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

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

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

Bidding The Hierarchical Database Adieu

Jeff Atwood over at the Stack Exchange recently posted his thoughts on the differences between Flat or Threaded style web discussion forums. To save you the trouble of clicking, a flat discussion thread would be one where the comments are linear, a threaded style would be where they are nested, or hierarchical.  How is this … Continue reading

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule Word Cloud

If you remember, back in the day I created a word cloud of the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 1 rule.  The obvious implications of that visualization were that the government really wanted to dangle lots of money in front of healthcare organizations in order to use EHRs.  Yet, despite initially touting the benefits to the … Continue reading

Help The Electronic Health Records. They Are Being Abused!

At this point I think I may revert back to the old-fashioned term of Electronic MEDICAL Records because suddenly they’ve gone from saviors of the healthcare industry to tools of the money-grubbing doctors…at least according to some.  That and we’ve realized that they help the medical community more than they improve the health of people. … Continue reading

Decide On This

A fundamental factor in understanding Information Theory is that a signal, regardless of noise, will degrade over time and distance.  Those of us in healthcare are starting to feel that a person’s mental capacity also degrades the more time and clicks they spend on an EHR.   There are people who really hate working with EHRs.  … 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