.2 million patients." Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required CMS to establish a shared savings program to facilitate coordination and cooperation among providers. The shared savings provision of the ACO model is designed to encourage…
  • The Role of Informatics in Accountable Care Organizations?

    Deborah Leyva
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    As part of the Masters Program in Health Informatics, I produced videos on The Role of Informatics for Accountable Care Organizations. Links are below. I will be updating this post with videos each week.     Key Learning Objectives are: To discuss the establishment of ACO Models of care and legislation that created them. We will also learn about the philosophy, eligibility and characteristics of Accountable Care Organizations and the various models of care. We will talk about managing health of ACO patients and the latest evidence and national distribution of ACOs We will talk about…
  • Medicine's Future? Tech Trends in Medicine

    Deborah Leyva
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Link: Medicine's future? Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside. © TED Conferences, LLC Daniel's presentation is fascinating - there are a significant number of new technology applications on hte market, some still in clinical trials. However, he shows us the potential changes that can come from their use in medicine with real examples, including those for Telemedicine. Related articles…
  • Informatics and Big Data for ACOs

    Deborah Leyva
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Video Link: Informatics and Technology Internet resources can provide benchmarks and analysis for Medicare Populations. The CMS Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse website is located at www.ccwdata.org. As described on the site, the warehouse provides Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary claims and assessment data, linked by beneficiary across the continuum of care.  This website provides dashboards that provide the ability to look at chronic conditions, by age, by location, or demographics. Other websites provide dashboards of health outcomes by state and zip code. The amount of data collected…
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  • HIM and Where It’s Heading with Charlie Saponaro

    John Lynn
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Lately I’ve started to really see the importance of HIM In the future of healthcare. I like to break HIM work into: managing the record (ie. Avoid Lawsuits), improving the coding/documentation (ie. More $$), and HIPAA compliance (ie. Avoid penalties). While their future has been questioned during the shift to EHR, I think they have a very important future in these areas. With this as background, I did an interview with Charlie Saponaro, President and CEO of Medical Record Associates, to talk about the State of HIM. We talk about some major HIM trends like remote HIM and outsourced HIM…
  • Athenahealth Goes After Hospitals and Tavenner Steps Down

    John Lynn
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    There were two big pieces of news this week that I thought I’d discuss. Hopefully you’ll also add your thoughts and insights in the comments. 1. Athenahealth Moves Into Hospital Market With Acquisition Of Atlanta Startup RazorInsights I thought the announcement of this acquisition was really interesting. Literally the day before this came out, someone asked me what I thought of Athenahealth. After some discussion, they said do you think they’ll take on Epic and Cerner. I quickly responded, “Well, they don’t have an inpatient EHR, so they don’t have a dog in…
  • Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference – and the #HITMC Twitter Chat

    John Lynn
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Regular readers likely noticed the banner ad at the top of EMR and EHR which links to the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR conference (HITMC) that we organize. This event is shaping up to be absolutely fantastic. We’ve just started adding the speakers to the conference website, but I’m thrilled by the quality and variety of speakers that we’ll be having at HITMC 2015. For those not familiar with the event, we bring together a few hundred of the very best Healthcare IT marketing and PR professionals. This year we’ll be hosting it at the nicely remodeled SLS Las Vegas…
  • 2014 EMR and EHR Stats Report

    John Lynn
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    I’m a little late in posting the stats for this blog, but I thought I’d do it now for posterity’s sake. I previously posted a stats report on EMR and HIPAA and will be doing it on other Healthcare Scene blogs including this one. I think it will tell an interesting story about the progression of the Healthcare Scene blog network over time. So, without further ado, here are some interesting stats I got from a report on EMR and EHR for 2014. In 2014, we published 273 new posts on EMR and EHR, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,411 posts. EMR and EHR was viewed about…
  • Exploring the Role of Clinical Documentation: a Step Toward EHRs for Learning

    Andy Oram
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    We need more clinicians weighing in on the design of the tools they use, so I was gratified to see a policy paper from the American College of Physicians about EHRs this week. In a sporadic and tentative manner, the paper recognizes that our digital tools for clinical documentation are part of a universal health care system that requires attention to workflow, care coordination, outcomes, and research needs. The strong points of this paper include: A critique of interfaces that hobble the natural thought processes of the clinician trying to record an encounter A powerful call to direct…
 
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    Everybody knows how these snapback hats sought out in the trend and today, these are rear. You may have experienced a lot of people pulling of the snapbacks as well as their outfits. They are truly popular, these days, making people partial to getting one because of their heads. As a matter of fact, tend not to expect to only get the ordinary people wearing the hats. This is for why celebrities around, especially rappers have seen up wearing these hats. Any plants roots with hiphop trend are generally inspired as a result of Africanism plus Black Nationalism for the eighty while many hip-hop…
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  • Mayo Clinic moves to Epic

    Mike Miliard
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    In the latest example of a world-class health system yanking its established electronic health record in favor of a blue chip vendor, Mayo Clinic is migrating to Epic. read more
  • Where the money will go in 2015

    Jeff Rowe
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/where-money-will-go-2015
  • OpenNotes: 'This is not a software package, this is a movement'

    Mike Miliard
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Tom Delbanco, MD, professor of general medicine and primary care at Harvard Medical School and former chief of general medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is also co-director of the OpenNotes project, which gives patients access to the clinical notes written by their doctors and nurses. read more
  • Allina goes all in for outcomes with Health Catalyst

    Bernie Monegain
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton calls a groundbreaking deal, Minneapolis-based health system Allina Health – Health Catalyst's first client – will invest $100 million in the data warehousing company. Allina has also committed to work with the Salt Lake City-based data warehousing company on a 10-year initiative to build a new model for improving outcomes system-wide. read more
  • Revenue cycle headed for a 'new world'

    Mike Miliard
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    "Frankly, our revenue cycle tools are built for fee-for-service, and they're probably not ready for the new world," says John Hoyt, executive vice president of HIMSS Analytics. [See also: Revenue cycle ripe for radical change] read more
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  • Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more
  • EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew Charitable Trusts – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety read more
  • Taking on the specialist shortage

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more
  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
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    This month has already been one of big happenings for the healthcare information technology world. read more
 
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  • Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more
  • EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew Charitable Trusts – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety read more
  • Taking on the specialist shortage

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more
  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
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    22 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This month has already been one of big happenings for the healthcare information technology world. read more
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  • Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more
  • EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew Charitable Trusts – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety read more
  • Taking on the specialist shortage

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more
  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
  • Weekly roundup: biggest health IT happenings

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    This month has already been one of big happenings for the healthcare information technology world. read more
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  • Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more
  • EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew Charitable Trusts – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety read more
  • Taking on the specialist shortage

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more
  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
  • Weekly roundup: biggest health IT happenings

    Erin McCann
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This month has already been one of big happenings for the healthcare information technology world. read more
 
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  • Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more
  • EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew Charitable Trusts – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety read more
  • Taking on the specialist shortage

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more
  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
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    22 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This month has already been one of big happenings for the healthcare information technology world. read more
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  • Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more
  • EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

    Mike Miliard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew Charitable Trusts – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety read more
  • Taking on the specialist shortage

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more
  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
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    This month has already been one of big happenings for the healthcare information technology world. read more
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  • Top challenges for healthcare CIOs in 2014

    Eric Bailey
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    What did healthcare CIOs aim to accomplish in 2014? Healthcare IT News takes a look back at the busy year with interview clips of CIOs grappling with regulatory compliance, data breaches, major technology upgrades, and more in this special Spotlight Series episode. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 22: Gary Light

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    2 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Gary Light, VP/CIO at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana, talks about IT goals for 2015 and offers advice to fellow CIOs. Thumbnail:  read more
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    (SPONSORED) Siva Submaranian, PhD, Senior VP, Mobile Solutions at Zynx Health presents on the ZynxCarebook mobile care coordination tool at the 2014 mHealth Summit. Thumbnail:  read more
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    31 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
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    Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS, surgeon at EMMC in Bangor, Maine, describes his introduction to Google Glass and its application to the healthcare environment. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more
  • The experience of interoperability thus far

    John Halamka
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    As I travel across the country and listen to CIOs struggling with mandates from Meaningful Use to ICD-10 to the HIPAA Omnibus rule to the Affordable Care Act, I'm always looking for ways to reduce the burden on IT leaders.   read more
  • Behavioral health acutely needs EHRs

    Edmund Billings, MD
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It’s an idea no practicing physician would support. Yet time and again, we act as though mental illness and care can be kept separate from physical ailments. read more
  • An ICD-10 training timeline, and some coding scenarios

    Carl Natale
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    ICD-10 coding scenarios I don't see how anyone can make the argument that ICD-10 training should be delayed. There are currently less than nine months for learning ICD-10 coding and practice. There won't be any time to forget the newly learned codes. read more
  • Where the money will go in 2015

    Jeff Rowe
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/where-money-will-go-2015
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  • House debates how to pay for SGR fix

    Zack Budryk
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health are working on yet another attempt to reform the unpopular Sustainable Growth Rate formula, according to Healthcare Finance News.read more
  • Healthcare spending picks up again

    Ron Shinkman
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    The Great Recession--and to a lesser extent some of the reforms in the Affordable Care Act--have slowed healthcare spending. But is it on the uptick again? That's a question the Michigan-based Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending asks every month. And for the month of November 2014, while healthcare inflation appeared level, spending was not.read more
  • AHA asks Supreme Court to hear case on ProMedica deal

    Ron Shinkman
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    The American Hospital Association has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a legal doctrine used to secure some antitrust waivers for mergers in other fields and have it apply to similar deals involving hospitals, AHA News Now reportedread more
  • Sen. Grassley furious that hospitals sue low-income patients

    Ron Shinkman
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed astonishment that not-for-profit hospitals garnish the wages of low-income patients who should have qualified for charity care at the institutions where they received treatment, according to NPR and ProPublica.  read more
  • CMS reverses ban on public schools receiving Medicaid funds

    Ron Shinkman
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month quietly reversed a nearly 18-year ban on public schools applying for Medicaid funding, Stateline has reportedread more
 
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  • Docs to ONC: Change the EHR certification process

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies, stressing "elevated concern" about the certification of electronic health record systems, has sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo urging ONC to reevaluate its "current trajectory" and recommending changes to the certification process.read more
  • EHR decertification strategy will require a careful balancing act

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    There's a new buzzword in the electronic health record world beginning to gain traction: decertification. So far, only two EHR products, both developed by Santa Fe Springs, California vendor EHRMagic, have had their certification revoked in 2013 for failing to meet the standards of the Meaningful Use program. But now, a number of EHR products may be at risk of decertification, if more momentum builds to decertify those that "proactively" block the sharing of electronic information.read more
  • EHRs help pinpoint where children lack immunizations

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Electronic health records can be used to pinpoint areas where a significant number of children lack vaccinations, according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente.read more
  • ONC: Decertification of info blockers must be 'judicious'

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position on the decertification of electronic health records that engage in "information blocking," noting that decertification is on the table and that it's looking hard at all of the implications of taking more aggressive action.read more
  • EHR change no guarantee for doc satisfaction

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Switching electronic health record systems may improve functionality and increase the chances of achieving Meaningful Use, but it may not make physicians any happier about the systems, according to a new survey in Family Practice Management, a journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians.read more
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  • Now available: Recurring appointments in your scheduler

    Practice Fusion
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As part of our commitment to delivering the features you request more quickly, we’re excited to announce that you can now schedule recurring appointments right from your EHR scheduler. Save time by setting appointments to repeat on a daily or weekly schedule with just a few clicks. No need for manual entry of each appointment for patients that need to be seen at regular intervals. Modify or edit an appointment with last-minute changes without changing the entire series. Improved specialty customization to save time and boost time efficiency. To learn how get started with recurring…
  • Online Check-In for patients is here

    Practice Fusion
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    You asked, we delivered. As part of your new EHR, patients can complete your intake forms before their appointments through a new service called Online Check-In. Best of all, there’s no need to manually enter the form’s responses into your EHR — the information will flow directly into the patient’s chart note. Intake EDU V1 1-15-15 Create completely customizable intake forms The intake forms for Online Check-In are easy to create and 100% customizable for your practice. You can completely replicate your current intake forms, plus you can update a form at any time. Get more complete…
  • Eight Reasons Why Doctors Say They Would Recommend Wearables to Patients

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

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

    Steven Padfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    A simple .NET Windows service to publish ActiveMQ queue stats as performance counters, with downloadable code Jump to: Introduction The metrics How the code works Installing and running the service Monitoring in PerfMon Best practices Download the code Introduction At Practice Fusion, we’ve been using ActiveMQ as our messaging solution for the last couple years. It’s a great open source option for distributed messaging that’s reliable and scalable (when configured correctly). However, one important feature that doesn’t seem to be included is the ability to track queue…
 
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  • On-Demand Webinar: Easy, Affordable Ways to Fire Up Your Wellness Program in 2015

    WebMD Health Services
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
  • New Ebook! Solving Health Systems’ Top 5 Wellness Challenges

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

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

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

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

    Rich Levin
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Today we announced the release of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) criteria for autism spectrum disorders in our Behavioral Health InterQual® solution. Demand for autism treatment is growing, as are associated treatment costs. In 2014, the CDC reported 1 in 68 U.S. children were identified with autism spectrum disorder, a 30% increase over their 2012 estimate. And JAMA Pediatrics estimates the average lifetime cost for an autism spectrum disorder is $2.4 million. Part of the increase in demand can be attributed to Federal and state healthcare reforms that mandate greater access to…
  • True Fax Facts in Healthcare Reimbursement

    Cara Wood
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    If you’re laughing, you know it’s true. And, in fact, this cartoon is based on a true story we overheard at a trade show. Obsolete practically everywhere else, the fax machine is alive and well in healthcare reimbursement. It’s emblematic of why many organizations struggle with costly, burdensome, error-prone administrative work when processing authorization requests or claims. Fortunately, payers and providers can reduce administrative costs with cloud-based utilization management and coverage solutions that support medial appropriateness reviews at the time of decision, such as Clear…
  • It’s Time For A New Value-Based Utilization Management Model

    Rich Levin
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Today The Morning Consult featured Matthew Zubiller’s description of a next-generation UM model that helps payers and providers collaboratively measure, manage, and refine high-quality care delivery while reducing administrative costs. Read how Zubiller’s UM model works while helping balance stakeholders’ concerns
  • The 2014 State of Value-Based Reimbursement Buzz

    laurie Tarkan
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    McKesson’s eye-opening study, The 2014 State of Value-Based Reimbursement has had the industry talking since it was released in June. The study, which found rapid movement towards value-based models, was covered widely by the healthcare media and consumer press over the past six months. Here’s a year-end wrap-up featuring some of the dozens of stories the research’s insights sparked (in alphabetical order): American Journal of Managed Care Survey Reveals that Value-Based Reimbursement is on the Rise Becker’s Hospital CFO New Reimbursement Models to Eclipse…
  • A Happy Healthcare Holiday

    Rich Levin
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    What does healthcare want from Santa this year? Listen in as providers, payers, and patients hop on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want this holiday season and beyond. A Happy Healthcare Holiday from McKesson Want a LARGER VERSION? Click here or click the “View Fullscreen” icon above.
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  • FDCPA Lawsuits Decline for Third Straight Year, But TCPA Suits Up 25%

    Patrick Lunsford
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    In 2014, there were 9,720 lawsuits filed in federal courts claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a decline of 5.7 percent from 2013. It was the third straight year of significant declines in consumer FDCPA case filings.
  • CFPB Hits Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase for Mortgage Title Kickbacks

    Patrick Lunsford
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Maryland Attorney General announced Thursday that they have taken action against Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase for an illegal marketing-services-kickback scheme they participated in with Genuine Title, a now-defunct title company. The Bureau and Maryland also took action against former Wells Fargo employee Todd Cohen and his […]
  • Altus President Thomas E. Brenan Inducted as New President of International Association of Commercial Collectors

    insideARM.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Altus Global Trade Solutions President, Thomas E. Brenan, was inducted as the incoming president of the International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC) at a ceremony held at The James Royal Palm Wednesday night in Miami, Fla
  • Follow-Up Study on Credit Report Accuracy Finds Disputes Continuing After Two Years

    Patrick Lunsford
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Federal Trade Commission has issued a follow-up study of credit report accuracy that found most consumers who previously reported an unresolved error on one of their three major credit reports believe that at least one piece of disputed information on their report is still inaccurate.
  • FTC Sues Debt Collection Agency Over Legal Threats and Other Practices

    Patrick Lunsford
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that on its behalf, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit in federal court against a Texas-based debt collection operation and its current and former principals for illegally threatening consumers with false claims that unless they pay a debt, they will face legal action or wage garnishment.
 
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  • Should a Practice Outsource Billing to Prepare for ICD-10 Challenge?

    Daniel Schwartz
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    About the Presenter A veteran medical biller with a first-hand view of interacting with our clients and addressing their billing queries, CureMD’s Ken Edwards has used his experience and expertise to identify the billing issues providers currently face, and will face after ICD-10; in an effort to determine the way forward for your practice. The following post will identify the medical billing challenges for which Ken will suggest solutions in our upcoming Webinar “Should a practice outsource billing to prepare for ICD-10 challenge”. Every practice across the country will send out…
  • How to Avoid PQRS Penalties?

    Nina Keller
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but 2015 is already upon us, which means those physicians who didn’t report PQRS measures in 2013 will soon be hit with penalties. Just when you were finally getting a handle on other issues like Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and HIPAA;  PQRS is here to give you a tougher time. Let’s take a quick look at PQRS’ back story before we dive into how it’s going to affect your practice from here on out. The Little Reporting System that Could PQRS, which stands for the Physician Quality Reporting System, has actually been around since 2007 and started as…
  • 5 Questions To Ask a Medical Billing Service in 2015

    Daniel Schwartz
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    This article is the first in a series of ‘Billing Issues’ that practices around the nation are facing. This year is of immense importance for the healthcare industry, with ICD-10, Meaningful Use Stage 2, PQRS and other developments finally coming into the limelight. Their requirements are stringent, but providers will need to achieve them to avoid government penalties, and to earn revenue. To do so, however, and that too with time and resource constraints; many will need to turn to medical billing companies to assist them. To manage this influx of providers in addition to providing…
  • 6 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holidays

    Nina Keller
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The holiday season is upon us again! Amidst fun and celebrations, safety and health is mostly overlooked. This is particularly challenging for physicians who have been over stressed with different healthcare issues – EHR reporting, ICD-10, Ebola, Meaningful Use and PQRS – throughout the year. We have come up with some solutions to help you cope with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so that you don’t miss out on the fun while staying healthy. Keep yourself away from holiday stress Does noise upset you or is it a certain family member or friend that puts you on edge? Make a…
  • Happy Holidays from CureMD

    Nina Keller
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Closing out this year we wanted to thank you for being a part of our successful journey in 2014. It wouldn’t have been possible without you. We, at CureMD, wish you a joyful holiday season wrapped up in happiness and celebrations. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
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  • Introducing the Accelerated Solutions Center

    Scott Frederick
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recently, PointClear announced the launch of the Accelerated Solutions Center (ASC). The ASC was created to help our clients rapidly produce innovative healthcare software products by leveraging our extensive healthcare and healthcare technology experience and expertise. Through the vast inventory of tools and processes of the ASC, we are able to quickly deliver customized services to meet the individual needs of our clients and their projects. The ASC has been designed to help our clients throughout the product development lifecycle from Strategy through Deployment. The services offered by…
  • Top 5 Posts of 2014

    Kevin Lin
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s been a great year for healthcare information technology. Check out our top 5 posts of 2014: 8 Strategies: Optimizing mHealth Apps for Older Adults 5 Questions: Ellen Dalton, Chief Marketing Officer at Medecision Breastfeeding: Yes, There’s an App for That Mobile vs. Web: Is the Patient Portal Dying? Developing Effective Patient-Facing Mobile Apps If you’ve enjoyed our blog so far, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to to get the latest news and insight on the healthcare technology industry. The post Top 5 Posts of 2014 appeared first on PointClear Solutions Blog.
  • Remote-controlled Patients

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

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

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

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Ever had a good idea that you wanted to see implemented in your organization? Ever had that idea actually implemented and succeed and make a difference? Or have some of those ideas been criticized by personal attacks, death by delay, folks making excuses that the problem that needs to be fixed does not exist or that the solution was tried before and did not work?
  • Digital Pathology System Implementation Part 2: Managing the Process

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

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

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

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

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    If you’re in the hospital or health system world, you’ve probably noticed: the topic of interface engine migration is big right now. And no wonder. Because of the Meaningful Use carrot and stick, we now have a baseline foundation of EHRs to work with. That foundation paves the way for more sophisticated capabilities than ever before, including the promise of analytics, population health management, and the ability to access new sources of clinical and operational data to improve both care [...] Cet article Interface Engine Migration: Why Now? est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Interface Migration projects shouldn’t be disruptive

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    If you’re selecting a new interface engine, you know you’re in for some pain as the team migrates interfaces from the legacy engine to the new one. But with the right planning and the right interface migration tools, you can minimize disruption and ensure a smooth transition during interface migration projects. Reducing migration cycle time That being said, what if we told you that you can cut 90% of the time it takes to code the schema you’re migrating? Or [...] Cet article Interface Migration projects shouldn’t be disruptive est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Happy Holidays – 2014

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

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

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

    Kyle Samani
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Kyle Samani, CEO at Pristine Healthcare providers continue to assume increasing amounts of risk in care delivery. This has major implications, not just for providers and patients, but also vendors in IT, diagnostics, therapeutics and devices. If providers assume risk, why shouldn’t their vendors? We’re already seeing this to some extent in emerging health IT companies. Most health IT innovation discussions revolve around driving value through population health, big data analytics and patient engagement. But many of these startups fail to any generate revenue until they prove the…
  • 54% of Physicians Find Gaps in Using Health IT for Care Coordination

    Fred Pennic
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Among physicians routinely using health IT for care coordination, at least 54% of them did not receive the information electronically, according to a study published in Medical Care.  The study finds that although a higher percentage of physicians using HIT received patient information necessary for care coordination than those who did not use HIT, more than one third did not routinely receive the needed patient information at all. Study Background Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality researchers conducted a cross-sectional study using 2012 EHR Survey data to examine the extent to…
  • Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters for Meaningful Use

    HITC Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Most healthcare professionals understand how electronic health records (EHRs) can drive greater patient engagement and improve the quality of care. They also see the potential value of enhanced productivity and efficiency for their practices. What’s not as clear: how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. Whether you’re attesting for Stage 1 or Stage 2, this guide from CareCloud provides: - an overview of Meaningful Use - highlights the requirements for 2015 - financial penalties on the horizon for MU  - three tips…
  • 5 Reasons Why Digital Health Needs More Doctors as Investors

    Dr Saif Abed
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    With so many reports highlighting the increasing investment in digital health it stands to reason to ask whether investors are making the right choices. Clinical insight might make the crucial difference. Here’s why. Dr. Saif Abed I am fortunate to have many interactions with investors within my network ranging from angels to later round focused venture capitalists. Here in Europe, investment in healthcare IT and digital health companies has started to become an area of interest because of the boom in the United States. My personal view has always been that increasing investment…
  • AMA-Led Coalition Urges ONC to Change EHR Certification

    Jasmine Pennic
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    On Wednesday, a coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association sent a letter to the ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., urging to change the EHR certification program to “align to better align end-to-end testing to focus on EHR usability, interoperability, and safety.” The nine page letter to Karen DeSalvo states, “The undersigned organizations are writing to elevate our concern about the current trajectory of the certification of electronic health records (EHRs). Among physicians there are documented challenges and growing…
 
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