FROM THE EDITOR

  • HIMSS15 Provides Both Clarity & Confusion

    Interoperability and Population Health Management were once again the hottest topics at the health IT industry’s largest conference. The event helped to clarify efforts in one of these areas while muddling the messages delivered in the other.

PODCASTS RECORDED AT HIMSS15

In this podcast, Dr. Clive Fields, president, Village Family Practice and Co-Founder, Village MD and Paul Martino, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Village MD detail some of the patient population management challenges the face before partnering with Healthline and which of Healthline’s products and services they are currently leveraging to solve those problems.

In this podcast, Sue Murphy, Director of Patient Experience and Engagement for the University of Chicago Medicine, discusses how the implementation of Vocera’s platform has improved the patient experience at Chicago Medicine and how big the implementation was in terms of people and facilities.

In this podcast, Rhonda Collins, Chief Nursing Officer for Vocera explains how healthcare providers have handled the challenges of the explosion of mobile devices in the industry. She details Vocera’s view on BYOD and how healthcare organizations should address it, and also talks about the Vocera Badge and how it handles smartphones.

In this podcast, Dr. Eric Topol, Director and Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health explains what impact he believes the proliferation and use of mHealth technologies – clinical smartphone attachments and applications, remote sensors, etc. – will have on the transformation of healthcare.

In this podcast, ClearDATA CTO Matt Ferrari details what ClearData does, as well as what new products, services, and announcements they are promoting at HIMSS. Ferrari also explains what healthcare providers need to do to ensure their data (and their patients’ data) is protected and secure and the role the cloud should play in this process.

In this podcast, Greg Pelling, Senior VP and GM Networks and Insights and Kris Joshi, Insights EVP of Product for Emdeon describe what Emdeon does and their respective roles with the company.

In this podcast, Sean Murphy, VP, HSBU HIPAA/Information Security Officer for Leidos Health discusses if HIPAA compliance is the main reason why information security in the healthcare space is so challenging, or if there are other factors that make data security tougher.

In this podcast, Suzanne Widup, Senior Consultant - Network and Information Security for Verizon explains some common areas she sees in hospital settings where information security may be at risk or a network is not as secure as it should be.

FEATURED ARTICLES

Surgery Austin Anesthesiology Group Taps Pryme Push-to-Talk Button To Communicate Between Multiple Surgical Suites Using Zello Messaging App

The Medical Director of Austin Anesthesiology Group discovers a new way to communicate with team members in multiple operating rooms during both clean and sterile procedures by using the Pryme® Wireless Push-to-Talk (PTT) Button to activate the Zello instant messaging application.

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PRODUCTS TO SEE AT HIMSS15

Optimize patient safety.

The Vocera Smartbadge is a wearable communication device that enables clinician agility and accelerates patient care. Small, lightweight, and purpose-built for healthcare, the Smartbadge redefines healthcare communications by bringing together voice calling, secure messaging, and alerts and alarms in a lightweight wearable.

Many of the modern conveniences banking and financial services customers enjoy throughout the world today are enabled by A2iA’s data, image, and word recognition innovations. In fact, a2ia CheckReader has become an indispensable part of global commerce – helping to expedite and authenticate payments - from the back office to the teller window, to the ATM, merchant, or other remote capture locations. These keystone capabilities help banks improve efficiency, reduce fraud and enhance convenience for their customers.

The benefits are infinite with Infinity and Soft Agent healthcare call center solutions.

Meet the brainpower behind healthcare’s call center and communications needs. 

Protecting electronic patient health information (ePHI) has become even more critical as the healthcare industry slowly transitions away from paper-based processes and into a more connected, electronic delivery model. Patient privacy and security is front and center in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

Hospitals, physician practices, and other healthcare facilities have rapidly expanded their use of technology in an effort to move from a paper-based environment to one that supports the use of electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR) solutions. However, sharing information among healthcare IT systems has traditionally been a challenge. Most facilities use a mix of disconnected technology including EHR/EMR solutions, lab systems, IP phone systems, nurse call, patient monitoring, bed tracking, and other solutions.

HEALTH IT VOICES

  • Cari McLean is a Social Media Strategist for HIMSS specializing in building relationships with audiences by creating engaging content and social media experiences that drive business outcomes. Cari recently took time to sit with Todd Schnick, host of Health IT Voices, to discuss HIMSS15 being held April 12-16 in Chicago. In particular, Cari discussed the role social media plays at HIMSS - both at the conference and year round.

  • Ken Congdon, Editor In Chief at Health IT Outcomes, will be speaking at HIMSS15  about driving health IT ROI with data analytics. Ken will walk attendees through a series of provider case studies showing how to leverage data analytics to maximize payback from their health IT investments. He also took time recently to talk with Todd Schnick, host of Health IT Voices, about his presentation and  the role of EHRs and technology in successfully achieving Meaningful Use.

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FEATURED CONTENT

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    Hospitals are often caught in a tug-of-war choosing between time-tested methods and the razor’s edge of new research when it comes to adopting new treatments, processes, and technology. Venturing into the uncharted waters of advanced technologies and innovative techniques can be unsettling, but the payoff for hospital systems and patients can lead to improved patient experience, quality, and outcomes.

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    Amid the sights and sounds of the annual Kansas State Fair, the buzz of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and the fanfare surrounding Hutchinson Community College basketball games, you’ll find the 40,000 locals who call Hutchinson home. “Hutch” as it’s affectionately known, is the largest city and county seat in Reno County, Kansas.

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    Healthcare costs per capita in the United States are increasing at an alarming rate. Overall spending reached $3.8 trillion in 2019. Between $760-$935 billion of the overall cost of healthcare is attributed to waste, overtreatment, low-value care, and failure of care coordination.

  • Changed For The Better: A Shared Digital Communication Solution
    8/31/2021

    Fortunately for humans, we’re masters at adaptation. Whether it’s encountering different climates, environments, cultures, or even pandemics, homo sapiens have a knack for being able to deal with just about anything that Mother Nature throws at us. Though cultural anthropology dubs this ability to acclimate “biological plasticity,” actor Clint Eastwood, as a Marine in a 1980s war film, puts it more succinctly: “You adapt. You overcome. You improvise.”

  • Consumer-Oriented Patients Expect A Better Technology Experience
    7/28/2021

    Feeling much like an Olympic gymnast’s acrobatic routine, patients’ healthcare experience over the past 18 months has endured a dizzying series of twists, turns, and somersaults—albeit without the benefit of Dramamine. Patients found themselves caught up in COVID-induced disruptions and often didn’t know if or when they could safely access care. Thankfully now, things are returning to some semblance of normalcy as the vaccine proliferates and cases plunge.

  • Changing Patient Communications Preferences And The Race For Providers To Adapt
    6/15/2021

    The Japanese scholar Kakuzō Okakura once said, “The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Or to put it in more colloquial terms—change sucks, but it’s a part of life, so deal with it.