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  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality - Healthcare IT News

    healthcare IT news - Google News
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. realityHealthcare IT NewsAt the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that ...
  • CHIME calls on Senate committee to push for patient ID matching, quality measure reporting

    FierceHealthIT News
    Katie Dvorak
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives address the need for patient identification, quality measurements and more in recent recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.read more
  • How health IT enables safer medical travel and tourism

    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus
    Shahid N. Shah
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Once again, we welcome medical IT entrepreneur, Agha Ahmed, Managing Partner of GHIMBA, as we explore how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA. How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from? IT helps deliver safe medical care and a pleasant trip to facilities overseas. For more than 20 years, IT innovations have improved…
  • Morning Headlines 7/2/15

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    Lt. Dan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Teladoc shares surge 50% in healthy IPO debut Dallas-based telehealth vendor Teladoc raises $157 million in its IPO debut, valuing the company at $620 million. Stocks closed at $28.50, up 50 percent on its first day. The Fatal Cost of Hospitals’ IT Ignorance Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog Group, publishes a Wall Street Journal editorial suggesting that poor health IT implementations are plaguing US hospitals because the health care industry lags behind in technology and, as a result, hospital administrators lack the experience needed to successfully implement the new systems.
  • Optimizing for higher patient volumes in the ER while reducing wait times, controlling costs and improving the quality of care

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    hlthblog
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The emergency room is often described as a hospital’s front door. A significant portion of any hospital’s daily unscheduled admissions flow through this portal. Without the ER, and a loyal community of referring physicians, no hospital can survive. Many...(read more)
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  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality - Healthcare IT News

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. realityHealthcare IT NewsAt the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that ...
  • Providers grapple with cybersecurity - Healthcare IT News

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    MedCity NewsProviders grapple with cybersecurityHealthcare IT NewsNearly 300 respondents – all of whom bear some responsibility for information security at their organizations – reported using an average of 11 different technologies to keep data safe, according to the survey, which was unveiled July 1 at the Majority of healthcare organizations have recently seen 'significant' data MedCity Newsall 7 news articles »
  • Dispelling common HIE myths - Healthcare IT News (blog)

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Dispelling common HIE mythsHealthcare IT News (blog)Information sharing is front and center in the healthcare industry today, with many organizations debating how to best create and sustain an effective information sharing platform. A robust data repository, or a health information exchange (HIE), can
  • Innovation Pulse: A better road to data interoperability? - Healthcare IT News

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Innovation Pulse: A better road to data interoperability?Healthcare IT NewsOthers include par8o, with its boldly-marketed "operating system for the entire healthcare industry," ExamMed's newly-minted "universal healthcare technology platform" and the TapCloud smartphone app, which the company calls "a powerful overlay to an ...and more »
  • CVS connects with providers via Epic - Healthcare IT News

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    CVS connects with providers via EpicHealthcare IT News"In this era of health care reform, we are pleased to work with these health care organizations to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs in the communities they serve CVS Health partners with providers on electronic health informationFierceHealthITall 75 news articles »
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy & Digital Health Nexus

  • How health IT enables safer medical travel and tourism

    Shahid N. Shah
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Once again, we welcome medical IT entrepreneur, Agha Ahmed, Managing Partner of GHIMBA, as we explore how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA. How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from? IT helps deliver safe medical care and a pleasant trip to facilities overseas. For more than 20 years, IT innovations have improved…
  • HealthIMPACT Southwest recap: CIOs think dashboards need significant improvement

    Shahid N. Shah
    26 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    I chair the HealthIMPACT series of events that is held in a variety of cities throughout the year. HealthIMPACT is a no-nonsense and “No BS” local one-day event for busy health IT professionals that pretty much know what they’re doing but are looking to learn from their peers (instead of professional presenters). We don’t try to add further hype to common trends everyone’s already seen many times or explain the obvious to make ourselves look smart; we explain the implications of trends to your daily work, figure out how to operationalize innovations, and provide…
  • How health IT can deliver on the promise of Medical Travel

    Shahid N. Shah
    18 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Health IT for large systems, hospitals, and traditional physician practices is well underway. Enough so that innovators/startups, are starting to see consolidation and heavy competition. As I look around at new areas for health IT implementations, I think areas in medical travel or medical tourism (“MT”) appear to be great opportunities. A potent mix of the Internet, cloud computing and globalized medicine — when combined — should drive medical travel. I’ll be speaking at the Medical Travel and Global Healthcare Business Summit in Tampa Florida. That’s where…
  • 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…
 
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  • Morning Headlines 7/2/15

    Lt. Dan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Teladoc shares surge 50% in healthy IPO debut Dallas-based telehealth vendor Teladoc raises $157 million in its IPO debut, valuing the company at $620 million. Stocks closed at $28.50, up 50 percent on its first day. The Fatal Cost of Hospitals’ IT Ignorance Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog Group, publishes a Wall Street Journal editorial suggesting that poor health IT implementations are plaguing US hospitals because the health care industry lags behind in technology and, as a result, hospital administrators lack the experience needed to successfully implement the new systems.
  • Readers Write: Building Pillars of Success on a Foundation of Failures

    Mr. HIStalk
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Building Pillars of Success on a Foundation of Failures By Randall N. Spratt As the days fly by toward my retirement later this year, I’ve spent some time reflecting on my 40-year career in information technology. It feels like just yesterday I was receiving my diploma from the University of Utah, eager to jump into my career and make my mark. As college grads begin to enter the workforce, I hope that sharing my path and insights may help them build the foundation of their own leadership aspirations. I started my technology career as a junior Fortran 77 programmer. I was good — I mean…
  • Morning Headlines 7/1/15

    Lt. Dan
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Allscripts Takes $200M Equity Position in NantHealth and Expands Strategic Alliance to Enhance Precision Genomic Medicine at Point of Care Allscripts invests $200 million in billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD’s startup NantHealth, taking 10 percent ownership of the company in return. At the same time, Soon-Shiong personally invests $100 million in Allscripts. The two have formed a partnerships to integrate and market their respective product offerings together. Patient Use of Email, Facebook, and Physician Websites to Communicate with Physicians: A National Online Survey of Retail Pharmacy…
  • News 7/1/15

    Mr. HIStalk
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Top News Allscripts takes a 10 percent equity position in NantHealth for $200 million in cash, while NanthHealth billionaire founder Patrick Soon-Shiong personally invests $100 million in Allscripts. Co-development plans include product integration and work on personalized medicine. NantHealth is rumored to be mulling IPO plans, while Allscripts shares have dropped 16 percent in the past year. Reader Comments From Dr. N: “Re: EHRs. EHRs were developed out of coding and billing frameworks. This does not relate to MDs and patients. SOAP still remains the most efficient and meaningful format.
  • Morning Headlines 6/30/15

    Lt. Dan
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Source Data Capture From Electronic Health Records: Using Standardized Clinical Research Data The FDA will host a demonstration day for vendors to showcase technology that will help it mine EHRs for automated clinical trial data capture. Despite Threats, Senate Appropriations Bill Currently Remains Free of ICD-10 Delay Amendment Though a number of competing bills have recently been introduced in Congress to delay or outright cancel the upcoming ICD-10 transition, AHIMA reports that the Senate Appropriations Bill remains free of any language that could derail the transition. Improving…
 
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  • University of Michigan Pathology Department Recruiting Mid-Career Informatician

    Bruce Friedman
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    The Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, is recruiting a mid-career pathology informatician to work under Dr. Ulysses Balis in the Division of Pathology Informatics. In my opinion, this is a plum of a job. Michigan has had a pathology informatics unit for more than 35 years and has been one of the national leaders in the development of pathology informatics from an educational, operational, and strategic perspective. Dr. Balis is is a well recognized expert in multiple IT areas and is currently deeply involved in the deployment of digital pathology systems. As…
  • No Matter Where: A Movie Promoting Health Information Exchanges

    Bruce Friedman
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I  recently viewed the movie No Matter Where (@NMW_Movie) that was conceived and produced by Dr. Kevin Johnson who is Professor and Chair of Biomedical Informatics at Venderbilt. It focuses on the history  of health information exchanges across the country such as the one in Indianapolis. These organizations enable the sharing of clinical information across providers. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a national non-profit organization that supports the goal of exchanging healthcare information. I have posted a number of notes about…
  • How Hackers May (of May Not) Be Successful in Changing Healthcare

    Bruce Friedman
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:32 pm
    I recently came across an interesting op-ed piece by Sean Parker, the entrepreneur who became a billionaire by investing in Silicon Valley start-ups (see: Sean Parker: Philanthropy for Hackers). In the article, he defines the hacker culture in the following way: Hackers share certain values: an antiestablishment bias, a belief in radical transparency, a nose for sniffing out vulnerabilities in systems, a desire to “hack” complex problems using elegant technological and social solutions, and an almost religious belief in the power of data to aid in solving those problems. Hackers are…
  • UPMC Tries to Stifle Local Press Coverage in Pittsburgh

    Bruce Friedman
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been sorely vexed by the city newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, with regard to some of its articles such those addressing the salaries of its executive officers. It thus decided to ban sales of the newspaper in the hospital gift shops (see: UPMC hospitals ban sale of Post-Gazette from their gift shops). Below is an excerpt from the article: Some UPMC hospitals are banning the Post-Gazette from sale in their gift shops, a move UPMC spokesman Paul Wood said was precipitated by “fairness issues” in the newspaper’s coverage…
  • High Deductible-Health Plans Causing Hospital Billing Problems

    Bruce Friedman
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    You can file the follwing news in your predictable folder. High-deductible insurance plans are causing billing problems for hospitals (see: High-deductible plans change how hospitals interact with patients). Below is an excerpt from the article: High-deductible plans are changing the way health systems interact with their patients, from where they get care to how they're presented with their bills....Healthcare providers are collecting $0.18 to $0.34 on the dollar from patients with high-deductible plans....Once a bill exceeds 5% of household income, a patient's propensity to pay…
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  • $10 Finger Stick Blood Tests Illustrate New Quantified Future

    John Lynn
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    I’ve often talked about the variety of health sensors that are quantifying everything about us and how that’s going to change healthcare as we know it. As we have more information about ourselves, it’s impossible for us to keep doing the same things we’ve been doing. One of the challenges we’ve faced with this change is that we need access to the blood to really do quality testing. No one wants to do a venous blood draw to regularly monitor their health data. This is why I’m so interested in what the quite secretive Theranos is doing with their finger stick…
  • Confusing the Consumer – Defining New Healthcare Roles

    John Lynn
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you haven’t read Joseph Kvedar’s blog posts before, you’re missing out. I’m always intrigued by his insights into what’s happening with healthcare. His latest post, “The Tower of Babel and Consumer Confusion,” is no exception. Here’s an excerpt from the article I really enjoyed: This reminds me of a time, about 25 years ago, when this new thing called disease management sprung up. Payers were frustrated by the cost of managing patients (members) with chronic illness. They got no help from providers, so they took matters into their own hands,…
  • The Current EHR “Reality”

    John Lynn
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In response to my post on EMR and EHR about specialty specific EHR, we started a nice discussion about the need for specialty specific EHR vendors and all EHR vendors to create the capability to integrate with third party vendors who can extend the functionality of the EHR. This is not a new subject for Healthcare Scene, but it is an important one. After talking about the dream framework of a middleware provider that connected third parties with every EHR, one of the readers offered their perspectives on the current EHR “reality”: 1) EHR vendors believe they are making great…
  • ICD-10 Claims Monitoring Infographic

    John Lynn
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    I’m told that there are only 92 days left for Congress to delay ICD-10 until the deadline to implement ICD-10. A few weeks ago we published a great post from Vishal Gandhi, CEO of ClinicSpectrum, that talked about a part of ICD-10 preparation that is often forgotten: Claims Monitoring. I know this is going to be a major problem for many healthcare organizations and is going to cause some major cash flow problems if they don’t get on top of their ICD-10 claims by implementing some sort of ICD-10 claims monitoring process. ICD-10 hiccups are the perfect excuse for a payer not to pay…
  • 2300 Blog Posts and 11 Million Pageviews Later

    John Lynn
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    For those that don’t know the history of EMR and HIPAA, I wrote the first post on EMR and HIPAA back on December 11, 2005. It’s fun to read that first post. Short and sweet. I hit some high level points which amazingly still represent my desires 10 years later. “I will try to incorporate any aspects of EMR and HIPAA because I think best practices across the industry are important to know.” – I still try to incorporate any aspect of healthcare IT. Lately I’ve been writing even more about the business of medicine, but I still try and find best practices. In…
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  • Tiny Eye Implant Automatically Regulates Intraocular Pressure

    Editors
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    While measuring the intraocular pressure can help diagnose and track a number of health conditions (especially, glaucoma), there’s currently no existing method that can regulate the pressure within the eye. So while there are ways to delay the onset of serious symptoms, patients with certain eye conditions eventually suffer from an either too high or too low pressure within the eye.  Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsysems and Modular Solid State Technologies in Germany are now working on an implant that may be able to maintain the intraocular pressure…
  • Smart Mouthguard Detects, Prevents Grinding of Teeth

    Editors
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    People who grind their teeth due to medications, psychological stress, or some other reason oftentimes don’t even know that they’re doing it. Engineers at the University of Florida have developed a smart mouth guard that can detect when a patient grinds his teeth, issuing warnings to stop and letting their dentist know they have a problem. The device has a sensor within that detect the characteristic vibrations of teeth grinding against each other. A Bluetooth radio within the mouth guard can pair with a smartphone to send readings that can be reviewed later and sound alarms to…
  • UCLA Clinicians 3D Print Heart Models to Prepare for Transcatheter Valve Replacements (VIDEO)

    Editors
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Patients receiving transcatheter cardiac valve replacements tend to be more fragile than those getting open heart surgery. It is particularly important to place artificial valves accurately the first time to achieve optimal hemodynamic results, so clinicians at University of California Los Angeles are using patient CT and MRI scans to 3D print one-to-one model hearts and practice on them in preparation for procedures. The first case involves a patient with atypically large pulmonary arteries, making the surgical team unsure whether an artificial valve will fit and work well with his unique…
  • Scientists Turbo Charge Atomic Force Microscope to Watch Living Breast Cancer Cells

    Editors
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Changes in the physical properties of individual cells can point to how they’re developing and being influenced by varying chemical compounds and other conditions. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) allows researchers to measure the viscoelastic properties of individual cells, but this technique has been too slow and could only monitor small numbers of cells. Researchers at Purdue University have unveiled a new technique that can harness just about any atomic force microscope to be able to watch the changing dynamics of large groups of live cells at high spatial and temporal resolutions.
  • Planmed Clarity 3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Eliminates Blur in 3D Images

    Editors
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Planmed Oy (Helsinki, Finland) has launched its brand new Planmed Clarity 3D mammography system. The device features Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) technology that creates a volumetric 3D representation of the breast tissue. This allows radiologists to more readily spot suspect lesions within tissues of varying softness. Coupled with the firm’s patented Continuous Sync-and-Shoot approach, the system produces imaging nearly lacking of any motion blur and artifacts. This leads to high resolution, vivid images of various microstructures within the breast. Here’s an example of a…
 
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  • Belgian Rhapsody

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Dalai's Note...Since IMPAX has decided to quit working this afternoon, I'm left with time on my hands, and we all know what the Devil does with idle hands...So please enjoy this repost from 2009. I wish I could say that was the last time we had a PACS outage, but my creativity can only be stretched so far....   Is PACS online today-Is that just fantasy?Still caught in downtimeWith no functionality-Open your filesLook up from the dials and seeI’m just a poor rad, trying to get through the day‘Cause PACS is easy come easy goWhy it glitches, I don’t knowAny way the…
  • Do patients really value interaction with radiologists?To Tell Or Not To Tell?

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:50 am
    Dalai's Note: This is compilation of my thoughts as posted to AuntMinnie.com on the topic of  discussing results with patients. It is cross-published as a Front Page article there today! I'm listed under the category of "Imaging Leaders" which tells me the field is in real trouble...Merriam-Webster defines "value" as follows:The amount of money that something is worth: the price or cost of somethingSomething that can be bought for a low or fair priceUsefulness or importanceI find this intuitive, really. The value of something is what it is worth. However, is that something worth the same…
  • Universal Cobbling

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    I've received a number of comments about the state of our Universally Disappointing Viewer. Here are some of the best:As for the UV, thanks for the details on your experience thus far. I assure you that lots of GE customers are watching. As you know, GE has sunset PACS-IW. The underpinnings of the UV are a Frankenstein PACS -  the UV is a "deconstructed" viewer built on the bones of multiple GE products cobbled together.  The UV can be deconstructed into the following parts - PACS-IW, RA1000, AW Server, IDI (for mammo), Centricity Clinical Archive and streaming from RTI…
  • GEe Whiz...Waiting For Godot Metadata

    11 Jun 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Two steps forward, one step backward. The story of my life with Universal Viewer. The phrase above is what was displayed when I tried to view the PET images from a comparison PET/CT. I never thought I would appreciate the old Advantage Workstation but like an old Chevy pickup truck, it still does the job when the shiny new Maserati is in the shop, which happens more often than not. (No, I don't have a Mas, but a friend once did, and he always had to have someone follow him in case it broke down.)We have made some progress, as I alluded to in the last post. It seems that our measurements and…
  • Alone In A Conference Call

    10 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Today marks my first direct, spoken communication with GE discussing the problems we have had with Universal Viewer. I wish I could report some progress. I wish I could...As Mrs. Dalai will tell you with great relish and regret (and those aren't easy traits to combine), I am not very good at reproducing conversations. But I'll give you the gist of it.The call was led by someone most interested in the PET/CT problems. She wanted to understand our workflow, but after a few moments, it became clear that understanding was not likely. Contrary to assumptions on the other end, our older AW…
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • Some Intelligent And Hardly Complimentary Commentary On The Government Plans For The PCEHR. There Are Some Serious Issues Raised Here.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    DoH asked for submissions on their plans for the Legislation around a modified PCEHRHere is the link:https://consultations.health.gov.au/ehealth/ehr-and-hi-legislation-discussion-paper-1They closed on June 24, 2015.In response, first we had some useful commentary from the RACGP.You can find their submission here:http://www.racgp.org.au/yourracgp/news/reports/20150624ehr/RACGP Submission to the Department of Health on the Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers Legislation Discussion Paper24 June 2015 The RACGP welcomes the commitment made by the Government in its 2015-16 budget…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 277 – Results – 5th July, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Is Conducting Trials Of Opt-Out Of The PCEHR In Defined Geographical Areas A Practical and Implementable Idea? Yes 5% (5) Probably 13% (14) Neutral 8% (9) Probably Not 23% (25) No Way 51% (56) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 109 Seems a pretty good majority do not think the planned opt-out trials are a practical idea. Good to see such a great number of responses! Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Weekly Overseas Health IT Links -4th July, 2015.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/Nurse-Smartphone-Ownership-App-Use-Eclipses-that-of-Docs-50780-1.htmlNurse Smartphone Ownership, App Use Eclipses that of DocsGreg Slabodkin JUN 26, 2015 7:32am ETAccording to a new survey, 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent of them use smartphone apps in their daily…
  • Some More Thinking Regarding Just Where The Value Lies In Health IT. We Need To Keep Value In Mind.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a little while agoIndustry professionals create framework for measuring HIT valueJanuary 29, 2015 | By Katie DvorakHealthcare professionals have created a framework for measuring health information technology with a goal of making "HIT evaluations more relevant to the current needs of the healthcare system," according to a paper published at the American Journal of Managed Care.In the paper, sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the researchers--from RAND Health, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital--say that HIT should take into…
  • 2016 Budget - Lots Of Money Saved Towards Budget - But Hospital Funding Still A Bone Of Huge Contention!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    July  2  EditionBudget Night was May 12, 2015.Parliament has risen - the Government is very happy how things have gone so all is well with the world.Sadly some global authorities are suggesting we lurk in a fool’s paradise. Others disagree so I guess only time will tell!In reading about the state of our country one of the best places to start is the IMF who spend 2-3 weeks meeting with all sorts of experts, the Treasury and so on - off the record - and then report what they find - often to the annoyance of the Treasurer!See…
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  • What Would George Washington’s Electronic Health Record Look Like?

    John Lynn
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    It seems appropriate this July 4th to take a look a the medical record of George Washington. The great part is that Amazing Charts has chose to do just that. You can see George Washington’s medical record at 57 in Amazing Charts here or click the image below. It’s pretty fun to look back in time and think about what would have been included in George Washington’s medical record. Amazing Charts also points out that he had a lot of diseases that have since been eradicated. Here’s the press release Amazing Charts put out about the George Washington’s medical record:…
  • Key Processes and Functions to Meet the Aims of ACOs

    John Lynn
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    In the last Kareo Twitter chat I hosted, we dug into the topic of ACOs and value based reimbursement. I learned a lot in the discussion. In case you missed the chat, you can review the transcript of the chat here. One of the tweets in the chat came from Steve Sisko (@shimcode) and included the following image (click on the image to see a larger version): When you see the beautiful complexity of that chart, is it any wonder why we have a hard time understanding and implementing ACOs? Related posts: We’re Hosting the #KareoChat and Discussing Value Based Care and ACOs – Join Us! Are…
  • Combating Physician Burnout – Let’s Stop Treating Physicians Like Factory Workers

    John Lynn
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Have you ever seen the Love Medicine Again website? I hadn’t either until yesterday, but it says something that someone would need to create a website like that in the first place. Many doctors are quite unhappy with their life as a doctor and where medicine is heading. I actually came across this website thanks to their article titled “5 Ways to Use Creativity to Combat Physician Burnout.” Here’s the 5 suggestions they make to put creativity to work to reduce physician burnout: Allow your staff to help you with your schedule Voice your concerns about something that…
  • Healthcare Costs and the New Cost Conscious Patient

    John Lynn
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    My favorite health economist, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, has put out a really interesting post on her Health Populi blog talking about what the SCOTUS ACA ruling means for health consumers (Side Note: Here’s the lesson I took from the ruling.). Jane offers an important perspective that we should think about as we look to the future of healthcare. Here’s an excerpt from her article: There are still tweaks and adjustments to be made to the law, and market supports that must deal with the ever-rising price of health care. While optimists report health care cost increases moderated to 6.5%…
  • Specialty Specific EHR

    John Lynn
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:57 pm
    I’ve long been a fan of the specialty specific EHR vendor. I’ve seen over and over again how much of a difference a specialty specific EHR can make in a practice. It’s a slippery slope when a specialty specific EHR starts entering other specialties. We’d like to think that every doctor is the same, but the variation in the needs of different specialties is rarely given the attention it deserves. What scares me is that if we’re not careful, the specialty specific EHR vendor might be a dying breed. This isn’t because the specialty specific EHR vendors…
 
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  • Healthcare headlines from across the Web, July 2

    Healthcare IT News
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    Healthcare IT News' focus is on technology, of course, but there's so much else happening now across the broader realm of healthcare. We're keeping track of all the top studies, articles and other big happenings in the industry and compiling them on this healthcare watch list. It's updated daily, so check back in with us for regular updates. Clinical
  • Baby 'HIPAAs' vexing healthcare organizations

    Jeff Rowe
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Baby 'HIPAAs' vexing healthcare orgs http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/baby-hipaas-vexing-healthcare-organizations Compliance & Legal Baby 'HIPAAs' vexing healthcare organizations Fifty states plus the feds makes 51 sets of privacy rules many healthcare organizations have to take into account as they manage their digital information. Healthcare IT News blog/baby-hipaas-vexing-healthcare-organizations
  • 5 health IT trends set to shake up industry

    Erin McCann
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    For those healthcare providers still resistant to technology, you've got a problem on your hands: You're going to be left behind. This is where healthcare it going – with or without you. That's according to a new Accenture report, Healthcare Technology Vision 2015, which lays out five key trends in the industry that show adaptation might be the best business model. Clinical read more
  • As big data grows, the need for AI comes into focus

    Gus Venditto
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    No one questions that the era of big data is here, but Dr. Anthony Chang warns that the deluge of medical information is just beginning. [See also: AI, robotics, biosensors 'exploding onto the scene,' set to transform care] Analytics read more
  • Medical identity theft hits all-time high

    Erin McCann
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    The lion's share of medical identity theft victims can expect to pay upwards of $13,500 to resolve the crime. What's more, about 50 percent of consumers say they would find another healthcare provider if they were concerned about the security of their medical records. How's that for a business case to take security a little more seriously? Privacy & Security read more
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Survey shows care coordination lacking

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task. Quality and Safety read more
  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater." Privacy & Security read more
  • CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. Clinical read more
  • Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting. Population Health read more
 
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Survey shows care coordination lacking

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task. Quality and Safety read more
  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater." Privacy & Security read more
  • CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. Clinical read more
  • Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting. Population Health read more
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Survey shows care coordination lacking

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task. Quality and Safety read more
  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater." Privacy & Security read more
  • CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. Clinical read more
  • Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting. Population Health read more
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Survey shows care coordination lacking

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task. Quality and Safety read more
  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater." Privacy & Security read more
  • CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. Clinical read more
  • Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting. Population Health read more
 
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Survey shows care coordination lacking

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task. Quality and Safety read more
  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater." Privacy & Security read more
  • CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. Clinical read more
  • Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting. Population Health read more
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Survey shows care coordination lacking

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task. Quality and Safety read more
  • Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater." Privacy & Security read more
  • CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

    Bernie Monegain
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. Clinical read more
  • Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

    Mike Miliard
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting. Population Health read more
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  • CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

    Eric Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.  
  • Big Data Byte: Brian Wells on liberating data

    Eric Bailey
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Short Headline:  Brian Wells on liberating data Brian Wells, Associate VP of Health Technology and Academic Computing at Penn Medicine, talks about the PennSeek application and the effort to index and connect different types of data to make it accessible and effective for precision medicine.  
  • Big Data Byte: Jonathan Weiner on analytics in pop health

    Eric Bailey
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Short Headline:  2015 Big Data NYC - Jonathan Weiner Jonathan Weiner discusses the topics of his presentation from the 2015 Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in NYC - the future of EHRs and other data sources for population health.  
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 20: Brian Yeaman, MD

    Eric Bailey
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Short Headline:  VIDEO: CMIO isn't what it used to be Brian Yeaman, MD, discusses the evolving role of CMIO, meaningful use and the impact of increasing regulatory change in healthcare.  
  • Digital Health Connections: A View from Validic

    Healthcare IT News
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Short Headline:  Validic Bridges the mHealth Gap (SPONSORED) Drew Schiller, CTO and Co-founder of Validic, shares his company's innovative solution to bridge the gap between mobile health technologies and healthcare organizations. Recorded at the 2014 mHealth Summit. READ: Validic Bridges the Mobile Interoperability Gap Thumbnail:  Validic Bridges the mHealth Gap (SPONSORED) Drew Schiller, CTO and Co-founder of Validic, shares his company's innovative solution to bridge the gap between mobile health technologies and healthcare organizations. Recorded at the 2014 mHealth…
 
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  • Managing up

    John Halamka
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Managing up I took my first job at age 13, building model planes and skateboards at Palos Verdes Hobby Shop. Over the past 40 years, I’ve reported to over a dozen people. Some were inspirational and charismatic. Others were more task delegation oriented. Some were problem solvers. Others shunned detail. Some were great listeners. Others were talkers. Every leader is different and working for them requires an understanding of their preferences. Although I’ve never “managed up," I have adapted to the needs of the various people I’ve worked for. Workforce Managing up…
  • Dispelling common HIE myths

    Jeff Peters
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Dispelling common HIE myths Information sharing is front and center in the healthcare industry today, with many organizations debating how to best create and sustain an effective information sharing platform. A robust data repository, or a health information exchange (HIE), can be the linchpin in sharing information across the care continuum and different care settings. Those working on achieving this goal often stumble upon some common misconceptions that might delay launch or prevent successful operation of an HIE. Health Information Exchange (HIE) Dispelling common HIE myths A robust data…
  • How can hospitals protect their medical equipment from malware?

    Adam Winn
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    Protect medical equipment from malware The challenges in protecting hospitals from cyber attacks are very similar to those faced in ICS and SCADA environments; the equipment used in hospitals is not user-serviceable and therefore often running out-of-date software or firmware. This creates a dangerous situation where: The devices have known vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited by bad actors Administrators are not likely to notice malware running on the device as long as nominal operation is maintained Privacy & Security How can hospitals protect their medical equipment from…
  • Remote access threats are imminent

    Gary Glover
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    Remote access threats are imminent Remote access makes doing business extremely convenient. However, it’s critical to understand that with this ease, comes vulnerability. Insecure remote access is the number one attack pathway used by hackers today. Remote access technology is an incredibly valuable business tool – as long as there is an Internet connection, it allows workforce members to easily access the office network from anywhere. Privacy & Security Remote access threats are imminent To reduce opportunities for hackers to succeed, healthcare entities must be proactive about…
  • Baby 'HIPAAs' vexing healthcare organizations

    Jeff Rowe
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Baby 'HIPAAs' vexing healthcare orgs http://www.himssfuturecare.com/news/baby-hipaas-vexing-healthcare-organizations Compliance & Legal Baby 'HIPAAs' vexing healthcare organizations Fifty states plus the feds makes 51 sets of privacy rules many healthcare organizations have to take into account as they manage their digital information. Healthcare IT News blog/baby-hipaas-vexing-healthcare-organizations
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  • What You Should Eat While Trying To Lose Weight

    David
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    You probably know that when you’re trying to lose weight, there are two sides to the equation: diet and exercise. It is absolutely essential that you do both of these things right. Otherwise, all your efforts could prove to be fruitless and doing it right means having a plan. If you don’t get it at Onlywhatworks site When it comes to eating the right diet, many people make the mistake of starving themselves in an attempt to limit their daily calorie intake. But you don’t have to compromise your health. There’s no reason why you should stop eating healthy even if you’re trying to…
  • A Longer and Healthier life Is In Your Grasp If You Follow These Seven Tips

    David
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    We live in an age where we believe medicine and technology will be able to fix whatever ails us. For the most part, medicine has taken away a lot of our health issues. While that is a very good thing, it is much better to take preventative measures to stop any issues before they begin. By making better decisions, you will save money and stay healthier in the long run. There are going to be many instances where a pill just will not cure what ails you. We have compiled seven tips that will help ensure you live a longer and healthier life. In addition, these few preventative steps will also help…
 
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  • CMS proposes to ease--but not abolish--two-midnight rule

    Zack Budryk
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status, according to the Associated Press.read more
  • Independence Day

    Alok Saboo
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Fiercemarkets will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. To make sure our readers don't miss any important news, we are delivering Friday's issue of...read more
  • CFOs may have more leverage over organized labor

    Ron Shinkman
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the Wall Street Journal has reported.read more
  • Feds, Michigan file antitrust suit against four hospital systems

    Ron Shinkman
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    The United States Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed an antitrust lawsuit against four hospital systems in the Great Lakes State, claiming they entered into agreements to curb their marketing to allocated territories.read more
  • Drug, medical device companies paid teaching hospitals, docs nearly $6.5B last year

    Ron Shinkman
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    The pharmaceutical and medical device industry contributed a shade under $6.5 billion to the nation's teaching hospitals and physicians last year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. That sum includes consulting services, research and promotional speeches about drugs. The money also included non-clinical payments, such as the value of free food provided to doctors by drug and medical device sales representatives.read more
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  • Why buying car tires at discount tire online is the best option

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    I currently own a 2010 Mustang and might be getting new tires soon. The last time I got new tires, I bought them online at the discount tire website. I plan to do the same thing next time as well, as buying tires online seems to have several distinct advantages, namely: You have a better selection to choose from Even the largest local dealers won’t have as many tires to choose from as you would if you went online. Regardless of what make or model your car is, chances are, you’ll find dozens of great tires you can select from. You get access to instant research information Wondering what a…
  • Designing business cards with Vistaprint

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Although I don’t run my own business, I still like to carry some business cards around since it’s an easy way to give people your contact information. I call them contact cards myself instead of business cards. In any case, I used to print my own using an inkjet printer, and they came out okay, but just the other day, I found a much better way. It turns out there are some printing companies on the Internet that will let you design a card and then print and send them to you. The cards come out looking very professional, just like the ones you carry for your job. I went to a website called…
  • How well does online dating work?

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Online dating sites are ubiquitous. I seen tons of commercials these days for sites such as eHarmony and Match.com, which arguably are the two 800 pound gorillas as far as Internet dating goes. And I’ve certainly met my share of people who have utilized these sites heavily. But does online dating work any better than traditional dating? Sites like eHarmony and Match.com certainly want you to think so. In the aforementioned commercials, it is often stated that people who use these sites are more likely to get into a relationship or get married. To be honest, I’m not sure how much I…
  • How to buy contact lenses online

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    There was a time when I purchased my contact lenses directly from my optometrist. I wasn’t aware of any other way, and as far as I was concerned, buying from the eye doctor was the only option. This might have been the case decades ago, but it is no longer true. Today, there are dozens of contact lens stores online where you can purchase your contact lenses at a deep discount. Some of these stores will allow you to save 50% or more off retail prices when you factor in online coupons and other great deals such as free shipping. I was first made aware of the possibility of buying contact…
  • Understanding E-cigarettes

    admin
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Perhaps you’ve heard about electronic cigarettes (AKA e-cigarettes or e-cigs), but what exactly are they? E-cigarettes are lithium battery-powered cigarettes that let you smoke vapors as opposed to regular tabacco smoke. It is said to be much healthier than regular smoking, and costs a lot less. To get started, you need to buy the various components, which include the battery, and cartridges that contain the flavor of the cigarette. You will also need a recharger to recharge the battery. It’s important to make sure the components are compatible with each other. In my opinion, the easiest…
 
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  • 'Hope not a strategy' for influx of health data from ACA ruling

    Katie Dvorak
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that federal subsidies are legal under the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans may soon start enrolling in health insurance, and that means massive amounts of new data flowing into the system.read more
  • Consensus on interoperability standards may prove elusive

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    It looks like the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap has already hit its first speed bump. The Health IT Standards Committee's Interoperability Standards Advisory task force reported this week on the public comments received on ONC's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the first deliverable in support of the agency's national interoperability roadmap. The results do not appear promising.read more
  • Nonintrusive CDS tool enhances communication, improves outcomes

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    An integrated and workflow-aware clinical decision support (CDS) tool is "critical" to improving patient/provider communications and influencing patient outcomes, according to a new study in eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).read more
  • HIT Standards task force: Suggestions for interoperability all over the board

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    There's been considerable interest in expanding the scope of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, but very little consistency regarding how, according to the Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force.read more
  • EHRs factor heavily in treatment of chronically ill, AMGA says

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Electronic health records are an important component of the management of chronically ill patients, but a big effort for providers, according to the American Medical Group Association in a recent letter to the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Work Group.read more
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  • Most practices unprepared for ICD-10 implementation

    Alberto Cantor
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    Even though the United States has delayed the ICD-10 implementation date many times, it appears the current transition date will be the final one. Despite protests from a number of industry groups, Congress and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have given no indication that there will be another postponement. If this is the case, healthcare organizations around the country need to be prepared to use the updated coding system by October 1, 2015. However, reports suggest many practices are unprepared for the transition. Polling shows most providers not ready In September 2014,…
  • Meaningful Use deadline for hardship exception is July 1

    Sophie Scheidlinger
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Did you receive a letter from CMS notifying you that your 2015 Medicare reimbursements were reduced? If you’re an eligible provider for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program but didn’t participate in 2013, your Medicare reimbursements will be reduced for the 2015 payment year. Similarly, penalties for eligible providers that didn’t successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Eligible professionals may be exempt from penalties if they can show that fulfilling Meaningful Use requirements would result in a significant…
  • ICD-10 implementation costs concern practices

    Alberto Cantor
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    When it comes to transitioning to ICD-10 codes, healthcare practices report substantial fears over reduced cash flow and lack of payer readiness, according to a recent study of 350 providers by Navicure. The report also finds that a large majority of providers are delaying preparations. Many small practices aren’t on track for ICD-10 Only 21% of those surveyed said they feel they are on track with preparation efforts. A majority of the 350 respondents were practice administrators or billing managers from practices with one to ten providers. The findings from the study also show that:…
  • CMS declares successful ICD-10 testing

    Guest Contributor
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:43 am
    It looks like the United States is ready to take the next step to modernize its healthcare system by introducing ICD-10 this year. According to statistics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency accepted 81% of the approximately 15,000 claims submitted to the first round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing. This presents an encouraging outlook for October 1, when the codes are set to be officially released by U.S. providers. ICD-10 testing has been a long time coming The US healthcare industry has tried to implement the ICD-10 code system for years as it continued to…
  • Smaller Practices need to focus on ICD-10 training and implementation

    Contributing Writer
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The upcoming transition to the new set of ICD-10 billing codes threatens to disrupt the finances of healthcare providers across the United States. However, hospital networks and health systems may have more financial wiggle room compared to offices that employ only a handful of physicians. For small practices, a hold on revenue for even a few days could cause complications that take months to iron out. By failing to properly prepare for the ICD-10 deadline on October 1, these smaller practices might encounter financial challenges. NueMD, one of our billing partners, says it is important that…
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  • AFCOM 2015 Symposium recap

    Rich Casselberry
    13 Jun 2015 | 4:29 am
    I was lucky enough to be invited to Boston AFCOM’s annual Symposium. This is a yearly event (hence the annual part) focused on data center operations. It’s a very interesting group made up of data center managers, IT engineers, architects, designers and technicians. It’s not your normal IT tech conference. You can get more information on it and AFCOM in general on their site They had a lot of great speakers. The day kicked off with Joseph Higgins who is the VP of Engineering for Fidelity. They have forty thousand employees, 25% are technology focused, 50 data centers and 6 CIO’s.
  • Want to improve IT? Stop saying no

    Rich Casselberry
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    I recently had a conversation with a CIO friend of mine. During the conversation he made the comment that his job was to be the gatekeeper and to tell his peers “No” when they made a request.  He then went on to say that Rogue IT was a big problem for him. He seemed shocked when I pointed out that there was a pretty obvious connection. Maybe I should have been more tactful than saying “Well duh”. It’s funny how many times this happens though. CIO’s, or IT, either are too busy with the day to day work and have a hard time getting to new projects, or are just set in their ways of…
  • Advance your career through social networking sites – Part2 How to Land a Job on Facebook

    Greg Corson
    24 May 2012 | 5:00 am
    Did you know that in as little as 10 minutes of browsing through your Facebook profile that an interested person can predict how you’ll perform in the workplace? Yes, this concept was recently presented in a new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Therefore, it’s a fact of life today as Facebook gains more importance in the recruitment process that more and more employers are reviewing Facebook profiles when screening potential new hires. Some employment agencies are actually offering this service to employers, calling it social media screening. Moreover, a…
  • Advance your career through social networking sites – Part1 How to Land a Job on Twitter

    Greg Corson
    17 May 2012 | 6:21 am
    In previous blog posts we’ve discussed the importance of capitalizing on social media to advance your career. We’ve also talked about how recruiters are actively researching and evaluating our personal profiles on the well-known and obscure social media platforms. In this article I will be looking at practical ways of achieving your goals and finding your next dream job by using social networking sites. There are doubters still asking if it is really conceivable, if social media is actually improving the likelihood of winning a job over another candidate, but I believe they are few. What…
  • Social Media Evaluation for Candidates

    Greg Corson
    11 May 2012 | 8:24 am
    As recruiting professionals working in the technology sector, we are extraordinarily aware of the importance of social media in recruitment strategies. This is true for both recruiters and candidates. As a candidate for a career move, are you taking full advantage of what social media can do for you? To be effective recruiters of people for our clients, we are actively involved in social media activity each day. We update our Facebook and Twitter accounts with news, career advice, and open positions and we continually qualify prospective candidates for our new opportunities. Social media…
 
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  • Payment Clarity Ahead: Why it Matters, and How it can Help Your Patients and Your Bottom Line

    Amy Valli
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    This week’s Becker’s Revenue Cycle Management Report newsletter features an article by John Holyoak of RelayHealth Financial that covers the payment clarity trend. It explains what payment clarity is and how it helps healthcare providers better engage patients and improve collections. The article was also featured in Becker’s Hospital CFO. Holyoak and the RelayHealth Financial team will be at the HFMA 2015 ANI this week in booth #425. Stop by and say hi if you’re at ANI! Read the Becker’s article here
  • HFMA ANI 2015 and the Lighter Side of Healthcare Reimbursement

    Rich Levin
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    [ DOWNLOAD your free copy of the ebook now ] Here’s a little something we’ve put together for all of our industry colleagues descending on HFMA ANI 2015, in Orlando this week. The Lighter Side of Revenue Cycle Management is a whimsical look at some of the challenges providers face in today’s fast-moving healthcare marketplace. But make no mistake about it: These are serious challenges that we are committed to helping you solve. Visit us at booth #425 to learn how McKesson RelayHealth Financial can help you give patients a positive financial experience to match your clinical…
  • RelayHealth Financial at HFMA ANI 2015: Focus on Healthy Revenue and a Healthy Future for Providers

    Grant Evans
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Today RelayHealth Financial announced a packed agenda of educational, networking, and charitable activities that will be taking place at the HFMA ANI 2015 conference in Orlando next week (June 22-24). We’ll be sharing novel collection strategies, post-ICD-10 performance management guidance, advantages of building an analytics culture, and how payment clarity can help improve revenue cycle performance and patient engagement. Read the press release and then visit HealthyRevenueHealthyFuture.com to add your preferred sessions to your calendar. Read the press release now
  • Cartoons Show the Lighter Side of Healthcare Payment

    Rich Levin
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
      Healthcare Finance compiled a selection of cartoons from our recent ebook into a slide show. Enjoy the editor’s picks here and then download a copy of the complete ebook for yourself.
  • Clean claims, price quotes, and many miles to go

    Rich Levin
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Healthcare Payer News just showcased our Lighter Side of Healthcare Reimbursement ebook, saying the cartoons “illuminate an industry in transition.” Enjoy their coverage and a chuckle here.
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  • Today in TCPA News

    Mike Bevel
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
  • Richmond Meyer Steps Down from United Debt Holding, LLC

    insideARM.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Richmond Meyer has decided to step down as Executive Vice President of Sales to pursue other business interests in the Denver Metro area. “Over the last year and half Rich has been actively involved in launching a new business, completely unrelated to United Debt Holdings, LLC.  This new business has consumed most of Rich’s time […]
  • NCLC Publishes Report on Debt Collection Communications

    Tim Bauer
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Historically, NCLC has been quite active and vocal on a variety of debt collection issues, whether it's a response to the CFPB's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or suggesting a moratorium on all time-barred debt. Their latest statement is on consumer communications.
  • FTC Sends $4 million in Settlement Payments to Consumers

    Tim Bauer
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Fourteen months after the settlement was reported, the FTC announced that it was mailing almost 95,000 checks totaling approximately $4 million to consumers who lost money to the debt collection operation.
  • State Law Licensing for Collection Agencies: Compliance in Focus

    Terri Haley
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Holding a license and keeping it current are no longer enough to pass muster. Many states now conduct extensive audits of collection agencies, law firms and debt buyers who are communicating with consumers living within their borders. The states continue to evaluate and expand the laws governing this activity.
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  • Are you ‘Unknowingly’ Committing a Medicare Fraud?

    Maryann Lambert
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    243 individuals including physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals charged for approximately $712 million in false billing. A few months ago, on this very blog, we told you about OIG gearing up for a historic round of audits. Though our main concern during that time was the safety of Protected Health Information, recent developments indicate OIG’s intention of scrutinizing much more than PHI alone. Be advised, this does not mean HIPAA is of secondary importance. It only means you need to undertake a more comprehensive summer cleaning in your practice than we…
  • How to Train for ICD-10 Codes?

    Maryann Lambert
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    Lately, I’ve come across a lot of Health IT vendors who are placating their clients by telling them to sit back, relax and let their EHR handle the ICD-10 transition. Though, the right EHR will play a crucial role in your ICD-10 success, a topic we will touch upon in the coming few days, please know there is no substitute for training and preparedness. Physicians and their staff must practice coding in the new environment and the sooner you adjust your workflows to make that happen the better. On our part, we can only help you in your learning curve. Our Road to ICD-10 series did just…
  • CureMD at ASCO 2015

    Daniel Schwartz
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    With an amazing turnout of more than 37,000 physicians at the 2015 Annual Meeting, ASCO has successfully beaten all its previous records and so has CureMD. Our incredible team of health IT experts brought several oncologists on board by demonstrating CureMD’s Oncology-specific solution at the conference.  Here’s a short video of our experts explaining the new innovations that CureMD is bringing to automate Medical Oncology. CureMD Booth at ASCO 2015
  • Does Sexism still Exist in Medicine?

    Maryann Lambert
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    A follow-up piece on Nobel laureate Tim Hunt’s comments on Women in Science.  Does sexism in medicine still exist? In many cases, it depends on which side of the fence you’re on. The prevailing opinion of male medical professionals is no, that women have equal opportunities when it comes to education, medical positions and so forth, but if you’re a woman, you might tend to disagree. Old-fashioned attitudes still rampant The fact that sexism still remains prevalent in numerous fields and industries, including medicine, is obvious by a recent comment made by Nobel laureate Tim…
  • We did it again! CureMD ranks 3rd in the Top 20 most Popular EHRs.

    Maryann Lambert
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    CureMD was ranked 3rd in the Top 20 most Popular EHRs survey by Capterra, a software information and review website that helps physicians find the right technology for their practice. CureMD has consistently maintained its position amongst the top 20 leading EHR companies in the States, despite the growing competition, due to its user-centered approach to technology. Not only is our solution affordable, it’s also simple, ensuring the smoothest learning curve for our users.  Timely compliances enable our physicians to learn and implement regulatory requirements with ease. We are thankful…
 
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • What Benefits Can Hospitals Get from Healthcare Automation?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Even as automation has become part of our daily lives and an integral part of operations in various industries, it is still lagging significantly when it comes to healthcare. As staffing outages continue to grow significantly each year along with an aging population that increasingly needs health care, applying automation to some health care operations is going to be a necessity.
  • Doc Mellhorn and the Pearly Gates ‘He was Just a Good Doctor and He Knew Us Inside Out’

    Robert McEwan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The doctor, in this case reminded me of 'ol Doc Frazier,' our family physician who was like Doc Mellhorn in every respect, including the occasional house call. It was at a time when there weren't many prescriptions to give and Doc Frazier's words and hands conveyed all the confidence we needed to get better.
  • Top 5 Blogs for the Business of Healthcare

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The article contains a list of reliable healthcare blogs that inform, entertain, and inspire both students and professionals in becoming more active participants in the ongoing healthcare debates.
  • Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market May Reach $215 Billion by 2020

    Infinit Healthcare
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    For a complete overview of the pharmaceutical outsourcing market, Research and Markets recently produced an in-depth report called "Outlook of Global Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market".
  • 5 Tips on Hiring Quality Healthcare Staff

    Infinit Healthcare
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    The demand for high quality healthcare staff is growing due to the continuous changes in the healthcare industry. Learn how to hire top quality staff for your medical practice with these helpful tips.
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  • Aetna to Buy Humana for $37B, Largest Insurance Deal Ever

    Fred Pennic
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Health care-insurance giant Aetna has agreed to acquire smaller rival Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock making it the largest ever deal in the insurance industry.  The rapid consolidation in the U.S. health care industry. brings together Humana’s growing Medicare Advantage business with Aetna’s diversified portfolio and commercial capabilities to create a company serving the most seniors in the Medicare Advantage program and the second-largest managed care company in the nation. Under the terms of the agreement, Aetna will pay Humana shareholders $125 in cash and 0.8375 Aetna…
  • Why Non-Specific ICD-10 Codes Are a Non-Issue

    The Coalition for ICD-10
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A safe harbor or grace period that would allow the submission of “less specific” ICD-10 codes after the ICD-10 transition continues to be raised as a way to alleviate the burden of the transition on physicians. For example, HR 2247, the ICD-TEN Act, would prohibit Medicare from denying claims “due solely to the use of an unspecified or inaccurate subcode.” A letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from several members of Congress recommends that CMS indicate “whether claims must include the ICD-10 diagnosis code with the highest level of specificity…
  • Get My Health Data Campaign Launches

    HITC Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:58 pm
    For patients, accessing their health information online is often a confusing and down right painful process. Sadly, few patients know what to ask for or what information should be available to them, and not nearly enough health care organizations are equipped to meet their requests. To change that, a coalition of patient advocates today has launched the Get My Health Data Campaign to support patients in asking for, getting and effectively using their digital health data.  Campaign Overview The campaign has three goals: 1. give consumers the information and tools they need to ask for and…
  • Social Network for Doctors SERMO Expands to Canada’s 77,000 Physicians

    HITC Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    SERMO, the leading social network for doctors with more than 340,000 members across the US and UK, announced its latest international expansion, opening its doors to Canada’s 77,000 physicians. The Canadian expansion follows SERMO’s international UK launch in April. SERMO is well on its way to becoming the largest global medical social network exclusively for physicians. SERMO also has plans to roll out in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa over the next few weeks. SERMO is a virtual doctors’ lounge, teaching hospital and international medical conference all in one.
  • MedStar, AARP Partner to Spur Health Innovation for Aging

    Jasmine Pennic
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Maryland-based not-for-profit health system MedStar Health has become the newest Founding Member of Project Catalyst|The Power of We to spur digital health innovation for the aging population. The program provides developers of popular and emerging products insight into how Americans 50-plus use technology, in order to identify ways to improve the devices for mature consumers. The alignment will help MedStar spur innovation in new and emerging digital technologies, products and experiences that can improve the lives of the rapidly growing 50-plus population. MedStar and AARP initially…
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  • HIPAA Breaches – Does size matter?

    Blog HIPAA
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    HIPAA like relationships is confusing at best.  Many have wondered, “How can I possibly understand all the fine nuances of HIPAA compliance?” Suggesting the law is as clear as mud would be a gross understatement. If you haven’t already spent time trying to understand HIPAA and its role in your practice, it may be time to consider its impact. A HIPAA breach can result in mailing out letters of apology and offering free credit monitoring, or all the way to being fined thousands of dollars. While there are various ramifications due to a breach, the real issue is the patient’s…
  • FREE Webinar: How to prepare for OCR’s Upcoming Phase 2 Audits

    Blog HIPAA
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Tuesday, June 23rd from 2:00–3:30 EST Covered entities and business associates are on their toes awaiting the Phase 2 Audits from OCR. In this webinar we are highlighting the key points of what the OCR is looking for and how you should prepare. With the phase 2 audits being focused on the main sources of non-compliance in the Phase 1 Audits this could be the the webinar that saves your business! The post FREE Webinar: How to prepare for OCR’s Upcoming Phase 2 Audits appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • Free Webinar: Tips for Using Encryption to Reduce HIPAA Compliance Risk and Protect Your Data

    Blog HIPAA
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    Wed, Jun 24, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT 2015 HIPAA audits are coming. Very soon. Are you prepared? Learn some practical steps for implementing encryption to reduce your organization’s risk and prepare your organization for a possible audit. In this webinar renowned security and privacy expert, Chris Apgar, CISSP, gives an update on the 2015 HIPAA audits, and discusses options for protecting PHI data at rest, what steps to take and how to implement them. Andy Nieto, Health IT Strategist, will cover the role encryption and secure messaging can play in protecting PHI data in motion.
  • 4 Step Plan for HIPAA Compliance Infographic

    Blog HIPAA
    19 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Please include attribution to PerfectServe with this graphic. – See more at: http://www.perfectserve.com/connect/knowledge-center/infographics/4-step-plan-hipaa-compliance#sthash.qMZV70cV.dpuf The post 4 Step Plan for HIPAA Compliance Infographic appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
  • Mobile Health Survey Infographic

    Blog HIPAA
    12 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Visit www.datamotionhealth.com to learn more! The post Mobile Health Survey Infographic appeared first on Blog HIPAA.
 
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  • Triple Aim

    Dave Newman
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    What is the Triple Aim? The Triple Aim in Healthcare is a concept put forward by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that is intended to drive Healthcare providers to simultaneously implement programs that: Improve the patient care experience, Improve the health of patient populations, and Reduce the per capita cost of health care. These simple sounding concepts are easier said than done, and not surprisingly require a significant investment in Healthcare Information Technology to implement and measure. Let’s look at each component of the Triple Aim and consider how Healthcare IT comes…
  • MyMDBand | June 06, 2015 Health IT News

    Dave Newman
    6 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
    MyMDBand – Medical Bracelet That Notifies Relatives Anyone who reads my posts for very long knows that I think the market for wearable healthcare products is over-hyped. However, I really do like the simple concept behind this Israeli company’s improvement on medical ID bracelets. MyMDBand is a sturdy silicon band that has a laser engraved QR code on one side, and a serial number and PIN on the other side. When a user receives the MyMDBand, they go online to register the band, entering their medical history, medications, allergies, and other medical information. The user also enters…
  • Amazing Charts Review

    Dave Newman
    30 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Today I’m excited to offer a review on Amazing Charts, the popular electronic health records (EHR) system for small to medium-sized physician practices. I wanted to start with a couple of qualifications that I hope makes my review useful: They are not compensating or recognizing me in any way for this post I had no other experience or exposure to Amazing Charts before downloading and installing the package Amazing Charts Install Process I started by going to the Amazing Charts site and entered my info as a media member/reviewer to download the trial for version 7.1.2. It was a zip file…
  • DoD EHR Contract | May 22, 2015

    Dave Newman
    23 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Decision on DoD EHR Contract Nears (Maybe) It is expected that the Department of Defense/VA will announce a winner this summer for the $11B electronic health records system replacement. It’s pretty much common knowledge that the winner will be one of two competitors: Cerner, partnered with Accenture Federal Services and Leidos, or Epic, partnered with IBM Corp and Impact Advisors While I don’t have any plans to sign up for this project, I do have some interest in the outcome because I am very active with Epic in my current career position. If the decision goes to Epic, people like me…
  • What Is Population Health?

    Dave Newman
    16 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I’ll bet some of you have been wondering where I’ve been. I rarely go more than a week without posting, so I really feel bad about not getting some new content published. The reason I haven’t had time is that I’ve been working long hours implementing a metrics-based population health program for my organization of Care Managers. What better subject than something I’m doing now, right? Let’s jump in. So, what is population health? It’s no secret that Healthcare in the US has under-performed against our modern peers in spite of spending vastly more than other developed…
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  • Flash Sale for 4th of July: 50% Off All Orders

    Alexandra Carmichael
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    The post Flash Sale for 4th of July: 50% Off All Orders appeared first on uBiome Blog.
  • uBiome and OpenBiome Partner for Microbiome Study in FMT Patients

    Alexandra Carmichael
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    We’re excited to announce that uBiome is partnering with OpenBiome to study the microbiome of patients undergoing fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) as a treatment for Clostridium difficile infections (C. diff). “This study is the first of its kind to examine the results of FMT treatment on a large scale,” says uBiome CEO Jessica Richman. “We expect hundreds of participants to contribute to this groundbreaking research, and hope that it will lead to a better understanding of Clostridia dificile infections and their treatment.” Any patient undergoing clinical FMT treatment can…
  • Meet the Bacteria in a Pro-Paleo, Pro-Crossfit Chiropractor

    Alexandra Carmichael
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    This is a guest post by Dr. Jonathan Chung DC and Dr. Grace Liu. Thanks Jonathan and Grace! – A couple of months ago, I got to interview the Gut Goddess, Dr. Grace Liu for my podcast Heal Yourself Radio. You can check out that interview here: From Drugs to Bugs with the Gut Goddess Grace Liu Now if you ever get a chance to talk to Grace, you’ll begin to understand that her passion and enthusiasm for poop, microbiology, and it’s relationship to gut health is highly infectious (pun intended). One of the things that came up in our conversation is the effect that antibiotics…
  • Announcing the uBiome Studies Portal

    Alexandra Carmichael
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    You asked, we listened. Many of you have been writing in to ask about microbiome studies, on topics from autoimmune disease to gluten-free diets to depression to which probiotics actually work. I’m happy to announce that today we’re launching the new uBiome Studies portal, which will be a growing collection of studies. We’re aiming to launch one new study every week. You can participate in a study by contributing your microbiome, help organize a study you’re interested in, or spread the word and watch the findings as they come out. Check it out and let us know what…
  • Removing Acne through Microbiome Hacking and Self-Experimentation

    Alexandra Carmichael
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    This is a guest post from Ben Bazor. Thanks Ben! — Why You Should Care Acne sucks. Everyone who has it wants to be rid of it. Of the countless strategies to remove acne, here’s the one that worked for me. I developed it because I wanted something scientific, adaptable, and sensible. It all started when I came across a gem, a research paper called Acne Vulgaris a Disease of Western Civilization. In which, the authors observed no acne in two non-Westernized populations (1,300+ people in total, 300+ adolescents). This is radically different than the prolific 89% rate of acne in teens of…
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  • 10 Yoga Asanas to jumpstart your day

    Truworth Wellness
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:36 am
     
  • June 21 is World Yoga Day

    Truworth Wellness
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    With so many teachers, followers and propagators around the world, Yoga has carved a niche of its own amongst fitness freaks. On this special day, let’s take a look at some of the pointers that can actually help us connect better with this amazing fitness mantra called ‘Yoga’. Meaning of Yoga Yoga means ‘to combine’, … Continue reading June 21 is World Yoga Day →
  • Instant vs. healthy: Will the Maggi fiasco inspire you to choose what’s right?

    Truworth Wellness
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    The entire ruckus surrounding Maggi containing lead and MSG has opened avenues for serious probe into the kind of food we consume. Brands making tall claims about using ‘healthy’ ingredients have lost their impact on consumers. And nutrition experts are now voicing their concern more clearly. They are sharing their views more openly on the … Continue reading Instant vs. healthy: Will the Maggi fiasco inspire you to choose what’s right? →
  • 7 Ways to De-Stress Instantly

    Truworth Wellness
    28 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    We’ve all been in situations where we needed on-the-spot stress relief. Stress is unavoidable in everyday life but you can reduce stress as soon as it strikes. Stress is a significant aspect of employee wellness. All the workplace wellness programs offer a stress management program; but none of them offer tips to de-stress yourself right … Continue reading 7 Ways to De-Stress Instantly →
  • 6 Tips to Feel More Energized

    Truworth Wellness
    19 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    We work; we manage our tight work schedules, keep ourselves stimulated with caffeine and pure strength of mind! Many of us struggle with energy issues. “Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing,” says psychologist Michelle Segar, PhD, associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women … Continue reading 6 Tips to Feel More Energized →
 
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