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Helping Patients Protect Their Own Personal Health Information

October 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

I was leaving a meeting at a large hospital when I saw a patient record sitting on top of the payment machine in the parking garage. I took the paper records back into the hospital. But it got me thinking about information protection and privacy, and in particular about the many people who still think that a paper print out is more secure than the cloud.[read more]

CAP Template Providing Too Much Information?

September 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Synoptic pathology reports can become quite lengthy, and it is easy for the vital components of the report to get lost. How can you structure a pathology report in such a way that it can be beneficial for every person who is a part of the patient's care team? Efficiently summarizing the key points of the report may be the answer.[read more]

Adrenal Pathology Reporting: How to Prevent Errors with Pathology Reporting Software

September 29, 2014 by Tim Edlund

pathology reporting software

Synoptic reporting has become known for its ease of use, as well as for its ability to assist Pathologists and other practitioners in eliminating errors. The question is, how is it possible to avoid errors when the templates are being provided by CAP?[read more]

What Do We Really Know About Patients?

September 28, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

Patient data

While EMR data, patient claims data, pharmacy data and lab results are critical to stratify patient populations based on need, much of patient intelligence can only be gathered by talking to the patient. The clinical data we have is designed to treat conditions and get reimbursement for a CPTs and DRGs – not ensure patient recovery.[read more]

Protected Health Information Security: You Should Be Worried

September 23, 2014 by Phil C. Solomon

lock down health info

The HITECH Act, implemented and enforced by HHS, CMS, and OCR, and recently updated and finalized in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule seems to be having a slight positive impact on security. Even though payers and providers have stepped up their game securing data; the risks for data loss are still present.[read more]

How Merck's Jain is Helping Pharma Catch up to the Digital Health Movement

September 18, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Jain is Catching Merck Up

Dr. Sachin Jain is a very good example of how pharma is leveraging digital technologies to improve how treatments are developed and delivered to patients. He joined Merck in 2012 as its chief medical information and innovation officer charged with pairing with health systems.[read more]

Are Those Cute Baby Pictures in the Doctor's Office Offending HIPAA?

September 18, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Pictures and Privacy

Baby pictures have a nearly universal “human touch” appeal. On the social media scale of cuteness, engagement and share-ability, babies, kids and grandkids are at the top. But evidently “cute” has its limits when baby pictures are publically posted, as they commonly are, in doctors’ offices.[read more]

Why Outsourcing Your IRO Is a Good Idea

September 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

Outsourcing IROs

In any industry there are times when an outside perspective is the difference between progress and an impasse. In healthcare, where the bottom line of can be at odds with the wants and needs of the patients and payers, a third-party perspective can help to untangle the web of miscommunication.[read more]

Veterans and mHealth: A Sensible Patient Engagement Strategy

September 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Patient Engagement

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been taking it on the chin of late with allegations (and proof) of delayed appointments and care at some facilities, and charges that these delays have led to poor outcomes and even death. This is most likely caused by poor administration rather than poor care.[read more]

Interoperability of Electronic Health Data: Is It Time to Herd Unicorns in a New Direction?

September 12, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Time for EMR?

There has been the considerable uptick in the use of EMRs since 2009 due to the investment of federal dollars. I would have to say, however, that the health industry is far from achieving any significant degree of meaningful interoperability between or among hospital and physician record keeping systems.[read more]

Top 5 Strategic Planning Challenges for CIOs

September 9, 2014 by Abby Norman

CIO strategy

The Chief Information Officer in a healthcare system has perhaps one of the most complex and ever-evolving roles in the hospital C-Suite today. Since information technology has now permeated our entire culture – and particularly in medicine – executive level information management is hot field nowadays.[read more]

How to Evaluate Pathology Reporting Software

September 5, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Evaluating pathology reporting

Regardless of your reason for changing your Pathology reporting software, you want your next choice to work well for you. To help, we've compiled a list of features that you should be looking for that will serve you well for years to come.[read more]