London Doctors Stage Protest Over Rollout Of App
We all know that doctors don’t take kindly to being forced to use health IT tools. Apparently, that’s particularly the case in London, where a group of general practitioners recently held a protest to highlight their problems with a telemedicine app rolled out by the National Health Service. The doctors behind the protest are unhappy with the way the NHS structured its rollout of the smartphone app GP at Hand, which they say has created extra work and confusion among the patients. The service, which is run by UK-based technology company Babylon Health, launched in November of last year. Using the app, patients ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT iPhone mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Smart Phone Healthcare Smart Phones Telemedicine Babylon Health GP at Hand Nati Source Type: blogs

The Power of Story – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 4/20 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by @DesignInHealth (led by Kijana-Knight Torres), Burt Rosen (@burtrosen), and the #WTFix team on the topic of “The Power of Story”. We are within one month of What’s the Fix? happening on May 17, 2018. What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that Healthsparq started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talkin...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Burt Rosen Dell Medical School Design Institute of Health Health Stories HealthSparq Kijana-Knight Torres What's the Fix? WTFix Source Type: blogs

Why Physician Practices Need a MIPS Expert on Staff
The following is a guest blog post by Marina Verdara, Sr. Training Specialist for CMS Incentive Programs, Kareo. Healthcare providers go to school to learn how to care for patients, and that’s what they do best. However, billing processes, performance-based payment adjustments, and payment incentives are typically not included in this education. Being responsible for today’s regulatory complexities and workload may not have been what providers envisioned for their career. And it’s taking a toll. Nearly half of physician practices spend more than $40,000 per full-time physician per year on complying with M...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT MACRA Kareo Kareo MACRA MGMA MGMA Survey MIPS MIPS Exper Source Type: blogs

Thoughts on Privacy in Health Care in the Wake of Facebook Scrutiny
A lot of health IT experts are taking a fresh look at the field’s (abysmal) record in protecting patient data, following the shocking Cambridge Analytica revelations that cast a new and disturbing light on privacy practices in the computer field. Both Facebook and others in the computer field who would love to emulate its financial success are trying to look at general lessons that go beyond the oddities of the Cambridge Analytica mess. (Among other things, the mess involved a loose Facebook sharing policy that was tightened up a couple years ago, and a purported “academic researcher” who apparently viola...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Cambridge Analytica Data Analytics Facebook Healthcare Facebook Privacy Health Data Privacy Healthcare Privacy Source Type: blogs

Why I Didn ’t Choose Your Healthcare Organization
The following is a guest blog post by Chelsea Kimbrough from Stericycle Communication Solutions, as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter: @StericycleComms I recently had a bad healthcare experience. I received functional care, but I wasn’t cared for. As in, I’m fairly certain my doctor didn’t know my name when she walked into the room or when she left it. To her, I was another patient in a crowded schedule. To me, it was a rushed, impersonal experience that left me with absolutely no desire to trust my wellbeing in her hands. As someone who is f...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT Patients Chelsea Kimbrough Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Patient Experience Stericycle Stericycle Communication Solutions Source Type: blogs

How to Evolve Healthcare Conferences in the 21st Century – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 4/13 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Steve Sisko (@shimcode) on the topic of “How to Evolve Healthcare Conferences in the 21st Century”. The general purpose of a conference is to bring people together in one place where they can discover and share information, insight and ideas on a specific theme. And then, hopefully, leave the event with energy and focus. Our brains can only take in a limited number of stimuli at any given time. With 1000’s and even 10’s...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Steve Sisko Source Type: blogs

Should Apps with Personal Health Information Be Subject to HIPAA?
The following is a guest blog post by Erin Gilmer (@GilmerHealthLaw). With news of Grindr’s sharing of user’s HIV status and location data, many wonder how such sensitive information could be so easily disclosed and the answer is quite simply a lack of strong privacy and security standards for apps.  The question then becomes whether apps that store personal health information should be subject to HIPAA? Should apps like Grindr have to comply with the Privacy and Security Rules as doctors, insurance companies, and other covered entities already do? A lot of people already think this information is protecte...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Aetna Breach CVS Caremark Breach Erin Gilmer Grindr HIV and HIPAA OCR Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Marketing in Healthcare IT
I spent last week in New Orleans at the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference and enjoyed mixing and mingling with the amazing marketing and PR professionals found in that community. It’s a truly unique conference where attendees collaborate, share, and sincerely care for each other’s success. I feel privileged to be a member of the community. I was lucky to kick off this year’s event and I started with this slide: I imagine many people reading this might not agree. However, marketing in and of itself is not evil. Sure, everything can be evil. Technology can be good or evil. People can be good or evi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Health IT Solutions Healthcare IT Conferences Healthcare IT Solutions HIT Conferences HIT Professionals Source Type: blogs

Hospital Recycling Bins May Contain Sensitive PHI
A group of Canadian researchers studying hospitals information security practices found that hospital recycling bins contained a substantial amount of PHI. The researchers, who summarized their findings in a letter published in JAMA, spent two years collecting materials from the recycling bins at five teaching hospitals in Toronto. The “recycling audit,” which took place November 2014 and May 2016, included­­­­ data for inpatient and outpatient care settings, emergency departments, physician offices and ICUs. When they did their audit, the researchers found more than 2,600 items which contained ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA Audits Hospital EHR Hospitals Canadian Hospitals JAMA PHI PHI Security Policies PII Shredding Paper Records University of Source Type: blogs

Cybersecurity Lapses Might Be Killing Patients
Nobody would argue that data breaches are good for patients. After all, health data management is challenging enough without having to deal with outside attacks. But could they actually be killing patients? One researcher argues that this is indeed happening. According to research by Dr. Sung Choi of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, hospital data breaches are linked to more than 2,100 patient deaths per year. One key reason for this phenomenon is that data breaches create distractions for doctors which can extend far beyond the actual incident. This seems to be associated with an increase i...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security HIPAA Breaches CMS Cybersecurity Dr. Sung Choi Health Data Breaches HHS Patient Care Quality Patient Mortality Vanderbilt University Source Type: blogs

Apple ’ s Full-Court Move Into Healthcare – Game Changer or Flash In the Pan? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 4/6 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Joe Babaian (@JoeBabaian) on the topic of “Apple’s Full-Court Move Into Healthcare – Game Changer or Flash In the Pan?”. The past week has been filled with excitement about @Apple’s move into healthcare. For the followers of #HITsm, #hcldr & #HITMC this has been one of our top topics! We all care about access and ownership of our healthcare data in a coherent and interoperable way. We hang on the various new i...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Apple Apple Healthcare Joe Babaian Source Type: blogs

#HIMSS18: Oh The Humanity
The following is a guest blog post by Sean Erreger, LCSW or @StuckonSW as some of you may know him. It was a privilege to attend the 2018 HIMSS global conference this year. Having blogged and tweeted about Health IT for a couple of years, it was great to finally live it. By taking a deep dive, attending presentations, demoing products, and networking; I came to a greater understanding of how Health IT tackles the problems I hope to solve. From a social work perspective, I continue to be fascinated with the idea that technology can facilitate change.  Getting lost in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural l...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health Health Care Health IT Startups Healthcare HealthCare IT Amy Bucher Healther Cole-Lewis HIMSS HIMSS 2018 HIMSS18 Janae Sharp Johnson and Johnson Mad*Pow Melissa McCool Physician Suicide Sean E Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Dashboards, Data, and FHIR
The following is a guest blog by Monica Stout from MedicaSoft.  We live in a dashboard society. We love our dashboards! We have mechanisms to track, analyze, and display all sorts of data at our fingertips any time of the day or night and everywhere we turn. We like it that way! Data is knowledge. Data is power. Data drives decisions. Data is king. But what about healthcare data? Specifically, what about YOUR healthcare data? Is it all available in one place where you can easily access it, analyze it, and make decisions about your health? Chances are, it’s not. Most likely, it’s locked up inside vario...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Patient Portal PHR HIEs HIMSS HIMSS18 Medicasoft Monica Stout Patient Portal Replacement Patient Portals Source Type: blogs

Cybersecurity Report Card:   Better Performance, But Not Great
A new research report from HIMSS has concluded that while healthcare organizations are improving their cybersecurity programs, there’s still a number of things they could do better. The study drew on responses from 239 health information security professionals. Their responses were gathered from December 2017 to January 2018. While respondents came from a number of settings, the largest number (31.5%) were with hospitals, multi-hospital systems or integrated delivery networks. One key point made by the study was that significant security incidents are projected to continue to grow in number, complexity and impac...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare HIPAA HIPAA Audits HIPAA Breaches HIPAA General HIPAA Training Cybersecurity HIMSS Insider Threat Management Programs IT Budgets Penetration Te Source Type: blogs

Health IT M & A Video Interview with Dexter Braff
The number of mergers and acquisitions that happens in healthcare is really quite astonishing to me. This is true for healthcare organizations, but also for healthcare IT companies who continue to consolidate. No doubt this isn’t going to change since it’s the nature of business. Considering many of our readers are impacted by all this M&A activity, I thought many would find it valuable to learn from a real expert in healthcare M&A, Dexter Braff. Dexter is the President of The Braff Group who has done over 300 healthcare M&A transactions. Needless to say, Dexter has a lot of stories to tell. The Br...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Dexter Braff EHR M&A Health IT M&A Healthcare IT M&A Healthcare M&A Minicorns The Braff Group Source Type: blogs

What is Patient – Centric Care? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 3/30 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Linda Stotsky (@EMRAnswers). There was a lot of discussion about patient-centric care at #HIMSS18. What is it? Have we changed our approach to patient-centric design and communication? Enabling patients to feel respected, valued as a person, is a multi-faceted task that involves more than HIPAA compliance. “Being treated with dignity and being involved in decisions are independently associated with positive outcomes”, according to...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Linda Stotsky Source Type: blogs

AHA Health Forum – A Valuable Potential Partner for HealthIT Companies
In the hyper-competitive HealthIT market, getting to your target audience within healthcare organizations is critical to success. Cutting through the noise and gatekeepers, however, is difficult. One effective strategy is to partner with an organization that has a trusted relationship with healthcare organizations and collaborate with them to leverage those connections. The team at the AHA Health Forum has been helping companies for years do just that. I had the chance recently to sit down with Kathleen Wessel, Vice President of Business Development at AHA Health Forum. I asked her about the Forum and what recommendations ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Digital Health HealthCare IT AHA Health Forum HITMC Source Type: blogs

“ I Don ’ t Want to Be Portal ’ d ” – The Need for Untethered Patient Portals
Always great when people who work in healthcare IT bumped into it in their own personal lives. That’s what makes this tweet from Steven Posnak so interesting: "I don't want to be portal'd"(#burn from my mom last night) An unknowingly piercing critique of her current healthcare experience in six words. — Steven Posnack (@HealthIT_Policy) March 23, 2018 For those not familiar with Steven Posnak, he’s the Director of the Office of Standards and Technology at ONC. He’s very familiar with these challenges on a policy level and now he’s gotten a first hand look on a personal leve...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Patient Portal EHR API Healthcare API Tethered Patient Portal Untethered Patient Portal Source Type: blogs

The Win-Win of Today ’s Telemedicine Technology for All Practices
The following is a guest blog post by Sean Brindley, Product Development Manager, Kareo Telemedicine The healthcare profession has been talking about telemedicine and its potential benefits almost as long as there have been phones. Over the last five years, adoption of telemedicine programs has increased steadily, but for some practices, particularly smaller, independent offices, the questions loom larger. How disruptive will adopting telemedicine be to office workflow? Will telemedicine overburden office staff? What are the risks involved in trying it? How will they get reimbursed for the investment? And, most important, ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Telemedicine Kareo Sean Brindley Telehealth Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Identity and Interoperability – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 3/23 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Julie Maas (@JulieWMaas) from EMR Direct on the topic of “Healthcare Identity and Interoperability”. There is a lot of discussion about healthcare identity in the industry recently, since: Patient data is now available via public APIs from Health IT vendors that are moving into production with 2015 Edition compliant software Patient matching problems persist, with no national identifier on the horizon New NIST 800-63-3 identity p...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Direct Messaging EMR Direct Healthcare Interoperability Julie Maas Source Type: blogs

Hopes for Big Impact from Validic: Making Use of Consumer Device Data
Validic, a company that provides solutions in data connectivity to health care organizations, came to HIMMS this year with a new platform called Impact that takes a big step toward turning raw data into actionable alerts. I talked to Brian Carter, senior vice president of product at Validic, about the key contributions of Impact. Routinely, I find companies that allow health-related monitoring in the home. Each one has a solution it’s marketing to doctors: a solution reminding patients to take their meds, monitoring vital signs for diabetes, monitoring vital signs for congestive heart failure, or something else fairl...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Connected Health Gadgets Healthcare Interoperability Medical Devices Analytics Brian Carter Data Integration HIMSS HIMSS18 Validic Source Type: blogs

The Human Side of Healthcare Interactions
The following is a guest blog post by Sarah Bennight, Marketing Strategist for Stericycle Communication Solutions, as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter: @StericycleComms The week after HIMSS is certainly a rest and reflect (and catch up) time period. So much information is crammed into five short days that hopefully fuel innovation and change in our industry for the next year. We hear a lot of buzzwords during HIMSS, and as marketers in general. This year my biggest area of post-HIMSS reflection is on the human side of healthcare. Often, as health IT professio...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT mHealth Patients Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Healthcare Technology HIMSS HIMSS18 Humanize Healthcare Patient Co Source Type: blogs

Seven Types of HIMSS18 Attendees: An Exhibitor ’s Perspective
The following is a guest blog by Monica Stout from MedicaSoft.  The HIMSSanity is over and everyone’s departed Las Vegas and headed for home (or SXSW). This year, my company was an exhibitor in Hall G at HIMSS. Our booth was on the main aisle, or “the thoroughfare” as those of us in the booth liked to call it. As such, I noticed some trends in the types of booth visits we encountered this year during HIMSS. These visits can be summed up into seven different types. Integration on the Brain. “I need something to connect my disparate systems together.” Whether it’s EHR-to-EHR, EHR...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Patient Portal PHR HIEs HIMSS HIMSS18 Medicasoft Monica Stout Patient Portal Replacement Patient Portals Source Type: blogs

A Whole New Way of Being Old: Book Review of The New Mobile Age
The recently released overview of health care for the aging by Dr. Joseph Kvedar and his collaborators, The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan, is aimed at a wide audience of people who can potentially benefit: health care professionals and those who manage their clinics and hospitals, technologists interested in succeeding in this field, and policy makers. Your reaction to this book may depend on how well you have asserted the impact of your frontal cortex over your amygdala before reading the text–if your mood is calm you can see numerous possibilities and bright spo...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Digital Health Genomic Medicine Healthcare Devices Medical Robots mHealth Mobile Apps Personalized Medicine Affective Computing Aging Analytics Behavioral Change Behavioral Health Elder Care Geriatrics Source Type: blogs

HIMSS Study Shows IT Pay Gaps Persist Between Genders, Races
It would be nice to think that, in a profession focusing on hard, measurable skills, that given the same experience level and skill set, HIT staffers would make more or less the same salaries. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case, according to data from the latest health IT compensation study by HIMSS. Researchers found that as of previous years, race and gender seem to play a significant role in how much a health IT professional is paid. According to the study, females make 18% less than their male peers, and minorities make 12% less than non-minorities on average across all positions and number of years in a g...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR jobs Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Business HealthCare IT Health IT Compensation Health IT Gender Pay Disparities Health IT Minority Pay Disparities Source Type: blogs

A Look Back at #HIMSS18 – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 3/16 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy) from Healthcare Scene. If you’re like me, you’ve come back from the HIMSS Annual Conference in Las Vegas and you’re experiencing what some people call the #HIMSSHaze or the #HIMSSHangover. It’s a bit of an overwhelming experience to attend a conference with 44k people and 1350 vendors. Plus, add in the lights and stimulus of Las Vegas and it’s no surprise why we all head home a little tired. ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Healthcare IT Conferences HIMSS 2018 HIMSS18 Source Type: blogs

Small Grounds for Celebration and Many Lurking Risks in HIMSS Survey
When trying to bypass the breathless enthusiasm of press releases and determine where health IT is really headed, we can benefit from a recent HIMMS survey, released around the time of their main annual conference. They managed to get responses from 224 managers of health care facilities–which range from hospitals and clinics to nursing homes–and 145 high-tech developers that fall into the large categories of “vendors” and “consultants.” What we learn is that vendors are preparing for major advances in health IT, but that clinicians are less ready for them. On the positive side, both the...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Genomics Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Business Population Health Health Care Funding HIMSS HIMSS Survey Hiring patient safety Source Type: blogs

Strong Showing from Non-healthcare Technology Vendors on #HIMSS18 Exhibit Floor
The #HIMSS18 exhibit hall was proof of the growing trend of non-traditional healthcare companies entering the market. Along every aisle there were booths from consumer and B2B brands that are familiar outside the context of healthcare. There were mega-brands like: Amazon Cisco Google Microsoft Oracle Verizon Salesforce But it wasn’t just tech giants that made an appearance at #HIMSS18. Sprinkled throughout the exhibit hall were other organizations who were taking their products and expertise, honed in other industries and applying them to healthcare: Zebra Technologies Windstream Pegasystems Liaison Technologies ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Amazon HealthIT HIMSS18 non-traditional healthcare vendors Source Type: blogs

Patient Access to Health Data: The AHA Doesn ’ t Really Want to Know
This report may stand as a model for how to cover up problems by asking superficial questions. I don’t want to denigrate a leap from 27% to 93%, over a four to five year period, in the hospitals who provide patients with their health data through portals. Even more impressive is the leap in the number of hospitals who provide data to patient caregivers (from zero to 83%). In this case, a “caregiver” appears to be a family member or other non-professional advocate, not a member of a health team–a crucial distinction I’ll return to later. I’m disappointed that only 50% of health systems al...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare Communication Hospitals Patient Portal Care Coordination Collaboration Data Exchange Patient Engagement Source Type: blogs

Five Not-so-typical meetings at #HIMSS18
As the first day of the #HIMSS18 exhibit hall dawned, I had mentally prepared myself for a series of meetings where we would be discussing the product updates, client signings and releases of new thought-leadership content. Fortunately, the universe decided to throw a curveball and I ended up with no fewer than five meetings that were completely different than what I expected. Meeting 1 – Nuance I had the opportunity to sit down with Nuance at #HIMSS18. I wrote an earlier post about their #AI Marketplace and I fully expected to listen to an update on that effort plus learn details about the company’s recent ann...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: #HITsm Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Conferences Cerner HIMSS HIMSS 2018 HIMSS18 Lenovo Health Nuance pinksocks TigerConnect Voalte Source Type: blogs

Texting Patients Is OK Under HIPAA, as long as you …
OCR Director Severino Makes Policy from the Podium Speaking at the HIMSS health IT conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Roger Severino, Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HIPAA enforcement agency, said that health care providers may share Protected Health Information (PHI) with patients through standard text messages. Providers must first warn their patients that texting is not secure, gain the patients’ authorization, and document the patients’ consent. In 2013, the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule allowed healthcare providers to communicate Electronic Protect...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Semel Tags: Healthcare AI HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General HIPAA News HIMSS HIMSS 2018 HIMSS18 OCR Rule Roger Severino Tom Leary Source Type: blogs

New Study Suggests That HIEs Deliver Value by Aggregating Patient Data
Historically, I’ve been pretty skeptical about the benefits that HIEs offer, not because the concept was flawed, but that the execution was uncertain. Toss in the fact that few have figured out how to be self-supporting financially, and you have a very shaky business model on your hands. But maybe, at long last, we’re discovering better uses for the vast amount of data HIEs have been trading. New research by one exchange suggests that some of the key value they offer is aggregating patient data from multiple providers into a longitudinal view of patients. The research, completed by the Kansas Health Information...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health EHR EHR Benefits Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HIE Population Health Population Health Management Value Based Reimbursement Diameter Health Ed.D. Source Type: blogs

Nokia May Exit Digital Health Business
The digital health market has become phenomenally competitive over the last few years, with giants like Google and Apple duking it out with smaller, fast-moving startups over the choicest opportunities in the sector. Even with a behemoth like Google, you expect to see some stumbles, and the Internet giant has taken a few. But seldom have we seen a billion-dollar company walk away from the digital health market, which arguably stands to grow far more. Still, according to a recent news report, that’s just what Nokia may be doing. A story published in The Verge reports that the Finnish telecom giant has launched a strat...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Apple Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Google Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT Healthcare Leadership Medical Devices Mobile Health Accelerators Source Type: blogs

Procrastinator ’ s Guide to #HIMSS18 and Other Conferences
I have a confession to make. I have never actually managed to follow any of the popular advice that encourages people to prepare for HIMSS weeks in advance. As I think back across the 12 HIMSS conferences I have attended, I can’t remember a single time when I started earlier than the week before (the only exception being booth logistics). I never reached out to people to pre-arrange meetings. I never looked at the session schedule more than 5 days before the conference. Even when I was in a sales and business development role, I always found myself scrambling with a week to go. As I moved into Marketing roles, I did ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Health IT Marketing HIMSS HIMSS Las Vegas HIMSS Meetups HIMSS Tips HIMSS18 Source Type: blogs

Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 3/2 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Corinne Stroum (@healthcora) on the topic “Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare.” Machine learning is hitting a furious pace in the consumer world, where AI estimates how long your food will take to arrive and targets you with the purchases you can’t resist. This week, we’ll discuss the implications of this technology as we translate it to the healthcare ecosystem. Current machine learning topics of interest to healthc...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics AI Black Box Machine Learning Corinne Stroum Healthcare AI Healthcare Machine Learn Source Type: blogs

The Real Problem with High Healthcare Costs
The following is a guest blog by Monica Stout from MedicaSoft.  The rising cost of healthcare in the U.S. is something that nearly everyone experiences on a regular basis. Looking at the trend over the last few decades, there is an eye-opening surge in cost. There’s a great article/table by Kimberly Amadeo that outlines health care costs by year from 1960 to 2015. The cost per person for health care in 1960 was $146. In 2015, the cost per person was $9,990, over 68 times higher than it was in 1960. The trend shows no sign of slowing; 2018 costs have only gotten higher. The National Conference of State Legis...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Patient Portal PHR HIEs Medicasoft Monica Stout Patient Portals Patient-Centered Data Home PCDH Source Type: blogs

How Not to Handle EHR Certification Problems
Today I was thinking back on how differently EHR vendors have handled EHR Certification problems. First, take a look at the $155 million whistleblower lawsuit that eCW (eClinicalWorks) suffered thanks to improper EHR certification (amidst other things). They had to have known what they were doing and didn’t come clean. $155 million is just the first price they had to pay. Since then, providers have filed a class action lawsuit against eCW and the family of a patient also filed a lawsuit against eCW. This a painful and expensive experience for eCW. Anne Zieger reported in August last year that the eCW settlement hadn...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT eClinicalWorks eCW GE Centricity Source Type: blogs

Some Of The Questions I Plan To Ask At #HIMSS18
As always, this year’s HIMSS event will feature enough noise, sound and color to overwhelm your senses for months afterward. And talk about a big space to tread — I’ve come away with blisters more than once after attending. Nonetheless, in my book it’s always worth attending the show. While no one vendor or session might blow you away, finding out directly what trends and products generated the most buzz is always good. The key is not only to attend the right educational sessions or meet the right people but to figure out how companies are making decisions. Below, here are some of the questions that...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Technology Health Care Healthcare AI Healthcare API Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Population Health Management Value Based Reimbursement Blockchain Solution Source Type: blogs

CES Really Scared Me. Will HIMSS Make Me Feel Any Better?
Are Consumer Health Care Products Accurate & Safe Enough for Your Healthcare? At CES, the monstrous electronics show, I saw lots of consumer devices advertised for personal fitness and healthcare. There was even a Digital Health Summit, with a wide range of industry experts. Some companies were promoting their ability to send data to healthcare providers. That’s scary, since there are no standards governing many of these devices. A clear message from CES is that the divisions between ‘technology’ and ‘devices’ are diminishing. Alexa, Google Home, and Siri, won’t be tied to stand-alon...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Semel Tags: Digital Health Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA Breaches HIPAA General Mobile Health Care Mobile Health Security Wearables CES CES 2018 HIMSS HIMSS 2018 HIMSS18 Source Type: blogs

Three Pillars of Clinical Process Improvement and Control
The following is a guest blog post by Brita Hansen, MD, Chief Medical Officer at LogicStream Health. In a value-based care environment, achieving quality and safety measures is a priority. Health systems must have the capabilities to measure a process following its initial implementation. The reality, however, is that traditional improvement methods are often plagued with lagging indicators that provide little (if any) insight into areas requiring corrective actions. Health systems have an opportunity to make a significant impact on patient care by focusing on three pillars of clinical process improvement and control: qual...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Care Management System Health Care Healthcare Analytics Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Brita Hansen LogicStream Health Source Type: blogs

We ’ re Talking #HIMSS18 – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/23 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by the #HIMSS18 Social Media Ambassadors. Appropriately so, we’ll be talking about the upcoming HIMSS 2018 annual conference. While HIMSS18 is an exciting chance to bring the various communities within health IT together in one place, the sheer volume of conference offerings, social media activity, and attendees can quickly make the experience exhausting. Social media, if navigated thoughtfully, can make this experience even more enriching...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics HIMSS 2018 HIMSS Las Vegas HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors HIMSS18 Source Type: blogs

Leadership and Learning – President ’ s Day
It’s President’s Day in the US which means a lot of people have the day off from work and school. Unfortunately, in healthcare it’s largely just another day. My heart goes out to each of you who have to work today. I started a tradition of posting quotes from past US Presidents on President’s Day and so I’m going to continue that tradition today. The following quote is from John F. Kennedy and is an important lesson for all the healthcare leaders out there. Happy President’s Day! Related Posts No related posts. (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Healthcare Leadership President's Day Source Type: blogs

Taking Healthcare Communication to the Next Level
I was looking through the Healthcare Scene YouTube channel and I realized that I did this video interview a few years back and never actually shared it here on EMR and HIPAA (I think I did share it a few other places). The topic for the video discussion was healthcare communication and it included an all star lineup of people in the industry: Jessica Johnson, Director of Operations, Health Transformation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health Management Ethan Bechtel, CEO at OhMD Nathan Larson, Chief Experience Officer at ImagineCare Mandi Bishop, Healthcare Analyst John Lynn, Founder of HealthcareScene.com Healthcare ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Videos Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT Ethan Bechtel ImagineCare Jessica Johnson Mandi Bishop Nathan Larson OhMD Source Type: blogs

Practical Health IT Innovation Conference
For those regular readers, you’ve probably been seeing some of the promotion we’ve been doing for a new healthcare IT conference called Health IT Expo. Yes, this is our first time hosting a healthcare IT Conference of our own, but we are in our 5th year organizing the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference. While we attend and enjoy attending ~30 healthcare IT conferences per year, we think there’s something missing in these conferences that we can address at Health IT Expo. Hundreds of people over the years have suggested that we should host our own healthcare IT conference. I’d always resisted ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Conferences EHR Conferences Health IT Expo Practical Innovation Source Type: blogs

Connecting and Meeting Up with People at #HIMSS18
The 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference is just over 3 weeks away. For those not familiar with the event, it’s the behemoth of healthcare IT conferences which brings together 40,00-50,000 attendees and 1300 exhibitors at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. It’s a week long healthcare IT extravaganza where you can connect with a wide variety of people from across the industry. However, it can no doubt be overwhelming for those attending for the first time (or even the 20th time for that matter). If you talk to anyone who attends conferences regularly, they usually comment that the best part of the confe...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #hcldr #HITSM CareCognitics Dell DellEMC HIMSS HIMSS 2018 HIMSS Las Vegas HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors HIMSS18 MEDITECH Pegasystems Stericycle Communication Solutions Voalte Source Type: blogs

How Connected is Your Healthcare? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/16 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Dr. Robert Wah (@RobertWahMD) from @DXCTechnology on the topic of “How Connected is Your Healthcare?.” Healthcare providers are tapping into new tech solutions to connect patients, processes and data for better results. How is technology enabling a movement toward patient-center care? Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we talk about connected health and where we still need work. We’ll look at disruptive innovati...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Connected Health DXC Technology Robert Wah Source Type: blogs

Predicting the Top Patient Engagement Themes of #HIMSS18
Conclusion As the industry goes forward to improve upon strategic patient experience improvement, research from PwC suggests that the solution is systemic: 73 percent of provider executives say balancing patient satisfaction and employee job satisfaction is a barrier to efforts to improve the patient experience. But with the right technology-based tools and human support, this barrier can be lifted, helping eliminate employee hardships and improve the patient experience by delivering on each of the above trends. If you’re going to be at HIMSS18, come and stop by the Stericycle Communications Solutions booth #859 to ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT mHealth Patients Brittany Quemby Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Healthcare Personalization Patient Communication Pat Source Type: blogs

Medimoji Nurse – Fun Friday
It’s Friday and so we’re getting ready to head into the weekend. That means it’s time for something a little fun. This Friday we’re turning to our favorite comedic doctor, ZDoggMD, and his recently released Medimoji Nurse video. I don’t know what this has to do with Healthcare Technology since it’s generally our focus, but it does give an interesting view into the life of a nurse and nurse culture. Full of cliches but some pretty funny moments. In case it’s not clear, I love nurses and feel they’re underappreciated in healthcare. Related Posts No related posts. (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Medimoji Nurse ZDoggMD Source Type: blogs

Radiology Centers Poised To Adopt Machine Learning
As with most other sectors of the healthcare industry, it seems likely that radiology will be transformed by the application of AI technologies. Of course, given the euphoric buzz around AI it’s hard to separate talk from concrete results. Also, it’s not clear who’s going to pay for AI adoption in radiology and where it is best used. But clearly, AI use in healthcare isn’t going away. This notion is underscored by a new study by Reaction Data suggesting that both technology vendors and radiology leaders believe that widespread use of AI in radiology is imminent. The researchers argue that radiology ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT Hospitals Radiology Chief of Radiology Director of Radiology Freestanding Radiology Center Hospital Ra Source Type: blogs

The Role of HealthIT in Driving Payer-Provider-Employer Collaboration – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/9 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Heather Lavoie (@HSLavoie) from @Geneia on the topic of “The Role of HealthIT in Driving Payer-Provider-Employer Collaboration.” 2018 is shaping up to be another year of healthcare change, disruption and consolidation. In the past three months alone, more than $140 billion in healthcare deals have been announced, most notably the CVS Aetna merger. The news Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan are collaborating to simplify emplo...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Employer Healthcare Geneia Heather Lavoie Payer Collaboration Source Type: blogs