Posts Tagged ‘Health Care IT’

What is the Golden Rule of Health IT?

December 10, 2008

The post on ZDNet calls for healthcare standards to improve adoption in health IT. One argument is that “vendors lose control of customers when they adhere to standards. This makes them reluctant to adopt standards” and therefore oppose standards or at least drag their feet. He also argues that “Hospitals and insurers gain bottom line benefits, while doctors do not.”

But the most important statement is “So long as hospital computing systems remain proprietary islands of
information, with proprietary drivers and minimum interoperability, the big winners here are going to be vendors, no one else.”

So what is the golden rule: build for standardization and interoperability or “He who has the gold must make the rules.”

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Best method to rate Wired Hospitals

July 22, 2008

What is the best method to rate how wired or wireless a hospital is. There has been some criticism of reports about Most Wired. Some “might mistakenly believe that the simple installation of healthcare IT would lift quality in a hospital.”While the most wired competition has some discrete standards, not all hospitals participate and some major players are missing. But is a good opportunity for some hospitals to show major improvements. HIMSS Analytics has an alternative: The EMR Adoption model which is an 8 stage model including benchmarks such as CPOE and closed loop medication administration. Neither model is perfect, each have their own value.

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Today’s Healthcare CIO – C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA

July 2, 2008

Dr. Harris is on the cover of Health Management Technology, the July Issue. The article is an interview on being a CIO in a health care organization. Who better to explain the role that someone leading a key organization into the future of EMRs, PHRs (including a Google Health partnership), eResearch, and online consults. Certainly a leader and an innovator.

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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Published

June 4, 2008

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Healthcare  Technology has issued  their strategic plan for  2008-2012.  Subtitled “Using the Power of Information Technology to Transform Health and Care”, the report details plans in the areas of privacy and security, interoperability, adoption, and collaborative governance. It includes goals the areas of patient-focused healthcare and population health.

The measures of success are clearly spelled out:

  • Health IT becomes common and expected in health care delivery nationwide for all communities, including those caring for underserved or disadvantaged populations;
  • Your health information is available to you and those caring for you so that you receive safe, high quality, and efficient care;
  • You will be able to use information to better determine what choices are right for you with respect to your health and care; and
  • You trust your health information can be used, in a secure environment, without compromising your privacy, to assess and improve the health in your community, measure and make available the quality of care being provided, and support advances in medical knowledge through research.

This is one of the best strategy statements I have seen. The obvious question is: will congress and a new president pay sufficient attention to it and fund it appropriately so that Health IT can be transformative?

I recommend reading the synopsis if your time is limited.

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Future of Medical Imaging: Podcast & Video

January 15, 2008

Mayo Clinic and IBM are teaming up in a new center for medical imaging. A video and podcast are available here on the Healthnex blog. More information is available in the IBM Press Room including  a white paper (“Real-Time Mutual-Information-Based Linear Registration on the Cell Broadband Engine Processor”) and PowerPoint presentations.
What is the future of medical imaging? With lower cost storage, more robust networks in hospitals and faster processors, many of the previous barriers are being broken down. This is confirmed by the growth of remote radiology. But the Mayo Clinic/IBM initiative demonstrates an innovation at another level with future real-time imaging which may benefit transplant or interoperative interventions.

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Healthcare Senario Planning

August 30, 2007

Found an blog focused on Healthcare IT with this unique title for two posts. It looks at the exponential and disruptive growth of health care information on the internet and how it is a trusted source for most consumers. He also points to this Senario Thinking portal with much broader ideas than healthcare. Looks like senario thinking can be compared to futurist thinking but on a shorter time horizon.

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Healthcare 100

August 2, 2007

Made in into the top 200 blogs on this list. 184 – in the honorable mention category. A growing list of blogs.

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