Category Archives: Health IT

Facilitating Interoperability

October 18th, 2013 Cross-Posted 10/18/13 from The Health Affairs Blog A Health Affairs report on health information interoperability by staffers of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides a good enough summary of the situation. But it also is not … Continue reading

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Why EHRs Really Haven’t Made Us Healthier: A Response To Glen Tullman

Brian Klepper Recently-fired Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman waxed progressive in a self-promotional Forbes article last week, describing the ways past and forward for electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT). He may have been trying to recover from a damning New York … Continue reading

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An Archipelago of Health Information Islands

Brian Klepper Posted 12/27/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog My wife Elaine was hospitalized for 6 days recently with an array of ailments related to her advancing cancer, so diagnosing and addressing her problems required a multidisciplinary approach. In addition … Continue reading

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Putting Physician Practices Into Context

Brian Klepper  Posted 12/11/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog  An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.  Jack Welch Physicians and medical societies in all specialties would do well to take … Continue reading

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Nothing About Me Without Me: Participatory Medicine, Meaningful Use and the American Hospital Association

David Harlow Posted 5/6/12 on Health Blawg Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations were released in March by CMS and ONC.  Over the past month or so, I’ve been working with other members of the Society for Participatory Medicine (thank you, … Continue reading

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Will Regina Holiday Become Health Care’s Rosa Parks?

Michael Millenson Posted 5/5/12 on The Health Care Blog The protest organized by Regina Holliday over a patient’s right to access their medical information is not quite the same magnitude as agitating for integration in 1950s-era Alabama. Yet there are intriguing similarities … Continue reading

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A Doctor’s Appointment on your Phone: Out of Beta and Into Your Pocket

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Posted 5/1/12 on Health Populi You can now carry a doctor with you in your pocket. Two top telehealth companies that support online physician-patient visits have gone mobile. This upgrade was announced this week at the 2012 American Telemedicine Association conference, being … Continue reading

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iMedicine: The Influence of Social Media on Medicine

Kent Bottles Posted 4/25/12 on Kent Bottles’ Private Views iMedicine:  The Influence of Social Media on Medicine was the topic of the day-long 27th Annual Physician Student Awareness Day (SPAD) held on April 24, 2012 on the campus of New York Medical … Continue reading

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Of Zombies, Emperor’s New Clothes, Documentation Inertia: LIngering Untrue Diagnoses That Persist in the Electronic Health Record

Jaan Sidorov Posted 4/04/12 on The Disease Management Care Blog Every practicing physician using an electronic health record (EHR) has seen them.  Past diagnosis zombies that stumble endlessly through every encounter record.  “Coronary heart disease” that the patient never really had, “diabetes” that was only … Continue reading

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Will the Quantified Self Movement Take Off in Health Care?

Kent Bottles Posted 4/02/12 on Kent Bottles Private Views “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Lord Kelvin “Asking science to explain life and vital matters is equivalent to asking a grammarian to explain poetry.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb Of course … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between ACOs and “AC-Like” Arrangements?

Vince Kuraitis Posted 3/09/12 on the e-CareManagement Blog A lot. AC-Like arrangements will be MUCH simpler to create and maintain. The health care market is moving toward accountable care. There are at least two broad paths forward: 1) Formal Accountable … Continue reading

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Job #1 in Health Care Data Analytics: Get the Data, and Make Sure You Can Trust It

The ability to get the data is the #1 obstacle that will slow the adoption of data analytics in health care, according to IBM’s report, The value of analytics in healthcare: from insights to outcomes. Healthcare “high performers,” as IBM calls … Continue reading

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Data Breach: How Much Will One Cost You?

David Harlow Posted 3/06/12 on Health Blawg The going rate for a compromised medical record seems to be $1000 (well, at least that’s the asking price) as seen in papers filed in the eleven class action lawsuits against Sutter Health following the … Continue reading

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Technology, Aetna, iTriage, and the Future of Medicine

Kent Bottles Posted 3/06/12 on Kent Bottles Private Views Somehow I got invited to an Aetna coming out party for their Care Pass Platform. The corporate event complete with chocolate covered strawberries, wine, and beef and chicken on a stick was … Continue reading

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Fewer Than 10% of People Manage Health via Mobile: a HIMSS Reality Check on Remote Health Monitoring

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Posted 2/28/12 on Health Populi With mobile health consumer market projections for ranging from $7 billion to $43 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, a casual reader might think that a plethora of health citizens are tracking their health, weight, food … Continue reading

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