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BYOD, Skype, and Apps for Medical Emergencies: Around Healthcare Scene

EMR and HIPAA

BYOD and HIPAA Compliance: Can You Have Both

With the increased use of smart phone and tablets by doctors, BYOD (bring your own device) is on the rise. With it comes the risk of almost inevitable risk of HIPAA violations. There needs to be some serious talk of protocols for BYOD, as the trend is here to stay. Can BYOD and HIPAA Compliance coexist? Weigh-in here.

Skype HIPAA Risks Not Given Enough Attention

Skype use among medical professionals isn’t high, but enough do that proper attention should be paid toward making sure these phone calls are HIPAA-compliant. There are quite a few risks associated with Skype-calling, and this post discusses why providers should be concerned, and poses some ideas on how to lessen these risks.

Key Radiology Takeaways from RSNA

CIO Janakan Rajgendran from GNAX Health guest posted at EMR and HIPAA this week. He discussed some of the highlights from RSNA 2012. The theme of the conference was ‘Patients First,’ which was reflected in a lot of the addresses from the conference. This post focuses on several different highlights, such as dosage tracking, image parts of HIE, and RSNA conversation changes.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Expanding HIEs Taking Role As Backbone For Reform Efforts 

HIEs have grown significantly in the past year and continue to do so. Because of this, it appears that they are becoming the “backbone” for reform efforts. HIEs are also playing a big role in health reform-related efforts such as with ACO and Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

Smart Phone Healthcare

Five Essential Apps for Medical Emergencies

There are lots of apps that have been created to help people be prepared in case of an emergency. Here are five that seem to stand out, from first aid tips to emergency information cards. Check out this list and see if you can benefit from any of them.

December 9, 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.

Meaningful EHR Use, Meaningful Use Stage 2, and Robotic Glove – Around HealthCare Scene

EMR and HIPAA

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule: What You Need to Know—At Least For Now

This is a great summary of meaningful use stage 2. It’s a real practical look at what you should expect from meaningful use stage 2.

A Smart Approach to Medicine and Social Media

Dealing with patients via the Internet and social media may seem daunting. When should it be done, and what limits should be maintained? Katherine Rourke takes ideas from an article about handling social media communication with patients, written by Dr. Vartabedian, and contributes her thoughts as well.

10 Ways to Meaningful EHR Use for Doctors

With the frustration that sometimes comes with implementing an EHR, some doctors may just want to give up. However, beyond that initial frustration, it can be very helpful is the creators keep a few things in mind. This post contains a list of 10 ways developers can do this, created by Rob Lamberts, MD. It includes ideas like allowing e-prescription for all controlled drugs, and requiring all visits to have a simple summary.

ACOs

A number of really interesting ACO stats. Plus, there’s a great look at who will be driving the ACO. Will it be the payers, physicians or hospitals? This is a challenging question and the battle between the various stakeholders is on.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Hospitals Adjusting to Meaningful Use Stage 2 Rules

With all the complaints that came with MU Stage 1, there was bound to be many with the release of MU Stage 2 rules. Unfortunately, it is something that cannot really be avoided, just adjusted to. The HIE requirements do, surprisingly, seem to be light. Anne Zieger talks about how hospitals are adjusting, and some thoughts on the recently released rules.

Smart Phone Health Care

Robotic Glove That Diagnoses Illnesses: Coming To A Doctor’s Office Near You – #HITsm Chat Discovery

A new invention may create less visits to the doctor’s office. Created by two engineers and a med student at Harvard, the robotic glove supposedly can detect many different illnesses, such as breast cancer or enlarged lymph nodes. It has not been released yet, but it hopefully will eventually reach it’s way to consumers.

Laser Developed to Detect a Person’s Vegetable Intake – #HITsm Chat Discovery

It won’t be hard for doctors to detect a person’s diet soon. A laser has been developed which measures the level of carotenoids present in a person body. The fiber optic probe is placed on a person’s hand, and within seconds, and accurate reading is available. There are many possibilities that arise with this invention – to aiding in studies, to determining whether a person’s diet is contributing to their health problems.

September 2, 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.

EHSD, Computing In Front of Patients, EMR Workflow, and more – This Week in HealthCare Scene

Didn’t have a chance to read everything that other HealthCareScene.com websites had to offer this week? Here is a round-up of some of the best articles this week

EMR and HIPAA

EHSD – EHR Hunt Stress Disorder

Are you “worn out, drug out, and generally pooped” about the search for the perfect EMR? If so, the diagnosis might be what Dr. Gregg describes as EHSD — the EHR Hunt Stress Disorder. Sometimes it is hard to know which EHR company to go with, with over 600 out there. Knowing how to narrow the options down quickly might make the decision a little bit easier, and EHSD less severe.

The Happy EMR Doctor

Readers Speak About Computing in Front of Patients

Should not only use, but discuss, EMR in front of patients? Dr. Michael West recently wrote about computing in front of patients. Readers responded about their thoughts on it and hardly any had negative feelings. In this post, Dr. West responds to the comments readers left and how he feels that EMR is here to stay.

Wired EMR Doctor

EMR Workflow Continues to Evolve

Over the last seven years, Dr. Michael Koriwchak has implemented electronic medical records into his practice. While there has been some trial-and-error involved, the skills his staff and him have concerning EMR continually become more fine-tuned. Dr. Koriwchak talks about two different types of workflow, and which one he prefers. He reflects on how the combination of “successful web portal with a sophisticated workflow engine operated by staff” allows a practice to use EMR even more efficiently.

Smartphone Healthcare

New Friend Request . . . From the Family Doctor? 

Social Media is becoming more and more popular, so doctors and hospitals everywhere are jumping on the bandwagon. Would you follow your doctor on Twitter or Facebook, or is that crossing the line for a patient-doctor relationship? The pros and cons of the growing trend for medical professionals going virtual are discussed.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Issues to Consider When Offering Hospital-Subsidized EMRS

Hospitals have started offering subsidized EMRs recently to physicians. While these might be tempting to accept, a physician must be careful about the conditions on which the EMR is accepted. Before accepting a hospital-EMR deal, be sure to read this list of questions to ask the hospital offering it.

EHR and EMR Videos

Smoking Cessation With the Waiting Room Solutions EMR System

There are quite a few preventative measurements required for EHR Incentive Meaningful Use and CQM Compliance. A video from Waiting Room Solutions provides a “how-to” video on how to use the Web-based EMR system for Smoking Cessation.

May 13, 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.

Critical Access Hospital EMR & EHR Market Series on Hospital EMR and EHR

For those of you that work in the Hospital EMR and EHR market or have an interest in hospital healthcare IT, you should go over right now and make sure you’re subscribed to our sister site: Hospital EMR and EHR. The content that’s being created on that site is phenomenal.

For example, Chris O’Neal from KATALUS Advisors just finished a series of posts covering the Critical Access Hospital EMR & EHR market. Here are the posts from the series:
How Big is the Health IT Market for Critical Access Hospitals?
Pressures on Critical Access Hospitals – IT Budgets, Competition and IT Talent Retention
What Are the Health IT Trends Working in Favor of Small Hospitals?
Which Health IT and EHR Vendors Should Critical Access Hospitals Consider?

I’ve got another post titled The Argument for Meditech on the way as well. I’ve really enjoyed working with Chris and KATALUS Advisors on these posts and I believe we’ll have even more great Hospital EMR and EHR content from them in the future.

Plus, many of you probably remember many of the great posts here on EMR and EHR by Katherine Rourke. She has such a love for hospitals, that Katherine’s now posting on Hospital EMR & EHR. You can find all of her posts here.

October 11, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Does an EMR Improve Patient Care?

Everyone probably realizes by now that I love to read first hand experiences with EMR and EHR. I guess I’ve always loved stories and I’ve always loved to tell stories, so maybe that’s where that comes from. I guess this is why I loved Katherine Rourke’s post called “Would An EMR Have Improved My Son’s ED Care?” on the Hospital EMR and EHR website. It’s a great read if you love first hand experiences with EMR as I do.

Katherine does raise a challenging question, “Does an EMR improve patient care?”

In past presentations, I’ve always put the idea of an EMR improving patient care under the “possible EHR benefits.” (See a full list of EMR and EHR Benefits) As many things in life there’s a big “Depends!” that is the b est answer to that question. The answer to this question depends on what kind of care you were offering previously, the type of care you offer, the EMR you chose, the features you chose to employ in that EMR, the match between your workflow and the EMR workflow, and I’m sure another dozen other depends as well.

What’s more important to point out is that an EMR can improve patient care. I certainly can’t guarantee that an EMR will improve patient care in your clinic, but I’ve seen many cases where it has improved patient care and so I know it’s possible. The biggest determining factor in whether an EMR will improve patient care in your clinic is your desire to have it do so.

Many times in life, you get what you want. Do you want an EMR to improve your patient care? Or were you too focused on wanting to get the EHR Incentive money? Not that these and other benefits are mutually exclusive, but the focus of your EHR implementation matters a lot. Make sure you’re focused on the right things and your EMR selection and implementation will go 100 times better. In fact, it will even improve patient care if you want it to.

September 16, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.