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Will We Ever Get This Right

I don't normally cross-post but a short week and a medical issue has me focused on design vs. production and the value of the things we do and don't do. Almost every IT shop has an inventory of projects. Some have been on the shelf for a long time and curiously, some pop into inventory...

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Fraud and Abuse are Bad – But Disease and Death are Worse

A January 8 story in The New York Times shone a bright light on the perils of implementation for electronic health records. “The report was critical of the lack of guidelines around the widely used copy-and-past function…available in many of the largest EHR systems. The...

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Divorcing Electronic Medical Records from the Patient’s Paper File Costs Lives and Money

In June, Bloomberg published a story that put the blame for a hospital patient’s death squarely on electronic medical records (EMR). When it appeared that Dr. Scot Silverstein’s 84-year-old mother was having a stroke, she was admitted to the hospital. Checking her EMR, Dr....

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Doctor it hurts when I do this

I know, and the punch line is well don’t do that, barump ching! In the case of patient records, what hurts or can hurt many is non-compliance to regulatory mandates, especially when something can be done to prevent it. This is an area where I can find 6 people who will say one thing and 6...

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No Cloud - No Healthcare

Did I get your attention? You are probably wondering how the cloud and healthcare are related. Well here is a little story based on real life experience. I am preparing for a trip outside the US – no surprise there – but this time I am required to get some vaccinations due to my...

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How we can make EHR even more secure

Browsing through news online recently, I came across a troubling story. Last month, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta announced that 10 discs containing electronic records on 315,000 patients had gone missing. That’s sensitive information on every patient who had surgery at three hospitals...

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A proper backfile conversion is key to EHR implementation success

I recently spent some time participating in a LinkedIn discussion about the most common reasons behind the failure of electronic health records implementations. As I thought through my posts, something dawned on me: The key to successfully transitioning to EHR (or EMR; whatever your preferred...

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2012: Social Business Trends Converge

For those who have been keeping tabs on the rise of social business in healthcare, McKinsey's 5th annual survey on the way organizations use social tools & technologies finds that they continue to seep into many organizations, transforming business processes and raising performance. ...

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Meanigful Use?

I went to visit my Doctor this week for the usual check-up. I am happy to say all is fine with me but the visit did spark something of a discussion in his office about regulatory compliance and how it is managed. When I checked in for my appointment, I was presented with a form to complete, as...

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Is Microsoft Heading Toward An EHR Acquisition?

Microsoft and AthenaHealth recently entered a partnership agreement to make their systems more compatible. According to a spokesperson from Athena, the partnership will “enable health systems to see inpatient and ambulatory information in a single view.” The move was predicated on...

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