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Three Free Healthcare Apps That Empower Patients

Three Free Healthcare Apps That Empower Patients | #HITsm | Scoop.it
TechCrunch | The significant adoption of smartphones among physicians has not only led to an explosion of medical apps aimed at healthcare providers, but it has also cultivated an emerging trend of health and wellness apps aimed at empowering patients.


According to the Iltifat Husain, MD, there are three apps he routinely prescribe to his patients:

  1. Cancer.net
  2. Carb Counting With Lenny
  3. Hello Baby Pregnancy Calendar
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Mobiles and medicine: The brave new world of mHealth

Mobiles and medicine: The brave new world of mHealth | #HITsm | Scoop.it

CNN.com:

AT&T and Vodafone are names we generally associate with calling plans rather than with healthcare. But with the rise of "mobile health" -- the use of mobile communications technology in healthcare -- some of the world's best-known telecoms brands are partnering with health-sector companies to enter the medical fray.


"MHealth," as it is known, has moved beyond a mere buzzword and now stands at a tipping point, say backers.

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HL7 and NCI collaborate on clinical trial link to EHRs

HL7 and NCI collaborate on clinical trial link to EHRs | #HITsm | Scoop.it

From FierceHealthIT:


Standards organization Health Level Seven International, better known as HL7, is working with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to facilitate the delivery of clinical trial data to clinicians via their electronic health records (EHRs). The effort will use HL7's Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), which is also the foundation of the clinical summary that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes to use in the 2014 edition of certified EHR technology.


"Studies have shown that right now it can take seven years or more for new research advances to be put into clinical practice," Robert Dolin, MD, vice chair of the HL7 board of directors said in an announcement. "We can make that process much quicker by improving physician access to clinical trial data, and by expressing clinical trial data using meaningful use EHR standards."

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GENi Blog: Despite Momentum, HIE Sustainability a Concern

GENi Blog: Despite Momentum, HIE Sustainability a Concern | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Very few in healthcare argue that exchanging patient health records electronically is a bad idea. HIEs around the country are already touting the benefits of their services, namely a reduction in unnecessary patient trauma and unnecessary costs.


However, I thihnk there are two related obstacles for HIEs to overcome on the road to long-term success:

  • Become financially solvent
  • Educate patients about the need for the electronic exchange of their health data
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What Stage 2 Meaningful Use eHealth rules mean

What Stage 2 Meaningful Use eHealth rules mean | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Computerworld: The proposed guidelines came with few surprises, but CMS did give healthcare providers an additional year to implement the changes.


Just as with Stage 1 of Meaningful Use, Stage 2 requires healthcare providers to meet 16 core objectives and two of four menu objectives. For example, one menu option includes making up to 40% of all radiological scans available for viewing on the EMR.


...Click the link for more details.

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Study Predicts Growing Use Of Social Media In Healthcare

Study Predicts Growing Use Of Social Media In Healthcare | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Read Write Web: Men are more likely than women to turn to Facebook and other social networks for healthcare purposes, according to a survey by accounting firm PwC.


Not surprisingly, the survey of 1,000 adults found that younger people were more likely to use social media than older people for healthcare purposes. Overall, nearly a third of respondents, and 50 percent of those under the age of 35, had used social media for healthcare purposes, which can range from registering a complaint to looking up informational videos on YouTube.


The PwC report concluded that social media would continue to be a factor for healthcare providers and consumers, saying that healthcare is "no longer social media's wallflower." At the same time, however, ambiguous regulations, privacy concerns and a host of other factors all limit how patients and healthcare providers use social media to make decisions.

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The Stage 2 Standards and Certification NPRM

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Life as a Healthcare CIO: In my view, the NPRM is a work of art, reflecting the work of the HIT Standards Committee, the S&I Framework, and the multi-stakeholder consensus that fewer, more complete standards with less optionality will lead to greater interoperability.


I've always thought of healthcare standards as having three components - content, vocabulary, and transport.


For content, the NPRM specifies HL7 2.51 for lab results, syndromic surveillance, reportable lab, and immunizations (HL7 2.31 is not longer an option). For summary transactions, the Consolidated CDA is the only recommended standard. (CCR and CCD/C32 are no longer specified). NCPDP is specified as standard for the exchange of prescription information between entities, including for discharge medications.

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HIMSS’12 Take-away: Follow the Money

HIMSS’12 Take-away: Follow the Money | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Chillmark Research: The MU requirements have become little more than a “spec-sheet” for vendors, consultants and IT shops and departments. These requirements have nothing to do with innovation and have little to do with the dramatic changes that will occur in this industry in the next decade.


Quoting that oft-used phrase, “follow the money” one can quickly see that the billions in funding for incentivizing providers to adopt EHRs under the HITECH Act is relative chump change to the dramatic fortunes that may be won or lost under the new value-based payment models that are proliferating throughout the industry – payment models that commonly fall under the rubric of ACO or PCMH. In each of these models, EHRs are important to a degree, they are part of the basic infrastructure.


But it is what one does with the data that matters (collect, communicate, collaborate, synthesize, analyze, measure and improve). Therefore, if you want to see innovation look beyond today and the tactical push to effectively adopt and meaningfully use EHRs and towards the future of how that data will be used to drive quality improvements, better outcomes and lowering risk exposure.

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The Direct Project in action

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O'Reilly Radar: Jim Langabeer, CEO of Greater Houston Healthconnect, discusses the implementation goals and hurdles related to a Direct Project pilot program.


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John Halamka's First Look at Meaningful Use Stage 2

John Halamka's First Look at Meaningful Use Stage 2 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Life as a Healthcare CIO: I recommend you read this summary on pages 156-163 to understand that EPs must meet or qualify for an exclusion to 17 core objectives and 3 of 5 menu objectives. Also that eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals must meet or qualify for an exclusion to 16 core objectives and 2 of 4 menu objectives.


Click the link to read Halamka's other key points.


Finally, here's his powerpoint summary you can reuse for your own presentations - no attribution needed. He compared each criteria to its Stage 1 equivalent.

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Data to Kill Death

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From Forbes, by Bruno Aziza: I’m sitting at the doctor’s office the other day for yet another visit. The facility is equipped with the latest technology: my check-in is processed via an automated kiosk, and my surgeon flips through medical records via a browser. He explains that looking at MRIs is faster via “the Cloud” than from a CD: “server processing is more appropriate here”, he says. When did doctors understand so much about technology?

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From The Blog: IT of The Tiger -- TIGER Initiative supports nurses using technology

From The Blog: IT of The Tiger -- TIGER Initiative supports nurses using technology | #HITsm | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Thew, RN: Those of you attending HIMSS12 this week – beware! There are TIGERs on the loose. Not to be confused with the fercious felines or cereal mascot, these TIGERS support the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform Initative aka TIGER. The mission of this collaborative is to prepare nurses and healthcare professionals to use technology and informatics to improve patient care.


With about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., RNs are the largest number of healthcare professionals in the country. This also means they’ll likely be the largest group to use and to be affected by new technology. This why groups like TIGER are so important. Nurses need to give input on how informatics and technology impacts their jobs and patient care. If the largest group of end users of healthcare technology aren’t invested and on-board with implementation, we’ll miss out on using these tools to their full potential.

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Houston Hospital Tweets an Open-heart Surgery

Houston Hospital Tweets an Open-heart Surgery | #HITsm | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, doctors at Memorial Hermann Northwest in Houston tweeted open-heart surgery, with more than one hundred tweets, photos, and videos.


The double-coronary artery bypass of an unnamed 57-year-old patient was performed by the hospital’s medical director of cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Michael Macris, with another surgeon, Dr. Paresh Patel, handling the tweets, as well as live questions from followers and a Cover It Live module. A “live helmet camera” was also used.


The @houstonhospital Twitter account has 4,910 followers, though it was also retweeted and embedded on various sites, incuding the Houston Chronicle. Rachel McNeil of Houston’s NBC affiliate, KPRC, reported that the new media event, which was done in part to promote awareness of Heart Month, reached 225,000 viewers. It was also covered by the New York Daily News and ABC News online.

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MGMA wants to add some steps to the ICD-10 timeline

MGMA wants to add some steps to the ICD-10 timeline | #HITsm | Scoop.it

ICD10 Watch: The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) wants the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to do more than delay ICD-10 implementation.


In a March 1 letter to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius, MGMA president and CEO Susan Turney outlines some steps that should be added to the ICD-10 timeline that would inject some due diligence to the process.


Those steps would be:

  1. "Complete a comprehensive cost benefit analysis."
  2. "Pilot test ICD-10."
  3. "Analyze the administrative and financial impact of overlapping initiatives."
  4. "Evaluate additional code set approaches."
  5. "Stagger implementation dates."
  6. "Develop appropriate crosswalks."
  7. "Require Certification."

It pretty much sounds like a plan to delay ICD-10-CM/PCS until dies of old age.

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Defining “Patient-Centered Medicine”

Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Defining “Patient-Centered Medicine”


The growing demands for quality and safety in health care have refocused attention on patient outcomes, even if efforts to ensure more consistently positive outcomes sometimes reduce the physician's prized autonomy. Grave concerns about the exorbitant price of medical care in the United States have led to considerations of whether shifting care from the subspecialist to the primary care physician could reduce its cost. The patient-centered medical home would reinstate the primary care office as the main locus of health care, provided that it can offer such desiderata as longitudinal personal care, access on demand (by visit, telephone, and e-mail), coordination among subspecialists, home-based and social services, open medical records, pay for performance, and a functioning electronic infrastructure. Alas, these services, however admirable, are also expensive and would require that health care dollars be reapportioned from procedurally based subspecialists, whose incomes currently vastly exceed those of generalists.

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Women in Health IT, a video by Perficient Health

Women in Health IT, a video by Perficient Health | #HITsm | Scoop.it

What do unique attributes/perspectives to women bring to Health IT? Check out this great video featuring several leading voices.

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12 Most Important Reasons to Love Klout

12 Most Important Reasons to Love Klout | #HITsm | Scoop.it

By Mark Schaefer - http://bit.ly/xiU5Qu 

@markwschaefer

 

Many people hate Klout. Scratch that. Many people LOATHE Klout.

 

And for good reason.

 

The company that purports to measure your level of influence draws howls of indignation at the very idea of being rated in a public way, let alone represent “The Standard for Influence.” Klout’s PR miscues and well-publicized examples of people gaming this social scoring system just add fuel to the fire.

 

But after studying this emerging social influence trend for more than a year to research my new book Return On Influence, I’m convinced they are on to something.

 

Here are 12 reasons to take a second look at Klout and “social scoring”http://bit.ly/A4ht0J 


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ONC issues standards and certification rule for Stage 2

Government Health IT: Under the proposed rule, vendors and healthcare vendors must make sure that their electronic health records (EHRs) support functions, such as online access for patients to their health information and electronic health information exchange between providers to enable care coordination, patient engagement, security and safety.

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From The Blog: Five New Themes from HIMSS12

From The Blog: Five New Themes from HIMSS12 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Attendees at HIMSS 2012 had much more to talk about than HIEs, ACOs, and Meaningful Use. Author Rob Brull offers five new themes that he observed during various conference education sessions, including:

  1. Data-Driven Healthcare
  2. Multiple Levels of HIEs are Necessary
  3. Privacy and Security is Top-of-Mind
  4. Devices are Becoming More Integrated
  5. Efficient Coordination of Care is Truly Possible

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7 highlights from Mostashari’s keynote speech at HIMSS12

7 highlights from Mostashari’s keynote speech at HIMSS12 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Healthcare IT News : On the third day of the HIMSS12 conference in Las Vegas, Farzad Mostashari, MD, took to the stage in what ended up being a rousing address to a packed room of attendees. Addressing everything from the nation's progress in the past two years to the work still needing to be done, he touched on all aspects of what the industry had seen, is seeing, and will see in the years to come.


Michelle McNickle provides her seven key highlights from Mostashari's keynote speech.

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ConnectVirginia - Surprising pacesetters in the HIE movement

ModernMedicine: Virginia physicians are sharing messages, patient records, lab results, dictated reports, discharge summaries, and other scanned documents with a secured statewide messaging service that launched this month.

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OpEd from an HIE Director: Medical information will soon follow patient

OpEd from an HIE Director: Medical information will soon follow patient | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Gijs van Oort, executive director for the HIE Healthcare Access San Antonio, contributed a very good summary of the value of an HIE. In San Antonio Express-News:


The benefits are obvious; instead of automatically ordering a laboratory test, a physician can now look at recently completed tests, thus avoiding unnecessary patient trauma and costs. Patients being referred to specialists can now expect to have relevant information waiting once they schedule their appointments. And emergency rooms no longer have to treat patients based on their symptoms only, but rather can review a patient history in addition to the presented symptoms. And, they can be assured that their discharge orders will be available at the patient's physician for follow up.


Consumers are waiting to get on board. If data security can be assured and patients have control over who can see their information, more than 85 percent of locally surveyed consumers favor the exchange of their health information as well as the opportunity to track their medical information through a Personal Health Record.

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Meaningful use stage 2's bumpy landing at HIMSS 2012

From Don Fluckinger on Search Health IT: Meaningful use stage 2 will finally see release, but not during HIMSS 2012 as expected. Watching the waiting game unfold made for fascinating theater.

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HIMSS12 #HITsm Live TweetChat Recap

HIMSS12 #HITsm Live TweetChat Recap | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Thanks to our friends from HIMSS, we were given the opportunity to host a live chat from the HIMSS Social Media Center. For those who were unable to participate, here's a summary of what you missed, complete with video and pics.

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Technology has the potential to transform our concept of sickness.

Technology has the potential to transform our concept of sickness. | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Salon: The information at our everyday disposal is growing at a breathtaking rate. From the beginning of civilization to 2003, the world accumulated 1 billion gigabytes of data. Today, we create 1 trillion gigabytes every year. These advances have transformed the way we think about knowledge, communication and countless aspects of our everyday life — and they have the potential to revolutionize the way we think about our own health.

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