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EHR and mHealth Successes and Fails: Around Healthcare Scene

Patients are somewhat taught to fear sharing medical data. While privacy is important, especially when it comes to health, being more willing to share medical data can yield great results. The key is knowing who to share information with, and who to avoid. 

EHR vendors can be tricky when it comes to keeping clients around. Sometimes, they don’t really have a choice because the EHR holds client information “hostage” when the client says they are switching EHRs. However, this is a sneaky tactic, and there are many other ways to keep an EHR client longer — most importantly, providing a great product.

While many aspects of HIT have come to a halt, mHealth continues to flourish. There are many things that other parts of HIT can learn from mHealth’s success. First, mHealth doesn’t focus on every patient at once. Next, it is an unregulated industry. And finally, the projects are marketed directly to consumers and paid for by them as well. 

Are you a hospital leader and curious about what technologies you should be watching out for? Well, the ECRI Institute has compiled a list of technologies they feel executives should be looking at this next year. This list includes Electronic Health Records, mHealth, imaging and surgery, and more. 

When an EHR fails to work correctly, how do physicians deal with it? Researchers have observed clinical workflows to answer just that question. The observations concluded that while there was no correct answer, many use paper to record information. Hopefully, this study will show EHRs where their gaps are, and help them to correct them.

There are so many consumer medical devices out there. What makes one stand out from the best? And which one has the best form factor? Wrist bands or chest straps…hand held or pocket stored? Chime in over at Smart Phone Healthcare.

March 31, 2013 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

The Patient Medical Record, Usable Health IT, and Return of Blackberry — Around Healthcare Scene

EMR, EHR, and HIPAA

EHR Benefit — Space Savings

This is the next installment of EHR Benefits. Some clinics claim that the space saving that comes with having an EHR is definitely a benefit. It’s usually more of a benefit for smaller practices, but can also benefit larger ones. One way is that the elimination of a document room could make room for another office.

Redesigning The Patient Medical Record, the Healthcare Challenge’s Results

This is a guest post by Carl Bergman from EHR Selector. The post dicusses the results of the Healthcare Design Challenge put on by by the VA and the ONC. First place went to Nightingale and second place StudioTACK. There were also a few other rewards given out. Bergman also talks about several problems with this challenge.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Patients Question Clinical Decision Support Use

A new study published in Medical Decision Making found that patients aren’t as thrilled about computer-assisted decision making. The study revealed some interesting findings, like patients don’t trust physicians who use CDS. For those that use this, the study may be a bit unnerving, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

One Vendor’s Take On Building Usable Health IT

This post contains the views of Joe Condurso, president of CEO of health IT vendor PatientSafe, on building usable health IT. He offers several recommendations. They include responding to context, being mobile, and starting from a mobile design.

Smart Phone Healthcare

BlackBerry’s “Hail Mary” Pass for mHealth

Although BlackBerry used to be the device of choice among physicians, it has been crowded out with the introduction of newer devices. However, BlackBerry is trying to get back in the game with the release of some new devices which they believe offer something unique. Will doctors switch back, or is BlackBerry grasping at straws?

Track Infants Growth With BeCuddle iPhone App

A new iPhone app has been released to help parents keep track of their infants growth. BeCuddle has a variety of features, including the ability to track medication, record milestones, and just help a parent make sure their child’s health is right on track.

February 3, 2013 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

The Fiscal Cliff of Primary Care and Jubilee Health Community – Around Healthcare Scene

EMR AND HIPAA

The Fiscal Cliff of Primary Care

Everyone has heard about the Fiscal Cliff that is currently being talked about at the White House, but have you heard about the fiscal cliff of primary care? The Hello Health Blog posted some interesting facts about what they refer to as the fiscal cliff of primary care. At the core of the discussion is whether or not EHR software is a financial win or loss.

Mobile Health Trends and Technology

This post features videos that were taken at the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. The videos are interviews with various people and describe some of the up and coming mobile health trends and technology. David Collins and Jonathan Dreyer talk about different trends they have seen, and provide a perspective on health applications.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Impossible to Say “Wrong EHR”

The title of this isn’t always true — it is possible for a hospital to have implemented the wrong EHR. However, it’s a hard mistake to admit. Especially with EHRs like Epic, which are highly selective and cost so much money.

Oops! Community Hospitals Unhappy with EMR Purchase

The latest KLAS reports revealed that many community hospitals are disappointed with their EMR, and questioning the purchase. Some of the hospitals are even pulling the systems completely from their practice. This may not be the best solution, but some of these hospitals don’t feel like it is worth the time and effort.

Smart Phone Health Care

Jubilee Health Community and NoMoreClipboard Combine Forces To Help Diabetes Patients

Diabetes is very prevalent in the United States today, and it can be difficult to manage. Jubilee Health Community provided NoMoreClipboard with someone of their diabetic patients to help treat and manage their diabetes. After a year, some interesting results were found. In some cases, the health of a patient who actively used the system increased.

December 23, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Lawsuits and EHR Adoption, Mobile Apps for Runners, and Connecting Mobile With Desktop Challenges: Around HealthCare Scene

EMR and HIPAA

Lawsuits Will Eventually Drive EHR Adoption? 

“Once EHR’s are the standard of care sadly lawsuits will drive adoption .. “so why didn’t you see the lab results doctor?” This was tweeted in a recent #HITsm chat by Sherry Reynolds. This tweet prompts several questions, including, when will EHR become the standard of care, and, as the title of this post suggests, will lawsuits eventually drive EHR adoption?

Meaningful Healthcare IT

Eric Dishman Needs a Kidney

This post is less informative, more personal. Eric Dishman, director of health innovation and policy for Intel’s Digital Health Group, is very ill and currently is in need of a kidney transplant. Read this post to be directed to more details about how to help. Let’s help this great man get the kidney he needs to survive.

Smart Phone Health Care
5 Must Have Mobile Apps for Runners

There are many apps out there available for runners. However, which ones are actually worth downloading? This post has a list of some apps that every runner — from the marathoner to the ones just starting out — should have on their phone. From GPS trackers to ab exercises, you don’t want to miss out on this post.

Is mHealth Poised to Explode? Infograph Showing Growth of mHealth

mHealth is growing in many ways. Over 80 percent of doctors use smart phones, more than 10,000 health apps are available, and 78 percent of US consumers are interested in mobile health solutions. These are only a few of the interesting facts presented in an infograph depicting how mHealth is growing, and what it’s future might hold.

EHR and EMR Videos
Meeting the Future Challenges of the NHS: Roland Rott

Roland Rott, head of Ultrasound IT explains how software has quickly become the driving force in ultrasound innovation and why cloud computing, social media and mobile technology are creating new paradigms, driving increased efficiency and connectivity among physicians and influencing how doctors and patients interact with each other.

Hospital EMR and EHR
Connecting Mobile with Desktop A Chore

While many doctors are beginning to use mobile phones and tablets, the ability to connect them with a desktop is not easy. There are many things that need to be fixed in order to increase efficiency. M.Modal Juergen Fritsch put together a list of the top issues that need to be resolved. This list includes things such as making tablets documentation friendly and creating a hybrid strategy.

Most Wired Hospitals 2012

The most wired hospitals over 2012 have been released, at least according to Healthcare IT News. Along with this, a survey concerning these most wired hospitals was done as well. Significant differences were discovered between the wired and non-wired hospitals, however, the areas surveyed may seem disappointing to seem. Read more about it and voice your opinion.

August 5, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Health IT List Season, The Unhealthy Side Effects of Meaningful Use, and My Coupon Doc: This Week at HealthCare Scene

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Health IT List Season – A list of Lists

It is the season of Health IT lists, and #HIT100 is one of the most popular lists right now. This post discusses some of the logistics behind #HIT100, as well as some other health IT lists that are floating around the Internet recently. Have you seen a great list lately?

Kaiser’s Mobile Health Approach

Recently, John had the opportunity to talk with the head of the Mobile Center of Excellence at Kaiser Permanente, Brian Gardner. Gardner talked about Kaiser’s approach to mobile health, how physicians at Kaiser use mobile devices, and some video pilots that have been done. This post goes more into that conversation, and shows how Kaiser is working toward implementing more mobile health in their practice.

Wired EMR Practice

The Unhealthy Side Effects of Meaningful Use

There are all sorts of incentives to  Meaningful Use, and for implementing EMR. However, there is a downside to HIT. In this post, Dr. Michael Koriwchak, along with Dr. Hal Sherz, discuss potential adverse consequences to Meaningful Use. It may cripple innovation and prevent future technology from being developed. Be sure to read this post on the unhealthy side effects of Meaningful Use.

Smart Phone Health Care

My Coupon Doc Makes Health Care More Affordable

Medications and health care costs can be expensive, there’s no question about that. There are lots of discounts to be found, but finding legitimate discounts can be hard to do. Luckily, MyCouponDoc.com makes the process easier with its database of coupons and discounts. Next time you have an expensive medication to buy, don’t forget to consult My Coupon Doc first.

SCOTUS Decision Likely to Indirectly Affect mHealth

The recent SCOTUS decision is affecting health care in many ways. But many were asking the question, will, and if so, how, it affect mHealth? David Lee Scher, MD, recently talked about five ways mHealth will be affected. mHealth isn’t the sector of health care being affected the most, but it won’t be left untouched.

Also, don’t forget to check out EMR Screenshots and EMR and Health IT News! There’s a lot of great items on these pages that aren’t highlighted during the weekly roundup.

July 15, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

SCOTUS Decision, Combating Mobile Health Threats, and a Video from RockHealth: This Week at HealthCareScene.com

EMR and HIPAA

Medicaid Doctors and Dentists Gaming the EHR Incentive Program

In order to get the EHR incentive money, Medicaid Doctors and Dentists are only required to purchase the equipment. They can, technically, just buy it and do anything with Meaningful Use. Recently, Dentrix recently partnered with Henry Schein to get access to this money. In this post, the legality of doing this, with no intention of actually passing Meaningful Use standards, is discussed.

SCOTUS Decision and Healthcare IT

The recent decision on the “Affordable Health Act” has gotten the attention of many people across the country. Will this decision affect the IT and EHR world? This post delves into that question, as well as addresses how the SCOTUS decision will impact healthcare reimbursement.

Wired EMR Doctor

My Presentation Submission to 2012 mHealth Summit

Many doctors are hesitant to embrace mHealth. Dr. Michael Koriwchak submitted a talk to the 2012 mHealth Summit, explaining why he feels this is the case. This post gives a basic overview of his talk, which is split into three sections: 1) addressing practicing physicians concerns about mHealth, 2) addressing the culture differences between physician and HIT communities and, 3) outlining the concessions both physicians and the HIT community need to make in order to facilitate communication, promote adoption of mHealth, and improve the quality of mHealth products.

Smart Phone Health Care

Combating Mobile Health Threats: 13 Tips Everyone Should Read

There is a big concern for the security of mHealth, and rightfully so. With all the intelligence to create this technology, there’s people out there wanting to steal information from it. An article a mhimss.com created a list of 13 tips for “combating mobile health threats”. Read the tips and other commentary this week over at Smart Phone Health Care.

App Created to Connect Patients With Doctors Immediately

Consult-a-Doctor is a program designed to connect users with a doctor without ever leaving their home. This cloud-based program is available for the iPhone and requires a subscription. Patients are able to access live medical consultations, treatment, and even receive prescriptions through this program.

EHR and EMR Videos

RockHealth Startup Elements: Product Design with Dave Morin

RockHealth has created a series of videos concerning the elements of starting up a healthcare company. The video featured this week on EHR and EMR Videos features David Morin talking about Product Design. To check out other videos in the series, some of them are posted here.

EMR and EHR Thoughts

$34 Million Series C Funding for Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion brought their total funding to over $64 million, with $34 million coming from recent Series C Funding. Although Practice Fusion seems to be one of the major players in the EHR world, there are some complications that may make it difficult to live up to this $64 million financing.

July 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Around Healthcare Scene: ADP AdvancedMD, Care360 EHR/EMR Screenshots, 24/7 Flu Hotline, and Tricorder X Prize

Here is a quick look at some of the other articles recently posted on some of the other HealthcareScene.com websites:

EHR and EMR Videos
Software Demo of ADP AdvancedMD + EMA Ophthalmology
This medical billing and EHR software demo presents how medical practices can use ADP AdvancedMD as their practice management to collect more money, faster. EMA for ophthalmology helps doctors utilize an iPad to manage clinical charting and see more patients faster. A software bridge (data integration) has been built to help staff work faster without doing double data entry.

HIMSS Analytics: Data, Research and Consulting for Healthcare IT

Gain a deeper, more vibrant understanding of the HIT space through HIMSS Analytics. Knowing who needs what, when they need it and who to contact will enable you to sell proactively to receptive customers. Our market intelligence will help you optimize your marketing and sales strategies to advance the future of healthcare.

Steve Hinajosa Explains Advantages of DocBook MD 3.0

Travis County Medical Society Membership Director, Steven Hinojosa explains why local county Medical Societies should be interested in DocBookMD 3.0.

EHR and EMR Screenshots

The links below represent screenshots from the Care360 EHR/EMR including images from the EHR, the iPad app, and the mobile app.  Do you think it is necessary for EHRs to use multiple platforms for access, or is it unnecessary vanity?

Screenshots from the Care360 EHR/EMR

iPad App Screenshots from the Care360 EHR/EMR

Care360 EHR/EMR Mobile App Screenshots

Smart Phone Health Care

Consult A Doctor Offers 24/7 Flu Hotline That Costs Less than $40

Flu season is generally miserable for everyone.  Even if you don’t actually get sick you spend half your time avoiding the people who are sick.  Then you start to get symptoms but you wait as long as humanly possible to actually see a doctor because it is so expensive and time-consuming.  Consult A Doctor is releasing a new service designed to change all of that.

Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize Offering $10 Million Prize to Developers

We all remember those awesome little tricorders from the Star Trek series that could analyze a person’s level of health almost immediately.  All the doctor had to do was push a button and he immediately knew exactly what he needed to do to help the person.

Qualcomm and the X Prize Foundation have announced a development competition designed to create just such a device.  The two CEO’s of the respective companies, Dr. Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm Foundation Chair and Qualcomm Incorporated Chairman and CEO, and X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and CEO Dr. Peter Diamandis, announced during the keynote address at CES that the prize would be $10 million dollars.

January 29, 2012 I Written By