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...With a nod to Apple and its famous 1997 TV spot, which highlighted doers and dreamers in all fields of endeavor who colored outside the lines, we put the spotlight on just five of the many 'crazy ones' who are helping transform health IT in new and unique ways...
Google Glass adoption in healthcare is promising, but also has its share of challenges to overcome. We examine the thoughts of Dr. Rafael Grossmann and Pristine’s Kyle Samani on the subject. The little wearable optical computer that could, may be helping physicians and medical professionals see things a bit differently these days—but how Google Glass will seamlessly replace other devices to enhance clinical care has yet to come fully into focus.
Information governance is the formulation of policy to optimize, secure, and leverage information as an enterprise asset by aligning the objectives of multiple functions. In our experience, information governance practitioners face critical challenges in explaining the value to the business.
A certain doctor's practice had been using EHR software for many years; they had been paying a pretty penny too. For their own reasons they wanted to change their software. They were going to brave the uncertain and scary world of transitioning their current EHR to another one. A round of applause for that decision alone, for many practices tolerate their EHR system only because they have paid a lot of money for it and have spent a lot of time training on it. They just don’t want to go through the pain all over again. This works out in favor of most EHR system vendors, doesn't it? Make the process so painful and costly that the physicians would not want to go through it again, thereby locking the caregivers into an eternal commitment.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has announced the rebranding of its Center for Healthcare Technology, a program focused on helping providers make efficient, effective use of their electronic health records...
According to a news source quoted by the blog, insiders at UCSF were very unhappy with GE’s performance, suggesting that the giant vendor was far behind schedule in writing code. At the time news reports were published, bigwigs at UCSF said they were evaluating their options and planned to plunge ahead in a few months. Read More »
A free medical clinic serving Baltimore's homeless and uninsured residents now has its first electronic medical record system for patients—a project conceived and implemented by medical students at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. It is the first electronic medical record (EMR) system developed by students for use by free clinics that cannot afford a commercial EMR system.
President Barack Obama has made plenty of mistakes in his first two-plus years in office, but none may be more serious for the future of America than his decision to install Donald M. Berwick, M.D., as a recess appointment to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in July 2010. Read More »
The pharmaceutical company Merck wants to make sure you get your recommended vaccinations on time, and not just for your own good. The company’s partnership with Practice Fusion, the largest online platform for electronic medical record management in the US, will provide physicians with reminders when their patients are due for a vaccination by the Centers for Disease Control’s standards...
...at the recent HIMSS12 conference, BridgeWave Communications showcased a number of its wireless backhaul solutions. But in promoting its presentation, it offered a some food for thought for healthcare IT managers tasked with supporting the growing network needs of their healthcare facilities. Read More »
How do you introduce a woman whose very life is the epitome of humanitarian efficacy? Judy Gichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS. According to its website, "OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application which enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge." Judy first got interested in computers in high school, prior to entering medical school she learned to program at a technical college and through online resources on the internet...
Federal meaningful use requirements are well intentioned, but like a teacher who “teaches to the test,” the federal meaningful use program created a very complicated system that might pass the test of meaningful use stages, but is not producing meaningful results for patients and clinicians...
Cerner has struck a deal with health system Intermountain Healthcare to beef up the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health with added clinical governance of solutions and workflow. The Leidos Partnership, which includes Accenture, Cerner and a group of domain experts in military health is pitching the Department of Defense's Healthcare Management System Modernization initiative...
New system paves the way for State to pursue new care models and develop next-generation disease classification coding Read More »