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The population health benefits of EMR implementation done right

I’m back at it again, talking about my continued love/hate relationship with EMRs. From my conversations with doctors at different hospitals in our region, it seems that most docs appear to be falling into the “hate” column. Meanwhile, I’m still chugging along with the EHR that’s been installed in my office. And while it works

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What if medical records worked like Wikipedia?

I’ve been thinking about EMRs, electronic medical records, lately. It’s a subject, despite some professional experience, I don’t feel particularly close to. In fact, if anything, they are a source of consternation. As an industry insider, I see them as an expensive albatross around our collective neck. As a human centered design adviser, I see

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How wearables can objectively track outcomes in patients

There are few certainties in medicine. But treating rotator cuff injuries has revealed one to me: People with rotator cuff tears don’t sleep well. If you want a glimpse into the life-altering symptoms of shoulder pain, just ask one of these patients how many times a night he or she wakes up with pain. Hearing the

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What health care can learn from Katz’s Delicatessen

Sometime during the last year of the second millennium, I wrote my last letter in response to the last letter I have ever received. It’s been email ever since. I don’t recall making a conscious decision to stop writing letters. It just happened. I cannot pinpoint the exact date when my work memos, agendas, proposals

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The Heartbleed bug compromises EHRs: Physicians and patients beware

Technology finds its way into our lives not so much in big flashy ways as little ones. Oh, I can do this a little bit faster now, isn’t that cool? Wow, isn’t this convenient? Oh, isn’t this a huge risk to my privacy? Oftentimes, when I start talking about Linux or scripting or the command

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Microsoft ending support of Windows XP operating system

 If your healthcare practice runs any computers with Windows XP, you will face  considerably increased risk of data breaches and HIPAA violations in less than 24  hours.  Beginning April 8th, 2014 @ 11:59pm EST, Microsoft will no longer provide  security patches / updates for Windows XP, which is expected to magnify the […]

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HIPAA compliance toolkit by HHS for Healthcare providers

A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from HHS. The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator […]

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Apps used to monitor blood pressure need better design

Here’s a design approach that I really, really dislike: the scrolling wheel that is often used for number entry in iOS apps. I find that the scrolling wheel makes it very tiresome to enter numbers, and much prefer apps that offer a number pad, or another way to touch the number you need. (Or at

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Why the days of the stethoscope are numbered

The stethoscope has been a symbol of the medical profession for two centuries. Dr. René Laennec probably had no idea how his idea would take off when he first invented the simple wooden tube in Paris back in 1816. After a few modifications over the course of the next several decades, it evolved into what we know today. A central

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Crafting a Social Media Policy: Who needs to be at the table?

The healthcare industry has been slow to embrace social media. Only 23% of registered hospitals are active on a social platform in 2013*. This number is expected to double in 2014. Yet almost 69% of hospitals do not have a social media policy. There are many good […]

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