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EHRs: First, Do No Harm

First, do no harm. Four simple words that are synonymous with healthcare. It’s a principle that everyone in the industry – not just physicians – should adhere to. So shame on us all for our part in allowing an EHR vendor to shut off a practice’s access to their patients’ medical records and for recklessly putting patients at risk. Whether our role in healthcare is policy maker, technology developer, provider, or HIT geek, we really need to do better.

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Get Schooled: 4 Helpful Patient Education Tools

How can clinicians get patients to understand the nuances of their care so they will make those necessary phone calls? How can we educate patients so they understand the “whys” of the interventions and the steps they need to take to achieve their goals? To me, explaining they need to do a certain task or get a certain reading isn’t enough. They need to have some rational behind why it is important and what will be done with the information they gather.

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From Carepass to HealthKit: Health Platforms Must be Founded on Trust

It’s amazing how many companies forget trust when it comes to platforms, networks and user data, but it is fundamental. Facebook and Google may use my data, but the value is so high we tend to forgive and try to forget what’s happening, or tend not to dwell on it at least. I’m not so cavalier with my health data. We all weigh perceived risks and consequences, often attempting to keep the perceived risk low in our mind’s eye, but that’s more difficult with health data, and requires a deeper commitment to trust.

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Focusing on Fun and Interactivity Can Improve Health Outcomes

Interactivity, and not just technological interactivity, may be the secret to getting patients engaged. Doing is infinitely more interesting than being talked at or just handed information. That’s why we do science experiments in school. Theory is one thing but seeing an idea in action, and being a part of that action, makes the concepts so much more concrete. Making the action fun just adds to the chances of success. That’s why nursery rhymes and the ABC song have been used as learning tools for decades.

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The High Cost of the Sweet Life

As we move toward digital health and digital payments, the relationships between spending, environment, and other health determinants are becoming clearer, including the choices we make at any moment. Things that influence behavioral choices are often the social determinants of health, the cultural and economic contexts (including geography) of our day-to-day decisions.

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Global Center for Health Innovation Cleveland

HIMSS Rocks the Global Center for Health Innovation

The Global Center for Health Innovation opened for business last October in Cleveland, Ohio, but will officially open to the general public this October. The futuristic glass structure, designed by LMN Architects of Seattle, comprises four floors and 235,000 square feet of space. The Global Center is adjacent to Cleveland’s new underground Convention Center, also designed by LMN. Jointly, they hope to attract more healthcare-themed conferences and exhibits to Cleveland.

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Looking Through the Google Glass

I’m impressed by the number of big-name health systems that are giving Google Glass a test drive. It’s also interesting to note the diversity of applications, from telehealth, education, remote consults, and EMR access. By the time HIMSS15 rolls around next April I am sure we’ll have a clearer idea of which vendors have figured out the formula for success. But please… don’t be a Glasshole!

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