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Optimizing for higher patient volumes in the ER while reducing wait times, controlling costs and improving the quality of care

The emergency room is often described as a hospital’s front door. A significant portion of any hospital’s daily unscheduled admissions flow through this portal. Without the ER, and a loyal community of referring physicians, no hospital can survive. Many...(read more)

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 29nd June, 2015.

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 site registration or subscription payment.General CommentA quiet week with lots of activity in the private sector. Show More Summary

Post IPO: What’s Next for Fitbit & The Future of Wearables in Healthcare?

It was an IPO to remember when Fitbit, Inc. hit Wall Street this June. In fact, it was the third largest U.S IPO of 2015, according to Dealogic. Its stock opened at $30.50, (52 percent above its initial public offering price of $20.00), raised $732 million, and sold 36.6 million shares—giving the San Francisco, CA-based,... Read More

A Proposal for Disruptive Regulation of EHRs

The latest salvo in the interoperability and information-blocking debate comes from two academic experts in the field of informatics, and was recently published in JAMIA. In the brief article, Sittig and Wright are endeavoring to describe the prerequisites for classifying an EHR as “open” or interoperable. I believe the term “open” is a much better... Read More

The PCEHR Automatic Opt In Trial Might Become A Rather Messy And Complicated Business.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog on the proposed Opt-In/Out PCEHR Trails.You can read this and the 26 comments here: http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/the-opt-out-trials-may-be-much-trickier.html Thinking a little more about...Show More Summary

This Article Was Going Reasonably Well Until I Arrived At The Last Paragraph.

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AusHealthIT Poll Number 276 – Results – 28th June, 2015.

Here are the results of the poll.Do You Have Confidence In The Senior Leadership of the Federal Department of Health e-Health Branch?Yes 3% (4) No 94% (108) I Have No Idea 3% (3) Total votes: 115 This has to be also one of the clearest vote ever. Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 28th June, 2015.

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

#WWBR Week of June 22nd, 2015

Innovation Starts with the Heart, Not the Head Gary Hamel for Harvard Business Review “A very thoughtful and moving piece about what innovation truly is and its potential impact on an organization. Spoiler Alert: author takes a somewhat contrarian view … Read more ›

Infographic: 5 Digital Health Trends Reshaping Healthcare

Healthcare executives expect that, within the next three years, their industry will need to focus as much on training machines as they do on training people, according to one finding from a new report by Accenture. The Accenture 2015 Healthcare IT Vision is based on a survey of doctors, consumers and healthcare executives and] highlights emerging... Read More

Cool Technology of the Week Special Edition

BIDMC has 4 Apple Watches (the inexpensive Sport model) for development and evaluation. Our programmers have 3 of them and I’m passing the 4th around to various folks including a 65 year old techie and a 22 year old digital native (my daughter Lara). Show More Summary

Do You Think NEHTA is Planning To Close Down At The End Of The Year, Or What Is Going On?

I noticed two NEHTA advertisements in the last week for reasonably senior positions.First here:Applications Support Manager Fixed term contract The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) was established by the Council of Australian...Show More Summary

Mount Sinai to Establish Precision Wellness Center to Advance Personalized Healthcare

Joshua Harris, co-Founder of Apollo Global Management, and his wife, Marjorie has made a $5 million gift to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to establish the Harris Center for Precision Wellness. As part of the part of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, the new center will leverage innovative approaches to health... Read More

Report: Telehealth Video Visits to Reach 158M by 2020

Telhealth video visits will increase from 19.7 million in 2014 to 158.4 million per year by 2020, according to a new report from Tractica. The report, “Telehealth Video Consultations“, examines the telehealth market and technology issues...Show More Summary

King v. Burwell: 5 Key Trends Driving Consumer-Focused New Health Economy

Today, the Supreme Court affirmed the 4th Circuit, holding that tax credits are available in states using the federal exchange. PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) performed an analysis of publicly available information – including ACA enrollment data and CMS data on hospital spending – to assess the financial impact of the loss of subsidies in... Read More

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of June 2015

We brought our alpaca mom and new baby, Daisy and Danny, home after a brief thunderstorm cleared. Nature concluded what we’ve always known - Unity Farm is the end of the rainbow. Mom and baby are healthy, happy and content. Daisy has become an overprotective mom and Danny eats vigorously every hour. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies; Can We Move On Now?

In a 6-3 ruling this morning, the Supreme Court affirmed the legality of Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov. The Court rejected the argument of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, who argued that the phrase … Read more ›

The June 2015 HIT Standards Committee

The June 2015 HIT Standards Committee focused on celebrating the accomplishments of those individuals who have reached their federal advisory committee term limits. Most served 6 years:Dixie BakerAnne CastroMarty HarrisDavid McCallieStan...Show More Summary

Cureatr Raises $13M to Expand Mobile Care Coordination

Cureatr, a mobile care coordination solution for health care, today announced it has raised $13 million in Series B funding led by Deerfield Investments, a healthcare technology private-equity firm in New York. Deerfield is joined by...Show More Summary

Importance of Expanding Health IT Incentives to Mental Healthcare

Editor’s Note: Irv Lichtenwald is president and CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation, the solution provider for the OpenVista electronic health record. Prior to joining Medsphere, he served as CFO of Advent Software, a leading provider of investment management solutions. Show More Summary

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