When it comes to advance directives, your decisions matter! April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is a coordinated effort to “inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning”. When I was working in ambulatory surgery, I advocated and educated patients about having an advance directive and [...]
Make your vendors (HIPAA Business Associates ) accountable NOW, or pay a big price HIPAA Business Associate compliance can spell big trouble for medical practices, because many practice managers have not done a thorough job managing their vendors. Many of the vendors are either denying that they must comply with HIPAA or are only paying [...]
The results of a recent Dice.com survey indicate that the majority of tech professionals happily accept the first compensation offer without negotiating either starting salaries or hourly rates. Just to be clear, allow me to restate - more than half of tech professionals don't ask for more money, when there's clearly more money to be had. How much money? In the same survey, respondents indicated that candidate negotiations typically resulted in a 5% bump - not a drop in the bucket when considering the fact that many upper-level healthcare IT professionals are earning well over $100,000 (that's $5,000, which certainly can add up year after year).
What's the reason behind the lack of negotiation assertiveness? If it's due to the fact that candidates believe employees simply won't negotiate, they are misinformed. So what rationale could there be for healthcare IT job seekers leaving money on the table?
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EHR and PQRS Incentive Eligibility One of the goals of CMS and its eHealth initiative is to align programs to remove overlap of reporting. eHealth, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued guidance for Eligible Professionals (EPs) on participating in both the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the Physician’s Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in [...]
Surveys and Research Show Health IT Adoption Growing You can find a lot of organizations doing research and taking surveys on health information technology. From the doctors and hospitals to the patients everyone has something to say when it comes to their health and the population’s health. So how does health IT adoption help in [...]
Tweet Upcoming Health IT Conferences There are plenty of health IT conferences, conventions, symposiums and forums coming up this summer. You can check out our Health IT Events Calendar for the latest information. Here are some highlighted events, in the month of June, that may be destinations of interest. 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition [...]
Tweet By Mike Semel Understand What Constitutes HIPAA Compliant E-mail Every day I get questions about HIPAA compliant e-mail, and many days I see or hear something that leads healthcare organizations and their business associates in the wrong direction. These Myths and Facts can help you make the right e-mail decisions. I have included links [...]
Tweet Today’s Business News 4Medapproved.com has announced a new marketing and distribution partnership with UBM Medica US. 4Medapproved is an educational resource for the adoption of health information technology in practice management and associated healthcare communities. UBM Medica US is one of the largest media companies in the United States serving the healthcare industry. “As the U.S. healthcare system [...]
Tweet Ryan Ricks, DataSourceMD Follow him on Twitter @ryan_ricks One of the first questions pundits ask any time the U.S. gets embroiled in an international conflict is whether or not the current administration has an exit strategy. It is a valid question. Exit strategies are plans for withdrawing from an engagement without losing or compromising [...]
What: In Nova Scotia, the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) has decided to award a contract for its preferred EMR system to Ontario-based Nightingale Informatix Corporation, much to the dismay of software vendors in the local region.…
What: Electronic health records offer the opportunity to better integrate clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) at the point of care, but the technology and physician practice must evolve, according to a paper published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.…
EHR applications have become the center of clinical workflow evaluation and change for many physicians both in the ambulatory physician practice and the inpatient environment. However, the evolving Meaningful Use regulations in Stage 2 and overall competitive pressures have placed a greater priority on the ability to exchange clinical data between disparate systems and independent care providers. The primary vehicle for this exchange of data is through some form of Health Information Exchange (HIE).
HIE solutions are intended to quickly and easily supply healthcare providers with additional information on a patient. Yet, many HIE’s continue to struggle to reach critical adoption levels due to challenges in ease of accessing or utilizing data within [...]
We've published a new whitepaper! It's titled: The Road to HIE Sustainability.
Summary: Hospitals and other healthcare providers are in an extended period of rapid adoption of healthcare IT products and services. In particular, hospital systems are driving towards two foundational goals: 1) Raising the level of EHR adoption among their hospitals and owned/ affiliated physician practices, and 2) private health information exchange (HIE). Achieving these two goals are necessary in order to meet the future requirements these providers will be facing, including accountable care, pay for performance, disease management, and population health among them.
This raises questions about the sustainability of these invest [...]
This is a post from Patti Dodgen, Hielix CEO and details her recent experience in October 2012.
It's difficult, but extremely instructive to receive in-patient medical attention if you're someone who analyzes and improves clinical workflows for a living. My husband recently had a hip replacement procedure. It wasn't our first trip to the joint center - he had bilateral knee replacements a few years ago, and there were complications with that procedure - but ultimately, that surgery was a huge success. Even so, this trip we still worked very hard to avoid the complications that almost cost him his life.
We had the same surgeon, a physician universally recognized to be a leader in his field, who also is famous for his [...]