Once again, I had the unique pleasure of participating in the 12 Days of Christmas content round up with our friends at HITECH Answers. This is one of my favorite opportunities because it offers a creative challenge: tying holiday themes into the idea of health data exchange.Read More
We have grown accustomed to health data exchange between organizations being difficult and expensive. For many hospitals, HIEs and vendors, it is simply the cost of doing business – and it’s something that can drag down any organization.Read More
The holiday season is always a great time to reflect on where we have been, and look at what lies ahead in the future. This is why I recently authored a guest article for HITECH Answers that takes a page from Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” and looks at the three ghost of health data exchange.Read More
There seems to be no shortage of news in the health IT arena about patient data interoperability issues. From challenges with the ONC’s role in interoperability to CHIME and DirectTrust collaborating on solutions, there’s plenty of activity and opinions, but no real panacea.Read More
There was a time when most Americans built their own homes. Think of log cabins being crafted by hardy individuals -- cutting the trees, hewing logs and fitting the doors. Now, that method is a romantic idea, but almost nobody does that any more.
Unless you have a lot of free time on your hands — you don’t build your own home. Even more, the people you hire to build your home don’t build it — they usually subcontract to specialists (plumbers, electricians, HVAC, etc.).
In 2010 I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. A bone scan indicated that the cancer may have metastasized to the bone. A surgery was scheduled to remove and biopsy part of a rib in question. The surgeon was to review the bone scan before surgery, but he didn’t. That information didn’t get to him, and he removed another part of my rib.Read More
Topics: ACO, Accountable Care Organizations, Data, healthcare, health information exchange, access, data exchange, health data, care organizations, cloud-based, SaaS, enabling technology, secure messaging, EHR, population health, health data exchange, Direct secure messaging, readmission, cloud-based SaaS, FHIR, hospital, incentive, interoperability