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  • Eliminating Cancer of the Cervix Globally with HPV Vaccines

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    Bruce Friedman
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    HPV vaccines can prevent several kinds of cancer as well as genital warts. Here's more information about this topic from the CDC web site (see: HPV Vaccines): HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. There are three HPV vaccines (Cervarix, Gardasil, and Gardasil 9). Girls and young women should get any of these HPV vaccines to prevent cervical cancer. Two of the HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Gardasil 9) also protect against genital warts and anal cancer in both females and…
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk - Healthcare IT News (blog)

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    5 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at riskHealthcare IT News (blog)Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and and more »
  • Dear Congress: Don't greenlight an ICD-10 ban

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    Dan Bowman
    5 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    In Hollywood, studio executives have a tendency to milk every drop out of a movie franchise until its appeal dries up and withers away. Nowhere is this more evident than in the horror genre, where shark attacks have been reduced to a punchline, and masked serial killers continue to breathe oxygen after a countless number of deaths.read more
  • Shahid’s No BS guide to patient engagement at #HIMSS15

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    Shahid N. Shah
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    I’ll be at #HIMSS15 in Chicago this week and am preparing for the onslaught of the term “patient engagement”. It’s both overused and ill-defined which means it’s almost meaningless as a category of technology or approaches. It’s also multi-faceted which means a definition is not going to be forthcoming soon; so, I’m not going to try. As I go through the educational sessions and exhibits looking at patient engagement solutions, I’m going to be trying to figure out how to categorize them. My initial thoughts about how to do are shown below.   The most important facets…
  • Morning Headlines 5/6/15

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    Lt. Dan
    5 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Cognizant Earnings Top, Fueled By TriZetto Buy Cognizant reports Q1 results: revenue up 20 percent to $2.9 billion, EPS $0.62 vs. $0.57, beating analyst estimates on both. The company’s stock price climbed 10.8 percent,  to a record high $65.55, following the results. Imprivata Achieves Revenue Growth of 32% for the First Quarter of 2015 and Raises Annual Guidance Imprivata reports Q1 results: revenue up 32 percent to $25 million but still resulted in an overall net loss of $6.7 million, EPS –$0.28 vs. –$2.29, beating expectations for both. Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary…
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  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    5 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at riskHealthcare IT News (blog)Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and and more »
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs - Healthcare IT News

    5 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Healthcare IT NewsCMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMsHealthcare IT NewsIf you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period. Providers will use these revised CQMs to and more »
  • Looking back at HIMSS15 -- and toward the future of health IT - Healthcare IT News

    5 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Healthcare IT NewsLooking back at HIMSS15 -- and toward the future of health ITHealthcare IT NewsAt one well-attended conference session, Argonaut Project leaders presented applications developed with Health Level Seven International's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR,framework. We saw new applications that use web standards ...and more »
  • Healthcare security: Adapt or die - Healthcare IT News

    4 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Healthcare security: Adapt or dieHealthcare IT NewsThis is Part III of our April Cover Story on healthcare IT's tall to-do list. Part I focused on interoperability. Part II focused on analytics. "It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change" – a
  • Leapfrog updates hospital safety grades - Healthcare IT News

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Healthcare IT NewsLeapfrog updates hospital safety gradesHealthcare IT NewsThe Leapfrog Group on Wednesday published new results for its Hospital Safety Score, which grades more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals on quality and safety metrics such as error prevention and infection rates. "Patient safety requires constant vigilance Leapfrog gives 782 hospitals an 'A' for safety, while others fall shortHealthcare Finance Newsall 120 news articles »
 
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  • Dear Congress: Don't greenlight an ICD-10 ban

    Dan Bowman
    5 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    In Hollywood, studio executives have a tendency to milk every drop out of a movie franchise until its appeal dries up and withers away. Nowhere is this more evident than in the horror genre, where shark attacks have been reduced to a punchline, and masked serial killers continue to breathe oxygen after a countless number of deaths.read more
  • Inspector General scolds HRSA for inadequate security controls

    Susan D. Hall
    5 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    The Health Resources and Services Administration must improve its security practices because controls are not fully implemented and monitored, according to a report from the Health and Human Service Department's Office of Inspector General.read more
  • NantHealth to give clinicians access to entire genome through mobile device

    Katie Dvorak
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Soon clinicians will be able to browse through an entire genome with a swipe on their smartphone screen, NantHealth founder Patrick Soon-Shiong said Monday during the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting in Los Angeles.read more
  • ICD-10 worries remain high for small practices

    Susan D. Hall
    5 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    The level of concern about ICD-10, especially among small practices, is "a little too high for comfort," according to a new survey.read more
  • Senate bill to protect consumer privacy includes health data provisions

    Katie Dvorak
    5 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    A group of Democratic Senators have introduced a new bill to protect consumers' most sensitive information--including their health data.read more
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  • Shahid’s No BS guide to patient engagement at #HIMSS15

    Shahid N. Shah
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    I’ll be at #HIMSS15 in Chicago this week and am preparing for the onslaught of the term “patient engagement”. It’s both overused and ill-defined which means it’s almost meaningless as a category of technology or approaches. It’s also multi-faceted which means a definition is not going to be forthcoming soon; so, I’m not going to try. As I go through the educational sessions and exhibits looking at patient engagement solutions, I’m going to be trying to figure out how to categorize them. My initial thoughts about how to do are shown below.   The most important facets…
  • Evaluating and choosing healthcare cloud services providers

    Shahid N. Shah
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    As healthcare moves from on-premise to cloud services, the evaluation and selection of “HIPAA compliant” cloud service providers becomes an import task. I don’t like the description “HIPAA compliant” because it’s imprecise and not meaningful. However, it’s something that many non-technical people look for when evaluating providers so I’m using it here. My friend Alex Ginzburg, VP of Technology at Intervention Insights, and I have done this kind of healthcare cloud services providers evaluation and selection many times so it was natural for…
  • Congress finally getting serious about telemedicine, but are CDOs ready?

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    The latest ‘doc fix’ bill, H.R. 1470, was introduced last week. Though it has quite a ways to go before it’s sent to conference or passed, the bill has some pretty nice language for telemedicine and care coordination enthusiasts. Though it’s probably less than I would like, Section 4 (Encouraging Care Management for Individuals with Chronic Care Needs) is a great start. The telehealth language is pretty general but I like how it is making sure that telemedicine isn’t precluded from being reimbursed. Most interesting is that GAO is being asked to do a…
  • Social selling of Medical Devices is hard but necessary

    Shahid N. Shah
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Social selling of Medical Devices is something we don’t talk enough about because it’s hard. That’s going to change soon. You’re probably aware that John Lynn and I are co-chairing the exciting 2nd iteration of the Healthcare IT Marketing & PR Conference (“HITMC”) in May. What you’re probably not aware of is that we’re expanding the audience and sessions to include non-traditional healthcare IT participants — specifically medical device manufacturers. I believe that the distinction of health IT or digital health marketing vs. that…
  • Entrepreneurs must integrate mission-driven strategic investors

    Shahid N. Shah
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Last week I wrote about how federated groups of investors help de-risk innovations in the Venture Development Lifecycle (VDLC). Yesterday I elaborated on how entrepreneurs can understand risk through various funding cycles. One of the most important investors we didn’t talk about in the VDLC was the strategic investor (what I like to call the mission-driven investor) . Mission-driven strategics view risk differently and entrepreneurs should create investor journey maps to take them into account. What is a strategic investor? Almost all successful firms have some overarching strategy…
 
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  • Morning Headlines 5/6/15

    Lt. Dan
    5 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Cognizant Earnings Top, Fueled By TriZetto Buy Cognizant reports Q1 results: revenue up 20 percent to $2.9 billion, EPS $0.62 vs. $0.57, beating analyst estimates on both. The company’s stock price climbed 10.8 percent,  to a record high $65.55, following the results. Imprivata Achieves Revenue Growth of 32% for the First Quarter of 2015 and Raises Annual Guidance Imprivata reports Q1 results: revenue up 32 percent to $25 million but still resulted in an overall net loss of $6.7 million, EPS –$0.28 vs. –$2.29, beating expectations for both. Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary…
  • News 5/6/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    5 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Top News Cognizant reports Q1 results: revenue up 20 percent, EPS $0.62 vs. $0.57, beating expectations for both and boosting the stock to a record high Monday. The company’s healthcare unit, which includes its November 2014 TriZetto acquisition for which it paid $2.7 billion, increased revenue by 43 percent year over year. CTSH shares are up 32 percent in the past year. Cognizant says it has added 500 consultants and 300 developers to the former TriZetto business and was selected for $200 million worth of synergy deals, which it says proves its expectations of $1.5 billion in…
  • Morning Headlines 5/5/15

    Lt. Dan
    4 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Imprivata Acquires HT Systems to Expand its Authentication and Access Management Platform to Patients Imprivata acquires HT Systems, a palm-vein based biometrics vendor focused on the patient identification market, for $19.1 million in cash and $6.9 million in potential performance bonuses scheduled to be paid out over the next two years. Athenahealth Looking Like A Very Unhealthy Stock Forbes contributor David Trainer forecasts additional losses for athenahealth stock , citing slowing revenue and after-tax profit growth, and a 35 percent decline in stock value since its peak in February…
  • Startup CEOs and Investors: Bruce Brandes

    Mr. HIStalk
    4 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    All I Needed to Know to Disrupt Healthcare I Learned from “Seinfeld”: Part V – Yada Yada Yada By Bruce Brandes Most every company talks about their elevator pitch, which is intended to be a brief summation of the business to intrigue one to want to learn more. My question is this: exactly how long are the elevator rides some people are taking? More broadly, in any sort of business interaction, how to you best balance brevity vs. meaty detail? The Webster’s definition of the phrase “yada yada” is "boring or empty talk often used interjectionally, especially in recounting words…
  • Startup CEOs and Investors: Michael Burke

    Mr. HIStalk
    4 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    The Shifting Incentives of Startups By Michael Burke Mr. H asked a few startup CEOs to give his readers an “inside baseball view into a world that a lot of us will never see as employees” — the world of starting and running a startup company. In this post, I’ll try to honor the spirit of that request by describing how incentives in an early-stage startup create an environment that is simultaneously thrilling, rewarding, and terrifying. We’ll then discuss the challenge of maintaining a startup’s culture while these incentives change. I’ll start first with a sweeping…
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  • Remember, HIMSS is a marathon, not a sprint

    Neil Versel
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    At the risk of sounding too cliché, I’m going to say that HIMSS is a marathon, not a sprint. (Actually, I said it twice, if you count the headline.) And I’m exhausted already. Planning for the annual madness, which starts this weekend here in Chicago, is almost as grueling as the conference itself, and I got a late start because I didn’t know until a couple weeks ago who I would be covering the event for. In case you were still wondering, I’m now a full-time staffer for MedCity News, so you can read my work there. In less than a week on the job, I’m already…
  • I’m joining MedCity News

    Neil Versel
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Three months after my ill-fated decision to take a job with Clinical Innovation + Technology (I never did get an explanation or even a returned call from that cowardly boss, but it probably was about money), I am taking another plunge. Starting next week, I will be a staff writer, covering health IT for MedCity News, just in time for the HIMSS conference the following week. How do I know it will be different and that I won’t be cut loose after less than three weeks? MedCity has new ownership as of January, namely New York-based Breaking Media. (The press release is still up at the…
  • CMS publishes Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposal

    Neil Versel
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The rumor I heard this morning was true. CMS has published its proposed rules for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, once again waiting until late on a Friday to release a major document. Stage 3 will start no earlier than 2017. Simultaneously, ONC released its proposed update to EHR certification regulations, to be known as the 2015 edition. Both documents will appear in the Federal Register March 30, triggering a public comment period. CMS will take comments on the MU rule through May 29, while ONC will do so on the certification plan through June 30. Expect to see final rules before the end of…
  • New Media Meetup at HIMSS15 showcases Chicago icon

    Neil Versel
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The New Media Meetup, now in its sixth year, has become a staple at the annual HIMSS conference. As a longtime resident of Chicago, I’m excited to tell you that this year’s event will be held at the legendary Gino’s East pizzeria, Tuesday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT. As usual, your host will be John Lynn, founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network, of which Meaningful HIT News is a member. Here are the basics: When: Tuesday 4/14 6:00-8:00 PM Where: Gino’s East, 162 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611 MAP Who: Anyone who uses or is interested in New Media (Blogs,…
  • So you want a meeting at HIMSS15?

    Neil Versel
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    HIMSS15 is less than a month away. The vendor requests for meetings of course have started coming in. Every year I seem to do fewer and fewer, for several reasons. First off, they’re exhausting. The exhibit hall is huge. This year, it looks like exhibits will fill the entirety of the McCormick Place North Building (705,500 square feet of exhibit space) and South Building (840,000 square feet), and that doesn’t even count the meeting rooms or auditoriums for keynotes. The press room and many of the educational sessions are in the West Building, at least a 15-minute walk from the…
 
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  • The digital transformation of healthcare. Keeping the dream alive.

    hlthblog
    4 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    It was late September in 2007. I was in Nottwil, Switzerland to deliver the opening keynote at a one-day conference on digital health. Also on the agenda that day to provide the closing keynote was a physician and psychiatrist named Dr. Bertrand Piccard...(read more)
  • The final frontier for telehealth services, end-to-end data privacy & security

    hlthblog
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    As mHealthNews editor, Eric Wicklund, reported last November , the stage is set more than ever before to deliver medical and behavioral health services via telehealth. The need has existed for a very long time and today, the technology exists to bring...(read more)
  • EHR Interoperability. Let’s stop beating a dead drum.

    hlthblog
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS where EHR interoperability...(read more)
  • The wheels on the bus went round and round….. at HIMSS-15 in Chicago

    hlthblog
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    I wish I could report on everything that happened at HIMSS this year. Of course, that would be impossible without writing a book (and it would be a really big book). So, as I do each year, I will only provide some high-level impressions about what I saw...(read more)
  • Price transparency in healthcare? Despite reforms, still lacking. Part 2

    hlthblog
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Back in January I told you a true story about the healthcare adventures of Sally and Bob. Like all good serial adventures, it helps to read the first chapter before turning to the next installment. In Part One, Sally and Bob discovered the tyranny of...(read more)
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  • Eliminating Cancer of the Cervix Globally with HPV Vaccines

    Bruce Friedman
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    HPV vaccines can prevent several kinds of cancer as well as genital warts. Here's more information about this topic from the CDC web site (see: HPV Vaccines): HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. There are three HPV vaccines (Cervarix, Gardasil, and Gardasil 9). Girls and young women should get any of these HPV vaccines to prevent cervical cancer. Two of the HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Gardasil 9) also protect against genital warts and anal cancer in both females and…
  • Further Discussion about the Cleveland Clinic Relationship with Theranos

    Bruce Friedman
    1 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    I have posted a number of notes about Theranos (see, for example: Finally, Some Important New Details about the Theranos Business Model). This has one of my most commonly viewed notes so there is a lot of interest in the company. A lot of money is also riding on Theranos' so web sites such a Forbes are writing complex pieces about its business model and the microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technology that is said to be the foundation of the business (see: Scientists are skeptical about the secret blood test that has made Elizabeth Holmes a billionaire). Here's a quote from…
  • Some Lessons to Be Learned from the Dr. Oz Flap

    Bruce Friedman
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I have been following the Dr. Oz flap closely but, with all the charges and countercharges, I am unsure where the truth lies (see: Dr. Oz Is No Wizard, but No Quack, Either). Oz has been accused of medical quackery in a letter to the dean of Columbia Medical School but it turns out that some of his accusers may not be so squeaky clean either and have their own agendas (see: The Attack On Dr. Oz Just Backfired In A Big Way). I have been trying to extract some sort of lesson from all of this and so an article by Paul Keckley of Navigant Healthcare caught my attention (see: Dr.
  • LabCorp to Offer Direct Access Lab Testing (DAT) to Consumers

    Bruce Friedman
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I began posting blog notes about direct access testing (DAT) some ten years ago (see, for example: Reinventing Direct Access Testing (DAT)) DAT, also called consumer directed testing, enables consumers to order lab tests for themselves via web sites in those states where it is legal. Even in states where it is prohibited, there were work-arounds using physician networks employed by the web site and providing MD test approval in the background. Quest even had a DAT subsidiary called QuesTest but exited this market in 2006 (see: QuesTest Bails Out of the DAT…
  • Reducing EHR "Wrong Orders" by Limiting the Number of "Open Charts"

    Bruce Friedman
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    A major medical center has been experiencing a spate of "wrong orders" with its EHR. After studying the problem, officials have determined that the best solution involves decreasing the number of open charts allowable from the current four to a maximum of two. With its prior legacy EHR and with the capability of opening only one e-chart, the wrong order problem had not been previously broadly encountered. Hospital officials surveyed other academic health systems across the country and found that this problem was not unique to it. Most of the other hospitals had also found it…
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  • Healthcare Big Data Use, Real Patient Engagement, and Practice Marketing

    John Lynn
    5 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    I use to do these a lot more and I think people enjoyed them. So, maybe I’ll start doing them again. It’s basically a short Twitter round up of some interesting tweets and often some pithy commentary about the tweets. Let me know what you think. 10% using #bigdata, 27% very early, the rest clueless? http://t.co/siMaQTblTJ #hitsm #hcsm #HCOs #futuremed — Wilson To, PhD (@wilson_to) May 4, 2015 This seems about in line with my own personal experience talking to people. Although, some might argue that 100% are clueless. We’re all still trying to figure out all the data.
  • Will We Be Maintaining Our Genomic Health Record?

    John Lynn
    4 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    If you’re interested in Genomic Medicine like I am, be sure to check out my article on EMR and EHR called “When Will Genomic Medicine Become As Common As Antibiotics?” That’s a really interesting question that’s worth considering. We’re not there yet and won’t get there for a couple years. However, I think that genomic medicine will become as common as antibiotics and will have a massive impact on healthcare the way antibiotics have as well. The article mentioned links to a genomics whitepaper that talks about a person’s genomic health record.
  • The Next Major Healthcare Product – Care Management System

    John Lynn
    1 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    While meeting with a lot of people at HIMSS I started to think about what would be the next “must have” IT system that a healthcare organization would look at purchasing. When you look back at the history of IT purchases in healthcare, the Practice Management System (PMS or PM depending on your preference) was one of the first systems that most practices purchased. It was an easy buy for most people. They saw a lot of value to digitize the billing side of their practice. Adoption of practice management systems was widespread. Everyone was and is using one. After the practice…
  • 13 Insights for Conquering Healthcare Challenges

    John Lynn
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    I was recently asked to take part in a “From the Experts” series where they asked us to contribute an insight into how you conquer the healthcare challenges of the future. My response was, “The most valuable prep for #valuebasedcare is to create deep patient connections.” I think that’s still really good advice for healthcare organizations. Check out the other 12 insights from a wide variety of experts in this embedded slideshare below: Related Posts Solving the Non-EHR Challenges Healthcare Faces Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare…
  • Great Meaningful Use and Eligible Providers Chat

    John Lynn
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I recently received an email from a regular reader, Dr. Mike, who owns a single specialty ortho group. In the email Dr. Mike talks about the challenges that Eligible Providers (EPs) are facing with meaningful use stage 2. He describes the story as falling on “deaf ears” at CMS and ONC. He also offered these stats on meaningful use to illustrate his case that meaningful use is a failure: Only 38,472 have attested to Stage 2, My guess is that only about half actually did Stage 2 as there was the Stage 1 reprieve. Even so, that is only 18% of EPs have successfully attested which is…
 
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    Medgadget

  • Medtronic Euphora Semicompliant Coronary Balloon Cleared in U.S.

    Editors
    5 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The FDA awarded Medtronic clearance for the company’s Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter. The device received European regulatory approval late last year. The Euphora device is used to pre-dilate a lesion and to determine its nature, helping to choose which stent to place in its place. The device uses the same re-designed shaft that was developed for the Medtronic NC Euphora noncompliant balloon dilatation catheter. Coupled with the thin balloon material, a tapered inner shaft, and mini-wrap, the device should help achieve a very low crossing profile. Additionally,…
  • BIOTRONIK’s Closed Loop Stimulation for Smart Heart Pacing Now Available in U.S.

    Editors
    5 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    BIOTRONIK has just announced that its Closed Loop Stimulation (CLS) physiologic sensor is now available on the Itrevia cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) in the United States. The CLS sensor adjusts the patient heart rate in response to physical activity, even when there’s no change in the respiratory rate or body movement. Typically, CRT-Ds monitor patient movements using a built-in accelerometer, but that can be deceptive depending on the physical activity. The CLS technology uses impedance sensing to compensate for changing mental stress, similar to how the…
  • Exosomes Used to Deliver Large Molecule Drugs into Brain

    Editors
    5 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The blood-brain barrier prevents the passage of most therapeutic drugs to the organ. The barrier is very selective in what’s allowed to pass through, but exosomes, the vesicles that pass chemical messages between cells, have a permanent green light. Researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used this concept to ferry large therapeutic proteins across the blood-brain barrier to treat Parkinson’s disease. The investigators at Chapel Hill used exosomes gathered from macrophage white blood cells and loaded them with catalase, a powerful antioxidant. Since…
  • Artificial Vessels Designed to Degrade and Be Replaced by Natural Vasculature

    Editors
    4 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology and Vienna Medical University in Austria have developed artificial blood vessels that are already proving themselves in animal models. Created out of thermoplastic polyurethane, the implants biodegrade into the body while being replaced by healthy endothelial cells. Importantly, this happens while the vessel is able to maintain its strength, slowly changing from an artificial implant into a real vessel made with the body’s endogenous cells. The researchers tested the new vessels on laboratory rats, implanting them and checking up on…
  • BIOTRONIK CardioMessenger Smart Shares Pacemaker and ICD Data with Cardiologists

    Editors
    4 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    BIOTRONIK received the CE mark to introduce its CardioMessenger Smart device to the European market. It works with the company’s pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to share the implants’ status and patient cardiac data with physicians. The device is fully automatic, passing the data via the GSM cellular network to physicians without any interaction from the patients. All that’s required is for the CardioMessenger Smart to be plugged in and within range of a GSM cellular signal anywhere in the world. The data is sent to the BIOTRONIK Home…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Enterprise Imaging: To Boldly Radiograph What No Man Has Radiographed BeforeWell, Actually, ONCE Before...

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Few images are more iconic than the Starship Enterprise flying around the galaxy. One could argue that the ship herself was the real star of Star Trek. Of course, there was never an actual Enterprise, right?Wrong. These are the voyages of the model ship that in a very real sense was the Enterprise itself, its 50 year mission, to delight and amaze fans and Trekkies of all ages, to boldly pretend to go, well, you get the idea.Back in the days before computer generated imaging (CGI), to make a ship fly through space, one needed a model of the ship, which was filmed in front of a green-screen or…
  • Dalai's Shipboard Standup Routine Or, Why I'm Keeping My Day Job...

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Courtesy britishtitanicsociety.comEarlier this year, Mrs. Dalai and I spent a week on a Princess Cruise ship, meeting up with some good friends who were escaping the horrid weather in the Northeast. (Our weather here in the Deep South wasn't so wonderful either: we had a pipe freeze and then rupture, spewing a waterfall from the ceiling by our back door. Thus, this phase of my retirement is devoted to helping Mrs. Dalai redo the kitchen.)I'm guessing just about everyone has been on a cruise at some time or other. Most of them are rather similar. A few shore excursions to tropical beaches…
  • Last Mango In Paris

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    My primary goal for retirement was to hit the road with Mrs. Dalai and travel the world. I'm happy to report that we have begun our journey into journeying. Whilst I havent been writing prolifically about it, or anything else, we have averaged a trip out of the US every month for the preceding three: Curacao in January, and the Caribbean earlier this month. Right now I am typing away on a bus carrying us from Paris to Lyon, having just left a cruise of the Seine River, and headed to a second on the Rhone in southern France.I have to tell you we made this trip with some trepidation.  The…
  • How To Kill A Doctor

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    From the HealthCareBlog:How To Kill a DoctorIt’s really quite easy to kill a doctor. Here’s a step-by-step process guaranteed to succeed at least 400 times a year:Start early.Be sure to denigrate medical students whenever possible. Even if they’ve come to the profession later in life and have accomplished all kinds of amazing things personally and professionally (which don’t count, of course, since those are other professions) they don’t know squat about medicine and you do. Make sure to emphasize their ignorance and inexperience at every turn, because…
  • 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…
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  • It Looks Like The South Australian Implementation of EPAS Is Going Pretty Badly. An External Expert Review Is Really Needed and Egos Parked At The Door!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    5 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared last week.E-health system ‘halved appointments’ at Repat Bension Siebert | 30 April 2015 ADELAIDE | The number of outpatient appointments available to older people and veterans at the Repatriation General Hospital has been halved because of the state’s troubled $422 million electronic patient records system, senior doctors have revealed. The minutes of this year’s annual general meeting of the Medical Staff Society, given to InDaily by an SA Health employee, say that the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) has severely slowed patient care at…
  • Medical Director White Paper Shows We Have A Little Way To Go With Using E-Health. PCEHR Not All That Favoured.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    4 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Medical Director released a white paper on e-Health usage and a range of other matters last week.The survey was titled: 2015 Survey: Practice pressures and eHealth realitiesYou can download the white paper from this link:http://medicaldirector.com/whitepaper/application+formThe summary of the findings - made by the authors - is as follows.SURVEY QUICK FACTS48 per cent of health professionals surveyed are worried government changes could have a negative impact on patient outcomes 38 per cent of respondents said their practices are under pressure to cut costs or increase bookings, while 14 per…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 4th May, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    3 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentOnly one topic this week - the fate of the PCEHR!The budget on the 12th will be very interesting to see just how much is planned to be spent!-----http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/ley-to-announce-multimilliondollar-rescue-package-for-labor-health-scheme-20150502-1mxqrb.htmlLey to…
  • This Is A Very Interesting Review Of Patient Access To Clinical Records. Worth A Read And Relevant To The PCEHR.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    3 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    This appeared last week:MDU advises GPs on patient access23 April 2015   Rebecca McBeth The Medical Defence Union has produced guidance for GPs to help them to ensure the confidentiality and accuracy of medical records being made available to patients online.Practices have been contractually required to offer patients in England online access to their Summary Care Record information since the start of the month and some are giving patients access to their whole record.The MDU said it has been contacted by a number of GPs with queries about giving patients access to their records…
  • The Death Of the PCEHR Is Now Going To Be Drawn Out Forever. What Nonsense!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    2 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This appeared earlier today.http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/ley-to-announce-multimilliondollar-rescue-package-for-labor-health-scheme-20150502-1mxqrb.htmlLey to announce multimillion-dollar 'rescue package' for Labor health schemeDate May 2, 2015 - 11:42PM Adam GartrellThe costly electronic health scheme is a white elephant and should be scrapped, expert says.EXCLUSIVEThe Abbott government will spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to salvage a Labor's electronic health scheme that has been branded an irredeemable failure.Five hundred days after…
 
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  • Is Fee-for-Service dead?

    Deborah Leyva
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    Link: CMS Lays Out Vision for Physician Quality Reporting Programs. “With passage of H.R.2 [SGR repeal and Medicare provider payment modernization], key components of these physician programs will serve as the foundation for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.”  “The Strategic Vision describes in concrete terms how we will advance the goals and objectives for quality improvement outlined in the CMS Quality Strategy through these quality measurement and reporting programs.” The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a method to control spending by Medicare on physician…
  • Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) face Complex Regulatory Challenges

    Deborah Leyva
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Link: Press Release The Accountable Care (ACO) Survival Guide Store now contains a 3-hour training program with a Question and Answer Quiz to help ACO Professionals and their partners better understand the daunting challenges of CMS regulations. The training is broken up into 3 parts: Eligibility and Application Requirements, Benchmark and Performance targets, and understanding the calculations for selection of a Shared Savings and Losses risk model. For more information visit the ACO Survival Guide Store.
  • Moving from fee-for-service to Accountable Care

    Deborah Leyva
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Link: Michigan’s Fee-for-Value Physician Incentive Program Reduces Spending and Improves Quality in Primary Care - The Commonwealth Fund. With the recent announcement from HHS regarding "Better, Smarter, Healthier"  and its goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value, Michigan's Fee-for-Value initiative is reported to have reduced spending and improved quality of primary care. This is a big step to break-down the brick wall between fee-for-service and value-based accountable care reimbursement models. The article finds that total spending by practices…
  • Alternative Reimbursement Model to replace Fee-for-Service?

    Deborah Leyva
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    There are many people who believe that fee-for-service reimbursement methods are on their way out... While this may be true, the fact remains that ACO regulations and the new HHS announcements call for reductions in cost which equates to the fees for services that are provided by physicians to patients.However, on March 25th HHS reiterated its goal of tying 30 percent of payments to quality and value through alternative payment models by 2016 and 50 percent by 2018 under new approaches to paying for health care created by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Press Release: ACO Survival Guide and Regulations Training

    Deborah Leyva
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Link: ACO Survival Guide Store Today's press release describes the ACO Survival Guide as a tool that provides not only an overview of the incredibly complex and arcane regulations, but also provides actionable information to support quality reporting, improved infrastructure, and analysis of operational, financial and clinical performance. In addition, the introduction of the CMS Innovation Center, makes it clear that healthcare regulatory reform efforts will continue to evolve. There is widespread consensus that Medicare in its current state is unsustainable. The ACO Survival Guide and its…
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    Bob on Medical Device Software

  • Melon Headband — Android Beta

    Bob
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:54 pm
    About 2 years ago (May 2013) I backed this Kickstarter project:  Melon: A Headband and Mobile App to Measure Your Focus. I received the hardware (headband and accessories) about a month ago. The Android application became available yesterday. I’m having trouble focusing (according to the Melon anyway), but at least the device and software seem to be functioning. As expected, the software needs a lot of work. No use in bashing beta software though. I just downloaded the alpha SDK. Now the real fun begins… Company link: Melon
  • 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…
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    Medicine and Technology

  • Facebook Chat tonight: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids discussing the Changing Marijuana Landscape

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Don't miss this important event tonight for a live Facebook Chat by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to Help Parents Navigate the Changing Marijuana Landscape.April 20, from 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EDTLive Facebook Chat with Heather Senior, LCSW, Partnership Parent Support Network Manager. She will answer your questions to help you better navigate the changing marijuana landscape and have productive conversations with your teens.To participate, please visit and "Like" the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Facebook page at 8 p.m. EDT this evening. The chat will take place right under the…
  • This is Patient Safety Awareness Week #PSAWunited

    8 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by NPSF. Each year, health care organizations around the globe take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.” Everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care and by uniting together and sharing that common goal, we can make a…
  • Neck pain infographic

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here's a visual way of thinking about neck pain related to motor vehicle accidents. Drive safely this winter! Via: Riverside Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Medicare will cover low-dose CT scan lung cancer screening

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's the decision that many people have been waiting for: it appears that Medicare is proposing to cover low-dose CT scan for lung cancer screening for specific patients.The Medicare "Proposed Decision Memo for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) (CAG-00439N)" came out on Nov 10, 2014. CMS is seeking comments on this proposed decision (and you can view the posted comments as well). Learn more here.
  • CMS: Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new innovative model to support clinicians in achieving large-scale health care transformation. It's called the "Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative."The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative will provide up to $840 million over the next four years to support 150,000 clinicians in sharing, adapting and further developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies, which are expected to lead to greater improvements in patient health and reduction in health care costs. This is one of the largest federal…
 
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  • Customizable EMRs Are Long Overdue

    Anne Zieger
    5 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    EMRs can be customized to some extent today, but not that much. Providers can create interfaces between their EMR and other platforms, such as PACS or laboratory information systems, but you can’t really take the guts of the thing apart. The reality is that the EMR vendor’s configuration shapes how providers do business, not the other way around. This has been the state of affairs for so long that you don’t hear too much complaining about it, but health IT execs should really be raising a ruckus. While some hospitals might prefer to have all of their EMR’s major…
  • Early Warnings Demonstrate an Early Advance in the Use of Analytics to Improve Health Care

    Andy Oram
    4 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Early warning systems–such as the popular Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) used in many hospitals–form one of the first waves in the ocean of analytics we need to wash over our health care system. Eventually, health care will elegantly integrate medical device output, electronic patient records, research findings, software algorithms, and–yes, let us not forget–the clinician’s expertise in a timely intervention into patient care. Because early warning systems are more mature than many of the analytics that researchers are currently trying out, it’s…
  • 5 Lessons Providers Can Learn from Payers Infographic

    John Lynn
    1 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    ClinicSpectrum has been putting out a whole series of healthcare IT infographics. I recently saw one of them that really caught my eye as it came across my Twitter stream. The infographic offers 5 things providers can learn from payers. I’m sure that concept is a bit unsettling for some providers, but the list is quite intriguing: Leverage Data to Identify High-Risk Patients Help Patients Manage Their Meds Designate a Patient Engagement Advocate Build Partnerships Seek Interoperability Opportunities What do you think about these ideas? Check out the full infographic below for more…
  • Survey: ICD-10 Business Areas of Concern

    John Lynn
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Each year, NueMD does a survey of providers around ICD-10. 2015 was no exception. You can see the full results of their ICD-10 survey here. They had over 1000 respondents to the survey with the majority of them coming from small practices and 43% of them coming from patient care (DO, MD, DC, NP, RN, etc). You should take a minute to check out the full results, but this chart from the survey results really caught my eye: Regardless of whether you’re interested in the results or not, the list of possible areas of concern is worth considering for your organization: Training/Education,…
  • When Will Genomic Medicine Become As Common As Antibiotics?

    John Lynn
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    I’m completely and utterly fascinated by the work that so many companies are doing with genomic medicine. I think that’s a good thing since I believe genomic medicine is just now starting to make its way into mainstream medicine. Plus, over the next couple years, genomic medicine is going to be a huge part of what every doctor does in healthcare. Maybe it won’t be as common as the antibiotic (what is?), but it will be extremely important to healthcare. With that in mind, I’ve been devouring this whitepaper on the evolving promise of genomic medicine. It offers such a…
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    Medical Quack

  • “Tech Neck” Devices Causing New Medical Condition From Constantly Looking Down At Your Cellphone, Tablet, Etc.

    Medical Quack
    3 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    This is pretty interesting and does make sense and I think we can all relate to this one, again depending on how much time you spend with your nose in a device today.  Nobody seems to immune to this one, all ages as a matter of fact.  We all do it.  Chiropractors now say there is a bit of a switch going on from patients with lower back pain to upper back.  This gives a new meaning to a “pain in the neck”.  So now if you use devices frequently during the day there’s new stretching therapies out there and I guess this is yet one more possible argument that could…
  • Using BitCoin Blockchain Technology, Next Up To Secure Medical Records?

    Medical Quack
    3 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    This is interesting and banks are just barely trying to get into this themselves with using the technology in the financial area so waste no time here with the suggestion of using the technology to secure medical records.  So what’s next, a BitCoin wallet to store your medical records?  It’s an interesting idea that has yet to unfold so stay tuned as the war to protect privacy continues.  BD  Even though the benefits of creating and maintaining electronic medical records of patients has been established (it is found that maintaining records considerably increases the…
  • Woman in New Jersey Gets 3 Years in Jail for 500K Of Fraudulent Insurance Claims-Don’t Try This At Home, Health Insurers Only Ones Allowed To Commit Fraud , Not You

    Medical Quack
    3 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    I read this story and it’s hardly news worthy and I’m not saying I approve of fraud by any means, but look at the dollar amount?  The woman is a registered nurse, so folks wise up, she deal with claims and is on the inside track so if she’s getting caught, well you can think about that one.  In other words the point I’m trying to make here is that even insiders in the healthcare business are not smart enough to fool health insurers algorithms that do fraud prevention.  Seriously when you look at what’s in the news, is the media outside of the Center for Public…
  • “Inside The Dark Web” Documentary -Digital Illiterate Law Makers in a Panic And the Creator of The Internet Is Soul Searching -Data Collecting and Selling That Defies Our Privacy

    Medical Quack
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Is the web we love been turned against us is the question raised from this video.  Some of those themselves who created the web are soul searching themselves on what was created and scientists are fighting back. This is great and says what I have said for quite a while, people confuse the virtual world values with the real world.  Virtual Worlds, Real World We Have A Problem And It’s A Big One With A Lot of Gray Areas Finding Where The Defining Lines Exist, Confusing Many With A Lot of Weird Values And Strange Perceptions… Your deepest secrets are sold to the highest…
  • Leave It Up to Congress and the White House to Turn the SGR Repeal into a Media Circus…Daily Show..

    Medical Quack
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    He calls it right again, Jon Stewart nails it and boy are we going to miss him.  Congress like he said is just dropping all over themselves with congratulating each other for doing their job.  It just goes to show how far away from reality we really are today when we need a full on media showering on something that’s been an issue since 1997, Congress can’t model very well or do math as we know. Don’t miss the Boehner/Pelosi kiss on the cheek, give me a break, this is not the soap opera “General Hospital” but it sure plays out that way in the news today. As Stewart points…
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  • Why dual coding is the best ICD-10 strategy you will hate

    Carl Natale
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The best ICD-10 strategy you'll hate http://icd10watch.com/blog/why-dual-coding-best-icd-10-strategy-you-will-hate ICD-10 & Coding Why dual coding is the best ICD-10 strategy you will hate If you're scrambling to meet the Oct. 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline, why would you want to start assigning ICD-10 codes before then? Healthcare IT News blog/why-dual-coding-best-icd-10-strategy-you-will-hate
  • See which hospitals earned worst scores for hospital-acquired infections (list, map)

    Erin McCann
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Each year, some 722,000 hospitalized patients will acquire a serious infection as a result of their care. A staggering 75,000 of them will die during their hospitalization due to the HAI. Quality and Safety read more
  • Array of 'coordinators' leaving patients confused

    Jeff Rowe
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    'Coordinators' leaving patients confused http://www.himssfuturecare.com/blog/array-%E2%80%98coordinators-leaving-patients-confused Patient Engagement Array of 'coordinators' leaving patients confused With its potential to impact all three legs of the Triple Aim improving care coordination has become a major focus for providers ranging from hospitals to ACOs to senior centers and other community organizations. But who's coordinating the coordinators? Healthcare IT News blog/array-coordinators-leaving-patients-confused
  • DeSalvo at HIMSS15: 'True interoperability, not just exchange'

    Mike Miliard
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    In her keynote Thursday morning at HIMSS15, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said it's now time to "focus beyond adoption" of health IT and create an interoperable, learning health system "upon the strong foundation we all have built." Interoperability read more
  • George W. Bush on health IT: 'Logical solutions become inevitable'

    Mike Miliard
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Former President George W. Bush took the stage at HIMSS15 on Wednesday afternoon for a conversation with HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber. Interoperability read more
 
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs

    Erin McCann
    5 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.  Quality and Safety read more
  • Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

    Mike Miliard
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cleveland Clinic is the latest world-class provider to make its analytics algorithms available on Apervita, enabling other health providers to put some of its knowledge to work improving their own outcomes. [See also: Mayo Clinic shares analytics with other providers] Analytics read more
  • CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

    Bernie Monegain
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows that the program has saved Medicare a cool $384 million. Moreover, CMS now plans to expand the initiative. Accountable Care read more
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs

    Erin McCann
    5 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.  Quality and Safety read more
  • Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

    Mike Miliard
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cleveland Clinic is the latest world-class provider to make its analytics algorithms available on Apervita, enabling other health providers to put some of its knowledge to work improving their own outcomes. [See also: Mayo Clinic shares analytics with other providers] Analytics read more
  • CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

    Bernie Monegain
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows that the program has saved Medicare a cool $384 million. Moreover, CMS now plans to expand the initiative. Accountable Care read more
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs

    Erin McCann
    5 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.  Quality and Safety read more
  • Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

    Mike Miliard
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cleveland Clinic is the latest world-class provider to make its analytics algorithms available on Apervita, enabling other health providers to put some of its knowledge to work improving their own outcomes. [See also: Mayo Clinic shares analytics with other providers] Analytics read more
  • CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

    Bernie Monegain
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows that the program has saved Medicare a cool $384 million. Moreover, CMS now plans to expand the initiative. Accountable Care read more
 
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs

    Erin McCann
    5 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.  Quality and Safety read more
  • Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

    Mike Miliard
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cleveland Clinic is the latest world-class provider to make its analytics algorithms available on Apervita, enabling other health providers to put some of its knowledge to work improving their own outcomes. [See also: Mayo Clinic shares analytics with other providers] Analytics read more
  • CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

    Bernie Monegain
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows that the program has saved Medicare a cool $384 million. Moreover, CMS now plans to expand the initiative. Accountable Care read more
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs

    Erin McCann
    5 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.  Quality and Safety read more
  • Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

    Mike Miliard
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cleveland Clinic is the latest world-class provider to make its analytics algorithms available on Apervita, enabling other health providers to put some of its knowledge to work improving their own outcomes. [See also: Mayo Clinic shares analytics with other providers] Analytics read more
  • CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

    Bernie Monegain
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows that the program has saved Medicare a cool $384 million. Moreover, CMS now plans to expand the initiative. Accountable Care read more
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • CMS makes annual update to 2016 eCQMs

    Erin McCann
    5 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.  Quality and Safety read more
  • Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

    Mike Miliard
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cleveland Clinic is the latest world-class provider to make its analytics algorithms available on Apervita, enabling other health providers to put some of its knowledge to work improving their own outcomes. [See also: Mayo Clinic shares analytics with other providers] Analytics read more
  • CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

    Bernie Monegain
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows that the program has saved Medicare a cool $384 million. Moreover, CMS now plans to expand the initiative. Accountable Care read more
 
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  • Allison Alavi of Jvion on HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    5 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Allison Alavi on HIMSS Analytics Allison Alavi, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications at Jvion, remarks on the benefits of working with HIMSS Analytics to improve their conversations and campaigns around predictive analytics.  
  • Julia Weidman of Carestream on the value of HIMSS Analytics

    Healthcare IT News
    4 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Short Headline:  Julia Weidman on HIMSS Analytics Julia Weidman, Marketing Manager at Carestream, outlines the value of HIMSS Analytics and highlights the services they provided which enhanced Carestream's product development and outreach.  
  • Ray Gensinger, MD, on challenges of healthcare analytics at HIMSS15

    Healthcare IT News
    4 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Short Headline:  Ray Gensinger, MD, on analytics Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, discusses his bestselling HIMSS book, Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction, at HIMSS15.  
  • Patient engagement book authors at HIMSS15

    Healthcare IT News
    1 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Short Headline:  Patient engagement HIMSS book authors HIMSS Book Authors Jan Oldenburg and Mary Griskewicz talk about Activate, a new companion book to Jan Olderburg's 2013 HIMSS Book, Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement. Thumbnail:  Patient engagement book authors at HIMSS15 HIMSS Book Authors Jan Oldenburg and Mary Griskewicz talk about Activate, a new companion book to Jan Olderburg's 2013 HIMSS Book, Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement. Healthcare IT News video/patient-engagement-book-authors-himss15 read…
  • HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador: Chuck Webster, MD

    Healthcare IT News
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Short Headline:  Chuck Webster, MD, talks workflow HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador Chuck Webster, MD, talks about emerging work flow technologies at the HIMSS Annual Conference. Thumbnail:  HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador: Chuck Webster, MD HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador Chuck Webster, MD, talks about emerging work flow technologies at the HIMSS Annual Conference. Healthcare IT News video/himss15-social-media-ambassador-chuck-webster-md read more
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  • 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk

    Chris Bowen
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    5 ways IT vendors put PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of serious data breaches occur in the healthcare sector and the majority are caused by a third party. There are five common ways technology vendors set themselves up – and their healthcare customers – for a data breach that could be catastrophic to patients’ privacy and the vendor’s reputation.   Privacy & Security 5 ways IT vendors put customers' PHI at risk Warning to technology vendors that service the healthcare industry: nearly half of…
  • #HITsm Panel at HIMSS part 1: FHIR, workflow and patient-centered care

    Chad Johnson
    1 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    #HITsm Panel at HIMSS part 1 At HIMSS15, I had to the pleasure of teaming with Mandi Bishop and four health IT leaders to organize our annual #HITsm live event. The previous three events mostly consisted of a meet and greet and passing the microphone around for introductions and discussions. Interoperability #HITsm Panel at HIMSS part 1: FHIR, workflow and patient-centered care At HIMSS15, Chad Johnson teamed with Mandi Bishop and four health IT leaders to organize the annual #HITsm live event. This post covers the first two topics presented to the panel. Healthcare IT News…
  • The patient is mentally ill. Why are we only treating his broken hand?

    Edmund Billings, MD
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    The patient is mentally ill What would you call a physician who sewed up a patient’s wound without addressing the depression, bipolar disorder or other behavioral health issue that led to the injury?  We might cynically label the doctor disinterested or inattentive; we might sympathetically call her distracted or overwhelmed. Electronic Health Records The patient is mentally ill. Why are we only treating his broken hand? What would you call a physician who sewed up a patient’s wound without addressing the behavioral health issue that led to the injury? We might cynically label…
  • Why dual coding is the best ICD-10 strategy you will hate

    Carl Natale
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The best ICD-10 strategy you'll hate http://icd10watch.com/blog/why-dual-coding-best-icd-10-strategy-you-will-hate ICD-10 & Coding Why dual coding is the best ICD-10 strategy you will hate If you're scrambling to meet the Oct. 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline, why would you want to start assigning ICD-10 codes before then? Healthcare IT News blog/why-dual-coding-best-icd-10-strategy-you-will-hate
  • Understanding health IT's role in caring for Boomers

    Sheetal Shah
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Health IT's role in caring for Boomers Digitization is a powerful driver and enabler of change. Patient Engagement Understanding health IT’s role in caring for Boomers Providers and health systems are looking to create digital patient experiences that will help serve this segment of the population in order to meet their financial and clinical objectives. Healthcare IT News blog/understanding-health-it’s-role-caring-boomers read more
 
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  • Let's move from patient safety research to patient safety accountability

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    I've expressed concern before that ONC paints a Pollyanna portrait of its success. So I found its recent issue brief on health IT and patient safety refreshing. Yes, it's a very rosy...read more
  • Lawmakers form working group to find ways to improve EHRs

    Katie Dvorak
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    A new bipartisan committee's working group will gather on Capitol Hill throughout the coming months to find ways to improve electronic health records, according to Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.).read more
  • CIOs vent frustrations with Meaningful Use Stage 3

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rules implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program and adding flexibility to the current stages are steps in the right direction but still challenging to providers, according to several hospital CIOs.read more
  • ONC's Michael McCoy: My paramount goal is doing what's right for the patient

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Michael, McCoy, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's newly appointed chief health information officer "jumped" at the chance to join the federal government in this capacity, according to a new blog post in which he introduces himself to the community. read more
  • CMS: e-prescribing up but not embraced by all

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Electronic prescribing has been growing steadily, if the electronic prescribing (eRx) incentive program is any indication, according to the latest report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.read more
 
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  • Easily submit your medication prior authorizations electronically

    Practice Fusion
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    As part of our continued effort to help improve the efficiency of your practice, we’ve digitized medication prior authorizations. This top-requested feature is now available in the new EHR and will save your practice hours of back-and-forth communication with pharmacies and health plans. Studies show that providers and staff spend over 20 hours a week completing paper prior authorizations[1]. Administrative complications and delayed authorizations can prevent up to 70% of patients from receiving the treatment their provider originally ordered[2]. Get started with electronic prior…
  • Help lower treatment costs for your patients

    Practice Fusion
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    As prescription costs continue to rise, Practice Fusion is working alongside your practice to empower your patients and improve their care. As part of this initiative we’re offering streamlined solutions that increase treatment accessibility, helping your patients follow their care plan and get back to health faster. We’re excited to announce that prescription coupons are now available in your EHR. In 2012, 50 million patients in the US did not fill their prescriptions due to the high cost. Patients who avoid taking prescribed medications are twice as likely to experience a health…
  • New feature available: Reminder tasks

    Practice Fusion
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    As part of our commitment to delivering the features you request more quickly, we’re excited to announce that you can now create custom reminder tasks in your EHR. Custom reminders replace the need for sticky notes or paper slips—which are easily lost—allowing you to stay organized, spend more time with patients, and less time keeping track of your to-do list. When tasks are completed, they are viewable by the practice so you’re never out of the loop and always know how efficiently your practice is running. Custom reminder tasks provide: Freedom to replicate and enhance your current…
  • New York: Be I-STOP ready with the only e-prescribing system that’s EPCS-certified and 100% free

    Practice Fusion
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    We’re proud to announce Practice Fusion’s e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) feature is now certified and ready for I-STOP. With EPCS activated, you’ll now be able to e-prescribe all medications — included scheduled drugs — right from your EHR. We started releasing the new EPCS feature to practices in New York so that licensed providers can e-prescribe controlled substances before the I-STOP deadline. Although New York recently extended the deadline to March 27, 2016 you can get started with all the benefits of EPCS now. If you’re a provider in New York with…
  • Experience our new electronic ordering

    Practice Fusion
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    With our new lab and imaging ordering, we’ve created an efficient way for you to place orders and receive results all within your EHR. With the easy-to-use ordering interface, you can quickly create new orders while keeping better track of patient progress. Taking advantage of these workflow improvements increases your practice efficiency and provides you with a deeper view of your patients’ health from a single interface. To prepare your practice, attend one of our training webinars or view our training video below. Better patient care Instead of manually tracking patient orders and…
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  • McKesson’s Phillips to Help Case Managers Navigate Change at 2015 ACMA National Conference

    Cara Wood
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    Are you headed to the 2015 ACMA National Conference, held April 26-29 in Phoenix, AZ? Prepare yourself for the disruptive trends rapidly changing healthcare. Grab your morning coffee and join McKesson Health Solutions executive Tammie Phillips, R.N., at her session entitled, “Changing the Care Management Model.” It kicks off on April 28th at 9:30 a.m. sharp! Read the news release to learn more about what her session will cover and what you can learn
  • RelayHealth Enhances ConnectCenter Practice Portal with Eligibility Data

    Grant Evans
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today RelayHealth Financial announced that its new ConnectCenter revenue cycle management portal now helps users easily confirm patient benefit and insurance information online, to help speed eligibility validation. Read the news release here.
  • Sharpening the Focus on Revenue Cycle Payment Clarity

    Rich Levin
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Download and share the white paper now Heard about “patient payment clarity” yet? If not, you will soon. This new concept is winning fans at forward-thinking hospitals and raising eyebrows with revenue cycle executives as they learn about the term. For hospitals, patient payment clarity is getting visibility into when and how much they will be paid, by whom and the ability to better navigate the obstacles to payment. For patients, payment clarity goes beyond transparency to promote satisfaction and instill loyalty. To help providers understand and capitalize on this trend,…
  • Ten Things You Can Do Today to Align to Value-Based Reimbursement Models

    Rich Levin
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Download and share the white paper now We knew value-based reimbursement models had momentum. Now they have a mandate. In January, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced an initiative to make alternative payment the standard for 50% of Medicare reimbursement by 2018. HHS wants 30% of payments to be tied to quality or value by 2016, increasing to 50% by 2018. Is your organization ready? If not, what do you have to do to get ready? And where can you turn for resources that will help you make the transition from volume to value? We’ve answered those questions and more in…
  • The Business Side of Caring

    Rich Levin
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Cathy Dougherty, vice president of revenue cycle management for Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Gwinnett Medical Center, refers to patient payment clarity as “the business side of caring.” Becker’s Hospital CFO featured a Q&A with Dougherty to learn more about how Gwinnett Medical Center is using this new concept to improve their financial performance and promote positive patient experiences. Read the article to see how it can help your organization.
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  • Two Positive Decisions for the Industry Regarding Chapter 13 Cases

    Tim Bauer
    5 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    The basic facts were similar in both cases; the decisions, however, are sort of surprising. What many have assumed to be a legal environment ambivalent at best to time-barred debt might be showing signs of a sea-change.
  • Sherloq Solutions, Inc. Donates More Than $70,000

    insideARM.com
    5 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    Sherloq Solutions, a Tampa-based business partner to health care and utility companies, donated more than $57,000 this month — part of an annual giving program that has distributed more than $4 million to foundations and charities over the last 15 years. The annual donations are provided to carefully selected organizations, each reviewed and individually selected by a committee of […]
  • Empereon-Constar Expands Services To Cross-Border E-Commerce Outsourcing Solutions

    insideARM.com
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Empereon-Constar, a leading provider of comprehensive contact center, back office, and accounts receivables solutions, announced its expansion into cross-border e-commerce outsourcing services. “We constantly strive to develop new services to meet the complex and rapidly changing needs of our clients,” stated Travis Bowley, CEO. “Our cross-border e-commerce outsourcing services allow Empereon-Constar to support our clients’ […]
  • Larger Market Participants Convene in Washington for High Level Discussion

    Stephanie Eidelman
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This is the only event each year that provides a forum for these executives to interact candidly with peers who have similar challenges, in a sales-free environment. There is no exhibit hall, and only a small number of sponsors, whose representatives have the background that allows them to contribute productively to the conversations.
  • Attorney Joann Needleman Joins Clark Hill

    insideARM.com
    4 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Leading consumer financial services and collections law attorney Joann Needleman has joined Clark Hill’s Philadelphia office. Needleman will lead Clark Hill’s Consumer Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance group. Needleman has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, successfully defending creditors against claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting […]
 
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  • Why Physician ICD-10 Fears are unfounded, CMS explains

    Maryann Lambert
    4 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Two recent updates: CMS has compiled a list of things you should know about ICD-10. They focus on how the transition is not as hard as it is being trumped up to be.  CMS will run ICD-10 acknowledgement testing from June 1- 5 to give providers a chance to test their ICD-10 procedures before October. This will be the 4th testing phase so far. Any provider who submits claims electronically can participate. Facts about ICD-10 The ICD-10 transition date is October 1, 2015 In short the chances of a further delay are minuscule. Recent Surveys, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)…
  • No ICD-10 Penalty till 2017?

    Maryann Lambert
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Another update in the World of ICD-10. With the SGR repeal bill signed into law, the ICD-10 transition deadline of October 1 2015 is almost certain. However, an interesting recommendation surfaced last week during a hearing about HHS’ proposed 2016 budget. Senator Bill Cassidy recommended that ICD-10 penalty be delayed for two years. This essentially means that CMS will continue accepting, processing and paying claims filed in ICD-9 even post October 1 for the next 2 years. Citing estimates provided by CMS about the disruption to cash flows brought about by ICD-10, 200 % spike in…
  • 4 biggest Medical Billing Issues of 2015

    Daniel Schwartz
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    Are you not getting paid what you deserve? Don’t lose valuable dollars to an inefficient medical billing process. CureMD identifies the top billing concerns for 2015 and how to overcome them.
  • Our Story – HiMSS 15

    Daniel Schwartz
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    The Met office reports for Chicago were clear, but 43,129 attendees are convinced that McCormick Place witnessed a storm that week. Yes, we’re talking about America’s largest healthcare meet, HiMSS 2015, which concluded only recently. The halls emptied on April 16, but the healthcare professionals who attended are still buzzing about the spectacle they witnessed. A lot took place this year at HiMSS. Karen DeSalvo’s speech on enhancing affordable care for all Americans, the launch of a million dollar Community Interoperability HIE program, and George Bush’s entertaining keynote speech…
  • Did you receive a Meaningful Use Audit Notice?

    Maryann Lambert
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    I knew something was up. So many good news all in one month. Something had to give. And lo and behold I just remembered – April 2015 is the month the dreadful OIG Meaningful Use audits commenced. Clarification, these audits are different than the ones conducted by Figliozzi & Company, the outside audit contractor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Unlike the Figliozzi audits, which cover MU attestation for a single Meaningful Use reporting period, the OIG audits cover incentive payments paid from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. Also, OIG is more…
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  • The Importance of a Minimum Viable Product

    Josh Rothman
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A former executive of mine used to tell our clients, “I can give you a little bit now, or everything never”. When you start a new project, there are 3 ways to deliver the product. You can create a product with every imaginable feature, which will require a timeline of infinity. You can create a product that has close to every feature in a short timeframe, which will undoubtedly be buggy and have performance issues. Or you can create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with rock solid features and be on time. Every user would rather have 5 rock solid features than have 10 buggy features with…
  • Heard about earcons?

    Brian
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    An earcon is a little sound made to increase the usability of some device or system. It’s abstract and conveys a relationship with that device or system. Multiple earcons relate to one another. An earcon delivers a sound message. Listen to these examples: Facebook iPhone Tivo A little sound telling you what’s going on with something. It’s not speech and not music, although it may contain traces of either. You hear it in conjunction with a system state or with a user action. It doesn’t just happen for its own sake: it’s a reference, a correlation. EARCON-ISH The examples above are…
  • 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…
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  • A Spotlight on Second Opinions After Rita Wilson’s Diagnosis

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    News of Rita Wilson’s announcement that she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy has been spreading across media and social media outlets. Anytime a celebrity, vis-à-vis Angelina Jolie or Suzanne Summers or Edie Falco (who played the fictional wife to Tony Soprano) makes public their diagnosis and treatment, the popular media has an opportunity to share their stories with millions of women. Their support promotes breast cancer awareness and early diagnosis and treatment via their publications or on air.
  • Internal & External Consults: Streamlining the Process

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Cut Waste and Increase Quality of Care with New Technology I’m sure you’ve thought about it. Every time a package arrives at your pathology practice, it represents a patient anxiously waiting for results at the other end.  What would happen if you could significantly reduce the time it takes to return an opinion? How would your practice benefit if you could reduce the costs involved? 
  • 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…
 
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  • Joint Telehealth Pilot Program Reduces Hospitalizations by 45%

    Fred Pennic
    5 May 2015 | 10:12 pm
    An at-home telehealth pilot program for patients with multiple chronic conditions between Philips and Arizona-based Banner Health has led to a 45 percent reduction in hospitalizations. Working together to address the shift toward value-based care and increased penalties for readmissions, the Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) pilot program assessed the results of 135 patients1 to determine the effectiveness of the IAC program in meeting its clinical and financial goals. Joint Telehealth Program Key Findings An analysis of the results of each patient’s first six months demonstrated that the…
  • Rare Genomics Institute to Study Impact of Crowdfunding on Rare Diseases

    HITC Staff
    5 May 2015 | 9:52 pm
    The Rare Genomics Institute (RG) is launching a new study aimed at determining how crowdfunding can promote scientific research to help rare disease patients called Amplify Hope Initiative. RG is an international non-profit providing rare disease patients with access to state of the art genomics sequencing technology, connections to scientists and researchers, and help for payment of these services through grants, insurance, or crowdfunding. Study Details Patients will be lead through different strategies and coached through different methods for crowdfunding. During the whole process, in…
  • “Failed” Promise of EHRs May Stand in Way of Precision Medicine

    HITC Staff
    5 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that the “failed promise” of the $28 billion EHR program may stand in the way of a precision medicine initiative until physicians are able to use systems that communicate with one another. The statement was made during the committee’s innovation initiative to examine how we get safe drugs, devices, and treatments from the discovery process through the regulatory process into the medicine cabinets and doctors’ offices more quickly and cheaply. The promise of precision medicine is one key part of the innovation effort discussed in…
  • IBM Watson Health, Epic, Mayo Clinic to Apply Cognitive Insights to EHRs

    Jasmine Pennic
    5 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    IBM Watson Health is collaborating with Epic and Mayo Clinic to advance patient health by applying the cognitive computing capabilities of Watson to EHRs. As Watson’s capabilities are applied to EHRs, patients and providers benefit from more rapid and thorough analysis of the medical factors that could impact an individual’s health and wellness. Epic Integration with Watson Details For Epic, interoperability with Watson will enable these institutions to apply the cognitive capabilities of Watson to these records through secure, cloud-based Watson services, providing greater…
  • Cleveland Clinic to Publish Its Algorithms to Improve Patient Outcomes

    Jasmine Pennic
    5 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today, Cleveland Clinic announced it will join other prominent health institutions in publishing their extensive portfolio of algorithms in the Apervita Market, empowering health enterprises everywhere to improve patient outcomes. Utilizing Apervita’s secure self-service health analytics platform, healthcare enterprises can leverage Cleveland Clinic’s robust portfolio of health analytics to improve patient care.  How It Works Through decades of research, Cleveland Clinic has developed a robust portfolio of algorithms covering a large number of specialties, including cardiology,…
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  • Compliance as a Service for MSPs and Business Associates

    Blog HIPAA
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Wednesday, May 6th from 2:00–3:30 EST Are you and your clients compliant? According to HHS, 70% of the market is not HIPAA compliant, while CMS states that 79% of Meaningful Use Audits result in failure. The two biggest factors: incomplete risk assessments and the lack of understanding between the difference of HIPAA and HITECH compliance. With massive breaches, like Anthem, and mandatory 5% Meaningful Use Audits, Covered Entities are looking to their MSPs to provide a solution. In this webinar we will provide an overview of Healthcare regulations (HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus), what you and…
  • Business Associates and the Omnibus Rule Cartoon

    Blog HIPAA
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The post Business Associates and the Omnibus Rule Cartoon appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • Sponsored Webinar: HIPAA Compliance and Electronic Protected Health Information- Ignorance is not bliss!

    Blog HIPAA
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    How many electronic devices used in your organization store electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI)? If you work in a healthcare setting, this is not easily answered. While there has been considerable attention paid to ePHI stored on computers and networked servers, and recent attention given to portable devices like tablets and cell phones, one class of ePHI bearing technology remains rather mysterious – medical devices. This webinar shines a light on medical device data storage and introduces ePHI breach risks in direct patient care, clinical lab, and medical imaging settings. A…
  • The five laws of the ICD-10 conversion

    Blog HIPAA
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Throughout the history of the world, there have been societies that have prospered, while others have plummeted to their eventual demise. How do both these variants defer so much, when both stem from the same origins? The answer lies in leadership, compliance, and adherence. Yes, supremacy of law has indeed been the differentiating feature between both types of societies,and that’s not all; this underlying principal can be extended to the sub-segments of today’s America. The healthcare industry is one such sub-segment, and the application of ICD-10 stems for it. For the upcoming ICD-10…
  • 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.
 
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  • Internet Of Things In Healthcare | Apr 26, 2015

    Dave Newman
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    In case you haven’t heard the term “The Internet of Things” (IoT); it is defined as the connection of objects, people, or even animals to networks to transfer data in an attempt to provide new and enhanced features. When the ‘regular’ Internet came into commercial maturity in the 1990’s, we heard outrageous predictions of toasters and other household appliances coming to life, essentially turning us all into mindless slaves to devices. When reality finally catches up with hype, the result is usually a little like the original vision, but in many ways different. A practical example…
  • InterSystems HealthShare | Apr 18, 2015

    Dave Newman
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
      InterSystems HealthShare Patient Portal Announced April 13, 2015: I’m really fascinated by this story. InterSystems is the maker of the Cache database system, which is used by Epic Systems, one of the leading electronic health records systems in the US. A critical component of the Epic EHR is their MyChart patient engagement portal, which is the leading patient portal in the US. MyChart is used mostly within the confines of the Epic system. Now InterSystems is offering their own patient portal touted as an interoperable system, not tethered to a specific EHR. It is called HealthShare…
  • VA Telemedicine Helps Reduce Wait Times | Apr 11, 2015

    Dave Newman
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
      VA Telemedicine Helps Reduce Wait Times April 09, 2015. Veteran’s Administration clinics in Michigan have outperformed many parts of the country in terms of meeting wait time requirements. An analysis of 13,500 appointments over a six month period revealed that just 2 percent failed to meet the goal of seeing patients within 30 days for non-emergency health issues. While staffing continues to be a challenge in the Michigan clinics as well as everywhere else; one of the reasons for their success has been the expansion of telemedicine. The system also benefited by a program that pays…
  • Barcode Medication Administration

    Dave Newman
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    In 1994, a nurse at Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas had an epiphany. She realized that the ubiquitous use of barcode scanning in other industries might be able to help with the administration of medications in a clinical setting. The backdrop for her idea was an alarming number of medical errors, estimated to cause between 44,000-98,000 deaths each year. The first pilot BCMA system was launched at a VA hospital in February 2000. Thousands of other clinical settings have since adopted barcode medication administration. The basics of barcode med…
  • Scripps Health And Epic | Apr 04, 2015

    Dave Newman
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
      Scripps Health And Epic Ending rumors from the past couple of years, Scripps Health of San Diego announced that it will install Epic throughout its five hospitals and more than 25 clinics. For their inpatient space, Scripps had previously installed GE Centricity Enterprise, formally known as the IDX LastWord system. Outpatient clinics have been running Allscripts. Like other clients who have chosen Epic, Scripps expects to benefit from a single integrated record and database across all care environments. Scripps covers more than 600,000 patients annually, has more than 2,600…
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  • What We’re Reading

    Alexandra Carmichael
    5 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! Here’s a quick roundup of marvelous microbial pieces we’ve been reading lately: Have you ever wondered what the mechanism behind the success of the Paleo diet might be? Especially compared to a high-carbohydrate diet? Check out this article in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity. Every time you breathe in, you inhale thousands of microbes. But which ones? Wired presents a new atlas of airborne bacteria and fungi. Cool. Researchers in the UK investigate the link between the gut microbiome and how people experience stress. Why do mosquitoes bite…
  • Gut Wars: One Man’s Adventure With Antibiotics and Ulcerative Colitis

    Alexandra Carmichael
    1 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    This is a guest post by Clark Ellis, who has studied his gut through antibiotics, ulcerative colitis, and recovery.  (Disclaimer: uBiome is not a diagnostic test. This is an example of one’s person’s story of self-experimentation and personal research. Please see your doctor if you have any health concerns. uBiome does not endorse any course of treatment nor offer medical advice.) Thanks so much for sharing your incredible story with us, Clark! – Last year, following a lengthy course of antibiotics, I had my first uBiome test to survey the damage to my gut. Unfortunately,…
  • Researchers: Join Our Microbiome Academic Consortium

    Joshua Berk
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Hello, microbiome pioneers! Are you a professor, graduate student, or know someone in academia that’s interested in the microbiome? Please pass this post along to them! We’re launching an academic consortium to bring together researchers and industry teams with the hope of accelerating scientific understanding of the microbiome. Get Involved: http://ubiome.com/pages/academic-consortium Our Plan: Highlight exciting projects and get the microbiome conversation started at research labs where it may not be happening already. Why Should You Join? $100k in research grants…
  • uBiome Launches Clinical Lab

    Alexandra Carmichael
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    uBiome’s mission is to translate research on the microbiome into useful products as rapidly as possible. To that end, we are announcing the launch of our clinical lab, which will allow us to provide clinically relevant results for patients in collaboration with their doctors. Please sign up at www.ubiome.com/clinical to receive more information as we roll out our tests. We’re so grateful to our research participants for all of their help in developing our these tests. We will continue to pursue research studies on the microbiome (some of our ongoing studies are here and here). All…
  • My Microbiome In The Jungle

    Alexandra Carmichael
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    by Richard Sprague How does travel affect your microbiome? In a famous experiment published in 2014, Duke University scientist Lawrence David tracked the daily microbiomes of two people for an entire year and found significant differences when one of the people travelled outside the U.S. Would the same thing happen to me? According to my latest uBiome results, the answer is yes. My wife and I recently travelled from our home in Seattle to Central America to celebrate her birthday. We spent most of our time in a rural, jungle part of Belize, about a half hour’s drive from Benque, near the…
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  • 8 Ways to Stress-Proof your Day

    Truworth Wellness
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    It’s a matter of putting in a little effort into getting what you want. If your goal is stress reduction, start with these: Re-label a negative experience in your head. Say you leave your headphones in the car when you go to the gym. Interpret the return trip to the car not as a nuisance … Continue reading 8 Ways to Stress-Proof your Day →
  • How can exercise improve your mind health?

    Truworth Wellness
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    Your exercise regimen might be more than just about staying fit. Many studies in the past have proven that exercise extends beyond improving physical health and stamina. It turns out that exercise may in fact be the single best thing you can do for your brain too. It improved mood, memory, and learning. Sports psychologist … Continue reading How can exercise improve your mind health? →
  • 7 Ways to Deal with Negative People

    Truworth Wellness
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Dealing with negativity, both temporary and permanent can prove a real challenge for someone trying to stay positive amidst the chaos. Especially at workplaces, negative people, at any level, can be a severe roadblock to organization’s productivity. Negativity can be contagious, and negative people usually drag the positive individuals down with them. Recovering from this … Continue reading 7 Ways to Deal with Negative People →
  • How can you set SMART Goals?

    Truworth Wellness
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Be SMART – this is the most common advice that people would give you, irrespective of your problems. So what is considered as SMART? SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound activity. It involves setting goals and accomplishing them in order to bring about positive, long-lasting changes in your … Continue reading How can you set SMART Goals? →
  • Don’t let Cervical Cancer engulf your life!

    Truworth Wellness
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    India has highest number of females who are diagnosed with cervical cancer. It is the second common cancer affecting women in the world. However, in India it is the most common form of cancer affecting women. Please share this infographic with your loved ones to spread awareness about Cervical Cancer.    
 
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