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Health Information Exchange: Meaningful Consent

July 25, 2014 by David Harlow

Opt-in or opt-out?

Health information exchange is one arrow in the quiver that may lead to promised improvement in the coordination, efficiency and effectiveness of health care services based on the sharing of data contained in individual patients' electronic health records.[read more]

Buyers Looking to Replace Existing PM Solutions: What EHR/PM Vendors Should Do

July 24, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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SoftwareAdvice recently published their medical practice management BuyerView research, which found that 63% of the buyers were replacing existing PM solutions, rather than making a first-time purchase. For PM vendors, this means there’s a huge opportunity to market your products to practices as an upgrade.[read more]

Consumer Generated Data: Your "Data Exhaust"

July 17, 2014 by David Harlow

You might be surprised to learn how wide your digital footprint is these days. It is worth getting up to speed on this issue by reading Jane Sarasohn-Kahn's latest report for the California Healthcare Foundation, entitled Here's Looking at You: How Personal Information Is Being Tracked and Used. Here are some highlights.[read more]

Electronic Health Record Solutions Don't Make Errors: People Do

July 12, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Whether or not more regulatory oversight of Health IT is needed, I suspect many of us have experienced instances where health information about us is found to be in error. Despite this, I would tend to put the blame not on the computer or the software. It is not generally these systems making the errors, but rather the people using them.[read more]

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Big Data = Big Brother? Leveraging Transaction Data for Better Healthcare

July 9, 2014 by Charles Settles

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Based on the results of countless studies - such as a 2011 Synovate study in which 52% of women admitted lying to their healthcare providers - and the experience of thousands of physicians, the fact patients lie should come as no surprise to any medical provider. But what if physicians didn't have to rely on patient honesty?[read more]

Why a "Switzerland Approach" Might Become a Key Part of Wearable Health Platforms

June 30, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann
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wearable health

Does harmonizing data between wearables and enterprise health systems call for a “Switzerland” strategy? As the volumes of healthcare data grow and sensors become more sophisticated, the importance of broader interoperability and data integration between wearables and enterprise healthcare engines are growing too.[read more]

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Selecting a File Transfer Solution: The Five Most Important Points Healthcare Providers Should Consider

June 30, 2014 by John Lane

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In healthcare today, with compliance mandates shaping the industry, increasingly larger volumes of files among stakeholders have to be delivered quickly and accurately – but also securely with precise transaction tracking to manage the growing number of electronic health records (EHRs).[read more]

8 Healthcare Provider Pain Points

June 24, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

Healthcare provider

From a provider perspective, healthcare, as we know it, is changing rapidly. At times your head might be spinning when you think about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act as well as other healthcare legislation. What do you feel are the most critical pain points you are facing?[read more]

Whats Stopping Cloud Based-EHR Adoption?

June 22, 2014 by Zach Watson

Cloud based-EHR?

Ostensibly, the benefits of cloud-based electronic health records seem to far outweigh those of on-premise solutions. To begin, practices don’t have to buy and maintain their own services, a huge expense which cloud-based EHRs eliminate from the beginning.[read more]

What Are Your Health IT Pain Points?

June 18, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

Health IT pain points.

Healthcare technology is changing faster than most organizations can keep up. What are you doing to comply? Some of the changes are required to comply with current regulations while others are to gain a competitive advantage. Lets’ delve into a few of these areas.[read more]

Conversation About Veterans Administration’s Woes Has Not Yet Hit the Right Note

The Veterans Administration’s (VA) recent efforts to handle a huge influx of medical cases of former soldiers has quickly reached “scandal” proportions in Washington, D.C. and received widespread national media attention. But the conversation about how to resolve the VA’s problems has not yet hit the right notes.[read more]

Three Ways to Calm Patients' Concerns About Patient Portal Security

June 15, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Patient portal security

We found in our study conducted last year that security was the number one reason why participants said they would not use a patient portal. An event such as the most recent security breach is exactly what prevents patients from being open to new technologies.[read more]