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  • November 10th @ 2PM ET -- How Wireless is Changing Healthcare

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    21 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    No White Papers & Webinars Block Mon, 11/10/2014 (All day) Mobile/Wireless
  • Five ways to improve the ambiance of your waitroom before your morning coffee break.

    Clinic Server
    Kelly Lawson
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    We wish that wait rooms didn’t exist. Really. As clinicians, we dont ever want to make people wait for us. It creates an undesirable and perceived hierarchical dynamic of, “My time is more important than yours, therefore, you wait for me.” Sadly, it is largely unintentional, and often necessary as appointments can run late, clients can run late, phone calls can interject, documentation can take longer than expected. There are any number or reasons that we can keep our clients waiting. The reality is, clients don’t like waiting, and we don’t like making them wait, but it happens. The…
  • Medical Device Security – Where Is the Finger Pointing?

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Most medical #devices that don't have #antiVirus installed… Who's responsible for #security vulnerability? #iHT2 pic.twitter.com/zHUuwPTN83 — Wen Dombrowski MD (@HealthcareWen) October 8, 2014 If a picture is worth a thousands words, the above picture is worth about 10,000. I think this picture is best summed up by saying that the medical device industry is a heavily regulated industry. You can see why EHR vendors don’t want to be regulated by the FDA. It would get pretty crazy. This image also illustrates to me why a company that’s built an FDA or medical…
  • More health IT comedy means the public is taking notice

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

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    I recently heard Elliot Lewis, Dell’s Chief Security Architect, comment that “The average new viruses per day is about 5-10k appearing new each day.” To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how to process that type of volume of viruses. It felt pretty unbelievable to me even though, I figured he was right. Today, I came across this amazing internet attack map by Norse which illustrates a small portion of the attacks that are happening on the internet in real time. I captured a screenshot of the map below, but you really need to check out the live map to get a feel for how…
 
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  • 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. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor that focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event. Here’s Vik’s recap of the conference: The goal of the ENGAGE was to highlight the importance of…
  • 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…
  • When you’re looking to buy or replace your EHR, follow these common sense Dos and Don’ts for comparing EHR software

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

    Shahid N. Shah
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    I wrote my first patient portal site, built into my first EMR software, back in 1998. At that time I mistakenly thought that portals would take off and patients would embrace them. What I quickly learned was that patient portals aren’t really portals in the sense of Yahoo! or Google but enterprise software’s customer-facing front-ends. The enterprise software in this case is of course an EHR and the customers are the patients. If patients are the consumers then their expectations are that they can conduct “business” with the practice through the portal. This means…
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  • News 10/24/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Top News   HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell transfers National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc to acting assistant secretary for health — a position that oversees public health including the Office of the Surgeon General — in response to the Ebola threat. She replaces Wanda Jones. ONC COO Lisa Lewis (above) is named acting national coordinator, effective immediately. Ms. Lewis’s background is in grant management for ONC and FEMA, so her non-medical, non-technical background will contribute to ONC’s identity struggle in a post-Meaningful Use world. I would expect HHS…
  • Morning Headlines 10/24/14

    Lt. Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    HHS reshuffles amid Ebola crisis Karen DeSalvo, MD leaves her post leading the ONC to take over as HHS’s acting assistant secretary for health. Interim national coordinator Jacob Reider, MD also announces he will leave ONC in the coming weeks, leaving ONC COO Lisa Lewis to take over as the new acting national coordinator. HHS Secretary announces $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs HHS announces $840 million in new grant money that will be used to help provider organizations implement the tools needed to create more coordinated, integrated health systems.
  • Morning Headlines 10/23/14

    Lt. Dan
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws Reuters reports that the Department of Homeland Security is quietly investigating cybersecurity flaws found in medical devices that government officials suspect could be exploited by hackers. The Comparative Value of 3 Electronic Sources of Medication Data A study measuring the accuracy of home medication list data sources compares the actual home medication lists for 858 patients with the data found in the hospital’s EHR, the local HIE, and a commercial ePrescribing network. Researchers found that the EHR had 80 percent of the…
  • HIStalk Interviews Victoria Tiase, RN, Director of Informatics Strategy, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

    Mr. HIStalk
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Victoria Tiase RN, MSN is director of informatics strategy of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of New York, NY. Tell me about yourself and the hospital. I work as the director of informatics strategy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The position reports directly to our CIO, Aurelia Boyer. My background is a nurse. I’ve been at the institution for almost 20 years. I did my graduate work in informatics at Columbia University.  My role in the IT department consists of consulting from an informatics point on various projects and initiatives throughout the department and organization. I…
  • Morning Headlines 10/22/14

    Lt. Dan
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Obama’s Ebola czar declines to testify Newly appointed Ebola czar Ron Klain declines a request to testify before the House Oversight Committee over the government’s Ebola response thus far. The hearing, scheduled for Friday, will be just his third day on the job. NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates to be Integrated into Epic’s Electronic Health Record Epic will integrate the evidence-based chemotherapy order templates from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network into its Beacon oncology product. Athenahealth to expand at Ponce City Market Athenahealth will expand its Atlanta, GA…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Podcast: Scot Silverstein talks health IT safety risks

    Neil Versel
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    In a sidebar to the September cover story I did for Healthcare IT News, I reviewed some of the work of Scot Silverstein, M.D., who has long been chronicling problems with EHRs and other health IT systems. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available for an interview in time for that report, but he was last week, so I got him for a new podcast. Silverstein, a professor of health informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, considers EHRs to be experimental and, sometimes, less safe than paper records and would like to see health IT subjected to the same kind of quality controls as aerospace…
  • Breaking: ONC’s Judy Murphy leaving for IBM job

    Neil Versel
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Judy Murphy, R.N., Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the ONC’s chief nursing officer, is stepping down Oct. 17 to become CNO of IBM Healthcare Global Business Services. Murphy has been with the ONC since December 2011 after 25 years as a nursing and informatics expert at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin; she had led Aurora’s EHR program since 1995. Most importantly to those of us in the media, she has never been afraid to speak her mind and provide good quotes. Now that she’s…
  • Podcast: Care Innovations CEO Sean Slovenski on his company’s Validation Institute

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

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

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

    hlthblog
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    As a physician, I have a great deal of respect for my colleagues who specialize in anesthesiology. While surgeons may get all the glory for what they do in an operating room, they couldn’t do their job without the anesthesiologist. These specialist doctors...(read more)
  • Singapore slings a 10 in health & healthcare

    hlthblog
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In the same week that my company introduced Windows “10” to the world, I was contemplating a 10 of a different kind while on a business trip to Singapore. During one of my business meetings there with a prominent physician leader from the Ministry of...(read more)
  • On the road for Clinical Mobility

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

    hlthblog
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Do you have trouble remembering proper names? Do you start to say something and then stop because you can’t remember what it was you were going to say? Are you always misplacing your car keys or eyeglasses? Do you walk across your house into another room...(read more)
 
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  • Relevance of Lifestyle Analytics for Healthcare Organizations

    Bruce Friedman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I participated two days ago in a Deloitte webinar that addressed healthcare lifestyle analytics (see: Consumer Behavior Over Lab Results: The Power of Lifestyle-Based Analytics). The basic concept here is that healthcare organizations are able to collect various types of publicly available "social" information about individuals and, using "big data" techniques and predictive analytics, make inferences about their health status or goals. For example, a middle aged woman who takes yoga classes, is an avid golfer, and patronizes local health spas will probably…
  • E-Prescribing Giant, SureScripts, Provides EHR Interoperability Solution

    Bruce Friedman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    EHR interoperability has been a hot topic lately and I have posted a number of notes about it. Here's a couple of the latest (see: What Will Motivate Hospital CEOs to Seek HIT Interoperability?; Revisiting EHR Interoperability; Standardized Content and Vendor Strategy). The major EHR vendors have been unable or unwilling to provide broad interoperability solutions, particularly between their systems and "foreign" systems by which is meant systems from competing vendors. A new and perhaps unexpected player has emerged to provide an interoperability solution -- e-prescribing…
  • More Discussion about a Reverse Feed from the EHR to the LIS

    Bruce Friedman
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    On October 17, 2014, I posted a note discussing the usefulness of a reverse feed of clinical data from the EHR to the LIS (see: Reverse Feed" of Clinical Data from EHR to the LIS -- Will This Ever Happen?). I commented that I had first heard about the "reverse feed" from Dr. Ulysses Balis who is the Director of Pathology Informatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He submitted an interesting comment to my note which I am now elevating to the level of a note. --BAF Indeed, I proposed on the fundamental need for reverse feeds (and also reverse-federation,…
  • "Reverse Feed" of Clinical Data from EHR to the LIS -- Will This Ever Happen?

    Bruce Friedman
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In a pathology informatics webinar delivered yesterday by Dr. Mike Becich and presented by API and Sunquest  (see: Free Informatics Webinar Tomorrow: IT Support for Pathology Research), I posed the question whether he knew of any cases of a "reverse feed" of clinical information from an EHR to an LIS. Ul Balis was the first informaticist who had used the term "reverse feed" in my presence but I am not sure if he originated it. A feed of clinical information to the LIS will be absolutely necessary for pathology to fulfill its evolving mission in molecular…
  • The Comprehensive Theranostic Summary (CTS): A "Must Have" for Surgical Pathology

    Bruce Friedman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    At the just completed ASCP annual conference in Tampa, Dr. Liron Pantanowitz discussed how he and colleagues in the pathology department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a new type of pathology report for solid tumors and FNAs. It's called the comprehensive theranostic summary (CTS). Theranostic is a blend of the words therapeutic and diagnostic and is applied here to a report that incorporates both diagnostic and therapeutic features. Pathology generates the CTS as an addendum to its solid tumors and FNA reports, creating a useful summary for clinicians…
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  • Medical Device Security – Where Is the Finger Pointing?

    John Lynn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Most medical #devices that don't have #antiVirus installed… Who's responsible for #security vulnerability? #iHT2 pic.twitter.com/zHUuwPTN83 — Wen Dombrowski MD (@HealthcareWen) October 8, 2014 If a picture is worth a thousands words, the above picture is worth about 10,000. I think this picture is best summed up by saying that the medical device industry is a heavily regulated industry. You can see why EHR vendors don’t want to be regulated by the FDA. It would get pretty crazy. This image also illustrates to me why a company that’s built an FDA or medical…
  • Amazing Live Visualization of Internet Attacks

    John Lynn
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    I recently heard Elliot Lewis, Dell’s Chief Security Architect, comment that “The average new viruses per day is about 5-10k appearing new each day.” To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how to process that type of volume of viruses. It felt pretty unbelievable to me even though, I figured he was right. Today, I came across this amazing internet attack map by Norse which illustrates a small portion of the attacks that are happening on the internet in real time. I captured a screenshot of the map below, but you really need to check out the live map to get a feel for how…
  • CMS’ HIPAA Risk Analysis Myths and Truths

    John Lynn
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I’ve been writing about the need to do a HIPAA Risk Assessment since it was included as part of meaningful use. Many organizations have been really confused by this requirement and no doubt it will be an issue for many organizations that get a meaningful use audit. It’s a little ironic since this really isn’t anything that wasn’t already part of the HIPAA security rule. Although, that illustrates how well we’re doing at complying with the HIPAA security rule. It seems that CMS has taken note of this confusion around the HIPAA risk assessment as well. Today, they…
  • Interesting and Funny Insights Into EHR and Health Information Management

    John Lynn
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week I had the chance to attend the Craneware Summit in Las Vegas. It was a really interesting event where I had the chance to meet and talk with a wide variety of people from across the spectrum of healthcare. I love getting these added perspectives. One of the sessions I attended was an E&M session which provided some really interesting insights into the life of an E&M coder and how they look at things. There’s a lot more to their job, but I tweeted these comments because they made me laugh and illustrated part of the challenge they face in a new EMR world. What's…
  • Funny ICD-10 Codes Have Ruined the ICD-10 Branding

    John Lynn
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The people at online physician community, QuantiaMD, recently sent me a list of the top 3 “Crazy ICD-10 Codes” that they got from their community. It was quite interesting to learn that when they asked their community for these codes, they yielded double the participation the company typically sees. No doubt, physicians have globbed on to these funny and crazy ICD-10 codes. I’ll be honest. I’ve gotten plenty of laughs over some of the funny ICD-10 codes as well. Seriously, you can’t make some of this stuff up. Here’s a look at the top 3 crazy ICD-10 codes…
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  • Paralyzed Man Walks Following Cutting Edge Therapy (VIDEO)

    Iris Kulbatski
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    In 2010, a 40-year-old Polish man named Darek Fidyka sustained multiple stab wounds that rendered him paralyzed. Today, Mr. Fidyka is walking with the aid of a frame, following a cutting edge treatment performed by a UK research team and Polish neurosurgeons, led by Prof. Geoff Raisman and Dr Pawel Tabakow, respectively. The collaborative effort involved transplanting the man’s own nasal cavity cells (olfactory ensheathing cells or OECs) into his spinal cord, together with an autologous nerve graft. OECs act as a cellular scaffold for regenerating neurons in the olfactory system. The…
  • Bioinspired Blood and Bacteria Repellent Coating for Medical Devices (VIDEO)

    Joshua Chen
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    These glass slides were dipped in blood to demonstrate the effectiveness of the TLP coating. While blood sticks to the untreated slide on the left, the TLP-treated slide on the right emerges entirely clear. (Credit: Harvard’s Wyss Institute) As Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of Harvard’s Wyss Institute stated, “Devising a way to prevent blood clotting without using anticoagulants is one of the holy grails in medicine.” Even devices that have been properly analyzed and engineered to serve their purpose can run into problems once implanted into the body.
  • MusicGlove Hand Rehabilitation System Now Available (VIDEO)

    Editors
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Flint Rehabilitation Devices (Irvine, CA) is bringing to market its MusicGlove rehabilitation device for people recovering from a stroke and other conditions that affect hand movement. The device has sensors built-in that detect the movement of the fingers. The user is given a video game to play that looks and works similar to GuitarHero, requiring the player to move fingers in tune with the music and on-screen buttons that light up. The system comes ready to play, either with the included tablet for the home version or a 21-inch monitor for the clinical version. The MusicGlove received FDA…
  • UberHEALTH Now Bringing Flu Shot Armed Nurses to Your Home

    Editors
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Doctors’ house calls used to be a common occurrence, but over the decades this amiable arrangement fell apart and the sick are now expected to make it to the clinics. Certainly a lot of folks remember those days fondly and Uber, the company famous for flipping the taxi industry on its head, hopes to bring it back. The company is beginning to test a new service that will dispatch a nurse to your home to give you a flu shot. The UberHEALTH service works through the Uber app and ordering a nurse visit is pretty much just like hailing an Uber taxi. The company is initially testing the…
  • HAMILTON C-1 Ventilator with Neonatal Function Stays Tuned to Child’s Breathing

    Editors
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hamilton Medical, a Swiss firm, is now offering the Neonatal option on its HAMILTON-C1 ventilator. Providing tidal volumes down to 2 ml, the device prevents damage to the tiniest of lungs while delivering life-saving ventilation to the smallest patients. There’s a sensor built into the mask that monitors the air pressure, volume, and flow velocity at the airway to accurately control and synchronize the ventilation with the patient’s natural breathing. Since cuffed tubes are not use with neonatal patients, air leaks are common. The HAMILTON-C1 automatically adjusts for any…
 
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  • 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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    9 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    'Nuff said.
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  • Medicare Locals Go As The Primary Care Networks Start Mid Next Year. E-Health Implications?

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    A few days ago the borders for the 30 new Primary Health Networks (PHN) which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals were announced.Here is the link:http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/primary_Health_NetworksThe most interesting part of this transition I find is this description of what these new PHNs will do.Here is what the Department of Health says:What will PHNs do? The PHN name reflects the critical role they will play in networking health services across local communities so that patients, particularly those needing coordinated care, have the best access to a…
  • Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 23rd October 2014. No Sign Of Stopping!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 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 21st week since it was released. Clearly Ebola and the Government Response and the new Primary Health Networks got a lot of coverage in the press this week.The House of Reps returned a few days ago and the Senate comes back 27th October so we will see how we…
  • Live Blog - Senate Estimates - Community Affairs Committee. October 22 2014. Senate Just Ignores E-Health. We All Need To Just Give Up!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    I thought I would take a few rough notes for readers here. E & O E! Relevant Section -Outcome 7 - E-Health Started 08:34 pm. Lots of waffle on NICNAS and FSANZ. (Chemicals and Cosmetics!!) 8:58 pm Moved on to TGA. Refused to discuss medical cannabis….. Questions since June from all sorts of Senators. Australian Medical Devices are now more able to get easier conformity assessment if approved in EU or, I assume, US. Outcome 7 - Finished at 9:14pm. We know where e-Health is heading now - Into Oblivion! Sleep Well and what a farce - zero accountability! David. This is the initial part of…
  • It Seems Practice Management System Vendors Have Been Warned There Are Significant Issues With The PCEHR That Won't Be Fixed Until December 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This alert was sent out today. I am told many system providers (not just Genie) are affected. Potential issue with PCEHR overviewsWe have been alerted by the Department of Health about a potential risk identified within the PCEHR system. This is impacting the way a small number of documents can be viewed in an eHealth record. This issue results in some Medicare, prescription and dispense documents presenting in the Document List but not appearing in the Medicare Overview or the Prescription and Dispense View. A permanent solution for this issue has been identified and will be implemented in…
  • Senate Estimates Alert - e-Health Scheduled 3:10pm -4pm Today 22/10/2014

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    To watch go to the following link: http://www.aph.gov.au/ Then select the Watch Parliament Tab and click on Senate Estimates / Community Affairs Hearing. Enjoy! David. Late Update - Committee is running very, very late. D. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
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  • One More Lesson

    shelly
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
      If you follow this blog at all, you know I am big on talking about lessons I have learned from others – my colleagues,  my classmates, birds in a nest, my family, strangers I have met in England, my SASS Cowboy crew, cartoon characters, my son… Today my lesson came from a 1st grader.A very entrepreneurial and creative 1st grader. She is the first student at her school to secure her own “booth” (aka table) at her school fall festival, at her own request.She has written and published (with a little help) a book called “The Arguing Colors”, and was selling and signing copies…
  • Life as we know it (By Ryan, Age 15)

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

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

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

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

    John Lynn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Amazing stat: Patient self pay use to be 3%. Today's reality is 20% patient self pay. #craneware14 #HITsm #hcsm — EMR, EHR and HIT (@ehrandhit) October 14, 2014 This stat was absolutely remarkable. It came from Intermountain healthcare. Healthcare Scene writers and I have written about this shift multiple times, but it was pretty stark to see the stats on how big the shift really is for an organization. This same speaker at the Craneware Summit also said that only 40% of self pay is collectible. That’s a huge chunk of money your organization use to collect that is now being…
  • Patient Billing Experience is Tied to HCAHP Scores

    John Lynn
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I first heard about this earlier this year when I met with ZirMed at ANI. Since then, I keep hearing this concept over and over and so it’s finally time for me to create a blog post on the topic. How you bill a patient has a tremendous impact on patient satisfaction and therefor your HCAHP scores. When you read that, I’m sure you’re thinking “Well duh! Of course it does.” While it’s obvious once it’s stated, I don’t know many organizations that are working to improve their HCAHP scores by improving their patient billing processes. I have seen a…
  • ICD-10 Ebola Infographic

    John Lynn
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    In my post on funny ICD-10 codes ruining the ICD-10 brand, I briefly commented how there’s no ICD-9 code for Ebola, but that there is one for ICD-10. Beth Friedman from Agency Ten22 shared a link to this ICD-10 Ebola Infographic that I thought readers would find really interesting. One more reason to finally implement ICD-10 in the US. Related posts: Rise of the Digital Patient Infographic Ebola Lapse in Dallas Offers Few Lessons, Except About Our Over-reliance on Technology Reality of Patient Engagement Infographic
  • Are Researchers Ready to Use Patient Health Records?

    Andy Oram
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    There’s a groundswell of opinion throughout health care that to improve outcomes, we need to share clinical data from patients’ health records with researchers who are working on cures or just better population health measures. One recommendation in the much-studied JASON report–an object of scrutiny at the Office of the National Coordinator and throughout the field of health IT–called on the ONC to convene a conference of biomedical researchers. At this conference, presumably, the health care industry will find out what researchers could accomplish once they had…
  • Meaningful Use #HITsm Twitter Chat

    John Lynn
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I had the honor today to host the #HITsm Twitter chat. For those not familiar with the #HITsm chat, you just join every Friday at Noon ET and watch the tweets that are sent using the #HITsm hashtag. There are usually 4-5 questions that are discussed over the hour chat. Since I was the host, I created the questions this week. I chose to focus the chat on the latest happenings with meaningful use. The transcript of the chat is found here. I just took a look at the stats for the chat on Symplur and saw that the chat had 68 participants that sent out 474 tweets which had 3,196,079 impressions.
 
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  • DIGITAL X-RAY VIRGINS Contd

    gpldev
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Call Today for Information on our Digital X-Rays and Dental  Software | (800) 704-8494 Digital X-Rays? After doing a good deal of research, the system I finally chose was DentiMax. There were several reasons I choose that company’s Dream Sensor. The first was that I found the quality to be amazing and the price was the lowest I had seen anywhere. This made me skeptical, but further research with CRA and other literature helped convince me that this sensor—and its low price—was not too good to be true. I was delighted to find the sensor was very highly rated. This, of course, made them…
  • DIGITAL X-RAY VIRGINS

    gpldev
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Digital XRays Are the Future | (800) 704-8494 For some unidentified reason, my wife and I have gotten hooked on all those real estate reality shows on HGTV. One of these shows, “Property Virgins,” features first-time homebuyers trying to decide if they want to own a home and, if so, what they should buy. Watching this show feels a bit familiar to me because a few short months ago you could have called me a Digital X-Ray Virgin. For the last 13 years, I have shared a 12-operatory building and an old x-ray processor with two other Digital X-Ray Virgins. We all thought we were doing…
  • Going Paperless: One Step at a Time (Contd)

    gpldev
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Call Today for Information on our Dental Software | (800) 704-8494 It really is a beautiful thing to watch the smooth flow of information  between the back and front office as treatment plan, perio, clinical notes and other data is shared to create claims, statements and new appointments.   Go Digital with X-rays Now, for a real productivity boost, combine your practice management software with a digital x-ray system.  Using these two systems together lets you view digital x-rays while treatment planning – at the same time.  And the advantages of digital x-rays over traditional film…
  • Going Paperless: One Step at a Time

    gpldev
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    By Ryan S. Brown, DDS Throw out your progress notes, x-ray film and the other systems that you have used for years and try going into work the next day with an all new paperless system that you and your staff have neither seen nor used – and did I mention that your day is packed full of patients?  This kind of nightmare would make any dental team anxious and would prove a recipe for disaster.  Fortunately, offices that want to go paperless don’t have to do it all at once, but can take it one step at a time.  Let me suggest three initial steps to going paperless: (1) create treatment…
  • Embezzlement Contd

    gpldev
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
     How can a dental practice prevent embezzlement?  Obviously, the first line of defense against embezzlement is to hire honest people.  But beyond reviewing work history and calling references, no one can guarantee that their staff will never steal from them.  Bluntly stated, without good software, you cannot properly protect yourself from employee theft.  I would not have pursued my suspicion and caught this office manager without the detailed information provided by my software program.  I shudder to think about the amount of money that she could have stolen had I not caught her early…
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  • EHR still in play with US Ebola case

    Erin McCann
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    In a congressional hearing Thursday, a Texas Health Resources executive joined other clinical stakeholders in the U.S. Ebola crisis to shed light on myriad oversights that materialized when the Ebola virus arrived on American soil.    read more
  • Ochsner first to link Epic to Apple's HealthKit

    Erin McCann
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    It's official. The Louisiana-based health system has become the first Epic EHR shop to integrate its electronic health record with Apple's HealthKit, making for seamless data exchange between clinicians and their patients.    read more
  • Is the post-EHR era upon us?

    Mike Miliard
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    When announcing his company's seismic $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services this past summer, Cerner CEO Neal Patterson noted the deal was meant, in part, to help the electronic health record giant chart a course for the "post-meaningful use" era. read more
  • Missed Ebola diagnosis leads to debate

    Erin McCann
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    A statement from the 25-hospital Texas Health Resources explaining why critical travel information was not communicated regarding the nation's first Ebola patient has left many wondering where the problem occurred. And, more importantly, how to fix it.   read more
  • Why should docs care about big data?

    Mike Miliard
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    When he speaks at Healthcare IT News' Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum next month in Boston, Robert Wachter, MD, will have some provocative things to say about quality and safety – and the responsibility physicians have to embrace the promise of business and clinical intelligence. [See also: Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'] read more
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  • DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

    Tom Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request. "HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News. read more
  • HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

    Mike Miliard
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. [See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ] read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
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  • More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more
 
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  • DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

    Tom Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request. "HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News. read more
  • HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

    Mike Miliard
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. [See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ] read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/better-denials-management-strategies
  • More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more
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  • DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

    Tom Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request. "HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News. read more
  • HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

    Mike Miliard
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. [See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ] read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/better-denials-management-strategies
  • More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more
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  • DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

    Tom Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request. "HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News. read more
  • HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

    Mike Miliard
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. [See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ] read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/better-denials-management-strategies
  • More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more
 
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  • DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

    Tom Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request. "HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News. read more
  • HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

    Mike Miliard
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. [See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ] read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/better-denials-management-strategies
  • More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more
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  • DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

    Tom Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request. "HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News. read more
  • HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

    Mike Miliard
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. [See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ] read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/evolution-medical-practice
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    External Story URL:  http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/better-denials-management-strategies
  • More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more
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  • Defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and Choosing a VNA

    Mach7 Technologies
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    (SPONSORED) In this video, Eric Rice, Mach7’s CTO, offers a quick summary of what to consider when defining an Enterprise Imaging Strategy and choosing a VNA and a VNA partner. 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
  • Introducing the U.S. Digital Service

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    In this video from whitehouse.gov, Mickey Dickerson, administrator of the new U.S. Digital Service, takes us through a few moments of his first day on the job where he leads a team responsible for digital interfacing with the government. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Analysis: How will Obamacare Premiums Behave during Second Open Enrollment – Part 1

    Pamela Girardin
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    The second open enrollment period is quickly approaching and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is – how will Obamacare premiums behave in the second year of reformed health insurance coverage? We are roughly two months away from open enrollment and any solid number on rate increase is far from available. As we approach November […]
  • Are Billing Problems Forming a New Set of Challenges for Obamacare?

    Pamela Girardin
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    At outset of Obamacare, all eyes were on the troubled healthcare.gov launch that gripped the administration on October 1, 2013. While the Affordable Care Act was being lauded as the coveted reformer of the health insurance, it had its own demons to fight. As time passed, exchange problems were weeded out and the system became […]
  • Anti-Obamacare Spending Boosted Enrollments, Say Reports

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

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

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

    Ashley Gold
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Ivor Horn, M.D., an emergency medical physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has her sights set on creating truly patient-centered technology with mobile solutions. She and fellow physicians at Children's are focusing on at-risk children and adolescents with asthma--and the stress and confusion that caring for those children that can cause parents.read more
  • Slow down, Apple; mHealth tech requires validity to drive user adoption

    Judy Mottl
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sometimes, with all that's going on with mobile healthcare technology--from emerging tools and the stream of research reports to product development and deployment--it can be easy for tech experts to become too focused on being first and ahead of the pack rather than producing a viable and validated product.read more
  • Texting as healthcare tool shows promise

    Judy Mottl
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    An in-depth examination of research literature regarding the use of text messaging as a healthcare tool indicates texting can benefit patients and boost treatment initiatives in several ways.read more
  • Doc: Smartwatches are a fad, but other wearables have staying power

    Judy Mottl
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The smartwatch is a fad, but developers demonstrating clinical use of tools will be the "Holy Grail" in pushing mHealth to the next level, according to a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.read more
  • Hospital goes mobile with physician order entry to boost treatment process

    Judy Mottl
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Canada's biggest hospital is utilizing a native mobile electronic order entry system for physicians featuring an app that lets doctors prescribe and conduct data entry wherever they may be.read more
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  • Adding HIE, eRx data to electronic records improves prescription list accuracy

    Susan D. Hall
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Combining medication history information from three sources improved accuracy and patient safety, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.read more
  • How long must providers wait for better EHRs?

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT and current president of the Commonwealth Fund, published a very insightful and thought provoking blog post last week about the fact that electronic health records are now the industry's "understandable but not wholly justifiable" scapegoat for many of the problems in healthcare. Among other things, he pointed to the human tendency to want to cast blame rather than take responsibility for mistakes, the fact that EHRs are "imperfect" systems, and that they're at the forefront of clinicians'…
  • EHRs help detect patients at risk of venous thromboembolisms

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Electronic health records can help identify patients with pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis with "high accuracy" according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.read more
  • Survey: Mobile device access to EHRs boosts doc satisfaction

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A majority of physicians are still struggling with interoperability, but mobile device users were happier overall with their systems, according to Software Advice's latest annual electronic health record UserView survey.read more
  • Ex-ONC head David Blumenthal on health IT: 'No going back'

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Providers' tendency to blame their electronic health records for problems, as most lately exhibited by Texas Health Resource's initial announcement blaming its EHR system for the misdiagnosis of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, are "understandable but not wholly justifiable," according to David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT and current president of the Commonwealth Fund. read more
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  • Two less obvious profit drivers for your clinic.

    Kelly Lawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    1. E-Confirmations. Cancellations and no-shows are not just annoying, they are a significant revenue drain. An e-Confirmation is an automatically generated email to the patient that delivers an online notification regarding their upcoming appointment and allows them to confirm their intention to attend the appointment. eConfirmations are built into your practice Management Software – so they are of no cost to you or your resources, and… eConfirmations decrease no shows by and cancellations rates by 50% @clinicserver [tweet this] Calculate: Your clinic’s no-show rate =  (Number of…
  • Five ways to improve the ambiance of your waitroom before your morning coffee break.

    Kelly Lawson
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    We wish that wait rooms didn’t exist. Really. As clinicians, we dont ever want to make people wait for us. It creates an undesirable and perceived hierarchical dynamic of, “My time is more important than yours, therefore, you wait for me.” Sadly, it is largely unintentional, and often necessary as appointments can run late, clients can run late, phone calls can interject, documentation can take longer than expected. There are any number or reasons that we can keep our clients waiting. The reality is, clients don’t like waiting, and we don’t like making them wait, but it happens. The…
  • 5 Free Ways to Market Your Practice This Fall

    Kelly Lawson
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    It is no secret that fall is ramp up time in the business world. Schools reopen, vacations end, cottages close, RVs get packed up, the boats go into storage, people resume their routines. Fall is a well known period of time when bustle begins. What better time to be prepared to accelerate community awareness efforts for your practice and getting the word out about who you are and what you have to offer your potential clients? Below are 5 tips for marketing your practice that take a little time, and good news, they’re all FREE to you. 1. Plan a speaking engagement. When you understand who…
  • Happy National Physiotherapy Month!

    Kelly Lawson
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    It’s National Physiotherapy Month! ClinicServer would like to give a well deserved shout out to physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants across the globe! We recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication you give to your profession and your patients everyday. Cheers to you!  
  • New Feature: Provider Type Icons #YOUSPOKE

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

    Mike Hoaglin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s much more to the patient experience than the medical exam, and the front office environment sets the tone upon arrival. Optimize this space to promote a healing—not waiting—environment and maximize patient satisfaction. It’s only a waiting room if they’re waiting Rather than focus only on reducing wait times, transform how patients perceive and use that time. Offer wi-fi in the waiting room and have a couple of iPads or tablets on-hand for the following: PHR registration: When a patient arrives, it’s a good time to check whether he or she is enrolled in Patient Fusion.
  • Thinking outside the pillbox: Enabling patients to stick to their medication plan

    Mike Hoaglin
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    To the tune of 125,000 deaths and $300 million, medication non-adherence is a growing concern to clinicians and the healthcare system. In fact nearly two thirds of re-admissions are due to medication non-adherence. However, the use of interventions to improve adherence are rare in routine clinical practice. When pill counts, chasing pharmacy records, or patient attestation aren’t cutting it, reach for a technological helping hand. Gamify the importance of adherence The benefits of taking medications regularly aren’t readily apparent to many patients, especially with medications that are…
  • Prescribing an easier pill to swallow with apps

    Mike Hoaglin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Download these two apps and call me in the morning.” If these doctor’s orders sound a little far-fetched, it might be time to consider thinking outside of the pillbox. According to a recent survey, there is a possible preference among patients to be prescribed an app compared to medications. 90% of patients would accept a mobile app prescription while only 66% would fill a medication prescription. But with over 40,000 apps, where is a doctor to start? After all, most health apps receive fewer than 500 downloads, and the top 5 apps make up 15% of the health app market. Security is…
  • 19 must-see stats on the changing EHR landscape

    Ryan Shay
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Less than a decade ago, nine out of ten doctors in the U.S. updated their patients’ records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. In 2014, 61% of physicians nationwide use electronic health records (EHRs), up from 50.3% during the prior year. Health records are changing quickly — here’s a snapshot of the current EHR landscape: Support for EHR adoption The annual healthcare spending of the country reached ~$2.9 trillion in 2011. It’s expected to soar to $3.5 trillion by 2015. (Source) Medical errors cost $19.5 billion a year, and maybe as much as a staggering…
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  • Karen’s Story

    chaener
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
  • Keith’s Story

    chaener
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Watch Keith’s inspiring story about how he lost over 100 pounds.
  • When the Coach Is In, Everyone Wins

    Matt Ferguson
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    I eat, breathe, and sleep health coaching, so it’s great when I see companies talk about how coaches have helped engage employees and lower costs. A recent article in Human Resource Executive Online, “The Coach Is In,” was especially exciting for all of us at WebMD Health Services because our client, Prudential Financial, talked about how WebMD coaches have been integral to them in developing a “coaching culture.” Better health and lower costs are great reasons to have coaches. But the article highlighted other benefits that people may not think about. Here are my top four. 1.
  • Best Practices: Wellness Culture Ideas Handbook

    Erin Olsen
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
  • Data Is Changing—and It’s about to Change All of Us

    Kelsey Naffziger
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    The market for wearable smart devices is predicted to reach $53 billion by 2019.1 That’s BILLION—with a B. To say that this market is exploding is an understatement. This predicted expansion of devices and their associated apps begs the question of all that data that’s going to be collected. In the very near future, all of us will be creating our own digital exhaust from how we sleep, eat, exercise, and who knows what else. But the more important question is what we’ll do with the data. How will it feed our notion of the quantified self? Knowing our numbers is great, but only if we…
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  • Can efficient network management bring you closer to value-based reimbursement?

    Cara Wood
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    There is a cascading inefficiency problem in many network management approaches today. Chances are your network management is using multiple data sources, still relying on paper-driven processes, struggling with long cycle times, or built on an older platform that has not integrated multiple systems well. Worse still, these administrative mistakes and nuisances may be holding you back from the solid foundation your systems need to enact successful value-based reimbursement in the future. As the industry changes, one of the keys to success is putting the technology in place to have more…
  • Happy ICD-10 Anniversary!

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

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

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

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

    Vlada Barlow
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    As I sit in my home office with the security icon blinking on the screen of my company-issued laptop, it dawns on me how much nearly every profession relies on remote communication. From banking, to education, and even to matchmaking, people use technology to communicate with others near and far, often making life changing decisions […]
  • T-Minus 169 days…the Clock is Ticking for New York Providers

    Michelle Soble-Lernor and Peter Kaufman
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015 This is the headline that jumps off of the page on the New York Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s (BNE) website, and March 27 is the drop-dead date, no ifs ands or buts. March 27 is only 169 days away, and all physicians, with few exceptions, must go paperless […]
  • Elements of a Patient-centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

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

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

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

    John Rossman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    In the weeks since the Circuit Court decision in Douglass v. Convergent -- the infamous envelope window disclosure case -- filings of similar cases against debt collectors have been brisk. Two ARM defense attorneys discuss some specific legal theories upon which debt collectors may defend similar claims.
  • Are these Marketing Tactics a TRICK or a TREAT?

    Lindsey Walters
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Marketing your brand can be just like trick or treating, except instead of looking for candy, you are looking to grow your business.
  • DBA International Certifies First Collection Law Firm

    insideARM.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    DBA International (DBA) announced the first certified collection law firm under its expanded Certified Professional Receivables Company (CPRC) program. Within weeks of the program expansion, G. Reynolds Sims & Associates, P.C. completed the process and was approved at the October 16, 2014 meeting of the DBA Certification Council Administration and Budget Committee Meeting.
  • Watch the FTC-CFPB Roundtable on Debt Collection & the Latino Community

    Patrick Lunsford
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you're not in California, be sure to watch the webcast of an important FTC/CFPB roundtable on debt collection and the Latino community.
  • TCPA Reform in Our Lifetime?

    insideARM.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Could 2015 be the year of TCPA reform? There are somewhat promising signs that it actually may be.
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  • The US healthcare industry will never be ready for ICD-10 until we stop scapegoating our physicians

    Nina Keller
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This would have been the second week of the ICD-10 era in American Healthcare had the Congress not intervened to delay its implementation. It was believed that by giving EHR vendors, providers and payers more time America would have a relatively smoother transition. On this day, it’s only fair to ask ourselves if the government policy worked. Are we better prepared to handle the ICD-10 phenomena now than we were a few months back? The simple answer is no. We are asking too much of our physicians by expecting them to change their workflow, implement all sorts of technology, comply with…
  • How to Succeed with Patient Portals for Meaningful Use Stage 2?

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

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

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

    Daniel Schwartz
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Would you ever buy an SUV without locks? Or leave the keys in the ignition while you’re grocery shopping? Would you be happy to deposit your hard earned money in a bank, with no security protocol, so that anybody can walk in and get away with all the money stored inside?  The likely answer to all three questions is no. Why do we have such checks in place? They’re there to prevent the Jesse James’ and John Dillingers’ of modern times from trying to steal what isn’t theirs. Your practice is the bank, personal health information (PHI) is the deposits, and data encryption is what must…
 
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  • 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.   Dr. Topol spelled out eight drivers of the evolving paradigm in healthcare, namely, sensors, labs, imaging, physical exams, access to medical records, transparency of costs and digital pills. That list would have seemed foreign just a few years ago.   Dr. Topol took a look at the radical shift occurring in the centuries-old doctor-patient…
  • Robo-Pathologist Will Still Require Human Intervention

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

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

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

    Keith Kaplan, MD
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Some time ago I came across some videos and a TED talk by Dr. Zubin Damania aka ZDoggMD. Born of Indian parents, educated at the finest colleges, medical schools and residencies, he felt his career had hit a wall. He felt he wasn’t making the impact he’d planned to when he first entered the medical field as a physician. So Dr. Damania transformed himself into an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and social media cult figure. A recent Forbes article on Doximity talks about Why Physicians are Turning to Startups. What I found most interesting is the historical reasons why physicians…
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  • Release Notes – Caristix 3.2

    jeremy.berube@caristix.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Caristix release 3.2 is a broad release of additional features through the range of Caristix products from Workgroup through the individual HL7 modules, Cloak, Conformance, Pinpoint and Test.  We’ve put some additional focus on Test as we continue to add features that accelerate test creation and test execution to help you get your interfaces into production faster. Workgroup New HL7 Messaging Feature Support file drag-and-drop in the Message Gap to quickly compare message files New DeId Features Preformat the source value of a generator or [...] Cet article Release Notes – Caristix…
  • What Can HIEs Do to Overcome Interoperability Barriers?

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Cost and technical barriers? As soon as you hear the word “interoperability” in healthcare, “cost” and “complexity” are right around the corner. If you’re a technical leader at an HIE, this won’t come as a shock. In a recent survey, 59% of HIEs see the cost of interface development as a barrier. And another 38% view technical difficulty in interfacing as their biggest hurdle. So what’s the solution?  For starters, there is no easy technical fix. Direct messaging can tackle some use cases. [...] Cet article What Can HIEs Do to Overcome Interoperability Barriers? est apparu…
  • Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Interface Conversion Projects: 10 or More Steps If you’ve ever worked on converting from a legacy interface engine to a new one, you know one thing: this is one complex project. With a lot of moving parts. You’re easily facing 10 or more different workflow steps — per interface.  The workflow can start with simply backing up the legacy production interface and can end with testing and deploying the new interface. But between Step 1 and 10, there is a lot [...] Cet article Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Interfacing Capabilities and Costs

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    When you first start researching the interfacing capabilities of each engine vendor, you might be overwhelmed. If you’re in a startup, small company, or a hospital with fewer than 100 beds, get ready for sticker shock. Interfacing and integration don’t come cheap. And if you’re in a bigger organization and you need a new engine, get ready for complexity and value propositions that may be overkill.  This post will help you match your needs to the capabilities in the market. [...] Cet article Interfacing Capabilities and Costs est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • What is de-identification?

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

    Infinit Healthcare
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are looking for a great resource to help you learn more about how Big Data is used in the Healthcare Industry, download and read this FREE e-book now!
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How to Safeguard Against Healthcare Data Breaches

    Infinit Healthcare
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and with the recent shift towards electronic records and the use of big data, healthcare providers need to fortify data security to safeguard against data breaches. The recent Healthcare.gov web site hacking is an example of why healthcare organizations should not only have a data security plan but also a breach plan
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 5 – 11, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This week, let’s focus on a very important advancement in healthcare that may literally prevent us from catching the most horrifying diseases, Big Data. How you ask? Can it prevent us from getting the notorious Ebola virus? Here’s the newest on Healthcare Data.
  • 12 Must-Read Healthcare IT Blogs

    Infinit Healthcare
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Whether you’re a healthcare provider, a medical professional, or just simply a healthcare enthusiast, it’s important to be updated on the latest news and issues related to healthcare information technology. Here is a list of some of our favorite healthcare IT blogs for everyone looking for news, analysis, and valuable guidance in the intersection of medicine and technology.
  • Top 5 Reasons the Healthcare Industry should Outsource

    Jeff De Jesus
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    The global healthcare industry’s interest in outsourcing has grown massively in the recent years due to the industry’s drive to reduce costs while still being able to provide quality healthcare service. We list down five reasons the healthcare industry should think more about outsourcing their non-medical operations.
 
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  • Benefits of Home Care For the Elderly

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    There are many benefits to home care for the elderly. From companionship and ensuring that there is someone around to look after your elderly loved one’s well being even when you are not present, home care has multiple benefits. Here at Precision HHC we have provided you with 6 great reasons why you should use home care to take care of your elderly relatives. 1)      Home Care is Affordable: A professional caregiver not only provides high quality care, they are also extremely affordable as compared to nursing homes. In most cases, keeping your elderly loved ones at home costs…
  • Find the Right Elder Care Facility

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    14 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
               
  • Elderly Care Agencies: A Guide

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Finding a proper elderly care agency for the senior in your life may be one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. After all, at the crux of your search is the fact that you need to find the proper spot that will provide a comfortable, caring place for your loved one; one that also strives to preserve their dignity in the process. When you consider other important metrics like cost and location, it becomes clear that finding the right elderly care agency is a decision that should be weighed heavily. When the time comes to consider elder care for your loved one, there are a few rules of…
  • The Elderly vs. Insomnia: A Perpetual Battle for Rest

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    One of the most common complaints of the elderly is a lack of sleep.  This may be in the form of aninability to initiate sleep or an inability to maintain sleep for prolonged periods of time.  Frequent waking is the most common form of insomnia amongst the elderly. Insomnia can be caused by a plethora of factors.   Without a specific disease/condition, insomnia can be a result of several things occurring at the same time.  Below is a list of common causes of insomnia: Caffeine Depression Diet Pills Anxiety Nicotine Intense bedtime thinking/worrying Prescription drugs: Ask your doctor for…
  • The Importance of Daily Activity

    Dr. Ankur Pathak
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:24 am
    The fitness “buzz” has perhaps never been as prevalent as it is today. Fitness “gurus” write books, magazines, and create DVDs to help the general public achieve their fitness goals. Unfortunately, the senior population is usually left out. Now by no means am I suggesting that those who require senior care at home should attempt to perform overly strenuous movements and routines. However, daily activity is paramount in eliminating, reducing and/or preventing various aches and pains. Some of the most common elderly complaints are: headaches, neck pain, back pain, hip pain, and knee…
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  • Karen DeSalvo Steps Down from ONC to Focus on Ebola Response

    Jasmine Pennic
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Dr. Karen DeSalvo ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo is stepping down to become the acting assistant secretary of health to focus on the Ebola response. The position oversees the surgeon’s general office playing a heavy role in tackling public health issues.   “As the acting assistant secretary for health, Karen’s experience as a practicing physician, a senior member of the HHS team, and as a nationally recognized leader in public health, will be invaluable to the department and me. She will bring her knowledge and real-world experience to bear on some of the…
  • HHS Launches $840M Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

    HITC Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it will invest $840 million over the next four years in a new initiative to help 150,000 clinicians access information and improve health outcomes. Through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, the HHS will fund successful applicants who work directly with medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients’ health outcomes, and coordinated health care systems. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to achieve progress toward…
  • Could Ebola Survivors Blood Help Infected Patients?

    HITC Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Researchers are testing to find out if Ebola survivors blood could help infected patients to fight off the disease for patients in West Africa. An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) will assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term and provide an urgently needed treatment option for patients in West Africa. The project, which will start in Guinea in November…
  • TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Takes Digital Health Startups Seriously

    Ben Heubl, Digital Health UK Correspondent (@benheubl)
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Written by Ben Heubl, edited by Susan Williams This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Conference in London presented the audience with more digital health innovation than ever before. Mike Butcher, Editor At Large at TechCrunch Europe expressed excitement at the increased tech startups emerging from Europe. The conference had a massive health angle, and as always, TechCrunch hackathons stimulated fantastic creativity towards building digital health solutions. Without further ado, behold these great collaborations: National Health Hack Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and…
  • NCCN Chemotherapy Orders to Integrate with Epic’s EHR

    Jasmine Pennic
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has announced it is working with Epic to integrate the NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates (NCCN Templates) into Epic’s Beacon Oncology Information System as electronic chemotherapy protocols for use by health care providers. The Epic integration provides physicians with access to evidence-based treatment protocols based on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines). NCCN Templates include: - chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens with literature support - supportive care agents - monitoring parameters - safety…
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