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20 Questions for Health IT

September 2, 2014 by Chad Johnson

#20HIT

I am pleased to announce a new project I’ve dubbed “20 Questions for Health IT.” Hopefully, this new project, which covers the entire month of September, will take the interaction of our social media discussions one step deeper and allow for more time to discuss 20 different and important topics currently affecting or influencing the health IT industry.[read more]

Crowdfunding Cancer Research: Martin (Marty) Smith

September 2, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Marty Smith

Martin (Marty) Smith talks to Get Social Health about the radical change in his life when he heard the words cancer and his name in the same sentence. Taking the challenge as a call to action, Marty rode a bike across America, started a business and launched not one but two crowdfunding platforms for cancer research.[read more]

TalkItt: An App That Gives Voice to the Speech Impaired

September 2, 2014 by Diogo Costa

TalkItt is much more than a simple speech recognition software, as it can pick up specific patterns and syllables (like if someone says "sho-ko-la", the app will now that the person means "chocolate"), even creating something like a dictionary based on the user's type of speech.[read more]

Medical Image Archiving in the Cloud? Consider the 4 S’s

August 31, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical imaging

One of the most compelling arguments for storing digital data in the cloud is medical imaging. What should you be looking for in a cloud storage partner? Let me suggest some of the things I think need to be top of mind. Let’s call them the 4 S’s of data storage.[read more]

The Second Wave of Healthcare Informatics

August 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

the second wave of healthcare informatics

Electronic Medical Records and Hospital Information Systems in and of themselves add little value to the enterprise if we don’t surround them or embed them with technologies that help us make better decisions and facilitate the ways we communicate and collaborate as care teams and with our patients.[read more]

Enterprise Dose Management Is Radiology's Opportunity to Lead

August 24, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

AHRA 2014

In a session at last week’s AHRA annual meeting titled, “An Executive Guide to Implementing a Successful Enterprise Dose Solution,” Chris Tomlinson, MBA, director of radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, urged administrators to not be myopic.[read more]

A Tale of Two Sensors: Misfit Shine vs. FitBit Zip

August 23, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Misfit Shine

On a 5-day back-packing trip in British Columbia, I put two sensors to the test. While neither were designed specifically for this purpose, my impressions are definitely relevant to the usability of the sensors in everyday life. I've been using the FitBit Zip for over a year, and I decided to also try the Misfit Shine.[read more]

5 Things CIOs Should Do in Light of the Recent Patient Records Theft

August 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

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Community Health Systems, which manages 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported this week that they were victims of Chinese hackers who infiltrated and stole more than 4.5 million patient records. The hackers made out with names, addresses and social security numbers for patients across the network during attacks in April and June.[read more]

How to Tackle Vague Requirements in Health IT and Medical Device Software

August 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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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 difficult problems to solve.[read more]

Patient Portals: Hiding in Plain Sight

August 20, 2014 by David E Williams

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Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot.[read more]

Visions of Care

August 20, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Americans want doctors who care about them, not just for them. Yes, we do want clinicians to be competent and skilled. But above all, we want doctors who genuinely care about our lives, listen to our concerns and allay our anxieties. So the visions of doctoring offered by two physician writers last week presented a jarring contrast.[read more]

To Up Patient Satisfaction, Hospital Supply Chain Units Need Better IT and Technology

August 20, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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I’ve been looking at hospital supply chain automation and the IT surrounding it for a number of years now. Starting with Cardinal Health but then moving on to help a number of other vendors in the space, I’ve felt that there’s not been enough next-generation tech being applied to the low margin, high volume business of hospital supply management.[read more]