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  • Custom 3D Printed Kidneys Help Surgeons Remove Tumors

    Medgadget
    Editors
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Removing a tumor from an organ can be a challenge when it’s located in a hard to reach spot surrounded by fragile tissue, such as in the retroperitoneal space. Surgeons typically review CT scans prior to the operation, planning what approach they’ll take in their minds. Now researchers at Kobe University in Japan are offering surgeons 3D-printed recreations of their patients’ own kidneys, including the tumor and surrounding vasculature, to analyze and practice on. The team uses pre-op CT scans to create 3D models of the kidneys, which are then transferred to the…
  • The Internet of Medical Devices

    Bob on Medical Device Software
    Bob
    19 Jan 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is being propelled by the dramatic reduction in size, power consumption, and cost of networking and computing capability.  Many of the devices listed in the Wolfram Connected Devices Project are health related. “Things” like weight scales and thermometers can make measurements from many objects, but when that object is a human body, they effectively become medical devices. The sensors that come standard on smart phones also fit into this category. All of these network-connected devices that record data from humans make up the Internet of Medical…
  • HIT data integrity failures top patient safety concerns

    FierceHealthIT News
    Ashley Gold
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    While data integrity failures within health IT systems only ranked fourth on the ECRI Institute's list of top healthcare technology hazards published last fall, when it comes to patient safety concerns, they rank No. 1.read more
  • Guest Article: Secure message exchange using the Direct Protocol is not a myth, there really are people using it

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I recently chaired a couple of conferences and my next HealthIMPACT event is coming up later this month in NYC. At each one of the events and many times a year via twitter and e-mail I am asked whether the Direct Project is successful, worth implementing in health IT projects, and if there are many people sending secure messages using Direct. To help answer these questions, I reached out to Rachel A. Lunsford, Director of Product Management at Amida Technologies. Amida has amassed an impressive team of engineers to focus on health IT for patient-centered care so their answer will be well…
  • Morning Headlines 4/23/14

    HIStalk
    Lt. Dan
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies The Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit, and HIMSS launch a new non-profit called the Personal Connected Health Alliance that will represent the consumer voice in the growing connected health industry. Care Everywhere, a Point-to-Point HIE Tool An Applied Clinical Informatics study says that using Epic’s Care Everywhere module in four Allina Health ER’s resulted in fewer duplicate diagnostic tests and procedures, and more drug seeking behaviors being identified.
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • HIT data integrity failures top patient safety concerns

    Ashley Gold
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    While data integrity failures within health IT systems only ranked fourth on the ECRI Institute's list of top healthcare technology hazards published last fall, when it comes to patient safety concerns, they rank No. 1.read more
  • Health industry lacks 'security advocacy'

    Dan Bowman
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    The healthcare industry needs more "security advocacy" for privacy to improve, according to Susan Widup, a senior analyst and co-author of Verizon's latest data breach investigations report, published this month.read more
  • Focusing health IT on improving minority health gaps

    Susan D. Hall
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Health IT must be available, affordable and sustainable in underserved communities to improve the health of people with higher rates of poverty and chronic disease, write two officials from Morehouse School of Medicine in a recent post to Health IT Buzz blog.read more
  • Cyber attack simulation exposes need for better collaboration, preparedness

    Susan D. Hall
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    The planned cyber attack simulation CyberRX revealed a need for healthcare organizations to better engage their stakeholders in their preparedness plans and to be more open about best practices to help the industry as a whole improve.read more
  • Privacy, security constant themes in DeSalvo's 2014 agenda

    Ashley Gold
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    What's vital for 2014 on National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo's agenda? Privacy and security, she said in a recent interview.read more
 
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  • Guest Article: Secure message exchange using the Direct Protocol is not a myth, there really are people using it

    Shahid N. Shah
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I recently chaired a couple of conferences and my next HealthIMPACT event is coming up later this month in NYC. At each one of the events and many times a year via twitter and e-mail I am asked whether the Direct Project is successful, worth implementing in health IT projects, and if there are many people sending secure messages using Direct. To help answer these questions, I reached out to Rachel A. Lunsford, Director of Product Management at Amida Technologies. Amida has amassed an impressive team of engineers to focus on health IT for patient-centered care so their answer will be well…
  • Anecdote-driven systems engineering and complaint-based interoperability design will not solve health IT woes

    Shahid N. Shah
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    As I’ve been preparing to chair the HealthIMPACT conference in Houston next Thursday I’ve been having some terrific conversations with big companies like Cisco, some of our publishing partners, and smaller vendors entering the health IT space for the first time. One great question I was asked during a discussing yesterday by a tech publisher was “so what’s it going to take to achieve real interoperability in healthcare and how long will it take?” To that my answer was: We need to move from anecdote-driven systems engineering to evidence-driven systems engineering…
  • What does it take to get beyond hype in health IT and focus on valuable, actionable, practical, relevant content?

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    My friend John Lynn was kind enough to cover the new HealthIMPACT Conference that I’m chairing in Houston on April 3 in his recent piece entitled “Getting Beyond the Health IT Cheerleaders, BS, and Hype Machine“. While the article was great, Beth Friedman’s comment was priceless: What are the criteria to be considered part of the cheerleader squad? This PR agency wants to be sure we are providing valuable, actionable, [practical], relevant content….NOT HYPE! And we’re open to your guidance. John gave her a great reply: It’s interesting how in high school…
  • Help us make sure HealthIMPACT events are useful and actionable

    Shahid N. Shah
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This year I’m chairing a healthcare IT event series called HealthIMPACT — it’s what I’m hoping will be some of the best places for healthcare technology enthusiasts and buyers to get actionable advice on what’s real, what’s BS, what to buy, what not to buy, and perhaps most importantly, which guidance is worth following. In order to make sure we cover the right topics, we have created a very short survey so that we have some evidence-driven approaches to proving we’re focusing on the right areas. The survey should only take a couple of minutes to take…
  • Learn how to cut through the noise at the first ever Health IT Marketing Conference

    Shahid N. Shah
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:09 pm
    John Lynn, prolific blogger and health IT media magnate, and I are teaming up to produce and deliver the world’s first marketing conference focused on helping innovators cut through the noise when trying to market their healthcare and medical tech products to physicians, hospitals, and similar customers. Called The Healthcare IT Marketing Conference, it will cover very important subjects by some of the world’s best experts on those topics. Learn how to align the Payers, Beneficiaries, and Users (PBU) of your Health IT or MedTech product There are three distinct groups…
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 4/23/14

    Lt. Dan
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies The Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit, and HIMSS launch a new non-profit called the Personal Connected Health Alliance that will represent the consumer voice in the growing connected health industry. Care Everywhere, a Point-to-Point HIE Tool An Applied Clinical Informatics study says that using Epic’s Care Everywhere module in four Allina Health ER’s resulted in fewer duplicate diagnostic tests and procedures, and more drug seeking behaviors being identified.
  • News 4/23/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Top News Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit, and HIMSS launch the Personal Connected Health Alliance to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health to ensure that technologies are user-friendly, secure, and can easily collect, display, and relay personal health data. Reader Comments From Less Disruption Please: “athenahealth. Friday was a tough day. Their outage was apparently due to catastrophic loss of power. It took out email, production, and backup sites. At least they apologized.” Unverified. Upcoming Webinars May 1 (Thursday) 1:00 p.m. ET. Think Beyond EDW: Using…
  • Morning Headlines 4/21/14

    Lt. Dan
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Heading off the alarms at Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Children’s Hospital is piloting a predictive analytics tool in its cardiac ICU that it hopes will help combat alarm fatigue by predicting changes in patient condition before alarms sound, and then creating a real-time "heat map" of the unit that tells staff where resources should be directed next. Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records NPR reports on the medical scribe industry in the US, which is booming in parallel with EHRs. Wikipedia Usage Estimates Prevalence of Influenza-Like…
  • Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 4/21/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Next weekend is my medical school reunion. Although I can’t make it, the fact that it is happening spurred me to try to re-connect with old friends and colleagues. Some are from med school, others are from residency, and a few are friends I made when I was a young solo practice doc trying to figure out how to fit into the medical establishment. I had a nice chat with a friend of mine who is a pediatrician. It was interesting to catch up because her practice is different from what I see every day. Hers is a traditional group private practice, but they only take commercial payers – no state…
  • Morning Headlines 4/21/14

    Lt. Dan
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    UPMC data breach may affect as many as 27,000 employees UPMC (PA) reports that hackers have stolen the personal information of 27,000 of its employees. 788 are reporting that their tax returns were stolen when the information was used to file fraudulent tax returns, while others are reporting that unauthorized bank accounts are being opened in their names. A Robust Health Data Infrastructure HHS publishes a JASON report on health information interoperability which concludes that without a sophisticated data exchange framework, health IT will continue to struggle to improve care quality or…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

  • Despite scandal, TMIT is still operating

    Neil Versel
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    You’ve no doubt hear about the kickback scandal involving CareFusion and Charles R. Denham, MD, founder of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT). I wrote a piece about it in the context of Meaningful Use for Healthcare IT News this month, since Denham co-chaired the steering committee of the National Quality Forum’s Safe Practices for Better Healthcare program during the time CareFusion allegedly paid Denham $11.6 million to promote its products. CMS, of course, has, to date, based Meaningful Use quality measures on NQF recommendations. Denham has become a pariah of…
  • Podcast: Owen Tripp, CEO of Grand Rounds

    Neil Versel
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Yesterday, Grand Rounds, a San Francisco-based startup that makes an “outcomes management platform” for large employer groups, introduced Office Visits, an online service that helps consumers find “quality” physicians close to home. I’ve long been skeptical of any claims of healthcare quality or any listing of “best” physicians or hospitals, so I invited Grand Rounds co-founder and CEO Owen Tripp on for a podcast to explain what his company is doing. He told me that a proprietary algorithm helps Grand Rounds “recommend with confidence” the…
  • Digital health at the Mid-America Healthcare Venture Forum

    Neil Versel
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    In case you haven’t seen the official announcements or caught my tweets, later this month I will be moderating a panel at the Mid-America Healthcare Venture Forum, an event being put on by MedCity News, April 22-23 at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Chicago. The panel is called “Opportunities (and Challenges) in Digital Health. Per the official description: “Digital health — and its business models — are coming of age. Promising young companies are integrating into healthcare and, in some cases, beginning to find exit partners. But that’s also meant new scrutiny from…
  • About those Obamacare numbers and the ICD-10 delay

    Neil Versel
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    While I’ve been busy writing a couple of stories on different topics, you’ve probably heard two pieces of news that will affect healthcare providers nationwide: the close of the first open enrollment period for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges and the Congressional “fix” (read “Band-Aid”) to the Medicare sustainable growth rate that statutorily delays the ICD-10 compliance deadline for another year, until October 2015. The White House yesterday reported that 7.1 million people had signed up for health insurance through…
  • eHealth Initiative ’2020 Roadmap’ panel needs consumers

    Neil Versel
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:47 pm
    This press release showed up my inbox on Tuesday: eHealth Initiative Launches 2020 Roadmap Process Framework to Change the Future of Nation’s Healthcare System March 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The eHealth Initiative (eHI) announced the launch of the eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap, a public-private collaboration that will help guide the  transformation of the nation’s healthcare system by 2020. With the help and support of a  wide array of leading healthcare associations, organizations, and federal agencies, 2020 Roadmap will propose key policy recommendations to implement at a…
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    HealthBlog

  • Ideas for sustainable health bloom in the Arizona desert

    hlthblog
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    In light of rapidly aging populations, health systems worldwide are being confronted with a dramatic increase in lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. As a result, health systems must...(read more)
  • Healthcare, you’ve been warned. Get ready to shake, rattle and roll

    hlthblog
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    On March 14th, I published a HealthBlog post called Disrupting and Destructing Healthcare . It has been widely distributed around the web and has had thousands of views here on HealthBlog. In that piece, I argued for showing a little compassion to healthcare...(read more)
  • Hospitals and health systems refocus on core competency

    hlthblog
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    What is the core competency of a hospital or clinic? Is it information technology (IT)? Should a healthcare organization employ large teams of IT specialists to manage e-mail, file, and storage systems? Shouldn’t the core competency of a hospital or clinic...(read more)
  • Norwegian teaching hospital uses Power BI for insights on care and cure

    hlthblog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    About five years ago, on one of my business trips to Europe, I had an opportunity to visit Oslo University Hospital in Norway. At that time, the hospital was nearing completion of an entirely new building. The doors to the new hospital were already open...(read more)
  • Dutch hospital monitors hygiene compliance with Windows 8 app

    hlthblog
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little partial to the Dutch. My father-in-law, now deceased, was a Dutchman. Hence we spend a lot of time in my family feeling a special bond with the Netherlands. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit Holland several times over the...(read more)
 
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    Lab Soft News

  • Financial Challenges for Non-Profit Hospitals; Lab Budget Reductions Anticipated

    Bruce Friedman
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Hard times are coming for non-profit hospitals and, in my opinion, particularly for pathology and the clinical lab contained within them (see: Ratings Agencies Go Negative on Not-for-Profit Hospitals for 2014; Their Projections Signal Fewer Resources for Hospital-based Clinical Laboratories) Below is an excerpt from this article: Tough financial times are ahead for not-for-profit hospitals, according to the projections of multiple rating agencies. Financial analysts attribute this to an extended period of massive and disruptive change. This is not good news for hospital-based clinical…
  • What's Wrong with Healthcare Software; Response to the Fallows Article

    Bruce Friedman
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    James Fallows wrote an article for The Atlantic about EHRs (see: Why Doctors Still Use Pen and Paper). You may want to browse this original article which is very interesting. He wrote a number of follow-up pieces and then an eighth one that quotes some of the email that he has received in response to the original article (see: The Electronic-Medical-Records Email(s) of the Day, No. 2). In this last one, he quotes an email from an IT consultant. Here is a truncated list of the observations about healthcare software in the email to Fallows: Software companies in "vertical"…
  • Distracted Diagnostics: Is This Really a Problem?

    Bruce Friedman
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    In a recent note, a guest blogger, Nial Toner, raised the issue of what I will call distracted diagnostics for the purpose of this discussion (see: Cloud Computing in Digital Pathology: Addressing Some Pressing Needs). Here is a paragraph from his note making reference to the fact that some pathologists working on digital cases away from their normal office might feel stressed or unfocused: Some pathologists may be skeptical about working from many different locations and believe that system settings may affect how they deal with their daily case workload. The key argument here is…
  • Cloud Computing in Digital Pathology: Addressing Some Pressing Needs

    Bruce Friedman
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    This is a guest blog by Nial Toner of PathXL, a vendor of cloud-based digital pathology systems. I asked him to discuss the benefits of cloud computing in digital pathology and barriers to its deployment. There will be some emphasis placed on digital pathology at the upcoming Pathology Informatics Summit 2014 (see: Digital Pathology Well Represented at Pathology Informatics Summit 2014)--BAF In digital pathology, cloud computing can help to deliver cost effective healthcare and also help to manage the growing amount of data that is generated by the technology. Cloud computing provides many…
  • UCLA Teams Up with Chinese Partner in Development of a New Esoteric Lab

    Bruce Friedman
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I have posted previous notes about U.S. academic pathology departments and LIS vendors entering into various types of business arrangements with Chinese businesses. One involved the UPMC pathology department providing second opinions for surgical pathology cases to KingMed Diagnostics three year ago (see: UPMC Enters China Market for Second Opinions in Surgical Pathology Cases). Another involved the establishment of a global pathology network by PathCentral, a cloud-based AP-LIS, with participation by China-based Kindstar Globalgene Technology (see: PathCentral Debuts…
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    eHealth

  • Research ShowCASE

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

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

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

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

    John Sharp
    31 Dec 2013 | 10:23 am
    It’s been another year of achievement and learning. It would have been difficult a year ago to predict how my professional life would change. My first trip mixed pleasure and work. Being in Salt Lake City, I agreed to speak to the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science on some of my work at the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Consortium. Bernie LaSalle made the event into a series of presentations by the University of Utah Bioinformatics team which was very informative. Next it was off to the American Medical Informatics Association…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • ACO’s and the Tech Needed to Be Ready

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    The following is a guest post by Barry Haitoff, CEO of Medical Management Corporation of America. For those not familiar with ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations), I want to provide some insight into ACOs and how a medical practice can better prepare themselves for the coming shift in reimbursement, which is epitomized by the ACO. This is a challenging subject since the ACO is a somewhat nebulous idea that’s rapidly changing, but hopefully I can provide you some strategies that will help you be prepared for the coming changes. You may remember when we talked in a previous post about…
  • Breaking News: Meaningful Use is Not Covering Costs

    John Lynn
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    In one of my recent interviews with a healthcare IT consulting company, they revealed some breaking news for those of us in the EHR world. They told me point blank that: Meaningful Use is Not Covering Costs Ok, so that’s not really breaking news. Although, it seems that very few people want to actually articulate this point. It almost feels like heresy that someone would “complain” about the fact that the government is spending $36 billion on EHR incentives and that the money isn’t enough to cover the implementation of these EHR systems. Actually, I should clarify that…
  • EMR Interfaces, MU vs Quality Care, and Data Outside EMR

    John Lynn
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    @samuelrajan yes! I Will help! Moving forward, any emr not interfaced with @CoverMyMeds is obsolete! Pls rt! — natalie hodge (@nataliehodge) April 21, 2014 I’m not sure I agree completely with this tweet. I don’t know enough about Covery My Meds to say either way. Although, I wondered if many EMRs will integrate with Covery My Meds. From my experience, EMR vendors don’t want to interface with many outside software companies. A few embrace outside companies interfacing with them. We’ll see if that changes over time. Study finds no association between #EHR…
  • The Programmer – Healthcare Divide

    John Lynn
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    I’ve regularly seen the divide (sometimes really wide) between the programmer and technical people in an organization and the healthcare professionals. For example, a healthcare IT company recently emailed me about an issue they had with their main developer. They asked the insightful question, “Is it possible to find quality developers who are not, shall we say, “difficult”?” There’s no simple answer to this question, but let me first suggest that this divide isn’t something that just happens between tech people and non-tech people. I’m sure many…
  • Why Is It So Difficult To Reduce The Cost Of Care?

    Kyle Samani
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    By refusing to pay for readmissions within 30 days of discharge from a hospital, Medicare has sent a strong message across the healthcare industry: < 30 day readmissions should be avoided at all costs. As a result, providers and vendors are doing everything in their power to avoid < 30 day readmissions. This seems like a simple way to reduce costs, right? Well, not quite… The vast majority of costs of care delivery are fixed: capital expenditures, facilities and diagnostics, 24/7 staffing, administrative overhead, etc. In other words, it’s extremely expensive just to…
 
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    Medgadget

  • Intuitive’s New da Vinci Sp Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic System (VIDEO)

    Editors
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Intuitive Surgical received FDA go ahead to begin marketing its da Vinci Sp single port robot assisted surgical system. The system is initially indicated for urologic minimally invasive procedures that are already performed via a single incision. The device delivers a 3D high-def camera and three fully articulating instruments through its 25 mm cannula. The EndoWrist Sp Instruments used by the system have two more degrees of freedom than the da Vinci Single-Site instruments previously available, allowing substantially more control for the surgeon. While the FDA has already given clearance to…
  • Withings Pulse O2 Fitness Tracker with Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitoring

    Editors
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Withings is releasing a new fitness tracker with both heart rate and blood oxygenation (SpO2) monitoring in a futuristic watch-like package. The Pulse O2, of course, also counts steps, calories burned, and watches how much you move during sleep. It features a touchscreen which allows user to swipe through different readouts and can be worn like a watch or clipped onto a piece of clothing. The device is priced at $120 and is available in either black or blue. Company’s product page: Pulse O₂…
  • Custom 3D Printed Kidneys Help Surgeons Remove Tumors

    Editors
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Removing a tumor from an organ can be a challenge when it’s located in a hard to reach spot surrounded by fragile tissue, such as in the retroperitoneal space. Surgeons typically review CT scans prior to the operation, planning what approach they’ll take in their minds. Now researchers at Kobe University in Japan are offering surgeons 3D-printed recreations of their patients’ own kidneys, including the tumor and surrounding vasculature, to analyze and practice on. The team uses pre-op CT scans to create 3D models of the kidneys, which are then transferred to the…
  • How the Internet of (Wearable) Things is Driving Healthcare Innovation

    Editors
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Eugene Borukhovich is an international expert on healthcare information technology innovation. He is the founder and organizer of Health 2.0 NYC and Health 2.0 Amsterdam and is a leading advocate in healthcare consumer issues and open health data. He currently serves as VP Healthcare, European Markets at SoftServe, Inc., and can be followed on Twitter at @HealthEugene. As a society, we are generating an unprecedented amount of data every day. According to SINTEF, 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in just the last two years! We are only at the beginning of this data…
  • $50 3D Printed Hand vs. Traditional, One Thousand Times More Expensive Prosthetic

    Editors
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    3D printing is touted by many as the next big technological shift that will radically change society, but those folks are already living in the past. Check out Jose Delgado, Jr., a man who was born with a missing left hand and has worn traditional hand prostheses all his life, comparing his new $50 3D printed hand to his previous $42,000 device.   More from 3D Universe: JOSE DELGADO, JR. COMPARES HIS $50 3D-PRINTED HAND TO HIS $42,000 MYOELECTRIC PROSTHESIS…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • Accelarad Nuance Makes It Official

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Dear Accelarad customer,You should have received an email from me on Monday of this week, when I provided our customers an early insight into the announcement that Accelarad is now a part of Nuance Communications. At this time, I wanted to provide you some additional information and invite you to learn more.You can read the full press release here: (Nuance Unveils PowerShare – April 17,2014)As discussed, this new union brings together our cloud-based medical image sharing technology and Nuance’s PowerScribe radiology reporting and communication platform. The partnership will…
  • Film at Eleven...But I Need It NOW!!!A Bigger Share Of Image Sharing

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A long time ago (November, 2005 to be exact), sitting in a radiology department far, far away from most of you, I bemoaned the problem of the "Portable Patient" in one of my early AuntMinnie.com articles:Of the thousand daily frustrations I experience as a radiologist, perhaps the most painful is that of the "portable patient." You see, patients migrate from hospital to hospital, from clinic to clinic, and from office to office. They may be searching for a second opinion, a superspecialist, someone who will give them the particular answer they seek (some want to hear good news, some prefer…
  • Unretired

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Courtesy WikipediaYou may recall my earlier post declaring my retirement within two years.Fuggedaboutit.I had attempted to start my retirement clock, and we had some long discussions on the topic. In the course of the discourse, various factors were mentioned, introduced, revealed, discovered, or otherwise made to appear which had not been present before. The cost for officially entering the short-term glide-path became more onerous than I thought it should.Therefore, my request is now withdrawn. When my numbers and the stars align properly, I'll be giving my 90 day notice. That might be…
  • Merge Announces...

    21 Feb 2014 | 6:30 am
    In my daily barrage of email came this announcement from Merge, which you can also find on Yahoo Finance:CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (MRGE), a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed William J. Devers Jr., president of Devers Group Inc, as a director, effective immediately."We are very fortunate to have a new director with such a considerable amount of business and software experience added to the Merge Board…
  • Mamas, Don't Let Your Doctors Grow Up To Be Assholes...(Or Is It The Other Way Around?)

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:39 am
    From Aeon Magazine comes an interesting and somewhat overdue piece on one of Medicine's worst-kept dirty little secrets: Doctors (and nurses) can be mean, and that impedes patient care. The author, Ilana Yurkiewicz is a third-year medical student at Harvard,  and blogs for Scientific American. She does bioethics research at Harvard, and her work has been published in the Knee-Jerk (I mean New England) Journal of Medicine. Clearly, she has the credentials to speak of what she speaks.Her Aeon article, Why Rude Doctors Make Bad Doctors, is a must-read for anyone in this business.
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    Australian Health Information Technology

  • Audit Commission Report Will Be Released In Eight Days Time.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    From an AFR Article. Hockey outlines budget hit-list PUBLISHED: 8 hours 11 MINUTES AGO | UPDATE: 0 hour 0 MINUTES AGO print Anticipating widespread anger on budget night, Treasurer Joe Hockey said those who will ask “what’s in it for me’’ would be told “a better future”. Photo: Louise KennerleyPhillip Coorey Chief political correspondent The May budget will increase means testing, introduce co-payments for benefits and slash spending on key services as part of a plan to more than halve expenditure growth and return the budget to surplus within six years. Treasurer Joe Hockey…
  • Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 23rd April, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----www.healthdatamanagement.com/blogs/sorry-experts-meaningful-use-a-success-47862-1.htmlSorry, Experts. Meaningful Use is a SuccessBy Joseph Goedert APR 17, 2014 4:13pm ETA federally funded study finds that criteria under the electronic health records meaningful use program “fall short of achieving meaningful use in any…
  • Pre - Budget Review Of The Health Sector - 22nd April 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    As we head towards the Budget in Early to Mid-May 2014 I thought It would be useful to keep a closer eye than usual on what was being said regarding what we might see coming out of the Budget.According to the Australian Parliament web site Budget Night will be on Tuesday 13th May, 2014.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this week.-----http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/disability-pension-attack-20140419-36y2q.htmlDisability pension attackDate April 19, 2014 - 11:59PM Jonathan SwanNational political reporterThousands of disability pensioners would…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 21st April, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentI thought there was enough bits of news around to make this useful.-----http://www.afr.com/p/business/healthcare2-0/doctors_squandering_skills_cost_gFN2meQ8R60H4MxGVeLHwLeHealth scheme considered for cutsPUBLISHED: 14 Apr 2014 08:11:58 | UPDATED: 15 Apr 2014 06:19:39 Joanna Heath The Abbott government is…
  • You Would Have To Say Government Seems Pretty Awful At Doing Technology. Victoria Seems To Lead The Way!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This appeared today.Plug pulled on schools' disastrous Ultranet computer systemDate April 20, 2014 Farrah TomazinThe Sunday Age's state political editor.After $180 million in taxpayer funds and years of political angst, the most bungled computer system to hit Victorian schools has finally been switched off.The state government has confirmed the IT experiment known as the Ultranet has officially ceased, ending one of the most controversial projects ever rolled out in public education.The software was intended to transform the way students learn by providing parents with information about their…
 
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  • FDASIA Health IT Report

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

    Bob
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is a good read: Healthcare Innovation Day 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System (warning: PDF). Healthcare is the one industry that’s been the slowest to adopt the intelligent methods we have in most other parts of our lives. How did the communications revolution that transformed industries such as banking, entertainment and telecom somehow leave healthcare behind? Great question! Here’s the ‘Call to Action’ list: Recognize that the lack of interoperability is a crisis and advocate for rapid change. Frame the interoperability problem correctly:…
  • Services, Not Sensors

    Bob
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The Internet Of Things: The Real Money Is The Internet, Not The Things (my highlight): The trick will be whether hardware companies will push hard enough for standardization so they can capitalize on services revenue. Companies that see themselves as pure hardware manufacturers are likely doomed, but those that see beyond the “things” to instead focus on the services built on the “Internet,” the future is very bright. Is this the new reality for the medical device industry as well?  If data and interoperability are the future, maybe it should be!
  • Predicting Heart Attacks and Electric Cars

    Bob
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:55 am
    What do these two things have in common? Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth. That’s right, Apple! … Apple is exploring ways to measure noise “turbulence” as it applies to blood flow. The company wants to develop software and sensors that can predict heart attacks by identifying the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery clogged with plaque, … The first 5 pages of search result on this topic turn up the above quote and Elon Musk. And of course the media hype kicks into full gear: Apple’s iWatch could save your life.
  • The Internet of Medical Devices

    Bob
    19 Jan 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is being propelled by the dramatic reduction in size, power consumption, and cost of networking and computing capability.  Many of the devices listed in the Wolfram Connected Devices Project are health related. “Things” like weight scales and thermometers can make measurements from many objects, but when that object is a human body, they effectively become medical devices. The sensors that come standard on smart phones also fit into this category. All of these network-connected devices that record data from humans make up the Internet of Medical…
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  • Modern Information Technology Endorsed by Government Health Quality Agency

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Andy Oram, writer and editor at O’Reilly Media. If you want to see a blueprint for real health reform, take the time to read through the white paper, “A Robust Health Data Infrastructure,” written by an independent set of experts in various areas of health and information technology. They hone in, more intently than any other official document I’ve seen, on the weaknesses of our health IT systems and the modernizations required to fix them. The paper fits very well into the contours of my own recent report, The Information…
  • Are Your Order Sets in Order?

    John Lynn
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Healthcare transformation is driving healthcare providers to focus on quality, value-based purchasing and accountable care. While CPOE (computerized physician order entry) has become an important tool to meet their goals, a robust order set integrated within CPOE is critical. A December 2013 HIMSS Analytics survey with responses from nearly 500 healthcare organizations highlighted the current state of healthcare providers’ order set deployment, use, and needs. Survey results revealed that the common challenges respondents faced with their order set solutions were lack of integration with an…
  • You might be an #HITNerd If…

    John Lynn
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    You might be an #HITNerd If… your vacation plans are all paired with health IT conferences. Find all our #HITNerd references on: EMR and EHR & EMR and HIPAA and check out the new #HITNerd t-shirts, hat, and phone cases. NEW: Check out the #HITNerd store to purchase an #HITNerd t-shirt of cell phone case. Note: Much like Jeff Foxworthy is a redneck. I’m well aware that I’m an #HITNerd. Related posts: You might be an #HITNerd If… You might be an #HITNerd If… You might be an #HITNerd If…
  • Creating Amazing Connections with People

    John Lynn
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about creating deep personal connections with the people I meet. If you remember my HIMSS post, I talked a lot about trying to do this at the HIMSS conference. It wasn’t necessarily a strategy that I’d thought out, but just a reflection of what I’d found most interesting and valuable from past conferences. There’s something valuable and beautiful about making a personal connection with someone. I think in the end it leads to great business results as well, but that’s really not the point. Life is…
  • Participants Wanted for Remote EHR Usability Study

    Carl Bergman
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    My friend Bennett Lauber of  The Usability People is looking for medical professionals, MD’s, RN’s or CMA’s to participate in a remote EHR usability study. Here’s the information on the project: This study will be conducted during the first and second week of May, 2014. Qualified participants that complete the study will receive compensation up to a $100 Amazon gift card. Please complete the following form to see if you qualify: http://www.theusabilitypeople.com/participate Thanks in advance  Bennett Lauber Chief Experience Officer The Usability People, LLC Check it out if…
 
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  • EHR Vulnerability Reporting issues

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

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

    ftrotter
    25 Oct 2013 | 12:58 pm
    I did an interview with Ezra Klein about healthcare.gov that is now up on the washington post wonkblog. There are some interesting comments there that I will probably respond to eventually… -FT
  • About to have a call with the National Health Service

    ftrotter
    17 Oct 2013 | 7:48 pm
    I am about to have a call with a group of people who work with the UK National Health Service. I know for a fact that the people on the call are doing serious, thoughtful work on behalf of their … Continued
  • DocGraph Journal releasing new data sets

    ftrotter
    24 Sep 2013 | 7:54 am
    If you are near Boston, you should consider trying to make it out to Strata RX. If you live anywhere on the West Coast, its not too late to sign up for Health 2.0 The DocGraph Journal will again be … Continued
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  • Big pharma on big data collaboration

    Dillan Yogendra
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    The overwhelmingly positive vote (547 to 17) is also aimed at clinical trial data transparency but only targets new trials commencing after the law takes effect. Assuming it is enacted, the benefits of a legislative model will be: read more
  • CIO: No longer just 'the IT guy'

    Bernie Monegain
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    In chess, the positional play is characterized by long-term maneuvering -- strategic moves. It's exactly what is being required of healthcare CIOs today. Over the past decade, the role has changed from technology manager to valued strategic player, one who helps drive transformational change and who is welcome at the executive table. read more
  • Smart data key to patient engagement

    Mike Miliard
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it? [See also: Patient engagement gains momentum] read more
  • ICD-10 delay rattles industry groups

    Erin McCann
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    It took the Senate nearly five hours Monday to debate and approve a bill that would temporarily fix the sustainable growth rate for docs and also delay ICD-10 one year. The curious -- and disconcerting -- thing is, during that time not a single Senator made mention of the ICD-10 provision included in the bill, leaving many industry officials questioning: Do they even know what they just voted on? Either way, overall the folks in healthcare were not very happy.   read more
  • Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'

    Mike Miliard
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Event Call out Event Teaser:  Business Intelligence will change how you get paid. Learn what the experts know. Unpublish:  Wed, 04/16/2014 (All day) When it comes to hacking through the hype of big data, there are two types of analytics projects: those boundary-pushing advancements that, where they do exist, are mainly the product of big hospitals and academic medical centers, and humbler, more doable – but sometimes just as valuable – insights that can be gleaned by smaller providers. read more
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  • Athenahealth quits EHR association

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor. In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said: read more
  • End-of-life directives added into EHR

    Mike Miliard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records. [See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures] read more
  • Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

    Erin McCann
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.    read more
  • ACO success key to value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert. read more
  • Nuance moves into image sharing

    Mike Miliard
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports. [See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT] read more
 
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  • Athenahealth quits EHR association

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor. In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said: read more
  • End-of-life directives added into EHR

    Mike Miliard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records. [See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures] read more
  • Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

    Erin McCann
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.    read more
  • ACO success key to value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert. read more
  • Nuance moves into image sharing

    Mike Miliard
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports. [See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT] read more
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  • Athenahealth quits EHR association

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor. In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said: read more
  • End-of-life directives added into EHR

    Mike Miliard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records. [See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures] read more
  • Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

    Erin McCann
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.    read more
  • ACO success key to value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert. read more
  • Nuance moves into image sharing

    Mike Miliard
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports. [See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT] read more
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  • Athenahealth quits EHR association

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor. In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said: read more
  • End-of-life directives added into EHR

    Mike Miliard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records. [See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures] read more
  • Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

    Erin McCann
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.    read more
  • ACO success key to value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert. read more
  • Nuance moves into image sharing

    Mike Miliard
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports. [See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT] read more
 
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  • Athenahealth quits EHR association

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor. In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said: read more
  • End-of-life directives added into EHR

    Mike Miliard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records. [See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures] read more
  • Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

    Erin McCann
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.    read more
  • ACO success key to value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert. read more
  • Nuance moves into image sharing

    Mike Miliard
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports. [See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT] read more
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  • Athenahealth quits EHR association

    Bernie Monegain
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor. In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said: read more
  • End-of-life directives added into EHR

    Mike Miliard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records. [See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures] read more
  • Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

    Erin McCann
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.    read more
  • ACO success key to value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert. read more
  • Nuance moves into image sharing

    Mike Miliard
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports. [See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT] read more
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  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 12: John Glaser, Ph.D.

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    John Glaser, Ph.D., talks about common issues for EHR customers and his top priorities for Siemens. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 13: Dave Holland

    Mike Miliard,Eric Bailey
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Dave Holland, CIO of Southern Illinois Healthcare, talks about process improvement and clinical workflows in nursing. Thumbnail:  read more
  • Clinical Spotlight Episode 11: Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, discusses interoperability, meaningful use, and ACOs as he highlights the benefits of the "clinical operating system" from NantHealth. Thumbnail:  read more
  • CIO Spotlight Episode 12: Mike Mistretta

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    Mike Mistretta from MedCentral discusses meaningful use Stage 2 and ICD-10 at HIMSS14. Thumbnail:  read more
  • HIMSS14: Wednesday Highlights

    Healthcare IT News Staff
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:01 pm
    HIMSS14: Wednesday Highlights All the action from day three of the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Why don't we have interoperability?

    Keith W. Boone
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    I don't know how many times I've been asked that question, or attempted to answer it.  The short answer is fairly simple.  We have the technology to support interoperability today in our hands.  Not everyone agrees on what it is, but it does exist.  Even those of us who don't agree on which technology to use can still use it even if we don't like it.  The real problem is not the technology, but rather in its deployment. read more
  • Healthcare social media on the rise

    Jeff Rowe
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Everyone knows about social media, but what's harder to "know" is what it can do for you, and in this regard healthcare organizations are no different than the rest of the world. Perhaps the place to begin, then, is by surveying what surveys show about how much, and for what purposes, consumers look to social media for healthcare support. read more
  • Leveraging CDS and predictive modeling for effective imaging

    V. Katherine Gray
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    For many years, healthcare providers and payers have sought to rein in the skyrocketing costs of medical imaging procedures through the practice of prior authorization. But emerging new computerized clinical decision support (CDS) and predictive modeling (PM) technologies, already being leveraged successfully against many acute and chronic medical conditions, may prove to be more effective weapons in the battle to reduce costs and improve quality in medical imaging. read more
  • Should you care about HIPAA compliance?

    David Harlow
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits. They are already actively involved in complaint investigations governed by the “new” HIPAA rules. read more
  • What to do about the ICD-10 delay

    Carl Natale
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Now that medical practices have been legislated a reprieve from ICD-10 implementation, they need to decide what to do next. This is not a 12-month snooze button. There are steps they can take to help themselves. read more
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  • Mergers key to community hospital survival

    Katie Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    As community hospitals around the country fall victim to declining volumes, shrinking patient care reimbursement and other financial woes, more organizations consider giving up their independent status to align with larger entities to survive.read more
  • Could Watson replace high-paid hospital execs?

    Ron Shinkman
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I coined the term "seven-figure club" some time back for hospital executives paid more than $1 million a year. It was intended to describe a relatively small group. It's actually not...read more
  • Hospitals on alert after FTC's St. Luke's intervention

    Ron Shinkman
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    The Federal Trade Commission's intervention in a deal between a hospital and medical group in Idaho may give other providers pause as they pursue consolidations, the Washington Post reported.read more
  • Hospital association wants CMS to ease ACO rules

    Ron Shinkman
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The American Hospital Association is lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to back off on some of the requirements of its Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization program, saying the current rules place too much financial risk on providers without offering them enough financial rewards.read more
  • Medical societies consider cost as part of treatment recommendations

    Ron Shinkman
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    The outsized cost of healthcare delivery in the U.S. may finally affect individual providers' treatment decisions.read more
 
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  • My Spiroo: Smartphone Plug-In Peak Flow Meter

    Chris Paton
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    MySpiroo have announced a nice-looking peak flow meter that plugs into a smartphone's headphone socket (like the Square credit card reader). The Polish startup recently won second place a Polish startup competition and are planning on putting the design into production later this year. There are plans for a patient version and a more expensive version for doctors. I wonder if they could develop a version that is compatible with the Project Ara modular smartphone devices.
  • Can We Datamine Twitter's Huge Big Data Archive to Find Medical Discoveries?

    Chris Paton
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Twitter has announced three new medical research projects that will give researchers access to it's enormous archive of tweets (more than 500 million a day!) from tweeters around the world to see if they can sift the data to find new medical insights. People tweet about all sorts of medical information and it is hoped by the researchers that by applying machine learning algorithms to this huge data source, new links could be identified that could hold clues to new medical insights. The projects are: Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMaps, which will use the data for surveillance of…
  • Doctors still using pen and paper

    OPOKU MUSTAPHA AHMED
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Actually the implementation of IT in health facilities by medical doctors and other paramedics is very important but inthink its the issue of privacy,  confidentiality qnd financial constriants that is keeping the implementation to a halt
  • Why are doctors still using Pen and Paper?

    Chris Paton
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    There are still plenty of doctors using pen and paper to record medical information. I was at my local family doctors earlier this week to get some travel jabs and behind the receptionist were rows of wooden shelves of overstuffed paper records for all the patients in the practice. It looked a bit like a victorian accountants office! So why has the transition to electronic records taken so long? In this piece from the Atlantic, David Blumenthal says he thinks it is down to the fact that the healthcare market doesn't function in a way that incentivises better quality and lower prices: "if the…
  • eHEALTH EXCHANGE

    Sunny Roshan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Do ehealth exchange model adopt specific HIE(health information exchange) Architecture??? 
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  • Small Businesses and Obamacare – 3 Ways Transactions are Affected

    Pamela Girardin
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Employer provided health insurance has always taken precedence for many employees considering a new job. While large employers have always enjoyed the attention of major health plans and could put together better benefit packages, small businesses have generally received the short end of the stick. However with Obamacare, the administration wanted to change the way […]
  • Obamacare Birth Control Coverage – What’s the U.S. Supreme Court’s Concern?

    Pamela Girardin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Back in 2012, Obamacare went before the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutional aspect of the individual mandate. Now, there is a new constitutional challenge to the law and it is related to birth control. A provision of the ACA requires for-profit employers of certain size to offer insurance benefits for birth control and other […]
  • Chronic Disease Drugs – Can Obamacare Lower Costs for the Terminally Ill?

    Pamela Girardin
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    For people with pre-existing conditions and terminal illnesses, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been viewed as a positive. With a firm stand against long standing discrimination in the health insurance industry, Obamacare strived to bring in equality for all, irrespective of their medical condition. However if Obamacare left any gap to make health […]
  • 2 Year Extension on Canceled Policies – What’s Obama’s Plan?

    Pamela Girardin
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    If anything grabbed more attention, anguish, and aversion than the failures of the federal online marketplace last year, it was the cancellation of policies that did not meet the requirements of Affordable Care Act. The cancellations, a thorn in the side of the administration, came at the most inopportune time – when the officials were […]
  • How States are in a Dilemma over Medicaid Expansion

    Pamela Girardin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    Back in 2010, when Obamacare was unfolding its propositions and plans for the implementation, a crucial aspect of the law was coverage to people below the federal poverty line, up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line through a proposed Medicaid expansion. However, in 2012, the proposal to expand Medicare coverage was shot down […]
 
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  • HIE tool reduces duplicative tests, IDs drug seekers

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Health information exchange tools can fill in gaps in patient care and reduce unnecessary tests in hospital emergency departments, according to new research published in the journal Applied Clinical Informatics.read more
  • EHRs have turned a corner

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    The jury may still be out on how the Meaningful Use program should operate and whether it really improves quality. There's no question, however, that the program was the catalyst for massive, high-speed adoption of electronic health records--and that the industry may have just turned a corner in its use and attitude regarding such systems.read more
  • Top 25 MU attesters earned $171 million in 2012

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    The 25 doctors who attested to Meaningful Use in 2012 and received the most Medicare reimbursements were paid a total of $171 million, according to a personal blog post from Steven Posnack (pictured), director of federal policy division at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.read more
  • KLAS: EMRs don't yet meet ACO needs

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Electronic medical records are not meeting the needs of physician-led accountable care organizations, causing providers to turn to third party ACO vendors to meet their needs, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.read more
  • CMS issues MU attestation guidance for providers in group/health system settings

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidance to help eligible hospitals and eligible professionals who are part of larger entities or who practice in multiple locations and participate in the Meaningful Use program.read more
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  • Sneak peek of your updated EHR [Webinar Video]

    Practice Fusion
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    We recently held a webinar about your EHR’s new functionality and design with Jay Ross, product lead for the EHR, and Stefan Klocek, senior director of design. We gave a sneak peek of the updated HTML-based look and feel, and had a larger discussion about a few key new features. Below, you can listen to Jay and Stefan demo recent improvements to charting and labs in the new EHR, and share details about the transition: Product Webinar – Practice Fusion’s updated look and feel for your EHR   You can visit the Help Forum to see previews and comment on designs for: The patient…
  • At Practice Fusion, a culture of openness, collaboration, and growth

    Lauren Burris
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    We don’t just think of ourselves as “employees.” At Practice Fusion, we’re a tribe — a group of highly motivated individuals who band together to achieve something big. Our team has developed a mentality of openness — open to user feedback, to evolving our product, to fleshing out new ideas, to helping our community do more, better and faster. One of our core values is “embrace the team.” One example that really gets to the heart of this was our second round of certification for Meaningful Use, when our technology teams worked diligently to incorporate the…
  • Mapping and building clinical documents according to the C-CDA standard for EHR certification and Meaningful Use

    Abraham Tom
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    This blog post is part of a series that discuss the technology behind Meaningful Use, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program that provides financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to improve patient care. For a high level overview, read “The quiet digitization of American healthcare,” written by Practice Fusion co-founder/VP of Platform Matt Douglass. If you’re interested in joining our talented technology team, check out our Careers page. For an overview of C-CDA, read Understanding the C-CDA standard for EHR certification and Meaningful…
  • EHR Update: Introducing Practice Fusion for tablet

    Practice Fusion
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Today we’re introducing Practice Fusion EHR for tablet, a streamlined version of your EHR optimized for your iPad so you can take your charts anywhere. No more beta sign-up — simply visit PracticeFusion.com from your tablet and log in with your Practice Fusion credentials. The new tablet-ready version of your EHR is a result of our work to upgrade your EHR to faster, touch-optimized technology, while introducing across-the-board design and usability improvements. In the coming months, features added to the new EHR will be instantly available on your tablet. We’ll also be adding…
  • Can cloud-based doctors’ “lounges” help keep your fund of knowledge current?

    Mike Hoaglin
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of my medical school professors began morning rounds with a teaching moment about uncertainty. “Telling a patient ‘I don’t know’ builds trust, because it lends more credence to what you actually do know.” As I studied medicine, I often wondered what ‘knowing’ really meant. Socrates did say that “true wisdom is knowing nothing,” but I soon realized that knowledge about knowledge wasn’t just for philosophers. Self-directed learning is a lifelong endeavor for doctors. So do the best docs stockpile their knowledge like a medical library or curate it more like Google…
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  • Communications Strategies that Foster Patient Accountability

    Maria Barhams
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Health literacy, defined as the “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”,* is a growing concern within the U.S. as more Americans are diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases…chronic diseases that often require complicated self-care. When you factor in […]
  • The real key to security in healthcare in an online world

    Eric Rosenfeld
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    In my last blog, I discussed the nature of identity and the reasons why identity management and the establishment of trust are very difficult and complex issues in healthcare and other industries. Identity is only half the problem. The other half, and unfortunately the one to which many incomplete solutions have been posed, is the […]
  • Who is your physician and how do you know? Solving questions of identity in healthcare.

    Eric Rosenfeld
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Most of us take the concept of “identity” for granted. We know and recognize ourselves, our co-workers, family and friends and do not usually give a second thought to this phenomenon in our daily lives. We base these assumptions of identity on our memory and day-to-day interactions. More importantly, we trust these identities implicitly and […]
  • I-STOP in New York is Finally Taking Off

    Michelle Soble-Lernor
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In the very short amount of time since the New York State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) finalized its guidelines for providers and pharmacies to implement the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) there has been a widespread movement from the New York healthcare community to begin using the new technology. As of this writing, […]
  • Tom Sullivan, MD: HIT Standards Committee Testimony

    Tom Sullivan
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:59 am
    On Wednesday, I shared my thoughts on privacy and interoperability with the HIT Standards Committee’s Privacy and Security Workgroup. As the Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce Healthcare Industry Committee that deals with emerging strategies for “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” I have a front row seat, so to speak, on the issues facing the […]
 
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  • CMS Mum on ICD-10 Postponement

    Evan J. Albright
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Even though President Barack Obama signed into law postponement of ICD-10 implementation to Oct. 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to take official action. Nearly three weeks after Congress passed the bill and the president signed it CMS has so far only made a small change to its official website on ICD-10, acknowledging the new deadline by merely quoting the text of the bill. Advertisement “With enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, CMS is examining the implications of the ICD-10 provision and will provide guidance to providers…
  • Healthcare Spending Jumps, Can Providers Expect a Boom?

    Evan J. Albright
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Patient spending and consumption of healthcare services and medicines increased in 2013, according to a new study. The IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics published its annual survey of healthcare consumption this month, and found that in 2013 overall spending on healthcare services in some categories experienced double digit growth, although some areas, such as emergency room services, declined. Advertisement If the research is correct, the trend of increased consumption of healthcare services began well before the individual insurance mandate and Medicaid expansion took effect. While it…
  • RACs Rake in More than $2 Billion from Healthcare Providers

    Evan J. Albright
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual appraisal of Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), and as will come to no surprise to any healthcare provider, the four agencies found more than $2 billion in overpayments. The new report covers Fiscal 2012, which ended Oct. 1, 2013. The difference between Fiscal 2011 and 2012 is startling. In 2011, RACs found slightly less than $800 million in overpayments; in 2012 that skyrocketed to nearly $2.3 billion, nearly trebling the previous year. At the same time, the number of errors found in favor of providers dropped…
  • CMS Continues to Tinker with ‘Two-Midnight’ Rule

    Evan J. Albright
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continue to refine application of the “two-midnight rule,” the new standard for whether a Medicare beneficiary should be considered “inpatient” under Medicare Part A or “observation status” under Medicare Part B. CMS last month updated its “two-midnight rule FAQ” to to cover circumstances where a patient is admitted to a hospital for a surgical procedure, but that procedure is cancelled. According to CMS, the claim can be submitted under Medicare Part A, provided proper documentation is in order (a…
  • The Future of Bad Debt: The American Worker with Employer Health Insurance

    Evan J. Albright
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    American workers with access to health insurance from their employers were among the lowest financial risks to healthcare providers. No more, according to trends identified in two recent reports. Zywave, a software company that serves health insurers, and ADP, a payroll company, have crunched the numbers of their respective client bases and identified a series of trends that pose high risk to the bottom line of healthcare providers. Thanks, no doubt to the Affordable Care Act which soon will limit an individuals out-of-pocket medical expenses to $6,350 ($12,700 for a family), employers appear…
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  • How Much Is Your Website Hurting Your Business?

    Amanda Guerrero
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    If your website hasn’t been updated in the past year, it’s almost certainly driving potential customers away – and those customers…they’re going straight to your competitors. So what exactly is your website doing wrong? Use the infographic below to find out. Use MWE’s Conversion Calculator to find out how your website compares
  • Three Reasons Your Patients Want You to Use an EHR

    Amanda Guerrero
    4 Oct 2013 | 11:37 am
    Even if your practice is not participating in Meaningful Use, there are many reasons to implement EHR software and start using a patient portal to connect with your patients – the biggest reason being the positive impact these technologies can have on patient care. Whether or not you are concerned with some of the other purported EHR benefits, namely increased productivity and reduced costs, you should consider adopting electronic charting software for the sake of your patients. Here are three reasons why many patients are starting to support the adoption of EHRs: 1. They’ve heard…
  • New Website Helps Patients Avoid Bad Medical Treatments

    Amanda Guerrero
    23 Sep 2013 | 2:05 pm
    Newly launched website Medulous.com revolutionizes the way people make healthcare decisions by allowing patients to read and write unbiased online reviews about their medical treatment experiences. Medulous logoSAN DIEGO, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – A new concept aiming to help empower patients to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, newly launched beta-version website Medulous.com allows patients and health professionals to write reviews for medical treatments online. By facilitating the exchange of information between patients and physicians, Medulous helps users avoid…
  • Why Health Insurance Is So Expensive

    Guest Contributor
    16 Aug 2013 | 1:00 am
    Healthcare spending in the U.S. has been growing relentlessly over the last decades, becoming one of the major contributors to the nation’s long-term fiscal deficit. In 2011 alone, the U.S. spent 2.7 trillion dollars on healthcare, amounting to almost one-fifth of the total economy. Even more alarming is the fact that healthcare spending is growing 1.5 times faster than the country’s GDP. So, what are the reasons for the exorbitant rise in healthcare costs? According to the following infographic, the seven most significant causes for increasing healthcare costs are: New medical…
  • Could Underperforming EHRs Be Responsible for the Meaningful Use Dropout Rate?

    Amanda Guerrero
    13 Aug 2013 | 12:43 am
    I’ve read quite a few articles in the last few weeks that talk about the fact that Meaningful Use participation rates are declining. This, despite the fact that using an EHR to attest to Meaningful Use comes with a big monetary payoff – and that physician practices, clinics and hospitals are continuing to adopt electronic health record systems at a steady rate. According to a source that cites an assessment of government EHR attestation data from this past April, 17 percent of providers who received a Meaningful Use incentive payment in 2011 did not earn the second-year incentive in 2012.
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  • Health Information Exchange: Where is it headed?

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Most of the health IT leaders feel that Health Information Exchange has been flourishing while others feel that successful HIE organizations are not that many and in reality, successful exchange of health information has become an uphill struggle. According to some recent reports, the global HIE market is projected to reach up to $900 million by 2018, showing a compound annual growth rate of 9.5% compared to 2013. Factors such as government incentives, improvements in patient care and safety and [...]
  • Tech savvy physicians are the need of the hour

    Jason Hughes
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Information technology is truly transforming the healthcare industry by helping improve processes, streamline workflows and reduce costs. It presents a unique set of opportunities which were non-existent before. Patients are more equipped now thanks to the availability of a wide range of mobile devices and healthcare information. This also provides an opportunity for physicians to take their practice along with them wherever they go and still be able to manage it remotely. A Deloitte report says 73% of all physicians [...]
  • Primary care physicians’ role in circulatory disorders

    Jason Hughes
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The five biggest causes of deaths in America in 2011 included heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes and nephritis/nephritic syndrome/nephrosis. All of these causes of death are linked to the circulatory system and the responsibility of primary care physicians (PCPs) to manage among their patients. The good news is, the causes of these diseases are well known and are largely controllable. Genetics, age, environment, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet are some of the most commonly [...]
  • ICD-10 delay: What now?

    Jason Hughes
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    To say that we all have been baffled by how smoothly the ICD-10 has been delayed by politicians would be an understatement. What surprised me more was the fact that not a single senator raised a point about Section 212 which was very smartly injected in The Protecting Access to Medicare Act 2014 during the extensive Senate debate. I wonder, do the politicians even know what they voted for? Were they not aware of how much the healthcare industry is [...]
  • How Patient Portals help you deliver better care

    Jason Hughes
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Almost every medical professional has a business website today but do they have the ability to provide a HIPAA-compliant account for their patients where they can interact with your practice, review their treatment plans, update account information, pay outstanding balances, schedule appointments, receive lab results, request refills or modify their appointment schedules? This is where a Patient Portal comes in handy. It is fully integrated with a practice management system and can improve patient-to-office communication greatly with features that improve [...]
 
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  • Mobile vs Web: Is the Patient Portal Dying?

    David Karabinos
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Patient portals provide a means of communication between care providers and patients. But are these web-based portals always the best solution? Web-based portals are great for displaying lots of data and particularly useful in cases when a patient may need detailed, in-depth information about a condition or treatment. However, there are a number of areas where these portals fall short. They’re expensive to maintain and often times difficult to navigate and use. Additionally, by design, patients have limited access to web-based portals. Photo courtesy of Executive Insight Mobile app…
  • How Mobile Apps Will Change The Healthcare Landscape

    David Karabinos
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The healthcare industry has seen a wave of coerced technology adoption in just the past few years due to the onset of the Affordable Care Act and other mandated policies. So what’s on the horizon for healthcare technology innovation? It will have a lot to do with healthcare consumers and how they can better access and manage their own care. Photo courtesy of Techonomy I recently gave an interview for Techonomy about how mobile technologies will help define the future of healthcare innovation and the industry as a whole. In the article, I discuss how mobile applications will play a…
  • The Pros and Cons of the ICD-10 Delay

    Lee Farabaugh
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Recently, Congress voted to further postpone the deadline for ICD-10 conversion from October, 2014 to an unknown future date. Before the vote, the impending deadline provided business opportunities for a number of our clients, and PointClear became well-versed in the ins and outs of going from a system of 13,000 procedure codes to nearly 70,000 codes. After the vote, I started to wonder: is the delay good or bad for our clients’ business that center on the conversion? This morning, I heard a story on NPR that brought up some benefits as well as drawbacks to the conversion that I had been…
  • 5 Questions: Ellen Dalton, Chief Marketing Officer at Medecision

    David Karabinos
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ellen Dalton is the Chief Marketing Officer for Medecision. This company is focused on tackling big problems in healthcare, like disconnected systems, disjointed data, less-than-optimal care delivery, and health outcomes that none of us want to experience. I’ve asked Ellen to be my third guest regarding a new blog series called Five Questions where I interview our clients and industry stalwarts on what is happening in their world of health or healthcare technology, and any insight they have regarding the state of the industry and trends to watch. Five Questions Blog Series – Ellen…
  • Wearable Devices are Growing, But Will They Change Patient Outcomes?

    Scott Frederick
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Nine months ago, I started wearing an activity tracker, and it’s completely changed the way I approach health and fitness. And I’m part of a major trend. Whether you want to measure heart rate, activity level or caloric burn, there’s an ever-growing number of devices that do the job. Both non medical and medical companies are trying to get in the game, from the Nike Fuelband to Fitbit to Apple’s new iOS Healthbook. In a perfect world, a single tracker would do everything, à la the Star Trek Tricorder. But in real life it doesn’t work that way. The resultant…
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  • Give Power to the Pathologists in Digital Pathology

    Elizabeth Wingard
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    When you boil it down to the bones, digital pathology needs to do one thing: make life easier for pathologists. Their role involves supporting physicians and patients across many institutions, geographies and hardware. They need to integrate all they do with their LISs. The end result has to be a better, faster, smarter, and easier to use workflow environment. There is more that digital pathology can do, such as open up new income streams and improve quality control and risk avoidance. But all that is secondary because if you don’t get the first thing right, then it’s a moot point. Last…
  • Digital Pathology - The Incremental Push and Pull of Change

    Elizabeth Wingard
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Major changes rarely evolve in a linear fashion. It usually comes down to a group of people pushing forward a new model while another group holds on with both hands to the status quo. Then a small group in the middle plays its role as the bridge to both sides. So it goes with digital pathology. The inevitability of pathology becoming fully digital is not in question. It’s the timeline that causes the rub. And the timeline can be drawn roughly across generational, and to some degree, governmental lines. Younger physicians, having grown up with gaming and tablet technologies at their…
  • Sleep is the New Poster Child for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

    Elizabeth Wingard
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Well, it’s not really new. For decades researchers have been linking a lack of sleep, disturbed sleep, or a “night shift” schedule to various health conditions. But as the studies mount, so does evidence that the intuitive link between sleep loss and metabolic disorders is actually becoming provable. A new report released this week in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal pulls together multiple studies that point toward the detrimental effects on health that come with a sleep starved population. According to the report: Changes in the activity of neuroendocrine systems seem to…
  • The Healthcare Revolution in 2014 is Not Just About Payment Models

    Elizabeth Wingard
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    This is a fascinating time to be part of the healthcare industry. There is a revolution happening in how providers are looking at patients, looking at costs, looking at technologies, looking at…everything. The major driver of the revolution is, of course, changes to reimbursement models driven by the Accountable Care Act (ACA). The death knell is sounding loudly across the U.S. for the Fee-for-Service (FFS) payment model that the government and other payers have used to reimburse healthcare providers for decades. In addition to the new payment models driving the healthcare revolution, there…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Telemedicine Grants

    Elizabeth Wingard
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Billions of dollars in telemedicine grants are available every year from foundations and local, state, and federal agencies. Many healthcare providers miss out on beneficial funding opportunities because they don’t have the resources to track, develop, write, and manage grants. We reached out to Cathy Denison-Robert, Ph.D., founder of Denison Associates, Inc. Cathy and her team have been helping both large and small healthcare systems, educational institutions, and community organizations across the country for more than 20 years with their grants development process. “Most…
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  • 10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal (Part 2)

    Karleen Murphy
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    If you missed it, check out 10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal, Part 1. Let’s take a closer look at 5 more complaints about your intranet portal and how to resolve them: 6. “Our Intranet Portal is No FUN” Your employees pop onto the intranet, grab the material they need and pop off, but there’s no real engagement.  Social tools such as an Employee Wall, Instant Chat and Social Toolbox are all great engagement tools to get your employees online and interacting through the intranet portal.  If you aren’t quite ready for social, there are lots of other…
  • 10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal (Part 1)

    Karleen Murphy
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Your intranet portal is a valuable tool which helps to connect your employees, collaborate on documents/projects and create content to improve overall business efficiency.  However, if you aren’t getting the engagement you are looking for from your users you may not be harnessing all the advantages your intranet has to offer. To zero in on the lack of engagement on your intranet and within your company, you may want to check your intranet analytics to determine which areas of the site are getting the least amount of traffic.  Or, add a quick poll or an online survey to your home page…
  • 10 Ways to Improve Intranet ROI (Part 2)

    Dave Calder
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    Hello Intranet Compadres. I’m back with 5 more ways to improve your intranet ROI with time savings and cost savings. In case you missed the first 5 ways to improve intranet ROI, here are #1 thru #5. 6. Include Outside Contributors There is not a single organization that lacks the need to share information and feedback in a timely, effective manner.  From various cohorts who fall outside of the immediate employee groups, such as Board Of Directors, Advisory Groups and Customer Feedback Groups, there is inherent value in tapping these external contributors. The common problem is that…
  • 10 Ways to Improve Intranet ROI (Part 1)

    Dave Calder
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    The most common questions prospective clients ask us about intranets are: “What is the payback of an intranet?” “How do I quantify the investment in intranet software?” “How do I determine intranet ROI?” Our Product Manager, Neil Chong-Kit, recently discussed how to ensure intranet ROI through effectively utilizing the Form Builder application. As a follow up to that post, this post will cover a more general overview of how you can plan for and improve your intranet ROI. The soft benefits, the intangible assets that your company or organization acquires,…
  • Healthcare Intranet Top 10 Product Enhancements

    Erica Hakonson
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    We have recently unveiled some exciting and innovative product enhancements at Intranet Connections, including the release of two new products – our Healthcare Intranet and our Financial Intranet. Just in case you missed it, our blog last week covered the feature enhancements in our Financial Intranet and previous to that our enhancements to our Corporate Intranet. Healthcare Intranet for Patient Care Over these past 15 years, we’ve worked with over 200 healthcare organizations who have successfully utilized our intranet software. During this time we acquired best practices,…
 
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