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March 16, 2012  11:57 AM

The multiple lives of the digital divide



Posted by: AllinHIT
EHR adoption, Specialties

I will never forget my response after reading the 1999 report authored by the National Information Administration, Falling through the net: Defining the Digital Divide. The report revealed the...

March 16, 2012  9:20 AM

PCPs are primary for access and lower costs



Posted by: AllinHIT
Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, PCPs

I recently read an article in The Hospitalist about Massachusetts’ Healthcare Law going into its sixth year in existence. The article...


February 28, 2012  8:57 AM

EHR employment, listening to the cry!



Posted by: AllinHIT
EHR training, ONC, Workforce Development Program

During the end of February, I had many discussions on the topic of health IT jobs with some of the graduates of the HHS/ONC workforce development program.  Summarizing, there was a feeling that EHR vendors, hospitals, and other possible employers were requiring specific health IT vendor solution...


February 9, 2012  8:15 AM

ePHI for marketing crossing the HIPAA line?



Posted by: AllinHIT
ePHI, HIPAA

EHR adoption, as we know, has a snowball effect on the quality of patient care, the ability to access electronic protected health information (ePHI), avoiding the duplication of test and other services, also effecting patient compliance and engagement. Now, according to a new study, hospitals are...


January 27, 2012  10:06 PM

Beacon shines a dull light on Hospital HIEs



Posted by: AllinHIT
Health information exchange, HIE

Beacon Partners, the large, Massachusetts based health care consulting firm, recently came out with a Health Information Exchange (HIE) survey, titled "Health Information Exchange Study: Assessing the Interest and Value in


January 15, 2012  11:46 PM

Order sets, a prescription for defensive medicine



Posted by: AllinHIT
CDS, Chronic care management, clinical decision support, Defensive medicine, EHR usability, Order sets

According to CMS, health care costs in the state of Florida are at $132 billion annually. Although this is an astounding amount, and worthy of a huge gasp, learning that $40 billion of that cost was a result of defensive medicine was the most alarming! Defensive medicine, the act of providing...


January 9, 2012  4:18 PM

New EFT payor requirements, better late than never!



Posted by: AllinHIT
EFT payor requirements, EHR billing, eRx, HHS rinal rule on electronic fund transfers

As a previous small business owner, I know the importance of cash flow to operations.  Having thousands of dollars in arrears because of client's processing manual payments, has always negatively impacted cash flow.  Matter of fact, increasing cash flow was the


December 30, 2011  6:46 PM

Seniors and health IT: A match made to avoid heaven!



Posted by: AllinHIT
Cost of care, eRx, Senior care, Senior Citizens League, telemedicine

Last week I wrote a ceremonious, empathetic, "Christmassy" blog about being reminded how effective "no tech" methods can be in achieving better medical...


December 21, 2011  4:37 PM

The health care cloud: Increasing the need for disaster recovery



Posted by: AllinHIT
Disaster planning, Disaster recovery, Servers, Uptime

There is no doubt, and rightfully so, that the topic of cloud computing has been dominating technology infrastructure conversations as of late. We have EHR vendors, who only sold a client-server application, now reformatting their application for the "cloud".  We have physicians that two years...


December 20, 2011  11:46 AM

No tech better than high tech in providing real care!



Posted by: AllinHIT
All Things HIT, Beneficiary management, Care coordination, Medicaid, Medicare, No tech solutions, Population health

As a health IT professional, I am often talking, writing, or giving speeches on the role of HIT in lowering overall cost of health care. Wellness programs, chronic disease management, EHRs, HIEs, and the quality versus fee-for-service (FFS) focus I think will ultimately improve care! However, when...


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