MAR
28
A few great weeks on the road have just come to an end; and with a chance to breathe, comes a chance to reflect. Two things I found myself thinking about on my plane ride from HIMSS were ogres and onions. Keep reading...it makes sense. The Value of Stolen EHR One of the sessions I attended at HIMSS reviewed Florida’s system for evaluating eligibility, and managing access, for healthcare and other government benefits. A key point for me was the number, breadth, and sophistication of criminals blog callouttargeting healthcare; and the increasing demand for stolen patient records. Estimates varied, depending on the source, but they all ... READ MORE>>
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NOV
26

Healthcare.gov has been a hotbed for political cartoonists looking for enough material to populate an entire Google search.

If you don’thealthcare.gov believe me, go to Google, enter “healthcare.gov website cartoon” click on images, and prepare to waste a morning alternately laughing and cursing. Everyone, or what appears to be everyone given that this is politics, seems to agree with one or more of the following:
  • The system was inadequately planned
  • The requirements were changed up to the last minute
  • The testing was ‘accelerated’ resulting in inadequate quality validation
  • And last but certainly not least, the launch was based on external pressure, not a validation of system readiness
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NOV
20
      “Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard” Last week was a new experience for me in many ways. I attended the first annual Imprivata Healthcon user conference. And while this blog is about my experiences on the road representing RES at industry events and such, technically this week I was not “on the road”. Healthcon 2012 was hosted in my home town of Boston Massachusetts, right on the historic Charles River with splendid views of Harvard, MIT, Fenway Park and the Boston skyline. And the best part was, at the end of the day, I got to get into my car and go home. ... READ MORE>>
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JUL
20
Turn your head and cough… It seems to me that more and more hospitals and healthcare organizations require sensitive patient information before you even describe what your ailment even is. The simple name and address form of yesteryear has easily turned into pages and pages of questions on everything from past medical history, contact information and even billing and payment data. Think about it this way. You go to the “Doctor” (even that is a loose definition these days) and before you even say my back hurts you are handed “the clipboard”, with a pen branded with a pharmaceutical company logo. You take your clipboard to a seat ... READ MORE>>
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