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The date for compliance with ICD-10 has been pushed to October 2014. The following questions will help you successfully complete the migration.
Healthcare reform is in for a rude awaking! Can we wait another 20 years for change? Check out this article that explains why we need to change now.
The indicators are starting to show a strong correlation between the notion of giving and economic success. After all, it’s a well-worn truth that trust drives economics and exchange. Giving is a profound way to develop that trust within a community network. So, give thanks, then find the right community, and give a bit of yourself. Good things will follow.
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Finding articles about the challenges, missteps, or failures of health information technology (health IT) is easy. Through it all, humans are still involved and, with us, imperfection still happens. The key to remember, though, is progress is happening in many places with many, many people doing amazing work. Instead of a tech surge, I think we should step back this week and give a little thanks for the industry’s advancements!
Complain about technology interfering in care all you want, but nurse Jennifer Thew actually likes using alogrithms to help provide care.
Recently the S&I Framework initiative started a program to improve interoperability between EHR systems andPrescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Now, this, like just about every other S&I Framework Initiative seems like a good idea. But there's some missing data here, and I'd love to see it. This is the kind of thing that we should be assessing when we invest in a project.
Read about DICOM-RS, a standard akin to HL7 FHIR that will very likely have a big role in the future of health IT interoperability.
The New Yorker has done it again.
Does successful integration of the latest and greatest HIT lead to better patient outcomes, or are they just flashier bells and whistles?
Meaningful Use Stage 2 includes the requirement that health care providers with EHRs seeking Meaningful Use incentive dollars demonstrate that 5% of patients actually view, download or transmit their data.
The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule, which is now fully in effect (though the enforcers of the rules are “nonessential” and not on the job during the current government shutdown), empowers patients to request their health care providers to deliver their records electronically in a format of the patient’s choosing (so long as that is reasonably doable by the provider).
Taken together, these two regulatory levers hold promise for better patient access to records, and to the usability of those records for individual patient care and for broader research purposes, too.
Winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Hospital Price Transparency Challenge.
Unfortunately, the current health insurance marketplace technical issues are not making it easier for hospitals to build trust with patients.
A video impression of the 4th HL7 FHIR connectathon held on September 21/22 2013 in Cambridge MA.
Ryan Brush from Cerner Corp. stops by the blog to answer some questions surrounding the promise and the hype of big data in healthcare.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. –- You have been diagnosed with lung cancer. There is a bewildering array of drugs, and combinations of drugs, that may shrink the tumor and prolong your life.
When engaging in a RFP process for a new software vendor, calling references is arguably one of the most important steps of the process. Although it can be time consuming to coordinate calls and analyze all the feedback, the comments of peers who have recently gone through the same process can be invaluable. One of the toughest things about reference calls is narrowing down what to ask.
I'm starting to look at how I'd create RESTfully oriented FHIR services. I'm looking at using the current FHIR DSTU as a collection of Entity Services. What I want to focus on next are the Task oriented services which use those entities to supply business logic to perform a particular function.
Blue Button: have you heard of it? If you keep an eye on health care or health IT social media, the term is almost impossible to miss. You may have heard other names such as ABBI, Blue Button+, Blue Button+ Direct, Blue Button+ REST, and Blue Button Connector.
So what is Blue Button? Since its inception in 2010, the term Blue Button has become overloaded and, to some extent, ambiguous. But no matter which definition you use, the underlying theme has always been the same: enabling consumers to have access to their personal health data. So follow me as I break Blue Button down into tangible and meaningful entities.
For healthcare, uptime is absolutely critical to keep clinical information flowing within the four walls and outside to affiliated providers.
Throughout its history, Microsoft Windows has been marred by the perception of unreliability both in the desktop and server space. However in the server space, Microsoft has been consistently closing the gap in reliability with its competitors during the past decade.
Question: Need your opinion on this matter of encouraging people to adopt FHIR for national programs/ national standards for healthcare exchange. What will be your counter arguments if some cowboy...
An ONC-sponsored pilot shows that patients’ PHI can adhere to consent directives throughout the HIE process involving multiple stakeholders.
Elizabeth Stefanski, chief market maker at the Business Innovation Factory, spoke to health IT professionals at Corepoitn Connect about how to think horizontally and become a market maker.
Code-a-thons and shared creative spaces are actually technology labs gaining insight into true patient engagement.
: In talking with some of the people involved with Blue Button one of the things that struck me is the lack of a top-down structure or rules. You guys have kept it very open for developers and entrepreneurs to create their own vision. Was that by design or did you evolve during the process to realize that you could get it to advance a lot faster by making fewer rules?
A: It’s been a quite explicit strategy to reuse to the extent possible on the standards side. So Blue Button+ helps to drive the structured data forward that the developers really need for the ecosystem. But what’s amazingly simplifying about Blue Button is on the policy side where the patient getting their own data and being the medium of that just removes so much complexity — you don’t need a Master Patient Index, the patient tells you who they are. You don't need a Record Locator Service, the patient is the Record Locator Service. You don’t have to worry about ‘how do I deal with consent issues,’ the patient’s saying ‘give it to me.’ You don’t have to worry about HIPAA because HIPAA actually says you have to give it to the patient. I mean, issue after issue after issue, it’s just a drastically simplifying framework for moving information.