9th Annual New Media Meetup During #HIMSS18 Sponsored by CareCognitics
For those of you planning to attend the HIMSS 2018 conference in Las Vegas, I’m excited to share the details of the 9th Annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS. For those who’ve missed the last 8 events, it’s a unique meetup that brings together healthcare IT bloggers, media professionals, tweeters, and other social media influencers at the mecca of Healthcare IT conferences. We’re excited to continue in our 9th year the tradition of bringing together some of the most influential people in healthcare IT in one space. While social media continues to change, what hasn’t changed is how many incredible c...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITSM CareCognitics Healthcare IT Expo HIMSS HIMSS Las Vegas HIMSS New Media Meetup HIMSS18 Source Type: blogs

A Learning EHR for a Learning Healthcare System
Can the health care system survive the adoption of electronic health records? When the HITECH act mandated the installation of EHRs in 2009, we all hoped they would propel hospitals and clinics into a 21st-century consciousness. Instead, EHRs threaten to destroy those who have adopted them: the doctors whose work environment they degrade and the hospitals that they are pushing into bankruptcy. But the revolution in artificial intelligence that’s injecting new insights into many industries could also create radically different EHRs. Here I define AI as software that, instead of dictating what a computer system should ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Healthcare AI AI EHR Artificial Intelligence EHR Virtual Assistants Learning EHR Learning Health Care System Machine Learning Source Type: blogs

Patient Portals and Chronic Disease Management – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/26 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Monica Stout (@MI_turnaround) from Medicasoft on the topic of “Patient Portals and Chronic Disease Management.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a statistic stating that roughly 117 million people have one or more chronic health conditions. One in four people has two more chronic conditions. That is so many people! It’s 2018 and there are tons of innovative technologies out there. Why aren’t we doi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 23, 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 Chronic Disease Management Medicasoft Monica Stout Patient Portals Source Type: blogs

UPMC Sells Oncology Analytics Firm To Elsevier
Using analytics tools to improve cancer treatment can be very hard. That struggle is exemplified by the problems faced by IBM Watson Health, which dove into the oncology analytics field a few years ago but made virtually no progress in improving cancer treatment. With any luck, however, Via Oncology will be more successful at moving the needle in cancer care. The company, which offers decision support for cancer treatment and best practices in cancer care management, was just acquired by information analytics firm Elsevier, which plans to leverage the company’s technology to support its healthcare business. Elsevier&...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 22, 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 Hospital EHR Patients Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Elsevier Oncology Analytic Source Type: blogs

Health IT and ROI (Release of Information) Vendor Sues HHS Over Patient Records Fees
Now here’s one for the ages – a vendor taking HHS head-on. The vendor, CIOX Health, has sued HHS in an effort to stop the agency from enforcing HIPAA rules limiting how much providers and business associates can charge patient records. While the vendor may not get anywhere, the lawsuit raises the important question of what patient record retrieval should cost. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the suit focuses on changes to the privacy law put into place in 2013 and 2016. The article notes that these modifications broadened the type of information providers and BAs must send while capping the fe...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General HIPAA News Business Associates CIOX CIOX Health Health Record Retrieval Fees HHS HIPAA ROI Medical Record R Source Type: blogs

Hospitals Still Lagging On Mobile
One would think that these days, when the desktop computer is an extension of mobile devices rather than the other way around, hospitals would have well-defined, mature plans in place for managing mobile technology. But according to one survey, that’s definitely not the case. In a study sponsored by Spok, which provides clinical communication services, many healthcare providers are still in the early years of developing a mobile strategy. The study, which drew on contacts with more than 300 healthcare professionals in the US, found that 21% had had a mobile strategy in place for less than one year, 40% for one to thr...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT Hospital EHR mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Smart Phone Healthcare Smart Phones Smart Watch Tablets Source Type: blogs

How is Society ’s Drive for Everything “On Demand” Changing Healthcare? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/19 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Darin Vander Well (@DarinVanderWell) from @docutap on the topic of “How is Society’s Drive for Everything “On Demand” Changing Healthcare?” Netflix, Amazon, Uber, DVR, smart watches, smart homes – Today’s devices, apps, and technologies are making nearly every facet of our lives available in an instant. One industry that has resisted full-scale turnover into an on-demand delivery model has been health...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 17, 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 Darin Vander Well Docutap Source Type: blogs

Patient Portals and Chronic Disease Management
The following is a guest blog by Monica Stout from MedicaSoft.  Half of all U.S. adults, roughly 117 million people, have one or more chronic health conditions. 1 in 4 people have two or more chronic conditions. As a nation, we need some help addressing the chronic disease epidemic. Many patient portals today give patients access to pieces of their health information – lab results, for example – and some will flag upcoming appointments or refill a prescription, but where are the tools and the data in a portal to actually help patients manage chronic conditions, thereby improving their overall health a...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Patient Portal PHR Chronic Disease Management Medicasoft Monica Stout Patient Portals Source Type: blogs

The Value of Service – Martin Luther King Day
Today in the US, we’re celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To celebrate the holiday, I thought it would be great to share some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes. Many of the messages are relevant to the healthcare and illustrate what makes those working in healthcare so special. Related Posts No related posts. (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Martin Luther King Source Type: blogs

Change Healthcare Launch Raises Questions About Blockchain Scalability
Healthcare technology vendor Change Healthcare has introduced a blockchain-based network focused on managing claims. Change says its Intelligent Healthcare Network is the first enterprise-scale blockchain network in healthcare. According to the vendor, using technology will let organizations track the status of claims submission and remittance across the claims lifecycle accurately. It also contends that by using blocking technology in Intelligent Healthcare Network, companies will have a greater ability to audit trace and trust those involved in transactions. To build out its blockchain infrastructure, Change Healthcare u...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Business HealthCare IT Blockchain Scalability Change Healthcare Enterprise Blockchain Hyperledger 1.0 Intelligent Healthcare Network N Source Type: blogs

Why Clinicians Need a 2015 Certified EHR
The following is a guest blog post by Lisa Eramo, a regular contributor to Kareo’s Go Practice Blog. What does “2015 Certified EHR” mean to practicing clinicians? The once-flooded EHR market is now whittling down to those vendors equipped to respond to regulatory and industry changes. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology listed more than 4,000 EHRs with 2014 certification criteria, according to the most recent data from healthIT.gov. And to date, only about 200 EHRs have passed the rigorous 2015 certification criteria. However, beyond the fact that 2015 is indeed...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Certified EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT MACRA Meaningful Use 2015 Certified EHR 2015 EHR Certification Kareo Lisa Eramo ONC Source Type: blogs

Doctors, Data, Diagnoses, and Discussions: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Personalized/Precision Medicine
The following is a guest blog post by Drew Furst, M.D., Vice President Clinical Consultants at Elsevier Clinical Solutions. Personalized/precision medicine is a growing field and that trend shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, a 2016 Grand View Research report estimated the global personalized medicine market was worth $1,007.88 billion in 2014, with projected growth to reach $2,452.50 billion by 2022. As these areas of medicine become more commonplace, understanding the interactions between biological factors with a range of personal, environmental and social impacts on health is a vital step towards achieving sustaina...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Clinical Decision Support Genomics Healthcare HealthCare IT Personalized Medicine Drew Furst Elsevier Elsevier Clinical Solutions Precision Medicine Source Type: blogs

Driving Innovation in Healthcare Forward Requires New Ways of Thinking – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/12 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Constance Sjoquist (@CASjoquist), Chief Content Officer at HLTH.co on the topic of “Driving Innovation in Healthcare Forward Requires New Ways of Thinking.” Traditional channels for ideating, learning, and sharing ideas, products and services that can improve healthcare outcomes, lower costs and make it easier on everyone involved are changing. Health plan members, budding consumers, both new and long-time patients, sponsor payers...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 10, 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 Constance Sjoquist Healthcare Innovation Healthcare Transformation Hlth John Lynn Source Type: blogs

Is A Cerner Installation A “Downgrade” From Epic? Ask This Guy
I don’t know if I’ve ever quoted a letter to the editor in a column for this publication, but I have to this time. I thought it had an interesting story to tell. The letter, written by a patient at the Banner University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, offers a scathing critique what he sees “degradation of services” taking place after the institution switched from an Epic to a Cerner EHR, a change he refers to as a downgrade throughout the letter. Since the “downgrade,” said the patient, John Kimbell, appointments take much longer. “Three weeks after the downgrade, my 30-minut...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Technology Banner Health Banner University of Arizona Medical Center at Tucson Cerner EHR Installation EMR Installantion Epic John Kimbell Source Type: blogs

Cerner $10 Billion VA Contract Comes To Screeching Halt
After Cerner captured the massive multi billion dollar contract to roll out its EMR for the Department of Defense, everyone was a bit stunned, as many thought Epic was a lock for the job. Cerner seems to have been conducting the rollout as promised, so there’s that. But when it comes to its performance in meeting the requirements of its $10 billion contract with the VA, things aren’t looking as good. Apparently, Cerner’s DoD implementation isn’t sharing data well with Cerner’s VA systems. Oops. According to Politico, the Cerner contract with the VA is running into serious questions about its c...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Implementation EMR Selection HealthCare IT Cerner Department of Veterans Affairs DoD EHR Interoperability EMR Interoperability Epic U.S. Department of Defense VA Source Type: blogs

Key Articles in Health IT from 2017 (Part 2 of 2)
The first part of this article set a general context for health IT in 2017 and started through the year with a review of interesting articles and studies. We’ll finish the review here. A thoughtful article suggests a positive approach toward health care quality. The author stresses the value of organic change, although using data for accountability has value too. An article extolling digital payments actually said more about the out-of-control complexity of the US reimbursement system. It may or not be coincidental that her article appeared one day after the CommonWell Health Alliance announced an API whose main purp...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: 3D Printing ACO Apple Connected Health Digital Health Gadgets Genomics Google Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Healthcare API Healthcare Devices Healthcare IT Security Healthcare Reimbursement HIE Meaningful Use Medical D Source Type: blogs

What ’ s Trending in #HealthIT in 2018? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/5 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy), Founder of Healthcare Scene, the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference, and Health IT Expo, on the topic of “What’s Trending in #HealthIT in 2018?” As we start 2018, we thought it would be appropriate for the #HITsm chat to take a short look back at 2017 and then to start looking forward to 2018. What are going to be the hot topics for 2018? What should we be doing to be prepared for what’s com...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 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 John Lynn Source Type: blogs

What ’s Trending in #HealthIT in 2018? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/5 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy), Founder of Healthcare Scene, the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference, and Health IT Expo, on the topic of “What’s Trending in #HealthIT in 2018?” As we start 2018, we thought it would be appropriate for the #HITsm chat to take a short look back at 2017 and then to start looking forward to 2018. What are going to be the hot topics for 2018? What should we be doing to be prepared for what’s com...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 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 John Lynn Source Type: blogs

Key Articles in Health IT from 2017 (Part 1 of 2)
This article provides a retrospective of 2017 in Health It–but a retrospective from an unusual perspective. I will highlight interesting articles I’ve read from the year as pointers to trends we should follow up on in the upcoming years. Indubitably, 2017 is a unique year due to political events that threw the field of health care into wild uncertainty and speculation, exemplified most recently by the attempts to censor the use of precise and accurate language at the Centers for Disease Control (an act of political interference that could not be disguised even by those who tried to explain it away). Threats to ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Clinical Decision Support Connected Health Digital Health Healthcare Communication Healthcare Devices Healthcare Interoperability Healthcare Reform Meaningful Use Medical Devices Value Based Reimbursement FHIR Meaningful Use Certific Source Type: blogs

How Many Garage Entrepreneurs Are In Healthcare?
The final image this holiday week comes from a tweet shared by David Chou. In his tweet e shares an image of some incredible companies that were founded out of a garage. Hard to argue with these companies and the success they’ve garnered: When I look at this image I try to think of any massive healthcare companies have been started out of a garage. I couldn’t think of any off hand. Then I started to wonder if that’s a good or a bad thing. Would love to hear your thoughts. Related Posts Crowdfunding Healthcare Startups – Medstartr and Indiegogo Virtual Reality in Healthcare Rock Health ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT David Chou Healthcare Startups Source Type: blogs

How Many Garage Entrepreneurs Are In Healthcare?
The final image this holiday week comes from a tweet shared by David Chou. In his tweet e shares an image of some incredible companies that were founded out of a garage. Hard to argue with these companies and the success they’ve garnered: When I look at this image I try to think of any massive healthcare companies have been started out of a garage. I couldn’t think of any off hand. Then I started to wonder if that’s a good or a bad thing. Would love to hear your thoughts. Related Posts Virtual Reality in Healthcare The Petya Global Malware Incident Hitting Nuance, Merck, and Many Others Rock...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT David Chou Healthcare Startups Source Type: blogs

What Does EHR and Health IT Mean for You?
As I continue sharing a thought provoking image each day this holiday week, I think this image will rub people the wrong way. I know it causes a little bit of pain for me, but I thought it was worth sharing to see what other people think of it. It comes from SD Global Tech: If this graphic doesn’t bother you, then you probably haven’t been in the EHR and healthcare IT world very long. While I do think that we start to take technology for granted very quickly, I also think that many in healthcare have heard these promises for decades and many of them feel very hollow. It’s much better to show an organizat...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Benefits Source Type: blogs

What Does EHR and Health IT Mean for You?
As I continue sharing a thought provoking image each day this holiday week, I think this image will rub people the wrong way. I know it causes a little bit of pain for me, but I thought it was worth sharing to see what other people think of it. It comes from SD Global Tech: If this graphic doesn’t bother you, then you probably haven’t been in the EHR and healthcare IT world very long. While I do think that we start to take technology for granted very quickly, I also think that many in healthcare have heard these promises for decades and many of them feel very hollow. It’s much better to show an organizat...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Benefits Source Type: blogs

EHR Physician Use by Time of Day
As we continue our holiday week of sharing interesting healthcare IT and EHR images, today’s image comes from the NEJM Catalyst. This image charts the Percent of total EHR work time against the hour of the day. Plus, it also splits it out into weekday work and weekend work. The thing I hate about this chart is that it doesn’t show when doctors use to spend time doing paper charts. I still wonder how similar those charts would be. I’m just not sure we have that data anywhere. Related Posts Using Technology to Fight EHR Burnout – #HITsm Chat Topic Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Reopened ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 27, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare EHR Burnout EHR Use Physician Burnout Source Type: blogs

EHR Physician Use by Time of Day
As we continue our holiday week of sharing interesting healthcare IT and EHR images, today’s image comes from the NEJM Catalyst. This image charts the Percent of total EHR work time against the hour of the day. Plus, it also splits it out into weekday work and weekend work. The thing I hate about this chart is that it doesn’t show when doctors use to spend time doing paper charts. I still wonder how similar those charts would be. I’m just not sure we have that data anywhere. Related Posts Using Technology to Fight EHR Burnout – #HITsm Chat Topic EMRs and Patient Satisfaction Physician ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 27, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare EHR Burnout EHR Use Physician Burnout Source Type: blogs

6 Ways Blockchain Could Disrupt Health Insurance
I’m taking this week mostly off from work to enjoy the holidays with family. So, this week we’re going to keep our blog posts simple. Each day this holiday week I’m going to share an interesting image, graphic, chart, etc. This first image comes from a tweet by Christine Boursin who looks at ways blockchain could disrupt health insurance: What do you think of blockchain’s potential impact on health insurance? Related Posts Health Insurance Exchange Q&A with John Kelly from Edifecs ONC Kicks Off Blockchain Whitepaper Contest Could Patents Freeze Blockchain’s Progress? (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Blockchain Health Insurance Source Type: blogs

6 Ways Blockchain Could Disrupt Health Insurance
I’m taking this week mostly off from work to enjoy the holidays with family. So, this week we’re going to keep our blog posts simple. Each day this holiday week I’m going to share an interesting image, graphic, chart, etc. This first image comes from a tweet by Christine Boursin who looks at ways blockchain could disrupt health insurance: What do you think of blockchain’s potential impact on health insurance? Related Posts Health Insurance Exchange Q&A with John Kelly from Edifecs The Health Insurance Demand Problem ONC Kicks Off Blockchain Whitepaper Contest (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Blockchain Health Insurance Source Type: blogs

Merry Christmas!
I know that a number of readers don’t celebrate Christmas, but I do and I love this time of year. A lot of people get annoyed by the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the need to get a gift for someone else. I love all the activity and the opportunity to spend time thinking about someone else. That’s a beautiful thing and something we need more of in this world. I hope you have a happy holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Thanks for reading and supporting us at Healthcare Scene. Related Posts Oh How Easily We Forget (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 25, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Happy Holidays Merry Christmas Source Type: blogs

“ Twas the Night Before Go-Live – Fun Friday
The Friday before Christmas. Everyone’s favorite day at work. I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday season and that you’re ready for Monday. I know I still have work to do. I thought this holiday poem from Moxe Health would be a nice way to finish off the week as we head into Christmas. I think you’ll all enjoy it too: Here’s the text of the poem: ‘Twas the night before go-live at Whoville Saint General- Hospital, Clinics (and Drug Store) for Medical- Treatment of Sore Throats and Coughing and Sneezing (And any old illness your aunt might think pleasing). The doctors and nurses were not ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Fun Friday Moxe Health Source Type: blogs

“Twas the Night Before Go-Live – Fun Friday
The Friday before Christmas. Everyone’s favorite day at work. I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday season and that you’re ready for Monday. I know I still have work to do. I thought this holiday poem from Moxe Health would be a nice way to finish off the week as we head into Christmas. I think you’ll all enjoy it too: Here’s the text of the poem: ‘Twas the night before go-live at Whoville Saint General- Hospital, Clinics (and Drug Store) for Medical- Treatment of Sore Throats and Coughing and Sneezing (And any old illness your aunt might think pleasing). The doctors and nurses were not ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Fun Friday Moxe Health Source Type: blogs

6 Unique Anesthesiology Needs Where Traditional EHRs Fall Short
The following is a guest blog post by Douglas Keene, MD Chief Medical Officer and Founder, Recordation Perioperative Information Management. Anesthesiology has traditionally been thought of as a specialty profession limited to the operating room (OR). Over the past few years however, a revolution has been underway as the industry pushes to provide higher quality care at lower costs, motivating anesthesiologists to expand their typical role. Private anesthesiology groups are becoming more involved in the overall operations of the OR to improve the quality of care delivered inside and outside the operating room as well as ke...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Anesthesia EHR Douglas Keene Perioperative EHR Recordation Source Type: blogs

6 Unique Anesthesiology Needs Where Traditional EHRs Fall Short
The following is a guest blog post by Douglas Keene, MD Chief Medical Officer and Founder, Recordation Perioperative Information Management. Anesthesiology has traditionally been thought of as a specialty profession limited to the operating room (OR). Over the past few years however, a revolution has been underway as the industry pushes to provide higher quality care at lower costs, motivating anesthesiologists to expand their typical role. Private anesthesiology groups are becoming more involved in the overall operations of the OR to improve the quality of care delivered inside and outside the operating room as well as ke...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Anesthesia EHR Douglas Keene Perioperative EHR Recordation Source Type: blogs

PHRs at Work
The following is a guest blog by Monica Stout from MedicaSoft.  We live in an age when our employers can offer a myriad of employee benefits – from pet insurance to wellness incentives. There is no shortage in what employers can offer as a benefit to their employees. Some employers, such as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), are offering Personal Health Records (PHRs) to their employees as part of a package of health and wellness benefits. Why offer a PHR to employees? PHRs can help people better gather all of their health information in one place – records from doctors and hospitals, lab results, data ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT HealthCenter Medicasoft Monica Stout PHR USPS PHR Source Type: blogs

How An AI Entity Took Control Of The U.S. Healthcare System
Note: In case it’s not clear, this is a piece of fiction/humor that provides a new perspective on our AI future. A few months ago, an artificial intelligence entity took control of the U.S. healthcare system, slipping into place without setting off even a single security alarm. The entity, AI, now manages the operations of every healthcare institution in the U.S. While most Americans were shocked at first, they’re taking a shine to the tall, lanky application. “We weren’t sure what to think about AI’s new position,” said Alicia Carter, a nurse administrator based in Falls Church, Virgini...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Healthcare Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Business HealthCare IT Hospital EHR Hospitals Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine AI Artificial Intelligenc Source Type: blogs

Health IT Leaders Spending On Security, Not AI And Wearables
While breakout technologies like wearables and AI are hot, health system leaders don’t seem to be that excited about adopting them, according to a new study which reached out to more than 20 US health systems. Nine out of 10 health systems said they increased their spending on cybersecurity technology, according to research by the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) in partnership with the Health Management Academy. However, many other emerging technologies don’t seem to be making the cut. For example, despite the publicity it’s received, two-thirds of health IT leaders said using AI was a low or ver...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 18, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Biometrics Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Technology Genomic Health Record Health IT Startups Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Hospital EH Source Type: blogs

Does Your HIPAA Risk Analysis Tool Protect Your Practice?
Fourth quarter signifies more than a countdown to the holidays, many healthcare organizations are met with the realization that it is time to complete HIPAA risk analysis in order to comply with MACRA – MIPS. Of course, HIPAA risk analyses are nothing new, practices should be conducting  them regularly,  in light of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule which gave teeth to the regulations and made  an annual HIPAA risk analysis a requirement for every healthcare organization. Recently, I was recently reading a blog post by HIPAA One called “Not All Risk Analysis Tools Created Equal” and it made ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA Audits HIPAA General HIPAA Training MACRA HIPAA One HIPAA Risk Analysis Tools HIPAA Risk Assessments MIPS Source Type: blogs

Make The Busy Patient ’s Living Room Their Waiting Room
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 Patients are busier than ever before. Between the hours of eight to five, a majority have only limited availability to reach out to their healthcare providers. And after the day’s work is done, other responsibilities – such as their children’s after-school activities or errands – reign supreme. Providing easy-access avenues to securing care is the key to acquiring these patients’ l...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 14, 2017 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

EHR is the Fossil Fuel of Healthcare
Healthcare has become completely dependent on EHR. There’s no getting around it. In every organization that has an EHR, it’s the center of pretty much every healthcare providers work day. We’ve seen all the studies that talk about how much time doctors spend on the EHR. The problem I have with those studies is they never compare how much time doctors spent doing paper charts to the time they’re now spending on the EHR. However, these studies do also illustrate how integral the EHR has become in healthcare. Expanding beyond the time spent on an EHR, could a hospital or medical practice get paid with...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EHR Dependency Source Type: blogs

What ’s Keeping HealthIT From Soaring to the Cloud? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 12/15 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by David Fuller (@genkidave) on the topic of “What’s Keeping HealthIT From Soaring to the Cloud?.” Premise and Private HealthIT architectures have ruled in healthcare and were unfortunately reinforced by the timing of ACA/HITECH. Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and other cloud-native approaches are revolutionizing all industries, and while for some somewhat valid reasons Healthcare has been slow to adopt the...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 12, 2017 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 David Fuller Healthcare Cloud Lifeomic Source Type: blogs

Evolving Message Systems Learn To Filter And Route Alerts For Health Care Providers
Because health care is a collaborative endeavor, patients can suffer if caretakers don’t get timely notifications. At the same time, the caretakers suffer when they are overloaded with alerts. Threading one’s way through this minefield (“Communications are complicated,” Vocera CMIO, Dr. Benjamin Kanter told me) was the theme of November’s Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at the Harvard Medical School. Like HIMSS, the major conference in health IT, something of a disconnect existed here between the conference and the exhibition. The speakers in the sessions implicitly criticized w...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 11, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare Communication HIPAA Audits Healthcare Messaging Secure Messaging Vocera Workflow Source Type: blogs

E-Patient Update: Clinicians May Be Developing Strong EMR Preferences
Not long ago, I wrote about a story from another publication, one which engaged in a bunch of happy talk about how EMR companies were improving their user interfaces. At the time, I expressed a great deal of skepticism about this claim, suggesting that the vendors had misled the reporter into believing that user aspects of EMRs were changing for the better across the industry. While I stand by my original skepticism to some degree, I have to say that I got a surprise recently when I heard some nurses discussing two major EMR platforms. The one they were using, they said, was awful and awkward to use. Apparently, they misse...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR EHR Stimulus Electronic Health Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Analytics HealthCare IT HITECH EHR Companies EHR Preferences EHR Vendors EMR Companies EMR Preferences EMR Vendors Enterprise EHR Enterprise EMR Source Type: blogs

The Benefits Of Creating Data Stewards
Maybe I’m behind the times, but until today I’ve never heard of the notion of a “data steward” for healthcare organizations. An article I read today from the Journal of AHIMA IGIQ blog has given me some ideas on the subject to ponder, however. The blog author lays out a role which combines responsibility for data structure and consistent data type definitions — in other words, which sees that datatypes are compared on an apples-to-apples basis and that data categories make sense and relate to each other appropriately. In the article, “Data Stewards Play an Important Role in the Future of...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Analyst Health Information Governance HealthCare IT Data Steward Health Data Definition Health Data Organizations Health Data Structure Journal of AHIMA MS Neysa Nore Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Telemedicine Doesn ’t Depend On Health Plans Anymore
For as long as I can remember, the growth of telemedicine depended largely on overcoming two obstacles: bandwidth and reimbursement. Now, both are on the verge of melting away. One, the availability of broadband, has largely been addressed, though there are certainly areas of the US where broadband is harder to get than it should be. Having lived through a time when the very idea of widely available consumer broadband blew our minds, it’s amazing to say this, but we’ve largely solved the problem in the United States. The other, the willingness of insurers to pay for telemedicine services, is still something of ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Business HealthCare IT Healthcare Reimbursement Population Health Management Telemedicine Value Based Reimbursement Virtual Reality B Source Type: blogs

EHR, Patient Portals and OpenNotes: Making OpenNotes Work Well – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 12/8 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Homer Chin (@chinhom) and Amy Fellows (@afellowsamy) from (@MyOpenNotes) on the topic of “EHR, Patient Portals and OpenNotes: Making OpenNotes Work Well.” There are now nearly 100 health systems across the United States using secure patient portals to share visit notes with more than 20 million of their patients. And as the saying goes, if you’ve seen one OpenNotes implementation, you’ve seen one OpenNotes implementati...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 5, 2017 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 Amy Fellows Homer Chin Open Notes Source Type: blogs

Slow Learners Teach Big Lessons – $2 Million State HIPAA Penalty
Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome Mike Semel as the latest addition to the Healthcare Scene blog team.  We’ve been working with Mike for quite a while as a guest blogger, so it’s great to have Mike now covering security and privacy with us in a more formal capacity.  Check out all of Mike Semel’s EMR and HIPAA blog posts. I think it is fair to call people slow learners if they get caught violating HIPAA: after they published 50,000 patient records to the Internet for a 2-year period, so patients Googling themselves found their medical records, and THEN DID IT AGAIN DURING THE INVE...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 4, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Semel Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General HIPAA Training Cottage Health Cottage Health Breach HIPAA Compliance Mike Semel Semel Consulting Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Costs Video
In all the crazy discussions that are happening about healthcare, it’s always frustrating to me that so few of them talk about healthcare costs. Politicians are talking a lot about healthcare insurance and coverage. Those in healthcare IT talk about meaningful use, MACRA, and over regulation. No doubt there are challenges associated with insurance coverage and with health IT regulation. However, none of them will move the needle on how much healthcare is costing this nation. Sometimes it takes a little bit of humor to illustrate the point and that’s what this video from Adam Ruins Everything does with healthcar...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Costs Source Type: blogs

Machine Learning, Data Science, AI, Deep Learning, and Statistics – It’s All So Confusing
It seems like these days every healthcare IT company out there is saying they’re doing machine learning, AI, deep learning, etc. So many companies are using these terms that they’ve started to lose meaning. The problem is that people are using these labels regardless of whether they really apply. Plus, we all have different definitions for these terms. As I search to understand the differences myself, I found this great tweet from Ronald van Loon that looks at this world and tries to better define it: Difference between Machine Learning, Data Science, AI, Deep Learning, and Statistics | #DataScience #MachineL...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics HealthCare IT Deep Learning Healthcare Machine Learning NLP Ronald van Loon Source Type: blogs