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Digital Health Conference Early Bird Rates End Friday 9/19

Posted on September 17, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Ever since the first Digital Health Conference in New York City, I’ve partnered with the event. I didn’t know what I was really getting into when I first started working with them, but each year I’ve been impressed with the event they’ve created. It really does bring together some of the best healthcare people in New York State and now a growing national audience as well.
NYeC - Digital Health Conference
As a partner to the conference, you can get a 20% discount off your registration if you use the code: HCS.

I’m excited this year that they’re returning to the beautiful Pier Sixty venue. It’s right on the water which provides for some really amazing lunch breaks. They always bring in a couple big name keynotes and this year is no different with Eric Topol, MD and Ezekiel Emanuel, MD this year.

The early bird registration deadline ends on 9/19/14, so register now before the price to attend goes up. I’ll be at the event as well, so I hope to see many of you there. If you can’t make it, maybe you can catch me at one of the other Health IT conferences I plan to attend.

NY Patient Portal Prototypes and Voting

Posted on April 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The NYeC has put together a patient portal design challenge to provide the best patient portal for New Yorkers. It’s a pretty cool challenge and they have 14 prototypes that are participating in the current voting. I’ve copied an email that contains more info on the challenge and the voting, but I thought it was a pretty cool thing to be able to see a number of different companies approaches to a patient portal. I wonder if some EMR companies will hire the portal designers directly.

As you may know, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is building the Patient Portal for New Yorkers—a statewide website where New Yorkers will be able to securely access their healthcare records.

To create the most user-friendly portal design possible, NYeC hosted a design challenge earlier this year, calling on designers and developers to submit prototypes of what the portal should look like. Now they’re are asking the public to vote on the designs!

And now they want to hear from you—help shape the future of healthcare in New York State byvoting today.

After the public voting period ends on April 23rd, the top 10 finalists will be invited to demonstrate their prototypes to a panel of judges and a larger audience at 2 events: April 30th in New York City and May 2nd in Buffalo. You are invited to attend. As a result of these events, first, second, and third place will be awarded, concluding the design challenge.

To learn more about portal, vote, and to register, visit: http://PatientPortalforNewYorkers.org/

Motivating Factors for Doctors and Hospitals to Participate in HIE

Posted on November 26, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

While attending the Digital Health Conference in New York, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Paul Wilder, Director of Product Marketing and Adoption for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). I was really impressed by Paul’s understanding of the benefits and challenges of an HIE. He knows them first hand with NYeC’s SHIN-NY project which is connecting all of the various HIE’s and RHIO’s in New York.

I pulled out my camera and asked Paul to talk about the motivating factors for doctors and hospitals to participate in an HIE. I think you’ll enjoy Paul’s answer in the video below. He brings up some ideas related to HIE that I hadn’t heard articulated that way before.

National eHealth Collaborative Survey Results

Posted on November 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.

The results of a survey given to 450 members of the National eHealth Collaborative on July 16th were released. The goal of the survey was to “build an understanding of consumer engagement strategies currently underway and planned for the future,” according to a press release. There were many interesting findings from this survey. The primary goals for consumer engagement with health IT included the following:

  • 68% – improve health outcomes
  • 66% – deliver information to patients
  • 59% – enable consumers to take more responsibility for their health
  • 59% – reduce healthcare costs
  • 57% – improve consumers’ experience in interacting with our organization

Along the same lines, those surveyed were asked what their definition of consumer engagement was. There were quite a few answers, but the top three were:

  • Patient uses electronic educational material or online resources to learn about better health or their own health conditions (74%)
  • Patient refills prescriptions or accesses lab results or other personal health data online (72%)
  • Patient engages with provider through electronic means (e.g. telemedicine) (71%)

Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC, commented on the survey:

Effectively leveraging health IT to engage with patients and consumers will lead to better healthcare outcomes. Our surveyshows that a majority of organizations believe in the strategic importance of consumer engagement yet their strategies are understandably nascent. NeHC’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth and HIE Learning Network can serve as forums for sharing consumer engagement lessons learned to help accelerate progress.

The complete results of the survey can be found here.

Highlights From Dr. David J. Brailer at 2012 NYeC Digital Health Conference

Posted on October 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.

While not everyone can make it to the NYeC 2012 Digital Health Conference, John is making sure everyone can enjoy parts of the conference from home. Dr. David J. Brailer, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and current Chairman of Health Evolution Partners, is a keynote speaker at this week’s conference, and spoke today on HIT.

Throughout the presentation, John live tweeted some highlights, as well as his own thoughts. Here are some of his tweets — if you want to see more, be sure to follow @EHRandHIT on Twitter.

If you present at the conference, what were some favorite insights from Dr. Brailer?

10 Reasons to Attend the Digital Health Conference in New York City

Posted on October 5, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Many of you might have read my post about the Digital Health Conference in New York City which is put on by the NYeC. It’s looking like it will be another great conference this year for those of us in the health IT & EHR world.

Turns out their marketing people are pretty creative as well. They just sent me 10 reasons to attend their health IT and EHR conference. I thought it was a great list and not just because I’m included in number 7.

1. The “Father of the U.S. health IT movement,” Dr. David Brailer and the enthralling Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner will keynote the event.

2. Unveiling of the inaugural class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator, a $4.2 million program run by the New York eHealth Collaborative and the New York City Investment Fund for early- and growth-stage digital health companies.

3. NYeC’s Gala & Awards show hosted by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, honoring GE’s Chairman & CEO, Jeff Immelt and IBM’s Chairman Sam Palmisano.

4. A peer-driven educational program featuring 18 thought-provoking lectures, panels and interactive presentations.

5. IBM’s Watson featuring IBM’s Chief Medical Scientist, Dr. Martin Kohn and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s VP & CIO Patricia Skarulis

6. The opportunity to network and increase your visibility with over 700 senior-level health IT professionals

7. Social Media Panel featuring Brian Ahier (@ahier), John Lynn (@techguy), Wen Dombrowski (@HealthcareWen) and Amy Dixon (@amyrnbsn).

8. Statewide Health Information Network of NY: HIE Strategy 2.0 led by NYeC Executive Director, Dave Whitlinger

9. Health Tech Innovation & Funding panel featuring StartUp Health’s Co-founder Steven Krein, Health 2.0’s SVP Jean-Luc Neptune, NY City Investment Fund’s CEO Maria Gotsch, and Blueprint Health’s Founding Partner Brad Weinberg, and NYeC’s Director of Business Development, Anuj Desai.

10. All that New York and Chelsea have to offer – take a stroll on the High Line, visit Chelsea’s art galleries, or taste an unrivaled restaurant scene.

I hope many of you can make it to the event. Plus, Monday night we’re holding a tweetup as well.

Great Video Explanation of HIE at Work

Posted on September 14, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I recently saw this great video demonstrating the value of an HIE. In this case it was created by the New York HIE, SHINY. Check out the video embedded below:

What a great video! I’m looking forward to learning even more about SHINY when I attend the Digital Health Conference in New York City next month. It was a great event last year, and this video is emblematic of the professionalism of the NYeC.

I’ve often said that the problem with HIE isn’t that we don’t see value in it. This video is something any regular patient can understand and see the value of a health information exchange. The problem is in making the exchange a reality. Seems like SHINY is making this a reality for New York state with things like the announcement of the largest New York RHIO, Healthix, Inc, joining SHINY.

I applaud the efforts of SHINY and wish that every state had something similar. We will eventually, but it’s going to take some time as we worth through the processes. Scott Joslyn, CIO of MemorialCare Health System, said it well in an interview on EMR and HIPAA:

New policies and regulations need to be put in place at the Federal level for HIE to truly work. Today, providers are reluctant to consider or embrace HIE because of the financial and reputational risks associated with the idea of sharing patient information. Issues of patient consent management, opt-in vs. opt-out, and privacy create both real and imagined barriers. We need to create a legal and regulatory environment that is receptive and supportive of HIE rather than potentially risky and punitive. As an organization, we participate in local, public HIE efforts while we endeavor connect our systems to affiliated providers to safely and securely make available patient information as our physicians and patients currently demand and expect in the current environment. We’re encouraged by the progress and ongoing regional and national dialog with regard to HIE though we do think it will evolve slowly and unpredictably.

Protecting Children from Identity Theft, the Holy Grail of mHealth, and Using PHR to Improve Safety: This Week at HealthCareScene.com

Posted on May 27, 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
The Real Money is in the ACO, Not Meaningful Use
As part of a series of posts that John’s doing about Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) John started an interesting discussion about where the money is in healthcare. We see so many EHR companies and doctors chasing after meaningful use dollars, when the reality could very well be that they’re spending a lot of time and money on something that has a limited and short lived pay out. Instead, many of them should consider focusing on the rapidly changing ACO environment since it will likely have long range and a dramatic impact on their financial future.

EHR Technical Breaches, Great Human and Computer Collaborations, and EMR in India
The number of people tweeting about EMR and health care IT is on the upswing. John posts about some of his most interesting finds in the health care twittersphere this past week. He adds his own commentary on the topics as well, such as disagreeing that the use of Cloud will increase security breaches and agreeing that EMRs should be on the “Six Great Human and Computer Collaborations” list.

EMR AND EHR
Veriphyr HIT Gives Littlest Victims of Patient Identity Theft a Fighting Chance
Adults aren’t the only ones that are susceptible to identity theft; children are some of the biggest targets these days. A recent study revealed that 10% of 40,000 children become victims. Veriphyr HIT recently donated a patient privacy breach detection system to a Minnesota hospital, and Jennifer Dennard decided to follow up on the motives behind this. Alan Norquist, CEO of Veriphyr, discussed with her his feelings on why there have been many hospital breaches recently, the time frame for the donation, and more.

Smart Phone Health Care 
Behavior Change May Be the Holy Grail of mHealth, but Should it Be?
Recently, an article was written by Sara Jackson titled mHealth’s Holy Grail: Behavior change. Over at Smart Phone HC this week, David discusses his thoughts on the article. According to David, he believes that the “human element” that is integrated into many apps today really needs to be human and that the best apps encourage behavior change after the use of the app is discontinued. Can the lack of human interaction with certain apps just make some issues worse? Express your thoughts on the matter over at Smart Phone HC.

EMR and EHR Videos
Nuesoft Podcast Series; Medical Practice Design: Meeting Practical Needs While Improving Patient Comfort
Jeffrey K. Griffin is a LEED certified architect that specializes in health care facilities. In this video he talks about different qualities that should be considered when designing (or in some cases, re-designing) a patient care facility. Topics such as sustainability, current trends in products and features, and what to avoid during this process are discussed.

EMR Thoughts
New York eHealth Collaborative Opens Application for Accelerator Program
The NYeC applications are now available for its accelerator program, New York Digital Health Accelerator. Companies that are selected for this program will receive up to $300,000 and have access to technology experts, NYeC-led EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, and more. Check out this post on EMR thoughts for more information; the deadline to apply is coming up on June 1st.

Hospital EMR and EHR
Using PHR To Correct Provider Drug Lists Can Improve Safety
Medication list discrepancies is a problem to occurs more often than it should. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that when a patient reviewed their medication list through a linked PHR, the likelihood of unexplained errors dropped significantly. This raises the question of if patients should be shown their information located in their provider’s EMR. Also, would enough patients be willing to review PHR information? The discussion on this topic is over at Hospital EMR and EHR this week.

New York eHealth Collaborative Opens Application for Accelerator Program

Posted on May 24, 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.

As mentioned in a post on EMR Thoughts,  the New York eHealth Collaborative recently launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator. This program is for “early- and growth-stage digital health companies that are developing cutting edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers.”

The application for this program is now open, though the deadline is quickly approaching on June 1st. After the deadline, a committee will review the applications and select up to twelve companies to participate based on different expectations such as product innovation, management’s track record, and company stage.

The companies that are selected will receive up to $300,000 throughout the course of the program. According to the NYDHA website, participants who are selected will also receive the following:

  • Access to clinical and technology feedback from the participating provider organizations.
  • Technology experts to help customize and integrate product to the statewide network that integrates all of the EHR data across the state.
  • Participating in a leadership program in which you will be able to interact with a network of healthcare leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Access to the NYeC-led EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup network of providers, states, and vendors from across the country.

This program is being sponsored by many different providers and investors. A full list can be found here.

Companies all around the country can apply as long as they meet the requirements. Companies that should not apply include pharmaceutical, biotech, surgical medical device, and diagnostics companies. Frequently asked questions are available concerning a variety of topics relating to the application and the program.

There was a information and networking event held on May 10th concerning the accelerator program and it was streamed live. It has been posted here for those who missed it.

For companies that are interested, the application is available here. Be sure to turn it in by June 1st, and finalist interviews will be held on July 19th and 20th in New York City. The program will officially begin on September 10th.

Healthcare Incubation Growing – NYC Launches Healthcare Accellerator and Healthbox Expanding

Posted on May 7, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I must admit that it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the Healthcare IT Accelerators, Healthcare IT Incubators, Healthcare IT that are going up all over the place. The interest in investment and incubation of healthcare IT companies is huge right now. It’s an exciting time for those of us in the Healthcare IT space and an even more exciting time to be a healthcare entrepreneur.

Two recent announcements that caught my eye were the following.

NYeC Launches the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) – You can read the full release, but it’s a $4.2 Million program to accelerate the creation of digital health technology companies in New York City. It’s an interesting collaboration of the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) joined the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH).

I think the thing that sets apart the NYDHA (that’s a long name even abbreviated) is the $300,000 each company gets along with the 18 healthcare providers that have agreed to participate in the program. We’ll see how well NYDHA can execute on this relationship since I believe it’s key. A healthcare IT accelerator program could provide nothing more valuable than actual customers for these healthcare IT products.

I also just saw that on May 10th the New York Digital Health Accelerator program is putting on an information and networking event. It says they’ll be streaming the event live. Looks like a great group of speakers and shows the depth of their connections.

Healthbox Launches Boston Healthcare Startup Accelerator – Healthbox launched its first program in Chicago. I think it’s a smart move for them to go to Boston (or Cambridge if you prefer) since it is a hotbed for healthcare IT. They’re offering $50,000 in seed capital for the 3 month program that will go from August to November.