Apple’s ResearchKit Can Significantly Increase Study Sample Sizes

Admittedly, I’m probably an Apple Fan, but I can’t seem to care about the new Apple Watch.  If I could go full Dick Tracy and replace my phone with a watch, I might care, but until then my wrist will remain unburdened.  Yesterday’s Apple Event where the Apple Watch had a release date set was … Continue reading

The 2014 KLAS Rankings Are In And Meditech Is…

The 2014 KLAS rankings are in  and whether you put much stock in them or not, it seems to be the only measure people use when slicing out which EHR is better or worse than another.  While Epic, Cerner, and Athenahealth all predictably have multiple mentions for various categories, Meditech did snag one spot on … Continue reading

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

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

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

The End of Meditech?

Meditech has not been faring well in the news as of late.  One of its larger clients that make up a good portion of Meditech’s HIMSS Stage 7 clients just announced they will be moving to Epic.  LSS Data Systems, still fresh off its full acquisition by Meditech has been targeted in an inaccurate financial … Continue reading