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How to Work with an Analyst Firm

An analyst firm’s purpose is, through its research, to provide guidance on technology adoption. Providing that guidance requires absolute integrity and objectivity, for without such, a firm quickly devolves into just being a shill for the vendor community. Having been in … Read more ›

#WWBR Week of October 20, 2014

Ebola in the United States: EHRs as a Public Health Tool at the Point of Care Ken Mandl for JAMA “Ken Mandl’s layout of EHR shortcomings is written with public health in mind – but just as readily applies to … Read more ›

WWBR Week of October 13, 2014

Reference Pricing: A Small Piece of the Health Care Price and Quality Puzzle Chapin White and Megan Eguchi for The National Institute for Healthcare Reform “Researchers who examined applying reference pricing to ~530k workers in 19 metropolitan markets in the … Read more ›

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of October 2014

Apple Season continues. This weekend we crushed 152 pounds of apples yielding 8 gallons (2.2 gallons per bushel), down a little from our last crush which yielded 2.4 gallons per bushel, likely because Baldwin apples are less juicy than...Show More Summary

Podcast: Scot Silverstein talks health IT safety risks

In a sidebar to the September cover story I did for Healthcare IT News, I reviewed some of the work of Scot Silverstein, M.D., who has long been chronicling problems with EHRs and other health IT systems. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available...Show More Summary

Medicare Locals Go As The Primary Care Networks Start Mid Next Year. E-Health Implications?

A few days ago the borders for the 30 new Primary Health Networks (PHN) which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals were announced.Here is the link:http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/primary_Health_NetworksThe...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of October, 2014

While I was in China at the beginning of the week, Kathy maintained the farm and all its activities. To prepare for Monday’s night’s frost, she picked all the mushrooms from our Shitake logs. Subtypes Miss Happiness, Native Harvest, and Night Velvet are all fruiting in large quantities. Show More Summary

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 23rd October 2014. No Sign Of Stopping!

Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and the fuss has still not settled by a long shot.It is amazing how the discussion on the GP Co-Payment just runs and runs. Some more this week.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this 21st week since it was released. Show More Summary

Dispatch from China

On Monday and Tuesday I met with government, industry, and academic stakeholders in Qingdao and Shenzhen China to discuss healthcare technology, patient empowerment, and process improvement in the rapidly expanding Chinese healthcare system. Show More Summary

Live Blog - Senate Estimates - Community Affairs Committee. October 22 2014. Senate Just Ignores E-Health. We All Need To Just Give Up!

I thought I would take a few rough notes for readers here. E & O E! Relevant Section -Outcome 7 - E-Health Started 08:34 pm. Lots of waffle on NICNAS and FSANZ. (Chemicals and Cosmetics!!) 8:58 pm Moved on to TGA. Refused to discuss medical cannabis….. Show More Summary

Wikipedia and Facebook for Clinical Documentation

Over the past several years I’ve written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created...Show More Summary

It Seems Practice Management System Vendors Have Been Warned There Are Significant Issues With The PCEHR That Won't Be Fixed Until December 2014.

This alert was sent out today. I am told many system providers (not just Genie) are affected. Potential issue with PCEHR overviewsWe have been alerted by the Department of Health about a potential risk identified within the PCEHR system. Show More Summary

Senate Estimates Alert - e-Health Scheduled 3:10pm -4pm Today 22/10/2014

To watch go to the following link: http://www.aph.gov.au/ Then select the Watch Parliament Tab and click on Senate Estimates / Community Affairs Hearing. Enjoy! David. Late Update - Committee is running very, very late. D. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.

The October Joint Meeting of the Standards and Policy Committee

Today the future of interoperability was discussed and endorsed by a joint meeting of the Standards and Policy Committees.We began with a preamble clearly stating that the roadmap we’re working on is a process not a finished product....Show More Summary

JASON Task Force Says Status Quo is Better than Supersession

The JASON Report created quite a fuss in the HIT marketplace as some screamed foul and others were encouraged that maybe, just maybe the JASON report may force movement to more open systems. To clear the air, the JASON Task Force (JTF) … Read more ›

Information from Data Drives Radiologist Productivity

In a talk titled “Analytics and Radiologists: Opportunities and Challenges” presented at the Montage User Group Meeting on October 10, at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, Patrick Browning, MA, MD detailed how the use of open and data-driven analytics increased radiologists productivity by 31%. This surge in performance was attained with increased group […]

DrFirst Launches Electronic Prior Authorization for Providers Nationwide with CoverMyMeds

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that its new electronic prior authorization (ePA) service, Patient Advisor ePA+SM, will begin rolling-out to providers on October 28th.  Using the service, prescribers and their staff will be able to initiate, submit and complete prior authorizations electronically, and will be able to respond to prior […]

The HIMSS Stage 7 Awards honors ambulatory facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR.

HIMSS Analytics awarded four Mercy Health of Cincinnati hospitals with  Stage 7 Awards, including: Mercy Health – West Hospital and The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana and Mercy Defiance Hospital, and all of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Ohio and Kentucky, withStage 7 Ambulatory Awards. Stage 7 […]

Vendor’s Ability to Partner with Providers Key to Alarm Management Success

Connexall is the early leader in both performance and market share as alarm management vendors expand their focus beyond nurse call to incorporate additional data sources (i.e. patient monitors, ventilators, etc.) This and other findings are shared in the latest KLAS report on alarm management. “Although the alarm management segment has been around for a […]

Shareable Ink to Provide Simplified Clinical Documentation Solutions for Allscripts Sunrise Clients

Anesthesia information management system (AIMS) market leader, Shareable Ink, is pleased to announce a preferred partnership agreement with Allscripts, for its Allscripts Sunrise business unit. Shareable Ink provides a full AIMS documentation...Show More Summary

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