Is HIT Interoperability in the Nature of Healthcare?

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Application Programming Interfaces are up for discussion today, is this the future of interoperability with medical records?  Anyone in the HIT/EHR  business today can pretty much attest to the complexities that have evolved and is there anything or anyone to fault?  Not really it is just the way it happened. Continue reading: Is HIT Interoperability in the Nature of Healthcare?

“It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

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Today we have an opinion piece from Dr. Edmund Billings from Medsphere relaying a message that we have all probably thought about at one time or another if you are in the Health IT business.  How did all of this transpire in the medical record business?  Continue reading: “It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Today we hear from Dr. Edmund Billings, Chief Medical Officer from Medshpere systems.  In short he is addressing some different points of view regarding the recently released Rand Report.  Medical records have changed many times since the beginning states and what have we evolved to?  It has been stated many times on the web that the progression of medical records has been leaning more toward the insurer or payer side of the coin and the doctor asks some questions in this area and has a couple ideas open for discussion. Continue reading: The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

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Today we are featuring an opinion piece written by Edmund Billings, MD, CFO of Medsphere.  The company has been in business since 2002.  The company markets an EMR that was converted from VistA to OpenVista.  They  took the original system from the Veteran’s Administration and created a commercial version of the software suitable for use outside the VA. Here’s a short description of what they do followed by his article about the the high costs of Healthcare IT systems today.  Continue reading: A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

The Commencement of Meaningful Use Technology – Stage 2

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As of February 24, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are launching stage two of the proposed sequence of plans for the optimization of the healthcare industry. In recent years, the infrastructure of the healthcare industry has been radically revamped to allow for integration, interoperability, and financial benefits. Each electronic network of patient information can now be synchronized with larger pools of information for better record keeping, accurate analysis, and internal protocols that assist quality patient care. Continue reading: The Commencement of Meaningful Use Technology – Stage 2

Key Aspects of ICD-10 Codes in Healthcare Operations

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ICD-10 Codes have the potential to influence every aspect of business in the health care industry. The transition from ICD-9 because of the expansion in medical databases has led to a more up-to-date billing and coding system will allow thorough record keeping, more efficient billing and coding, and overall enhanced organization of vital information. As such, this IT system change will influence all fields of the health care industry, causing them to integrate knowledge, technology, and lines of communication. The implementation of ICD-10 codes has the potential to enhance the quality of patient services across the board. Each health care facility will need to analyze their current operations, expenses, and quality assurance aspects of their operations before transitioning to this new economic system. Continue reading: Key Aspects of ICD-10 Codes in Healthcare Operations

Mobile Health

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Mobile health or m-health is referred to the use of latest mobile technology to support and improve medical services. Mobile devices such as PDAs and mobile phones are used for collecting patient information, monitoring of health services, delivering of health care information to doctors, patients, and research analysts and providing patient care about the basis of the data collected. Mobile health is a part of e-health, which is the utilization of information and communication technology in the form of computers, satellites, mobile phones, etc. in health care. Mobile health and e-health are linked to each other as a project of mobile health, which is used to collect data on any illness, requires the use of e-health system to store and manage the data. Continue reading: Mobile Health

Healthcare Data Trends for 2012

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With the growing popularity of exchanging information over mobile devices, 2011 saw data breaches in the healthcare industry like never before. The Department of Health and Human resources had to step in with rigorous investigations and hefty fines for organizations that did not meet the patient privacy requirements. And now that industry experts are projecting the continued rise in the use of mobile devices and social media, healthcare data breach could reach epidemic proportions unless the safety of patient protected health information (PHI) is given some serious thought. Continue reading: Healthcare Data Trends for 2012

Where will it all end? A commentary on the EHR industry.

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So, I’ve been following the EHR industry for a couple decades, and have been very intimately involved for 7 of them. In 2004 I started the process of cataloging all of the then commercially viable EMRs. Yes, you’ll recall that they were called EMRs, or Electronic Medical Records back at that time.

ONC Committee Work-groups and Tiger Team Want Your Input

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Most viewers of EHR Scope are physicians and medical office managers, many of whom are becoming educated about the necessity of EHR implementation, and may not be completely up to date with some of the technical progress of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) since HITECH.  While the meaningful use final rules are shaping elements of incentive qualifications and penalty enforcement; when all is said and done, HIT work roles and workflows will be significantly changed as well.  Defined roles and qualifications for those required to handle personal health information (PHI) will be formed by the security requirements embedded in the National Health Information Network.  While these issues are more technical in nature, perhaps there are some of you out there with the ability to contribute to the public discussion while the ONC is listening. Continue reading: ONC Committee Work-groups and Tiger Team Want Your Input

Justin Barnes Meaningful Use Statement

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Statement by Justin Barnes, chairman emeritus of the Electronic Health Record Association and vice president of marketing, corporate development and government affairs at Greenway Medical Technologies, on the issuance of the CMS/ONC Meaningful Use Final Rules.
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