Friday, May 9, 2014

Health IT Potpouri

There is an overwhelming amount of information about HIT on the web, blogs, email newsletters and a Google search will turn up literally hundreds of resources.

For this week, May 8 2014 I have compiled this list of hot topics and links:

ROI -- whether the "I" stands for innovation or for investment -- will be among the many topics up for discussion at the National Healthcare Innovation Summit, which kicks off May 13 in Boston. The organizers promise "the kinds of innovations that people can take home and use tomorrow."

Among the healthcare developers workshopping better approaches to technology design at HxRefactored in Brooklyn next week will be Stephen Buck, who'll offer some "lessons learned" from looking closely at leading EHRs -- specifically, how not to design a user interface.

More than 370,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have earned an EHR incentive payment so far, with 64,000 new participants attesting to meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year.

The Defense Health Agency has put a foot forward with revamping its clinical information systems after it inked a bridged contract with a Reston, Va.-based technology and defense company.
The current landscape of data exchange networks is disjointed, with health care systems scrambling to uncover sustainable business models. The need for interoperability is greater than ever. What will the model look like in the future and what are organizations doing to move toward more valuable data exchange? Ashish Shah, Medicity’s CTO, and I recently discussed these industry drivers with Anthony Brino, editor of Government Health IT. Read the article HIE at a Crossroads.
Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect got an early start on creating a robust network for data exchange. Take a look at this recent case study highlighting Medicity’s role in connecting the health care ecosystem to enable a 360-degree view of patients across the care continuum.

Posted: 06 May 2014 10:06 PM PDT
A while back — three months, to be exact — I asked readers if they had a preferred term to describe “the application of new, personalized technologies to healthcare.” I gave you the choice of digital health, connected health, wireless … Continue reading →

HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been trending upward since 2008, in fact, and it took some major leaps forward in 2013.

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:01 AM PDT
Understanding that physicians require more comprehensive, flexible clinical documentation solutions that reflect the fast-paced highly mobile health care environment, M*Modal today announced enhancements to its Fluency Flex™ Mobile dictation application for iOS 6.0+ devices. Moving beyond the capture of clinical notes during … Continue reading →

More than half of people with chronic conditions say the ability to get their electronic medical records online outweighs the potential privacy risks, according to a new survey by Accenture.

New guidelines issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards could have a chilling effect on the growth of telemedicine -- especially in rural areas and among low-income patients, say some patient advocates, healthcare providers and healthcare companies.

Some analysts are predicting the next "great wave" in EHR purchasing among U.S. hospitals to be just around the corner. But do the numbers really bear that out?

The hits keep on coming for the new EHR certification criteria, as the American Medical Association and Telecommunications Industry Association send their complaints to ONC on the heels of similar criticism submitted earlier by the EHR Association.

The “unconfirmed rumor of a huge acquisition” that HIStalk (a.k.a. the National Inquirer of health IT) tweeted about on Wednesday apparently is that IBM was going to acquire Epic Systems. Mr. HIStalk on Thursday expressed some reservations.   @DaLAWon Much … Continue reading →

The hits keep on coming for the new EHR certification criteria, as the American Medical Association and Telecommunications Industry Association send their complaints to ONC on the heels of similar criticism submitted earlier by the EHR Association.

Posted: 01 May 2014 10:51 AM PDT
Nextgov has a great article up which outlines many of the details of the soon to be bid out Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract. I’d prefer to call it the DoD EHR Contract or AHLTA replacement contract. Certainly there’s more … Continue reading →

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