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CIO John Halamka's farm, health IoT on HIT Squad agenda

In this podcast, SearchHealthIT's HIT Squad talked healthcare IoT, CIO John Halamka's farm, ICD-10 opinion and Allscripts news from its user conference.

Only John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, could equate guinea fowl with problems with ICD-10.

Halamka, noted for his sometimes provocative views, showed HIT Squad member Kristen Lee, news writer for SearchHealthIT, a small scar on his hand from a guinea fowl, as he showed her around his Massachusetts farm recently.

"Unless you call it the right bird species you will be committing fraud and abuse," John Halamka told Lee, who is making a video feature on him.

Halamka was referring to the much-commented on complexity of ICD-10, which has fans and critics.

Lee relayed the story in this HIT Squad podcast, the second in a two-part episode.

In the same episode, her HIT Squad partner, SearchHealthIT news and features writer Shaun Sutner, talked about the Allscripts comeback story the company's CEO, president and director, Paul Black, told at the Allscripts user conference in Boston earlier this month.

Black is staking part of the EHR vendor's future on a partnership deal with genomics researcher and entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D. and his company NantHealth, LLC.

Also on the agenda at the user conference was a stirring keynote speech by patients' rights activist Regina Holliday.

Meanwhile, Lee and Sutner also talked about the recent SearchHealthIT tweet chat about Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare, which drew a spirited discussion and dozens of tweets.

Two Storify pieces written by Lee and Sutner also spawned from the half-hour session. The stories included embedded tweets from the chat about IoT in healthcare scenarios for patient satisfaction and scalability based on emerging IoT standards.

Let us know what you think about the story or if you share John Halamka's view of ICD-10; email Shaun Sutner, news and features writer, or contact @SSutner on Twitter.

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