Analyzing The TweetStream: A Closer Look at The News For The Week of 6/24 – 6/28

In this new blog segment, we take a look at the top 5 pieces of news that ran through our Twitterfeed over a specific work week.

#1

 

Last week’s U.S. Senate Committee on Finance hearing painted a picture of a still-failing EHR system, but with a positive outlook on the future. Speakers at the hearing voiced concerns that the required CMS quality measures are too broad and vast; many records are designed in a piecemeal fashion, making it too difficult to track patients correctly; and Meaningful Use incentive payments are rewarded under the wrong criteria. The hearing did conclude on a good note, however, as all speakers agreed that EHRs are the way to go – just not the way they are currently going.

#2

 

This simple clip, which briefly shows a surgeon using the new GoogleGlass technology during an operation, demonstrates how quickly mobile medicine is becoming widespread. Using only an iPad and GoogleGlass, a surgeon can stream his or her operations to anyone, live, and that is quite an amazing feat.

#3

 

Government Health IT speaks with Chris Wysopal, CTO over at the security firm Veracode, and asks why the VA was hacked and discusses who might have done it. China and Russia get thrown around in the discussion, so this Q&A was most likely the closest the HealthIT community got to feeling like James Bond last week.

#4

 

University researchers last week reported a fairly easy-to-understand concept, but now it is scientifically proven: EHRs can reduce healthcare costs, but only if they are applied in the proper manner. EHRs that introduce errors or muddle up the process will actually increase costs.

#5

 

GoogleGlass is big in the news right now and healthcare isn’t an exception to this trend. It is fun to think of all the possibilities GoogleGlass presents, such as using it to better determine a patient’s mood.

Shane works in the marketing department at Corepoint Health. He currently is a full-time MBA student at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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