The jury is in and there is not a trace of reasonable doubt that medication errors, especially those resulting from poor medication reconciliation, are a persistent problem for the healthcare industry. Adversely affecting all parties involved—provider organizations, quality managers, clinicians, and patients—ineffective med rec has been cited as the culprit for many of these errors.
First Databank recently put out this video to start the conversation about the importance of medication reconciliation and the evolution of it over time. I think this is an important conversation that doesn’t get enough attention.
In this video we look at the state of HIM today with Charlie Saponaro, President and CEO of Medical Record Associates. We talk about where HIM is heading and trends like remote HIM and outsourced HIM. This is a wide ranging conversation about HIM and many of the important trends that are happening.
Going to the topic of the video, I’ve seen a lot of practices that can benefit from the idea of accountability in their practice. In many respects, Vishal is just describing how to implement some best business practices into your clinic. Many practices could benefit from these simple ideas.
I recently had a chance to tour the uniquely designed Sanford Health office in Fargo, ND. I’d never seen a space like it. It’s layered with technology to track the patients, nurses, doctors, etc. Plus, they’ve created a really interesting “Off Stage” and “On Stage” approach that pulls from Disney. Patients only ever see the “On Stage” area and the staff do their work “Off Stage.” Not to mention things like Self-Rooming.
Here’s a video of Jeff Hoss, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Sanford Health, talking about the clinic and some of the outcomes of their design (plus, make sure you listen to his bad data example):
What do you think of some of these ideas? Is what he describes the perfect patient process flow? Have you had experience implementing RTLS in your environment?
I was talking with some people about creating a few National Health IT Week videos, and Dr. Webster (better known as @wareFLO) created this funny video.
Mr RIMP (@MrRIMP) is a Bluetooth-controlled, 3D-printed wearable robot who lives in Dr. Chuck Webster’s pocket (@wareFLO). Kids, pediatricians and child life specialists love him. And HE loves Health Information Technology! Happy #NHITweek!
I’m not sure where Dr. Webster gets the time to tinker, but I’ll never be as awesome as him. A Google Glass controlled robot! That’s awesome. Nice work Chuck.
I’ve seen a number of creative EHR go live videos from various hospitals, but I was really intrigued by the following two EHR training and go live videos for Via Christi hospitals. I found them really interesting because you could hear the first person perspective on what was happening. Certainly people see a camera and say things a little bit different, but I think these videos did a pretty good job capturing the mix of emotions that happen when someone moves to EHR.
Via Christi is part of Ascension Health, and it’s the largest health system in Kansas. It has about a dozen hospitals across the state, several more clinics and senior centers. They had 15 different EHR systems they turned off when they switched to Cerner’s EHR. The Kansas paper reported that the new EHR cost $85 million.
This first video talks about the EHR training that occurred and got comments from a lot of doctors about the change. I found it interesting that they say each doctor got 14 hours of training.
This video talks about the go live. I like the idea of celebrating events like an EHR go live. This felt a little too “made for TV” for me, but there are some really interesting perspectives including the project manager who’s watching the timelines, the IT person who’s just ready to flip the switch, and the nurse that’s not sure what to do with paper while they do the cut over.
Thanks to Via Christi for sharing a bit of their experience moving to Cerner!
In our latest Google Plus hangout, we sat down with the founders of Modernizing Medicine, Daniel Cane and Dr. Michael Sherling to discuss their latest integration of the Modernizing Medicine EHR with IBM’s Watson. Plus, we take some time to talk about Modernizing Medicine’s unique EMA Outcomes and EMA Grand Rounds products and how they impact the way a doctor treats a patient. We finish off by dipping into the ICD-10 and Meaningful Use Stage 2 delay.
About Daniel Cane
Daniel Cane is the CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. Since founding the company in 2010, Daniel has led his team to raise a total of nearly $30M in funding and to hire almost 185 employees as he works towards his stated goal to “Modernize Medicine.” Before founding Modernizing Medicine, Daniel co-founded Blackboard Inc., raising over $100M in venture capital and in 2004 helped take the company public on the NASDAQ. In 2011, Blackboard was sold for $1.6B.
About Dr. Michael Sherling
Dr. Michael Sherling is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Modernizing Medicine. A Harvard and Yale trained dermatologist, he’s led Modernizing Medicine to gain almost 25% of the US EHR market share in dermatology. Dr. Sherling is responsible for developing and designing the dermatology-based Modernizing Medicine software, and supervising the medical arm of ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic and cosmetic surgery, otolaryngology, gastroenterology and urology software.
The people at InstaMed have put together this video showing the results of their 2013 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report. If you’re someone in healthcare that cares about getting paid (I wish there was an irony font), then you’ll enjoy this video.
I was excited to sit down with Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip, in our latest installment of Google Plus Hangouts with top healthcare IT leaders. Along with telling a little bit about the AirStrip story, we talk a lot about what differentiates AirStrip as a mobile health company over the tens of thousands of mobile health applications out there. We also dive into the current EHR market and where it’s headed. Plus, we talk about FDA regulation and its impact on mobile health and what its impact on mobile health and EHR will be in the future.
About Alan Portela
Alan Portela has more than 25 years of experience in bringing groundbreaking medical technology solutions to market. Alan Portela became CEO at AirStrip in 2011. Prior to joining AirStrip, Alan Portela was CEO and principal of Hybrid Clinical Transformation, LLC, where he developed successful EHR adoption strategies for the U.S. Military Health System and much of the Veterans Health Administration. He also served as President and Chief Strategist at CliniComp, Intl., and in senior executive roles in several innovative healthcare technology and service organizations.
In our latest episode in our series of Google Plus hangouts, I sat down with Vishal Gandhi, Founder and CEO of ClinicSpectrum. In this interview we cover a broad range of topics, but talk a lot about the benefits of using a hybrid workflow to handle the challenges that a clinical practice faces: billing, meaningful use, etc etc. I also talk with Vishal about other ways that technology can benefit a clinical practice beyond the EHR.
About Vishal Gandhi
Vishal is founder and CEO of ClinicSpectrum, leaders in hybrid workflow solutions consisting of both an innovative software suite and back-office operations. His specialties include hybrid workflow for cost reduction, revenue cycle management and back-office services for practice management.