We’re Still Waiting For Searchable EHRs

  All Things Considered on NPR had a lovely snippet yesterday entitled Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine.  Admittedly, I rolled my eyes at one of the opening lines:   “…Those [Electronic Medical Records*] are available to professionals and importantly, they’re searchable.” The fact that non-healthcare people, journalists included, think software technology works like … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To All Meditech NPR Consultants

Dearest Meditech NPR Consultants, Whether you come from the halls of consulting firms or Meditech interface vendors, you are my colleagues, my comrades.  It is without question that you undertake some of the most grueling and unappreciated work in all of the Meditech consulting world.  You have been given the most limited toolset and yet … Continue reading

Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Meditech, Take 2: Dealing with SQL.

How many of you have already achieved Stage 2 for Meaningful Use?  Still working on it, huh?  Shooting for 3rd or 4th quarter?  Don’t worry, you aren’t alone.  Most sites I’ve talked to are relying on Iatric, Acmeware, and Medisolv to take care of all of the Meaningful Use reporting for them.  That’s a shame really, … Continue reading

Achieving Meaningful Use Stage 2 With Meditech and LSS

Remember all that hard work you had to do in building those Clinical Reports for the Clinical Quality Measures in Stage 1?  Yeah, you can throw all that work out the window.  New for Stage 2 MU, Meditech and LSS have agreed that the “Best Practice” for sifting through all the data to report on the … Continue reading

Revisiting the Analysis of Diagnoses in Populations

Awhile back (Forever, in internet terms) I wrote a post about how an analysis of the co-occurrence of diagnoses in a patient population.  While it looked pretty cool, I had always been leery as to the statistical significance that the particular type of analysis I ran (Multidimensional scaling) had for some of the less frequent … Continue reading

The Future Of Big Data In Healthcare Delivery

Last night I attended a Minnesota HIMSS event reviewing the Quality Measures for Meaningful Use Stage 2.  Much of the content matter was review for those of us who are well entrenched in executing Meaningful Use requirements, but it was a good overview of some of the more technical aspects of how the quality measures … Continue reading

Achieving Meaningful Use With LSS and MEDITECH

A long while back I reported about how to potentially get all of the Meaningful Use objectives out of LSS before Stage 1 was final and before LSS had even taken its first stab at helping their customers out.  Now that the criteria is set for Stage 1 and Stage 2, and LSS has come up with … Continue reading

Meaningful Use Attestations Show the Rich Get Richer

Originally posted on HISTalk Practice. Meaningful Use charts and graphs are a dime a dozen these days and as much as I’d like to add another bar or delicious pie chart to the mix, I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I have no reservations about creating maps from the data though!  For the … Continue reading

LSS/MEDITECH Meaningful Use Checklist

For those of you looking for a good way to manage your LSS/MEDITECH MPM Meaningful Use setup and tracking, here is a spreadsheet with checklist that should do the trick.  Loosely based on the LSS provided spreadsheet until I discovered theirs was left out a few things and didn’t have the best concept.  This will … Continue reading

Meaningful Use November 2011 Attestation Report

The CMS has released their Meaningful Use November 2011 Report for the masses to review.  I have gone ahead and loaded the data into IBM’s wonderful Many Eyes site so you can play around with the data too.  No big surprises have come out of this data.  Epic is the heavyweight and is pulling in … Continue reading