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  • VA CIO says new scheduling system will roll out by 2017

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Contrary to previous reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy a new scheduling system by 2017.read more
  • When you’re looking to buy or replace your EHR, follow these common sense Dos and Don’ts for comparing EHR software

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    By some accounts, almost 30% of EHR users will be interested in replacing their software as they move from Meaningful Use Stage 1 to 2 to 3 over the next few years. Although I’ve written and spoken extensively in the past about how to make sure you pick the right digital health and EHR software, I wanted to put together a new “common sense” type of Do’s and Don’ts list for picking new EHR software. To help me out, I reached out to J.P. Medved at Capterra because of their unique expertise in this area. What follows are the dos and don’ts of each step in…
  • Morning Headlines 10/2/14

    HIStalk
    Lt. Dan
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    ‘Data dump’ reveals billions in pharma payments to docs, hospitals CMS’s Open Payments website goes live, publishing transactional data on $3.5 billion worth of payments made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to doctors and hospitals over the last five months of 2013. Information Governance: Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC) At its annual conference, AHIMA publishes an information governance framework to help health systems establish “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy,…
  • Podcast: Care Innovations CEO Sean Slovenski on his company’s Validation Institute

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

    Medical Connectivity
    Tim Gee
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This summer, FDA proposed lifting regulations from certain currently regulated medical devices. This unprecedented policy shift targets devices known as Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS) and is intended to benefit the mobile app industry and companies like Google, Apple and others. The current regulatory burden for MDDS devices is Class I, 510(k) exempt. This means manufacturers have to follow a basic quality system (i.e., design controls) on par with ISO9001, and report instances of patient injury or death in addition to any product recalls to FDA. The following is a guest blog post…
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  • VA CIO says new scheduling system will roll out by 2017

    Dan Bowman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Contrary to previous reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy a new scheduling system by 2017.read more
  • FDA pubs cybersecurity guidance for med device makers

    Dan Bowman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    In a final guidance document published Oct. 1, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency outlines measures it believes medical device manufacturers must take to ensure the safety and security of their tools in the face of growing cyberthreats.read more
  • HIMSS: Road to coordinated care has become rocky

    Katie Dvorak
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week to create a plan to address health IT issues facing the nation's healthcare system.read more
  • AHIMA issues information governance framework

    Susan D. Hall
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    AHIMA has released a framework for healthcare information governance at its annual convention in San Diego, calling for commitment to managing information as a strategic asset.read more
  • Digital health investments continue to rise

    Katie Dvorak
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    As the final quarter of 2014 gets underway, digital health funding continues to grow at a rapid rate, already surpassing the about $2 billion raised in 2013.read more
 
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  • When you’re looking to buy or replace your EHR, follow these common sense Dos and Don’ts for comparing EHR software

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

    Shahid N. Shah
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    I wrote my first patient portal site, built into my first EMR software, back in 1998. At that time I mistakenly thought that portals would take off and patients would embrace them. What I quickly learned was that patient portals aren’t really portals in the sense of Yahoo! or Google but enterprise software’s customer-facing front-ends. The enterprise software in this case is of course an EHR and the customers are the patients. If patients are the consumers then their expectations are that they can conduct “business” with the practice through the portal. This means…
  • How to improve your SRS by distinguishing between vague and ambiguous requirements in health IT and medical device systems

    Shahid N. Shah
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Because it’s so easy to build software these days we’re seeing a proliferation of healthcare apps — what’s hard to figure out is whether we’re building the right software. Abder-Rahman Ali, currently pursuing his Medical Image Analysis Ph.D. in France, has graciously agreed to give us advice on how to write good software specifications for health and medical technology solutions. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking that software requirements specifications (SRS) are old and “tired” and we should be writing agile user stories…
  • ENGAGE can help pharma and biotech learn how to benefit from patient engagement

    Shahid N. Shah
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Patient engagement is something that physicians have done for thousands of years as they cared for patients (whether going to their homes or having them come to hospitals or clinics). With new digital health technologies the way providers can engage with patients is changing significantly but we’re not quite sure about the best ways to apply that technology. This is why I’m looking forward to attending MedCityNews.com’s ENGAGE conference next week in Washington, DC. Most of these kinds of conferences focus on providers but I think that biotech, med device, pharma, payers,…
  • The future of medicine and the incredible innovations we can expect by 2064

    Shahid N. Shah
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    The Fred Alger Management team reached out to me recently asking what innovative changes I thought the medical and healthcare industry will be going through over the next 50 years. It was for their innovative “Think Further” series: As Yogi Berra famously quipped “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” but Alger’s “Future of Medicine” question is an interesting approach to generating ideas so I thought I’d give it a shot. For the first 50 years in computing we’ve been busy digitizing the areas of human activity such as: Administration (letters and…
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  • Morning Headlines 10/2/14

    Lt. Dan
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    ‘Data dump’ reveals billions in pharma payments to docs, hospitals CMS’s Open Payments website goes live, publishing transactional data on $3.5 billion worth of payments made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to doctors and hospitals over the last five months of 2013. Information Governance: Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC) At its annual conference, AHIMA publishes an information governance framework to help health systems establish “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy,…
  • Health IT from the CIO’s Chair 10/1/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Fine print: The views and opinions expressed in this article are mine personally and are not necessarily representative of current or former employers. Security Might Be the One Thing I often get questions like, “What keeps you up at night?” or “What are your top priorities?” Invariably I cite items from our IT strategy, and almost always I remember to add security. But I think it is time for me to admit I have it wrong. Security should be at the top of my list, not just on the list. It should have an etched place in the number one spot. If I was going to be kept up at night, there is…
  • HIStalk Interviews Mike “The PACSman” Cannavo

    Mr. HIStalk
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Mike Cannavo, aka “The PACSMan,” is founder and president of Image Management Consultants You recently spent time working for a major vendor after years of solo consulting, but now you’re back on your own again. What was it like on the dark side? I was always curious on what it would be like to work for a vendor again, but I didn’t want a job that required me to be away from my kids while they were growing up. My father worked three jobs during my own youth and I really didn’t get to know him until after my mom passed away in my mid-30s. As tempting as some of the offers I had from…
  • Readers Write: Will You be Shocked by Shellshock?

    Mr. HIStalk
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Will You be Shocked by Shellshock? By John Gomez Here is a riddle for you. What is old yet new, and at the same time scary yet contained, while being known yet potentially a big surprise? If you answered Shellshock, you collect $200 and go to the front of the class. Shellshock is a new computer exploit that was discovered in the past few weeks, but “new” isn’t exactly right. The actual vulnerability, which may compromise Linux- and Unix-based systems, has actually been around for 25 years. While newly discovered, it is actually rather old. Shellshock is scary because it allows someone…
  • Morning Headlines 10/1/14

    Lt. Dan
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Optum To Acquire MedSynergies To Help Physician Groups Enhance Patient Care, Improve Practice Performance Optum will acquire MedSynergies, a physician practice management, revenue cycle management, and referral management software platform with 9,300 customers across the US. Doctors Find Barriers to Sharing Digital Medical Records The New York Times interviews Epic CEO Judy Faulkner in a piece addressing problems with interoperability between EHRs, and the accusations that have been leveled at Epic specifically. An Interview With George Halvorson: The Kaiser Permanente Renaissance, And Health…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Podcast: Care Innovations CEO Sean Slovenski on his company’s Validation Institute

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

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

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

    Neil Versel
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Health IT vendor Greenway Health recently finished its rollout of a cloud-based EHR to all 8,200 Walgreens stores in the U.S. When I was offered the chance to interview CEO Wyche T. “Tee” Green III about this, I decided to take it a step further. In all my years of covering health IT, I’ve never met nor even spoken to Green, so I figured a podcast was in order. After all, I had written a piece for Health Data Management earlier this year about how pharmacies are reshaping themselves as true healthcare companies. (This interview also comes in the wake of CVS Caremark ending…
  • EHRs and patient safety

    Neil Versel
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you wonder where I’ve been, I’ve, for one thing, been blogging a bit for (very little) pay over at Forbes.com and writing a lengthy cover story for the September issue of Healthcare IT News. The Healthcare IT News piece actually breaks down into a fairly short lead story and several sidebars, which aren’t all that evident from the traditional Web version. (The digital edition has everything.) For the sake of convenience, here are links to all elements of the cover package: Main story: “Patient safety in the balance: Questions mount about EHRs and a wide range of…
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    Medical Connectivity

  • FDA Takes Step Backwards with New MDDS Guidance

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

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

    Tim Gee
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    This interview is with a long established thought leader in patient monitoring and alarm notification, Jim Welch. Jim has demonstrated a knack for bringing a fresh approach to long-term persistent problems in monitoring, nursing vigilance and patient care. At Sotera Wireless, Jim’s had a chance to re-imagine patient monitoring in low acuity settings with predictably innovative results. At the AAMI 2014 conference, I had the opportunity to attend the breakfast symposium where Jim presented, Transforming Care in Non-ICU Settings through Disruptive Continuous Monitoring Technology. The…
  • Messaging Middleware Growth Strategies

    Tim Gee
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Developing and launching a competitive product, and getting initial traction in the market are not inconsiderable milestones. And yet for the entrepreneur and their investors, this is just the beginning. What was record setting last quarter is barely acceptable this quarter, and next quarter had better be back on track. Developing a solid plan for growth depends on two things: a good understanding of the basic means to drive growth, and a deep understanding of the market. This post seeks to combine both of these in a brief survey of the key factors to drive messaging middleware revenue growth…
  • Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time

    BMoorman
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was listening today to the CE-IT Webinar on CE and HIT from the 2014 AAMI conference in Philadelphia. Much of the session reviewed what has happened over the last five years and it got me thinking about my experiences and what I’ve seen over the last ten years in medical device connectivity and remote monitoring. It’s been an interesting ride and yet I realize there are a few basic ideas that have resonated over the years. These basic ideas are: Specifying those requirements that are unique to my situation are where I have the most control in acquisition; There are other players in the…
 
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  • On the road for Clinical Mobility

    hlthblog
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I’m writing this today from Sydney, Australia. This past week I’ve been working with my teammates here on something we’re calling the Clinical Mobility Roadshow. On each of the last four days we’ve been hosting a breakfast event in a different city. We...(read more)
  • Foggy brain? Get a forecast in the cloud.

    hlthblog
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Do you have trouble remembering proper names? Do you start to say something and then stop because you can’t remember what it was you were going to say? Are you always misplacing your car keys or eyeglasses? Do you walk across your house into another room...(read more)
  • Veterans and mHealth, a patient engagement strategy that makes a whole lot of sense

    hlthblog
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been taking it on the chin of late with allegations (and proof) of delayed appointments and care at some facilities, and charges that these delays have led to poor outcomes and even death. From what I can tell...(read more)
  • How to clean your Surface Pro 3 for home, hospital or clinic

    hlthblog
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Here on HealthBlog, I have unabashedly shared my enthusiasm for the Surface Pro 3 . I first wrote about the device on May 29th in a post titled Just What the Doctor Ordered—Surface Pro 3 . I wrote that article having spent literally just a few minutes...(read more)
  • Interoperability of Electronic Health Data. Is it time to herd unicorns in a new direction?

    hlthblog
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    While most of the Information Technology world was focused on Apple today (OK, even I had one monitor tuned to their live stream), those of us who pay most of our attention to the enterprise Health IT community were reading the latest news on such mundane...(read more)
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  • Revisiting EHR Interoperability; Standardized Content and Vendor Strategy

    Bruce Friedman
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In response to a recent note about Epic's new lobbying initiative (see: Epic Retains Lobbying Firm to Improve Its Interoperability Image on Capital Hill). Chris Brancato submitted the comment copied below. I found it interesting and decided to promote it to the level of a blog note. Here is what he had to say: Interoperability is so amorphic a term that most people on the Hill will just not get what that means and how the meaning is often manipulated. It's akin to saying you're HIPAA compliant, whatever that means. Makes for good marketing though. Epic, and every other vendor on…
  • Need for Greater Emphasis In EHRs on Accessibility of Medical Directives

    Bruce Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carl Bergman, writing in the EMR & EHR web formum, made a very important point in terms of the accessibility of advance medical directives in EHRs (see: Medical Directives and EHRs),. Here's an excerpt form his note: If the EHR treats a [medical] directive as a miscellaneous document, odds are it won’t be known, let alone followed when needed. To be used effectively, an EHR needs a specific place for directives and they should be readily available. For example, PracticeFusion recently added an advance directives function. That’s not always the case. To see how about twenty…
  • Epic Retains Lobbying Firm to Improve Its Interoperability Image on Capital Hill

    Bruce Friedman
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have posted a number of notes about Epic's attitude toward interoperability (see: More on Epic's (Non)-Interoperability and the Recent NYT Puff Piece; Judith Faulkner, EMR Interoperability, and Washington IT Politics; Sharing Medical Records across Hospitals with Epic's Care Everywhere). In general, I believe that Epic loves to encourage information sharing across its own hospital clients but makes it more difficult and expensive in relation to data sharing outside of its family circle. I further believe that the company is seeking to establish its own software as…
  • Who Owns EHR Data? What constitutes proper data stewardship?

    Bruce Friedman
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I entered pathology informatics in 1982, I was told, at least in Michigan, that patient's "owned" their health data but that the hospital owned the media on which the data was recorded. Media was defined as the medical record paper and film in the case of radiology images. This was an era in which data on paper, as opposed to electronic data, did not have great utility unless you could manually collect it, a laborious and expensive task. As you might imagine, this picture is getting much more complicated. Ownership of medical data was discussed in a recent…
  • Rapidly Growing Reference Lab, HDL, Tests Medicare Anti-kickback Law

    Bruce Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here's a story about a rapidly growing speciality reference lab, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, that paid physicians $20 per blood sample to ostensibly cover the labor costs of specimen handing but not for drawing the blood. In so doing, it has attracted the attention of HHS that has warned the lab the such payments presented a risk of being a kickback (see: A Fast-Growing Medical Lab Tests Anti-Kickback Law). Below is an excerpt from the article: Health Diagnostic Laboratory CEO Tonya Mallory...founded the cardiac-biomarker-testing company after leaving a California lab…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • How Secure Are Wearables?

    John Lynn
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Apparel is next in #wearables so who will program them and how secure/hackable will your clothes be? #hitsm — JaneenB ツ (@little_bytes) September 3, 2014 JaneenB asks a really fantastic question in this tweet. Making sure that wearables are secure is going to be a really hot topic. Yesterday, I was talking with Mac McMillan from Cynergistek and he suggested that the FDA was ready to make medical device security a priority. I’ll be interested to see what the FDA does to try and regulate security in medical devices, but you can see why this is an important thing. Mac also…
  • A Few Thoughts After AHIMA About the HIM Profession

    John Lynn
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
    This year was my 4th year attending the AHIMA Convention. There was definitely a different vibe this year at AHIMA than has been at previous AHIMA Annual Convention. I still saw the humble and wonderful people that work in the HIM field. I also still saw a passion for the HIM work from many as well. However, there seemed to be an overall feeling from many that they were evaluating the future of HIM and what it means for healthcare, for their organization, and for them personally. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Think about the evolution that’s been happening in the HIM…
  • A Little #AHIMACon14 Twitter Roundup

    John Lynn
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I’m in San Diego today at the AHIMA Annual Convention. It’s a great event that brings together some really passionate and wonderful Health Information Management professionals. There’s been some interesting Twitter activity at the event. Here’s a roundup of some of the interesting tweets: "Never underestimate the power of an HIM professional" – Dr. Angela Kennedy @_AngelaKennedy #AHIMACon14 pic.twitter.com/h2LrcrDQM2 — Brad Justus (@Brad_Justus) September 29, 2014 Talk about a #wearable! This exoskeleton from @EksoBionics captures 20GB of…
  • The Future of Healthcare IT Publishing

    John Lynn
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    During today’s #HITsm chat, Karen DeSalvo joined the chat and asked what healthcare IT will be like in 2024. Brian Eastwood, Senior Editor at CIO.com, tweeted the following: Selfishly I want healthcare to still be messed up in 2024 so I still have a job. Personally … #HITsm — Brian Eastwood (@Brian_Eastwood) September 26, 2014 The topic was of interest to me as a health IT blogger myself. However, this was my response: @Brian_Eastwood You have nothing to fear. They'll just likely be different. #HITsm — EMR, EHR and HIT (@ehrandhit) September 26, 2014 This of course…
  • The Medication List Said, “Raised toilet seat daily”

    Guest Blogger
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Lisa Pike, CEO of Versio. With over a third of healthcare organizations switching to a new EHR in 2014, there is a lot of data movement going on. With the vast amount of effort it took to create that data, it’s a valuable asset to the organization. It can mean life or death; it can keep a hospital out of the courtroom; and it can mean the difference between a smooth-running organization and an operational nightmare. But when that important data needs to be converted and moved to a new EHR, you realize just how complex it really is. During a recent…
 
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  • Phosphorescent Transparent Paint-On Bandage Shows Wound Tissue Oxygenation

    Editors
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Incorporation of full-thickness and partial-thickness skin grafts on the paraspinal skin of a Yorkshire pig observed with the oxygen-sensing paint-on bandage. Top row: regular photographs; middle row: emission at 700 nm – oxygen-dependent phosphorescence signals are overwhelmed by the skin autofluorescence background; bottom-row: percent oxygen consumption (%) maps obtained after eliminating autofluorescence – blue indicates higher oxygen consumption by tissues. Red indicates lower oxygen consumption by tissues. Arrows indicate tattoo marks dividing grafts and surrounding skin.
  • Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection Floor Unit Suits Get European Approval (VIDEO)

    Editors
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    CFI Medical has announced that its Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection System Floor Unit received the CE Mark and will be made available in the EU and other countries that subscribe to the marking. The system resides on the floor where it is locked down during operation and a swing arm holds the suit up via a cable. The user wears a special belt that has a magnet on the front. The magnet on the belt snaps onto a corresponding magnet on the suit so that when the physician moves, the suit follows right along. The Zero-Gravity provide considerably more protection than traditional ones…
  • Bionic Vision Australia’s Bionic Eye Gives New Sight to People Blinded by Retinitis Pigmentosa (VIDEO)

    Editors
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Bionic Vision Australia, a collaboration between of researchers working on a bionic eye, has announced that its prototype implant has completed a two year trial in patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa. Three patients with profound vision loss received 24-channel suprachoroidal electrode implants that caused no noticeable serious side effects. Moreover, though this was not formally part of the study, the patients were able to see more light and able to distinguish shapes that were invisible to them prior to implantation. The newly gained vision allowed them to improve how they…
  • ASP’s AirPurge System for Removing Air Bubbles from IV Lines FDA Cleared

    Editors
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Anesthesia Safety Products, a Woburn, MA firm, received FDA De Novo Class II clearance to introduce its AirPurge System in the U.S. The device is the first available stand-alone device for automatic removal of air bubbles from IV lines. It’s intended for use both during surgical procedures and during patient recovery in the ICU/PACU. The device is able to detect air bubbles moving through the line and sends them to a reservoir that at the end is emptied into a collection bag. It is capable of removing bubbles as small as 25 micro-liters at infusion rates up to 600 ml/min. The device…
  • Philips BlueControl Uses Light to Control Symptoms of Psoriasis

    Editors
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Philips is releasing a new device to treat mild to moderate cases of psoriasis vulgaris without resorting to medication. The Philps BlueControl uses an array of LEDs to shine blue light onto the skin in order to control the high rate at which cells divide, the root cause of the disease. The patient can use the device at any time and on any part of the body where the BlueControl can be strapped to. The unit is battery powered and has only a power button to turn it on and off. Once activated, the 40 LEDs within the device project high intensity light that, for safety, doesn’t have a UV…
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  • From The Healthcare Blog: How To Discourage A Doctor

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

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    'Nuff said.
  • I never understood the loss of empathy during medical training. Until now.

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Another incredibly powerful post published on KevinMD.com, this from an anonymous medical student. Read it and weep. I did.It was 4:30 a.m., and I was on the side of the road, drenched in sweat and tears. I had finally slowed my breathing to normal. I was going to be late for rounds. No time to obsess over possible questions. No time to memorize lab values, or practice regurgitating them.I thought of home. My family and friend, who I hadn’t seen in months. I cringed when I estimated how long it had been since I called them. And the place itself. The dry, clean heat of the desert. The pump…
  • Out Of Site Visits

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Because one of our sites has decided to replace some generations-old equipment, I had the joy of going on two site visits over the past couple of weeks. Both were sponsored by BIG NAMES, and both fell rather short. Which prompts me to examine the entire concept of the site visit.In brief, the site needs two quite different pieces of equipment, both sold by the BIG VENDORS in question. Both teams got only half of it right, one showing us the first, and one showing us the second. Both seemed to be a little oblivious to the fact that we needed one of each. My recommendation at this point is to…
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  • Can We Ask The Same Important Question For Australia? I Think So.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago.Where's the plan for interoperability?Posted on Sep 22, 2014By John Loonsk, MD, CGI FederalIt is a simple question: “Why doesn’t electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it.Congress does not think so either. Despite the HITECH funds’ accomplishing a significant degree of EHR adoption there is still a large amount to do to achieve modest interoperability. And the question posed above is…
  • It Looks Like National Standards Setting (Including E-Health) Is Getting More Messy.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    This appeared late last week.Standards Australia quick off mark in review of royalties on SAI Global contractPUBLISHED: 25 Sep 2014 00:05:25 Simon Evans The 74-member Standards Australia organisation that made a last-ditch effort to try and be part of a buyout process for SAI Global has revealed a review of royalties for a key contract with SAI has already begun, and that its chairman is stepping down.SAI’s former parent Standards Australia has just released its 2014 annual review which is the last presided over by chairman Alan Morrison. In it the firm outlines that it expects larger…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 29th September, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAnother very quiet week with the biggest news being the new Health IT being implemented in the Defence domain and some movement from Apple in the Health IT Space.Minister Dutton seems to have gone to ground on the PCEHR. Wonder when we will hear…
  • NEHTA Produces A Guide For GPs Using The PCEHR - Very Interesting Indeed And Not Good.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This appeared just a few days ago - Document created 23/09/2014:eHealth Guide for General Practice Getting Started with eHealth – A guide for General Practice is designed for practices or organisations using the eHealth record system through their clinical software.Getting Started with eHealth – A guide for General PracticeThis guide will show you how to:How to link local patient records with their Individual Healthcare IdentifierPatient consent and patient privacy controlsClinical documentsAssisting patients to register for an eHealth recordBecoming familiar with the systemHelp and…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 237 – Results – 28th September, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Do DoH and NEHTA Understand The Issues Of Clinical Safety That May Surround The Deployment And Use Of Health IT Systems?For Sure 4% (6) Probably 5% (7) Neutral 15% (22) Probably Not 33% (47) No Way 41% (58) I Have No Idea 1% (2) Total votes: 142 This is a pretty clear and enthusiastic outcome. Seems most who read here don’t think DoH and NEHTA are across the safety issues around Health IT. 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.
 
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    Bob on Medical Device Software

  • The Bumpy Road to a New Development Laptop

    Bob
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    My 6 year old Lenovo T400 finally gave up the ghost. It didn’t totally die (it probably never will, thank you IBM), but the screen was starting to flicker and it reliably rebooted itself whenever I was doing something useful. Very annoying. Grief I went though the standard 5 stages of grief: Denial: All T400’s do this. Anger: “Damn it, why does this thing keep crashing? I’m sick of this sh*t!”. Bargaining: Maybe if I update to 14.04 it will stop doing this. Depression: “This sucks!” Acceptance: OK, time to buy a new laptop. I’m fine now, but…
  • Brain-Like Chip With 4000 Processor Cores

    Bob
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    IBM Unveils a ‘Brain-Like’ Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores. The TrueNorth chip mimics 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses that IBM calls “spiking neurons.” …the chip can encode data as patterns of pulses, which is similar to one of the many ways neuroscientists think the brain stores information. IBM Research: Neurosynaptic chips provides more information on the low power system architecture and potential applications: This is similar to Qualcomm’s Brain-Inspired Computing effort.
  • Connectivity Standards

    Bob
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    I had been reading about “internet of things” (IoT) connectivity standards groups (links below) when I came across Bridget Moorman’s post Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time. I made an off-the-cuff comment because of the contrast I saw between the way other industries approach standards vs. the medical device industry.  Bridget and Tim kindly responded with informative feedback. Standards are hard, so I guess it’s not easy for anyone. Open Interconnect Consortium AllSeen Alliance Thread Group  
  • An Unhealthy Lack Of Standards

    Bob
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The reality of healthcare interoperabilty is going mainstream: Apple Launches HealthKit To Share Vital Stats With Nike, Mayo Clinic: The problem Apple will run into: No one agrees on how to measure even very simple health metrics, … TL;DR:  iOS 7.1 to iOS 8.0 API Differences (search for ‘HealthKit’ on the page). UPDATE (8/18/14);  Apple – iOS 8 – Health
  • FDASIA Health IT Report

    Bob
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) required the FDA to develop: a report that contains a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology, including mobile medical applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication. Here’s the report: FDASIA Health IT Report (warning: PDF). It looks like EMR/EHR vendors (administrative and health management functionality) don’t have to worry about FDA regulatory oversight. The…
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  • Follow updates from National Health IT Week #NHITWeek

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This week is National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology. You can follow updates from the events that occur this week on Twitter by following the hashtag #NHITWeek
  • Join the IHI #InnovationRelay Twitter chat on Wed

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This summer, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is holding an IHI Innovation Relay and you can join the Twitter chat on Wed 7/30 at 1 pm ET to learn more about how to pioneer answers to persistent problems in health care. "Each leg of the Relay will focus on a fundamental aspect of IHI’s Innovation strategy empowering participants to develop innovative solutions to challenges in health and health care. Rather than just research the problems, they’ll design testable solutions together, with the help of the IHI Innovation team and experts within and outside of health care."Don't…
  • Will chikungunya reach your neighborhood?

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Could chikungunya be coming to your neighborhood? Right now, chikungunya has been detected in all these states (dark blue = locally-acquired cases; light blue = travel-associated cases):Are you surprised by this map? This map is probably going to change as the summer goes on. So many families travel to Florida with their children to visit theme parks like Disney. Florida is the only state (dark blue) where we have detected locally-acquired cases. The light blue states represent travel-associated cases. There have been 2 cases of chikungunya in Florida so far.
  • Fulfill your REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Misuse and abuse of opioids has grown to be a serious public health concern about addiction, overdose, and death. REMS-compliant training is a critical component of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS program.On July 9, 2012, the FDA approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications. The REMS introduces new safety measures to reduce risks and improve safe use of ER/LA opioids while continuing to provide access to these medications for patients in pain.You can access free online REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids…
  • NEJM perspective article about Big Data in Healthcare

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Dr. Sebastian Schneeweiss recently wrote an interesting perspective article in the NEJM about big data in health care. He writes:Two key “learning” applications of big health care data that hold the promise of improving patient care are the generation of new knowledge about the effectiveness of treatments and the prediction of outcomes. Both these functions exceed the bounds of most computer applications currently used in health care, which tend to offer physicians such tools as context-sensitive warning messages, reminders, suggestions for economical prescribing, and results of mandated…
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    Legacy Data Access

  • Life as we know it (By Ryan, Age 15)

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

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

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

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

    shelly
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
      Ever since the New Year started, I have had on my mind to write a blog post about my watchword for 2014.It’s FEARLESSNESS. Not just FEARLESS, the adjective, but FEARLESS-NESS - the hybrid of the word, whether its real according to Webster or not, that makes it a NOUN – A “person, place or thing” - Something that you HAVE - that describes you, that you possess, that becomes part of your person at all times.To me, you can BE FEARLESS in situations but you carry your FEARLESSNESS around with you, ready to face anything that comes your way.     I would say that every…
 
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  • Poorly Done Report that Physicians Lose 48 minutes a Day to EHR

    John Lynn
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    There’s been a study that’s been pandered around making the assertion that Physicians lose 48 minutes a day to EHR. This story in Medical Economics is just one example of many. A comment on that story from Dr. Rah describes generally my feelings about the study: I find it disappointing that such drivel is even reported. #1. A 2012 survey! Data is > 2 yrs old. #2. 411 respondents is a very small N; hardly significant in that there are at least a million users now of EMRs. #3. You can do better–why report such meaningless info?? Of course, this only begins to describe the…
  • Which Comes First in Accountable Care: Data or Patients?

    Andy Oram
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The headlines are stark and accusatory. “ACOs’ health IT capabilities remain rudimentary.” “ACOs held back by poor interoperability.” But a recent 19-page survey released by the eHealth Initiative tells two stories about Accountable Care Organizations–and I find the story about interoperability less compelling than another one that focuses on patient empowerment. Certainly, ACOs’ hunger for data is axiomatic. They need to share huge amounts of data internally both to maximize their own resource usage and to treat the whole patient. They need health…
  • Which Parts of an EHR Implementation Should Be Their Own Project?

    John Lynn
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    A really great discussion has been started on this post about staged patient portal implementations. Here’s one comment that really struck a chord with me: I think that on a lot of strategic roadmaps “patient portal” is listed as a goal…a one time deadline without understanding how the patient portal works; what information flows into a fully functioning portal and to the patient; and what the system, risk, and security requirements are to consider. This will require C level suite and decision makers to ask questions that might be getting them “into the weeds” a bit or…
  • ACO by ACO Savings and Payments Report

    John Lynn
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    One of my favorite former CMS people, Travis Broome, recently shared a link to the ACO Savings and payment report. It provides an interesting view into the year 1 results of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Medicare ACO program if you prefer). It’s interesting to see which ACOs and other organizations got paid, but probably even more interesting to see ones that didn’t get paid at all. My guess is that many of them dropped out. If I’m reading the report properly, I could only find one organization that incurred a loss. It seems that Dean Clinic and St. Mary’s…
  • What Would You Do If your EHR Vendor Shut Off Access to Your EHR?

    John Lynn
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Anne Zieger at Healthcare Dive has an interesting summary of a practice who just had their EHR access shutdown by an EHR vendor. Here’s the summary of what happened: *A small medical practice in northern Maine has been blocked from accessing patient medical records because its EMR vendor has shut them off. *Vendor CompuGroup says the practice, Full Circle Health Care, won’t get access to its records back until it pays $20,000 in overdue charges to the vendor. *The medical group acknowledges that it stopped paying CompuGroup $2,000 per month in monthly fees 10 months before the…
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    the digital doctor

  • The Evolution of Medicine

    Adrian Rawlinson MD
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Medicine is evolving to solve the modern epidemics of chronic disease, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and a range of autoimmune diseases. The Evolution of Medicine Summit intends to not only shine a light on the work of those visionaries and innovators leading this evolution, but also set a unique vision for a more evolved healthcare system. Unfortunately, conventional medicine has a very difficult time providing a patient-centric, empowered, proactive and participatory experience. Fortunately, our 37 expert doctors, researchers, authors, innovators, practitioners, coaches and…
  • 10 Things You Can Do With CMS Data | The Health Care Blog

    Adrian Rawlinson MD
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:22 pm
    http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2014/06/09/10-things-you-can-do-with-cms-data/
  • 10 Things You Can Do With CMS Data | The Health Care Blog

    Adrian Rawlinson MD
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:22 pm
    http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2014/06/09/10-things-you-can-do-with-cms-data/
  • Article: 8 ways startups are changing the healthcare industry

    Adrian Rawlinson MD
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:59 pm
    8 ways startups are changing the healthcare industry http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2014/01/26/8-ways-startups-revolutionizing-health-care/ Shared from TechStartup on Flipboard. Download Flipboard for free here.
  • What’s The First Step In Transforming American Health Care?

    Adrian Rawlinson MD
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:52 pm
    What’s The First Step In Transforming American Health Care? http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2014/02/20/whats-the-first-step-in-transforming-american-health-care/ Sent via Flipboard
 
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  • Take Control of Your Financials Contd

    gpldev
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Once you’ve identified your collection problems, you’ll want to put your staff to work.  In your next morning huddle, use a highlighter to identify large outstanding patient and insurance balances.  Then direct your front desk to call these patients and insurance companies.  Your staff may need to resubmit claims, and even send patients to collections.   A dental practice works best with the right practice management tools Use an Effective Appointment Reminder and Recall System A good patient reminder and recall system is the lifeblood of most successful practices.  Fortunately,…
  • Take Control of Your Financials

    gpldev
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Part of running a dental practice involves keeping track of finances, particularly where your practice is concerned. As I read the morning paper, my eyes were drawn to the headline “NO ANSWER FOR STOCK FREEFALL!”  The article went on to report that the Dow Jones Industrial had plunged below 7,000 to a level not seen since 1997.  Clearly, from Wall Street to Main Street, we are in troubling times; and, unfortunately, our corner of the healthcare market is not immune to the effects of this economy.  From patients reluctant to accept treatment plans to recently-laid-off patients not…
  • New Product Release Information DentiMax2013

    gpldev
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    DentiMax releases its 2013 software upgrade.  DentiMax has a knack for making software that is easy-to-use but powerful.  From checking in patients, to viewing x-rays while treatment planning, to scheduling appointments, the software flows just like your dental office.  This 2013 version includes electronic prescription writing and digital x-ray/charting integration.
  • Patient Scheduling: It Can Make or Break Your Practice (Contd)

    gpldev
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Patient scheduling software is more than just a calendar.  It should also have ways to track certain key measurements. Graphs and Patient Scheduling Software Call Today for Information on our Dental Practice Software | (800) 704-8494 Another essential component you need to create the ideal schedule is simple, easy-to-read graphs.  These graphs need to show whether the daily scheduling goal has been achieved and offer the ability to schedule goals for an entire calendar month – one that fits your financial needs.  Unfortunately, too many practice management software systems only offer…
  • Patient Scheduling: It Can Make or Break Your Practice

    gpldev
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    How important is patient scheduling?  In a word, vital. Patient Scheduling: It Can Make or Break Your Practice By Shelly Mendoza Today, many dentists face financial challenges that have been generally absent in dentistry.  Your staff’s ability to schedule productive days that increase overall collections is more important than ever.  There is a concept many doctors have not heard of called “scheduling by production.”  This is where your staff members use the features of your software’s appointment book to optimize what you produce and collect each day – and can give your…
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  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
  • Where's the plan for interoperability?

    John Loonsk
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    It is a simple question: “Why doesn’t electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it. read more
  • Apple-Epic collaboration hits snag

    Mike Miliard
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    The newest iPhone operating system was released yesterday, but the hotly anticipated HealthKit technology wasn't part of it. Nonetheless, even tight-lipped Epic has begun to offer details about what the platform will look like when the kinks are finally ironed out. A coding snafu discovered in Apple's new wellness platform has developers in Cupertino, Calif., rushing to fix it – but it could be some time before that much-discussed piece of iOS 8 is ready for prime time. read more
  • Calls for Stage 2 changes grow louder

    Mike Miliard
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    In a pointed letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, a who's-who of industry stakeholders complained of "immediate concerns" about their members' ability to continue meaningful use participation. [See also: MU Stage 2 offers 2014 flexibility] read more
  • Cybersecurity cold war is on

    Tom Sullivan
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    The message cut straight to the chase: “d0xes of your staff are next. HIPAA breach thereafter. Test us.” Someone operating under the shadowy auspices of Anonymous, with the handle AnonMercurial, tweeted that at Boston Children’s Hospital during the notorious attack this spring. d0x, for the uninitiated, is hackerspeak referring to publicly posting personal information. Indeed, Anonymous had already revealed some personal information about Joseph Johnson, the judge presiding over the case of Justina Pelletier, with which Anonymous took issue. read more
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  • CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

    Mike Miliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more
  • Security readiness still sorely lacking

    Erin McCann
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more
  • What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

    Bernie Monegain
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more
  • Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

    David Lareau
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more
  • Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more
 
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  • CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

    Mike Miliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more
  • Security readiness still sorely lacking

    Erin McCann
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more
  • What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

    Bernie Monegain
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more
  • Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

    David Lareau
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more
  • Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more
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  • CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

    Mike Miliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more
  • Security readiness still sorely lacking

    Erin McCann
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more
  • What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

    Bernie Monegain
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more
  • Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

    David Lareau
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more
  • Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more
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  • CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

    Mike Miliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more
  • Security readiness still sorely lacking

    Erin McCann
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more
  • What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

    Bernie Monegain
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more
  • Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

    David Lareau
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more
  • Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more
 
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  • CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

    Mike Miliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more
  • Security readiness still sorely lacking

    Erin McCann
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more
  • What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

    Bernie Monegain
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more
  • Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

    David Lareau
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more
  • Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more
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  • CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

    Mike Miliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more
  • Security readiness still sorely lacking

    Erin McCann
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more
  • What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

    Bernie Monegain
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more
  • Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

    David Lareau
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more
  • Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

    Joseph C. Kvedar
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more
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  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 17: Daniel Nigrin, MD

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

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    In this video from whitehouse.gov, Mickey Dickerson, administrator of the new U.S. Digital Service, takes us through a few moments of his first day on the job where he leads a team responsible for digital interfacing with the government. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 18: Michael Boyd

    Eric Wicklund,Eric Bailey
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Michael Boyd, Chief Information Security Officer at Providence Health & Services and speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, discusses the BYOD movement and the impact on security and compliance. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Anti-Obamacare Spending Boosted Enrollments, Say Reports

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

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

    Pamela Girardin
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Out of the states that adopted Obamacare from the start and chose to establish their own state-based health insurance exchanges, Colorado was one of the forerunners. The Centennial State was already making strong progress in healthcare and reforms, and took up Obamacare to further its position as one of the leaders in healthcare. Other than […]
  • Enrollment Roundup: Obamacare-Embracing States Enjoying Lowest Uninsured Rates

    Pamela Girardin
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    As you know, Obamacare was designed to lower uninsured rates and drive America to a fully insured, highly efficient healthcare system. Although the rollout of the law that set such ambitious aims for itself was disappointing, the end result was laudable with 8 million Americans enrolling for insurance coverage. Since the inception of the law, […]
  • Is Crucial Latino Enrollment in Health Exchanges Hampered by Immigration Status?

    Pamela Girardin
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Obamacare death spiral was a topic of debate in 2014. Opponents of Obamacare projected that there weren’t enough young, healthy individuals enrolled with the system, and that the law would collapse under its own weight. Although that collapse did not come to pass, Obamacare still requires a large number of young individuals who can […]
 
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  • Time for pharmas to sow mHealth tech into consumer, provider relationships

    Judy Mottl
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    When it comes to mobile healthcare technology, there's a startling void by a key critical player in the chain: pharmaceutical companies.read more
  • App use for post-op follow-ups viable, cost-effective

    Judy Mottl
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Tapping mHealth apps for monitoring low-risk postoperative ambulatory patients is a cost-effective and viable alternative to the traditional in-office approach for both patients and providers in Canada, reveals a new research paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.read more
  • Biosensors pose healthy app innovation but challenges must be hurdled first

    Judy Mottl
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The evolution of smartphone apps incorporating biosensors is gaining speed, and while there seems to be no limit to potential applications for mHealth there are still a few big challenges ahead--notably determining efficient and effective power consumption strategies and ensuring that biosensor-based apps provide a valuable service to the user.read more
  • Why the mHealth battle will be won by Google, not Apple

    Judy Mottl
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    When it come to mobile healthcare there are more than a few power players vying for dominance, chief among the vendors are Apple, Google and IBM. But the ultimate victor, according to Forbes contributor Dan Munro, will be Google for three specific reasons.read more
  • Mobile apps help consumers make informed healthcare, provider decisions

    Judy Mottl
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The advent of mHealth apps, specifically those that let consumers compare healthcare services and providers, empower users and help consumers make better informed decisions on everything from treatment to treatment facility selection.read more
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  • CMS: 44,000 providers applied for Meaningful Use hardship exemptions

    Dan Bowman
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services received approximately 44,000 hardship exemption requests from providers who indicated that they would have problems attesting to Meaningful Use in 2015, the agency revealed this week.read more
  • ONC's Jacob Reider: Reach out to others for Meaningful Use help

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    As healthcare organizations face challenges in implementing State 2 of Meaningful Use, they should reach out to others who have found success, said Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator at the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT.read more
  • Intermountain to provide 'clinical governance' for Cerner's Defense EHR bid

    Katie Dvorak
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Cerner is putting all its cards on the table in its quest for the U.S. Department of Defense's electronic health record contract; the EHR vendor announced Wednesday that it is entering a strategic agreement with Salt Lake City-based provider system Intermountain Healthcare on its bid.read more
  • Meaningful Use perfection requirement a very high bar

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I can't help but feel sorry for Drew Memorial Hospital, which failed a Medicare Meaningful Use audit and is being asked by CMS to return its incentive payment for that year in the amount of $904,000.read more
  • CVS to integrate records with hospitals, doctors

    Susan D. Hall
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Starting next year, records from CVS pharmacies and the chain's Minute Clinics will be integrated with electronic medical records from MedStar Health's 10 hospitals and 4,000 doctors in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.read more
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  • New Feature: Provider Type Icons #YOUSPOKE

    Kelly Lawson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    You Spoke. We Listened. Every clinician knows that appointment booking is a highly complex activity. In fact, it is the lifeblood of running a your clinic smoothly. ClinicServer is built by clinicians and has always recognised the need to accommodate the intricacies of appointment bookings. We understand that the more visual aid an appointment book can offer, the better. For this we have always had define icons: small icons that you can customise to identify procedural instructions. Procedural instructions may include such things as: initial assessment, re-assessment, a patient requiring…
  • New Feature: Custom appointment book view #YOUSPOKE

    Kelly Lawson
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    You spoke, we listened. ClinicServer is a software created by clinicians, for clinicians, and by putting our heads together, listening to our users and with dedicated research, we are in constant pursuit of how to make your lives easier, your clinics more efficient as a result, your businesses more profitable. Our software’s many at-a-glance appointment book features cue us to take important actions and tell the tale of the brainspace we dedicate to finding and presenting these efficiencies to you through our software. Recently, with a little further research, we have discovered yet…
  • New Feature: E-claim Mandatory Fields (and 5 Reasons why you needed them, yesterday) #YOUSPOKE

    Kelly Lawson
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    You spoke, we listened. There are many inefficient business practices that can lead to lost revenue. Some of these things may seem granular, but over time, they can create significant lost time and revenue for your practice. One of such things identified by ClinicServer users, developers and researchers is the process by which claims are submitted to third party payers. Go ahead, nod in agreement. Commonly reported issues with e-claim submission is poor data capture at the front end, and this is followed through to claim submission, leading to a rejected claim and unnecessary administrative…
  • New Feature: Flagging patients with no future appointments #YOUSPOKE

    Kelly Lawson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    You spoke, we listened. It’s the simple things that make day to day living so much better, amiright? The things that at a time in our lives we didn’t know we were missing: a rice cooker, a piece of velcro on the carseat straps, a mirror next to the door, a touchless can opener, an extra hook on our keychain. These things we didn’t know we needed, until came the glorious day they presented themselves, and life itself was never quite the same. ClinicServer is a software created by clinicians, for clinicians, and by putting our heads together, listening to our users and…
  • New Feature: A dreamy new comprehensive reporting feature #YOUSPOKE

    Kelly Lawson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    You spoke. We listened. With the introduction of this new functionality to ClinicServer practice management software, we just added a heaping tablespoon of awesomesauce to running your clinic. The new end of day report functionality will enable a bird’s eye view of the following workflow details with a click of your mouse: Mandatory fields left incomplete for claim reporting Chant with me… No more lost time over sending incomplete forms back and forth! No more lost time scanning forms for missed input! No more wasting your time, resources, money, sanity, brain cells! No more menial…
 
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  • Important update: October 2014 Meaningful Use Deadlines

    Sophie Scheidlinger
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Two important Meaningful Use deadlines are coming up in the first week of October. To help you prepare we are offering extra webinars and early dashboard reporting this Wednesday. Attest by October 1 to avoid a 1% penalty Did you successfully complete your first 90-day Meaningful Use reporting period for Stage 1 in 2014? If so, October 1 is the last possible day to attest to avoid a 1% penalty on your Medicare Part B reimbursements in 2015. You’ll also earn up to $23,520 in incentives. Learn more by attending our Attestation Webinar » Meaningful Use Dashboard will be published early on…
  • Finding visual defects using difflow

    Practice Fusion
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Written by Zach Hawtof How do you ensure that the CSS on your site is rendering properly? We spend so much time testing the functionality of our applications that we sometimes forget to check the user interface. Today, tools like Google’s Dpxdt and Facebook’s Huxley can visually compare images. However, none of these tools would effectively operate with our workflow for new releases. We needed something that could run against our already existing C# tests and accurately display multiple ‘diffed’ images throughout the entire test run. Using Sauce Labs’ cloud-based Selenium…
  • The new EHR: Watch the webinar video plus find answers to your most frequently-asked questions

    Ryan Shay
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Last week we hosted a webinar about the new EHR. We shared information about new features, the new look and feel, and when the new EHR will be coming to your practice. Watch the full video below and see Jay Ross, product lead for the EHR, demo upcoming features and share how you can preview the new EHR for yourself today: Product Update: Introducing the New EHR Have questions about the new EHR? You can always find the latest information on the new EHR page, or read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions from the webinar. If your question isn’t answered below, a member of our…
  • Population Health Management: Disrupting healthcare for good

    Practice Fusion
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Healthcare is more than medicine, it’s a goal — we want the best possible health for ourselves and those around us. Biotechs, payers, manufacturers and countless others in the healthcare ecosystem all make significant contributions to improving patient outcomes, but it’s time for healthcare to be more than the sum of its constituent parts. The future of care is not what we do as individual companies, but what we can accomplish when we work together to do the right thing. Proving the concept with population health management An article published in Medcity News last week stated “While…
  • Practice Fusion named Trailbazer of the Year finalist by PM360 for PHM initiative

    Practice Fusion
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    PM360 announced that Practice Fusion has been named a finalist for the 2014 Trailblazer of the Year award for its population health management initiative. Population health management uses data and technology to give providers the ability to monitor their entire patient population at-a-glance and in near real-time. Patients get the care they need, providers see better outcomes, and by reducing preventable, critical care, population health management reduces costs and saves lives. On average, doctors see over 2,000 patients a year, but typically have no way to screen their patient population,…
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  • Happy ICD-10 Anniversary!

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

    Cara Wood
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    When it comes to bundled payments, you have questions. And we’ve been listening. We compiled the top questions our customers ask about bundled payments and posed them to Francois de Brantes, Executive Director of the Health Care Incentive Improvement Institute (a-k-a HCI3). In this unscripted, unrehearsed live interview, Francois provides answers to the following questions: How bundled payments work How is the member benefit and product design handled for bundled payments? How is the member obligation handled in bundled payments? How is risk adjustment managed in prospective bundled…
  • Three Must-Dos for Payers, Providers Seeking Successful Collaboration

    Cara Wood
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    “The only way to win is to work together,” advises Holly Toomey, RN, BS, HCA, director, product management at McKesson Health Solutions. Her recent blog post features practical advice for payers and providers navigating the new reality of healthcare: success requires the best possible clinical outcomes at the lowest possible costs.   To build a more comprehensive, collaborative relationship between payers and providers, Toomey suggests: An Automated Utilization Management Process – Use electronic tools to streamline requests for treatment, minimizing patient delays and making it…
  • Can Utilization Management Work in a Value-Based World?

    Cara Wood
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And solutions to healthcare’s problems are in the eye of the stakeholder. Payers see the world one way, providers another, and patients still another. Finding solutions that balance stakeholders’ concerns isn’t easy. But it’s not impossible, if you bring the varying points of view together. I’ve been privileged to work with all stakeholders—payers, providers, and patients—and have heard (and hear) their problems, anxieties, and concerns. It’s from this vantage point that I’ve been wrestling with the problem of utilization…
  • McKesson Research Reveals the State of Healthcare’s Transformation from Volume to Value

    laurie Tarkan
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:50 am
    Healthcare is moving rapidly to incorporate measures of value into payment models, with more than two-thirds of payments expected to be based on value measurement in five years, up from just one third today. That’s just one of the compelling findings from our new report, The 2014 State of Value-Based Reimbursement, an independent research study of 464 payers and providers conducted by ORC International and released this week at AHIP’s Institute 2014 conference in Seattle, Wash. In the study’s executive summary, McKesson’s Medical Director David Nace, M.D., says these results point to…
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  • Elements of a Patient-centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

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

    Peter Kaufman
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Several years ago, we embarked on a journey that no other health IT company had taken to date: we participated in a study that dramatically shifted the e-prescribing landscape by adding controlled substances as a capability. I am happy to share that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a video about the […]
  • The Value of an Identity Exchange in Healthcare

    Eric Rosenfeld
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    Recently, a colleague and I were talking about how times have changed. My colleague is a physician, recently retired from private practice, though he continues to see patients part time in a teaching environment. He is a key individual who has been and continues to be instrumental in the development of several healthcare IT standards […]
  • Improving Provider Behavior to Enhance Prescription Quality

    Michelle Soble-Lernor
    15 May 2014 | 9:23 am
    In this next installment of my blog series on increasing quality in the e-prescribing marketplace I want to focus on the question of provider behavior. As I mentioned in my introduction to this series, there is a tendency to place nearly all of the blame for e-prescribing quality issues squarely on the shoulders of providers, […]
  • Communications Strategies that Foster Patient Accountability

    Maria Barhams
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Health literacy, defined as the “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”,* is a growing concern within the U.S. as more Americans are diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases…chronic diseases that often require complicated self-care. When you factor in […]
 
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  • How to Succeed with Patient Portals for Meaningful Use Stage 2?

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

    Nina Keller
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    A typical Medical Practice can easily lose 7%-10% of its revenue to denied claims that could successfully be amended and resubmitted. Add to that the difficulty, at times the impossibility, of collecting from patients directly, and you’d be able to comprehend the extent of revenue you are losing despite enhanced workload. Patient collections might be a hard nut to crack. Thus, your immediate focus should be to ensure that denials are kept at a minimal. One often-quoted best-practice recommendation is to hold denials to 4% or less. Difficult but doable. Advisory Company, a hospital research…
  • How to find more ‘physicians’ for your practice

    Daniel Schwartz
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The best doctor is the one you run to and can’t find This decade has been one in which the healthcare industry has gone through a mammoth transformation, and the metamorphosis shows no signs of slowing down. However, with more and more of the 317 million Americans gaining health insurance, and this coinciding with the retirement of the highly productive baby boomers, a growing trend of specialization in particular fields of medicine and several other factors, the country’s relatively constrained number of doctors are finding it extremely difficult to cope with the seemingly infinite…
  • Small actions with big consequences: Data Encryption a must do for medical Practices

    Daniel Schwartz
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Would you ever buy an SUV without locks? Or leave the keys in the ignition while you’re grocery shopping? Would you be happy to deposit your hard earned money in a bank, with no security protocol, so that anybody can walk in and get away with all the money stored inside?  The likely answer to all three questions is no. Why do we have such checks in place? They’re there to prevent the Jesse James’ and John Dillingers’ of modern times from trying to steal what isn’t theirs. Your practice is the bank, personal health information (PHI) is the deposits, and data encryption is what must…
  • 3 Reasons to love Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

    Rabia Malik
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Practicing medicine and technology are both successful fields but collectively they have changed the healthcare industry manifolds. A medical practice today no longer functions as it did in the past. Physicians are using technology, and lesser paper charts, to assist them with better patient care. EHRs (Electronic Health Records) have heavily impacted a practice’s everyday workflow. Doctors and patients alike will agree that paper charts were not secure and easily accessible. Technology has helped improve this situation by better protecting patient health information. For example, providers…
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  • Patient Engagement & Meaningful Use

    Beth Hurter
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a recently published article on Meaningful Use Patient Engagement, several C-Level hospital executives respond to the low attestation numbers for Meaningful Use use Stage 2 (only 78 hospitals as of August 1), stating several reasons for the low numbers, one of which is the struggle with meeting the patient engagement core measures. They even go so far as to suggest that patient engagement should not be a core requirement for meaningful use attestation. Patient Engagement is an important aspect of medical care, allowing the patient to become a member of their care team, not the object of…
  • More Evidence: Shift to mobile apps?

    David Karabinos
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    MobiHealth News A recent MobiHealth News article validates my opinion that corporate America will continue to shift IT spending from large web and enterprise apps to mobile app development. The primary reason is that innovation can actually accelerate by investing in smaller amounts and failing faster. Turn this model over and over, and innovation with results will come faster. It doesn’t mean the death of web apps, but it certainly is a harbinger of things to come. The post More Evidence: Shift to mobile apps? appeared first on PointClear Solutions Blog.
  • Breastfeeding: Yes, There’s an App for That

    Lee Farabaugh
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    La Leche League, a national breastfeeding advocacy group, recently posted a question on Facebook: “Do you use a breastfeeding app? What apps do you like, and why?” As a new mother who is exclusively breastfeeding my infant, this question was of interest to me, mainly because I started out using an app to track various aspects of breastfeeding, but abandoned it relatively quickly because of user experience issues. The app I used was provided by formula-maker Similac. You’re probably wondering why a formula company would provide a breastfeeding app, and you may be right to be suspicious.
  • Taking Care Management Mobile

    Erica Newcomb
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Care management is big right now. It has to be one of the “lowest hanging fruit” for cost savings in healthcare because the protocols and conditions for execution are well established. It really boils down to a matter of proper implementation. In a November 2013 article, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth states that in order to “achieve robust and effective planning and communication [around care management], we must move beyond our mental construct of a care plan as a document fixed in time, to a multidimensional, person-centered health and care planning process built on a dynamic,…
  • Optimizing mHealth Apps for Older Adults: 8 Strategies

    Jeanie Barker
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    Older adults are increasing in number and increasing in the frequency they use mobile apps, especially to manage their healthcare. Today, older adults – aged 65 and older – make up 13% of the U.S. population, and this population is expected to grow to 19% by 20308.  Mobile technology use among this population is growing with 27% of older adults owning a tablet, an e-book reader, or both, and 18% owning a smartphone6.  As UX designers, we can influence the adoption of mobile technology by designing user interfaces that overcome typical usage barriers for older adults. At PointClear, we…
 
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  • Robo-Pathologist Will Still Require Human Intervention

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

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

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

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Some time ago I came across some videos and a TED talk by Dr. Zubin Damania aka ZDoggMD. Born of Indian parents, educated at the finest colleges, medical schools and residencies, he felt his career had hit a wall. He felt he wasn’t making the impact he’d planned to when he first entered the medical field as a physician. So Dr. Damania transformed himself into an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and social media cult figure. A recent Forbes article on Doximity talks about Why Physicians are Turning to Startups. What I found most interesting is the historical reasons why physicians…
  • It’s 2 AM – Do You Know Where Your Pathologist Is?

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    A friend of mine recently put me on to some old, and not so old, articles about radiology services being outsourced, including this story entitled “Who’s Reading Your X-Ray?" in The New York Times, publishedmore than a decade ago, and another article a few years old from NBC News entitiled “Is a doctor reading your X-rays? Maybe not”. The more recent article focused on poor outcomes from outsourced radiology services, while The New York Times piece looked at the business models in healthcare that relate to outsourcing. Tom Friedman, the Pulitzer prize winning author for the newspaper…
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  • What is de-identification?

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    De-identification is a technique to mask or remove protected health information (PHI) from sensitive patient data. If you need to use production HL7 data, you’ll need to find a way to protect PHI. De-identification is a good choice when you need to: Troubleshoot an interface Populate a test system Gather data for analytics Why de-identify? There are a number of reasons you should consider de-identification. 1. Leverage the richness of production data When you test a system or an interface, you’ll cover the most realistic test scenarios [...] Cet article What is de-identification? est…
  • The HL7 Survival Guide – 2 Year Anniversary

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    It’s been 2 years this fall that we started publishing the HL7 Survival Guide chapter by chapter. It’s proven to be our most popular download and has been called “truly awesome reading for a true practitioner”. The HL7 Survival Guide helps you get in control of the entire interface lifecycle. Move beyond the basics with a go-to guide full of real-world practice advice on effective interfacing. The HL7 Survival Guide helps you cut non-value-added tasks and focus on the essential. Take this [...] Cet article The HL7 Survival Guide – 2 Year Anniversary est apparu en…
  • What are HL7 requirements?

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Requirements Thinking What are HL7 requirements? First, in the world of software engineering, requirements refer to documented needs that an application or system must perform. Requirements are critical for both designing the software and verifying that it works. In the world of HL7 interfacing, requirements thinking is the right way to build an interface. The problem is, traditional HL7 requirements-gathering leaves serious gaps. Traditional HL7 Requirements Approach Key technique: manual analysis and pipe counting in message samples Small data samples Incomplete and/or outdated…
  • Extracting Maximum Value from Your Artifacts

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Tip 25 in the Interoperability Tip Series This is our last tip in the Interoperability Tip Series. Read the entire series here. The fact is that the value of your interface-related artifacts increases over time. While they’re useful for development and go-live, they are essential down the road, in a year or two or more. Follow the 4 best practices for extracting maximum value from your artifacts and get the most from them. 1. Work with real-world messages. When you’re developing deliverables such [...] Cet article Extracting Maximum Value from Your Artifacts est apparu en premier sur…
  • What is Reverse-Engineering?

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Why consider reverse-engineering? Lack of accurate specs If you’ve worked on an interfacing team or for HIE, one of the issues you’ll hear about is a lack of accurate interface specifications. For instance, the vendor spec might be missing. Or the source or destination spec on hand might no longer match the production version. So what do you do? Lack of specs: what’s the impact on your ability to deliver? Well, you might be facing weeks of digging and research. You’re missing a lot [...] Cet article What is Reverse-Engineering? est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
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  • Data Analytics Can Improve Efficiency of Healthcare Sector by 60% and Save Millions

    Infinit Healthcare
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The recent report by Volterra Partners and EMC shows how data analytics can help improve the efficiency of the healthcare sector in the UK by up to 60%.
  • Philippines Set to Become Top Healthcare Outsourcing Destination

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The Philippines is set to become the top healthcare outsourcing destination in the next few years. Backed by a massive qualified workforce, the infrastructure and technology for outsourcing services seen in the BPO’s growth in the country over the recent years, and the developed economy for service delivery, this potential outsourcing industry can spell a revenue growth forecasted to hit $2.4 billion in 2016.
  • What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from the HealthCare.Gov Hacking

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    The White House has confirmed that there was a breach on a HealthCare.gov test server recently. And while it has maintained that no personal records were affected or stolen, the breach will likely have a ripple effect in the healthcare industry; its repercussions felt across almost all medical organizations.
  • Healthcare and Hospital CEOs Dominate 100 Most Influential People of Healthcare 2014

    Infinit Healthcare
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Permanente’s President and CEO, is the second most influential leader in healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and the highest-ranking figure from the private sector. US President Barack Obama ranked first.
  • Only 69% of Healthcare Organizations Have a Breach Plan – Are You Secured?

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    The recent data breach on CHS brings to spotlight how healthcare organizations, despite increasing advances in technology and its dependence to it for their operations, are still too lax on IT security. There are ways to protect healthcare's IT systems against security breach. We have outlined four ways to keep the hackers out.
 
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