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Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO


URL :http://geekdoctor.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Medical / Healthcare IT
Posts on Regator:921
Posts / Week:3.8
Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Is Continuous Partial Attention part of Human Evolution?

During my Freshman year in high school, I was asked to write a major project paper. Armed with only a electric typewriter and access to a local library, I decided to write a comprehensive summary of the engineering principles used in Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions spanning 80 single spaced pages. Show More Summary

The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship Application

Many people have emailed me about the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship application for hospitals and eligible professionals.The most common question is - if I apply for hardship, what happens to my incentives and penalties? Here is my understanding:Put simply, if you want to get an incentive you have to do MU. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - Winter Hive Maintenance

The 2014 winter has been brutal with more single degree days than any winter during my 20 years living in Massachusetts. Our bees are resilient, started from colonies overwintered in New Hampshire last year. Keeping them alive has required...Show More Summary

Wearable Computing at BIDMC

Over the past few months, Beth Israel Deaconess has been exploring the use of wearable computing. In the Emergency Department we’ve been evaluating an early unit of Google Glass, a high tech pair of glasses that includes a video camera, video screen, speaker, microphone, touch pad, and motion sensor. Show More Summary

Wearable Computing at BIDMC

Over the past few months, Beth Israel Deaconess has been the pilot site for a new approach to clinical information technology, wearable computing.In the Emergency Department, we’ve developed a prototype of a new information system using...Show More Summary

A Primer on Meaningful Use and HISPs

The Massachusetts State government offers low cost HIE services including Direct transport to all the stakeholders of the Commonwealth. Recently. Micky Tripathi wrote this FAQ which is so good that I wanted to share it on my blog. Feel free to use it with your stakeholders.1. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - The Ducks

As the weather begins to improve (we’ve even had an afternoon above freezing - wahoo!), the ducks are beginning to wander farther from their duck house. This week, they discovered the rain cistern that collects runoff from our farmhouse roof.For hours, they’ll bathe, preen, and drink their fill of the circulating rainwater. Show More Summary

ACO Systemness and Integration

As Accountable Care Organizations take on risk contracts which align incentives to create continuous wellness rather than treat episodic sickness, there is a drive to create “systemness” by moving from acquisitions of practices and hospitals to integration. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - Managing wood

Last weekend I drove to West Bridgewater, MA and picked up a 500 pound SuperSplitter (J Model 6.5hp Honda engine). It’s now installed in the wood processing area with 10 cords of wood to be split on one side and 10 cords of self-built storage racks on the other. Show More Summary

Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud

On Monday at HIMSS, I signed my new book, Life as a Heathcare CIO for 300 folks at HIMSS. During the rest of the day I met with numerous companies, leaders, and fellow IT professionals. The theme I heard frequently was the need for care management/population health applications based on data acquisition, normalization, mining, and workflow. Show More Summary

The Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record Certification Criteria

There's nothing like a crisp New England winter evening, a roaring fire, a cup of cider, and a 242 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to fill your Friday night.I've summarized the preamble and all 50 criteria to save you time as you consider the proposals during the 60 day comment period. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - Planning for Spring

In the past 18 days, we've had 9 snow days. The small silver nub in the center of this picture is a yardstick placed in the snow on the patio. The squirrels can walk up to the bird feeder. It's time to have a heart to heart with the groundhog who suggested 6 more weeks of this. Show More Summary

The February HIT Standards Committee

The February HIT Standards Committee focused on development of the 2014 standards workplan, refinements to meaningful use stage 3 attestation/certification processes, and recommendations for standards to capture patient generated healthcare data.Jon Perlin led the workplan discussion. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - Managing the Woodland, Manure, and Bees in Winter

I've written about our winter preparations and keeping the animals healthy in the 6 months of sub- freezing weather we have in New England. It's been a particularly cold winter in Massachusetts. It's currently 2 degrees F and we're expecting...Show More Summary

Time for a New Optimism

Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the timing overlap of numerous federal programs including ICD10, and my observations that IT professionals/providers are at the breaking point. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - 'B' School Begins

As I mentioned last week, my wife and I have enrolled in an evening Bee school to formalize the beekeeping knowledge that to date we've picked up from books and our early experiences with 8 hives at Unity Farm.It's been a hard winter in Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Standards for Patient Generated Healthcare Data

At last week's Meaningful Use Workgroup meeting, Leslie Kelly Hall and I reviewed the HIT Standards Committee recommendations for patient generated healthcare data from online applications and devices.We offered guiding principles for Meaningful Use Stage 3 in general. Show More Summary

The Meaningful Use Workgroup Recommendations

Today at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the Meaningful Use Workgroup will present its recommendations as part of the process leading to a final rule in 2015:Feb 2014: Draft stage 3 recommendations reviewed with HITPCMarch 2014: HITPC...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - Automation Arrives

Over the past few months, I've asked a dozen farmers what automation is best for Unity Farm's 15 acres of woodland management, manure movement, trail maintenance, food storage, and orchard harvesting. I received thirteen different answers...Show More Summary

Management Lessons Learned from A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin.I rarely watch television, but for Christmas, my wife bought me Season 1 of Game of Thrones, the HBO series inspired by the novels. Show More Summary

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