Up at 5AM: The 5AM Solutions Blog

Can We Find a Balance Between Privacy and Meaningful Use?

Posted on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 04:01 PM

You’ve probably noticed that there is a lot of conversation about meaningful use lately. It’s not a new concept in health IT, but these days, it’s timely.

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Tags: meaningful use, EHR, interoperability

3 Things That EHRs Need to Work Better

Posted on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

Electronic health records have come under scrutiny lately, and that has continued this week at HIMSS15, the annual conference of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Here's some of what's been addressed at the conference so far:

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Tags: EHR, health IT, EMR, electronic health record, HIMSS

NIH Has a $150M to Spend on Pediatric Research this Year

Posted on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

It seems like a nice problem to have: an additional $150 million for important research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found itself in this very position. The agency has a bit more than $150 million to spend on pediatric studies from two sources this year. 

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Tags: cancer, research, EHR, NCS

EMR Data + Clinical Trials = 21st Century Cures

Posted on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "21st Century Cures: Modernizing Clinical Trials" last week.

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, electronic medical records, EMR, clinical trials, Big Data

Suspense! Consent Management in an Emergency

Posted on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Imagine the worst: you’ve been shot, and your chances of survival are dismally slim. It goes without saying that when rushed to the ER, you’re unconscious. 

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, health IT, EMR, informed consent, consent, clinical trials

The Next Generation: A Comprehensive Electronic Health Record

Posted on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

The Network for Public Health Law is holding their 2012 Public Health Law conference this week in Atlanta, focusing on the Practical Approaches to Critical Challenges in Public Health Law, and I have been in attendance. Having worked in healthcare for over fifteen years, and reflecting upon the topics thus far, it was clear that we all go about our daily lives working hard and doing everything we can to accomplish our projects in Health IT with efficiency, and effectiveness, intent upon delivering value to our customers. But what struck me, was how little we really take time to think about the impact the work we are doing has upon our individual lives and those of our families. 

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, electronic health record, electronic medical records, EMR, Network for Public Health Law, VLER, virtual lifetime electronic record, iEHR, integrated electronic health record

Simplifying HIE: Strategies to Make Things Easier

Posted on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act was created (as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to stimulate the migration of medical records from a paper model to an electronic one. HITECH includes Meaningful Use (MU), which are guidelines to encourage and enforce the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by doctors, clinics, hospitals, and care delivery systems throughout the country. There are three key components that define meaningful use:

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, electronic health record, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, ONC, Health Information Exchange, HIE, meaningful use

Electronic Medical Records: The Magic Wand of Adoption

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, health IT, electronic health record, fastercures, fastercures.org, electronic medical records, EMR

The Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus, and Health IT: Prophecies for 2012

Posted on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

From my first encounter as a kid with Nostradamus, I’ve been a sucker for predictions about the future. And it doesn’t hurt if they’re couched in scary, end-of-times imagery. Shout out to all my Mayan Calendar fans – it’s time to party like it’s 199 … uh, I mean 2012. Things seldom turn out the way we think they will, but it’s still fun to peer into the crystal ball of the future and make your best guess. So, to start the year off right (since it’s probably our last), I give you the gift of the future of Health IT, as seen through a glass darkly on the Interweb:

Information Week reports the following predictions from IDC Health Insights:

  1. Electronic Health Records will be in widespread usage by US providers as 2012 comes to a close.  Sadly, all of the providers will be destroyed in the cataclysmic end-of-times before they can collect on their "Meaningful Use" bonuses.

  2. Successful Accountable Care Organizations will emerge from private or public-private initiatives. Only to be driven back deep underground by giant rocks raining down from outer space.

  3. A minimum of 70% of health insurance and technology resources will be directed to improving consumer engagement. Unfortunately, 100% of the consumers will be busily engaged in extinction from earthquakes, tsunamis, and the plague.

Robert Rowley of Practice Fusion offers the following predictions:

  1. Usage of web-based Electronic Health Records will continue to grow. ...Then stop suddenly on December 21st.

  2. Real connectivity will make significant progress using point-to-point solutions, such as Direct, and platform systems, such as … that’s right, Practice Fusion. With ultimate connectivity being achieved on the 21st as space rocks mash humanity into one big mass of human jelly.

  3. Anonymized “big data” from electronic health records will significantly increase our medical knowledge. Until anonymized “big rocks” significantly decrease it by force.

  4. Consumer data will flourish, and become linked to personal medical data. That’s right, our data will outlive us. Some people fear the rise of the machines, but it’s really the data we should fear as it has the real advantage on us.

Kaiser Health News predicts that 2012 will be a big year in healthcare because of the continuing impact of the 2010 federal health law. While, in case you can't tell by now, I predict it will be big because of all the apocalyptic dying and destruction.

Seriously, though, what are your big predictions? Where do you think Health IT will go in 2012?  I’d love to hear from you. Comment away below...Then we can all look down from Mayan Heaven in 2013 and see how right we were.

-Michael Hunter, 5AM Solutions

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, health IT, PHR, personal health record, electronic health record, predictions, Nostradamus, Mayan calendar

Personal Health Records: In or Out for 2012?

Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 @ 06:00 AM

Whether you call it a personal health record (PHR) or a personally-controlled health record (PcHR), the notion of a person-centered, self-managed electronic medical record is seen as both an essential byproduct/outcome of health IT and its core value. I certainly yearn for the day where I am at the center of my electronic health record, flowing my health information through and among my physicians, so that my entire health care team has a clear and complete view of my health. But away from people like me in the “health IT” field, apart from the DC echo chamber, do people care about managing their health, digitally? ...Or at all? Are PHRs on the 2012 “in” or “out” list?

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Tags: EHR, electronic health records, digital divide, PHR, personal health record, electronic health record, diabesity, personally-controlled health record, Google Health

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