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Interview With Giovanna Marsico, on Patients and Digital Tools #doctors20

May 26, 2015 by Denise Silber

Giovanna Marsico, founder of CancerContribution has been one of the early supporters of Doctors 2.0 & You. She will return to speak about Patient Advocacy and the Use of Social Media on June 4th in a Giovanna Marsicosession with panelists from Europe, the US, and Africa. Denise Silber interviewed Giovanna prior to the event.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

EHR Interoperability: Let's Stop Beating a Dead Drum

April 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS, I must again conclude that the only model that makes sense is exactly what I have been proposing.[read more]

Is "Convincing" People to Use Health Apps the Right Approach to Patient Engagement?

April 10, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Patient engagement

In a recent announcement, the Robert Wood John Foundation announced a $468,000 grant to the Center for Connected Health to develop an “engagement engine” to “convince” consumers to use health and activity trackers and other health apps. Let’s consider the issues of relevance and usefulness here.[read more]

Patient Engagement: Overused Sound Bite or Transformative Opportunity?

April 6, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

patient-generated data

Criteria for Stage 3 of meaningful use of EHRs were released recently and there is lots of controversy, as would have been predicted. One set of recommendations that is raising eyebrows is around patient engagement. The recommendations include three measures of engagement.[read more]

Engagement: Finding the Healthy Mix

March 31, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

engaging online

Is it better to connect online, or face to face? This modern question of how to engage has become a hot topic in fields ranging from business to education. But major shake-ups in health care delivery make it an important consideration for medical professionals as well.[read more]

Congress Getting Serious about Telemedicine: Are CDOs Ready?

March 28, 2015 by Shahid Shah

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Kathleen Irwin, a medical market researcher at web-based EHR evaluation group Software Advice, recently conducted a survey report drilling down into health consumer’s perception of the growing telemedicine industry. The survey found that the great majority (75%) of patients are interested in virtual visits. Are we prepared?[read more]

Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

March 26, 2015 by David Harlow

The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data.[read more]

The Real Cost of Data Breaches

March 19, 2015 by Abby Norman

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In the wake of the Anthem breach, which put 800,000 subscribers at risk, hospitals nationwide have their ears perked up to establish a first-line defense against data breaches. These types of breaches cost the industry over $6 billion each year.[read more]

Why Clinicians Are Frustrated with Health IT

February 19, 2015 by Bill Crounse

I had to chuckle when I came across a blog post on KevinMD this morning. The post that appears on what is described as social media’s leading physician voice doesn’t mince words. In the post, Dr. Edwin Leap does an excellent job explaining why so many physicians are totally frustrated by health IT.[read more]

We'll Have to Get to Know Patients Better

February 18, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

Getting to know you

The healthcare system designed to treat conditions and provide patient services in the United States is not delivering the desired outcomes. In a recent study of healthcare in 11 countries by The Commonwealth Fund, the United States was ranked the highest in cost.[read more]

Lessons from the Anthem Breach

February 12, 2015 by David Harlow

Anthem experienced a major data breach last week, and reportedly some records (Social Security Numbers and other identifying information, but not health data) of up to 80 million members and employees were obtained by hackers. My reaction: Why in the world are we using social security numbers as ID numbers?[read more]