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  • Is Meaningful Use working and what can innovators do to help with EHR adoption?

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    Shahid N. Shah
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Earlier this year NueMD created a nice looking Meaningful Use Infographic — asking the question whether MU was helping or hurting EHR Adoption. I loved the summary but I wanted to dig in a little further so I asked Dr. William Rusnak, a resident physician in radiology and a healthcare IT writer for NueMD, to tell us what that infographic meant for innovators and folks building solutions. Here’s what Dr. Rusnak said: When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched their Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, coined “Meaningful Use” (MU) back…
  • Why Outsourcing Makes Sense for Healthcare IT

    Infinit Healthcare
    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    The changes in the healthcare industry will drive healthcare institutions to rethink their IT strategies. Engaging outsourcing services will help them keep up with these changes and provide a better standard of care.
  • Fitness Devices to Dominate the Wearables Market until 2018

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    Fred Pennic
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Fitness devices and wearables will almost triple by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million in-use this year, according to a new report by Juniper Research. Juniper Research is projecting that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018, driven by intuitive use cases and lower retail prices. However, the broader appeal of smart watches with the upcoming Apple Watch will mean that they will be used more frequently in later years. Fitness Devices Market Stratification and Cannibalisation The report, Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends…
  • Germany Unveils Evacuation Aircraft for Ebola Patients - NBCNews.com

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    27 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    NBCNews.comGermany Unveils Evacuation Aircraft for Ebola PatientsNBCNews.comThe real test will come if and when the vaccine is used to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who treat actual Ebola patients. They are at especially high risk. The World Health Organization says 588 health care workers have been Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testingModernHealthcare.comTrials For First Ebola Vaccine Have Positive ResultsThe InquisitrWHO report indicates Dec. 1 goals for Ebola treatment and safe burials may not Washington PostThe Guardian -NHS…
  • 'To Err is Human' co-author Molly Joel Coye: Improvement on medical errors 'not enough'

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    Susan D. Hall
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    The healthcare industry has made progress in reducing medical errors over the past 15 years, but it's not enough, according to Molly Joel Coye, M.D., chief innovation officer of UCLA Health and a co-author of the watershed "To Err is Human" report read more
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  • Germany Unveils Evacuation Aircraft for Ebola Patients - NBCNews.com

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    NBCNews.comGermany Unveils Evacuation Aircraft for Ebola PatientsNBCNews.comThe real test will come if and when the vaccine is used to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who treat actual Ebola patients. They are at especially high risk. The World Health Organization says 588 health care workers have been Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testingModernHealthcare.comTrials For First Ebola Vaccine Have Positive ResultsThe InquisitrWHO report indicates Dec. 1 goals for Ebola treatment and safe burials may not Washington PostThe Guardian -NHS…
  • Nearly half-million people sign up during HealthCare.gov's first week - Wicked Local Cambridge

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Nearly half-million people sign up during HealthCare.gov's first weekWicked Local CambridgeThe report also shows that the interest in — or ability to get — insurance is running ahead of the first enrollment period for HealthCare.gov, which began in October 2014 and was marred in its initial few months by computer defects that blocked many and more »
  • Boost Ebola aid to Sierra Leone, Justine Greening told - The Guardian

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The GuardianBoost Ebola aid to Sierra Leone, Justine Greening toldThe GuardianResponding to the letter, the Department for International Development (DFID) said it would continue to fund beds, train healthcare workers and build labs as well as lobby internationally for “others to step up to the plate”. “The scale of this crisis Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fightReuters AfricaCanadian Forces medical team to be deployed to Ebola-plagued Sierra LeoneNational Postall 1,038 news articles »
  • Split state power tempers GOP's health care plans - Washington Times

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Split state power tempers GOP's health care plansWashington TimesST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After two years of vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state's health insurance exchange, Minnesota Republicans face Democratic opposition in the Senate and governor's office that will scale back their hopes for a and more »
  • In First Week, More Than a Million Apply for Health Insurance on Federal Website - New York Times

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    New York TimesIn First Week, More Than a Million Apply for Health Insurance on Federal WebsiteNew York TimesThe applications showed that HealthCare.gov, the website for the federal insurance marketplace, was working. The federal marketplace was largely dysfunctional when it opened last fall. More than three times as many people selected health plans in one ...
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Is Meaningful Use working and what can innovators do to help with EHR adoption?

    Shahid N. Shah
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Earlier this year NueMD created a nice looking Meaningful Use Infographic — asking the question whether MU was helping or hurting EHR Adoption. I loved the summary but I wanted to dig in a little further so I asked Dr. William Rusnak, a resident physician in radiology and a healthcare IT writer for NueMD, to tell us what that infographic meant for innovators and folks building solutions. Here’s what Dr. Rusnak said: When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched their Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, coined “Meaningful Use” (MU) back…
  • Health IT and digital health job opportunities, qualifications, and certification benefits

    Shahid N. Shah
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’ve written a number of articles and a few video interviews on job opportunities in digital health recently and have received a steady stream of questions since then. Given healthcare IT professionals can make $90,000 or more annually, there has been growing interest in the industry. To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of these opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT. Careers in healthcare IT are appealing…
  • Health-focused wearables have a chance of improving patient care if innovators craft solutions plus providers and insurers work together to incentivize and pay for them

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I’ve been interested in the new “wearables” segment for a while. I reached out to Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice where he oversees market research for emerging technology, to give us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making. Specifically, what does the current research show and what are the actionable insights for how to incentivize patients to use them and figure out why patients might pay for them? Cameron thinks that wearable health technology…
  • Top 9 Insights for patient-centric Digital Health Innovators from the ENGAGE conference

    Shahid N. Shah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. Since I chair several conferences every year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to congratulate MedCityNews for pulling off a great event. The goal of the ENGAGE was to highlight the importance of patient awareness and engagement in developing and managing novel digital health innovations. The conference was attended by industry experts from various disciplines ranging from academic…
  • The difference between User Stories and Software Requirements Specifications (SRS), especially for regulated systems (part 1)

    Shahid N. Shah
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It’s getting easier and easier to build unregulated software these days but it’s still pretty hard to create regulated/certified systems such as EHRs, medical device software, and government IT. To help create better systems we all know we need better user requirements; however, “heavyweight requirements” efforts have been shunned, especially in unregulated systems, over the past decade in favor of “user stories” and more agile specifications. But, are agile user stories the best way to go in regulated systems where requirements traceability and safety…
 
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  • Morning Headlines 11/26/14

    Lt. Dan
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015 ECRI publishes its annual list of health technology hazards, with inadequate alarm configuration topping the list, and incorrect or missing data in EHRs coming in second. Nuance Announces Fiscal 2014 and Fourth Quarter Results Nuance announces Q4 and FY2014 results: for the quarter, revenue was up 6.4 percent to $502 million, resulting in a net income of $107 million, EPS $0.33 vs $0.30. The company ended the year with $1.9 billion in revenue, up from $1.8 in FY2013. Addenbrooke’s Hospital paperless system’s ‘significant…
  • News 11/26/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    Top News   ECRI Institute announces its “Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015”: Setting medical alarms incorrectly. Incorrect or missing information in EHR and other IT systems. IV line mix-up. Inadequate sterilization of surgical instruments. Ventilator alarms incorrectly set to warn of disconnection. Improper use and failures of patient-handling equipment such as lifts. Inadequate training on robotic surgery systems. Inadequate cybersecurity for medical devices and systems. Lack of hospital resources to manage medical device recalls and software updates. Reader Comments From…
  • Morning Headlines 11/25/14

    Lt. Dan
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    EHR Program Announcement CMS extends the Meaningful Use attestation deadline from November 30 to December 31. Congress ponders health IT regs and the FDA, again Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo) are collaborating on a new health IT regulatory bill that would eliminate FDA oversight and remove medical device tax requirements for most EHR and clinical decision support systems. Validating drug repurposing signals using electronic health records: a case study of metformin associated with reduced cancer mortality Researchers are turning to EHR data analysis to help them…
  • HIStalk Interviews Siva Subramanian, SVP Mobile Products, Zynx Health

    Mr. HIStalk
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Siva Subramanian is SVP of mobile products for Zynx Health of Los Angeles, CA. Tell me about yourself and the company. My background is in communications technology. I worked as head of product management for Nortel and Avaya, doing their healthcare vertical products, providing communications solutions to hospitals. That’s how I came across the challenges that hospitals faced in coordinating care. Communications was a big piece of this. They needed something more than just phones. My wife, also the co-founder at CareInSync, was the head of quality improvement and also a hospitalist by…
  • Advisory Panel: Favorite Vendor

    Mr. HIStalk
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    The HIStalk Advisory Panel is a group of hospital CIOs, hospital CMIOs, practicing physicians, and a few vendor executives who have volunteered to provide their thoughts on topical industry issues. I’ll seek their input every month or so on an important news developments and also ask the non-vendor members about their recent experience with vendors. E-mail me to suggest an issue for their consideration. If you work for a hospital or practice, you are welcome to join the panel. I am grateful to the HIStalk Advisory Panel members for their help in making HIStalk better. This month’s…
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Health Wonk Review talks turkey

    Neil Versel
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I’ve been a bit remiss the last few days, in that the latest Health Wonk Review came out Thursday, and I’m  just getting around to sharing it now.( Blog carnivals work best when contributors link back to the compilation.) But, better late than never, right? In that spirit, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I invite you to check out Health Wonk Review: The Turkey Edition, hosted by David Harlow on his HealthBlawg. The big stories this time around are all about insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, but there is also…
  • CMS extends 2014 MU hospital attestation until end of year

    Neil Versel
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Just days before the clock was to run out on hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, hoping to attest to Meaningful Use of EHRs for 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has pushed back the attestation deadline by a month, until Dec. 31. In an announcement posted yesterday on the CMS Meaningful Use registration and attestation login page, CMS said: “CMS is extending the deadline for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year from 11:59…
  • The most news I’ve ever gotten out of Meditech

    Neil Versel
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    If you think Epic Systems, which doesn’t issue press releases and infrequently shares much with the press, is tough for the media, you should try Meditech. I’ve never gotten a response from anyone there and never written any actual news about the company. Until now. Today, this tweet appeared:   Our @MEDITECH team is representing at the #HISI14 Conference at the Dublin Castle in Ireland! pic.twitter.com/rdJP1FNBON — Christina Noel (@Christina_Noel) November 19, 2014 So there you have it: Meditech is at a conference in Ireland today. That’s the most news I’ve…
  • Glaser to focus on interoperability as Cerner SVP

    Neil Versel
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A big question surrounding Cerner’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services has been answered: John Glaser, head of the health IT division of Siemens AG, will join Cerner as a senior vice president, concentrating on  “driving technology and product strategies, interoperability and government policy development,” according to a post on the Cerner blog. Glaser wrote about his experience at the recent Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Mo. “For me, the conference, its energy and vision of patient-centered care and health, cemented my decision to…
  • Why should I go to the mHealth Summit?

    Neil Versel
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    You’d think the annual mHealth Summit, set for next month at National Harbor, Md., would be right up my alley, but unless something changes very soon, it looks like I’ll be missing it for the third year in a row. In 2012, it was a last-minute decision to skip due to a death in the family. Last year, the publication I would have covered it for was bringing three people already, two of whom were new and needed to experience all this mobile health in one place a lot more than I did. This year, it’s coming down to my decision. At the moment, I don’t have anyone who…
 
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    Medical Connectivity

  • DHHS OIG Work Plan Targets Networked Devices

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

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

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

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

    hlthblog
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This week I had the honor to attend and serve as faculty at what is perhaps a dream conference for those of us who care about technology, science, health and medicine. The conference was Exponential Medicine, sponsored by Singularity University. As was...(read more)
  • Getting Value from Technology in Healthcare is All about People

    hlthblog
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    I was highly intrigued by an article on ZDNET today. It was Steve Ranger’s piece on “ Predicting the next decade of tech: From the cloud to disappearing computers and the rise of robots ”. For anyone interested in technology, it’s a good read. I particularly...(read more)
  • Microsoft Health + Microsoft Band, new insights on health and productivity

    hlthblog
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Late last evening, Microsoft announced a new platform called Microsoft Health . Microsoft Health is designed to give people a holistic picture of their health, fitness, nutrition and work life to help them live healthier and achieve more. For the health...(read more)
  • Doctors discuss why “clinical grade” matters when selecting a tablet computer

    hlthblog
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    As a physician with 20 years of patient care behind me, I know all too well how important mobility is to clinical workflow. Whether healthcare professionals are working in the hospital, clinic, ancillary care facility or elsewhere, they are always on...(read more)
  • Mobility matters in physician satisfaction with electronic health record solutions

    hlthblog
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    By now it is becoming quite clear that the billions of dollars in government incentives to get physicians using electronic health record solutions has moved the market. According to an article in Healthcare IT News, 77 percent of docs practicing in free...(read more)
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  • Should Radiologists (and Pathologists) Communicate Directly with Patients?

    Bruce Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Periodically I come upon discussions about whether pathologists should serve as "direct consultants" to patients as opposed to the normal indirect model. The latter, the norm, occurs when pathology and lab reports are sent to the test-ordering clinician who then communicates with the patient. I was therefore interested when I came across an article suggesting that radiologists perhaps should communicate directly with patients (see: Radiologists Are Reducing the Pain of Uncertainty). Below is an excerpt from the article: Is there any reason that results are a private communication…
  • Social Bots Create Fake Friends on Twitter and Sometimes Profits

    Bruce Friedman
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Social media like Facebook and Twitter are driving major changes in industry sectors like sales and marketing. It turns out that companies will now pay big money to celebrities for a mention in a tweet. The "currency of this realm," which is to say one's popularity on a social media site, is calibrated by the number of friends or followers one is able to attract. However, it turns out that these numbers can be manipulated by the use of bots (see: Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit). Below are some details: [A] giant pyramid scheme has emerged on social…
  • Google Uses Neural Networks to Describe the Content of Images

    Bruce Friedman
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    The hottest area in web search is image search and analysis. Needless to say, this will be a very important component of pathology informatics because of the evolving role of digital imaging in surgical pathology (see: "Eminence-Based" Surgical Pathology and the Digital Pathology Department; Image Analysis Using an iPhone Camera; Comparisons with Digital Pathology). Google scientists have achieved a breakthrough in image description using neural networks (see: Google’s Brain-Inspired Software Describes What It Sees in Complex Images). Below is an excerpt from the article…
  • Geisinger Develops Its Own EHR Interconnectivity Software Solution

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    I reported recently that the Cleveland Clinic, an Epic EHR client, was developing its own EHR interconnectivity solution (see: "Don't Tell Judy Faulkner," Cleveland Clinic CEO Cosgrove Cautions Audience). At a health innovation conference, CEO Cosgrove commented "that EHR interconnectivity will be happening across the country in three or four years'" but cautioned the audience "not tell the Epic CEO Judy Faulkner" about this trend. Now comes news that Geisinger Health System, a Cerner client, is also working on an interconnectivity solution (see:…
  • Development of Integrated Diagnostic Servers by Pathology and Radiology

    Bruce Friedman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    I have posted a number of previous notes about integrated diagnostics and integrated diagnostic centers (see: Integrated Diagnostics and Its Relationship to Digital Pathology: A Strategic Analysis; Revisiting Integrated Diagnostics and the Integrated Diagnostic Report; Diagnostic Delay Time (DDT) and Integrated Diagnostics; A Call for the Development of Integrated Diagnostic Centers). The basic concept of integrated diagnostics is to aggregate pathology and radiology results for specific patients in order to: (1) decrease the time to diagnosis by providing…
 
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    eHealth

  • The Responsive City: Open Data

    John Sharp
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last week I went to a presentation at the City Club of Cleveland by Susan Crawford from the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. She is the author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.  Just a couple of gems from her presentation: She sees 3 layers – Fiber, Sensors and Screens. That is, a layer of fiber as the backbone of the digital city, sensors everywhere to collect data about the city and screens to visualize data in ways that are meaningful for decision makers and citizens “Data on the walls of the city” – again, making data…
  • Research ShowCASE

    John Sharp
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Case Western Reserve University has an annual research day called Research ShowCase. I was privileged to be on the Program Board, chaired by Pete Zimmerman, Ph.D. Being both a former poster presenter and an Case alumni, made the event more meaningful. The event included hundreds of posters from post-docs, graduate students, undergrads and even high school students. The event had coverage by the Plain Dealer on this past Sunday including a slide show. Robotics was a big hit as usual, but at Case, they are now experimenting with Biologically Inspired Robotics. See the video: Biologically…
  • New Publication: Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List

    John Sharp
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Full title is, “Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List: Quality of Care, ESRD, and Mortality” published in the American Journal of Nephrology. It has implications for CKD but other chronic conditions as well regarding the appropriate use of problem lists in the EMR. With CKD, diabetes and other chronic conditions which can be initially diagnosed with a lab test (eGFR for CKD), early identification is possible. But if the patient is not formally given the diagnosis in the problem list,  it may lead the lack of early preventive care which can slow the…
  • Two Book Chapters Published

    John Sharp
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
      Last week I had two book chapters published. First, a new social media book published by HIMSS titled Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments edited by  Christina Thielst, an early adopter of blogging in Health IT. My chapter is on “Social Media Hubs: Strategy and Implementation.” The book addresses a wide range of issues including legal and public health.     The second chapter is an update to Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals now in its 6th edition. My chapter is on eResearch,…
  • Year in Review – SlideShare and Delicious

    John Sharp
    15 Jan 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Two automated reports I came across thanks to the Twitterati. First is SlideShare personalized year in review shows a definite peak in November after I uploaded two presentations I made in Houston on Social Media Intro and Social Media in Healthcare. My total views on SlideShare are approaching 100,000 with over 20,000 in 2013 alone. And it  is not only my most recent uploads which draw the traffic, some over five years old also draw ongoing interest and have 7000 views. Slideshare has been a source of speaking invitations as well. Delicious has a similar reporting method. The Delicious…
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  • 6 Thanksgiving ICD-10 Codes

    John Lynn
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I thought it fitting that AdvancedMD sent me 6 ICD-10 codes to be thankful for. Healthcare Humor…who doesn’t enjoy that? Happy Thanksgiving! Y93.G3 Activity, Cooking and Baking Ah, the turkey is roasting and the potatoes are boiling. And Cousin Carl just chopped the end of his finger off while preparing the veggie tray. He will earn this ICD-10 code, along with W26.0, Contact with Knife, to forever remember this year’s Thanksgiving…and that nasty scar. W61.42 Struck by Turkey / W71.43 Pecked by Turkey / W61.49 Other Contact with Turkey Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without…
  • Op-Ed: Making Electronic Health Records Right

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Benjamin Shibata, MPH Student at GWU. If you want to give hospital clinicians sever heart burn and arrhythmia, talk to them about implementing a new state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.  Although EHRs may seem like an intuitive improvement over paper health records, the transition to them has been a huge headache because the process is being forced rather than being organically chosen by the professionals using them.  Spurred along by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), incentives to implement EHRs in a timely manner…
  • The Devil You Know

    John Lynn
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I’d recently heard a practice manager talking about their EHR and Practice Management system. We talked about the EHR they’d selected and what they thought of the setup, and then I asked which practice management (PM) system they were using. They responded that they’d been using the same PM system for so long, they didn’t have any desire to change it. Then they dropped the bomb: “There are a lot of things we hate about our PM system, but we kind of look at it as the devil we know.” I see this happen really often when it comes to EHR and PM systems. In fact,…
  • Fun Friday – HIPPA Sign

    John Lynn
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Only readers of this site could enjoy this pharmacy sign. Thanks to HIPAA One for sharing the picture with me. Have a great weekend everyone! Stay Warm! Maybe the pharmacy thought that HIPPA with two P’s stood for Patient Privacy. Of course, a quick search through posts on my site turn up 18 posts with HIPPA. So, this might be the pot calling the kettle black. I just enjoy the humor of humanity. Related Posts Some Friday HIPAA Humor Amazon AWS Will Sign HIPAA Business Associate Agreement No @ Sign for Healthcare
  • Beyond the Basics: What Covered Entities and Business Associates Need to Know About OCR Security Audits

    Guest Blogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The following is a guest blog post by Mark Fulford, Partner in LBMC’s Security & Risk Services practice group. The next round of Office for Civil Rights (OCR) audits are barreling down upon us, and many healthcare providers, clearing houses and business associates—even ones that think they’re prepared—could be in for an unpleasant surprise. If the 2012 round of OCR audits is any indication, the upcoming audits will most likely reveal that the healthcare industry at large is still struggling to figure out how to implement a compliant security strategy. Granted, HIPAA regulations…
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  • SurgiBot, a Robotic Version of Spider Surgical System (VIDEO)

    Editors
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    TransEnterics (Durham, NC), maker of the highly articulating single-site Spider laparoscopic surgical system, just released a preview video of a robotized version of the device. Manipulation of the two pincers looks pretty intuitive, but the controls for the articulating light are less so. There’s the ability to change the scale the movement of the device so that during close-up work the surgeon can gain a new level of precision with a push of a button. Though the device is still in development, the company hopes it will be a cheaper alternative to other robotic surgical systems.
  • Wireless-Powered Implantable Chip Treats Staph Infections, Dissolves Once Done

    Editors
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Staph infections are often localized in the body, yet can be very difficult to treat both invasively and using antibiotics. Now researchers from Tufts University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed an implantable electronic device that is able to kill a staph infection and then dissolve into the body once its job is done. The chip is made out of a silk protein substrate with a magnesium heating element in between. The element is energized externally using a wireless transmitter, heating up and raising the temperature of the tissue around enough to kill…
  • Covidien’s Fortrex Balloon Catheter Cleared in U.S.

    Editors
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Covidien received FDA clearance for its new Fortrex over-the-wire percutaneous transluminal angioplasty balloon catheter that helps treat blocked arterovenous access sites in dialysis patients . The device, at .035″ (.089 cm) in width, is narrow enough to be used in the peripheral vasculature and can help maintain access during hemodialysis. Some of the features of the device according to Covidien’s announcement: Optimized balloon delivery: Fortrex™ PTA balloon’s low tip entry profile and robust, flexible shaft design combine to enable tight tracking to the wire and…
  • Embrace Watch-Like Device to Help Track Epileptic Seizures (VIDEO)

    Editors
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Though epileptic seizures are difficult to predict, it can be beneficial to track their occurrence and to be able to let loved ones know when they occur. Parents who have kids that suffer from epilepsy are particularly concerned that seizures will strike when they’re not watching. Now a new wrist-worn watch-like device has been developed that monitors the electric current fluctuations in the skin, among other things, to spot signs of a seizure. The Embrace device, developed by Empatica (Cambridge, MA) with the help of Rosalind Picard, a professor at the MIT Media Lab, has electrodes…
  • Students Build Sonar Powered Watch to Help Blind People Get Around

    Editors
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Though bats are almost blind, they get around just fine thanks to their amazing ability to utilize echolocation. Naturally, it would seem that sonar can help blind people navigate their environment as well, so a team of students at Wake Forest University have developed a wrist-worn device that essentially mimics the bats’ echolocation sense, albeit rather rudimentary compared to the real thing. The unit has a couple sonar sensors that emit high frequency sound and are able to measure the distance to objects based on the returning echo. This is reinterpreted into vibration that the…
 
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  • EMR: Round Peg, Square Hole From The Sunrise Rounds Blog

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Dalai's note:  My rather vocal presentation of my views on medical IT have earned me an international speaking career. It is sad to see that nothing much has changed over all the time I've been blogging and speaking on this issue. In fact, even though it is more ubiquitous, medical software remains as useless and confounding as ever. It is gratifying, however, to see others take up the cause of improving this potentially deadly deficit. As cross-published on KevinMD.com, this piece from Dr.  James Salwitz, an oncologist who blogs on SunriseRounds.com, takes a similar approach to…
  • Epic Fails And Deadly IT Cultures (An OPINION Piece)

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The Ebola Virus...Image courtesy of scienceblogs.comIt's bad enough that a fellow from Liberia by the name of Thomas Eric Duncan through hubris, stupidity, or simply bad luck brought Ebola to our shores. He did ultimately seek medical attention in the Emergency Room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas when he became symptomatic with the characteristic fever and pain of an Ebola infection. In fact, he presented twice to the Dallas ER. In between his two visits, Mr. Duncan was set loose on a city of well over a million souls while his disease was at its most infectious level. (He…
  • Saving Candy Crush

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    What may seem obvious to some can be mysterious to others. Case in point: the introduction of Western-style toilets to parts of China. It was necessary to provide pictographic instructions to be sure the new equipment was utilized properly:Assuming you have flown on a commercial airliner ever in your life, you've had to sit through what some would consider an equally-foolish instruction set: the safety briefing. This is how you buckle your seat belt, if the plane goes down somewhere it shouldn't, find the closest exit unless said exit is under water, in which case you should go elsewhere. And…
  • 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…
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  • Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 27th November 2014. No Sign Of Stopping!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and the fuss has still not settled by a long shot.It is amazing how the discussion on the GP Co-Payment just runs and runs. Some more this week.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this 26th week since it was released. Tony Abbott is still complaining just how hard it is being to make budget progress and reports of huge budget blowout also featured - said to now be $40B.The Government response to Ebola seems to be finally lifting off with the new hospital in Africa to open in a week or so. Late Note: The co-payment story has…
  • It Seems There Is Opportunity For Remote Telehealth To Make A Bigger Positive Difference.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This appeared last week:Doctors call on government to expand Medicare for TelehealthDelegates gather for annual telehealth conferenceBrian Karlovsky (ARN) on 17 November, 2014 09:48The Australasian Telehealth Society has called on the Government to expand medicare for telehealth ahead of its annual meeting.Delegates are gathering in Adelaide today for SFT-14, the "Successes and Failures in Telehealth" conference, and the fifth Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society, which will be opened by the South Australian Health Minister, Jack Snelling.Telehealth is the delivery of health…
  • ABC TV Is Reporting The Medicare Co-Payment Has Been Abandoned.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    Barnacle falls off! David This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
  • Now This Is A Very Interesting Advertisement For Clinical Usability Staff From NEHTA.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This appeared a few days ago.Senior Clinical Usability Analyst Fixed term contract position Manage all clinical functionality and usability activities The National E-Health Transition Authority Limited (NEHTA) was established by the Australian, State and Territory governments to develop better ways of electronically collecting and securely exchanging health information. NEHTA is the lead organisation supporting the national vision for e-health in Australia. NEHTA is currently recruiting people with a desire to make a difference to health outcomes, that are passionate about the use of e-health…
  • Telstra Buys Into The Aged Care Health IT Space Takes Out A Key Player. Times They Are Changing.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This appeared this week:Aged care providers want scale in vendors tooBy Natasha Egan on November 21, 2014 in Industry, Technology Just as Australian aged care providers are undertaking mergers and acquisitions to achieve economies of scale, they are also looking for scale and stability in their suppliers, says iCareHealth managing director Chris Gray.Mr Gray was commenting after this week’s announcement that Telstra Health has acquired the Australian arm of iCareHealth as part of its broader e-health vision to create a better system for patients, providers and funders.iCareHealth…
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  • Medicare will cover low-dose CT scan lung cancer screening

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

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

    John Lynn
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Did you know that today is Family Health History Day? I didn’t either, but this infographic spells it out. I hope everyone’s having a lovely Thanksgiving! I have to get back to football my family. Related posts: ICD-10 Ebola Infographic Reality of Patient Engagement Infographic Rise of the Digital Patient Infographic
  • Epic Tries To Open New Market By Offering Cloud Hosting

    Anne Zieger
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    When you think of Epic, you hardly imagine a company which is running out of customers to exploit. But according to Frost & Sullivan’s connected health analyst, Shruthi Parakkal, Epic has reached the point where its target market is almost completely saturated. Sure, Epic may have only (!) 15% to 20% market share in both hospital and ambulatory enterprise EMR sector, it can’t go much further operating as-is.  After all, there’s only so many large hospital systems and academic medical centers out there that can afford its extremely pricey product. That’s almost…
  • Consumers Are Still Held Back From Making Rational Health Decisions

    Andy Oram
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Price and quality of care–those are what we’d like to know when we need a medical procedure. But a perusal of a recent report from the Government Accountability Office reminded me that both price and quality information are hard to get nowadays. This has to make us all a little leery about trends in health reform. Governments, insurers, and employers want us to get choosy about where we have our procedures. They justify rises in copays and deductibles by saying, “You patients should start to take responsibility for the costs of your own health care.” Yeah, as…
  • Review of “Patient Engagement is a Strategy, Not a Tool” by Colin Hung

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung), Co-Host of #hcldr and SVP of Marketing at Patient Prompt. If Leonard Kish’s new eBook – “http://www.hl7standards.com/kish-ebook/”>Patient Engagement is a Strategy, Not a Tool” was a song, it would be categorized as a “mashup” – and that’s a good thing. Never heard a mashup song before? Just go to youtube.com and type it into the search bar and you’ll find thousands (or try this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbrWu8XyAcM). Mashups are a unique form of music. To make one, DJs will take snippets (called…
  • Treating a Healthy Patient

    John Lynn
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I first coined the concept of what I call treating a healthy patient back in 2011. I’ve always loved the concept of a doctor actually treating someone who thinks and feels completely healthy. The challenge is that this type of relationship is very different than what we have in our current health system today. While our current model is very different, I’m hearing more and more things that get me back to healthcare treating an otherwise healthy patient. Although, someone recently pointed out to me that we’re not really treating a healthy patient, because we’re all…
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  • Hacking on the Pubmed API

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

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

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

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

    ftrotter
    25 Oct 2013 | 12:58 pm
    I did an interview with Ezra Klein about healthcare.gov that is now up on the washington post wonkblog. There are some interesting comments there that I will probably respond to eventually… -FT
 
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  • A Natural Cure for Diabetes

    David Arnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Stem cell breakthrough: Huge potential for Type 1 diabetes cure – Huntsville a healthier lifestyle Did you know that there are numerous natural foods and herbal supplements that you could take that will assist lessen your blood glucose levels level naturally? Diabetic mellitus patients are generally made conscious of the innumerable pharmaceutical products which are accessible…but let’s say you want to naturally decrease your blood glucose levels level? The Type II diabetes in children is primarily a result of high traces of glucose inside the bloodstream.When glucose…
  • Currency trading Suggestions Through The Leading Trading Professionals!

    David Arnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are numerous opportunities in the foreign exchange market. By way of research, effort, and persistency, many people have made important sums by means of the forex market. When discovering the basic principles of forex trading, an investor have to have the capacity to bring about the experiences of other traders. The following tips improve the probability of success when initially getting into the forex market. Stay away from any product, support or approach that may be as well voluble in ensuring foreign exchange achievement. The only method to turn a return on the foreign exchange…
  • Cancer / Illness :: What Is Diabetes Type 1.5?

    David Arnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Type 2 Diabetes Cure and Mellitus Prevention How many times keeping up with that India may be the diabetes capital of the world? Over 40 million Indians happen to be informed they have diabetes as well as a further 30 million on their own technique to that diagnosis. Type2 diabetes is mainly as a result of life style excesses – over consuming, over resting, greater than indulging. You may also add genes to this mix. If diabetes does run in your family, contemplate it a stern warning and take actions to prevent it from running amok. Alstrom syndrome is an extremely rare genetic disorder…
  • How To Cure Diabetes Today With A Wellbeing Life

    David Arnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Medicine :: Natural Cures for Diabetes Today’s world is busy and fast-paced. There are many responsibilities and obligations – family, social and work that have to all be accomplished. To be able to deal with each one of these, our serious amounts of resources are occasionally overpowered. Stress begins. For diabetics, it really is more serious. Any kind of either physical or emotional stress affects their healthy adversely. The Diabetes Symptoms in Children are highlighted below; loss in general body mass, a child becomes emaciated with an extreme that people notice. Thirst that…
  • Kim Kardasian – The best ways to End up being A Sex Tape Celeb

    David Arnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “OK … We’re BFF’s and you got about a bazillion individuals discussing you when you did yours … why shouldn’t I put mine out there?”. This is precisely what I envision in my own mind, and not a verifiable quote, when I consider the discussion in between Kim Kardashian and her sex tape scandal sibling Paris Hilton. I’m not mad at either among them … I’ll be truthful, türk porno I have in fact made my own nevertheless they’re not almost as exciting as these. And, while I’m being entirely sincere with you, I have actually…
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  • PHRs aren't working: tips on fixing them

    Neil Versel
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Rather than just getting more cheerleading for a technology that has been disappointing for years, attendees at the AMIA annual conference on Tuesday heard a refreshingly frank assessment of the slow uptake of personal health records. [See also: For portals, speak patients' language] read more
  • Docs say how they really feel about EHRs

    Frank Irving
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    We've seen the numbers: About 8 in 10 office-based physicians have adopted some type of electronic health record, and about half have an EHR with advanced functionality. But if we dig deeper, how do doctors really feel about these systems? read more
  • Meaningful use: Born 2009 -- died 2014?

    Robert Wachter, MD
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    The policy known as meaningful use was designed to ensure that clinicians and hospitals actually used the computers they bought with the help of government subsidies. In the last few months, though, it has become clear that the policy is failing. Moreover, the federal office that administers it is losing leaders faster than American Idol is losing viewers. read more
  • More EHR audits to come in 2015

    Erin McCann
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    The EHR audits are coming. The Office of the Inspector General will continue to pay closer attention to the healthcare industry's use of electronic health records – in particular HIPAA security, EHR incentive payments and fraud, according to the office's recently released 2015 work plan.   read more
  • Chief data officers come to healthcare

    Mike Miliard
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    As chief data officer at Seattle Children's Hospital, Eugene Kolker has a fairly unusual job title – especially for this industry. "In healthcare it's extremely, extremely rare," he says. But that may be changing. [See also: Why should docs care about big data?] "To my knowledge, I was one of the first couple" CDOs in healthcare, says Kolker, who took on that position at Seattle Children's way back in 2007. read more
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  • Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

    Carl Natale
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    http://icd10watch.com/blog/both-sides-icd-10-debate-keep-it-interesting
  • Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

    Mike Miliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more
  • athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

    Bernie Monegain
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more
  • Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

    Henry Powderly
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more
  • Health IT in focus at RSNA's centennial

    Mike Miliard
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more. read more
 
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  • Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

    Carl Natale
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    http://icd10watch.com/blog/both-sides-icd-10-debate-keep-it-interesting
  • Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

    Mike Miliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more
  • athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

    Bernie Monegain
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more
  • Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

    Henry Powderly
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more
  • Health IT in focus at RSNA's centennial

    Mike Miliard
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more. read more
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  • Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

    Carl Natale
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    http://icd10watch.com/blog/both-sides-icd-10-debate-keep-it-interesting
  • Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

    Mike Miliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more
  • athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

    Bernie Monegain
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more
  • Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

    Henry Powderly
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more
  • Health IT in focus at RSNA's centennial

    Mike Miliard
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more. read more
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  • Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

    Carl Natale
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    http://icd10watch.com/blog/both-sides-icd-10-debate-keep-it-interesting
  • Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

    Mike Miliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more
  • athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

    Bernie Monegain
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more
  • Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

    Henry Powderly
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more
  • Health IT in focus at RSNA's centennial

    Mike Miliard
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more. read more
 
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  • Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

    Carl Natale
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    http://icd10watch.com/blog/both-sides-icd-10-debate-keep-it-interesting
  • Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

    Mike Miliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more
  • athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

    Bernie Monegain
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more
  • Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

    Henry Powderly
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more
  • Health IT in focus at RSNA's centennial

    Mike Miliard
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more. read more
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  • Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

    Carl Natale
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    http://icd10watch.com/blog/both-sides-icd-10-debate-keep-it-interesting
  • Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

    Mike Miliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more
  • athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

    Bernie Monegain
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more
  • Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

    Henry Powderly
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more
  • Health IT in focus at RSNA's centennial

    Mike Miliard
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more. read more
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  • Account Based Health Plans and Consumer Loyalty

    Acclaris
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    (SPONSORED) How can health plans deliver a seamless consumer experience that starts with financial interactions and improves health plan interaction? Join us for an interactive webinar and find out what it means to "Experience More" with Acclaris. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 20: Kurt Hagerman

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at Firehost, discusses data security in the cloud, HIPAA compliance, and vetting vendors. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Nathan Russ - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 Boston

    Tom Sullivan,Eric Bailey
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Nathan Russ, Director of Healthcare with Symantec, discusses healthcare IT security in the age of targeted attacks and cyberwarfare. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 19: Denis Tanguay

    Mike Miliard,Eric Bailey
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Denis Tanguay, CIO at Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston, Maine, talks about meaningful use Stage 2 readiness. 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
 
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    FierceHealthFinance News

  • GAO urges review of group purchasing

    Zack Budryk
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new report to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.read more
  • 5 things I'm thankful for--but could still be better

    Ron Shinkman
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, there are lots of changes going on in the healthcare arena that I'm thankful for. Since this is not a perfect world, things can be better....read more
  • Happy Fierce Friday!

    Ilene MacDonald
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    In between shopping for Black Friday specials, visiting with family and friends, and eating Thanksgiving leftovers, enjoy a collection of some of our favorite original interviews and special reports...read more
  • M&A in healthcare sector to set records in 2014

    Ron Shinkman
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    The year 2014 is shaping up to be the most active in healthcare mergers and acquisitions in decades, the Associated Press reported.read more
  • Drug prices expected to rise nearly 12% this year

    Ron Shinkman
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:11 pm
    After years of relatively stable annual price increases, the costs of pharmaceuticals are expected to shoot up nearly 12 percent this year, Kaiser Health News has reported.read more
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    Healthcare IT Blog

  • Uninsured Enrollment Might Not Be Encouraging Next Year, According to Experts

    Pamela Girardin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
    Even after the botched rollout of Obamacare, the 8 million enrollments gathered under the ACA were a strong sign that the uninsured are interested in getting health insurance under the reformed set of laws. The Obama administration estimated that even after so many missed opportunities, which definitely cost them a good number of enrollments, the […]
  • Analysis: Which States have Capitalized the Most on Obamacare, and What’s Next

    Pamela Girardin
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Even after battling a multitude of challenges, Obamacare managed to score 8 million enrollments. Despite the troubled start, the Obama administration rallied behind the cause and put in efforts to surmount challenges to deliver a viable health exchange enrollment that kept the Affordable Care Act alive. Excluding people who get health insurance through their workplace […]
  • Could Tax Forms Become a Major Challenge for Federal Exchange?

    Pamela Girardin
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    The Federally Facilitated Marketplace, aka healthcare.gov,  is gearing up for a new challenge that could have widespread impact on everyone who has enrolled with subsidized health insurance through the federal exchanges. This new challenge is the issuance of tax forms, and it is gearing up for a fight in the second enrollment period. After the […]
  • Here are 5 Things You Need to Know if You are Under 26 and Need Health Insurance

    Pamela Girardin
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
    Traditionally, young, healthy individuals have sacrificed the option of buying health insurance for having more liquidity and ability to pay rent and bills. Between competing for a highly coveted job and planning for the future, young individuals feel that they don’t have the time or resources to waste on health insurance. And why should they, […]
  • Analysis: How will Obamacare Premiums Behave during Second Open Enrollment – Part 2

    Pamela Girardin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    In the first part of this series, we discussed how the results of the PwC study have waylaid some fear of high premium increases playing a role in the 2015 open enrollment period. To be fair, not everyone is buying what the report states but let’s put that aside for right now and look at […]
 
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    FierceMobileHealthcare News

  • It's time mHealth tech stops ignoring a prime consumer base: The elderly

    Judy Mottl
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone, except diehard procrastinators, is either well into gift buying or at least gearing up for Black Friday this week. I suspect more than a few have some sort of mHealth wearable product on the gift list and for most it's been a matter of deciphering what smartband, smartwatch or fitness wearable the exercise guru or health-conscious family member would love to get this year.read more
  • Report: Smart clothing, mHealth wearables on track for big growth

    Judy Mottl
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    An increasing desire to track health issues and activity and share data with physicians will drive mHealth wearables adoption, according to a new Gartner research report. read more
  • How to establish an mHealth BYOD policy

    Judy Mottl
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Getting an early start, taking a hybrid flexible approach and establishing a strong comprehensive use policy are key in developing a bring-your-own-device program within the healthcare environment, according to John Donohue, associate chief information officer of technology and infrastructure at Penn Medicine, in an article published at mHealthNews.read more
  • Smartphone apps next frontier in treating mental health issues

    Judy Mottl
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Smartphone apps that monitor human behavior, speech and voice levels, moods and social interaction are being researched as potential tools for helping those suffering from mental illness, include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Researchers hope someday soon that such tools will also be able to predict and serve as a proactive mechanism for alerting patients and doctors on impending mental illness episodes.read more
  • Top mHealth drivers are cost savings, early patient intervention care

    Judy Mottl
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The top compelling mHealth driver is the ability to save money via early intervention patient care outside of a hospital setting and reduce readmissions rates, Mony Weschler, chief applications strategist at New York's Montefiore Medical Center, tells mHealthNews, noting the first mHealth tool destined to become ubiquitous will be biometrics monitoring.read more
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    FierceEMR News

  • OIG: Massachusetts overpaid Medicaid EHR incentives to hospitals

    Dan Bowman
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Massachusetts overpaid hospitals for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program by $2.1 million over a two-year period from 2011 through the end of 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.read more
  • Why we should give thanks for Meaningful Use

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    As the editor of FierceEMR, I spend a lot of time reviewing the Meaningful Use program--and too often find problems with it. It's not that I'm going out of my way to criticize the program or the agencies that operate it, but unfortunately they make it all too easy. Still, there also are several reasons to be thankful for the program.read more
  • UCSB grads develop homegrown EHR to treat the homeless

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A nonprofit outreach group that provides medical care to the homeless in Santa Barbara, California, has developed its own mobile electronic health record to help them treat patients.read more
  • Brigham and Women's provides patients' bedside access to EHRs

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program.read more
  • CMS extends MU hospital attestation deadline to Dec. 31

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken yet another measure to throw a lifeline to providers struggling with Meaningful Use attestation, this time extending the attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the 2014 reporting year to Dec. 31, 2014.read more
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    Practice Fusion Blog

  • Windows Performance Counters for ActiveMQ

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

    Josh Groth
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Your day is probably filled with an abundance of inefficiencies. Patients will show up late (or not at all) to their appointments. Intake forms will be incomplete or illegible, slowing down their review. Let’s not forget about having to spend the first half of an appointment asking your patient to fill in the blanks on their partially complete patient history. We often try and improve these inefficiencies with temporary fixes. For example, your office manager may try to call all your patients to remind them of their appointment the next day. However, Band-Aids can only go so far — if you…
  • The Hidden Cost of Paper Charts

    Josh Groth
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    In January of 2014, 39% of office-based physicians reported that they still use paper medical charts, with the assumption that it’s easier, more efficient, or saves their practice money. This is simply not true. Outlined below are just some of the hidden costs of paper. Missing tasks Delegating tasks with colored fluorescent sticky notes on top of patient charts, lab orders, medication refills, follow-up appointments and more is a completely unreliable task management system with no way of tracking if the tasks were actually completed. How much revenue is lost when a referral is missed? Or…
  • The new EHR: An upgrade for 21st century medicine

    Matthew Douglass
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When we launched the Practice Fusion electronic health record (EHR) platform in 2007, we wanted to provide a comprehensive, web-based EHR system at an affordable price so that physicians and patients could access their clinical information anytime, anywhere. What started as a vision in 2007 is now reality in 2014, with the launch of our brand new, mobile-optimized EHR that lets you take your practice wherever you go. Whether you’re working from a desktop, laptop, or tablet you can: e-Prescribe medications Complete chart notes Access lab results Send referrals Submit superbills And so…
  • e-Prescribing for controlled substances is coming to your EHR

    Practice Fusion
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Practice Fusion is pleased to announce that we are actively developing e-prescribing for controlled substance (EPCS) so that our providers can meet the March 27, 2015 New York I-STOP deadline. Although we’ve already begun implementing back-end processes to allow for EPCS, this feature will take time to complete and we appreciate your patience as we address all the requirements. As always, this feature will be available to you for free as part of our industry-leading EHR. As part of I-STOP, most New York prescribers have been required to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)…
 
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    WebMD Health Services » Blog

  • Lifestyle 1st Coaches Meet People Where They Are

    chaener
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
  • Infographic: Surprising statistics about the health of those who keep us healthy

    WebMD Health Services
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hospitals and health systems do amazing and difficult work. They are there at our best and worst moments; they patch us up; they save our lives. In a hospital, even people who aren’t on the front lines of healthcare are constantly surrounded by life-or-death situations. People who work at health systems are great at taking care of people. Unfortunately, they aren’t as great at taking care of themselves. See below, the stats speak for themselves. At WebMD Health Services, we know how important health system employees are to our communities. That’s why we’re committed to…
  • 5 Steps to Getting Incentives Right

    Victoria Blake
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Good health may be its own reward, but it’s no secret that most of us like a little something extra. Incentives can be a powerful way to grow your culture of health, get people involved, and encourage people to eat a salad even when they would really, really prefer fries. But incentives can also be tricky: There are endless options! And there are also legal considerations. And what appeals to folks in your San Diego office may be totally off-putting to your Kansas City employees. No two ways about it, incentives require legwork. These five steps will help you design a rewards program that…
  • Best Practices: How to Solve Your Top 5 Wellness Challenges

    chaener
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
  • The Lightning Bolt Effect + BioIQ

    Kelsey Naffziger
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Photo via Flickr Know your numbers—you’ve heard it before. But do you? What you don’t know can definitely hurt you. (Sorry.) In fact, the vast majority of people who don’t know their numbers underestimate their risks for preventable conditions.1 That’s why we’ve just partnered with BioIQ, a company that’s using technology to make the most of biometric screenings. We’re big fans of biometric screening in the workplace. It’s an easy, convenient way for everyone in a company to know their numbers—and feel a rush of motivation to turn them around. That’s what we…
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    MHS Dialogue

  • Throw the Forms Away: CMS Relaxes Inpatient Certification

    Cara Wood
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    By Steve Silverstein, MD, FACEP, Vice President, Chief Clinical Architect, McKesson Health Solutions Have you heard the news? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) eliminated the need for two-midnight certifications at the time of inpatient admission as part of updates included in the final Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rule for calendar year 2015, effective January 1. A requirement for certification for prolonged inpatient stays of 20 days or more is also included in the rule but does not affect the now eliminated admission certification requirement. While the…
  • Webinar: A update on McKesson’s VBR research

    Cara Wood
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    You probably heard about McKesson’s The 2014 State of Value-Based Reimbursement research, released in June at AHIP Institute 2014. What you haven’t heard is the latest update to this research, which includes quotes from interview subjects who participated in this important research project. Dr. Andrei Gonzales, director of value-based reimbursement at McKesson Health Solutions, and Dana Benini, vice president at ORC, shared the latest insights into the industry’s transformation from volume to value during a November 12 webinar: Payer and Provider Insights on Reimbursement…
  • ICD-10 Readiness: Countdown considerations

    laurie Tarkan
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    ICD-10 Watch’s Carl Natale invited Josh Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 at RelayHealth Financial, to write a series on the ICD-10 transition and what payers and providers need to do starting now. In this first installment, Berman reviews the three key areas: testing, training and key performance indicators. Look for his piece on the perils of procrastinating coming soon. Read his full story here
  • McKesson Health Solutions Conference 2014 opens today

    Cara Wood
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    This year’s MHSC 2014, an exclusive gathering of healthcare industry leaders convening at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and running through October 30th, brings payers and providers together against the backdrop of a healthcare industry in transition, challenged by the rapid pace of healthcare payment model transformation. Dozens of experts from McKesson’s customer roster and solution areas will be on hand to share and discuss their experiences, best practices, and technology insights to help attendees tackle the unprecedented challenge of running complex reimbursement models at…
  • A Healthcare IT Halloween

    Rich Levin
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    There are lots of scary issues that payers and providers face in healthcare IT every day. Payment reform, ICD-10, uncontrolled molecular diagnostic spends, maintaining legacy systems running in a rapidly changing world — there’s no shortage of costly technical challenges to keep us up at night. But with Halloween approaching, we thought it was time to take a lighter look at “what’s scary about healthcare IT.” To do that, and to celebrate McKesson Health Solutions 27th annual customer forum taking place this Halloween week in Baltimore, we commissioned some…
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    insideARM

  • FDCPA Suits Increase in October, But Yearly Trend Holds: FDCPA Down, TCPA Up

    Patrick Lunsford
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    In October 2014, consumers filed 911 lawsuits claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), up 13.4 percent from September and an increase of 16.1 percent from October 2013. But total FDCPA lawsuits are still on track to finish well below 2013 numbers, which would mark the third straight year of declines.
  • Free Webinar: CFPB and FTC Developments in Debt Collection

    insideARM.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed several recent enforcement actions challenging debt collection practices by original creditors as well as third-party debt collectors. In addition, the CFPB's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on debt collection is expected shortly. These rules are anticipated to codify a sea change in the collection industry.
  • Two Veterans Within Student Loan Collections Industry Join Forces to Start New Company

    insideARM.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Deborah Brown and Alex Mobasher are proud to announce the launch of Pacific Point Services, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). The company will be headquartered in Carlsbad, CA offering specialty collection services specifically focused on the student loan market.
  • CFPB Reports Reveal Details About Debt Collection Regulation

    Patrick Lunsford
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released two reports that shed a little light on how the Bureau is currently approaching debt collection regulation and provided a hint that any new debt collection rule proposals may be delayed well into 2015.
  • Enhancing Patient Communication

    insideARM.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Making patients aware of their financial obligations is one of the biggest challenges to healthcare providers, requiring specialized resources. Where are those resources to be found?
 
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    CureMD Blog

  • 11 indicators that you need a new EHR

    Daniel Schwartz
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Often so deeply immersed in looking for ways to make their practice more efficient, physicians sometimes fail to see the most obvious hurdle preventing this very process from occurring; their EHR. If your Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution is not up to the mark, you might be losing out on precious profits, and incurring costs that you can easily overcome. However, physicians have identified numerous ways to identify that you need to replace your EHR. Here are 11 of those ways: Sources EHR Software Buyer View 2014 by Software Advice Survey administered by MPI Group for Medical Economics…
  • 2015 Will Bring New EHR Challenges for Physicians

    Nina Keller
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    The healthcare industry is in the midst of major transformation with numerous technology updates, changing codes and regulations, and improvements to methods of delivery, and all with one goal in mind: to improve patient care and safety and critical data security. In this age of continuous evolution, physicians, especially those in small- and medium-sized practices, face many challenges as they strive to fully adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR) and contend with stricter federal mandates. With 2015 quickly approaching, private practices can expect new EHR challenges as they try to keep up…
  • Diabetes in Numbers: NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH (Infographic)

    Daniel Schwartz
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    November marks the National Diabetes Awareness Month and is celebrated across the country to educate people and raise awareness about diabetes. As the figures below illustrate, combating diabetes is an immense challenge faced by the healthcare industry; and one that technology such as Endocrinology EHRs could help overcome. CureMD has created this infographic exclusively for Endocrinologists and the society at large, to highlight some important stats on the disease.       Sources • CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (2014), Centers for Disease Control and…
  • Ebola Preparedness For Practices

    Nina Keller
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Ebola is a challenge that our healthcare industry faces today. In order to overcome this challenge, the healthcare staff should be updated about the deadly disease and its symptoms and make use of technology in a meaningful way. CureMD created an infographic for healthcare providers to help them detect Ebola symptoms on time.     Embed this Infographic <div style=”clear:both;”><a href=”http://blog.curemd.com/ebola-preparedness-for-practices/”><img src=”http://blog.curemd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ebola-2.jpg” alt=”Ebola…
  • Ebola Crisis: Humans and Technology go hand in hand

    Nina Keller
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Since the age of ignorance, humans have always tried to create a perfect world around them in order to cover up their shortcomings. In an effort to realize this vision, they have developed technology, expecting it to replace them in every walk of life. This has resulted in mishaps – often fatal in nature – that teach them an important lesson: technology facilitates humans in performing better, but cannot function like them. What has happened at the Dallas hospital is a harsh reminder of this lesson. The misdiagnosis and subsequent death of the Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan due to Ebola…
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    PointClear Solutions Blog » PointClear Solutions Blog

  • What to Look for in the Healthcare IT Workforce

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

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

  • Managing Your Risk

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

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Two weeks ago, healthcare news headlines and Twitter made hundreds of thousands of references to Dr. Eric Topol’s keynote address at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 conference. For a review of Dr. Topol’s thoughts and comments, click here.  
  • 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!  
  • 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.
  • 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.  
 
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    Caristix

  • Interface lifecycle management: do more with less

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Caristix White Paper: HL7 Integration: From Trial and Error to Predictable Project Outcomes and Margins If you’re responsible for interfacing within a hospital system, a consulting organization, or an HIE, you know one thing: you need to do more with less. With EHR implementations slowing down, the big HIT implementation budgets are drying up. But so much of the promise and value of those systems is tied to interoperability and data exchange, and you’re still accountable for delivering those capabilities. [...] Cet article Interface lifecycle management: do more with less est apparu…
  • What the data in HL7 messages can tell you

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    You already know that HL7 messages are a rich source of actionable insight about your clinical and financial operations. To get to that insight, start by inspecting, analyzing and querying your messages. You can do this manually via text editors and their basic search features. Or you can check out Caristix software. Here are some HL7 message inspection and analysis tutorials to get you started using Caristix Pinpoint software. And get your data working for you. Download Pinpoint To use these tutorials, [...] Cet article What the data in HL7 messages can tell you est apparu en premier sur…
  • Need HL7 message samples? Google isn’t the answer

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    HL7 message samples should be system-specific    When you build interfaces, you need HL7 message samples and test messages for your validation workflow. It’s tempting to simply hit Google for generic samples, or check on Stack Overflow or another tech discussion forum. But there are problems with that approach. For one thing, you’ll end up with messages that don’t fit your systems – your ADT, your LIS, the applications personalized for your environment. What’s more, if you use just a handful of messages, [...] Cet article Need HL7 message samples? Google isn’t the answer…
  • HIEs and Interface Testing

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Interoperability barriers and HIE business models In a previous post, we talked about the interoperability barriers facing HIEs (healthcare information exchanges). What are they? Primarily 1) cost and 2) complexity. That is, the cost of interface development, and the technical difficulty involved. These are especially in context of the business model switch, as HIEs move from startup grant-based funding to self-generated revenue based on membership fees and services. The problem is, self-generated revenue is tricky to achieve at best. In some cases, [...] Cet article HIEs and Interface…
  • What is HL7 Interface Validation?

    jeanluc.morin@caristix.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The purpose of HL7 interface validation In the interface lifecycle, validation is critical. HL7 interface validation is about checking the interface you’ve developed: making sure it works and that it meets the requirements you captured before interface development. The most important requirements are around clinical workflow. In essence, validation is about testing against your workflows. You should test performance, message volume, and edge use cases, all before the applications and interface go live. Need more detail on what you should test? Get an [...] Cet article What is HL7 Interface…
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 16 – 22, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    What does the future hold for healthcare? We saw a glimpse of the incoming years with the articles we have today, and we are extremely excited for the future. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding healthcare.
  • Why Outsourcing Makes Sense for Healthcare IT

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    The changes in the healthcare industry will drive healthcare institutions to rethink their IT strategies. Engaging outsourcing services will help them keep up with these changes and provide a better standard of care.
  • 5 Key Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Medical Billing

    Infinit Healthcare
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    If you are on the verge of deciding whether to retain your medical billing in-house or outsource it, here are some important reasons to consider in favor of outsourcing. These could be your leeway to finally improve your billing systems, minimize cost and increase your revenues.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 2 – 8, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    What does the future hold for healthcare? We saw a glimpse of the incoming years with the articles we have today, and we are extremely excited for the future. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding healthcare.
  • Top 5 Healthcare Trends Emerging in 2015

    Infinit Healthcare
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Healthcare organizations have much to look forward to in the coming year in terms of new trends. They have to keep themselves up-to-date in order to cope with the developments.
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  • Learn How Assisted Living Assistants Help Patients Suffering From Alzheimer’s

    Mohammed Lone
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Alzheimer’s is a chronic and progressive disease that leaves its victims completely dependent upon others for help with nearly all of their day-to-day tasks. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, over 5 million people in the United States are currently affected by the disease. In fact, one in nine Americans over the age of 65 (a whopping 11 percent) has Alzheimer’s. Most of the time the care and support of Alzheimer’s victims falls on their immediate family members. Indeed, the Alzheimer’s…
  • Precision Now Announces Elderly/Senior Home Health Care Services In Harrisburg And Chambersburg

    Mohammed Lone
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Pottsville, Pennsylvania – November 19th, 2014 – Pottsville, Pennsylvania’s Precision HHC (Home Health Care) is now proud to offer new elderly/senior home health care services in Harrisburg and Chambersburg.   Precision HHC is one of Pennsylvania’s top senior home care providers. Hundreds of seniors across the state have used the service over the years. Precision continues to offer the same level of service, and family-run feel, as they did when they opened in 2011. The company started as a home health agency and has since expanded into a complete home care solution.  …
  • Senior Care – 4 Alternatives – Options to Go Along With

    Mohammed Lone
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
  • Senior and Elderly Home Health Care Services in Harrisburg & Chambersburg

    Mohammed Lone
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Many seniors living in the United States need some type of special elderly health care but do not require comprehensive 24/7 support from a senior living facility. Instead, they prefer to get what help they need from a caregiver while still living at home and remaining as independent lifestyle. For many people, in-home senior health care is a great option. It gives seniors the care and support they need while giving their families and loved ones the peace of mind that their senior is being well taken care of. It is a great way for seniors to retain their independence and for their family…
  • Precision Offers an Alternative to Senior Living Facilities

    Mohammed Lone
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pottsville 27th October 2014 – When seniors reach the phase in their lives when a measure of health care is needed to carry on with day to day lives, people charged with making sure they receive the proper level of care may automatically turn to some sort of senior living facility such as an assisted living residence or a nursing home. However, home health care services such as the ones that are offered by Precision HHC offers an alternative senior living facilities – one that provides seniors with the care that they need in a comfortable environment. What…
 
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  • Payers Form ICD-10 Consortium to Help Smaller Providers with ICD-10 Readiness

    Fred Pennic
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Humana, and other payers have joined together to form the ICD-10 Consortium to help smaller providers with the transition to ICD-10, reports ICD-10 Monitor.  ICD-10 Consortium Plans The consortium members goal is to meet with healthcare provider specialty groups, such as cardiology, dermatology, etc. to prioritize the ICD-9 codes they use most, then map them into ICD-10 codes. By identifying their top 25 ICD-9 codes, these smaller practices can help gauge their potential ICD-10 impact by specialty.   Dennis Winkler “The framework helps specialties…
  • CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline to 12/31

    Jasmine Pennic
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    CMS has announced a one month extension for eligible hospitals and Critical Assess Hospitals (CAHs) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR program reporting period 2014 to December 31, 2014. According to CMS, the one month extension will allow more time for hospitals to submit their meaningful use attestation data for their incentive payments and avoid the the 2016 Medicare payment adjustments. Additionally, CMS is also  extending the deadline for eligible hospitals and CAHs that are electronically submitting clinical quality measures (CQMs) for meaningful use and the Hospital…
  • Providence Ventures Joins Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator

    HITC Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Providence Ventures, the venture capital arm of Providence Health & Services has announced plans to join the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator to advance mobile health innovation. Providence Ventures will provide mentorship and expertise to early-stage companies focused on mobile health solutions at next spring’s Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator Overview The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, is a three-month, immersive, mentor-driven program for startups. Participating companies are required to temporarily…
  • Fitness Devices to Dominate the Wearables Market until 2018

    Fred Pennic
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Fitness devices and wearables will almost triple by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million in-use this year, according to a new report by Juniper Research. Juniper Research is projecting that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018, driven by intuitive use cases and lower retail prices. However, the broader appeal of smart watches with the upcoming Apple Watch will mean that they will be used more frequently in later years. Fitness Devices Market Stratification and Cannibalisation The report, Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends…
  • University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

    HITC Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, have been named a 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of efforts, including implementation strategies, workflow…
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