The context in which we provide interfaces outside of hospital organizations is changing rapidly. There are many new regulatory and business requirements. The government and market pressures to form ACOs and HIEs have generated a high number of new participants and connections. These factors and others are creating a tsunami of interface work that is coming in at a rapid pace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Factors that contribute to sleep disturbances include medication, illness, and stress. So do two things common to the health care industry – shift work (particularly night shift) and technology. Both are messing with our circadian rhythms. What are your tips for working the night shift and/or breaking through insomnia?
“The most overused term in health IT is ______?” It’s a fun question to ponder and, as you might expect, we got a quite a few answers on a recent chat. But, before you jump the gun and check out our list, take a crack at it yourself – what do you think are the most overused terms?
The indicators are starting to show a strong correlation between the notion of giving and economic success. After all, it’s a well-worn truth that trust drives economics and exchange. Giving is a profound way to develop that trust within a community network. So, give thanks, then find the right community, and give a bit of yourself. Good things will follow.
Angela Dunn continues her series on innovation in healthcare. The latest discusses the benefit of learning from others and introduces the “innovisit” and the “What If…? Movement” that inspire innovation and challenge the status quo. Do you have an example of an innovation outside of healthcare used in healthcare?
Finding articles about the missteps or failures of health IT is easy. The key to remember, though, is progress is happening in many places. This is a call to action, a call to express gratitude. During the next 10+ days, let’s express our gratitude for the good happening and where it is happening. Through Twitter, tweet your HIT gratitude, using the hashtag #HITThanks.
Data is a powerful thing. It may show that an algorithm is contributing to successful outcomes or it can also show that it’s having detrimental effects on patient outcomes. Those in charge of the algorithms have to investigate why that is and update the algorithm to improve the outcomes.
Radiology has always had the most innovative technology in healthcare, with CT scanners that can capture a 3D image of a patient’s heart between heart beats, but the field is often wrongly stereotyped as sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the interoperability revolution. Tim Dawson introduces us to DICOM-RS, a standard akin to HL7 FHIR that will very likely have a big role in the future of health IT interoperability
I think the thing healthcare providers fear most, be they nurses, physicians, physical therapists, pharmacists, is making a mistake. We all got into the healthcare field to help, not harm someone. Yes, mistakes in our line of work can be deadly. But they can also be teaching moments that bring fixable flaws in our delivery systems to light.
The Holy Grail of Health IT right now is to create a trusted app platform and marketplace. We’ve seen that with Aetna’s CarePass and platform strategy. We’ve seen hints of it with United and Optum.
Could the Avado acquisition signal the beginnings of a true, trusted mHealth platform?