Climate Scientists Are Scrambling to Protect Their Data, Should Public Health Researchers Be Doing The Same?

**UPDATE BELOW** The scientific community has generally been appalled with the various statements/actions/threats/tweets/insinuations/insults coming out of the Trump administration.  This isn’t meant to be a political statement, this is just based on the scientific community’s response to having their life’s work questioned by a small group of people that don’t know anything about what they … Continue reading

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HIT Wades Into The Election Cycle, However Briefly

Last at at NBC’s Commander in Chief Forum, HIT made a brief and fleeting appearance in a response by Hillary Clinton to a question relating to veterans’ satisfaction with the VA.  Donald Trump was not asked the question because the candidates were only asked questions up to the level of difficulty that reflects their aptitude.  … Continue reading

The Big Black Hole of HIT in American Politics

Healthcare is always a prominent topic in the American political election cycle and this current one is proving to be no different.  Yet, throughout all of the blustering about saving lives and curing diseases, what most politicians usually hone in on is health insurance and understandably so.  Health insurance is the medium through which most … Continue reading

Meditech Makes Meaningful Use More Masochistic

If we’re being honest, and I know we all are because this is the internet, we all have come to terms with the fact that Meaningful Use is one big heavy sigh of frustration.  Healthcare organizations are spending significantly more dollars than what the incentive amounts to and the only silver lining is that the … Continue reading

Healthcare Isn’t Being Disrupted…Yet.

[dis-ruhpt] verb:  1. To cause disorder or turmoil in.  2. To destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; to interrupt.  3. To break apart. I know a lot of us in the Healthcare IT industry are used to filtering out buzzwords to evaluate whether something actually has value or not.  Take this buzzword heavy … Continue reading

The Barriers To Sharing Digitial Medical Records Come From Hospitals Too

As you may have heard, the NY Times recently published an article lambasting EHR vendors (Epic in particular) for creating barriers to share patient medical records in a digital fashion (or EHR interoperability as those of us in the industry call it).  This is somewhat of an about-face for the Times on their opinion of the … Continue reading

Why Apple Isn’t Entering The Healthcare Market

The internet was abuzz yesterday as Apple unveiled it’s new iPhones as well as the highly anticipated Apple Watch.  Prominently cited during the Apple Watch presentation was the new Apple HealthKit that made its public debut a few months ago.  I’ve found the healthcare community divided as to the “Cool Factor” of Apple’s Healthkit and … Continue reading

New Survey Reveals EHRs Just Don’t Care About Patient Care

Minneapolis, MN|Aug. 27 For the past 3 years, healthcare systems across the U.S. have seen a surge in the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) primarily caused by a government incentive program called the HITECH Act, which is commonly referred to as “Meaningful Use”. However, there has also been a concurrent rise in the level … 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