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3Mar, 2016

HIMSS 2016 Part 1

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Every year, the best and the brightest in the health information technology industry, via the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual meeting, meet for a week. This year, it’s in Las Vegas, Nevada. An amazing experience I have enjoyed on more than one occasion. The convention is attended by sizeable healthcare delivery systems, clearly large and small technology companies. Almost always missing; actual healthcare providers. The sad news of that is, everyone is building and demonstrating technology that impacts the providers more than anyone. In the 3 times […]

3Nov, 2015

Consumerism in Healthcare 2016 and Beyond Pt. 2

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Part 2 In Part 1, we briefly discussed a few emerging trends in healthcare today that seem to be gathering momentum; including the impact of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). This time, I want to expand on a recently released survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, “Healthcare Consumer Engagement. ” Let me begin with a brief story. In 2000, as I was beginning the transition from healthcare operations to healthcare technology, while incorporating a company called Internet Healthcare Solutions, (that has, after several reorganizations, become Quantum […]

21Sep, 2015

The future of patient engagement, and the end of EHR as we know it… by 2025.

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Recently we have read a multitude of papers on the failure of providers to connect with consumers, as they use their electronic healthcare records (EHR). There are reasons this is important. First, the quality of medical care, as we have discussed on these pages, doesn’t equate to more care is better care. Second, patients are demanding it. In an era when we have cars that drive themselves, the ability to open your car, turn on your engine and heat it with a remote, check if your front door is locked, […]

21Aug, 2015

Physicians are not the only ones looking to replace EHRs…

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In addition to physicians’ looking to replace their EHR system, so are community hospitals! Recently, I read a report that highlighted small medical practices are not the only ones with anxiety over technology in healthcare. It seems that more than “half of all community hospitals” in the U.S. are unhappy their current EHR system. Further, the report also notes a survey of over 250 hospitals, or about 5% of all the total hospitals in the U.S., nearly 20% of the respondents are “actively looking” to replace their current EHR vendor. […]

15May, 2015

Is Expanding Telehealth Next On The Horizon?

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Just a few weeks ago the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, held a 2 hour hearing on “Advancing Telehealth Through Connectivity.” Stakeholders testified to lawmakers that telehealth is helping to achieve financial and care-related benefits, but still many barriers remain to widespread appeal and use. In summary, industry experts from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), informed the Senators that the use of telemedicine has both increased the quality of care by improving outcomes and, has reduced the cost of healthcare. This will provide a […]