Q1 2022 – The Entrepreneurial Digital Health Financing Boom Chills

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US digital health company investment financing experienced a dip in Q1 of 2022, dropping to $6 billion from the $6.7 billion invested in Q1 2021. In addition, the average size of each investment deal dropped from $46 million last year to just shy of $33 million. These declines come after a boom in investments in recent years. The Rock Health Digital health securities index also reflected this year’s trend, including special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) listings.

According to Phil Taylor of PharmaPhorum, “SPACs have been a popular route to public listing for digital health as well as many other sectors, but the deals have underperformed, with steep declines in share prices after they closed that has “exerted downwards pressure” on the Rock Health Digital Health Index (RHDHI).”

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REPORT: Digital Health Technology

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Digital Health Tech Report – 5 Key Findings

 •  48% of hospitals don’t have a strong digital health strategy.
 •  90% believe a strong digital health strategy is critical to improving outcomes, increasing productivity, and enhancing clinician satisfaction.
 •  55% receive more than 11 vendor calls and emails from digital health solution vendors per week.
 •  95% say it’s challenging to narrow down the list of digital health solutions to evaluate.
 •  25% are “very confident” that, after selecting a new digital health solution, it’s truly the best one for their unique needs.

Source: Panda Health, April 2022

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HEALTH TECH: Technology Giants?

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  • Google in healthcare: The search giant has repeatedly successfully transferred its in-depth knowledge of algorithms in the field of medicine, particularly since it acquired DeepMind.
  • Apple in healthcare: Apple will keep on working on expanding the health features of its devices, Apple Watch and iPhones included.
  • Microsoft in healthcare: Microsoft’s cloud solutions provide integrated capabilities that make it easier to improve the healthcare experience.
  • Amazon in healthcare: Amazon will make further use of its vast knowledge of online shopping trends and behavior and will keep on providing what people need, from medicine to wearables.
  • IBM in healthcare: IBM has a lot to offer in federated learning, blockchain, and quantum computing
  • Nvidia in healthcare: NVIDIA seems incredibly focused on its approach to healthcare. We can expect NVIDIA to be a leader in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare
  • Facebook in healthcare: The Metaverse developed by Facebook/Meta has incredible potential to revolutionize healthcare.

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List of Healthcare IT Trade Associations

Advancing Medical Practice Success with Strategic Relationships

By Staff ReportersHDS

To be efficient in healthcare delivery today, doctors must partner and understand the resources and affiliations that are available to them. Here is a brief list of several healthcare trade associations and leading industry vendors submitted for your review.

AHIMA
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management professionals. AHIMA’s 51,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the health information management profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

EHRA
HIMSS EHRA is a trade association of Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors that addresses national efforts to create interoperable EHRs in hospital and ambulatory care settings. HIMSS EHRA operates on the premise that the rapid, widespread adoption of EHRs will help improve the quality of patient care and the productivity of the healthcare system. The primary mission of the association is to provide a forum for the EHR vendor community relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues that may become the subject of increasing government, insurance and physician association initiatives and requests.

HIMSS
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents approximately 17,000 individual members and some 275 member corporations that employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.

HITSP
The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel serves as a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors for achieving a widely accepted and useful set of standards specifically to enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications, as they will interact in a local, regional, and national health information network for the United States. Comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, the Panel will assist in the development of the U.S. Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) by addressing issues such as privacy and security within a shared healthcare information system. The Panel is sponsored by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in cooperation with strategic partners such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), and Booz Allen Hamilton. Funding for the Panel is being provided via the ONCHIT contract award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HL7
Health Level Seven is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) operating in the healthcare clinical and administrative data arena. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization made up of providers, vendors, payers, consultants, government groups, and others who develop clinical and administrative data standards for healthcare. Health Level Seven develops specifications; the most widely used being a messaging standard that enables disparate healthcare applications to exchange keys sets of clinical and administrative data.

MSHUG
Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) unified with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as part of the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program in October 2003. The unification strengthens the commitment of HIMSS and MS-HUG to better serve their members and the industry through a shared strategic vision to provide leadership and healthcare information technology solutions that improve the delivery of patient care.

WEDI
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange [WEDI’s] goal is to improve the quality of healthcare through effective and efficient information exchange and management. They aim to provide leadership and guidance to the healthcare industry on how to use and leverage the industry’s collective knowledge, expertise, and information resources to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of healthcare.

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Mental Health, Jury Bias, and Judicial Reform, with the Honorable Milton L. Mack Jr.
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The Subjective Theory of Bitcoin

By Michael Accad MD

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In a recent article on the Mises Institute’s Power and Market blog, Kyle Ward appealed to the subjective theory of value to castigate Peter Schiff for his notorious skepticism of Bitcoin:

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Schiff is quick to point out that gold has uses outside of being money. It is used in electronics, dentistry, and jewelry, to name a few…This leads Schiff to claim that bitcoin is unlike gold in that it has no fundamental (or objective) value. His mistake is obvious: there is no such thing as objective value, whether we’re talking about gold or bitcoin. Value is subjective and determined internally by individuals…Yes, gold can be used to build electronics, but that only has value because consumers subjectively value electronics. (emphasis in the original)

I believe Ward errs in how he relates the subjective theory of value to Bitcoin, but his error stems both from an ambiguity in phrases like “objective value” and from an ambivalence in how the founding fathers of Austrian economics themselves considered the relationship between the human agent and the good being valued.

In this article I will argue that the “orthodox” Austrian school position regarding the emergence of sound money from commodities—first proposed by Carl Menger, subsequently developed by Ludwig von Mises, and presumably adopted by Peter Schiff—is the correct one. But I will appeal to a Scholastic notion of the good to defend that view. That notion of the good is also critical to secure the foundation of a sound economic science.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Florida Podiatry Practice Now Accepts Bitcoin 

JAWSPodiatry is now one of the first medical practices in South Florida to accept Bitcoin! Bitcoin, as you know is a virtual currency that has generated a lot of headlines and has been growing in use and acceptance across the country and around the world. It is a distributed, peer-to-peer digital currency that functions without the intermediation of any central authority. 

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Welcome ARPA-H [health]

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Recent advances in biomedical and health sciences—from immunotherapy to treat cancer, to the highly effective COVID-19 vaccines—demonstrate the strengths and successes of the U.S. biomedical enterprise. Such advances present an opportunity to revolutionize how to prevent, treat, and even cure a range of diseases including cancer, infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and many others that together affect a significant number of Americans.

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To improve the U.S. government’s capabilities to speed research that can improve the health of all Americans, President Biden is proposing the establishment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Included in the President’s FY2022 budget as a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a requested funding level of $6.5B available for three years, ARPA-H will be tasked with building high-risk, high-reward capabilities (or platforms) to drive biomedical breakthroughs—ranging from molecular to societal—that would provide transformative solutions for all patients.

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H2 Healthcare Data Breach Report

MCOL Cyber Attacks

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Critical Insight: 2021 with 5 Findings

 •  In 2021, 45 million individuals were affected by healthcare cyber-attacks, up from 34 million in 2020.
 •  The total number of affected increased 32% over 2020, meaning that more records are exposed per breach each year.
 •  Breaches only rose 2.4% from 663 in 2020 to 679 in 2021 but still hit historic highs.
 •  Hacking/IT incidents continue as the most common cause of breaches with an increase of 10% in 2021.
 •  Hacking incidents at outpatient/specialty clinics saw a 41% increase in these types of breaches in 2021.

Source: Critical Insight via Fierce Healthcare, February 1, 2022

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Guide to Telehealth

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Guide to Telehealth – Then, Now, Tomorrow?
By Rebecca Chi

Healthcare providers have employed various forms of telehealth since long before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Telehealth delivers knowledge and expertise to people and places that need it. A movement that largely began as a way to improve access to healthcare in rural communities saw explosive growth in 2020. Today, telehealth is in wide use and here to stay.

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Advancing Value-Based Care Through Telehealth

What is telehealth?
The US Health Resources and Services Administration defines telehealth as any electronic information and telecommunications technology that is used to support and promote long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Telehealth technologies benefit providers, healthcare organizations and patients.

The importance of telehealth
The key to maintaining population health and lowering expenditures is delivering timely access to high-quality care.

The US is struggling to improve the quality of healthcare and make the needed shift to value-based models. Innovative telehealth solutions that addressed our country’s worsening healthcare access problem reached the point of widespread adoption in 2020, when the pandemic pushed the healthcare system to its limits.

Telehealth increases convenience of care and access while decreasing costs and maximizing physician time. Providers, payers and employers are increasingly adopting various and connected types of telehealth solutions to improve healthcare operations and patient outcomes. Patients embrace the convenience, safety, accessibility and flexibility of telehealth options.

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ORACLE Buys CERNER Electronic Medical Records

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According to reporter Neal Freyman, Tech giant Oracle said it’s paying $28.3 billion to buy electronic medical records company Cerner, because anything that makes paperwork less excruciating seems like a savvy business play.

Oracle is known for being aggressive with acquisitions (it even rallied a group to try and buy TikTok last year), but Cerner is Oracle’s biggest purchase in its history. The deal is further evidence that health care is “on par with banking in terms of the importance to our future,” as cofounder Larry Ellison told analysts earlier this month.

  • In Cerner, Oracle will get the Klay Thompson of the electronic medical records market—a very influential player, but in second place behind Epic, which owns a 31% market share.

Bottom line: Big tech companies see a golden opportunity in bringing the health care industry to the cloud, given its size (health care spending accounts for almost 20% of US GDP), and its old-school record-keeping process. A Mayo Clinic study cited by Oracle showed that doctors and nurses spend an average of 1–2 hours on desk work for every hour they take to see patients.

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PODCAST: Dr. Watson Says Good-Bye to IBM?

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IBM has reportedly placed its Watson Health division on the auction block again

Watson is a question-answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM’s founder and first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson.

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Healthcare Consumers Want Personalized Experiences

By Staff Reporters

A survey that Redpoint Global conducted with Dynata of more than 1,000 US healthcare consumers found:

 •  57% of healthcare consumers think retailers and/or financial services are better at providing personalized omnichannel experiences than healthcare
 •  29% said they expect frictionless check-in experiences across apps/phone calls/in-office
 •  34% expect data inputs in a healthcare portal (health history, surveys, insurance information, etc.) to
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 •  24% of respondents said they did not utilize any sort of digital communication with providers during
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 •  14% said they had no contact with any healthcare provider during the same timeframe

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What Are Stablecoins? - CB Insights Research

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DEFINITION: Stablecoins are blockchain-based digital currencies that have been created with the aim to have a stable value. Stablecoins achieve price-stability through various different methods such as a peg against a fiat currency or a commodity, through collateralization against other cryptocurrencies or through algorithmic coin supply management.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

Every stable coin includes a specific set of mechanisms that mostly behave in the same way. In general, stable coins keep collateral of the asset and manage the supply. In this way, they incentivize the market, which allows trade of the coin for no more or less than $1.

A stable coin can be considered the best depending on several factors: It should be stable. PAX is one the most stable stablecoin. It should be liquid and available on most exchanges. It should be backed by FIAT. PAX is 100% collateralized in US bank accounts. It should be regulated. It should be redeemable.

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7 PREDICTIONS: Health Information Technology in 2022

Seven predictions for healthcare technology trends in 2022

In the wake of a pandemic, shifting care delivery models, and a surge of clinical content, Wolters Kluwer healthcare experts have identified seven healthcare technology trends for 2022.

 1. Building trust in an age of digital information overload
 2. Telemedicine becomes a fixture of the healthcare landscape
 3. Resilience is key to retaining the nursing workforce
 4. Unstructured health data helps researchers build health equity
 5. AI reduces healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
 6. Quality improvement accelerates evidence to implementation
 7. Virtual simulation and technology transforms nursing education

Source: Wolters Kluwer. November 8, 2021.

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PODCAST: The Future of Pharma

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PODCAST: Machine Learning For Population Health

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PODCAST: Augmenting Physicians with Artificial Intelligence

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Well-Ai: Augmenting Physicians with AI

Artificial intelligence is all around us. From self-driving cars to shopping suggestions and everything in between.

In this episode of The Entrepreneur MD, we sit down with Sergei and Daniel from Well-Ai who share with us how their platform uses Artificial Intelligence to augment physicians and improve patient outcomes.

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PODCAST: Healthcare, the Digital Eco-System and the Stock Market?

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Investment guru Jim Cramer says buy stocks along the digitization of everything”.

But – Even Healthcare?

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PODCAST: Radiology and Healthcare Mis-Communication

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$128 Billion of Radiology Imaging Studies Are Performed Each Year in America and Unfortunately They Exemplify Healthcare Miscommunication.

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PODCAST: Lessons for [physician] Investors: The Trial of Theranos Founder ELIZABETH HOLMES

By Bertalan Meskó, MD PhD

Wofür R&D Jahre benötigt, braucht künstliche Intelligenz wenige Minuten“

Elizabeth Holmes has no idea how much damage she has done with Theranos. As I often wrote, for digital technologies to gain ground and become part of our everyday lives, we need not only technological solutions but a cultural paradigm shift. Holmes rolled a massive rock in front of it.

Similarly, Facebook’s data privacy practices do not increase people’s confidence in the company’s products. All the scandals that have surrounded the social network could backfire when Facebook wants to step into healthcare – and this is exactly what we wrote about in our latest article, Is There A Place For Facebook In Healthcare? In it, we looked at what Facebook currently does in medicine and evaluated whether those are viable ways to follow in the future.

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PODCAST: The Growing Tele-Medicine Adoption

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What is Telemedicine?

Even Through the Waxing and Waning of the Pandemic Over the Subsequent Months, Consumers Are Still 4X More Likely to Use Telemedicine Than They Were Previously.

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PODCAST: On Electronic Medical Records

EMR OVERVIEW

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are Used by 80-90% of Hospitals and Physician Practices. One Study Found that EMRs Have Lowered Patient Mortality by 0.09%.

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DICTIONARY: Health Information Technology and Security

Review

This is a handy, word-packed reference book with health information technology terminology of the past, present, and future. The paperback book is small and compact in size but amazingly full of words, abbreviations, and even names of leaders in the health information technology industry. While any book like this will require updating on a periodic basis, many of the terms will remain relevant for a good period of time. I found the dictionary very useful and recommend it as a good addition to the reference shelf in the office or library.

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Over 10,000 Detailed Entries!

“”There is a myth that all stakeholders in the healthcare space understand the meaning of basic information technology jargon. In truth, the vernacular of contemporary medical information systems is unique, and often misused or misunderstood? Moreover, an emerging national Heath Information Technology (HIT) architecture; in the guise of terms, definitions, acronyms, abbreviations and standards; often puts the non-expert medical, nursing, public policy administrator or paraprofessional in a position of maximum uncertainty and minimum productivity ?The Dictionary of Health Information Technology and Security will therefore help define, clarify and explain…You will refer to it daily.””


– Richard J. Mata, MD, MS, MS-CIS, Certified Medical Planner? (Hon), Chief Medical Information Officer [CMIO], Ricktelmed Information Systems, Assistant Professor Texas State University, San Marcos

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Artificial Intelligence in Medicine!

AI in Medicine – Who is Responsible?

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Average Cost of Cyber ATTACKS!

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Healthcare consumers show mounting interest in virtual, on-demand care
Fierce Healthcare, August 14, 2017

Transforming the mHealth Experience With Digital Health Assistants
HIT Consultant, August 14, 2017

Google buys smartphone health monitoring startup Senosis
Pharma Phorum, August 14, 2017

Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use?
mHealth Intelligence, August 11, 2017

Trump Administration Takes on VA Telehealth Opportunities
The Natonal Law Review, August 11, 2017

More and more businesses are offering telehealth services as an employee benefit
MedCity News, August 9, 2017

VR Glasses Give Doctors a New mHealth Tool to Treat Concussions
mHealth Intelligence, July 31, 2017

New Senate bill seeks to reduce restrictions on telemedicine use
MobiHealth News, July 31, 2017

The allure of health care for tech giants
Axios, July 20, 2017

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Health IT Vendors Ponied-Up Political Cash to Both Parties

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The Presidential Election 2012

This November saw healthcare executives pay big campaign money to both political parties.

Health IT vendors, however, upped the ante this election year, paying out some hefty donations of their own. Judith Faulkner, CEO of Epic, and Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman are among this year’s top spenders.

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How to Get Started in Healthcare IT [Video Presentation]

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By Ann Miller RN MHA [Executive-Director]

In this ME-P, Shahid N. Shah MS shares his best advice for information technology workers looking to get started in the healthcare industry.

Mr. Shah is also known as the Healthcare IT Guy [http://www.healthcareguy.com] informing us about technology issues in the healthcare field.

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More Expert Advice from Leaders in Healthcare Management

And, sourced below are related interviews with these experts:

  • Todd Linden, President and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center (about rural healthcare management);
  • Paul Levy, former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and
  • Dr. Robert Wachter, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (author of “Understanding Patient Safety” and the blog “Wachter’s World”).

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Assessment

Shahid also authored Chapter 13 on eMRs, HIT and Clinical GroupWare [INTEROPERABLE e-MRs FOR THE SMALL-MEDIUM SIZED MEDICAL PRACTICE] in our best-selling book, the “Business of Medical Practice” http://businessofmedicalpractice.com/chapter-13-2/

So, the text and videos are worth a look www.BusinessofMedicalPractice.com Our colleague, and uber hospitalist Robert Wachter MD, is also mentioned in the book.

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Update on Tablet Usage in the Health Care Industry

A Growing Trend?

By Cyndi Laurenti

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The rapidly evolving technological era has ushered a host of industries into the digital world, including the medical field. Health care professionals in private and public institutions and even masters and PhD programs are quickly learning the immense benefits of utilizing technology in their practices and this has specifically included the use of the tablet computer.

Convenience and Mobility

In addition to the convenience tablets offer in size and mobility, more and more production companies are creating interfaces and programs specifically geared towards the healthcare industry and the tablet computer makes them more accessible and dynamic than the traditional clipboard. This is crucial in an industry where time is of the essence and life-changing decisions are made from moment to moment. Having a tablet computer puts the latest resources and tools in doctors and other health care professionals’ hands so they can make decisions efficiently.

Brand Neutral?

Although Tablet computers tend to be associated with the most popular brands like the iPad by Apple, a recent survey of 178 doctors indicated that even though the healthcare industry wants a tablet, it may not necessarily want the iPad in particular which does not have all the applications they require.

A whole industry of tablets has been specifically designed to meet the medical field’s particular needs, one example being the motion computing tablet PC. The West Clinic in Memphis which was founded by Supportive Oncology Services (SOS) and which caters for over 10,000 patients found that the motion computing tablet computer enabled them not only to streamline information between patients and physicians, but that it also lead to an improved quality of care and life for their patients and increased efficiency for their caregivers.

Other Healthcare Early Adopters

Another facility that adapted the use of tablet computers is the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, which has been rated as one of the top 100 hospitals for its efficiency and quality of care. The doctors and nurses are currently using 170 tablet computers in 21 units for a variety of tasks. Jon White, M.D. called it a ‘productivity tool’ and it is utilized around the hospital for patient safety through an application that assigns drugs through a unique bar code which ensures the right patient is getting the right medication and dose. It is also used to access patient records from anywhere in the hospital, review patient orders or test results, and access a library of medical reference information.

A third facility that utilizes the tablet computer is St. Mary’s Medical Center, an acute care facility in Evanville, Indiana, that provides inpatient and outpatient care. The tablet computer has currently replaced their paper-based patient charts, and cut down nurses’ charting times significantly.

Assessment

There is little doubt that the tablet computer has and will continue to revolutionize the healthcare industry. Tremendous positive changes have been made like the streamlining of once time-consuming and arduous processes. This increased efficiency ultimately translates into quality care for patients and the continued advancement of the medical field.

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About the eHealth Initiative and the Foundation for eHealth

What they are – How they work

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The eHealth Initiative and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative are independent, non-profit affiliated organizations, whose shared mission is to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare information technology [HIT].

Protean Stakeholders

Both organizations are focused on engaging diverse stakeholders–including hospitals and other healthcare organizations, clinician, consumers and patient groups, employers and purchasers, health plans, manufacturers, public health agencies, academic and research institutions, and public sector stakeholders–to define and then implement specific actions that will address the quality, safety and efficiency challenges of domestic medical care through the use of interoperable HIT.

Membership

Since 2001, the eHealth Initiative has represented a diverse membership that is improving HIT. Over the years, eHI membership has grown to over 200 organizations.

Coalition Growth

In 2005, eHI launched the eHI Connecting Communities Membership, a rapidly growing coalition of leaders representing more than 200 state, regional and community-based initiatives focused on improving health through information exchange.

In 2009, eHI adopted the Information Therapy (Ix) Action Alliance. The IxAction Alliance, previously a part of the Center for Information Therapy – an eHI member – resides at the intersection of patient-centered care and HIT, focusing on issues relating to the prescription and use of targeted health information to help people make good health decisions and lead healthy lives.

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Assessment

The adoption of e-health initiatives promises to revolutionize health care in the United States by reducing errors, improving the quality of care delivered, reducing costs, and empowering consumers to better understand and address their own health care needs.

eHI is one of the few organization that represents all stakeholders in the industry. eHI advocates for the use of health IT that is practical, sustainable and addresses stakeholder needs, particularly those of patients.

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Dr. Mark Leavitt says “Trust me”

On eMRs – Just Go for IT

By Darrell K. Pruitt; DDS

Neil Versel, a frequent contributor to FierceEMR, posted an article titled “CCHIT’s Leavitt: Don’t wait for final rules to proceed with EHR.”

http://www.fierceemr.com/story/cchits-leavitt-dont-wait-final-rules-proceed-ehr/2010-02-18#comment-778

Half-Baked Ideas 

Even though many states are spending eHR stimulus bucks as fast as they can on half-baked, expensive ideas that enrich HIT stakeholders, most physicians and most all dentists are delaying investing tens of thousands of dollars in HIT fantasy until HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gets her act together. Sebelius is in way over her head. She hasn’t even settled on the definition of “meaningful use” for crying out loud.

Soon to Be Former CCHIT Leader 

Foot-dragging upsets the soon to be former head of CCHIT Dr. Mark Leavitt. He says doctors should put caution aside and just go for it.

“We believe that it’s risky for providers to wait until all the federal rules are final. If you wait to purchase an eHR until the rules are final and the accreditation process for certifying bodies is complete, I will put my reputation on the line and say that you will not achieve meaningful use in 2011.”

Assessment 

So, Dr. Leavitt, even as you are no longer wanted at CCHIT and are leaving in less than six weeks, you promise American doctors that your reputation is like (stimulus) money in the bank. Will you co-sign loan agreements? Talk is cheap, Dude.

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VIDEO: Cool New HIT Gadget for Physicians?

3D Head-Tracking Interface

By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

[Executive-Director]

According to SoftwareAdvice.com, Apple is the hottest topic in the tech blogosphere these days. Even if you ignore all news of the “iSlate,” and the new tablet PC, dozens of rumors abound.

Head Tracking Technology

One interesting idea is a patent for 3-Dimensional head-tracking. Instead of using a mouse and keyboard, Mac users simply move their head or body to control an image on screen. Some think this technology would perfect for healthcare.

Video Presentation

Here’s a short video from Houston Neal to help you visualize the device:

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Is the HITECH Act Unconstitutional?

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[By Alberto Borges; MD]

Is the HITECH Act Unconstitutional? – PART 2

Is the HITECH Act Unconstitutional? – PART 1

Dr. Borges is a ME-P thought-leader in private practice. He is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Assessment

Check out his website at http://msofficeemrproject.com

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What is a HIT Security Firewall?

Understanding Concepts and Terms

By Dr. Richard J. Mata; MIS

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Firewalls are devices or systems that control the flow of health information network traffic between networks or between a host and a network. A firewall acts as a protective barrier because it is the single point through which communications pass. Internal information that is being sent can be forced to pass through a firewall as it leaves a network or host. Incoming data can enter only through the firewall.

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The Federal publication NIST Special Publication 800-41, Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy provides details of firewalls and firewall product selection that are beyond the scope of this post.

Implications Beyond Internet Connectivity

While firewalls and firewall environments are often discussed in the context of Internet connectivity, firewalls have applicability in network environments beyond Internet connectivity.

For example, many corporate healthcare enterprise intranets employ firewalls to restrict connectivity to and from internal networks servicing more sensitive functions, such as the accounting or personnel department. By employing firewalls to control connectivity to these areas, an organization can prevent unauthorized access to the respective systems and resources within the more sensitive areas. The inclusion of an internal firewall environment can therefore provide an additional layer of security that would not otherwise be available.

Imperfect Security

Although firewalls afford protection of certain resources within an organization, there are some threats that firewalls cannot protect against: connections that bypass the firewall, new threats that have not yet been identified, and viruses that have been injected into the internal network.

Assessment

It is important to remember these shortcomings because considerations will have to be made in addition to the firewall in order to counter these additional threats and provide a more comprehensive security solution.

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Hospital Materials Management Information Systems [Part 2]

Fundamentals of Software Implementation

By David J. Piasecki; CPIM

By Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA

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The singular focus of any Hospital Materials Management Information System (HMMIS) is to deliver significant improvements in the ability of hospital facilities, networks, and other healthcare organizations to optimize the processes and work flows associated with materials management systems and reduce the costs related to inventory, durable medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and supply chain management (SCM).

Understanding Strategies

Strategically, hospitals must exploit contemporary technologies and connectivity with suppliers and trading partners to:

  • improve patient care and safety,
  • increase efficiency,
  • drive down costs, and
  • optimize inventory levels.

Software Implementation

As with the selection process written about previously, ERP software implementation may also require outside assistance.  Whether you use consultants from the software vendor, a business partner, or an independent firm, the implementation plan will likely be the same.  It’s very important to listen to consultants and be prepared to dedicate the resources outlined in the implementation plan.  A common mistake made by healthcare entities going through their first major implementation is to underestimate the complexity of their operations, the extent of system setup and testing, and the impact the implementation will have on their operation.

ERP Implementation

Here is an outline of a common scenario in single-hospital ERP implementations.

  • The consultants warn of the consequences of not dedicating adequate resources.
  • Management publicly agrees but privately thinks the consultants are crying wolf.
  • Implementation fails or goes poorly.
  • Management claims “how could we have known?”

Don’t let this be you.  The only thing to assume about the implementation is that it that it will be much more difficult than expected, it will take longer than you expected, and it will cost more than expected.

Like most other projects, the success of a software implementation will be based upon the skill of the people involved, training, planning, and the effort put forth.  Plan to have the most knowledgeable employees heavily involved in the system setup and testing.  

Testing Programs

Adequate time should be dedicated to make sure every aspect of every process is thoroughly tested.  An example of a detailed testing program is listed below:

  • Does the purchase order [PO] receipt screen have all the information needed to perform the receipt such as vendor item number, item description, unit of measure?
  • What happens when we receive more than the PO quantity?
  • What happens when we receive less than the PO quantity?
  • What happens when we enter multiple receipts against the same line?
  • What happens if someone tries to change the PO quantity after we have entered a receipt?
  • What happens if one changes the PO quantity at the same time we are entering a receipt?
  • What happens when we reverse a receipt?
  • What happens when we reverse a receipt after it has been paid?
  • What happens if the ordered unit of measure is different from the stocking unit of measure?
  • What happens when we receive an early shipment?
  • What happens when we try to receive against a cancelled PO?
  • What happens when we change the receipt location?

After the system has been thoroughly tested, employee training begins. Remember, dealing with unexpected issues is the norm; you don’t also need to be training employees after the system is supposed to be operating.

Hands-On Training

The training should consist of hands-on training and include written procedures for the tasks performed.  For most positions, make sure that each employee has entered the equivalent of at least a full day’s transactions during the training.  Using an actual day’s transactions is a good way to make sure the variety of transactions an employee is likely to encounter have been experienced. The most common mistake made in training is a lack of adequate repetition. Just because someone was able to perform the task once, during a training session on a Saturday three weeks prior to “going-live” does not mean they will be able to perform the task with system start-up. If they have repeated the task many times over a series of training sessions, they are much more likely to remember how to do it. 

Assessment

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Watch the data. During and immediately after the implementation it is incredibly important to watch the data and make sure everything is working as planned. Monitor the status of orders, purchase orders, and delivery orders paying specific attention to “stuck orders” or other exceptions. Conduct some aggressive cycle counting of fast-moving items to make sure transactions are working correctly. 

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Spotlight on the “Health Tech Today” Video Launch

Video Clip from Microsoft

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Health Tech Today is a new monthly, on-line video series at the intersection of health and information technology.  The show premiers November 10th 2009, but you can view a video trailer of their first show on the link below, right now

HealthBog

HealthBlog includes thoughts, comments, news, and reflections about healthcare IT from Microsoft’s worldwide health senior director Bill Crounse MD, on how information technology can improve healthcare delivery and services around the world.

Link: http://blogs.msdn.com/healthblog/default.aspx

Assessment

Please help them spread the word. Blog about it. Tweet your friends. Post information about Health Tech Today on Facebook.  Health IT has a new voice. We think you’ll like what you see.

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Ask an Advisor about “Meaningful-Use”

Do dentists qualify for “meaningful use” incentives under ARRA?

By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

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Chairman's Seat

A simple and direct query asked by an ME-P subscriber.

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The VistA Client Server System

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What it is – How it works

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According to Dr. Richard Mata MS, a client-server system configuration occurs when one or more “repository” computers [ known as “servers”] store large amounts of data but perform limited processing. Communicating with the server(s) are client workstations that perform much of the data processing and often have graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for ease of use.

High Functionality

Both customizability and resource use is high, depending on the desired sophistication. Many clinical medical information systems that process data directly related to patient care use this configuration.

VA Example

For instance, the Veterans Health Administration, which has implemented what is likely the largest integrated healthcare information system in the United States, uses client-server architecture. Known as the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), this system provides technology infrastructure to about 1,300 care facilities, including hospitals and medical centers, outpatient facilities, and long-term care centers. VistA utilizes a client-server architecture that links together workstations and personal computers using software that is accessed via a graphical user interface.

Assessment

Overall, for hospitals that have the financial and manpower resources for a significant investment in IT, client-server architectures are the fastest-growing and typically the most preferred of the system architectures, due in large part to their local adaptability and flexibility to meet changing hospital and medical center needs.

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Dr. Pruitt Invites Dr. Cohen to Discuss eDRs

Where is the ADA’s Representative?

By Darrell K. Pruittpruitt; DDS

He or she should have been talking with me long ago. I have the audience and I’m giving you that opportunity I promised you, Dr. Donald Cohen.

Rest Easy

I’m aware that I possibly make you uncomfortable, considering how “unprofessionally” I’ve publicly treated lesser devoted HIPAA consultants. Rest easy! As soon as I read your article, I could tell that you’re different from your colleagues I’ve met. First of all, like me, you’re a dentist. That’s very important. Secondly, your credentials are impressive and reveal that compliancy is not a hobby for you like it is for others. Nobody can accumulate a history as impressive as yours without professional dedication. The last point, and the most important of the three, you seem honest about HIPAA compliance.

A Professional

It wasn’t lost on me that in your article you were professionally non-judgmental of the Rule. Instead of trying to justify a defenseless law, your job is to help dentists comply with the mandate as it is written or risk significant fines. Like tax-collecting, someone’s got to do the job of delivering bad news. You have a legitimate purpose to be involved in the dental industry, even if what you teach makes little difference at all if a dentist’s records are breached. I argue that following the inevitable bankruptcy from a breach, HHS fines are hardly a deterrent. And that is the issue: eDRs containing patient identifiers are too risky for the marketplace.

Electronic Dental Records

I think you would have to agree that eDRs are going nowhere until records are safe, and encryption is not going to be sufficient to protect dentists against dishonest employees. Ambitious bureaucrats in waiting, such as HIPAA consultants Travis Criswell, Sharalyn Fichtl, Kelly Mclendon and Olivia Wann – not a dentist among them – hooked their careers to the HIPAA mandate to avoid the tough sales jobs competition otherwise demands in the free market. All four share an authoritarian misconception that since it is the law, dentists will be forced to purchase their products – even if they are utterly senseless. I think we both know that they are oh so wrong. I promised earlier to give you an opportunity to publicly support truth in eDRs if you so choose. Perhaps we could rationally discuss in front of everyone how dentists can wriggle free of the approaching mess. There is no pressure here, other than this is public invitation. Since you haven’t made unrealistic claims about eDRs like others have, I am not interested in hounding you further. I simply ask you to consider responding to the article I posted in your name on PennWell titled “Dr. Donald Cohen’s opportunity.”

http://community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/forum/topics/dr-donald-cohens-opportunity

Assessment

I sincerely appreciate the respect you have shown me, and I pledge to afford you the same. Of all the consultants I have approached with my concerns about HIPAA and eDRs, you are the first to even acknowledge a problem simply by posting my concerns. I think you have the courage to face the realities of the marketplace, while others foolishly think dentists are a captive market.

Note: I submitted this to be posted following an August 28th press release posted by HIPAA consultant Dr. Donald Cohen titled, “Dentists Should Know about New HIPAA Rules.”

http://www.dentalblogs.com/archives/administrator/dentists-should-know-about-new-hipaa-rules/comment-page-1/#comment-35672

If you are interested in discussing the topics of interoperability with fax machines, de-identified eDRs and security that surpasses paper records, in front of you is the opportunity to address your largest audience yet, Dr. Cohen. I’m self-syndicated.

Note: Do you realize that if Dr. Cohen takes me up on the offer, this will be the first time two dentists have openly discussed eDRs on the Internet? Do you think it’s about time?

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Mitigating the Unintended Consequences of HIPAA

By Staff ReportersWaiting for Medical Records

Many patients and pundits opine how today’s HIPAA regulations [written in the relative paper based stone age] say that while doctors must provide a copy of your records, they can take a month to do so. And, if they want, they can say that’s not enough and take another month. However, when a patient needs medical care; that time-line is not acceptable.

Enter a Website and Start a Movement

According to the website www.HealthDataRights.org, in an era when technology allows personal health information to be more easily stored, updated, accessed and exchanged, the following rights should be self-evident and inalienable. We the people:

  • Have the right to our own health data.
  • Have the right to know the source of each health data element.
  • Have the right to take possession of a complete copy of our individual health data, without delay, at minimal or no cost; if data exist in computable form, they must be made available in that form.
  • Have the right to share our health data with others as we see fit.

Assessment

These principles express basic human rights as well as essential elements of health care that is participatory, Health 2.0 appropriate and in the interests of each patient. No law or policy should abridge these rights.

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Henry Louis Gehrig, eMRs and Healthcare Reform

What’s the “Iron Horse” Got to Do with Health IT?

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

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According to UPI reports from Charlestown, WVa on August 24 2009, at least 1,200 veterans across the country were mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration [VA] that they suffered from a fatal neurological disorder.

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Panicked Veterans

One of the leaders of a Gulf War veterans group is reported to have said that panicked veterans from the states of Alabama, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming contacted the group about the error. Denise Nichols, the vice president of the National Gulf War Resource Center, reportedly blamed a “coding error” for the mistake. In medicine, we call this a “false positive.”

About Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig

Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the 1920s and 1930s; chiefly remembered for his prowess as a hitter, the longevity of his consecutive games played record and the pathos of his tearful farewell from baseball at age 36, when he was stricken with a fatal disease. Of course, Gehrig was known as the “The Iron Horse” for his durability. Yet, the irony is that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis [ALS], or Lou Gehrig’s disease [sometimes also called Maladie de Charcot] is progressive and fatal. Lou died in 1941 after developing the illness. Will the same death-spiral happen to eHRs and Obama care?

Link: http://www.lougehrig.com

Assessment

Having rotated through the VA system as a young medical student back-in-the-day, I have never been a fan. It smacked of socialized medicine and government plutocracy, and was never a leading-edge example of domestic healthcare, in my informed opinion. Recent HIPAA administrative, security, IT and clinical medical errors are well known. So, to blame the mix-up on an insurance billing and “coding error” seems somewhat disingenuous. Especially now, at a time when eMRs and the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform itself is being vigorously debated by the citizenry. I mean, are there no human checks and balances? Would there be any human intervention if a public healthcare policy was adopted?

Of course, we have written about military medicine previously on this Medical Executive-Post, and devoted an entire channel to it. And, I do realize that more than fifty percent of us receive similar governmental care in some form, or another [Medicare, Medicaid, CHIPS, the Indian and Prison Healthcare Systems, etc].

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