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Making Blue Button Access to Immunization Records Quick, Easy, and Convenient

While many parents are now able to go online for answers to many of their school questions, some vital health information parents need for the school nurse is often still on paper – namely, immunization records. At a time when we can...Show More Summary

A New Adventure or ein neues Abenteuer

Reporting live from Vienna… That will be my life for roughly the next 10-11 months. Last year my wife received noticed that she was due for her sabbatical. One night while we were wondering what we might do in the … Read more ›

The Wisdom Of Providing Consumers Access To Test Results Needs Careful Consideration.

The drivers of the PCEHR Program are keen to have results included in the PCEHR. There have been some recent articles that bear on this issue.First we have:Study: Many patients don’t understand electronic lab resultsAuthor Name Jennifer...Show More Summary

Submission To The PCEHR Review - Sent By E-Mail Today.

PCEHR Review Consultation Submission - DG More - August 2014 IntroductionThe following submission has been prepared to offer some commentary and input to the process now underway, being facilitated by Deloitte, to ascertain stakeholder...Show More Summary

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 25th 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

Some Interesting Reactions To NEHTA’s Legal Letter And NEHTA’ s Overall Position.

First I had this e-mail. Quoted with permission but not attributed.The e-mail is referring to the poll that is running on the blog from 24 April, 2014.“With respect to your latest Poll, the BCG Papers and EHealth Strategy (2004) unfortunately midwifed NEHTA into existence. Show More Summary

AusHealthIT Poll Number 232 – Results – 24th August, 2014.

Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The Present Leadership Of NEHTA and DoHA E-Health Initiatives Will Be Able To Deliver A Successful PCEHR?For Sure 15% (41) Probably 4% (10) Neutral 2% (4) Probably Not 14% (36) No Way 65%...Show More Summary

The August HIT Standards Committee

The August HIT Standards Committee focused on the work ahead to accelerate interoperability. It’s no longer about Meaningful Use, it’s about Meaningful healthcare information exchange. I offered my opinion about the work ahead. ONC is...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of August 2014

Over the past week, the combination of rain and cool Fall-like temperatures caused our 165 shitake logs to fruit, resulting in over 50 pounds of fresh mushrooms. We inoculated 5 tons of oak logs last August and throughout the year have had a few pounds to deliver to local farm stands. Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 23rd 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

I Will Leave It To You To Decide If MMRGlobal Is One Of These.

This appeared a little while ago:The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovationby James Bessen | 10:00 AM July 25, 2014 Over the last two years, much has been written about patent trolls, firms that make their money asserting patents against other companies, but do not make a useful product of their own. Show More Summary

It Is Interesting How Even Small Changes In Clinical Order Paths Can Make A Big Difference.

This appeared a little while ago:Hopkins Tweaks CPOE, Saves $1.25 MillionGreg Goth JUL 8, 2014 9:25am ETResearchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number...Show More Summary

Can We Tone Down The Personal Comments Please! I Don't Like Getting Letters From Laywers!

I have just removed 3 comments from the Blog after a stern letter from NEHTA's lawyers. To avoid repetitions of this sort of stuff can all not be quite so personal in the comments. Make the points, but avoid attacking the personalities...Show More Summary

What We’ve Been Reading – Week of August 18

This week we are introducing a new recurring segment on our blog – instead of solely supplying our dear readers with new content from our analysts, we thought it would be valuable to provide some insight into what we find … Continue reading ?

Healthcare leaders navigate tectonic changes but must never lose sight of caring and hope in human healing

The past few days I’ve been in the nation’s capital with senior healthcare executives from some of America’s largest and best known hospital systems and clinics. I was honored to be asked by the event sponsor, McKesson, to deliver a keynote address to...(read more)

Physicians Embracing, Exploring New Practice Models

While physicians remain happy about their choice of a medical career, that doesn’t mean they are content to be controlled by government mandates and declining reimbursements. In its annual Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by...Show More Summary

The Blog Really Stirs Up NEHTA Loyalists It Seems! Enthusiastic Voting On The Current Poll!

I just had a look at the results of the presently running AusHealth IT Poll. From yesterday there has been a sudden surge in votes suggesting that all will be great with the PCEHR and that DoH and NEHTA are doing a great job. (Late yesterday...Show More Summary

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 21st 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. Lots more this week.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this twelfth week since it was released. Show More Summary

How to tackle vague requirements in health IT and medical device software using fuzzy logic and storytelling

These days it’s pretty easy to build almost any kind of software you can imagine — what’s really hard, though, is figuring out what to build. As I work on complex software systems in government, medical devices, healthcare IT, and biomedical IT I find that tackling vague requirements is one of the most pervasive and […]

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