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  • The precision medicine learning curve

    Joel Diamond MD
    February 20, 2017

    The concept of applying genomics and precision medicine is gaining momentum. Physicians are enthusiastic about the potential of personalized care plans to improve patient outcomes. But several questions remain for physicians who must put precision medicine into practice, including these. Read more…

  • VP Biden roundtable aims to improve patient access to information

    Assaf Halevy
    January 12, 2017

    Allscripts Vice President of Government Affairs Leigh Burchell and I represented Allscripts and 2bPrecise on January 6 at a select executive roundtable of the healthcare industry’s top leaders, invited by Vice President Joe Biden. We discussed improving patient access to their information, both broadly and within the context of cancer care Read more…

  • Clinical photography bridges technology gap in health care

    Tina Joros
    November 16, 2016

    Sometimes the best way to capture information is with a picture. Photographs can help clinicians diagnose conditions and monitor progress, especially in specialties such as plastic surgery, dermatology, burn care, wound care and vein care. Clinical photography can be helpful in these cases. However, due to the technical skill needed to capture accurate, repeatable photographs, these pictures rarely provide comparable, measurable (read “quality”) data for providers. Read more…

  • Lessons from the field: How to maximize the potential of genomic information

    Assaf Halevy
    October 04, 2016

    As the industry recognizes the potential of genomic information to revolutionize healthcare delivery, experts describe the many challenges and opportunities related to precision medicine. A recent Health Data Management article, WEDI: EHR support for genomic medicine lacking, reviews highlights of a white paper from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Genomics Workgroup. Read more…

  • Redefining the paradigm for health IT interfaces

    Erik Kins
    September 30, 2016

    Electronic health records (EHRs) are the backbone of health IT infrastructure, but they can’t be all things to all people. For truly connected communities of health, EHRs must talk with other applications and solutions. Integrating separate technologies has not always been easy. Traditionally, these projects require committee meetings and complicated interfaces that can take months, or even years, to complete. Read more…

  • Briefing Congress on health IT innovation

    Paul Black
    September 16, 2016

    This week I testified before the United States House of Representatives. It was an honor to represent the healthcare IT industry and share how innovations are driving efficiencies and improvements. Here are excerpts from that testimony: Despite some bumps in the road, as can be expected in times of change, there have been huge leaps forward in our industry in recent years that never would have happened had Congress not provided the impetus for ubiquitous adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Read more…

  • When every day matters

    Tina Joros
    August 25, 2016

    Working with health information technology companies every day can be exciting – you get a chance to see futuristic solutions that you know will have an impact on generations of people receiving health care. But the origin of these solutions can be quite heartbreaking. You hear stories of medical errors and information gridlock that led to devastating results for loved ones. Here is a story that Patrick Randolph, CEO of QueueDr, told me about his friend, who had to wait three weeks to find out he had multiple sclerosis (MS): Read more…

  • Data collection options for every patient

    Tina Joros
    July 21, 2016

    To provide the best quality care, clinicians need detailed information about a patient’s medical history and status. They need to know existing information is correct, and also about new details in patients’ lives that could affect their care. Some days, I’m organized and build in time to prepare for upcoming appointments. I may be able to go to an online site and complete the updates and information necessary for my visit in advance. During busy days Read more…

  • Create a great experience for every caller

    Tina Joros
    June 23, 2016

    When there’s a customer support issue – with our cell phones, cars, banking or online shopping – the answers are not always on a website or app. Sometimes we want or need to call. The experience can quickly get exasperating if we’re transferred multiple times, repeating account information, security questions or other information. Based on previous experiences, there are companies I don’t mind calling for an issue, and those I never want to speak to again. Read more…

  • Mobile application replaces outdated communication tools

    Tina Joros
    May 16, 2016

    Technology is one of the biggest paradoxes in health care. On the clinical front, modern day technologies offer patients life-saving therapies and improvement in quality of life. But communication among providers has seen little evolution over the past decades, still relying on pagers, fax machines and paper printouts. So we shouldn’t be surprised by a recently published study that revealed preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. The majority of medical errors are due to poor Read more…

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