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  • Healthcare IT reading list

    Fred Trotter
    ftrotter
    24 May 2014 | 2:28 pm
    My Programmable Self Behavior Change Reading list has been one of my most popular posts. I still think any Health IT expert should be well-versed in behavior change science, since so many healthcare issues boil down to behavior change problems… … Continued
  • HIPAA vs Meaningful Use Infographic

    Blog HIPAA
    Blog HIPAA
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Infographic authored by Compliancy Group, The Compliancy Group. To view the original post, click here. The post HIPAA vs Meaningful Use Infographic appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • Deadly superbug-related scopes sold without FDA approval - FoxReno.com

    healthcare IT news - Google News
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    FoxReno.comDeadly superbug-related scopes sold without FDA approvalFoxReno.comIn its statement, Olympus wrote: "The emergence of drug-resistant microorganisms is a challenge to the entire health care community. Olympus is working with relevant medical societies and our customers in research of this emerging issue and the ...US FDA updates safety alert for 'superbug' scopesWHBL Sheboyganall 65 news articles »
  • David Brailer: Current method of HIT regulation 'faulty,' unsustainable

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    While health IT has the ability to enable high-value care, its potential has yet to be reached on a broad scale due to a number of different factors, most notably inefficient government policies, according to several industry stakeholders who spoke at an event Wednesday in the District of Columbia hosted by Brookings.read more
  • Patients say deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engage them

    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus
    Shahid N. Shah
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Much has been made of the push to better engage patients, but little has been spent on examining exactly what patients want. Despite the requirements set by the EHR Incentive Program, simply deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engender real, sustainable engagement. Recently TechnologyAdvice surveyed 409 adult Americans about their digital health services preferences. I really like the surveys they run so I reached out to Zach Watson, the healthcare IT content manager at TechnologyAdvice, to see what health providers, entrepreneurs, and innovators could learn from the results. If…
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  • Deadly superbug-related scopes sold without FDA approval - FoxReno.com

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    FoxReno.comDeadly superbug-related scopes sold without FDA approvalFoxReno.comIn its statement, Olympus wrote: "The emergence of drug-resistant microorganisms is a challenge to the entire health care community. Olympus is working with relevant medical societies and our customers in research of this emerging issue and the ...US FDA updates safety alert for 'superbug' scopesWHBL Sheboyganall 65 news articles »
  • To nobody's surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law - MiamiHerald.com

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    MiamiHerald.comTo nobody's surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care lawMiamiHerald.comA clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president's signature healthcare law. During an unusually long oral argument, several members of ...US Supreme Court split over Obamacare challengeReutersSupreme Court closely divided on Obamacare's futureUSA TODAYOfficials: Ruling in health care case won't affect OregonNews & ObserverHawaii News Now -New York…
  • A New Era In Healthcare - Meridian Star

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Meridian StarA New Era In HealthcareMeridian Star“The opening of our new Choctaw Heath Center marks the beginning of a new era in health care for our community. It is the result of months of planning, design and construction. The outcome is a first-class facility that serves the needs of our Choctaw and more »
  • The Health Care Supreme Court Case: Who Would Be Affected? - New York Times

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    TheNewsTribune.comThe Health Care Supreme Court Case: Who Would Be Affected?New York TimesIf the court rules against the Obama administration in the King v. Burwell case, about 7.5 million people could lose their subsidies in 34 states that use the federal health care marketplace. The status of people in three other states — Oregon, Nevada Justices pepper health care law opponents with questionsTheNewsTribune.com4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. BurwellNPR (blog)Supreme court Obamacare fight over four words could affect healthcare for millionsThe Guardianall…
  • What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree? - NPR (blog)

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    NPR (blog)What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?NPR (blog)When you face a choice about hotels, restaurants or cars, the chances are you head to the Web for help. Online ratings have become essential tools for modern consumers. Health care is no exception to the ratings game, especially when it comes to hospitals.Study finds vast disagreement between healthcare quality rating listsMobiHealthNewsStudy: The 4 major hospital rating systems contradict one anotherHealthcare Dive'Extreme' disagreement seen across hospital ratings sitesModernHealthcare.comHealthcare…
 
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • David Brailer: Current method of HIT regulation 'faulty,' unsustainable

    Dan Bowman
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    While health IT has the ability to enable high-value care, its potential has yet to be reached on a broad scale due to a number of different factors, most notably inefficient government policies, according to several industry stakeholders who spoke at an event Wednesday in the District of Columbia hosted by Brookings.read more
  • Health providers must boost security policy enforcement, education

    Katie Dvorak
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    An increasing number of healthcare companies say they have security and compliance policies in place for transferring data, but many also say those policies are only "moderately enforced," according to a newly published survey.read more
  • ICD-10 a high spending priority for providers in 2015

    Katie Dvorak
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    With the ICD-10 implementation deadline less than a year away, a majority of healthcare organizations will be reaching into their wallets to pay for the migration, according to a new report.read more
  • Cybersecurity: Government, health industry must rebuild infrastructure

    Katie Dvorak
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Security audits and penalties are not the way to tackle the problem of security breaches in the healthcare industry, according to Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare.read more
  • Why a learning health system is important for patient care

    Susan D. Hall
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    After serving nearly 20 years as executive director of the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance, and as a board member of the National e-Health Collaborative, Holt Anderson is now heading efforts to develop the governance and policy framework required for such a learning health system. Anderson spoke with FierceHealthIT about that work.read more
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    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus

  • Patients say deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engage them

    Shahid N. Shah
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Much has been made of the push to better engage patients, but little has been spent on examining exactly what patients want. Despite the requirements set by the EHR Incentive Program, simply deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engender real, sustainable engagement. Recently TechnologyAdvice surveyed 409 adult Americans about their digital health services preferences. I really like the surveys they run so I reached out to Zach Watson, the healthcare IT content manager at TechnologyAdvice, to see what health providers, entrepreneurs, and innovators could learn from the results. If…
  • Digital health startups should de-risk using strategically integrated investors

    Shahid N. Shah
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    I have the pleasure of meeting or speaking with many digital health, health IT, medTech, and life sciences (especially genomics and bioinformatics) startups every week. As a serial entrepreneur and angel investor myself I know how hard it is these days to get to product/market fit while working with top-notch investors who understand how to help scale a business. Last week I wrote about how strategically integrated investors help de-risk innovations and I got some great questions via e-mail about how cofounders and startups should go about seeking such investors. First, try to attend the…
  • Is digital health innovation overrated?

    Shahid N. Shah
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    Our next HealthIMPACT CIO Summit will take place next Friday, February 27th, 2015 at the Union League Club in New York. Our conversation kicks off in the morning with Ed Marx, SVP & CIO at Texas Health Resources and 2014 IW Healthcare CIO of the Year, and Michael Restuccia, VP & CIO at University of Pennsylvania Health System. I will be interviewing Ed and Michael together on stage and we’ll focus on how to establish a process that will embed successful innovation into the culture of an organization. We’ll start by asking a provocative question: Is “digital…
  • 7 digital health innovations and investments for 2015

    Shahid N. Shah
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:27 am
    The folks from HP Matter digital magazine wanted to know where I thought digital health startups, product innovators, and venture capital investors should be pointing their attention in 2015. These are some of my technology and healthcare predictions: CMS’s request for information (RFI) on new primary care models bears innovative fruit. Interoperability will move beyond talk and into sustainable business models and real technology. The healthcare ecosystem should be able to create lasting patient benefits. Risk management, compliance, and cybersecurity technologies will become…
  • 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…
 
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 3/5/15

    Lt. Dan
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    The Next Marketing Frontier: Your Medical Records The Wall Street Journal covers freeware-EHR vendor Practice Fusion and its decision to embed big pharma-funded vaccine reminders into its EHR. Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard explains “For every project we do that drives forth public health or gives data away, we need to make sure it’s balanced out by a monetizable exercise.” 100 medical societies warn about possible ICD-10 problems The American Medical Association and 99 other professional associations are calling on CMS to improve its ICD-10 transition plan following recent end-to-end…
  • Readers Write: Understanding the Importance of Prioritizing e-Prescribing

    Mr. HIStalk
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Understanding the Importance of Prioritizing e-Prescribing By Louis Hyman As the industry awaits confirmation of a compliance deadline delay for the New York State e-prescribing mandate—which will require electronic prescribing of controlled and non-controlled substances—it’s important that providers don’t delay their preparation efforts, as this process can be time- and resource-consuming. Under provisions of the New York State e-prescribing mandate and subsequent regulations (such as amendments to Title 10 NYCRR Part 80 Rules and Regulations), all prescriptions in the state must be…
  • Meet the HIMSS Conference Patient Advocate Scholarship Winners

    Mr. HIStalk
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    HIStalk is funding five, $1,000 scholarships for patient advocates to attend the HIMSS conference, with conference registration credentials provided by CTG Healthcare. Applicants provided their biographies and a statement of what they hope to achieve by attending, with the winners chosen by Lorre and Regina Holliday. I have another motive. I’ve often pondered what our patients would think of the over-the-top excesses and unchallenged claims of both providers and vendors at the HIMSS conference. I hope these attendees, clearly identified by tee shirts bearing Regina’s artwork above, will…
  • HIStalk Interviews Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions, VMware

    Mr. HIStalk
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Frank Nydam is senior director of healthcare solutions in the office of the CTO of VMware. Tell me about yourself and the company. I’ve been with the company for just over 12 years. The last seven have been dedicated to our healthcare provider market. My team and I develop solutions along with our customers and ISV clinical application partners to help healthcare make that jump from yesteryear to tomorrow.   CIOs have to deal with infrastructure issues such as security, mobility, and cloud computing. What worries CIOs the most? Top of mind in the last couple weeks has been…
  • Morning Headlines 3/4/15

    Lt. Dan
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Truven Health Analytics prepares for IPO Reuters reports that Truven Health Analytics is preparing for an IPO that will value the company at $3 billion. Truven was acquired by Veritas Capital Fund Management in 2012 for $1.25 billion. Review of Alleged Misuse of VA Funds To Develop the Health Care Claims Processing System The OIG investigates the VA Chief Business Office, concluding that it violated appropriations laws when it spent $92 million on a new IT system from a fund that was only authorized to cover medical, construction, supply, and research costs. Free of Ebola but not fear Nina…
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • MGMA hires physician, bestselling author as CEO

    Neil Versel
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    The Medical Group Management Association has filled the leadership void created when Susan Turney, M.D., left in July, hiring Halee S. Fischer-Wright, M.D., as its new president and CEO. She will start March 23. According to Englewood, Colo.-based MGMA, Fischer-Wright, a longtime physician executive,  is CMO of St. Anthony North Health Campus, a Centura Health System facility in Westminster, Colo. She previously was president of Rose Medical Group, a large, Denver-based management services organization. Fischer-Wright also was one of three authors of  Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural…
  • Back at it

    Neil Versel
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Well, that didn’t last long. My full-time job ended abruptly today, less than three weeks after I started. So here I am back to freelancing and blogging. Any leads would be appreciated. Meantime, stay tuned for new content.   Related posts: Health Wonk Review, post-HIMSS I’m joining TriMed Media’s Clinical Innovation + Technology
  • Health eVillages update: Expanding a rural hospital in Kenya

    Neil Versel
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    As you may know, I am a member of the advisory board of Health eVillages. Every so often, the organization does something extraordinary, and I want to share one of those moments here. Actually, I want to share two. In December, Health eVillages Founder Donato Tramuto, CEO of Physicians Interactive, won a tremendous honor, a 2014 RFK Ripple of Hope Award, from the newly renamed Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. (The other three honorees were three nobodies named Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett and Hillary Clinton.) Today, Health eVillages released this bit of news: Health…
  • 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…
 
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    Medical Connectivity

  • Some Funky Cybersecurity Math

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

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

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

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

  • Build or buy Health IT? Some assembly required.

    hlthblog
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    For as long as I can remember there’s been a great debate in health IT—build or buy? Every few years the pendulum seems to swing more to one side or the other which totally defies the laws of physics in the real world. Today that pendulum is showing signs...(read more)
  • Protecting privacy for personal data stored in the cloud

    hlthblog
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:38 pm
    IT professionals, healthcare executives, and clinicians in hospitals, health systems and clinics around the world are expressing great interest in moving more of their organizations’ IT applications and services to the public cloud. The concept of having...(read more)
  • Why clinicians are frustrated with health IT, and what you can do about it.

    hlthblog
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I had to chuckle when I came across a blog post on KevinMD this morning. The post that appears on what is described as social media’s leading physician voice doesn’t mince words. In the post , Dr. Edwin Leap does an excellent job explaining why so many...(read more)
  • Don’t get sucker punched by delusional thinking when buying an EHR

    hlthblog
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    It’s been a busy week for me hosting executive briefings here at Microsoft for some of our very best hospital and health system customers. These days there is a common theme among many of these organizations. Incentives made available through the federal...(read more)
  • Tablet computers for healthcare professionals. What to know before you buy.

    hlthblog
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Considering where I work and what I do, my clinical colleagues often ask me for advice when they are shopping for a new computer. Most doctors and nurses are going to be happiest with some kind of mobile solution. After all, doctors, nurses and other...(read more)
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    Lab Soft News

  • 23andMe Receives FDA Approval for Bloom Syndrome Test

    Bruce Friedman
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I have posted a number of previous notes about 23andMe, a web-based, genomic testing company (see, for example: Pfizer and 23andMe Collaborate to Study Inflammatory Bowel Disease; 23andMe Customers: Suckers or Empowered Consumers?). The company has recently been approved by the FDA for direct-access genomic testing testing for Bloom Syndrome (see: What 23andMe's FDA Approval Means For The Future Of Genomics). This action is very significant for a number of reasons but, for me, the most important is that it may signify a new era in consumer-directed genomic testing.
  • Free Upcoming Webinar on Digital Pathology by Dr. Stephen Hewitt

    Bruce Friedman
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems will present a free webinar  entitled “Digital Pathology Meets Surgical Pathology” on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 AM PDT by Stephen M. Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute. This is the last presentation in the API/Sunquest webinar series for the 2014-2015 season. The nature of diagnostic histopathology has been a deliberate process of advancement in technology to ensure continuity of diagnostic accuracy and information. The converse is true of digital imaging in…
  • Rural Hospitals Fighting for Survival; How Can Care in Them Be Improved?

    Bruce Friedman
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Many hospitals are now in severe financial difficulty, particularly smaller ones (see: Some Hospitals Experiencing Financial Distress and Even Bankruptcy). A recent blog note by Robert Pearl posted on the KevinMD blog discussed the financial challenges being experienced by small hospitals and one way to provide higher quality care to patients admitted to small, rural hospitals (see: Why rural hospitals are fighting a losing battle). Below is an excerpt from it: Over the past five years, more than 40 rural facilities have closed their doors due to lack of funding. And because the…
  • Post Sandy, NYC Subway Station May Be a New Home for Marine Bacteria

    Bruce Friedman
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some very interesting studies are now staring to emerge using DNA analysis to study the presence and distribution of bacteria in cities like New York. One such study revealed the presence of marine bacteria in a NYC subway station, probably as a result of previous flooding due to superstorm Sandy (see: Post-Sandy NYC Subway Brims with Unknown Microbes). Below is an excerpt from the article: Researchers identified nearly 1,700 species of bacteria, viruses and eukaryotes to create a “metagenomic” map of the city. One cluster of points on this grid offered a reminder of exactly how…
  • If There is a Reliable Test for Alzheimer's, Would You Want to Know the Results?

    Bruce Friedman
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have blogged previously about tests and imaging procedures relating to the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (see: Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease: Mutations of Three Genes Studied; Using Altered Metabolic Pathways to Diagnose Alzheimers Disease; Alzheimer's Amyloid Tangle Theory Will Be Tested with Merck Drug Trial). I don't think that any test or imaging procedure to date has proven to be foolproof. However, a recent article raised the important question of whether one would want to even know the result if such a test were available (see: New…
 
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • Tips for Women in the Medical Device Industry

    John Lynn
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I’ll admit that I’m far from an expert on the challenges and inequities of women in the workforce. I think that everyone that knows me knows that I love working with women and I love strong empowered women. It’s what I hope my daughter will become one day. I’m proud that the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR conference was the first conference to be listed with over 50% female speakers. I recently saw a stat that there were more CEO’s of the top 1500 companies named “John” (5.3%) than there are women CEOs (4.1%). That’s particularly disturbing…
  • How Can Human Resource Technology Better Help You Manage Your Employees

    Guest Blogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    The following is a guest post by Vishal Gandhi, CEO of ClinicSpectrum as part of the Cost Effective Healthcare Workflow Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with him on Twitter @ClinicSpectrum and @csvishal2222. In healthcare we love to talk about ways we use technology with patients. We chart patient visits in the Electronic Medical Record. We schedule and bill patients and insurance companies from a Practice Management System. We interact with patients through a patient portal. All of these technologies can be great, but how come we don’t talk more about the way technology can…
  • Healthcare Data Quality and The Complexity of Healthcare Analytics

    John Lynn
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    The other day I had a really great chat with Khaled El Emam, PhD, CEO and Founder of Privacy Analytics. We had a wide ranging discussion about healthcare data analytics and healthcare data privacy. These are two of the most important topics in the healthcare industry right now and no doubt will be extremely important topics at healthcare conferences happening all through the year. In our discussion, Khaled talked about what I think are the three most important challenges with healthcare data: Data Integrity Data Security Data Quality I thought this was a most fantastic way to frame the…
  • Restoring Humanity to Health Care – My Experience Part 2

    John Lynn
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:15 pm
    It seemed appropriate for me to follow up with part 2 of my experience with a new wellness focused medical practice called Turntable Health, an operating partner of Iora Health. In case you missed part 1 of the journey, you can find it here. Walking into the clinic, there was a different feel. It felt more like walking into a local coffee shop than going for a doctors appointment. The lobby was so inviting that I wondered if some in the community used it as a place to go and work on occasion. I spend a fair amount of time in the Downtown Las Vegas tech community, so it wasn’t a surprise…
  • Restoring Humanity to Health Care – My Experience Part 1

    John Lynn
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    In light of yesterday’s short story post, and also my post on EMR and EHR about concierge medicine, I thought it timely for me to document might entrance into what many are calling the next generation of healthcare. They talk about it as primary care that puts people first. In my case, it’s my recent membership in Turntable Health, an operating partner of Iora Health. When I had to switch insurance plans this year, I decided to try out this new approach to primary care. The insurance plan I chose included a membership to Turntable Health. For those not familiar with Turntable…
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    Medgadget

  • Liquid Biopsy Identifies Type of Cancer from Blood Draw

    Editors
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Since chemotherapy agents must be selectively chosen to target each person’s unique type of tumor, biopsies are performed and sent to the pathology lab for genotyping. Researchers at Singapore’s A*STAR Agency for Science, Technology and Research have created a “liquid biopsy” that requires only a blood draw to identify the type of colorectal tumor present in a patient. The technology is still in the development stage but it may prove to be a new and easy way of identifying and monitoring tumors. The new method relies on capturing circulating tumor cells (CTCs) usin…
  • Robotic Hands for Stroke Rehab

    Editors
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    A team of European researchers have been developing robotic gloves aimed at helping stroke victims to receive advanced therapy at home. The SCRIPT project (Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-robotics) has led to two prototypes that help develop hand and wrist movement while recording monitoring and recording the patient’s ability to perform a variety of tasks. The system is designed to allow patients to continue receiving therapy at home once in-clinic rehab sessions are over. The hope is that well targeted therapy in the comfort of the home will lead to…
  • Noninvasix Transvaginal Fetal Cerebral Venous Oxygenation Monitor

    Editors
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Blood oxygenation monitoring is easy in typical patients, but a cerebral oxygenation in a fetus in the womb is much harder to assess. Noninvasix, a company based in Galveston, Texas, has developed a new device that, though not yet cleared, may turn out to offer an easy way to accurately measure cerebral venous oxygenation. Currently, the variability in the basal fetal heart rate is used as the standard, but this is an indirect measurement. For a fetus in vertex presentation, the new probe would be inserted transvaginally, the physician holding it between two fingers and placing it against…
  • Customized DNA Minicircles Compel Cancer Cells to Excrete Biomarker

    Editors
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are using tiny rings of DNA to induce cancer to reveal itself. Normally, clinicians search for biomarkers in blood and urine that cancers naturally excrete. This requires a separate test for each cancer type. But in the current research, the investigators developed the DNA rings that work by tricking cancer cells, but not normal cells, to produce a biomarker that can be easily detected. The technique works with a variety of cancer types, activating a mechanism that produces secreted embryonic alkaline phosphatase (SEAP). This protein…
  • New Magnetic Nanoparticles Significantly Improve Hyperthermia for Cancer Treatment

    Editors
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Magnetic nanoparticles that can be heat up once inside the body is a promising emerging idea in oncology. A number of such nanoparticles have been designed, but their capabilities have been limited. A major issue is being able to target as small an area as possible to be able to destroy just the tumor, leaving nearby healthy tissue mostly untouched. The radiofrequency waves that are beamed toward the tumor to resonate the nanoparticles can damage normal cells in the way. That’s why the frequency and strength of the signal has to be kept low, limiting the efficacy of…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • A Case Of MergDR...Merge Buys DR Systems

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    I guess my fingers are not quite as firmly placed on the pulse of PACS as I might have thought. I was completely blindsided by today's announcement of the acquisition of DR Systems by Merge. Oh, well, life is full of surprises.From AuntMinnie.com:February 27, 2015 -- One of the oldest names in imaging informatics is going by the wayside as PACS firm DR Systems has been acquired by Merge Healthcare. While the DR Systems name will be retired as part of the deal, founder and CEO Dr. Murray Reicher has been named chief medical officer (CMO) of Merge.The deal unites two midlevel PACS providers and…
  • Live Long and Prosper...And Boldly Go Where All Men Someday Will...

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Mr. Spock to generations of fans, died today at age 83. Nimoy died peacefully at home from complications of COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, caused by cigarette smoking in his younger years. How illogical.I think the eulogy given by William Shatner as Captain Kirk in the second Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Khan, says it all:We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved…
  • Pebble's (Bad) Time(ing)?

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    The folks who brought us the Pebble Watch are at it again, today announcing the new Pebble Time, a"Color e-paper smart watch with up to 7 days of battery and a new timeline interface that highlights what's important in your day," on Kickstarter. Features include:We're announcing a new watch called Pebble Time with a new timeline interface.Pebble Time features a new (64) color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.No compromises on what you love about Pebble: up to 7 days of battery life, water resistance and customizability.Pebble Time is fully compatible with all…
  • Dalai's (Ad)Senseor lack thereof...

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    My good friend Mike Cannavo, the One and Only PACSMan, called me this morning, quite concerned with something he saw on my blog. No, he's used to the juvenile writing and other foolishness rampant on these pages. But when the PACSMan brought up the blog this morning, he saw this:Funny, because when I opened the page, I got this:If you didn't already know, many blogs on Google's Blogger/Blogspot platform use AdSense, which adds a little interest to the process, if you know what I mean.AdSense is a free, simple way to earn money by displaying targeted ads next to your online content. With…
  • GE Quench: FDA Issues Class 1 Device RECALL For 13,000 Scanners!

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    AuntMinnie.com reports an FDA recall of about a zillion GE MRI's and other brands with GE components (well, actually, it's only 13,000 of them):The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a recall of thousands of MRI scanners manufactured by GE Healthcare to correct a problem that could "result in life-threatening injuries" if magnet shutdown modules are disconnected, according to an FDA notice.In the notice, dated February 18, the FDA announced that it has ordered a class I device recall of all GE MRI scanners using superconducting magnets. The recall covers some…
 
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 5th March 2015. Urgent Work Now Underway on 2016 One!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and it is still not finalised by any means.Both major health and education changes as well as pension changes are still stuck and we have a new Families Package being floated . Also we have only 3 sitting weeks in Parliament before the next Budget - due to be  handed down Tuesday 12th , May 2015. The big news is the Co-Payment barnacle removal earlier this week. Sadly it seems the Government is still plotting to make many pay more to visit a GP - details yet to come. Watch this space! -----Articles this week include.General Budget…
  • My View Is That Providing ASIO Access To Patient Records Is Going A Zillion Miles Just Too Far.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago:Push for ASIO to be given better access to patient records23 February, 2015 Michael Woodhead 34 comments Photo: AAP Security services should be given enhanced access to patients' medical records and personal Medicare and PBS data, the inquiry into Sydney's Martin Place siege has recommended.The inquiry report, released on Sunday, found there was no indication from the medical records of Lindt Chocolate Café attacker Man Haron Monis (pictured) that he posed a risk of violence,However it went on to conclude that current health privacy legislation "has the…
  • Surely, After This Much Has Been Spent, And All We Have Is This Set Of Numbers, The Time Has Come To Pull The Pin!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    This appeared late last week.Taxpayers have spent more than $1 billion on a digital health record that doctors won’t use February 27, 2015 12:00AM Sue Dunlevy National Health Reporter Herald SunAUSTRALIANS could have had a hip replacement, a knee replacement or a brain tumour removed for the money it has cost to create the shared health summaries on their e-health records. The botched Personally Controlled e-Health Record has been operating for nearly three years but less than one in ten Australians (2.1 million people) currently has one.And doctors have uploaded just 41,998 shared health…
  • The Medicare Co-Payment Is Gone - But Health Policy Still In Limbo!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    At a 1:30pm press conference Minister Sussan Ley killed of the Co-Payment but also said consultations were ongoing about what happens next. In the meantime it seems the freeze in the value of the Medicare rebate will continue until a new approach is agreed with the doctors and other stakeholders. This means GP remuneration will be progressively eroded. Clearly this was a very big barnacle that had to go immediately - even if a new plan D (or is it E) had not been worked out! To me the Government just wants to keep the projected savings from the freeze while not really knowing what to do next.
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd March, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    1 Mar 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 CommentAwareness of the lack of anything happening with the PCEHR has re-emerged, with considerable justification I must say.Other than that we see how the HFC Network is to be seriously upgraded for those who have cable internet, that all out metadata will be kept for 2 years and that all sorts of apps for…
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  • ACO Survival Guide Ships!

    Deborah Leyva
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Today my publisher announced release of The ACO Survival Guide: First Edition. It has been a work of earnest effort as I dove into the depths of ACO regulations and emerge with valuable and useful information for Accountable Care Organizations with insights on the move from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and accountability.  We are in an era of challenging healthcare transformation with the goals of better care for individuals, better population health, and lower costs. ACO legislation was enacted by the Affordable Care Act that provided CMS with the opportunity to enter into…
  • Analytics for ACO Organizations

    Deborah Leyva
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    As I am writing the 1st Edition of the ACO Survival Guide and reflecting on the need for comprehensive patient data to monitor clinical, operational and financial metrics, I chose to create an interactive test file of the median cost of Primary Care in Pinellas County Florida for calendar year 2012. The following interactive graphic provides costs by zip code. Data was publically downloaded from the CMS Website at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/Calculations.html that provides data for applicants to the Medicare Shared Savings…
  • $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…
  • 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 the 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…
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  • EEG Dating

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

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

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

    Bob
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Introduction The most common use for JavaScript frameworks is to provide dynamic client-side user interface functionality for a web site. There are situations where a JS application does not require any services from its host server (see example unhosted apps). One of the challenges for this type of application is how to distribute it to end users. This post will walk through creating a static AngularJS application (i.e. no back-end server) and how to create and publish a lean Docker container that serves the application content.  I will mention some tooling but discussion of setting up a…
  • Americans Killed by Medical Errors Today

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

    Guest Blogger
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Harold R Gibson, Chief Financial Officer at M-Scribe Technologies, LLC. A full-service medical billing company does more than code and file medical insurance claims. While that may still make up the bulk of a company’s output, a good medical billing company should offer additional services to help a practice achieve both profitability and compliance goals. Look for the following main features in a medical billing company: With the transition from ICD-9 to the new ICD-10 coding system in place, a billing company’s coding, billing and other EHR staff…
  • Posters Flame ONC Comments

    Carl Bergman
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Someone at ONC who has to read public comments deserves a break. They’ve been flamed. ONC just released the public comments on its 10 year Interoperability Plan. Many of the posts are from stakeholders who provided careful, point by point comments. These often represent greatly divergent views. However, these commenters have one thing quite solidly in common. They’ve read the plan. Not so, many others who skipped the boring reading homework. They just dumped on it with one theme: The federal government has no business getting its hands on my medical records! There are dozens upon dozens…
  • Insightful Revenue Cycle Stats and Charts

    John Lynn
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me how many opportunities there are in medical practices to improve their revenue cycle management. You’d think we’d have solved this problem, but there is still so much opportunity to improve a practice’s revenue. With this as the premise, I was interested in the revenue cycle management (RCM) survey report which offers up a number of stats and charts on such an important topic for practices. Here’s one example chart from the report: The thing about this chart that stands out for me is that almost all of them hover around 50% adoption. Some…
  • Mr Spock’s ICD-10 Codes

    John Lynn
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:16 pm
    How about a little Fun Friday post on a crazy busy Friday for me? Although, it’s not fun that Mr. Spock passed away. As one tweet I read said, “He lived long and prospered.” Have a great weekend. #ICD10 codes for everything, even Mr Spock! Here are some more (http://t.co/zSRB4r8jPb) #vulcan #ICD10Matters #HITsm pic.twitter.com/waJ9kdUQH4 — Daniel Schwartz (@dschwartz20) February 27, 2015 Related posts: #ICD10Matters Meme The Inside of a CT Scanner 4 Healthcare IT Blogs
  • Millennials Reshaping Digital Health

    John Lynn
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    I thought that the infographic below was really interesting and a nice balance to Paul’s previous post Mobile Health and Me…I Think Not! The infographic is based on the report, “Healthcare Without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness”, which looked to study Millenial healthcare values. There’s clearly a large divide between generations when it comes to how they approach healthcare. It will be interesting how this divide impacts healthcare going forward. Related posts: By Supporting Digital Health, EMRs To Create Collective Savings of $78B Over Next…
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    Medical Quack

  • It’s Time To Look At Some of the Proprietary Code Running in the US–Too Many Companies and Banks Are Playing “Techno-God” Saying “Trust Me” With the Numbers and Stats…

    Medical Quack
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Well somebody had to say it and I know I’m not alone and it is not only healthcare but the financial markets as well.  How much have we read about high frequency trading and how they “rig” everything..tons of it and Michael Lewis even wrote a book.  Not all proprietary code is bad but there’s enough criminal type activity going on out there with the ones who are.  What a great game they have going as their code is compiled and nobody ever gets to see it.  That’s how software works.  We’re a far cry from where software began to increase efficiencies, which…
  • Colon Cancer Screening Without the Colonoscopy–ColoGuard-Approved By Medicare And Some Insurers

    Medical Quack
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    I did not know this existed until a doctor wrote to me today and said he thought the screening was much better than a colonoscopy.  That is his opinion and the test has been approved by the FDA as well.  Below the line I did a copy and paste of a few of the FAQs as information. One thing for sure, it’s not like preparing for a colonoscopy that’s for sure and who would miss that!  There are all types of disclaimers here as there has to be and again depending on results, etc. a full on colonoscopy could still be in the plan.  If you are a doctor and have not heard about…
  • United Healthcare Denies Diabetes Pumps for Insured Members That Other Insurers Cover–Medtronic MiniMed 530G

    Medical Quack
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    There has to be a way to keep shareholder interesting rolling right?  What makes this story interesting is the fact that other insurers are already covering the device and United, who preaches preventional  medicine doesn’t seem to be in line with what most of what they write today?  You can read the article below on how algorithmic decisions on expenses are weighing heavily on what decisions they make.  What makes this device unique is the fact that it monitors dropping sugar levels and that’s a big deal for those with diabetes too.  As I commented below, is this…
  • “Get Your F**king Kids Vaccinated” – Jimmy Kimmel With a “Message From Real Doctors Who Know What The Hell They Are Talking About”…

    Medical Quack
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    This is good all the way around and what better way to share the love here.  I like the way that Kimmel emphasizes that “doctors know what they are talking about” as today we have insurers and others constantly picking them to death on their decisions.            Doctors didn’t learn about medical diseases from their Facebook friends pages:)  It’s just like a Botox shot.  Are you one of those people who knows more about doctors Kimmel asks?  “Let your kids smoke, the only ones who say not too are doctors”…again a pun and bringing…
  • United Healthcare To Now Require Prior Approval on Non Vaginal Hysterectomy Procedures–Laparoscopic Power Morcellator Controversy Fueled the Fire And Now More Savings To Facilitate Bigger Stock Buy Backs?

    Medical Quack
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:56 pm
    You may or may not have read about the morcellator issues with the potential to spread cancer cells, but it’s been out there and all non vaginal hysterectomies don’t require the use of that tool; however it gave United Healthcare the fuel they needed to cut costs and require approval for non vaginal procedures.  The problem stated in the story here is that there’s not enough doctors that know how to do the non vaginal procedures, so here we go with procedure needing to be approved ahead of time and the MDs having to submit data to substantiate such.  So once again the insurer,…
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    Fred Trotter

  • Libel and Discourse in the Digital Age

    ftrotter
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Libel, like copyright, is one of the central legal frameworks for governing online activities. It sets the bounds for what can and cannot be said about people in the new media area.  Like copyright law, libel law is a legal … Continued
  • Hacking on the Pubmed API

    ftrotter
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The pubmed API is pretty convoluted. Every time I try to use it, I have to try and relearn it from scratch. Generally, I want to get JSON data about an article, using its PubMED ID and I want to … Continued
  • Healthcare IT reading list

    ftrotter
    24 May 2014 | 2:28 pm
    My Programmable Self Behavior Change Reading list has been one of my most popular posts. I still think any Health IT expert should be well-versed in behavior change science, since so many healthcare issues boil down to behavior change problems… … Continued
  • EHR Vulnerability Reporting issues

    ftrotter
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    For those who actually bother to read to the bottom of my bio, I was actually in Internet Security before going into Health IT. I spoke at DefCon and everything. During my career in Health IT I have had to … Continued
  • How to submit prior art on the Medicity Direct Patent

    ftrotter
    26 Oct 2013 | 2:51 am
    Recently Medicity has tried to patent the concept of a HISP. Please join me in submitting prior art to prevent this undermining of everything that the Direct Project stands for. Groklaw shows the way Here is a specific page that … Continued
 
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    Dentimax

  • Why You Need Dental Practice Management Software For Your Practice

    gpldev
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    In the current marketplace, dental practice management software is not a luxury. Any serious and modern dental team should install dental software to help in the day to day running and management of the practice. Here are some compelling reasons why this kind of software is a must-have for any modern dental practice; Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 Why You Should Install Dental Software Dental software is bound to improve productivity and increase profitability. In a dental office, there are several things which take place on a day to day basis such as the safe keeping of patient records,…
  • Dental Software: The In’s and Outs of Dental Practice Management (Contd.)

    gpldev
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    There are several features to look for when you are looking to buy dental software. Call Today for Information on our industry-leading Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 Dental Software Features To give you an idea, here’s some of the common features that you should be look for in a good dental software package. Graphical Teeth Depiction: Some of the best dental software programs come with graphical tooth charting feature. It’s kind of like a graphical map of each and every patient’s teeth. This map shows missing teeth, gum problems, crowns, fillings, caries, and dental…
  • Dental Software: The In’s and Outs of Dental Practice Management

    gpldev
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    Dental software helps your practice integrate all kinds of patient data | (800) 704-8494 If you own a practice, you might want to think about getting and installing dental software.  Why?  Well, most practices aren’t even in the 20th Century, they’re in the 19th. Dental Software Helps You Manage Patient Data Managing patient data is one of the most important and difficult tasks in a dentist’s office. Which was previously all paper work is now done using comprehensive dental software. These dental software programs help take care of everything from appointment management to…
  • Dental Practice Management: Avoid Practice Failure

    gpldev
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Can dental software stop a practice from failing?  What causes a dental practice to fail? Both good questions, and ones that will be answered in this article. Dental Office Management is Based Upon Patient Satisfaction | (800) 704-8494 Can Dental Software Stop a Practice From Failing? Can dental software stop a practice from failing?  Not necessarily.  When a practice reaches the point of failure, it is usually too late for anything, even good software to stop that downward spiral.  Software is usually deployed when the practice is setting up or during a conversion process. Usually,…
  • Dental Software: Essential Management Tools for the 21st Century (Contd.)

    gpldev
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Dental practice management software is one of those things that most practices usually overlook, until it is too late… Dental Practice Software Helps Your Practice in A Lot of Ways |(800) 704-8494 Dental Office Software and Being a Viable Practice In the hands of a trained office assistant a dental software can store all the patient related data and practice data into one seamless system. This data can be easily accessed by billing desk, dentists, assistants and other departments as and when required. However, with so many software packages available in the market, it can be difficult…
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  • Epic-Cerner competition heats up

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    Stiffer competition between key vendors is leaving an increasing number of healthcare providers on the fence about which EHR system to buy, according to a new report form research firm KLAS. Electronic Health Records Epic-Cerner competition heats up Stiffer competition between key vendors is leaving an increasing number of healthcare providers on the fence about which EHR system to buy, according to a new report form research firm KLAS. Healthcare IT News news/epic-cerner-competition-heats read more
  • Epic's new edge: an app store

    Bernie Monegain
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    EHR giant Epic will soon open its own app store, the Wisconsin State Journal reports today. "We think Epic is big now? This will cement their long-term legacy," Mark Bakken, a consultant, tells the newspaper. "It’s exactly the right thing to do." Electronic Health Records Epic's new edge: an app store EHR giant Epic will soon open its own app store, the Wisconsin State Journal reports today. The article quotes consultant Mark Bakken as saying, “We think Epic is big now? This will cement their long-term legacy. It’s exactly the right thing to do."…
  • Entering a new era of population health

    Brian Ahier
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    In the six years since it became law, the HITECH Act has done much to advance the use of health information technology. And although the process of collecting and sharing health data has not yet significantly impacted care costs or quality, it has laid an important foundation for us to move toward population health management. Population Health Entering a new era of population health While the collection and sharing of health data has yet to significantly impact care cost or quality, it has laid the foundation for the move toward population health management. The future for health IT starts…
  • Top 4 HIE vendors for 2015

    Tom Sullivan
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    While the health information exchange market remains in a state of “persistent unpredictability,” there are pockets of EHR data interoperability around the U.S. But the last year saw a drop in regional connectivity. Health Information Exchange (HIE) Top 4 HIE vendors for 2015 Users rank their favorite HIE technology makers, while the exchanges face continuing challenges. Healthcare IT News news/top-4-hie-vendors-2015 read more
  • The downside of health IT

    Jeff Rowe
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/downside-health-it Quality and Safety The downside of health IT Health IT is generally considered a good thing. But there are dangers, too. Healthcare IT News blog/downside-health-it
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates. Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven read more
  • 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

    Bernie Monegain
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12 David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. With recent patient deaths…
  • King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces. Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence…
  • Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report. [See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do] Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle read…
 
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates. Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven read more
  • 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

    Bernie Monegain
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12 David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. With recent patient deaths…
  • King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces. Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence…
  • Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

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    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report. [See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do] Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle read…
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates. Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven read more
  • 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

    Bernie Monegain
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12 David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. With recent patient deaths…
  • King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces. Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence…
  • Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report. [See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do] Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle read…
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates. Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven read more
  • 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

    Bernie Monegain
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12 David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. With recent patient deaths…
  • King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces. Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence…
  • Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report. [See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do] Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle read…
 
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates. Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven read more
  • 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

    Bernie Monegain
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12 David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. With recent patient deaths…
  • King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces. Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence…
  • Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report. [See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do] Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle read…
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates. Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven read more
  • 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

    Bernie Monegain
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12 David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety. With recent patient deaths…
  • King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces. Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence…
  • Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

    Mike Miliard
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report. [See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do] Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle read…
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  • 2015 H.I.T. Men & Women Awards

    Eric Bailey
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Help us honor the folks you see leading the way in innovation, improving patient care and influencing positive change in healthcare IT. The top three vote-getters across three categories will be honored at the H.I.T. Men & Women ceremony, sponsored by awards co-founder Emids, during the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition at McCormick Place in Chicago. Thumbnail:  2015 H.I.T. Men & Women Awards Help us honor the folks you see leading the way in innovation, improving patient care and influencing positive change in healthcare IT. The top three vote-getters across three…
  • HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala

    Eric Bailey
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    (SPONSORED) The HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala is a time for celebration and for recognizing members who have added their unique sparkle and verve to the industry. Come toast their accomplishments at this year's elegant event! Thumbnail:  HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala The HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala is a time for celebration and for recognizing members who have added their unique sparkle and verve to the industry. Come toast their accomplishments at this year's elegant event! Healthcare IT News video/himss-awards-recognition-gala read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 19: Julie Massey

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Julie Massey, CMIO at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, shares health IT accomplishments and goals, and discusses progress with meaningful use. Thumbnail:  Clinical Spotlight Episode 19: Julie Massey Julie Massey, CMIO at Albert Einstein Health Network, shares health IT accomplishments and goals, and discusses progress with meaningful use. Healthcare IT News video/clinical-spotlight-episode-19-julie-massey read more
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    Healthcare IT News Staff
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    (SPONSORED) As the destination for health IT, the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition offers exceptional education, cutting-edge solutions, unique networking and a robust roster of world-class speakers. During HIMSS15, discover extraordinary keynotes who will inspire, enlighten and share powerful messages to motivate you on your journey to transform health and healthcare through IT. Thumbnail:  43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, Speaking at HIMSS15 (SPONSORED) As the destination for health IT, the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition offers…
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 23: Jim Saul

    Eric Bailey
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    Jim Saul, CIO at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, talks about goals for consolidating to a single EMR solution and reports on the organization's meaningful use attestation. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

    Rob Havasy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality. Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work…
  • Balance in governance

    Keith W. Boone
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    One of the biggest unrecognized challenges to balance in consensus standards development processes is lack of balance in governance. What do I mean by that? Governance is about who decides. Who decides what the priorities are? Who decides where scarce resources are deployed? Who decides not just what gets done, but who does it? Let's look at several examples of lack of balance in government in standards development over the last decade: HL7 Balance in governance One of the biggest unrecognized challenges to balance in consensus standards development processes is lack of balance in…
  • Sign posts on the road to connected health adoption

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Everett Rogers is credited with the seminal text book on adoption, The Diffusion of Innovations. It is required reading for anyone who is interested in how new ideas become integrated into the fabric of life’s activities. Telehealth Sign posts on the road to connected health adoption As Joseph Kvedar, MD, has traveled the road of adoption for connected health for two decades, he has paid attention to the major sign posts -- defining moments when the dialogue changes in such a way that the whole organizational strategy changes with it. Healthcare IT News…
  • Integrating claims and clinical data to improve population health

    Ken Yale
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    Until recently, technology-enabled efforts to improve population health relied heavily on the use of claims data alone. While there is evidence this approach has merit, there is also a new opportunity to take these efforts to the next level. Population Health Integrating claims and clinical data to improve population health Until recently, technology-enabled efforts to improve population health relied heavily on the use of claims data alone. While there is evidence this approach has merit, there is also a new opportunity to take these efforts to the next level. Healthcare IT News…
  • What is the optimal future role for ONC?

    John Halamka
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    As Meaningful Use winds down and incentive dollars are fully spent, what is the optimal role for ONC going forward? Some pundits have suggested that ONC step aside and return all aspects of HIT policy and technology to the private sector. Others have suggested top down command and control of HIT including centralized governance to ensure interoperability. Policy and Legislation What is the optimal future role for ONC? Some pundits have suggested that ONC step aside and return all aspects of HIT policy and technology to the private sector. Others have suggested top down command and control of…
 
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  • ACA is Working, Say Lowest Uninsured Rates and Highest Enrollee Interest

    Pamela Girardin
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Over the last quarter, as 8 million Americans enrolled in health insurance through Obamacare, surveys and initial reports have highlighted a heartening trend – Americans are showing increasing interest in the new, subsidized health insurance and the rates of uninsured are currently at their lowest since 2008. Newly insured individuals are showing the most activity with their health insurance, spiking collective interest of the nation in post health reform market. Combined with the steadily dropping uninsured rates, surveys indicate that ACA is finally working in its most crucial…
  • Primary Care Doctor Shortage – The Perennial Challenge for Obamacare

    Pamela Girardin
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    As the Affordable Care Act goes into the waning days of its second open enrollment, the pressure is building on the U.S. healthcare system. More people have health insurance than ever, and this number is expected to continue to increase in the coming few months. In fact, for the 6.7 million people who purchased health insurance in the first enrollment period finding a primary care physician is getting difficult. Simply put, there are not enough primary care doctors to support the increasing number of people with health insurance. As many as 81 percent of doctors reported that they are either…
  • King v. Burwell – What’s all that Ruckus About?

    Pamela Girardin
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    On November 7, when the United States Supreme Court decided that it will hear the King v. Burwell case, the nation collectively gasped at the ramifications this hearing will bring to the reformed health market. [Side note: The Court will hear arguments on March 4, 2015] According to the King v. Burwell case, the Affordable Care Act’s language does not allow federal tax credits to be provided to people who bought health insurance from the federally facilitated marketplace. The 4.5 million people who bought insurance in 34 states, which utilized the federal exchange for their insurance needs…
  • Young, Uninsured Floridians in No Coverage Gap See a New Hope

    Pamela Girardin
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    When Florida indicated it was in agreement with Obamacare on expanding Medicaid for its residents at the beginning of 2013, low income Floridians heaved a sigh of relief. This expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to be their shot at better, affordable health care in a state where high unemployment and poverty rates were very high. However, by the end of 2014, Florida is still not ready with the Medicaid expansion after nearly two years of siding with the program Through a decision was made by Governor Rick Scott and the state accepted federal funds by agreeing to expand Medicaid for…
  • How are States Planning to Battle the Potential Supreme Court Verdict Against Obamacare

    Pamela Girardin
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    It was just announced that on March 4, 2015, the United States Supreme Court will hear augments regarding a controversial piece of text in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that could remove the availability of subsidies in states which decided to go with a federally facilitated marketplace. The case is based on a selective piece of text in the Act highlighting the availability of insurance subsidies in only those states which established their own state exchanges. In case the United States Supreme Court rules in favor of the challengers, as many as 4 million people could lose…
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  • Wearables must align to consumer needs for longtime adoption

    Judy Mottl
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    New research from Parks Associates reveals 5 percent of U.S. broadband households are home to a smartwatch providing health and fitness tracking features, and 8 percent of households are using a digital fitness activity tracker such as a pedometer. But whether those households will grab more devices or upgrade down the road--and whether more households overall will jump on mHealth device bandwagon--is dependent on greater consumer education about the benefits of such tools.read more
  • BYOD security: Where hospitals must focus their efforts

    Judy Mottl
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    While healthcare facilities are slowly issuing mobile devices to staff and caregiver teams, it's not happening as rapidly as some would like. To that end, many healthcare professionals increasingly are tapping their own personal smartphones and mobile computing devices to help them do their jobs. That, however, creates a big problem: the security issue (or lack thereof) when it comes to the information being shared, patient data being stored, images being housed, etc. One lost device, one misstep in emailing confidential data, a laptop stolen from a locker or a nurse's station means…
  • 6 reasons mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises

    Judy Mottl
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Lack of specific healthcare knowledge and ignorance on required privacy protection for data are among the top reasons many mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises, according to a new white paper from Glen Burnie, Maryland-based testing and certification company Intertek.read more
  • How to ensure BYOD doesn't put health data at risk

    Judy Mottl
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    There's no stopping the 'bring your own device' wave within the healthcare industry, but there are good strategies and best practices healthcare organizations can embrace to ensure device, systems and data security while not encroaching on workflow processes, patient care or the use of a mobile device.read more
  • Jawbone may be next big connected device investment for Google

    Judy Mottl
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Google reportedly is mulling a substantial investment in fitness tracker Jawbone, a move that could prove to be a win-win for both players aiming to forge deeper traction in the healthcare and fitness wearables market.read more
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  • Are EHR vendors holding patient data hostage?

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    To spur data exchange, the government should consider letting market forces work to spur electronic health record vendors to lower their prices, according to a blog post from Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.read more
  • Would a 'roll back' of ONC's strategic plan be good for health IT?

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) certainly didn't pull any punches in its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated strategic plan. Unlike some commenters on the plan, who for the most part deferred to ONC, NPCA, known to favor private free market forces rather than government regulation, came out strongly against it.read more
  • CMS extends Meaningful Use attestation deadline for EPs

    Katie Dvorak
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it has pushed back the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to Meaningful Use to March 20   The deadline extension will allow EPs more time to submit their MU data, CMS said. In addition, it allows EPs who have not used their one switch to go from Medicare to Medicaid or vice versa more time to do so for the 2014 year.read more
  • Sharing of clinical notes with patients worth further exploration

    Katie Dvorak
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Allowing patients to access notes from their doctors will help to "foster truly collaborative patient-clinician relationships," even while more research is needed on the programs, according to an article at BMJ.read more
  • Benefits of moving research studies to EHRs 'counterbalanced' by increased burdens

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Electronic health records have the potential to help busy practices with interventional research, but transitioning that process from paper to electronic can be more complex than expected, according to a study published this month in eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).read more
 
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  • Start ordering labs electronically

    Practice Fusion
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Sending electronic orders from the patient’s chart cuts out paper requisitions, saving time for the staff by reducing faxes, phone calls and scanning. We support electronic ordering for more than 60+ independent labs and we’re adding more everyday–electronic ordering for LabCorp and Quest will be available in your EHR in early 2015. Our goal is to provide you the widest network of labs, so you and your patients have convenience based on service location, insurance, test type and more. It’s easy. Manage your orders anytime, anywhere–directly from the patient’s…
  • Letter from our co-founder: Product vision for 2015

    Matthew Douglass
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Over the past two years at Practice Fusion, our software development team has been diligently building necessary Meaningful Use Stage 2 functionality and upgrading our entire electronic health record (EHR) from Flash to a more modern HTML5 and javascript-powered foundation.  This work has been critical to the future evolution of Practice Fusion and we appreciate our customers’ support and feedback throughout this development period. With our new infrastructure in place, I am thrilled to announce our next major initiative for 2015: delivering dozens of the top community-requested features…
  • Meaningful Use and PQRS attestation deadline extended to March 20, 2015

    Practice Fusion
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    CMS recently extended the attestation deadline for Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2014 reporting year to March 20, 2015*. If you bill Medicare or Medicaid, it’s crucial for you to attest before the deadline to earn incentives and avoid penalties. Attestation is the process of reporting your values to CMS after completing a reporting period, similar to filing your taxes. If you completed the program requirements for any reporting period in 2014, you must attest before the March 20, 2015 deadline to avoid penalties and earn incentives. Let’s review what…
  • EHR update: Prescribe multiple medications in a single order

    Practice Fusion
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Continuing our commitment to delivering the features you request more quickly, we’re excited to announce you can now e-prescribe multiple medications for your patients in a single order. Reduce double-entry by ordering all your patient’s prescriptions in a single electronic order. Modify or edit each prescription to ensure SIG, script date, refill count and more are accurate prior to sending. Drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks will still display for each individual medication, helping you meet Meaningful Use measures and ensure quality of care. Spend more time with your…
  • EHR update: New Meaningful Use dashboard

    Practice Fusion
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    As a reminder, Practice Fusion strongly recommends that you attest for Meaningful Use and PQRS by February 28th, 2015 for any 2014 reporting period. We’re dedicated to building the best tools possible simplify programs like Meaningful Use and PQRS. Our new dashboard includes improvements to make reporting measures easier to understand, simply the attestation process, and help your practice earn incentives and avoid penalties. The new dashboard is available from the Reports section of your EHR. MU Dash 2015 EDU V1 Opt in to access the new dashboard The first change you’ll notice is the…
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  • How Flexible Is Your Health Plan’s Online Wellness Program?

    Christine Muldoon
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Photo by Bill Ebbesen If you work for a health plan, you know you have a lot of members with a lot of different needs. Whether you’re regional, mid-sized, or national, and whether your focus is on unions, state government, global, or a mix of business segments, your population is diverse. And if you’re a health plan member, you know that your expectations are much higher than they used to be. Now, when you log in to your health plan’s website, you expect a top-notch web experience that’s intuitive, easy to use, and understands who you are. Actually, what you…
  • Top 4 Trends for Health Plans in 2015

    Christine Muldoon
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    For those of you who read my blog post on health plan trends for 2014, I’m happy to bring you this year’s version, hot off the press for 2015! In my role as health plan strategist for WebMD Health Services, I watch the market closely so that we can continue to anticipate health plan needs and develop our solution accordingly. Last year was exciting because the health insurance marketplace was quickly evolving and taking center stage. As a result, 2015 is a transitional year for health plans as many begin learning more about their newly insured populations and how to adjust their…
  • How We’re Helping Health Plans Meet The New NCQA Requirements

    Christine Muldoon
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    If you work for a health insurance company, you likely know that July 1 is when NCQA’s Member Connection Standards for Health Plans (or MEM Standards) will begin requiring health plans to be scored for all product lines, including commercial, Medicare, Medicaid, and exchange products. Why this is happening The Department of Health and Human Services chose NCQA as an accrediting entity for Qualified Health Plan issuers participating in the Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace. NCQA’s Health Plan Accreditation (HPA) contains all the key elements the law requires. Additionally, 40 states…
  • How Solution Tuning Drives Life-Changing Innovation

    Jeff Fitzpatrick
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Much of the work I do at WebMD Health Services involves leading a team of developers, quality assurance specialists, and designers to continuously innovate Digital Health AssistantSM . One of our most popular features, Digital Health Assistant is a virtual health coach that helps people form healthy habits and achieve better lives. It can work in tandem with our real-life Lifestyle 1st Coaches, but it also works well on its own. Why Solution Tuning? One of the most common questions I get is around solution tuning, the process we use to innovate Digital Health Assistant and other features.
  • Energizing Your Wellness Program Is Easier (and Cheaper!) Than You Think [On-Demand Webinar]

    WebMD Health Services
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:58 pm
    If you missed our December webinar with EBN, we have good news — you can watch it now or save it for later. Debi Muchow, our very own Director of Human Resources at WebMD Health Services, sat down with Stephanie Harvie, Wellness Operations Manager at L.L.Bean, and Sandy Navarro, Employee Wellness Coordinator at Holland Hospital, to talk about wellness culture best practices, including what’s worked and what hasn’t. Click to launch the webinar Both companies have highly acclaimed wellness programs: Holland was named one of Michigan’s healthiest employers in 2013, and…
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  • Eight Health Plans Choose McKesson’s Network Management Solutions

    Cara Wood
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Today we announced that eight health plans representing over 8.5 million lives started using new releases of McKesson Provider Manager™ and McKesson Contract Manager™ last year. As part of our Network Management suite, these solutions help health plans efficiently implement, scale, and synchronize provider networks, contracts, and reimbursement models. Read today’s news release get the full story.
  • 13 Health Plans Invest in McKesson’s Latest ClaimsXten Solution for Accurate and Efficient Reimbursement

    Rich Levin
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Today we announced that thirteen health plans went live on the latest version of McKesson ClaimsXten last year. Now 50% of the top 25 U.S. health plans, their providers, and nearly 100 million covered lives can enjoy the faster, more accurate claims adjudication that ClaimsXten helps make possible. Read the news release to learn more about why these leading health plans chose ClaimsXten.
  • Over 600 Payers, Providers Chose McKesson InterQual® Criteria for Clinical Decision Support

    Cara Wood
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today we announced that 622 payers and providers have chosen InterQualCriteria in recent months to help support their care decisions. A wide array of health plans and hospitals, both public and private, are reflected in these 622 new agreements and renewals. New customers. A renewal rate that exceeds 96%. Broad market acceptance. This industry momentum is one of many reasons why we say InterQual is the leading choice for evidence-based clinical decision support. And there’s more news to share with you about the momentum of our decision management solutions overall.
  • With ICD-10, KPIs Worth Keeping Track Of

    Rich Levin
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Healthcare IT News editor Mike Miliard picked up Josh Berman’s ICD10 Watch article, which discusses the need for providers to track myriad KPIs before, during, and after their ICD-10 transition. The reason: Many key performance indicators might get worse. Providers that are monitoring key KPIs will be best prepared to react and keep their business on track. Read Mike’s article now
  • ICD-10 Analytics: Keeping Your Eye on your KPIs

    Rich Levin
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Our own Josh Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 for RelayHealth Financial, is again featured in ICD10 Watch. This time Josh discusses the role of analytics and key performance indicators to drive process improvements as part of your ICD-10 readiness work. Read the article now
 
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  • Circuit Court Rejects FDCPA Claim Based on Alleged Invalid Proof of Claim

    Ronald Canter
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    A recent trend has evolved in FDCPA litigation where courts have allowed bankrupt debtors to file FDCPA claims based on the alleged invalidity of a proof of claim filed by a third party collector and/or debt buyer. But a precedential Circuit Court ruling Tuesday appears to limit the timing of some of those suits.
  • The Impact of CFPB’s UDAAP Authority on Creditors and First Party Debt Collectors

    Marcelo Aita
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Two recent CFPB enforcement actions against original lenders and their collection practices under its UDAAP authority should prompt discussions about the broader impact of upcoming debt collection rules on creditors and their first party collection outsourcing partners.
  • Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation Issues RFP for Collection Services

    Patrick Lunsford
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC) today is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Collection Services for accounts held by the organization outside of Kentucky.
  • PaymentVision Partners with Shaw Systems to Provide Integrated Payment Solutions

    insideARM.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    PaymentVision, a leading provider of electronic payment processing technology for the financial services industry, announced an exciting partnership with Shaw Systems Associates, Inc. The partnership will enable the Shaw Systems clients to securely process any form of payment - credit card, debit card, or ACH - in one-time, recurring, and fee-based transactions through online, mobile, agent-assisted portal, automated phone system, or directly within the Shaw application.
  • Executive Changes: Caine & Weiner Announces New CFO and C-Level Appointments

    insideARM.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Chris Mathews has been appointed by Greg A. Cohen, Caine & Weiner’s, President and CEO, effective March 2, to be the company’s Chief Financial Officer, reporting directly to Greg Cohen.
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  • 3 Reasons You Do Not Want to Miss AAD’s (American Academy of Dermatology) Annual Meeting 2015

    Daniel Schwartz
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    America’s biggest dermatology meeting is right around the corner, and CureMD is all set to go! Yes, I’m talking about the 73rd annual American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting which is expected to host 16,800 guests from different parts of the world. The event where categories under dermatology, medicine, and health will be discussed in detail will take place between March 20 and 24 in San Francisco’s renowned Moscone Center. Why should you attend? Apart from educational sessions by industry experts covering the latest developments the world of dermatology has to offer, the…
  • Breaking News: CMS Extends Deadline for Meaningful Use Attestation

    Nina Keller
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced a new date for Meaningful Use attestation deadline. Eligible professionals (EPs), participating in the Medicare incentive program (only), now have time till March 20, 2015 to attest for Meaningful Use rather than the previous deadline of February 28, 2015. This relaxation is intended to bring relief to physicians by giving them extra time to submit their Meaningful Use data. However, CMS has urged practitioners to take advantage of the extra time and begin attesting as soon as they can. How to Attest Submit your data to…
  • The Most Bizarre ICD-10 Codes (Infographic)

    Nina Keller
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    By now everyone in the healthcare industry knows that ICD-10 is an unavoidable fact. It is a sword of Damocles hanging over every physician’s head. The ICD-10 implementation deadline has started to sound more like D-Day for the healthcare practitioners. However, not everything is as frightening as it appears to be. Humor is the spice of life. Though it sounds clichéd, but laughter is a powerful stress-relief medicine, which every physician needs. Therefore, we have created an infographic of some weird ICD-10 codes in an effort to bring a smile to your face. Sources:…
  • Don’t Lose Your Revenue To Patient Collections

    Nina Keller
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    This is the second article in a series of ‘Billing Issues’ that practices around the nation are facing. The healthcare industry has gone through significant changes over the past decade, including increase in deductibles that has effected payment collections. Amidst these changes, keeping a steady cash flow for a practitioner is nothing less than slaying a dragon. When it comes to generating revenue, physicians cannot rely on insurance collections alone. Therefore, they will have to redesign their workflows to meet new challenges of payment collections, as this adds up to a major chunk of…
  • EHR Breakups: A heartbreak for Practices

    Nina Keller
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    With the new Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements catching many EHR vendors unawares, it may be time to look for an EHR vendor who is always ahead of the curve. According to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as of November 2014 only 2% of eligible professionals had attested to MU2. This paints a bleak picture for thousands of independent physicians who rely on Medicare payments to stay afloat. To add insult to injury, CMS is expected to hand out 1% penalties for those who aren’t participating in the program. Many physicians who are struggling with these new…
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  • EHR Ease of Use is Not Easy

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

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Tumor boards are a critical component of a patient's diagnostic and treatment processes, and pathology participation in these discussions is vital. However, the traditional process required to prepare pathology data and images can be laborious and time consuming.   
  • Pathology Challenges in the Era of Subspecialists

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    As a medical student/intern/resident in the early to mid-1990s, most of the pathologists I was exposed to in a university/medical center setting were pathologists who were-first and primarily-general pathologists, general surgical pathologists and clinical pathologists. Everyone did everything in terms of surgical pathology subspecialties, with a few notable exceptions (bone marrow examinations and liver biopsies, depending on the nature of the case and the particular pathologist assigned the case). In addition, the staff pathologists I worked with also covered some area of the clinical…
  • Tumor Board Presentations – Wringing the Waste Out of the Process

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Tumor boards were created with worthy objectives in mind – to share knowledge, improve current patient care, and prepare/educate residents & fellows for their future practices. Tumor boards are also a requirement for cancer center accreditation, hence a necessary cost of doing business. Preparing for tumor boards, however, is too often an onerous task fraught with time delays, rework, and cumbersome, inflexible presentation methods. After your support staff pulls reports, retrieves slides, and brings them to you, do you spend hours photographing and taking notes of the key points you…
  • Is Your Slide Management System Wasting Precious Time & Resources?

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When reviewing previous slides for your patient’s current case or when preparing for tumor boards, are you spending precious time and resources having your staff retrieve or recut slides? Do slides get lost or damaged causing more delays in your ability to expedite your case? Management of slide and block archives is a challenge for all anatomic pathology laboratories. How can implementing a robust digital pathology program help you make the best use of your time and resources? 
  • 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?
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  • HL7 Specifications: The Basics

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

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    In a previous post, we talked about reducing migration project risks and some of the drivers in interface engine selection. In particular, 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 interface engines now in place are responsible for the critical flow and orchestration of financial, administrative, and clinical data. Disrupting current critical data flow to take on a migration project is challenging.  And the [...] Cet article Migration Guide: From Oracle eGate to Orion Health Rhapsody…
  • 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.
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  • Top 3 Affordable Care Act News This 2015

    Infinit Healthcare
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Here's the latest news on the Affordable Care Act that you should know this year.
  • Hacking on Health Insurer Anthem: 7 Ways You Can Protect Yourself

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    If you feel that you may be at risk, it is necessary to take some preventive measures to make sure that you are protected. We’ve listed down ways on how you can protect yourself.
  • What Can High-Tech Hospitals Outsource Now?

    Infinit Healthcare
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Healthcare providers such as hospital are now facing pressure to adapt to changes in the industry. One of the best ways to do this is for them to outsource is to partner with digital enablers who can help them achieve their goals. Here’s a short list of what high-tech hospitals can outsource now.
  • Why More Hospitals are Outsourcing Revenue Cycle Management

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is a lucrative segment in the healthcare industry that is not likely to slow down in the near future. In fact, all signs point to more growth and expansion in the next five years or so.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (January 4 – 10, 2015)

    Infinit Healthcare
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Healthcare reached its highest peak last year, with the help of Data and Technology. Let’s look at all the trends and predictions for 2015 and see how we can improve on what’s already a fast-developing industry. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding Healthcare.
 
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  • Understanding the Roles of a Home Care Agency

    Mohammed Lone
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The Agency’s Role with its Caregivers It is well known in at-home elder care that great caregivers like to work through an agency. The agency provides the marketing that they lack individually. Here is what that means: When services are no longer needed with a particular family, the agency assigns them to another care recipient, frequently with a wait time of a few days only. The agency can get caregivers the kind of work they like, usually close to where they live, and on their preferred schedules (week days, weekend days, Part-time, full-time, and live-in or live-out). The agency…
  • Quality Senior Care At Home – 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

    Mohammed Lone
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Providing seniors with exceptional care that is specified and tailored to the needs of the seniors is of paramount importance and is what Precision Home Health Care offers. A nursing home and assisted living facility has an often impersonal approach and routine that is established according to the facility’s schedule and services that doesn’t permit enough room for personalized attention for the seniors. The cost to obtain a quality nursing home for seniors is not only expensive but the availability and long waiting lists can be daunting. Additionally, any special care or service that is…
  • Guidelines for Keeping Persons with Alzheimer’s Stimulated

    Mohammed Lone
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    For all of you who are caring for a dad or a mom with Alzheimer’s, and especially for hired caregivers, you’re only too familiar with how daunting it can be to keep your patient successfully occupied. The hours drag on each day, and every time you get the smile that makes you think you have crossed a milestone, you get a reversal. We therefore devote this article not so much to successful activities, but more so to the guidelines that can enhance your success when trying to keep your patient stimulated. 8 Guidelines to Give Caregivers a much Deserved Lift: 1.  Are you reading the signals…
  • Types of Senior Care in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania

    Mohammed Lone
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Infrographic Explaining the Types of Senior Care in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania Explore this unique Infographic Demonstrating the Types of Senior Care in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
  • Give Your Elderly Parents the Quality Home Care They Deserve!

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

    HITC Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The changes in medical care over the last five decades have been dramatic. Technological and scientific advances have given patients access to a level of medical diagnosis and care previously undreamed of. During this time, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided more people with the opportunity to take advantage of that care. Yet despite all that extraordinary progress towards value based healthcare something is missing, states J. Joseph Marr, MD, a retired academic physician and author of the book “Fall From Grace: A Physician’s Retrospective on the Past Fifty…
  • PQA, AllazoHealth Form Research Partnership to Study Med Adherence

    Jasmine Pennic
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Pharmacy Quality Alliance and AllazoHealth have formed a formal research partnership to study and improve the medication adherence metrics used industry-wide. PQA is the non-profit industry organization that develops and maintains medication use performance measures including Proportion of Days Covered (PDC) medication adherence metrics used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Part D Drug Benefit, the Health Insurance Market Quality Rating System (QRS), URAC, and other industry and government organizations. PQA metrics are used to calculate the Star Ratings for Medicare…
  • Deloitte, Cognitive Scale Partner to Boost Patient Engagement

    HITC Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Cognitive Scale today announced an agreement with Deloitte Consulting to deliver services and technology that will enable both companies to take a leadership position in transforming the delivery of healthcare to consumers and care providers through the application of cognitive cloud technology. Partnership Details Deloitte plans to leverage Cognitive Scale’s technology in a number of strategic initiatives, including the shift of the US healthcare system from volume to value and the transformation to a consumer-centric healthcare system. The relationship between Cognitive Scale and…
  • Mayo Clinic, Gentag Partner to Develop Wearable Biosensors for Obesity and Diabetes

    Jasmine Pennic
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Mayo Clinic and Gentag, Inc. has signed a joint intellectual property (IP) agreement to develop the next generation of wearable biosensors designed to fight obesity and diabetes. Together, both parties plan to create a wireless, disposable wearable patch sensor about the size of a small bandage that communicates via a closed-loop diabetes management platform integrated with your smart phone. The integrated system will allow researchers to monitor movement and develop treatments for diabetes, obesity and related conditions. Partnership Details The joint intellectual property (IP)…
  • Kinsa Launches “Groups” for Parents to Monitor the Health of Their Child’s School

    Fred Pennic
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
      Kinsa, the company behind the world’s first FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the launch of Kinsa Groups designed to help parents monitor and track the overall health at their child’s schools. The Groups feature is currently available for public schools across the United States for its iOS and Android apps.The launch of the Groups feature brings Kinsa another step closer to its mission: to create the “health weather,” a real-time understanding of the local health situation, to help communities better track, treat, and stop the spread of…
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  • Why and how must you immediately begin preparations for the ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion?

    Daniel Schwartz
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Last year, the much debated ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion deadline was delayed another year and set to October 1, 2015. However, numerous provider groups and stakeholders have been pushing for another delay, which would be the third in total, stating … Continue reading →
  • 5 Ways Affordable Care Act Affects Reimbursement

    Nina Keller
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enters the mature phase of its implementation, which is going to impact physician revenue in different ways – some favorable, others not much. Therefore, it is time for physicians to prepare for challenges ahead.  Here … Continue reading →
  • Telemedicine: Paving Way for Cost Effective Medical Services for Primary Care

    Nina Keller
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    According to an article published in the Herald Journal, the history of telemedicine can be traced back to the 1920s, when patients on ships at sea would connect with physicians on shore through radios. With innovation in technology, telemedicine services … Continue reading →
  • Why EHR customer satisfaction is the highest among big groups?

    Nina Keller
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The health IT market is flooded with government certified EHRs to meet the Meaningful Use program. The task is to find out the right medical vendor that fulfills practice requirements. This is particularly difficult for small to medium practices, as it … Continue reading →
  • Narrowing down your EHR options

    Daniel Schwartz
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Adopting an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is no longer an option, but an obligation. If your practice does not do so, you’ll be subject to penalties that will increase as time progresses. Additionally, you will be deprived of the … Continue reading →
 
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  • Some HIPAA Waiting Room Humor

    Blog HIPAA
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    The post Some HIPAA Waiting Room Humor appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • HIPAA Police –Are They Coming For You?

    Blog HIPAA
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    As reported by Health and Human Services (HHS) HIPAA fines and audits are significantly on the rise. 5% of practices are being audited against the HITECH Act and Omnibus Rule. Are you compliant? “How do all these regulations affect me as a Healthcare Covered Entity or Business Associate?” To answer that question, let’s first look at what the regulations are and get a brief description. Once we read and understand what we are facing, the steps to complying with the rules should be attainable. I would love to say attaining compliance is easy, but with anything in life, if you want success…
  • Why a Risk Assessment is NOT Enough for HIPAA Compliance

    Blog HIPAA
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    Thursday, February 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST A common misconception is that “A risk assessment makes me HIPAA compliant” Sadly this thought can cost your practice more than taking no action at all. A risk assessment is a requirement for HITECH under Meaningful Use Core Measure 15, but it does NOT make you HIPAA compliant. Furthermore it can enter you into the section of willful neglect and open your organization into the next level of fines. Join industry experts to find out how you achieve Meaningful Use, HITECH and HIPAA compliance while protecting your practice. Don’t miss this…
  • FREE Entrance to Vision Expo

    Blog HIPAA
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    BlogHIPAA members receive FREE registration to the Vision Expo East at the Javits Center in New York City from March 19-22.  Click here or at the banner below to register! The post FREE Entrance to Vision Expo appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • HIPAA vs Meaningful Use Infographic

    Blog HIPAA
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Infographic authored by Compliancy Group, The Compliancy Group. To view the original post, click here. The post HIPAA vs Meaningful Use Infographic appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
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  • Top Medical Device Companies

    Dave Newman
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    In a hospital IT department, it’s important to have an understanding of the medical devices that are being used in your organization. Many of those devices communicate data to and from many other systems, including electronic medical records. IT staff will work with the device engineers and Biomed technicians to configure communications settings, validate data, and refine workflow tasks. My experience with medical devices is mostly in the Outpatient setting, involving EKG and Spirometry devices. While most of the companies covered here have operations and products outside the device area…
  • What Is A Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

    Dave Newman
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:23 pm
    A Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a technology solution that enables Healthcare providers and organizations to share patient information electronically between systems that would otherwise not be connected. If you as a patient receive care in a different city, state, or even country; a connected provider could use an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to retrieve your vital medical history from an HIE. That data resides natively in another system. You can think of the HIE as a data clearinghouse among many clinical participants. Every system that sends or receives data on an HIE…
  • Clinical Application Specialist

    Dave Newman
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    One of the hottest jobs in Healthcare IT for several years now has been the Clinical Application Specialist. When a Healthcare IT vendor signs a contract to implement a given system for a Healthcare network, they rely on their client’s Clinical Application Specialist to plan, implement, and support clinical software systems. Other titles for basically the same type of position are Clinical Specialist, or Clinical Applications Analyst. For the rest of this article, I’ll stick with “Application Analyst“. Clinical Application Specialist Role The title itself can sound…
  • Medical Documentation – What goes in an EMR

    Dave Newman
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    These days, just about every physician in the US does their medical documentation in an electronic medical records system. Have you ever wondered what goes into your medical record during an office visit? Let’s go through all the aspects of an electronically documented office visit. We’ll assume the office visit has been scheduled in the EMR, and you are arriving for the appointment. First off… A visit is sometimes called an encounter. I will use both terms to reference the same thing here.   Intake – Reason for Visit and Vital Signs When you arrive in the exam room,…
  • What Is SBAR? Healthcare Nursing and IT Communication

    Dave Newman
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    We’ve all seen communication tools and styles come and go, but in Healthcare among clinicians, SBAR has seemed to stick. It stands for Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation. It works because it’s simple and provides a reliable framework for clinicians to convey urgent and non-urgent information. It is quite useful when clinicians are going through shift change as they communicate patient conditions, but can also be useful in the IT environment. SBAR didn’t originate in Healthcare, but came from the Navy as a communication method for use on submarines. SBAR can be done…
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