Who do Doctors trust in EHR Selection?

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Anne Zieger has a really interesting post about Hospital Recommended EHR software over on Hospital EMR and EHR. In it she talks about how most doctors don’t take the hospital recommended EHR software. This will come as little surprise to doctors and likely to hospital systems as well. Doctors and hospitals have always had a mixed bag relationship. There’s this odd co-dependence that usually makes the relationship awkward.



When it comes to EHR adoption, physicians love the idea of getting IT and implementation support from the hospital. They also love the group buying power. Although, they also are concerned that they’ll just be a small fish in the big hospital waters and not get the support that they think they deserve (and maybe they do). Although, the most important reason doctors don’t want to get the hospital recommended EHR is they don’t want to create that “permanent” tie to the hospital. Of course, this is one major reason why hospitals want doctors to take their recommended EHR.


If we can say that doctors don’t trust hospitals recommended EHR software, then who do they trust?


That answer is easy: other doctors.

Via www.emrandehr.com


Making medication alerts in electronic medical record systems more useful and usable

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A study by Regenstrief Institute and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigators provides the first in-depth look at how health care providers react to medication alerts generated by electronic medical record systems.


Medication alerts provide the health care team with computer-generated information on a variety of drug-related issues. Among the most common medication alerts are warnings about patient allergies, drug interactions and duplicate prescriptions. The alerts, critical to patient safety, can be triggered by many factors including the prescription of a new medication or a change in a patient’s laboratory test results.


But health care providers may experience alert fatigue and unintentionally overlook important alerts if the electronic medical record system generates too many medication alerts; if alerts do not apply to the patient (for example, warning about a drug the patient has already been taking without problems); or if the alert provides too much extra information. The goal is to develop alerts that aid healthcare providers more effectively and enhance patient safety.


“Prescribers’ Interactions With Medication Alerts at the Point of Prescribing: A Multi-Method, In Situ Investigation of the Human-Computer Interaction” appears in the April 2012 issue of the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Via medicalxpress.com

Cloud-based EHRs raise unique HIPAA challenges

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Cloud-based electronic health record systems have become increasingly popular. But they raise security issues that providers need to address, according to attorney Howard Burde, speaking at the 20th National HIPAA Summit in Washington, D.C. this week.


“The healthcare information is stored, used, and analyzed remotely from the users, and accessed through the Internet,” Burde said. “It’s going somewhere you don’t know.”


Some security issues that are particularly acute in cloud computing, according to Burde, include:


Access to data, back-up plans, and business continuity in the event of a disaster


What security incident procedures are in place in the cloud


How physical access to the server in the cloud is limited


Burde recommended that providers need to conduct security management analysis of the cloud–which includes the ability to audit the cloud provider–to ask if its workforce is adequately trained in HIPAA, and a way to evaluate how the data is kept secure.


Via www.fierceemr.com

Social Gaming Helps The Medicine Go Down

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Several imaginative mobile apps turn preventive health into competitive fun.


To set themselves apart from the competition, many mobile health apps are adding gaming and social networking features to make the “medicine” taste better.

Take the fitness app HealthPer, which was just released. Now available at Apple’s iTunes store and designed for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch devices, HealthPer can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while sharing achievements online with friends


Social gaming of all kinds is exploding, according to a 2011 survey. Twenty percent of females and 15% of males are social gamers; and, although the biggest chunk of this audience is 16- to 34-year-olds, some older people also like social gaming. Sports gaming is the most popular category, but healthcare is an up-and-coming field, to judge by the proliferation of healthcare gaming apps.

For example, there’s a program called Skimble that brings together people who like to work out and engage in various sports. Designed for iPhones, Androids, and desktop usage on the Web, Skimble lets you track your activities and share them with other people who have common interests. Its screens resemble Facebook

Via www.informationweek.com

Health IT and doctors: A framework for successful partnerships

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We are on the front lines of the healthcare revolution along side our patients and our colleagues in technology. We have firsthand experience of the shortcomings in the healthcare industry, and we know that it’s going to take a concerted effort to upend the system. Those of us who are able to adapt and apply new technology solutions to existing problems will undoubtedly make positive changes.


Barriers to entry into entrepreneurship are falling as tools for innovation are becoming ubiquitously accessible. The next phase in healthcare disruption is taking place as smart doctors with good insights and creative developers/designers/engineers get together to create well-rounded problem solving teams.


Like any battle for change, good communication between all parties makes for a higher chance of success. Good communication starts with an understanding of the languages spoken between industries and herein lies the reason for this article:

Doctors suck at explaining their health IT ideas to the people who can help make them a reality.

Via www.kevinmd.com

What are your top tips for digital marketing success?

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Digital marketing is ever-evolving, tracking along with technology trends and revolutions. Now, more than ever, the customer is in the content driver’s seat. They’re used to using technology that suits them, choosing their own “adventure,” sampling experiences, and selecting the content and tools with which they feel are worthy of engaging. Americans have become savvier digital content consumers and even savvier digital health consumers. Digital is increasingly adopted to streamline virtually all aspects of patient care, including:

• Robust health information portals: While the rise of these portals and depth of information, tools, and resources offered may create a self-empowered patient culture, they also lead to health information overload and the customer demand for immediate access to digestible information.

• Waiting room experience: In an effort to streamline the waiting room process and improve patient satisfaction levels, many hospitals and offices are digitizing their queue to keep visits streamlined, paperwork fulfilled, and patients informed of their queue.

• Professional consultations: HCPs are increasingly reliant on mobile devices and reliable resources to augment patient consults. Their access to information to support a differential diagnosis, determine formulary access, and explain medical concepts to patients is becoming critical in practice.

• Clinical trial reporting: Digital tools and communities are streamlining the sharing and discussion of trial results amongst professional participants and enables research.

• Ongoing patient tracking: Patients are often tracking their health behaviors on their mobile and via online tools, while others are engaging in eConsults affording HCPs an unprecedented level of patient tracking.

Via www.pharmaphorum.com

The Cloud Will Cure Cancer

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Much ink has been spilled on the huge leaps in communications, social networking, and commerce that have resulted from impressive gains in IT and processing power over the last 30 years. However, relatively little has been said about how computing power is about to impact our lives in the biggest way yet: Health. Two things are happening in parallel: technology to collect biological data is taking off and computing is becoming massively scalable. The combination of the two is about to revolutionize health care.


Understanding disease and how to treat it requires a deep knowledge of human biology and what goes wrong in diseased cells. Up until now this has meant that scientists do experiments, read papers, and go to seminars to get data to build models of both normal and diseased cell states. However, medical research is about to go through a tectonic shift made possible by new technological breakthroughs that have made data collection much more scalable. Large amounts of data combined with computers mean that researchers will have access to data beyond just what they can themselves collect or remember. A world with affordable massive data in the clinic and in the lab is on the horizon. This will mean exponentially faster medical progress.

Via techcrunch.com