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Meaningful Use, HIMSS, and mHealth Updates – Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on March 17, 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.

Meaningful Use standards prove to be a headache time and time again. For small hospitals, doing their best to implement an EHR and then meet standards may not be enough. And the consequences can be dire — they may not receive their incentive money, and are left worse off than before they purchased the EHR.

And with the recent sequestration, will Meaningful Use incentives be slashed? An editorial by Tom Sullivan discusses the possibility, and talks with Scott Lundstrom, group vice president of consultancy at IDC’s Health Insight Unit. Lundstrom suggests some reason to worry. Anne Zieger analyzes the editorial and chimes in her thoughts about how health IT may have something to worry about soon.

Because HIMSS 13 just finished, there were a few posts about some of the information from the conference here at Healthcare Scene. Mandi Bishop attended and gives an overview of her experience over at EMR and HIPAA. She compares it to the Wizard of Oz, and discovering that the main behind the curtain is simply that.

At another conference, SXSW, John was able to meetup with one of his hospital colleagues, and showed that you may run into anyone at a conference. They can be great networking opportunities, and being able to meet with others allows you to find out about different products and services.

In the smartphone and tablet world, here’s an app you’ll want to download. One way to be healthier is limiting one’s sodium intake. The Mayo Clinic  revealed that while the average person should not have more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day, most Americans get around 3,400 mg. Sodium 101 was created to help people make smarter choices, and understand the amount of sodium they are getting each day. Excess sodium can lead to weight loss and a host of other problems, including many auto immune diseases, so this is an important topic.

On the subject of weight loss, a recent study has found that financial incentives inspire weight loss. The participants in the incentive groups were given a sum of money for meeting their health goals, but also were required to pay a certain sum to a pool that participants were entered to win in the end.

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

Posted on 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.

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.

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

Posted on 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.

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.

Healthcare Regulations, EMR Overbilling, and Bandu: Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on November 11, 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.

This weeks roundup is actually a compilation of posts from the past two weeks, because I wasn’t able to get last weeks done. Enjoy!

EMR and HIPAA

Dating EHR vs Marriage

It may seem like an interesting analogy, but what is the difference between “dating” and EHR, and settling down a “marrying” one. This post has some interesting thoughts on the matter, including the idea, “You may treat me great when we’re “EHR Dating”, but how are you going to treat me once we’re married?”

Keeping Up with Healthcare Regulations

Many physicians have the same complaint — it’s hard to keep up with healthcare regulations. A new program called HCPro Comply, has basically answers and suggestions to every question, all bundled into one place. It also has an “Ask an Expert” section, for those who may need a little more help or clarification.

 Hospital EMR and EHR

Gap Between Small/Rural and Large/Urban Hospitals Closing

Most of the time, it is said that small and rural hospitals are lagging behind in the adoption of EMR. However, Modern Healthcare suggests otherwise. CPSI, a vendor that typically is for smaller hospitals, is shown to be the vendor for 19 percent of the hospitals that have totally integrated EMRs, which is much larger than some of the larger EMR companies. While there is still a long road ahead for smaller hospitals and EMRs, it’s encouraging to see numbers like this.

EMR Overbilling Investigations Sling Mud At Meaningful Use Program 

There recently were allegations in the New York Times, accusing overbilling and upcoding of increasing since the rise of EMR. Whether these allegations were warranted or not, the ONC has taken action, and a study is being conducted to see if providers use EMRs to upcode billing. This is just another issue for providers to worry about as they implement EMRs.

Smart Phone Healthcare

Five Medical Apps Every Parent Should Have

For the first time parent, or the seasoned one, there’s several apps that have been created to help manage a child’s health. These apps range from sleep trackers, to symptom checkers, to an electronic medical ID card. While not every parent will find each one helpful, there’s sure to be at least one for everyone.

Bandu: Can Monitoring Your Stress Levels Help Lower Them? 

In a world where it seems everyone is constantly on the go, stress levels are likely to be higher than ever. However, a company is working toward helping people control their stress. Neumitra created a wearable device that monitors stress levels and identifies locations or situations where stress may be a little to high. It helps people recognize when they need to try and de-stress a little, and have a healthier, happier life.

Meaningful Health IT News

My First Portal Experience

Although he has been writing about Health IT for years, Neil Versel has never actually used one for his own personal benefit. However, he recently had the opportunity to when he received an email about some changes that were made. In this post, he talks about what it was like, what was available, and his feelings about it.

Happy EMR Doctor

EMRs’ Slippery Slope of Cloning Notes

A problem with EMRs is the temptation to clone notes from one record to another. While not all doctor’s take advantage of the “cut-and-paste” function, some do and rob the system in the process. There are some solutions and they must be considered in order to cut down on those who are taking advantage of it.