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The Quest for the Embraceable EHR

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Embraceable EHR As you travel toward selecting and implementing an EHR remember the last time you bought a car.  Would you dream of buying a new model without taking it for a test drive?  Did you care more about how many gauges there were on the dashboard or other “bells and whistles” then you did about how easy and fun the car was to drive?  Would you have purchased the car if you could only take in for service from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and would not have a loaner and have to wait days if your car died?  An EHR can cost as much or more than a car and is a lot more difficult to trade.  Make sure your EHR is not only usable but that it is “embraceable” because it is easy to use, fun to “drive”, well supported and will grow with your practice.

A nice article by Mark Holliday, Chief Information and Operating Officer, Sevocity....

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 June 2008 23:01 ) Read more...

Should you consider a WEB BASED EMR for your practice?

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WEB BASED EMRAre you thinking of taking the plunge and instituting an Electronic Health Record in your practice?  Before you do, consider web-based software as an alternative to the traditional on premises software.  Many other industries have accepted Software as a Service (SaaS) as a viable alternative to on premises software with leading software applications like and Oracle Small Business.  With some new introductions to the market, there are now systems that will certainly pique your interest.  All that is required to get up and get going is a broadband Internet connection, a workstation or tablet and  a web browser.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 June 2008 01:31 ) Read more...

HHS considers adding genetic information to EHRs

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adding genetic information to EHRsScientists are beginning to make connections between patients’ genetic characteristics and responses to particular medications. For example, certain breast cancers are linked to the patient’s genes, and those cancers can be treated more effectively now that that connection is understood. The Health and Human Services Department will move to accommodate genetic information in e-health records and research databases if Secretary Michael Leavitt accepts the AHIC recommendations.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 June 2008 00:15 ) Read more...

Monitoring patterns in adverse events to improve patient safety.

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Monitoring patterns in adverse events to improve patient safety.Paul Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, writes about their experience with using triggers (a standardized set of criteria defining a certain condition) in BIDMC.

A year ago or so, I wrote about the introduction of our Triggers Program, a rapid response team approach to patients on medical floors who might soon decompensate or have other serious changes in their condition. The program has been incredibly successful in reducing mortality and morbidity. In fact the number of "codes" on our floors has gone down so dramatically that residents now need to practice emergency resuscitation mainly in the simulation center because so few actual patients need it.
Here is how things are today at BIDMC. The nurse notices that the patient has developed a certain condition, based on a standardized set of criteria (Triggers). The nurse is required to call the doctor, the senior nurse in charge and the respiratory therapist -- and they all come to see the patient. They collaborate on a plan of care for the patient going forward. Regardless of the time of day or night, the intern/resident then calls the attending doctor in charge of the patient to let him/her know that the patient has "triggered".

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 June 2008 01:08 ) Read more...

Development of Medical Checklists for Improved Quality of Patient Care

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Medical ChecklistsHigh intensity fields of work, such as the airline industry and the military, already employ checklists to decrease errors of omission, improper implementation of procedures and protocols, and to decrease human error under stressful conditions. Similar to flight crews and military personnel, healthcare providers must often analyze and manage highly complex conditions under demanding and stressful conditions. Several areas of healthcare in which complex medical situations require rapid systematic approaches to crisis management, such as anaesthesiology and emergency medicine, therefore already make use of the types of checklists and memory-aids shown to be beneficial and life saving in the airline industry. Examples of published checklists currently employed regularly in the medical field include the checklist for diagnosing brain death, the Anaesthesia Gas Machine Checklist, the Checklist for the withdrawal of life support and end-of-life care and the FAST HUG checklist of Clinical Best Practices.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 June 2008 01:24 ) Read more...

Why should medical professionals select .md over .com?

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.mdAs .com extensions proliferate beyond 30 million, the introduction of subject-specific vertical segments such as .travel, .jobs and .museum have taken on new meaning for individuals seeking to use the power of the Internet for effective search, access, communication and collaboration. Additionally, healthcare providers working online have unique needs that transcend standard online business communications.
 The introduction of .md establishes an online community for the benefit of all healthcare participants and the Internet community as a whole. The .md member network provides all medical constituents with a new standard for medial content, credible information, available treatments and qualified medical providers.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2008 01:31 ) Read more...

We the People Will Not Be Chipped !!!

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We the People Will Not Be ChippedThe We the People will not be Chipped - No Verichip Inside Movement, is based on the irrefutable fact, that mankind has inalienable human rights that are absolute and can not be debased, nor perverted. Human life can not be degraded to a 16 digit RFID chip number embedded under you skin under any circumstance. By uniting on this common ground, they believe that they can send a strong message to the IBM funded Verichip that We The People Will Not Be Chipped!
Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 June 2008 22:50 ) Read more...

Middle East Healthcare Expansion Congress 2008

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Middle East Healthcare Expansion Congress 2008Middle East Health Care Expansion is a C-level, strategic executive congress providing the opportunity for buyers in charge of sourcing medical equipment and solutions to meet global industry suppliers in a true business-to-business environment.
Unlike tradeshows or expos, Middle East Health Care Expansion only invites the ultimate decision makers within the healthcare industry. The congress provides a unique, business-driven environment using prescheduled one-to-one business meetings and educational sessions that are strictly limited to upper-level executives.
Essential to the event are the educational sessions, delivered in a case-study format by experts on the hottest topics and issues facing the industry.

The conference is to be held on the 13th - 14th October 2008, Dubai, UAE  

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 June 2008 22:11 ) Read more...

Web 2.0 in the Health Sector: Industry Review with a UK perspective

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Web 2.0 in the Health Sector: Industry Review with a UK perspectiveTitled ‘Web 2.0 in the Health Sector: Industry Review with a UK perspective’ the report concludes that new applications based on social health networks and content generated by health service users themselves - such as reviews of doctors and hospitals – will rapidly evolve to challenge existing healthcare systems and create new ways of delivering our healthcare.

eHealth Europe summarizes this report.... 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2008 21:20 ) Read more...

Ten Dumb Things About Medicare

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Ten Dumb Things About MedicareMedicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are either age 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria. In general, individuals are eligible for Medicare if they are a U.S. citizen or have been a permanent legal resident for 5 continuous years, and they are 65 years or older, or they are under 65, disabled and have been receiving either Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits for at least 24 months, or they get continuing dialysis for permanent kidney failure or need a kidney transplant, or they have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease).

Musings of a Distractible Mind list what they believe are Ten Dumb Things About Medicare....



Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2008 21:03 ) Read more...
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