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

The Present Bias Problem with Medication Adherence
I recently met Matthew Loper, the founder of a startup company called Wellth. The company is using behavioral economics to improve healthcare outcomes. They’re literally paying patients cold hard cash to take their medications. Plus, they have some pretty cool technology that uses just the smart phone to track medication adherence. I must admit that I’ve seen hundreds of medication compliance companies over the years. While the approach each took was intriguing, all of them seemed to have some major obstacle to adoption. Some were too expensive. Some would never be adopted by patients. Some would never be adopt...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Matthew Loper Medication Adherence Medication Compliance Wellth Source Type: blogs

Using Technology to Fight EHR Burnout – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 12/1 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Gabe Charbonneau, MD (@gabrieldane) on the topic of “Using Technology to Fight EHR Burnout.” We live in confusing times. The marriage of technology and medicine is on the cusp of game changing breakthroughs. There is so much promise with deep learning/AI, big data, and the exponential growth in processing speed and storage, just to name a few. So, how is it that we are yet to get out of the dark ages when it comes to the EHR? Phys...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 28, 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 EHR Burnout Gabe Charbonneau Physician Burnout Source Type: blogs

Vanderbilt Disputes Suggestion That Larger Hospitals ’ Data Is Less Secure
Ordinarily, disputes over whose data security is better are a bit of a snoozer for me. After all, if you’re not a security expert, much of it will fly right over your head, and that “non-expert” group definitely includes me. But in this case, I think the story is worth a closer look, as the study in question seems to include some questionable assumptions. In this case, the flap began in June, when a group of researchers published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine which laid out analysis of HHS statistics on data breaches reported between late 2009 to 2016. In short, the analysis concluded that teaching ho...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 27, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General Hospitals Healthcare Data Breach HHS JAMA Internal Medicine PHI Teaching Hospitals Vanderbilt University Source Type: blogs

Happy Thanksgiving!
We’re taking the day off here at Healthcare Scene, but we wanted to wish all of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. My day is filled with football, family, food, and fun which makes me very happy. I hope each of you get to celebrate Thanksgiving in a way that’s special to you. At Healthcare Scene we feel extremely grateful to work in an industry where what we do really matters. We’re thankful for the thousands of readers who support the work we do and are working hard every day to improve the lives of patients. That’s a beautiful and powerful thing. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and thank you for a...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Happy Thanksgiving Source Type: blogs

AMA Connects Doctors With Health IT Ventures
Maybe I’m wrong, but the following strikes me as coming straight from the Redundancy Department of Redundancy…but let’s see. Maybe I’m just being mean. Or maybe it’s because I just couldn’t taste The Rainbow in my last package of Skittles. Anyway, recently AMA announced the launch of an online platform, the Physician Innovation Network (PIN), designed to connect physicians together with health tech firms. The PIN will give HIT companies will have a straightforward channel for collecting physician input on the products and services they’re developing. The health IT ventures will al...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Technology Health IT Startups Health Startup Incubators HealthCare IT Practice Management AMA Health2047 Integrated Health Model Initiative Physician I Source Type: blogs

HIPAA May be the Least of Your Compliance Worries
The following is a guest blog post by Mike Semel from Semel Consulting.  Check out all of Mike Semel’s EMR and HIPAA blog posts. What requirements have you hidden away? I visited a new healthcare client last week, and asked if anything in particular made them call us for help with their HIPAA compliance. They surprised me by saying that their insurance company had refused to sell them a cyber-liability/data breach insurance policy, after they saw the answers on our client’s application. When was the last time you heard about an insurance company not selling a policy? That’s like McDonalds looking you...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General HIPAA Training HIPAA BA HIPAA Business Associates HIPAA Compliance Mike Semel Semel Consulting Source Type: blogs

LTPAC – A Vibrant Hidden World
PointClickCare, makers of a cloud-based suite of applications designed for long-term post acute care (LTPAC), recently held its annual user conference (PointClickCare SUMMIT) in sunny Orlando, Florida. The conference quite literally shone a light on the LTPAC world – a world that is often overlooked by those of us that focus on the acute care side of healthcare. It was an eye-opening experience. This year’s SUMMIT was the largest in the company’s history, attracting over 1,800 attendees from skilled nursing providers, senior living facilities, home health agencies and Continuing Care Retirement Communiti...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Care Coordination Care.ly Careserv Hymark Long Term Care EHR LTPAC McBee Associates Playmaker PointClickCare Post Acute Care Source Type: blogs

Measuring the Vital Signs of Health Care Progress at the Connected Health Conference (Part 3 of 3)
Conclusion Although progress toward connected health comes in fits and starts, the Connected Health Conference is still a bright spot in health care each year. For the first time this year, Partners’ Center for Connected Health partnered with another organization, the Personal Connected Health Alliance, and the combination seems to be a positive one. Certain changes were noticeable: for instance, all the breakout sessions were panels, and the keynotes were punctuated by annoying ads. An interesting focus this year was wellness in aging, the topic of the final panel. One surprising difference was the absence of the pa...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Digital Therapies Medication Adherence Personalized Medicine Apps Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Blockchain Connected Health Data Sharing Devices Interoperability Telehealth Tele Source Type: blogs

The Power of Combining Clinical & Claims Data
The following is a guest blog by Monica Stout from MedicaSoft.  Whether the goal is to improve outcomes or increase efficiency, the healthcare industry finds itself searching for more and better data to support its efforts. Clinical data provides substantial details on patient encounters, but it is often difficult to assemble and integrate data from more than one healthcare provider. Claims data is better at following a patient across multiple care providers, but lacks information on patient health status and outcomes. Individually, both sets of data tell helpful stories, from chronicling the cost of care to refl...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Claims Data Clinical Data Medicasoft Monica Stout Source Type: blogs

Measuring the Vital Signs of Health Care Progress at the Connected Health Conference (Part 2 of 3)
The first segment of this article introduced the themes of the Connected Health Conference and talked about the importance of validating what new technologies do using trials or studies like traditional medical advances. This segment continues my investigation into another major theme in health care: advanced interfaces. Speaker from Validic at Connected Health Conference Advanced interfaces The compulsory picture of health care we’re accustomed to seeing, whenever we view hospital propaganda or marketing from health care companies, shows a patient in an awkward gown seated on an uncomfortable examination table. A d...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Digital Therapies Medication Adherence Personalized Medicine Apps Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Blockchain Connected Health Data Sharing Devices Interoperability Telehealth Tele Source Type: blogs

MACRA/MIPS: Chutes & Ladders 2.0 – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/17 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jim Tate (@jimtate) from EMR Advocate and MIPS Consulting on the topic of “MACRA/MIPS: Chutes & Ladders 2.0.” As Meaningful Use fades into the sunset we witness the arrival of the MACRA/MIPS program. The most significant change in Medicare Part B reimbursement in a generation has arrived. Fueled by the shift to “pay for value”, this zero-sum legislation guarantees there will be winners and losers. I am reminded of...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #HITsm Topics EHR Advocate Jim Tate MACRA MIPS MIPS Consulting Source Type: blogs

Measuring the Vital Signs of Health Care Progress at the Connected Health Conference (Part 1 of 3)
Attendees at each Connected Health Conference know by now the architecture of health reform promoted there. The term “connected health” has been associated with a sophisticated amalgam of detailed wellness plans, modern sensors, continuous data collection in the field, patient control over data, frequent alerts and reminders, and analytics to create a learning health care system. The mix remains the same each year, so I go each time to seek out progress toward the collective goal. This year, I’ve been researching what’s happening in these areas: Validation through clinical trials Advanced interface...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Digital Therapies Medication Adherence Personalized Medicine Apps Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Blockchain Connected Health Data Sharing Devices Interoperability Telehealth Tele Source Type: blogs

AMIA Recommends “Periodic Table” Of Biomedical Data Standards
Sometimes a document seems so impenetrable, so dense and so dry that it doesn’t seem worth the effort to read it. But strangely enough, sometimes plowing ahead is worth the trouble, and this is one of those times. If you dig through the layers of a recent letter AMIA wrote to the National Library of Medicine, you’ll pick up some interesting ideas about the nature of data science and its role in managing healthcare data. AMIA wrote the letter in response to an NLM Request for Information on next-generation data science challenges in health and biomedicine. What’s interesting about this request is the reali...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability mHealth Radiology AMIA Biomedical Data Standards Biomedicine Data Science Health Imaging Healthcare Data Elements Healthcare Meta Source Type: blogs

Communication Strategies Must Include Caregivers, Too
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 Millions of healthcare-centric communications occur every day between providers, doctors, professionals, patients, and caregivers. These communications are often focused on the patient. This is a great thing, as the patient is the individual in need of care. Frequently, however, communication strategies are developed to meet patients’ needs and don’t truly consider how to best engage caregivers. At o...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 9, 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

Optimization Dominates CHIME17 Discussions
“Our EHR Implementation is done” “We completed our EHR roll-out last year” “The last EHR module has gone live” With these words, CIO presenters at the recent CHIME Fall CIO Forum (CHIME17) ushered in a new era in Healthcare IT. Instead of EHR implementations dominating the discussion, optimization was the hot topic of discussion at the event. “It’s clear to us that CIOs are dedicating more time and energy towards optimizing their systems rather than just implementing them”, says Ed Rucinski, Senior Vice President Worldwide Healthcare Sales at Nuance and CHIME17 attendee...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 8, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: EHR Optimization Healthcare CIO Hospital EHR CHIME CHIME17 CHIO CMIO Source Type: blogs

Medical Data Impact to Financial Health, Disability and Job Protection – #HITsm Chat Topic
The objective of this chat is for #HITsm community to share their insight, ideas and opinions about the identification, collection, and sharing of a patient’s medical and functional status with proper release of information to the payer directly. Quite simply, how can technology, process, policy and people speed up the process so patients and payers have the medical records needed to make accurate, timely and fair benefit decisions? Reference Materials: Accommodation best practices: Consistency is key. Communication and teamwork: Keys to successful return to work. A new approach to healthcare is on the horizon. Sedg...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #HITsm Topics HIM Kimberly George Medical Data medical records Medical Records Requests Release of Information Source Type: blogs

Nuance Takes Page from Healthcare Clients in Petya Outage Aftermath
On June 27th the Petya Malware (or NotPetya or ExPteya) struck Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN). For days the company’s eScription speech-recognition platform were unavailable, forcing thousands of healthcare clients to find alternatives for their medical transcription. During the crisis and in the weeks that followed, Nuance borrowed a page from their healthcare clients: not offering false hope and deconstructing the incident to learn from it. At the recent CHIME Fall Forum in San Antonio Texas, I had the opportunity to sit down with Brenda Hodge, Chief Marketing Officer – Healthcare and Ed Rucinski, Senio...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: HealthCare IT HIPAA General Medical Privacy Cybersecurity Healthcare Security Nuance Nuance Breach Petya rasomware WannaCry Source Type: blogs

Second Opinions and Dr. Google – Fun Friday
I have a feeling that this cartoon might rub some people the wrong way. Although, on Fun Friday’s I’m never one to not share something as funny as this. The key discussion point in this cartoon is doctors’ frustration with patients who are already “self-diagnosed.” Rational people know that there’s a need for balance and respect, but not everyone is rational. Patients should respect the doctor and collaborate with them in their diagnosis process. If patients aren’t careful it’s easy to see how it can go too far and show a lack of respect to the doctor. That said…. It&...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Patients Personal Musings Erin Gilmer Fun Friday Source Type: blogs

The State of the Healthcare CIO
As I’ve talked to hundreds of healthcare CIOs this week at the CHIME Fall Forum, a number of themes keep coming up. No doubt there’s always a lot of excitement in the air at a conference like this. In many ways, it’s great that there’s a good, optimistic energy at a conference. A conference wouldn’t be very good without that energy, but under the covers, there’s often more to the story. Here are some broad insights into the state of the healthcare CIO that goes beyond the natural excitement and energy of a conference. No More Systems – Most of the CIOs who I’ve talked to feel...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 2, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Analytics Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT CHIME CHIME17 Healthcare Security Hospital CIO Source Type: blogs

Making Stress Your Friend, Not Your Enemy – #CHIME17 Keynote Twitter Roundup
This week I’m at the CHIME 2017 Fall Forum in San Antonio. It’s a great event that is no doubt the largest gathering of healthcare CIOs in one place. Today they kicked off the event with a great keynote speech from Kelly McGonigal that reframed stress in a really unique way. Here are some of the tweets that captured the essence of Kelly’s message. Excited about learning how stress can be your friend from @kellymcgonigal #CHIME17 cc #hcldr pic.twitter.com/3k7BFx1w7e — Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) November 1, 2017 What if you viewed stress symptoms as preparing you to do your best – helping you r...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Healthcare Leadership Cerner CHIME CHIME17 Kelly McGonigal Neal Patterson Stress Source Type: blogs

Patient Burnout – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/3 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Erin Gilmer (@GilmerHealthLaw) on the topic of “Patient Burnout.” “We talk a lot about physician burnout. When do we talk about patient burnout?” A few weeks ago I tweeted this out and it seems to have struck a nerve. Patient (and caregiver) burnout is a topic that is not addressed nearly enough outside of patient communities. However, burnout needs to be recognized and acknowledged in order to understand the patient e...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #HITsm Topics Erin Gilmer Patient Burnout Source Type: blogs

HIPAA BAA Proliferation
There are a wide variety of forces at work in healthcare that are causing healthcare organizations to outsource more and more of their technology and services. No doubt the move to the cloud has brought in a number of new organizations that didn’t previously host PHI for a healthcare organization. This has added hundreds of outside companies who now have access to your patients’ PHI. In a recent conversation I had with Rita Bowen and Anthony Murray from MRO at the AHIMA Annual Convention they also commented how many organizations were choosing to outsource their ROI and other services in order to keep their sta...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 30, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EMR AHIMA Anthony Murray BAA BAAs Business Associates Healthcare BA HIPAA BAA MRO Rita Bowen Source Type: blogs

Health Data Tracking Is Creeping Into Professional Sports
Pro athletes are used to having their performance tracked minutely, not only by team owners but also by legions of fans for whom data on their favorite players is a favored currency. However, athletic data tracking has taken on a shape with the emergence of wearable devices. For example, in spring of last year, Major League Baseball approved two devices for use during games, the Motus Baseball Sleeve, which tracks stress on elbows, and the Zephyr Bioharness, which monitors heart and breathing rates, skin temperature and sleep cycle. In what must be a disappointment to fans, data from the devices isn’t available ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 27, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Biometrics Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT Health Data Tracking Major League Baseball MLB Motus Basseball Sleeve Nationa Source Type: blogs

Is It Time To Redefine Interoperability?
Recently, an article appearing in healthcare journal HealthAffairs argued that hospitals’ progress toward interoperability has been modest to date. The article, which looked at the extent to which hospitals found, sent, received and integrated information from outside providers in 2015, found that they’d made few gains across all four categories. Researchers found that the percent of hospitals engaging in all four activities rose to 29.7% that year, up from 24.5% in 2014. The two activities that grew the most in frequency were sending (growing 8.1%) and receiving (8.4%). Despite this expansion, only 18.7% of ho...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Hospital EHR HealthAffairs HIE Hospital Health Data Hospital Health Data Exchange Hospital Interoperability Measures Source Type: blogs

Patient Portal Use Rising Rapidly
A new study has concluded that patient portal use has shot up over the past few years, with a substantial majority of patients reporting that they use provider portals if possible. The purpose of the study, results of which was published in Perspectives in Health Information Management, was to examine how healthcare consumers saw their interactions with provider portals, their use of personal health records and their take on the process of releasing health data. According to a 2015 study cited by the article’s authors, 53% of HIM professionals reported charging consumers for both electronic and paper copies of their ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 25, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HIM Patient Portal PHR AHIMA Health Data Security Healthcare Consumer Experience HIM Professionals Perspectives in Health Information Man Source Type: blogs

Aggregating the Patient Perspective and Incorporating It Into Software to Change Healthcare – #HITsm Chat Topic
The objective is to turn an individual’s data into useful information that can guide intelligent action and to aggregate this patient-level information to show quantifiable results within the clinical microsystem, the healthcare macrosystem, and the community. Join us as we dive into this topic during this week’s #HITsm chat using the following questions. Topics for This Week’s #HITsm Chat: T1: What extra data should be collected @ appts, to improve outcomes, patient satisfaction & help future patients? #hitsm T2: Share an example of how Feed-Forward clinical data sytms have helped or harmed you as a ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 24, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media HIE Patients #HITsm Topics Feed Forward Liza Davis Budzinski Patient Satisfaction Source Type: blogs

Health IT Continues To Drive Healthcare Leaders ’ Agenda
A new study laying out opportunities, challenges and issues in healthcare likely to emerge in 2018 demonstrates that health IT is very much top of mind for healthcare leaders. The 2018 HCEG Top 10 list, which is published by the Healthcare Executive Group, was created based on feedback from executives at its 2017 Annual Forum in Nashville, TN. Participants included health plans, health systems and provider organizations. The top item on the list was “Clinical and Data Analytics,” which the list describes as leveraging big data with clinical evidence to segment populations, manage health and drive decisions. The...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics HealthCare IT mHealth Patient Portal Population Health Management Value Based Reimbursement Care Coordination Source Type: blogs

Alexa Can Truly Give Patients a Voice in Their Health Care (Part 3 of 3)
Earlier parts of this article set the stage for understanding what the Alexa Diabetes Challenge is trying to achieve and how some finalists interpreted the mandate. We examine three more finalists in this final section. DiaBetty from the University of Illinois-Chicago DiaBetty focuses on a single, important aspect of diabetes: the effect of depression on the course of the disease. This project, developed by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois-Chicago, does many of the things that other finalists in this article do–accepting data from EHRs, dialoguing with the individual, presenting educational ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Medication Adherence Personalized Medicine Artificial Intelligence Care Coordination Diabetes Management Natural Language Processing NLP Voice Interface Source Type: blogs

Alexa Can Truly Give Patients a Voice in Their Health Care (Part 2 of 3)
The first part of this article introduced the problems of computer interfaces in health care and mentioned some current uses for natural language processing (NLP) for apps aimed at clinicians. I also summarized the common goals, problems, and solutions I found among the five finalists in the Alexa Diabetes Challenge. This part of the article shows the particular twist given by each finalist. My GluCoach from HCL America in Partnership With Ayogo There are two levels from which to view My GluCoach. On one level, it’s an interactive tool exemplifying one of the goals I listed earlier–intense engagement with patie...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Medication Adherence Personalized Medicine Artificial Intelligence Care Coordination Diabetes Management Natural Language Processing NLP Voice Interface Source Type: blogs

Community Sharing Chat – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/20 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by… That’s right! The #HITsm chat is going a little bit rogue again this week. The #HITsm chat on Friday, 10/20 at Noon ET (9 AM PT) will not quite be an unchat like we did before, but this is going to be a chat with no specific topic. Instead, it will be a time for those in the #HITsm community to share content, insights, perspectives that have recently or over the long term impacted their lives that could benefit others in the com...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 18, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #hcldr #HITsm Sharing Chat #HITsm Topics Source Type: blogs

HIT for HIEs
The following is a guest blog by Mike O’Neill, CTO at MedicaSoft. This is the third blog in a three-part sponsored blog post series focused on new HIT for integration. Each month, a different MedicaSoft expert will share insights on new and innovative technology and its applications in healthcare. Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) have been in the news lately, and for good reason. With major hurricanes devastating Texas, Florida, the British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, accessibility of patient health information rapidly became a major concern. Electronic Health Record adoption has led to most patient data bein...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT GHHC HASA HIE Medicasoft Mike O'Neill Patient-Centered Data Home PCDH Source Type: blogs

Alexa Can Truly Give Patients a Voice in Their Health Care (Part 1 of 3)
This article explores the potential of new interfaces to transform the handling of chronic disease, and what the challenge reveals about currently available technology. Alexa, of course, is the ground-breaking system that brings everyday voice interaction with computers into the home. Most of its uses are trivial (you can ask about today’s weather or change channels on your TV), but one must not underestimate the immense power of combining artificial intelligence with speech, one of the most basic and essential human activities. The potential of this interface for disabled or disoriented people is particularly intrig...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Medication Adherence Personalized Medicine Artificial Intelligence Care Coordination Diabetes Management Natural Language Processing NLP Voice Interface Source Type: blogs

Health Data Standardization Project Proposes “One Record Per Person” Model
When we sit around the ol’ HIT campfire and swap interoperability stories, many of us have little to do but gripe. Is FHIR going to solve all of our interoperability problems? Definitely not right away, and who knows if it ever will? Can we get the big EMR vendors to share and share alike? They’ll try, but there’s always a catch. And so on. There’s always a major catch involved. I don’t know if the following offers a better story than any of the others, but at least it’s new one, or at least new to me. Folks, I’m talking about the Standard Health Record, an approach to health data ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Genomic Health Record Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine FHIR Health Record Standards Microbiomics MITRE Corpo Source Type: blogs

Where Patient Communications Fall Short?
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 We are constantly switching devices to engage in our daily lives. In fact, in the last ten minutes I have searched a website on my desktop computer, answered a phone call, and checked several text messages and emails on my cellphone. Our ability to seamlessly jump from one device to the next affects our consumer behavior when interacting with places of business. Today, we can order coffee and g...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 12, 2017 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 Patient Communication Patient Experience Sarah Bennight Stericycle Source Type: blogs

Moving from “Reporting on” to “Leading” Healthcare – A Conversation with Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, President & CEO of MGMA
In Chapter 3 of Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright’s new book Back to Balance, she writes: “People are increasingly being treated as if they are the same. Science and data are being used to decrease variability in an attempt to get doctors to treat patients in predictable ways.” This statement is Fischer-Wright’s way of saying that the current focus on standardization of healthcare processes in the quest to reduce costs and increase quality may not be the brass ring we should be striving for. She believes that a balance is needed between healthcare standardization and the fact that each patient is a unique in...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 11, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Medical Economics Practice Management Meaningful Use medical workflow MGMA Physician Practices Source Type: blogs

Role of Provider Engagement for Improving Data Accuracy – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/13 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by @CAQH on the topic of “Role of Provider Engagement for Improving Data Accuracy.” Healthcare provider data forms the foundation of many important processes in the nation’s healthcare system, whether referring a patient to a specialist, paying insurance claims, credentialing providers or maintaining accurate provider directories. Yet access to accurate, timely provider data has remained elusive. A lack of authoritative and re...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media HIE #HITsm Topics Source Type: blogs

MGMA17 Day 1 – Drawing Inspiration from Consumer Experience
Last night, attendees celebrated the opening of the Medical Group Management Association’s annual conference (MGMA17) in Anaheim CA with a block party that featured local food trucks instead of traditional food-stations. This welcome twist allowed attendees to sample small portions from several vendors. The block party was a reflection of the exhibitor reception that happened earlier in the evening. With just 90 minutes, attendees could only sample a small portion of the 300 vendors that filled two halls in the Anaheim Convention Center. Despite that short amount of time, a key theme emerged – consumer experien...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: HealthCare IT Healthcare Consumer Experience HealthIT MGMA17 Patient Experience Source Type: blogs

New Service Brings RCM Process To Blockchain
Much of the discussion around blockchain (that I’ve seen, at least) focuses on blockchain’s potential as a platform for secure sharing of clinical data. For example, some HIT experts see blockchain as a near-ideal scalable platform for protecting the privacy of EHR-based patient data. That being said, blockchain offers an even more logical platform for financial transactions, given its origins as the foundation for bitcoin transactions and its track record of supporting those transactions efficiently. Apparently, that hasn’t been lost on the team at Change Healthcare. The Nashville-based health IT company...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General Revenue Cycle Management Blockchain Blockchain As A Service Blockchain Deployment Change Healthcare Hype Source Type: blogs

FDA Announces Precertification Program For Digital Health Tools
The FDA has recruited some the world’s top technology and medical companies to help it pilot test a program under which digital health software could be marketed without going through the through the agency’s entire certification process. The participants, which include Apple, Fitbit, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung and Roche, will give the agency access to the measures they’re using to develop, test and maintain their software, and also how they collect post-market data. Once armed with this information, the FDA will leverage it to determine the key metrics and performance indicators it uses to see if dig...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Business Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT mHealth Pharma America Medical Association American Heart Association Apple FDA FDA Cer Source Type: blogs

Eliminate These Five Flaws to Improve Asset Utilization in Healthcare
The following is a guest blog post by Mohan Giridharadas, Founder and CEO, LeanTaaS. The passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act accelerated the deployment of electronic health records (EHRs) across healthcare. The overwhelming focus was to capture every patient encounter and place it into an integrated system of records. Equipped with this massive database of patient data, health systems believed they could make exponential improvements to patient experiences and outcomes. The pace of this migration resulted in some shortcuts being taken — the consequences of which ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 4, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Analytics Healthcare Communication Healthcare Human Resources HealthCare IT Hospitals Healthcare Appointment Scheduling Healthcare Asset Utilization Healthcare Mathmatics LeanTaaS Mohan Giridharadas Source Type: blogs

After Death Data Donation – A #hITsm Halloween Horror Chat
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/6 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday), Founder of #TheWalkingGallery on the topic of “After Death Data Donation.” Since this month is October (which is heavily associated with death and horror in western cultures) and this week is National HIT week, I thought we would combine the two and talk about death and data donation. Since the 1970’s the autopsy rate in the US has plummeted to less than 10%. When the results of the autopsi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media HIE #HITsm Topics After Death Data Donation Regina Holliday Source Type: blogs