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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

Better EMRs Can Make Big Data More Relevant

Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Is healthcare technology good enough? Robert M. Wachter, M.D., Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF says no. Or at least not most of it yet. He claims that most of the electronic medical records systems used in hospitals are so bad, that some physicians seeking new positions think that not having an EMR system is a perk.

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Tags: health IT, EMR, 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

5 Ways HHS is Bringing (Big Data) Power to the People

Posted on Tue, Jun 03, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

Yesterday, at Health Datapalooza, United States CTO, Todd Park, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had launched initiatives that make tons of much-requested — but hard to get — health data accessible to the public. 

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Tags: health IT, clinical trials, personalized medicine, Big Data, Data Science, FDA

5 Ingredients for Paving the Future of Legacy Systems

Posted on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Alan Kay introduced an idea that the best way to predict the future is to invent in. 5AM takes this idea seriously, continuously honing our Glassbox methodology to empower our customers to drive and receive the change they want. A common perception is that people resist change. We have found that people resist what they perceive as threats. The ability to change is to address the threats (aka risks) by answering five key questions. Legacy systems offer a fine example.

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Tags: health IT, Legacy Systems, Glassbox

An Introduction to the Realm of Wearable Health Technology - Part II

Posted on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

In my last post, I looked at the new heart health and activity tracking tools we can expect in 2014. In this post, I'll look at the new (and arguably more useful and interesting) types of tools that we can look forward to this year.

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Tags: health IT, mhealth, Wearable Health Technology

A History of Henrietta Lacks and the Evolving Nature of Consent

Posted on Tue, Feb 04, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is certainly not a new book—it became a celebrated best seller almost immediately after it was published in early 2010.

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Tags: biospecimen, health IT, Dynamic Consent

An Introduction to the Realm of Wearable Health Technology

Posted on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

While the press has been touting 2014 as "the year of wearable technology", many of us know about, and may already be using wearable technology that helps us improve many aspects of our health and our lives. For example, if you're a fitness enthusiast or a competitive athlete, you're probably already using a wireless heart rate monitor - a sensor that's worn around your upper torso - with a watch or an app on your phone that uses GPS to track your position, activity and effort.

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Tags: health IT, mhealth, Wearable Health Technology

5 Things to Look Forward to in Dynamic Consent

Posted on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Picture it… 10 years ago, 5AM was a startup and the genome had just been mapped. Anyone who was paying attention knew -- just knew! -- that as surely as Mercator revolutionized the way the West saw the world, the newly mapped genome would usher in the next age of science and medicine. Software developers were thrilled at the prospect of wrangling all of that free-floating, wild genomic data into useful, meaningful information. A thing of beauty, to be sure!

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Tags: health IT, Dynamic Consent

5 Techniques for Moving Beyond the Fold

Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

Even in a digital world, the term "Above the fold" still matters.  "The fold" is a term that comes to us from the newspaper industry and simply refers to news items on the front page of a folded newspaper that the editor thinks will engage readers.  Why does such an anachronistic term matter?

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Tags: JQuery, UX, design, health IT

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