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  • Rapidly Growing Reference Lab, HDL, Tests Medicare Anti-kickback Law

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

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

    EMR and HIPAA
    John Lynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Somewhere in the past, an article put the value of a health record at $50. I’m really not sure who or what wrote the original article or set the price at $50, but that value has been perpetuated in article after article on the internet. Yes, that’s one of the features of the internet. It perpetuates misinformation (kind of like an EMR). When people make the claim that a compromised health record is worth $50, they usually then say that it’s more valuable than a credit card which is only worth $5 (probably something else that’s debatable). When I hear this, I’ve…
  • Health analytics market to reach $20.8 billion by 2020

    FierceHealthIT News
    Dan Bowman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Federal mandates and chronic ailments will be key drivers of growth in the global health analytics market, which is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2020, according to a report published this month by IQ4I Research & Consultancy.read more
  • Top Ten Insights for Digital Health Innovators from the Next Generation Point of Care Diagnostics Conference

    The Healthcare IT Guy
    Shahid N. Shah
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Cambridge HealthTech Institute (CHI) invited me to attend their Next Generation Point of Care Diagnostics Conference and I came away thoroughly impressed with the content, speakers, and organization. Since I chair several conferences a year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to thank CHI for a job well done. While I took the notes and attended the event, this post was written by HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor that focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT. Bio IT, Pharma IT, Health IT, and MedTech are all going to be merging over the next few years…
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • Health analytics market to reach $20.8 billion by 2020

    Dan Bowman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Federal mandates and chronic ailments will be key drivers of growth in the global health analytics market, which is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2020, according to a report published this month by IQ4I Research & Consultancy.read more
  • Fridsma to leave ONC for AMIA

    Dan Bowman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will lose its third official since July when current Office of the Chief Scientist head Doug Fridsma steps down at the end of October.read more
  • Break down cultural barriers to improve information systems process

    Susan D. Hall
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Improving the information systems provisioning process at Partners Healthcare has been about knocking down walls between teams as much as breaking down silos of information, Scott MacLean, deputy CIO and director of IS operations, writes at HealthsystemCIO.com.read more
  • Healthcare organizations, BAs slow to become HIPAA compliant

    Katie Dvorak
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    With the first year of enforcement of the final HIPAA Omnibus rule coming to a close, there has been little to impact because of a lack of interest to become compliant, security consultant Andrew Hicks tells HealthcareInfoSecurity.com.read more
  • Governance key to a robust health IT system

    Katie Dvorak
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    When it comes to growth of information technology at healthcare organizations, advanced governance is one of the key pieces to have a robust HIT system--but there are many that lack this element, according to Dick Taylor, managing director and CMO of the advisory services division of MedSys Group.read more
 
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    The Healthcare IT Guy

  • Top Ten Insights for Digital Health Innovators from the Next Generation Point of Care Diagnostics Conference

    Shahid N. Shah
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Cambridge HealthTech Institute (CHI) invited me to attend their Next Generation Point of Care Diagnostics Conference and I came away thoroughly impressed with the content, speakers, and organization. Since I chair several conferences a year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to thank CHI for a job well done. While I took the notes and attended the event, this post was written by HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor that focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT. Bio IT, Pharma IT, Health IT, and MedTech are all going to be merging over the next few years…
  • Encryption at rest and encryption in transit for HIPAA compliance are not easy questions to answer

    Shahid N. Shah
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Given the number of breaches we’ve seen this Summer at healthcare institutions, I’ve just spent a ton of time recently on several engineering engagements looking at “HIPAA compliant” encryption (HIPAA compliance is in quotes since it’s generally meaningless). Since I’ve heard a number of developers say “we’re HIPAA compliant because we encrypt our data” I wanted to take a moment to unbundle that statement and make sure we all understand what that means. Cryptology in general and encryption specifically are difficult to accomplish;…
  • How to tackle vague requirements in health IT and medical device software using fuzzy logic and storytelling

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These days it’s pretty easy to build almost any kind of software you can imagine — what’s really hard, though, is figuring out what to build. As I work on complex software systems in government, medical devices, healthcare IT, and biomedical IT I find that tackling vague requirements is one of the most pervasive and difficult problems to solve. Even the most experienced developers have a hard time building something that has not been defined well for them; a disciplined software requirements engineering approach is necessary, especially in safety critical systems. One of…
  • Learn how to operationalize new health IT wisdom at HealthIMPACT Midwest in Chicago on September 8

    Shahid N. Shah
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Our vision of providing a series of packed one day events focused on practical, relevant, and actionable health IT advice were very well received in Houston, NYC, and Santa Monica earlier this year. Our next event is in Chicago and we’re going to continue to eschew canned PowerPoint decks which limit conversations and instead deliver on the implications of major trends and operationalizable advice about where to successfully apply IT in healthcare settings. As usual, the blind promotion of tech hype is going to be replaced with and actionable insights that can be put to immediate…
  • To improve patient satisfaction, hospital supply chain units need better IT and next generation technology

    Shahid N. Shah
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I’ve been looking at hospital supply chain automation and the IT surrounding it for a number of years now. Starting with Cardinal Health but then moving on to help a number of other vendors in the space, I’ve felt that there’s not been enough next-generation tech being applied to the low margin, high volume business of hospital supply management. Hospitals often spend tens of millions of dollars on EHRs and other IT systems that have little direct cost reduction capability but they ignore, often at their peril, supply management systems that can save immediate…
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    HIStalk

  • Morning Headlines 9/23/14

    Lt. Dan
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Billing dispute leads to blocked patient data in Maine A small practice in upstate Maine is fighting back after its EHR vendor suspends access to its hosted EHR for falling 10 months behind on its $2,000 monthly maintenance payments. AMIA welcomes Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, as New President and CEO Douglas Fridsma, MD, PhD, and Chief Science Officer with the ONC will leave his position to become the CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association. W.H.’s Steve VanRoekel to take tech to Ebola fight White House CIO Steve VanRoekel resigns to join the USAID, where he will work as a…
  • HIStalk Interviews Michael Oppenheim, MD, CMIO, North Shore-LIJ Health System

    Mr. HIStalk
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Michael Oppenheim, MD is CMIO at North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York, NY. What is North Shore-LIJ doing with interoperability and HIE? I’ll start at the end and then I’ll back up and explain the thinking that led us in this direction.  We are making a huge investment — time, personnel, and focus — into developing an internal HIE, health information exchange. The reason we’ve done that — and I think a lot of other large integrated delivery networks have come around to this way of thinking — we were very eager participants when New York state…
  • Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 9/22/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    A couple of weeks ago, we performed a major upgrade on our ambulatory system. Officially we’re now ready for both Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ICD-10, with all the bells and whistles installed. As upgrades go, this wasn’t my first rodeo. It went smoothly with only one minor IT concern and no significant incidents for the end users. Since no good deed should go unpunished, management is now looking to cut our personnel resources for the next one. They can’t seem to understand why several hundred hours of work went into the upgrade because clearly it was “no big deal.” Mind you, these…
  • Morning Headlines 9/22/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout A report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform portrays dissent between CMS and HHS before and after the failed rollout, with internal emails providing evidence. Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor? New York Times reporter (and physician) Elisabeth Rosenthal says everybody likes the potential of technology, but results haven’t been impressive and other fundamental questions should be answered first. Building Mature Medical Software, McKesson Cardiology Achieves CMMI Level 5 The Israel-based development organization…
  • Monday Morning Update 9/22/14

    Mr. HIStalk
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Top News ”Behind the Curtain of the Healthcare.gov Rollout,” a report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (the committee is wildly anti-Democrat, but still interesting) contains fascinating details of the internal panic once CMS realized they were in way over their heads right after Healthcare.gov went live and failed. It concludes that infighting between CMS and HHS forced the development team to work through US CTO Todd Park, with CMS attempting to hide security exposure, keep HHS in the dark, and insist on a full site launch instead of a phased approach. Some…
 
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    Meaningful HIT News

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FDA Takes Step Backwards with New MDDS Guidance

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

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

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

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

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

  • Foggy brain? Get a forecast in the cloud.

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

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

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

    hlthblog
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    While most of the Information Technology world was focused on Apple today (OK, even I had one monitor tuned to their live stream), those of us who pay most of our attention to the enterprise Health IT community were reading the latest news on such mundane...(read more)
  • What we can learn about healthcare and risks from the passing of Joan Rivers

    hlthblog
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Joan Rivers made us laugh. Joan Rivers made us cry. At times, Joan Rivers made us cringe. Today, we are saddened to learn of her death—a death brought on, perhaps prematurely, due to a complication of what we are told was minor surgery. With deepest respect...(read more)
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    Lab Soft News

  • Rapidly Growing Reference Lab, HDL, Tests Medicare Anti-kickback Law

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

    Bruce Friedman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Radiologists and pathologists often lead sedentary professional lives. However, some radiologists have hit on an innovative solution to help correct this problem. They work standing up and also install exercise equipment in their reading rooms. Details were provided in a recent article (see: Exercise equipment in reading room gets radiologists moving) and below is an excerpt from it: Ever feel like you're on a treadmill? Some radiologists at the University of Washington get that feeling every day, especially after exercise equipment was installed in their reading room. It's all…
  • Reasons for Disappointing Outcomes of Hospital EHRs Over Five years

    Bruce Friedman
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    KevinMD, a prominent physician blogger for many years, posted a recent note in which he discusses the disappointing results of the broad hospital EHR deployment enabled by the HITECH act of 2009. This legislation committed us to the expanded adoption of health information technology, expecting electronic health records (EHRs) to transform medical care (see: Disappointing outcomes despite a massive investment in EHRs). Here is what he describes instead as the consequences of this act: Five years and $25 billion later, the results have fallen short of expectations, and there are multiple…
  • College Students' Prolonged Use of Cell Phones; This Trend Will Certainly Continue

    Bruce Friedman
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Many of us probably spend far too much time fooling around with our cell phones but I previously had the sense that teenagers and college students set the curve on this. Most of the appeal of cell phones for younger people seems to be instant messaging and social media. However, I no inkling of how much time college students actually spend on their cell phones until I came across a recent article on this topic (see: College Students In Study Spend 8 to 10 Hours Daily on Cell Phone). Below is an excerpt from it: A new study from researchers at Baylor University has found that women…
  • Free Pathology Informatics Webinar Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Bruce Friedman
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems will be offering a new series of free webinars focusing on timely topics in pathology informatics (see: Using PI Resources to Respond to Healthcare Reform; Free Upcoming Webinars). Each will last about an hour. I will be presenting the first of these lectures tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. EDT (see: Latest Webinar: Using Pathology Informatics to Optimize Lab Efficiency and Quality in an Era of Healthcare Reform). Registration for this lecture and all of those…
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    EMR and HIPAA

  • What’s the Black Market Value of a Health Record?

    John Lynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Somewhere in the past, an article put the value of a health record at $50. I’m really not sure who or what wrote the original article or set the price at $50, but that value has been perpetuated in article after article on the internet. Yes, that’s one of the features of the internet. It perpetuates misinformation (kind of like an EMR). When people make the claim that a compromised health record is worth $50, they usually then say that it’s more valuable than a credit card which is only worth $5 (probably something else that’s debatable). When I hear this, I’ve…
  • What Healthcare Must Plan for in Q4

    Guest Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    The following is a guest blog post by Ben Quirk, CEO of Quirk Healthcare Solutions. In some ways, 2014 turned out to be not quite as cataclysmic. The early announcement of delaying the adoption of ICD-10 and the more recent announcement to allow hospitals/CAHs and Eligible Professionals participating in CMS’ Meaningful Use programs to attest using their existing Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) took the pressure off healthcare providers scrambling to upgrade their CEHRT to a version that was both ICD-10 and MU-compliant. However, this is only a temporary reprieve…
  • 5 Elements of an Effective HIPAA Audit Program Infographic

    John Lynn
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    This week is National Health IT Week (#NHITWeek), but I think it might be better to call it National Health IT Infographic week. I’m not complaining. I love a good infographic. For example, I posted the Rise of the Digital Patient Infographic and the Healthcare IT Leadership Infographic – A 25 Year History already this week. I figured I might as well round out the week and post an infographic on EMR and HIPAA as well. Coalfire sent me the following infographic looking at HIPAA audits. I don’t think most people realize the HIPAA audits that are coming. HIPAA audits have had a…
  • What If Meaningful Use Were Created by Doctors?

    John Lynn
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    It’s safe to say that meaningful use is growing through its challenges right now. My post yesterday about killing meaningful use and the new Flex-IT Act should be illustration enough. While it’s easy to play Monday Morning Quarterback on meaningful use, I think it’s also valuable to consider what meaningful use could have been and then use that to consider how we can still get there from where we are today. Many of you might have read my post on The Purpose of the EHR Incentive Program Accordign to CMS. CMS clearly stats that the purpose of the EHR incentive money and…
  • Killing Meaningful Use and Proposals to Change It

    John Lynn
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Probst: We'd all love to kill #meaningfuluse & talk 10 year interop. But it's still hanging over our heads. #NHITWeek pic.twitter.com/Bofw970jUf — Don Fluckinger (@DonFluckinger) September 16, 2014 Isn’t it nice that National Health IT Week brings people together to complain about meaningful use? Ok, that’s only partially in jest. Marc Probst, CIO of Intermountain and a member of the original meaningful use/EHR Certification committee (I lost track of the formal name), is making a strong statement as quoted by Don Fluckinger above. Marc Probst is right that the…
 
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    Medgadget

  • EKSO Bionic Exoskeleton Successfully Used to Improve Gait After Stroke

    Editors
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    We’ve written about the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in the past, about the potential it might have of getting paralyzed people on their legs, but now a study from the Kessler Foundation has shown that the electronic suit is safe and effective for gait training of stroke patients. The suit can be programmed to assist the patient in a variety of ways, including setting how much power it adds to the wearer’s own strength and the amount of time before it kicks in at every step. In the study, eight patients used the Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton during a quarter of their therapy for a…
  • ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert Glucose Meter with Automatic Insulin Dosage Calculator

    Editors
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Roche has announced that it’s now making available in the U.S. its ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert blood glucose meter. This is the first glucometer that also provides insulin dosage calculation that was approved by the FDA. This is pretty important since at least one study showed that manually calculated bolus doses are usually incorrect and people end up injecting either too much or too little insulin, potentially leading to serious complications. With the Aviva Expert, the calculation is done automatically, hopefully leading to improved management of diabetes and to less anxiety about…
  • TEDMED 2014: “Not Impossible Now” is Saving The World One Project at a Time

    Editors
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Not Impossible Now is an unusual company that develops cheap solutions to humanity’s common problems. A lot of their work is focused on offering people with disabilities assistive devices that normally cost many thousands of dollars. Earlier this year we wrote about their Project Daniel that brought a 3D printer to South Sudan in order to produce custom prosthetic arms for victims of war. The founders of Not Impossible Now were at TEDMED 2014 and we took the chance to find out more about their organization.   Flashback: Project Daniel Brings Artificial Limbs to South Sudan Thanks…
  • 3Derm at TEDMED 2014 Showing Off 3D Skin Mole Imaging Tech

    Editors
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Dermatologists look at skin moles all day long, so being able to improve how moles are visualized can significantly improve care. 3Derm is a company that’s developed a special tool that takes high resolution 3D photos of the skin. We had a chance to see how their technology functions while at TEDMED 2014. (Apologies for the peripheral noise in the video, we didn’t realize just how loud it was.)   Link: 3Derm homepage…
  • Covidien Expands Lineup of Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Devices (VIDEO)

    Editors
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Covidien announced that the FDA has cleared three additional sizes of its Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Devices, allowing surgeons to use them for a greater variety of procedures and patient sizes. These are the only cordless ultrasonic dissectors available on the market, so access to the newly approved sizes (13 cm, 26 cm, and 48 cm) will help expand their use significantly. Not having cords is a pretty big advantage, letting surgeons move freely around the surgical table while automatically maintaining sterility since wires are not flapping around. Hopefully procedures can be…
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    Dalai's PACS Blog

  • iWant

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

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Dalai's note: This piece is reprinted from today's American Thinker. It is one of the most eloquent, heartfelt, and most importantly, ACCURATE renditions of the Mideast situation today. It is a long essay, but well worth your time. Know the history. Know the TRUTH.Speaking Truth to CrapBy Dan GordonI've been home from participating in Operation Protective Edge for about a week. I am in uniform no more, though I still wear my dog tags in solidarity with my brothers in arms, who, like all citizens of Israel, await the outcome of cease-fire talks in Cairo. Because we never wanted this war. It…
  • Sensitivity Or Specificity? Which Would YOU Prefer?

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    A typical day at work...from I Love Lucy, first aired September 15, 1952There are days when the grind feels a lot like Lucy's candy factory as seen in the clip above. But the beat goes on, the images keep coming, and they have to be read. As one of my professors used to say, "Miss 'em slow, or miss 'em fast, boys!" Of course, that was a joke. Of course it was. Definitely.You probably know the difference between sensitivity and specificity. In essence, sensitivity is the percentage of the time you find something that is actually present. Specificity is the percentage of the time you don't find…
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  • This Really Says It All! The Department Of Health Has No Idea If Health Investments Are Paying Off Or Making A Difference. About Time They Did!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Was browsing around the other day and found this page:eHealth Program EvaluationsEvaluations of the Health Connect, Managed Health Networks Grants, and Broadband for Health programsPage last updated: 20 January 2011Evaluation of the HealthConnect program Evaluation of the Managed Health Networks Grants program Evaluation of the Broadband for Health program The link is here:http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/pacd-ehealth-programevaluationsThe HealthConnect Evaluation Report - which is by no means the only one done - is dated from mid 2009 - and the program is defunct.The…
  • Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 22nd September, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAnother quiet week with a lot of activity in specialist Health IT sectors and little happening with the National E-Health Program. It’s now 3 weeks since consultation on the fate of the PCEHR and no idea revealed as to what was learnt and what future plans are. We wait and watch….The SAI-Global /…
  • This Wiki On Health IT in Australia Is Now Costing Me - So Help To Make It More Useful Would Be Really Appreciated!

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I have just been told the above wiki is going to cost me $US 5 per month to keep alive. You can visit the wiki from this link: https://ozhealthithistory.wikispaces.com/OzHealthITHistory+Home I think this is a useful resource for those wanting to understand what has happened in National and GP Health IT. An obvious gap is input from each of the States and Territories. The money is not an issue but I would be keen for a few others to become editors and improve the contents. That would make the cost even less important if this were possible. Please have a look and apply to be an editor if you…
  • I Think DoH and NEHTA Is Being A Fraud In Suggesting The PCEHR Is All Of E-Health. They Are Just Confusing People.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We have had news of two/three new Health IT systems this week. First we had this for NSW Prisons:Orion Health system underpins medical records in NSW 15 September 2014 By  Peter Dinham The Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network (JH&FMHN) has gone live with an electronic medical record suite from e-Health technology company Orion Health to support the delivery of complete electronic medical records across the New South Wales public health system.Justice Health’s goal is specifically to provide a critical platform for the Justice Health electronic health system’s…
  • AusHealthIT Poll Number 236 – Results – 21st September, 2014.

    Dr David More MB PhD FACHI
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Here are the results of the poll.Given That After A Year The Government Was Elected, It Has Yet To Figure Out What To Do With The PCEHR Should The Program Simply Be Abandoned And A New Plan For National E-Health Developed?Yes 83% (190) No 9% (21) I Have No Idea 7% (17) Total votes: 228 This is a pretty clear and enthusiastic outcome. The Federal Government is getting a clear fail on not making its mind up about what to do. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
 
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  • The Bumpy Road to a New Development Laptop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Dr. Sebastian Schneeweiss recently wrote an interesting perspective article in the NEJM about big data in health care. He writes:Two key “learning” applications of big health care data that hold the promise of improving patient care are the generation of new knowledge about the effectiveness of treatments and the prediction of outcomes. Both these functions exceed the bounds of most computer applications currently used in health care, which tend to offer physicians such tools as context-sensitive warning messages, reminders, suggestions for economical prescribing, and results of mandated…
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  • Life as we know it (By Ryan, Age 15)

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

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

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

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

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

    John Lynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Many people have long talked about the day when desktops and laptops will no longer exist. When you think about it, there is really nothing that couldn’t be done on your cell phone that can be done on a desktop or laptop. Sure there are some applications that haven’t yet been made available on a cell phone (I mean natively. Of course a remote desktop environment can run anything) yet. However, every application could be made available on a cell phone if desired. The cell phone is powerful enough. Especially when attached to a powerful server. Yes, I know that many of the mobile…
  • EHR: What’s Next?

    John Lynn
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I realize this is a simple concept with a million answers. In fact, that’s why I’m posting about it and hopefully starting a rich discussion. A huge portion of the healthcare system has adopted EHR software. I now ask the question: What’s Next? I know that some of you reading this will reply meaningful use. Ok. We get that. We know what meaningful use requires. Let’s get beyond meaningful use and talk about what you’re doing with your EHR. I’m really starting this as a conversation starter. Hopefully you can break it down into two areas: 1. What are you…
  • 10 Health IT Rockstars and Their #NHITWeek Happenings

    John Lynn
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    It’s National Health IT Week and so I thought it would be fun to take a quick look at what some health IT social media rockstars are doing to celebrate #NHITWeek. Mandi Bishop (@mandibpro) is sorting through her petabytes of #HITHeroes selfies and creating a t-shirt that says “I Heart Big Data.” Farzad Mostashari, MD (@Farzad_MD) is sending out bow ties to prospects for his new company Aledade. Charles Wesbter, MD (@wareflo) is programming his Google Glass controlled robot to improve EHR workflow. Wen Dombrowski, MD (@healthcarewen) is practicing to break the World Record…
  • Rise of the Digital Patient Infographic

    John Lynn
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The social people behind CDW Healthcare are doing a good job putting out some great content on social media. A great example of this is this Digital Patient Infographic that they recently posted: I recently took part in a webinar with Dodge Communications (I’ll add a link to the webinar once it’s available) yesterday and I made the comment that telemedicine is more efficient for the patient, but I wasn’t sure telemedicine was more efficient for the doctor. There might be a disconnect of benefits there that needs to be reconciled. As I look at the infographic above, I’m…
  • #20HIT Comments on Health IT by HL7 Standards

    John Lynn
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Many of you know that I’m extremely active on social media (see @techguy and @ehrandhit to start). I love the way it can connect people. It’s so powerful. One of the companies that’s done an amazing job with social media for their company is Corepoint Health and their HL7 Standards blog. The blog is most notable for being the home and birthplace of the #HITsm chat. If you haven’t participated in an #HITsm chat, then you’re missing out. Lots of great health IT discussions every Friday. Along with being the home of the #HITsm chat, the HL7 Standards blog is a great…
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  • The Evolution of Medicine

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

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

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

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

    Adrian Rawlinson MD
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:52 pm
    What’s The First Step In Transforming American Health Care? http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2014/02/20/whats-the-first-step-in-transforming-american-health-care/ Sent via Flipboard
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  • NueMD Launches A Survey Relative to HIPAA Compliance and Readiness

    Medical Quack
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    NueMD is conducting a survey of healthcare professionals to gauge their knowledge of HIPAA and help them prepare for an audit.   NueMD is one of the valued sponsors at the Medical Quack so please when you have a moment be sure to take look at the right hand side and see what all have to offer.  Advertisers help keep this blog going.   I also have a link at the bottom of the site with additional information located at the NueMD website.   Nobody ever looks  forward to a HIPAA audit but it’s better to be prepared than to be caught short by all…
  • Emerge.MD to Delivery Video Enhanced Telehealth Using Polycom Real Presence Solution

    Medical Quack
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Polycom is about as top level as you can get with quality video and has been around for a long time.  The company has partnered with Microsoft and may others over the years and now Emerge.MD is using the platform for telehealth.  It can be used to engage the patient, other doctors and so on.   The video below is a statement from a hospital’s success with the program.  As we all know rural hospitals are really in dire need of telehealth.  Two or more physicians can connect to collaborate.  Also doctors can connect with patients at home, all with a face to…
  • Antiquated Ways Hospitals Report Cost to Medicare “Really Distorts” The True Cost of Care–New Model Please..

    Medical Quack
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Here we go again with the same discussion of antiquated models with way too much math and quantitation.  This is a discussion with several hospitals in the Ohio area as the are talking about the future of hospitals and yet still have the noose around their necks with the government on quality reporting and cost.  We all know HHS and CMS are dealing with outdated models and it’s making everyone nuts.  In addition you have health insurers flipping back and forth on contracts, what they cover, what they don’t cover, what changes today, what won’t be there tomorrow and so…
  • One More Reason to License Data Sellers–Income Tax Fraud On the Rise-Who Are You Buying Your Data From And Who’s Buying Your Data? 60 Minutes Report

    Medical Quack
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    If you read here often enough then you know about the campaign about data selling and the campaign to license data sellers.  We don’t like this as consumers as the data gets flawed and removes our dignity.  60 Minutes has a good report on Income Tax Fraud and when companies are buying data, where is the data coming from?  This is turning the story around a bit but how much gets recycled?  We don’t know. They did a good job in covering Miami to where it runs wild.  I just did a post on a hospital that had their third data breach in 2 years and it’s all inside…
  • House Bill Introduced Would Shorten Meaningful Use to a 90 Period Instead of a Full Year in 2015–A Model In Desperate Need Of Repair or Revisions…

    Medical Quack
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Let’s hope this get some action as the momentum after a successful Meaningful Use Stage One is beginning to fall off.  Some have told me they have just about given up.  Technology is to blame for some of this and frankly the ONC is overwhelmed with complexities due to some of that along with other things happening in the industry.  90 days is a much more reasonable amount of time as hospitals and doctors are very busy today with a lot on their plates. One hospital in Arkansas received an audit and is asked to return $900,000 based on the fact that they did not do a risk…
 
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  • New Product Release Information DentiMax2013

    gpldev
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    DentiMax releases its 2013 software upgrade.  DentiMax has a knack for making software that is easy-to-use but powerful.  From checking in patients, to viewing x-rays while treatment planning, to scheduling appointments, the software flows just like your dental office.  This 2013 version includes electronic prescription writing and digital x-ray/charting integration.
  • Digital Sensors and Marriage Part 2

    gpldev
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Call Today for Information on our Dental Practice Software | (800) 704-8494 Part two of our article on digital sensors by Jim Ramey continues.  For more information on this topic, be sure to read part one as well. The terrible thing is that many doctors make the same mistake over again! They find a sensor that fits their budget, fits the practice and the staff even likes it, but the new software only works with one sensor – the one it comes with! If you find yourself in this situation, you may ask, “What can I do to avoid ‘marrying’ another sensor manufacturer?”   The answer is…
  • Digital Sensors and Marriage Part 1

    gpldev
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    By Jim Ramey Digital Sensors Are the Future | (800) 704-8494 When purchasing digital sensors, there is always imaging software included.  Most digital sensor packages come with what I call a “closed” software system.  This means that the software included with the sensor will only work with that specific sensor.  Unfortunately, most doctors spend all of their time researching the sensor itself but don’t think about the implications of purchasing sensors that are a part of a “closed” software system. In most cases, there is an initial “honeymoon” period for a practice that…
  • 3 Software Tools Your Front Desk Needs Pt 2

    gpldev
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Part two of a series on dental software explores the scheduling feature of these sort of programs… 3 Software Tools Your Front Desk Needs (Cont.) By Kent W. Stapley, DMD Scheduling A practice’s financial success all starts with the schedule. From your overall office workflow to your financials, your software’s appointment book affects just about everything in your practice. No one likes it when a high production day is followed by a day that is exclusively booked with low production procedures. Your appointment book should let you designate blocks of time for things such as high…
  • 3 Software Tools Your Front Desk Needs Pt 1

    gpldev
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Part one of a series on dental software explores the financial side of these sort of programs… Dental Software and Front Desk Support Call Today for Information on our Dental Practice Software | (800) 704-8494 3 Software Tools Your Front Desk Needs Pt 1 By Kent W. Stapley, DMD If you don’t have competent, knowledgeable front-office administrators who are equipped with the right tools, your financial success may ever be around that proverbial “next corner.”  Fortunately, proven companies like DentiMax, Dentrix, Softdent and Eaglesoft continue to provide updated software with the…
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  • Calls for Stage 2 changes grow louder

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

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

    Tom Sullivan
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
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  • New final EHR certification rule drops

    Bernie Monegain
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    ONC and HHS issued a final rule today that they say will give EHR makers, health IT developers, providers and consumers more flexibility and clarity when it comes to certification of the 2014 Edition criteria. read more
  • Hackers tap into HealthCare.gov

    Bernie Monegain
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    HealthCare.gov, the government's insurance enrollment website, was breached in July by a hacker or hackers, according to CMS officials at a briefing on Thursday. The officials said that while the intruders uploaded malware, they took no personal information. Officials say the breach was discovered last week and a government security team upgraded the site's security. The website serves more than 5 million Americans. read more
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  • EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

    Edmund Billings, MD
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more
  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

    Mike Miliard
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more
  • Chief scientist to leave ONC

    Tom Sullivan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more
  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
 
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  • EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

    Edmund Billings, MD
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more
  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

    Mike Miliard
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more
  • Chief scientist to leave ONC

    Tom Sullivan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more
  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
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  • EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

    Edmund Billings, MD
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more
  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

    Mike Miliard
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more
  • Chief scientist to leave ONC

    Tom Sullivan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more
  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
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  • EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

    Edmund Billings, MD
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more
  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

    Mike Miliard
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more
  • Chief scientist to leave ONC

    Tom Sullivan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more
  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
 
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  • EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

    Edmund Billings, MD
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more
  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

    Mike Miliard
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more
  • Chief scientist to leave ONC

    Tom Sullivan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more
  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
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  • EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

    Edmund Billings, MD
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more
  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

    CDW Healthcare
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    (SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more
  • Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

    Mike Miliard
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more
  • Chief scientist to leave ONC

    Tom Sullivan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more
  • MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

    Government Health IT Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more
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  • Enhancing care at the patient bedside

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

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

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

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

    Erin McCann,Eric Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more
 
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  • Enrollment Roundup: Obamacare-Embracing States Enjoying Lowest Uninsured Rates

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

    Pamela Girardin
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Obamacare death spiral was a topic of debate in 2014. Opponents of Obamacare projected that there weren’t enough young, healthy individuals enrolled with the system, and that the law would collapse under its own weight. Although that collapse did not come to pass, Obamacare still requires a large number of young individuals who can […]
  • Why are More than 300,000 People About to Lose Obamacare Insurance?

    Pamela Girardin
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    On the launch of healthcare.gov and state-based exchanges, a major fear gripped undocumented sections of the American population – could the Immigration authorities use the information submitted for getting health coverage on Obamacare marketplaces to take action? The people living undocumented in the country feared that if they disclose their family income and status while […]
  • What’s so special about Obamacare’s Special Enrollment Period?

    Pamela Girardin
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    With health reform surpassing its reach over health insurance to cover tax filing and penalties, Obamacare has brought in new variables this year for a majority of American population. Health insurance coverage or tax penalties, Americans would either have to go with one of these two paths in 2014-2015. For people who did not buy […]
  • Obamacare Roadmap: The Plan to Ace Midterms with ACA – Part 3

    Pamela Girardin
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    In the first and second parts of this series, we have covered the Obama administration’s plan around the ACA for the coming midterms – the defense they have prepared for the criticism and opposition to the ACA, and the actual benefits Obamacare has delivered to the U.S. healthcare system in the past few months. There […]
 
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  • Nebraska hospital goes paperless by emphasizing workflow

    Susan D. Hall
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    A Nebraska critical access hospital found success in going paperless by focusing on its work processes, according to a case study from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).read more
  • The 'faux' MU flexibility rule: A ghost no matter what

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Not two weeks ago, I questioned whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's continued rigidity in its stop gap "flexible" Meaningful Use rule for 2014 would come back to haunt the agencies. Turns out I was right. Stakeholders are rebelling--and in a number of different ways.read more
  • Proposed legislation shortens 2015 MU reporting window to 90 days

    Dan Bowman
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Legislation introduced to Congress on Tuesday would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow eligible hospitals and providers looking to attest to Meaningful Use in 2015 a 90-day window to do so, as opposed to a 365-day reporting period.read more
  • ONC takes steps to increase Blue Button use

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two initiatives this week to increase patient access to their electronic health records via the Blue Button project.read more
  • Healthcare stakeholders 'incredibly concerned' about Meaningful Use reporting period

    Marla Durben Hirsch
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Seventeen major stakeholders have joined forces in a rising groundswell, sending a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging immediate relief from the Meaningful Use program's full year reporting requirement using 2014 certification criteria in 2015.read more
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  • Finding visual defects using difflow

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

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

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

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

    Sophie Scheidlinger
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    We’re committed to creating and supporting technology that helps you effectively care for your patients. To help providers participating in physician quality programs that further pay-for-performance initiatives, we released 14 new clinical quality measures (CQMs): CMS22v2: Screening for High Blood Pressure and Follow-Up Documented CMS164v2: Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Use of Aspirin or Another Antithrombotic CMS182v3: Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Complete Lipid Panel and LDL Control CMS127v2: Pneumonia Vaccination Status for Older Adults CMS125v2: Breast Cancer Screening CMS144v2:…
 
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  • Everything you ever wanted to know about bundled payments

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

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

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

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

    Cara Wood
    28 May 2014 | 9:15 am
    How can we juggle a multitude of siloed systems and IT processes? How can we effectively diversify in a rapidly changing market? How can we make a positive impact on care decisions before care is delivered?   At McKesson, we’ve begun a new conversation about today’s complex healthcare reimbursement landscape – that starts with the challenges our customers face as they lead their organizations and the entire industry towards a more collaborative and integrated future. Join us to discuss some of the big questions about changing consumers, shifting regulations, and new methodologies…
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  • Elements of a Patient-centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

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

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

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

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

    Maria Barhams
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Health literacy, defined as the “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”,* is a growing concern within the U.S. as more Americans are diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases…chronic diseases that often require complicated self-care. When you factor in […]
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  • Caller ID Law Update Expands Anti-Spoofing Protections to Text Messaging

    Patrick Lunsford
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed an update to the Communication Act that expands caller ID spoofing provisions to text messages and calls made over VoIP. The bill was sent to the Senate where it awaits committee action.
  • SSAE-16: What Once Set You Apart Will Soon Be a Requirement

    insideARM.com
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    What had been a marketing tool and point of differentiation will soon be a business requirement. The CFPB looks at SSAE-16 reports as part of their collector examinations.
  • Another Court Refuses to Defer to FCC’s Express Consent Ruling in TCPA Case

    Patrick Lunsford
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    A district judge in New York this week certified a class action TCPA case against a debt collection agency where the defendant argued it had express prior consent to call a cell phone because the plaintiff had provided that number to the creditor. The ruling referenced and ignored an FCC order that allowed for autodialed calls to cell phones with express consent.
  • IAB Solutions Marks 30th Anniversary with Opening of New Office

    insideARM.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    IAB Solutions, LLC, a leader in the accounts receivable and deduction management industry, announced today the opening of the new Chicago Operations Center, located at 5105 Tollview Drive, Suite 250, in Rolling Meadows, IL.
  • Fast Tracks for ARM Executives

    Mike Ginsberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Last week at DCS 2014, I presented on the topic "Where is the ARM Industry Heading" during the Fast Tracks segment. Living up to its name, Fast Tracks is intended to provide the audience with quick bursts of information on specific topics.
 
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  • How to Succeed with Patient Portals for Meaningful Use Stage 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeanie Barker
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    Older adults are increasing in number and increasing in the frequency they use mobile apps, especially to manage their healthcare. Today, older adults – aged 65 and older – make up 13% of the U.S. population, and this population is expected to grow to 19% by 20308.  Mobile technology use among this population is growing with 27% of older adults owning a tablet, an e-book reader, or both, and 18% owning a smartphone6.  As UX designers, we can influence the adoption of mobile technology by designing user interfaces that overcome typical usage barriers for older adults. At PointClear, we…
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  • Kimberly’s Story and the Power of Pathology 2.0

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Keith Kaplan and Liz Wingard
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Current technologies can enable real time access to expert pathology specialists for case review and 2nd opinions and are particularly valuable for patients in areas where specialists are in short supply. But other barriers to widespread adoption of these technologies remain. One of the key issues that must be addressed to spur that adoption is remote licensing for specialists.   Have License – Will Provide Care to Remote Patients   Radiologists practicing teleradiology first addressed multi-state licensing in the late ‘80s, and North Carolina was an epicenter of large…
 
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  • What are HL7 requirements?

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

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

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Why consider reverse-engineering? Lack of accurate specs If you’ve worked on an interfacing team or for HIE, one of the issues you’ll hear about is a lack of accurate interface specifications. For instance, the vendor spec might be missing. Or the source or destination spec on hand might no longer match the production version. So what do you do? Lack of specs: what’s the impact on your ability to deliver? Well, you might be facing weeks of digging and research. You’re missing a lot [...]Cet article What is Reverse-Engineering? est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
  • Why Document HL7 Profiles (or Specs)? Part 2

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Tip 24 in the Interoperability Tip Series Read Part 1 here In our previous tip we asked: why document HL7 profiles and specs. In beginning to answer that question, we explained that profile documentation is critical for troubleshooting and maintenance. Another benefit to documenting profiles is that it streamlines processes when you are performing a system upgrade. Let’s say you’re changing or upgrading your pharmacy system – that change affects the interface of any other system that communicates with the pharmacy system. Imagine [...]Cet article Why Document HL7 Profiles (or Specs)?
  • Why Document Your HL7 Profiles and Specs? Part 1

    margo.ellis@caristix.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Tip 23 in the Interoperability Tip Series The last few tips have been about what to document and how to document. This one and the next explain why documenting your HL7 profiles and specs is so important. When you document your HL7 profiles and specs, you can much more easily troubleshoot issues and tweak configuration once your interface is live. Plus, if you created electronic – i.e., machine readable – versions of your profiles, you can use them in your monitoring. For [...]Cet article Why Document Your HL7 Profiles and Specs? Part 1 est apparu en premier sur Caristix.
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