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

Meditech Customers, Restart Your Servers

Recently, I was reading an article about how sleep may have similar effects on our brains as a restart does for a computer.  In a sense, it cleans out the cache of junk that builds up throughout the day.  If the theory holds true, it could explain why we can think more clearly after a … Continue reading

Doctors, Lay Down Your Egos

If you’ve been paying attention to the healthcare news lately you might have heard that the genetics testing company 23andme has put a halt to their testing at the request of the FDA.  The official reasoning?  The FDA feels they “still do not have any assurance that the firm has analytically or clinically validated the … Continue reading

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

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

Improving the LSS Data System Upgrade Experience

A couple weeks ago one of my clients upgraded their LSS Data Systems software from 6.07 to 6.08.  I am happy to report that on Go Live day the code move went faster than expected (although the Meditech side of things had some hiccups which caused delay) and the issues resulting once users were back … 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