BYO…EHR

Here’s a little something to infest your daydreaming mind with:  What if physicians were allowed to bring their own EHRs to work?  I’m not talking about bringing two tons of Epic or Allscripts wherever you go, but something light that simply allows them to document and communicate with other people and systems as needed.  Physicians … Continue reading

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The Era of Legacy EHR Migration? Doubtful.

Legacy EHR: Any EHR that is not internet-dependent.   How many times have we heard that the HIT market is shifting away from “Legacy” systems and towards web and cloud-based products over the past few years?  Quite often, right?  Hospital systems flaunt how they are migrating away from their legacy systems, and numerous vendors will … Continue reading

The Traveling Consultant: Airline Fatigue

A big part of doing what I do is traveling by air to the various locations of my clients. Much could be said about working remotely in this kind of industry and whether there is a need for an EHR consultant to actually travel weekly, but my clients apparently like seeing my face, so I … Continue reading

Conducting Time Studies In Physician Practices

A few weeks back I was listening in on a conversation that an EHR implementation team was having.  They wanted to figure out what tasks or parts of the EHR a nurse was using throughout the day that were causing hangups for her.  I promptly stepped in.  Time Study! A time study is a log … Continue reading

Using The Jawbone UP To Change Habits

I have been using the Jawbone UP since November 27, 2011.  Originally, I suppose it was to satiate my prominently displayed geek factor.  I was collecting data on just about everything at that point because I was convinced that answers could be found just by analyzing vast amounts of data.  Wearable health and fitness devices … Continue reading

Forget ICD-10. ICD-11 Is Where It’s At

The ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion is already causing a large number of sharply stabbing tension headaches (307.81 or G44.209) throughout the American healthcare landscape and we’ve barely begun to get started with it.  If the delays continue, we may just stay in this state of beginning and never actually get to ending for all of … Continue reading

EHRs: A Habit of Quality Organizations?

If there were awards given out on the amount of delays and procrastination one has when finishing their final master’s project, I think I should get one.  I’m not saying I was the best at it, but at least put me in the top 5%.  Anyway, over the course of the past 9 months I … Continue reading

The Genetics and Intellectual Property Battle Rages On

Today marks another moment in the debate between burgeoning genetics companies trying to establish themselves in a growing industry and the American public, who is really just beginning to understand what genetics actually is. It wasn’t too long ago (2000) that the first genome had actually been mapped by J. Craig Venter’s team at Applera … Continue reading

EHRs and the FDA

File this under your definition of irony:  an iPhone app that turns your phone into a breathalizer with the addition of a small accessory can’t get on the market without FDA approval while the software that medical professionals rely on everyday to check interactions between medications and communicate patient medical information barely has to make … Continue reading

Big Data: A Warning

You’ve heard of Big Data, right?  The coming Goliath that will be the savior of everything and has a significant chance of blowing your mind?  If you work at a healthcare organization or perhaps just run a blog about HIT you’ve probably already gotten calls and e-mails about how this new version of analytics will change … Continue reading