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Data Integration: Taming the Beast of Healthcare – Part 3

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it is impressively difficult to integrate data from one or more EMR systems into a cohesive analytical warehouse database. Especially if you’re doing it from scratch. In my last two blogs (Data Integration: Taming the Beast of Healthcare & Data Integration: Taming the Beast of Healthcare […]

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Prevent the Negativity Associated with Epic (EHR) Upgrades

I just got back from the doctor whose office is in one of the leading hospitals in the United States. I was his first appointment of the day. “They just updated Epic this morning, and everyone is getting into the office trying to make sense of the changes,” the doctor said. I asked if he […]

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Does 21 CFR Part 11 Apply To CTMS, CDMS, Or EMR/EHR Systems?

  On Thursday, April 23, 2015, we delivered a webinar on 21 CFR Part 11, based on a recent blog series. During the Q&A session at the end, someone asked the following question: Does 21 CFR 11 apply to a CTMS (clinical trial management system), CDMS (clinical data management system), EMR (electronic medical record), or […]

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A Love Letter to Meaningful Use – #HIMSS14

It seems appropriate on Valentine’s Day to write love letters. This is my letter of adoration to Meaningful Use. In the past, I have written about how much time and productivity is wasted in the average physician’s office handling phone calls about prescription refills. My physician’s office has successfully implemented their EMR software, and the […]

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Healthcare CIOs are carefully moving to the cloud

Recently our company has increased our focus on what healthcare organizations are looking for when it comes to cloud computing, in large part due to our acquisition last year of two fantastic Salesforce partners (ClearTask and CoreMatrix). I found this article in Healthcare Informatics to be very interesting. It’s titled “The Many Flavors of the […]

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Top 5 Technology Trends in Healthcare – November 2013

The healthcare IT field is rapidly developing and changing. Emerging technology and updated regulations put pressure on healthcare providers and health plans to stay ahead of the curve. Perficient creates a monthly list that explores some of the current topics and issues in health IT. This list examines the most talked about issues and technologies […]

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Chronic Disease Management through Disease Registries

Chronic diseases, those diseases lasting 3 months or more that cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication1, are placing an increasing burden on our healthcare system. Unfortunately, the United States has one of the highest rates of illness, disability and death due to chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease and […]

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Rigor and Quality Analysis – it’s time for precision

By Lesli Adams, MPA Director, Oracle Healthcare Business Intelligence   In a recent blog, I wrote about parallel industries; Manufacturing, Airline, and Healthcare and the need to get to a Balance Sheet of Clinical Results for the Healthcare Industry.  With EMR Adoption Rates increasing year over year, HIMSS is reporting for the Final 2012 reporting […]

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The Quest for My Complete, Portable Health Record

As I have written before, I currently see several physicians who do NOT use an EMR in the office. They are awesome diagnosticians, people and mentors but they have not taken the leap to the electronic health world. Now, add in two hospital networks that do NOT have patient portals for accessing my records and […]

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EMR 3.0 and Doctors Lacking an Analytic Engine

As a big fan of kevinmd.com, I enjoyed reading David Nash, MD’s take on how doctors need an “EMR 3.0” analytic engine for accountability and that creating an analytics tool that monitors gaps in care for a provider’s population is very important for accountable care. We also agree that as successful as the big EMR […]

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EMR Selection: Caveat Emptor

Based on the most recent meaningful use statistics published by CMS, the majority of Eligible Physicians submitting MU claims for Medicare have not been paid. Medicaid is only marginally better. Providers who are shopping for EMR systems must pay attention to the track record of the vendor and investigate claims these systems are MU compliant. […]

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Case Study: Meriter Uses Microsoft BI to Improve Patient Care

Meriter Health Services has long been committed to using information technology to deliver efficiencies and improve patient care. To simplify the important patient-facing elements of care delivery, Meriter uses Epic’s electronic medical records (EMR) software, EpicCare. The organization recently teamed up with Perficient on the implementation of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 data management software and […]

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Angry Docs: A Mission to Conquer Meaningful Use Requirements

Who would have imagined ten years ago that many of us would spend hours using a slingshot to fling hacked off birds on a single mission to destroy arrogant pigs? We do this using computers smaller than our dinner plates while sitting on airplanes, park benches, the family room sofa, and sometimes at work. For […]

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Top 5 Technology Trends in Healthcare – November 2012

The healthcare IT field is rapidly developing and changing. Emerging technology and updated regulations put pressure on healthcare providers and health plans to stay ahead of the curve. Perficient creates a monthly list that explores some of the current topics and issues in health IT. This list examines the most talked about issues and technologies […]

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Driving Value in Healthcare with EMRs and SharePoint

My colleague, Michael Porter, posted a blog from the SharePoint Conference about an interesting session he attended. During the session, a business case on how SharePoint can benefit healthcare was presented. The case focused on a doctor working with a clinical IT director, utilizing technology to improve patient care. Here is an excerpt from Michael’s […]

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EMR adoption doesn’t have to hurt a bit

I have blogged about change a few times already. This is a pretty important topic as it relates to healthcare reform and technology adoption. It can be summed up in a single sentence: Change is coming. Physicians don’t have time for change. Nurses don’t have time for change. Administrators don’t have time. Everyone in the […]

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Is the Economy Stalling Health Innovation?

CMS has paid out more than $4 billion in Meaningful Use incentive money. I believe this is the catalyst to start healing our healthcare system. Let me explain. The healthcare industry is lagging behind the banking industry about 30 years. When I was in college, I had a checking account with a local bank. It […]

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Office 365 and the Direct Project

It was interesting to read Healthcare IT News‘ post today on the CDC looking to use Direct Project for a health safety network. According to the post The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) needs a health information service provider to deploy the Direct secure messaging protocol to make it easier and more automated […]

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