Conference on Drug Pricing Injects New Statistics Into Debate, Few New Insights (Part 1 of 2)
The price of medications has become a leading social issue, distorting economies around the world and providing easy talking points to politicians of all parties (not that they know how to solve the problem). Last week I attended a conference on the topic at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. On one level, the increasing role that drugs play in health care is salutary. Wouldn’t you rather swallow a pill than go in for surgery, with the attendant risks of anesthesia, postoperative pain opiates, and exposure to the increasingly scary bacteria that lurk in h...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare Reform Medical Economics Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Drug Pricing Healthcare Costs Medication Pricing Source Type: blogs

Combatting Communication Problems in Community Healthcare Clinics
Conclusion Community healthcare clinics are evolving and there is now a growing need to implement digital solutions to provide staff with the ability to hear everything clearly, at all times. There are also other daily practices that can help facilitate a more tranquil environment. Along with headset technology, eliminating unnecessary, frantic noise across the clinic will drastically reduce the distractions all doctors, nurses and receptionists have to face. Not only will this have a positive impact on stress-levels, but it will also make it a lot easier to communicate effectively amongst the team. Daily team meetings are...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EMR Technology Healthcare Communication Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT Healthcare Communication Headsets Healthcare Scene Insights Quail Digital Secure Healthcare Communication Tom Downes Source Type: blogs

AI in Healthcare – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/9 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jon White @technursejon on the topic of “AI in Healthcare”. The idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t new. We’ve seen robots and intelligent computers in film and on television for decades, and read about them in science fiction novels for even longer. As the processing power of computers and computing devices has taken off, and more and more data is captured from all facets of our lives, the science fiction from o...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Jon White Source Type: blogs

Decommissioning Legacy EHRs
This article will discuss some of the challenges and options that will influence your cost, legal compliance, and stakeholder satisfaction. Three common mistakes to avoid when moving to a new EHR Hanging on to the legacy EHR Some say: “we will worry about shutting down the old system later after the new EHR is up and going.” Taking that path is risky and expensive. Consider the cost. Until you get all your historical data off the legacy system, you need to pay vendors licensing and support fees. You may infrequently be using the old system, which makes these fees particularly unwarranted.  In addition, ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record EMR HealthCare IT EHR Archiving Legacy EHR Legacy Healthcare IT Systems Sudhakar Mohanraj Triyam Source Type: blogs

Scripps Research Translational Institute Partners To Develop AI Applications
The Scripps Research Translational Institute has agreed to work with graphics processing unit-maker NVIDIA to support the development of AI applications. The partners plan to forge AI and deep learning best practices, tools and infrastructure tailored to supporting the AI application development process. In collaboration with NVIDIA, Scripps will establish a center of excellence for artificial intelligence in genomics and digital sensors. According to Dr. Eric Topol, the Institute’s founder and director, AI should eventually improve accuracy, efficiency, and workflow in medical practices. This is especially true of t...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Genomic Medicine Genomics Health Sensors Healthcare AI HealthCare IT Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Dr. Eric Topol Graphics Processing Unit NIH NVI Source Type: blogs

Nurses and Patient Loads: The Solution Lies in Process Change, Not Maximums
Shortages of clinical staff plague communities around the world. Even my state of Massachusetts, a medical Mecca, has a shocking dearth of professionals in mental health. Health care reformers understand that shortages much be addressed through a careful and deep investigation into the hospital and clinic processes and practices. Streamlining processes through data analytics and the deft application of new technologies for monitoring and recording information will probably help. Nurses probably experience the crunch of patient loads more than other staff. Unfortunately, some of them try to force a quick fix on their instit...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare Business Healthcare Business Intelligence Healthcare Reform Medical Economics Massachusetts Question 1 Nursing Nursing Staff Levels Patient Loads Staffing Source Type: blogs

Software Marks Advances at the Connected Health Conference (Part 2 of 2)
The first part of this article focused on FDA precertification of apps and the state of interoperability. This part covers other interesting topics at the Connected Health conference. Presentation at Connected Health Conference Patient engagement A wonderful view upon the value of collecting patient data was provided by Steve Van, a patient champion who has used intensive examination of vital signs and behavioral data to improve his diabetic condition. He said that the doctor understands the data and the patient knows how he feels, but without laying the data out, they tend to talk past each other. Explicit data on vital s...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Connected Health Digital Health Digital Therapies Health IT Startups Health Sensors Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Medical Devices mHealth Clinical Data Exchange Healthcare Interoperablity Patient Engagement Standards Source Type: blogs

Health Tech Startups, Innovations, & Consumers – What’s the Future for HealthIT? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/2 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), host of WTF Health on the topic of “Health Tech Startups, Innovations, & Consumers – What’s the Future for HealthIT?”. Is the ‘tech revolution’ – you know, the one that started with smartphones changing the way we live our daily lives – finally about to overthrow healthcare? For years, tech giants and tech startups alike have fought for their piece of our $3 tr...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Healthcare Innovation Healthcare Startups Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Source Type: blogs

Software Marks Advances at the Connected Health Conference (Part 1 of 2)
The precepts of connected health were laid out years ago, and merely get updated with nuances and technological advances at each year’s Connected Health conference. The ideal of connected health combines matching the insights of analytics with the real-life concerns of patients; monitoring people in everyday settings through devices that communicate back to clinicians and other caregivers; and using automation to free up doctors to better carry out human contact. Pilots and deployments are being carried out successfully in scattered places, while in others connected health languishes while waiting for the slow adopti...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Connected Health Digital Health Digital Therapies EMR Health IT Startups Health Sensors Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Medical Devices mHealth Clinical Data Exchange FDA Healthcare Interoperablity Patient Engagement Pre-cer Source Type: blogs

Will UnitedHealth ’ s New Personal Health Record Make An Impact?
Though the idea of a personal health record was a hot thing for a while, it didn’t become the fixture of the healthcare market that pundits had predicted. In fact, as many readers will recall, even deep pockets like Google and Microsoft couldn’t get their users to sign on to their PHRs en masse. One of the main reasons the PHR model didn’t take is that people simply didn’t want to use them. In fact, at least at the time, the PHR was almost entirely a solution in search of a problem. After all, if a health data power user and patient advocate like myself didn’t want one, what hope did PHR backe...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health EHR EHR Benefits Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Fitness Trackers Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Patient Portal Payers PHR Smart Watch Wearables Apple Dave Wich Source Type: blogs

AMA Releases Great Guide To Digital Health Implementation
In the past, I’ve been pretty hard on the AMA when it comes to digital health. Last year I gave the organization a particularly hard time when it rolled out its Physician Innovation Network platform, which is designed to help physicians network directly with health tech firms, as it seemed to be breaking little to no ground. However, to be fair the AMA has been a relatively quiet but solid presence in health IT for quite some time.  Its health IT efforts include cofounding Health2047, which brings together doctors with established health IT companies to help the companies launch services and products, serving as...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Health IT Startups Healthcare Healthcare Business HealthCare IT Mobile Apps Patients Practice Management AMA American Medi Source Type: blogs

Finding Quick Wins by Creating Amazing Patient Experiences
In this tight environment, it is important to demonstrate quick wins for your HealthIT projects. One of the best ways to do this is to demonstrate improvements in patient experience. Don’t worry, even infrastructure projects can help patients. Patient experience is very important right now. Competition is intensifying and patient experience is one of the key factors influencing where people go to receive care. The better your organizations’ patient experience ratings, the more likely patients are to come through the doors. Improving patient experience is, therefore, one of the best ways to help your organizatio...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Health IT Leadership HealthIT projects IT management Patient Experience Source Type: blogs

The Health IT Education Landscape – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/26 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by @bigdatadavid13 on the topic of “The Health IT Education Landscape”. As the marriage of IT and healthcare continues to evolve, the workforce has to evolve with it. Today’s health IT professional has to be able to bridge technical knowledge with clinical application, care environments and boardrooms where numbers are crunched and technological solutions are scrutinized. As that workforce evolves, educators are working on th...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics David Rice Health IT Education Source Type: blogs

Infographic – Practical Interoperability in Healthcare
The team at HULFT sent me their new infographic that identifies the stakeholders that should be “at the table” to set your organization’s data sharing and interoperability policies. There are a couple of things I really like about this infographic. First, I like the mixture of disciplines and backgrounds that HULFT has identified as data stakeholders. There are people you would expect to see around the table like the CIO, CSO, Privacy Officer, COO, etc. But there are others who are a bit of a surprise: the Revenue Cycle Manager, Pharmacy Benefits Leader, Nurse Practitioner Informaticists, and Care Managem...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Healthcare Interoperability Interfaces Care Coordination HULFT Source Type: blogs

Mandatory Nurse Ratios – Good for Massachusetts?
On November 6th, Massachusetts will vote on mandatory nursing levels. Proponents cite burnout, injuries and patient safety as reasons to vote YES. Opponents claim ERs wait times will rise, small hospitals will close and patient bills will increase. There is no better way to get a sense of what is on the minds of healthcare leaders than talking with fellow conference attendees. At the recent SHSMD18 event, I had the opportunity to attend a social gathering hosted by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo). There was one topic that dominated the discussion – the upcoming vote on November 6th on m...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Human Resources Healthcare Labor Management hospital staffing mandatory nurse levels Nursing Source Type: blogs

Government Regulations for Healthcare – Where Are We At and Where Are We Headed? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/19 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy) on the topic of “Government Regulations for Healthcare – Where Are We At and Where Are We Headed?”. The one constant in healthcare is regulation. Healthcare is a highly regulated environment. There’s no way to get away from it. The best we can do is understand what regulations are coming, influence the rule making process so that good regulations are put in place, and learn to deal with the regula...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Healthcare Government Regulations Healthcare Regulations John Lynn Source Type: blogs

Rolling Over Mountains – An Interview with Niko Skievaski, President of Redox
Over the past year I have been following the success of Redox and I have read many articles about the entrepreneurial journey of their President and Co-Founder, Niko Skievaski. I recently had the chance to sit down with him at the MGMA18 conference in Boston. Rather than revisit the same questions that have been covered in dozens of other articles, I wanted to go in a different direction. I wanted to learn more about Skievaski- the-person rather than Skievaski-the-entrepreneur and I wanted to hear Skievaski’s opinion on the state of the healthcare as an ecosystem. The latter is something that we have been investigati...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Electronic Health Record EMR Healthcare Interoperability Interfaces EHR Partnerships Interface Engine MGMA18 Redox Source Type: blogs

Rolling Over Mountains – An Interview with Niko Skievaski, CEO of Redox
Over the past year I have been following the success of Redox and I have read many articles about the entrepreneurial journey of their CEO, Niko Skievaski. I recently had the chance to sit down with him at the MGMA18 conference in Boston. Rather than revisit the same questions that have been covered in dozens of other articles, I wanted to go in a different direction. I wanted to learn more about Skievaski- the-person rather than Skievaski-the-entrepreneur and I wanted to hear Skievaski’s opinion on the state of the healthcare as an ecosystem. The latter is something that we have been investigating here at Healthcare...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Electronic Health Record EMR Healthcare Interoperability Interfaces EHR Partnerships Interface Engine MGMA18 Redox Source Type: blogs

“ I Don ’ t Want to Share What I Ate on Social Media ” – Dispelling Common Healthcare IT Myths
Today I wanted to start a new series of posts I’m calling the Dispelling Common Healthcare IT Myths series. There are a lot of these to cover. In many ways, this series of blog posts is going to cover some of the most common questions I get asked by healthcare providers, CIOs, nurses, practice managers, HIM professionals, etc as I travel all over the country talking to hundreds of people. The first common myth I want to dispel is that Social Media is for sharing everything you do. This is often illustrated when I talk with someone about social media and then they reply, “I Don’t Want to Share What I Ate o...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Social Networking Health Healthcare IT Myths LinkedIn Twitter Source Type: blogs

Physician Burnout Humor – Fun Friday
It’s been a busy week for us here at Healthcare Scene. We were on the road in Seattle at the SHSMD conference which Colin covered really well over on Hospital EMR and EHR and on HITMC.com. Next week we’re off to Boston for the MEDITECH Physician and CIO Forum and the Connected Health Conference, but you already new that if you track our list of healthcare IT conferences. Lots of exciting things ahead which we’ll be sure to share here and on social media. That said, it’s time for us to prepare for the weekend with our latest edition of Fun Friday. This week’s entry comes from @DocAroundThClok. ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Doc Around the Clock Fun Friday Physician Burnout Source Type: blogs

When Disasters Hit – A Business Continuity Amazon Order List
My good friend, Mike Semel from Semel Consulting, has put together an amazing business continuity resource for healthcare organizations. Of course, a lot of this applies personally as well as professionally. You should download the full Semel Consulting Disaster Checklist to see how prepared you and your business are for disaster. This resource seemed appropriate as we watch Florida get hit with more tropical storms and hurricanes, wildfires happening in California and disaster after disaster happening around the world with no signs that they’ll be stopping. Along with the checklist linked above, Mike also included a...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Business Continuity Healthcare Disaster Recovery Healthcare Disasters Mike Semel Semel Consulting Source Type: blogs

How to Build an Effective Rural Virtual Care and Telehealth Strategy
The following is a guest blog post by Lee Horner, CEO of Synzi. Rural healthcare organizations are increasingly interested in implementing virtual care and telehealth solutions in order to better meet the needs of their facilities, staff, and patient population. In danger of closing their doors, rural hospitals are struggling to survive and thrive in a healthcare environment with razor-thin margins. iVantage’s 2017 Rural Relevance Study reports that 41 percent of rural hospitals operate at a negative margin. Poor financial performance is impacting these hospitals’ ability to keep their doors open and serve rur...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Telemedicine Lee Horner Rural Virtual Care Synzi Telehealth Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Nurses in Healthcare – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/12 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Janet Kennedy (@getsocialhealth) and Carol Bush (@TheSocialNurse) from the Healthcare Marketing Network (@HMNwriters) on the topic of “The Importance of Nurses in Healthcare”. It’s time for #NursingNow. Nurses need to have a solid place at the table – from the C-Suite to Management, Entrepreneurs to Digital Health Innovators.  In collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nu...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Carol Bush Janet Kennedy Nurses Nursing Now Source Type: blogs

Is FHIR Adoption At A Turning Point, Or Is This Just More Hype?
Over the last few years, healthcare industry players have continued to experiment with the use of HL7 FHIR to solve key interoperability problems. Perhaps the most recent efforts to do so is the Da Vinci Project, which brings together a group of payers, health IT vendors, and providers dedicated to fostering value-based care with FHIR. The group has begun work on two test cases, one addressing 30-day medication reconciliation and the other coverage requirements discovery. This wasn’t big news, as it doesn’t seem to be doing anything that new. In fact, few if any of these projects — of which there have bee...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Apple CCHIT Certification Certified EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT HL7 Interfaces Value Based Reimbursement Alphabet Amazon Blue Button Da Vinci Source Type: blogs

Number Of Health Data Breaches Grew Steadily Over Last Several Years
New research has found that while the number of patient records exposed per breach has varied widely, the number of health data breaches reported grew substantially between 2010 and 2017. The study, which was conducted by researchers with Massachusetts General Hospital, was published in JAMA. Its aim was to look at the changes in data breach patterns as EHRs have come into wider use. The authors analyzed 2,149 reported breaches over the previous seven years. The number of records breached for incident varied from 500 to almost 79 million patient records. Researchers behind the study put breaches reported in three categorie...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security HIPAA HIPAA Breaches HIPAA News Payers Business Associate Data Breaches Health Plans Healthcare Data Breaches Healthcare Laptop Data Source Type: blogs

Top 5 Ways Healthcare Applications Slow Down and What To Do About It
The following is a guest blog post by Jeff Garbus and  Alvin Chang from Soaring Eagle Consulting. We spend a lot of our lives tuning applications that people complain are too slow. In no particular order, here are some of our findings. Poor indexing #1 – Unused Indexes, Missing Indexes can cause problems While I’ve said, “in no particular order,” I do have to say this one is usually first. When applications go through Q/A / Stress test, there is often a lot more horsepower than there is data. As a result, the memory and CPU combination mask the otherwise bad performance. Once the application hi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Alvin Chang EHR Slowness Healthcare Application Slowness Jeff Garbus Soaring Eagle Source Type: blogs

Medication Compliance & Drug Monitoring – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/5 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Joy Rios (@askjoyrios) and Robin Roberts (@rrobertsehealth) on the topic of “Medication Compliance & Drug Monitoring”. One of the most effective medical interventions to significantly improve the health of patients doesn’t require the latest technology or expensive medication but simply involves helping them take their existing medication as prescribed. It’s not a light topic, but we believe that people can benefit...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Drug Monitoring Joy Rios Medication Compliance Robin Roberts Source Type: blogs

MGMA 2018 Keynotes Hit Back-to-Back Home Runs
Not far from legendary Fenway Park, MGMA hit back-to-back home runs with their opening keynotes: Simon Sinek and Mel Robbins. Both had us completely enthralled and hanging on their every word. It was an incredible way to start a conference. I have never been more excited for a set of keynotes than I have for the 2018 MGMA Annual Conference #MGMA18Annual. When the agenda for the conference was officially released I was pleasantly surprised to see not one, but TWO well-known keynote speakers. Simon Sinek is best known for his TEDTalk – “How great leaders inspire action” which became one of the most popular ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT 5 second rule Healthcare Leadership Mel Robbins MGMA MGMA18 Simon Sinek Source Type: blogs

Patient Billing And Collections Process Needs A Tune-Up
A new study from a patient payments vendor suggests that many healthcare organizations haven’t optimized their patient billing and collections process, a vulnerability which has persisted despite their efforts to crack the problem. The survey found that while the entire billing collections process was flawed, respondents said that collecting patient payments was the toughest problem, followed by the need to deploy better tools and technologies. Another issue was the nature of their collections efforts. Sixty percent of responding organizations use collections agencies, an approach which can establish an adversarial r...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Business Intelligence HealthCare IT Hospital EHR Hospitals Patients Revenue Cycle Management Accounts Receivable Source Type: blogs

A Justin Bieber Opioid Ballad from ZDoggMD
It’s a casual work Friday here at Healthcare Scene, so we like to take off from our regularly scheduled programming for something a little more casual. The latest parody video from ZDoggMD is about the Opioid Crisis and might be his best work yet. The messages he shares in the video are really spot on. I can imagine many of the legitimate chronic pain suffers might not like some of the ways it characterizes those who use opioids, but I thought ZDoggMD covers that in his comments about the impact the opioid crisis has had on chronic pain patients. Check out the video below: Have a great weekend and let’s all d...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: HealthCare IT Fun Friday Source Type: blogs

Healthcare AI Could Generate $150B In Savings By 2025
Is the buzz around healthcare AI solutions largely hype, or can they deliver measurable benefits? Lest you think it’s too soon to tell, check out the following. According to a new report from market analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, AI and cognitive computing will generate $150 billion in savings for the healthcare business by 2025.  Frost researchers expect the total AI market to grow to $6.16 billion between 2018 and 2022. The analyst firm estimates that at present, only 15% to 20% of payers, providers and pharmaceutical companies have been using AI actively to change healthcare delivery. However, its researc...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Genomic Medicine Genomics Health Care Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT Payers Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Radiology Revenue Cycle Management Automa Source Type: blogs

2018 Thrival Festival. Are We Asking the Right Questions?
Presentations in a botanical garden. Workshops in an actual work shop. Disco in a museum. The 2018 Thrival Festival eschewed tradition and challenged attendees to ponder: Are we asking the right questions when it comes to humanity + technology + art? The annual Thrival Festival held in Pittsburgh PA is truly unique. It combines art, technology, philosophy, music, and yes, even healthcare, into an event that is part science fair and part theatre. Instead of holding the event in a traditional auditorium or hotel, the organizers chose the beautiful Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens as the setting for this year’s...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Connected Health Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Conferences John Battelle Laura Montoya Rasu Shrestha Thrival Source Type: blogs

How Does Interoperability Affect Technology Adoption in Healthcare? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/28 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Niko Skievaski @niko_ski from @redox. In her opening remarks at the 2nd ONC Interoperability Forum, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma set the goal of eliminating the use of fax machines in healthcare by 2020. It’s true – fax is still the most common form of communication among providers for transmission of medical records, test results, instructions, and treatment regimens all thanks to its insuscept...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Axe the Fax Niko Skievaski Redox Seema Verma Source Type: blogs

Going from Paper-Based Consents to eConsents in Healthcare
For years we’d talk about the “paperless office” that would be created by the adoption of EHR software. Years later, that paperless office still doesn’t exist. One of the big reasons this hasn’t come to fruition is because EHRs can print massive reams of paper with the click of the button. Another reason the paperless office still alludes us is paper-based consents. For years, there wasn’t a good way to replace paper-based consents with eConsents. However, that’s not the case today. To help us move towards the paperless office and to learn about adoption of eConsents in healthcare,...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Tablets eConsents FormFast Healthcare Consents Paper-Based Consents Robin McKee Source Type: blogs

Will The Fitbit Care Program Break New Ground?
Wearables vendor Fitbit has launched a connected health program designed to help payers, employers and health systems prevent disease, improve wellness and manage diseases. The program is based on the technology Fitbit acquired when it acquired Twine Health. As you’ll see, the program overview makes it sound as the Fitbit program is the greatest thing since sliced bread for health coaching and care management, I’m not so convinced, but judge for yourself. Fitbit Care includes a mix of standard wearable features and coaching. Perhaps the most predictable option is built on standard Fitbit functions, which allow ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Fitness Trackers Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Medication Adherence mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Patient Home Monitorin Source Type: blogs

Open Source Software and the Path to EHR Heaven (Part 2 of 2)
The previous segment of this article explained the challenges faced by health care organizations and suggested two ways they could be solved through free and open source software. We’ll finish the exploration in this segment of the article. Situational awareness would reduce alert fatigue and catch errors Difficult EHR interfaces are probably the second most frustrating aspect of being a doctor today: the first prize goes to the EHR’s inability to understand and adapt to the clinician’s workflow and environment. This is why the workplace redounds with beeps and belches from EHRs all day, causing alert fat...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record EMR Alert Fatigue Electronic Medical Record EHR Free Software Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Interoperability Healthcare Reform Open Source Software Standards Vista Source Type: blogs

Open Source Software and the Path to EHR Heaven (Part 1 of 2)
Do you feel your electronic health record (EHR) is heaven or hell? The vast majority of clinicians–and many patients, too, who interact with the EHR through a web portal–see it as the latter. In this article, I’ll describe an EHR heaven and how free and open source software can contribute to it. But first an old joke (which I have adapted slightly). A salesman for an EHR vendor dies and goes before the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter asks him, “Would you like to go to heaven or hell?” Surprised, the salesman says, “I didn’t know I had a choice.” Saint Peter suggests, “How abo...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record EMR Alert Fatigue Electronic Medical Record EHR Free Software Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Interoperability Healthcare Reform Open Source EHR Open Source Software Standards Vista Source Type: blogs

Human Centered Design in Healthcare #askpatients – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/21 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jen Horonjeff (@jhoronjeff) from @Savvy_Coop on the topic of “Human Centered Design in Healthcare #askpatients“. I, Jen Horonjeff, have a confession – I’m one of the dreaded “non-compliant” patients you hear about. I have been living with juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune diseases for 33 years, so I often have a complex treatment plan. One of my biggest offenses is I don’t get my blood work ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Patient Advocacy #askpatients #HITsm Topics Jen Horonjeff Patient Centered Design Savvy Coop User-centered Design Source Type: blogs

Applying AI Based Outlier Detection to Healthcare – Interview with Dr. Gidi Stein from MedAware
Most people who receive healthcare understand that healthcare is as much art as it is science. We don’t expect our doctors to be perfect or know everything because the human body is just too complex and there are so many factors that influence health. What’s hard for patients to understand is when obvious human errors occur. This is especially true when technology or multiple layers of humans should have caught the obvious. This is exactly why I was excited to interview Dr. Gidi Stein, CEO and Co-founder of MedAware. As stated on their website, their goal is to eliminate prescription errors. In the interview be...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics HealthCare IT Allscripts dbMotion Dr. Gidi Stein MedAware Medication Error Detection Medication Errors Source Type: blogs

Epic to Hold Startup Competition at App Orchard Conference
I know it’s Friday and we usually do a Fun Friday post, but while this might look like a joke I assure you it’s not. Epic has recently announced to their App Orchard community that they’ll be doing a startup competition. The prize is $5k and “an opportunity to share their pitch with a senior Epic executive to get feedback and advice, and bragging rights.” The startup competition is being held at the Epic App Orchard Conference happening Oct 24-26th at Epic’s headquarters in Verona. For those not familiar with App Orchard, it’s basically Epic’s partner program. The Founder or ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare API HealthCare IT Epic Epic API Epic App Orchard Epic Startups Source Type: blogs

Latest Apple Watch to Cure Heart Disease (Yes, That ’ s the Sarcasm Font)
By this point, I think that most people have seen the big announcement coming out of the Apple event that the Apple Watch 4 now has ECG and other heart monitoring capabilities built in. The watch will notify you if your heart rate is too low and instances of atrial fibrillation that it detects. Plus, all of this is done as an FDA cleared device (some are reporting that Apple got their FDA clearance in 30 days which is crazy fast for a medical device). The response to this announcement has been quite interesting. Most aren’t surprised that Apple has been moving more and more into healthcare. Plus, there have been a lo...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Apple Digital Health Health Sensors Healthcare HealthCare IT Medical Devices mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Wearables Apple Healthcare Apple Watch Consumer ECG Source Type: blogs

Execs Say Silicon Valley Has The Jump On Healthcare Innovation
Lately, it’s begun to look as though the leading lights of Silicon Valley might bring the next wave of transformation to healthcare. But can they work big changes in the industry on their own, or are they more likely to succeed by throwing their extremely considerable muscle behind existing healthcare players? That’s one of the many questions at issue as companies like Google, Amazon (Yes, I know they’re in Seattle), and Facebook shoulder their way into the business. According to a new survey by Reaction Data, many healthcare execs think Amazon, in particular, has the potential to change the game.  W...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Business HealthCare IT Healthcare Leadership PHR Amazon Dale Sanders Facebook Google Healthcare Disruption HealthCat Source Type: blogs

Video Games and Healthcare IT – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/14 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy) from @HealthcareScene on the topic of “Video Games and Healthcare IT“. I’ve been thinking a lot about the #HITsm chat and it’s evolution since the beginning. As my colleague Colin Hung knows, I’ve long been asking what the future of the chats will be and what’s the value the community can receive from these chats. I’ll admit that I’m still not sure all the answers to tho...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Healthcare Video Games techguy Source Type: blogs

Are EHR Companies Difficult to Work With?
There is an entrenched myth that EHR companies are difficult to partner with – more interested in up-front partner fees and revenue sharing than actually collaborating with 3rd party companies. Two companies are working hard to be different. Early in the spring, I had a lengthy conversation with a group of vendors at HIMSS18 about partnering with EHR companies. I had stopped at a booth and somehow we got onto the topic of collaborating with EHR companies as a way to accelerate product development and sales. The person I was speaking with was very frustrated at the lack of response from three of the larger EHR compani...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare API Allscripts Allscripts Developers Program Allscripts Partners Cerner Cerner Developers Program Cerner Partners EHR collaboration EHR Partnerships Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Compliance Humor – Fun Friday
There are a lot of things that are messed up in healthcare. One of those is some of the compliance requirements. The challenge we face is that a lot of regulations were put on with good intentions, but either they don’t hit the mark or things evolve and we never get rid or old regulations that don’t serve us anymore. With that in mind, you’ll enjoy this Fun Friday humor from Master Control. This feels a lot like what it takes to get anything done in healthcare. Romance at its compliance. pic.twitter.com/SW3JtQ2LgL — MasterControl (@MCMasterControl) August 31, 2018 Have a great weekend! Related P...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Source Type: blogs

International Healthcare: Standards, Patients, and Personal Experiences – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/7 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jessica Maxine Selby (@JessMSelby) on the topic of “International Healthcare: Standards, Patients, and Personal Experiences“. Jess Maxine Selby considers herself a Global Citizen. Living in 4 countries over 3 continents and traveling to over 26 countries in 26 years, this accident-prone marketer has personally experienced what many countries healthcare system has to offer. Due to her passion for community service and a two-week...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Info World International Healthcare Medicasoft Source Type: blogs

HIPAA Breach Investigations – What You Should Know
The following is a guest blog post by Moazzam Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic.Net. Correctly handling a HIPAA breach recovery will benefit from a well-prepared and systematic approach. Investigation is one of a few key elements to consider, alongside speed, notification, and risk assessment. The specific issue of time deserves closer examination, as does the incorporation of risk management and auditing processes. 4 pillars of HIPAA breach response Here are four key elements or pillars of a strong HIPAA breach response, a framework provided by Brach Eichler healthcare attorney Lani M. Dornfeld...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA Breaches HIPAA Training Atlantic.net Healthcare Breach Investigations HIPAA Hosting HIPAA Risk Assessments Moazzam Adnan Raja Source Type: blogs

2018 Health:Further Festival Format Delivers Interesting Takeaways and a Side of Fun
Health:Further delivered interesting takeaways from Walmart, Dell Medical School, Cerner, athenahealth & MEDITECH. The companies are bullish on data analytics, design-thinking and interoperability. Social Determinants of Health remains a challenge. Last week, I had the chance to attend the 2018 Health:Further event (H:F) for the first time. I say event rather than conference because the latter would not do justice to the non-traditional format of the gathering in Nashville. Instead of the standard plenary+breakouts+exhibit-hall arrangement that is the norm for conferences, H:F used a music-festival approach with multip...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Digital Health Healthcare IT Conferences Clinical Data Analytics Health:Further Interoperability SDOH Source Type: blogs

Happy Labor Day!
What’s on your schedule today? Do you have fun plans with family? Are you off work or are you still at the hospital? Are you planning to grill today or do you have some other tradition? For good or for bad I don’t have any plans today. In many ways, that makes me happy. Sometimes no plans are the best kind of plans. Regardless of your plans, Happy Labor Day! Related Posts No related posts. (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Labor Day Source Type: blogs

The Cloud – Fun Friday
Leave it to the one and only Dr. Deborah C. Peel, MD from Patient Privacy Rights to share with me this humorous look at the cloud and how many of us treat the cloud. I’m sure nothing like this would ever happen in healthcare. However, it sure does offer an interesting perspective of the cloud. This is particularly true with individual patients. I hope you enjoy learning about the cloud from Kitty Flanagan. Related Posts No related posts. (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HIPAA Cloud Humor Deborah C. Peel Fun Friday Patient Privacy Rights Source Type: blogs