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Better Health IT. Is sending docs to tech school the answer?

An article in Information Week caught my eye this morning. It reviews a new program offered by Texas A&M with support from Dell to help medical students and other healthcare professionals “come to terms with  the ways technology is changing their...(read more)

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of August 2014

As a doctor for over 20 years, I’ve learned how to treat critical healthcare issues. As a father, son, and husband I’ve learned how to support my own family through injury, sickness, and death.As a farmer responsible for over 100 animals, life and death are part of the daily experience.Sunny, our baby alpaca, is now doing extremely well. Show More Summary

Apple Explores Partnering with EHR Vendors and Hospitals on HealthKit

  Reuters is reporting that Apple has been discussing how its “HealthKit” service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said. According to the article the talks may not amount […]

Infographic: The Top 20 Most Popular Mental Health Software Solutions

Who doesn’t like a good Infographic, right?  This one, titled The Top 20 Most Popular Mental Health Software Solutions shows the most popular based on customers, users, and social presence. Please include attribution to capterra.com with this graphic.

Guest Article: OLAP remains a great healthcare analytics architecture, even in the Big Data era

I’ve been getting many questions these days about big data tools and solutions, especially their role in healthcare analytics. I think that unless you’re doing large scale analysis of biomedical data such as genomics, it’s probably best to stick with traditional tried and true analytics tools. Online Analytics Processing (OLAP) can be invaluable for medical […]

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 14th August 2014. It Is Sure Going On and On!

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.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this eleventh week since it was released. Show More Summary

Black Book Ranks Allscripts among best ambulatory EHR vendors

Survey results from research company Black Book Rankings has ranked Allscripts ambulatory electronic health records as leaders in the ambulatory EHR market, with top survey scores across all performance areas, from customization to service and support. Show More Summary

The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Finish Line

Hospitals across the country have until September 30 to complete their 2014 reporting period for Meaningful Use Stage 2.Recently Ashish Jha and Julia Adler-Milstein published important articles in Health Affairs about the current state of EHRs and Health Information Exchange. Show More Summary

Is The Telstra eHaaS Obsolete Before It Is Even Implemented - One Wonders.

I published a blog last week on the eHaas.You can review this blog here:http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/just-what-exactly-do-you-imagine.htmlSpecifically I wrote this:“My other reaction is what is said regarding the Common Information Model (CIM) sounds very ambitious and rather ahead of what I understand to be the ‘state of the art’. Show More Summary

Time to SMAC the Healthcare Consumer

SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud – is a popular framework for optimizing business performance through IT. The basic idea is that these four elements all play key roles in generating value from data through capture, storage, and application. Social … Continue reading ?

It Is Looking Like Any Introduction Of A Medicare Co-Payment Will Be A Technical Nightmare!

I am starting to see information from DoH on just how they are hoping the still uncertain Medicare Co-Payment will work.An article appeared on the topic here a month or so ago:GP co-payment IT system 'a big ask' The Australian June 24,...Show More Summary

A Windows 8 app for telemedicine by the numbers

You know, and I know, there’s nothing especially new or exciting about telemedicine. From a technology standpoint, the capability to care for patients remotely via “telemedicine” has been around practically since the invention of television. What has...(read more)

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 11th August, 2014.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require...Show More Summary

This Is Going To Be The Mother Of Health Related Computer Projects If It Happens. The Risks Are Stratospheric!

This announcement appeared from the Minister For Health last week.EOI for Medicare-PBS Payment ServicesThe Australian Government allocated funding in the 2014-15 Budget to go to the commercial market calling for Expressions of Interest...Show More Summary

AusHealthIT Poll Number 230 – Results – 10th August, 2014.

Here are the results of the poll.Do You Think Telstra Has The Expertise and Health Understanding To Make A Positive Impact On Australian E-Health?For Sure 7% (5) Probably 11% (8) Neutral 7% (5) Probably Not 44% (31) No Way 29% (20) I...Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 9th August, 2014.

Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration...Show More Summary

Small Independent Practices - Big Transformative Potential

A post by Dr. John Brady titled My oasis of care is being threatened examined the dilemma small practices are now facing. Should they become extinct, being consumed by large organizations? Or does the "little guy" have an important place...Show More Summary

What healthcare could learn from a technology company

Healthcare is very different from most other industries. It is fragmented, conservative, highly regulated, and hierarchical. It doesn’t follow most of the usual business rules around supply and demand or consumerism. An important aspect of my role at...(read more)

Electronic Health Records Are By No Means Totally Safe And Risk Free - Worrying Real World Experience.

This appeared a little while ago:Hazards tied to medical records rushSubsidies given for computerizing, but no reporting required when errors cause harmBy Christopher RowlandGlobe Staff July 20, 2014Dr. Larry Gordon and medical assistant Amanda Naimo discussed a procedure at the nurses’ work station at Family Medicine Associates in Hamilton. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of August 2014

We continue to be on cria watch, as our last pregnant alpaca, Mint, waddles around the paddock. The alpaca gestation period is 11.5 months and Mint is just about there.Just as 17 keets (baby guineas) appeared from the forest last week, 10 appeared this week. Show More Summary

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