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Unstructured Data: The Star Waiting in The Wings

Data-filled electronic health records hold the promise of predictive, personalized medicine and improved population health. Up until now, much of the data retrieved from records is structured data, information recorded in specific data fields. However, the total amount of structured data accounts for as little as 20% of the EHR with as much as 80% of EHR data unstructured. For example, all MD and other health care provider notes anhd all written reports accompanying examinations (e.g., radiologic data) is unstructured data.

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Meaningful Use: Are We Losing Sight of the Finish Line?

In 2010 with the release of proposed rules for the EHR incentive program, the HIT industry was hurled into a whirlwind and “Meaningful Use” became the buzz word of the day. Now, just the mention of two words and you can hear a silent sigh. Since the Stage 2 rules were released, communities have discussed the complexities of the standards, the need for more time and flexibility, and the lack of collaboration between policy and reality. However, recently these seemingly small discussions have become the crying out of an industry seeing a good idea go horribly wrong.

A preview of Friday’s #HITsm chat.

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Clinical Information Systems Usability Discussion Topics

As the healthcare IT community continues to move from analog to digital, it is critical for us to focus on usability. It is not merely enough to replicate paper-based workflows with clinical information systems, it is critical for us to bring our patient’s stories to life in a visually rich, contextually relevant, highly usable format. Dr. Rasu Shrestha provides 5 important topics to discuss.

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Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd: Advice for Navigating HIMSS14

One of the world’s largest health IT conference kicks off at the end of this month, February 23-27, and this year promises to be every bit as enormous. With so many areas to explore, HIMSS can be rather overwhelming for an unprepared attendee. Shane Damico interviewed Cari McLean from HIMSS and Jennifer Dennard from Billian Inc. to provide their advice for first-time conference-goers.

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The 12 Ways of Giving: Opportunities for the Health IT Community to Give Back

Giving is near and dear to author Jennifer Thew, who was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school from kindergarten through high school and helping the poor or others in need was a part of the curriculum. Click the link to learn more about the 12 different organizations and causes she thinks are worthy of the health IT community’s attention, and a good way to give back.

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