I recently had a chance to sit down with Joseph Gurrieri, VP and COO of H.I.M. ON CALL to discuss two really important topics in the world of HIM: ICD-10 coder shortage and offshore medical coding. With the ICD-10 deadline for implementation breathing down our necks, many organizations are asking themselves where they’re going to get qualified ICD-10 coders. In the following videos, Joseph talks about the shortage and their approach to meeting the ICD-10 coding needs. After watching the videos below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subjects. Is there a shortage? Are you ok with offshore medical coding?
I had a chance to sit down with Joel Kanick, President and CEO of Kanick And Company and Lead Developer and Chief Architect of interfaceMD. In this video we discuss the story behind interfaceMD and their custom EHR solution. We talk about meaningful use and the EHR incentive money. We also talk about healthcare interoperability and exchange of patient data. Joel and interfaceMD have a really unique approach to EHR that I think many will find interesting.
I was really interested to hear the story behind how interfaceMD came to be. I wonder if people would be interested in a whole series of videos with EHR founders that cover the background story of EHR companies. Let me know in the comments.
In case you haven’t seen, I’ve been doing a whole series of video interviews over on EHR Videos. There are some really great videos in the series chock full of insights into what’s happening in the world of EHR and Healthcare IT.
The following video is an example of the type of great video interviews we’ve been doing. In this interview, I talk with Dr. Tom Giannulli, CMIO of Kareo about how a well done EHR vendor can help a small practice physician survive. This has become a really popular topic for a number of ambulatory focused EHR vendors. Along with these topics, I ask Dr. Giannulli about the former Epocrates EHR he helped create which is now owned by Kareo and is offered as a Free EHR.
What do you think about Dr. Giannulli’s comments about helping the small practice physician survive? Will EHR vendors play an important role in making this happen? I look forward to seeing your thoughts in the comments.
I came across this great xtranormal video that looks at meaningful use from a patient’s perspective. I’ve posted some videos like this before. In fact, I’ve started creating a whole YouTube playlist of Funny Healthcare IT Videos. If you’re deep in the trenches of meaningful use, then you’ll enjoy this one (or not depending on how you look at it).
This Fall we decided to do a whole series of weekly video interviews with top healthcare IT thought leaders. Many of you may have come across our EHR video site and the Healthcare Scene YouTube channel where we host all of the videos. The next interview in that series is happening Thursday, October 3rd at 1:00 EST with Dr. Tom Giannulli, discussing the future of small physician practices. You can join with us live or watch the recorded video after the event. Plus, you can see all the future interviews we have scheduled here.
Last week’s video interview was with Mandi Bishop, Principal at Adaptive Project Solutions and also a writer at EMR and HIPAA. Mandi does an amazing job sharing her insights into healthcare big data and the challenges of meaningful use. We also dig in to EHR data sharing with insurance plans and ask Mandi if meaningful use is completely devoid of value or not.
For those who missed the live interview, you can watch the recorded interview with Mandi Bishop embedded below.
Power to change outcomes starts with liberating the data. Then transforming all that data into information and finally into knowledge. Ok – Sorry, that’s probably blindingly obvious. But skinny-data is a good metaphor because you don’t need to liberate ALL the data. And in fact the skinny metaphor covers what I refer to as the data becoming information part (filter out the noise). Selective liberation and combination into a skinny warehouse or skinny data platform is also manageable. And then build on top of that the analytics that release the knowledge to enable better outcomes. Now …if only all those behemoth mandated products would loosen up on their data controls…
His simple comment “filter out the noise” made me realize that skinny data might actually be much harder to do than big data. If you ask someone to just aggregate all the data, that is a generally pretty easy task. Once you start taking on the selection of data that really matters, it becomes much harder. This is likely why so many Enterprise Data Warehouses sit their basically idle. Knowing which data is useful, making sure it is collected in a useful way, and then putting that data to use is much harder than just aggregating all the data.
Dana Sellers commented on this in this Hospital EHR and Healthcare Analytics video interview I did (the whole video has some great insights). She said that data governance is going to be an important challenge going forward. Although she defined data governance as making sure that you’re collecting the data in a way that you know what that data really means and how it can be used in the future. That’s a powerful concept and one that most people haven’t dug into very much. They’re going to have to if they want to start using their data for good.
Today, I’m going to be part of the Dell Healthcare Think Tank discussing some of the major challenges, trends and issues facing healthcare IT. This is an exciting event that’s going to be live streamed for everyone to watch in real time and it will also be recorded for those that want to watch the video later.
Here’s a quick look at the list of people that are participating:
Here’s a list of the topics that we’ll be covering along with the schedule (all times are Central time)
I’ve embedded the live stream below, so you should be able to open this post to see the live stream (or a link to the recorded version after the event). If that doesn’t work, then you can visit this page to see the live stream.
Also, for those of you on Twitter, you can follow along at the #DoMoreHIT hashtag.
Looks like the government has chosen Google Plus as the best platform to be able to reach out and stay in touch with the larger community. I just read that Obama will be doing a Google+ hangout a few days after the State of the Union address. In similar fashion, today Doug Fridsma from ONC hosted a Google Plus Hangout discussing some of the projects that ONC is participating in. Plus, the beautiful part of a Google Hangout by ONC is that it’s automatically recorded and published to YouTube. So, if you missed the hangout, you can watch the ONC Hangout video embedded below.
Here’s who participated on the ONC Hangout:
Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D. – Chief Scientist at ONC
Arien Malec – VP Strategy and Product Marketing at RelayHealth, Former Coordinator for the Direct Project
Deven McGraw – Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT
John Moehrke – Principal Engineer: Interoperability and Security at GE
Vince Kuraitis – Principal, Better Health Technologies, LLC
Brian Ahier – Health IT Evangelist
John Travis – Senior Director and Solution Strategist, Regulatory Compliance at Cerner
Alice Leiter – Policy Counsel at Center for Democracy & Technology
Turns out that I’m actually planning my first Google+ hangout as well with some of the people from HIMSS. Watch for more details on that soon.
During the last AHIMA, I sat down with Dr. Jon Elion, Founder and CEO of ChartWise Medical Systems and asked him about how a physician can improve their EHR documentation so that it matches the needs of medical coders better. In the following video, he offers a couple simple tips on how a physician can do this easily.
Considering ICD-10 is just around the corner, I thought many would find these tips interesting and useful.
A while back, I suggested that EHR vendors might want to integrate Google Search into their EHR. I still think this is a really interesting idea since I’m sure that many are doing Google Searches regularly as part of the care they provide.
While I’m sure that many doctors use Google searches in their care, I was really intrigued by a demo video I saw of the Blausen Google Chrome extension. Rather than try and explain it, you can watch the video demo:
This is a really fascinating product and a simple way to distribute the content that Blausen has available in their library. While the Google Chrome extension is interesting, I could see something similar easily added to an EHR interface.
Imagine a doctor wanting to show a video demonstrating something to their patient. Straight from their EHR, they could pull up the Blausen video and show the patient in a really rich way something about their condition.
Of course, we’re just at the start of what could be done with great visual education like this. Over time I’m sure we’ll be able to get to very specific parts of a video or pieces of education. We’ll be able to publish the educational information you saw in the office in your patient portal. Not only does that reinforce what was said in the office, but it also provides patients a great way to share what’s going on with their loved ones.
I know Force Therapeutics is doing work like this with videos for Physical Therapists and Orthopedics. I think we’re going to see a lot more video integration into our patient care over the next couple years and that’s a very good thing.