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

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Moneyball for Healthcare

Last week I finally ended up watching the movie Moneyball, the 2011 movie detailing the pioneering efforts of Oakland A’s GM, Billy Beane’s to use Big Data to assemble a comparatively low cost, but winning team in professional baseball.  I know I’m clearly 4 years off from any fresh discussion of the movie so don’t … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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