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Apple HealthKit: A Game Changer

I have been an athlete all my life, but since I’ve reached my 30’s, had 5 reconstructive surgeries, and moved back to the Midwest to a completely sedentary job, staying fit and healthy has become more challenging than ever before. As an Apple lover for years, I have a myriad of Apps I enlisted to […]

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It’s IaaS not IaaS – Creating a nimble Healthcare organization

I always find industry acronyms amusing. Sometimes they describe new technologies, other times they are a new name for an existing technology (maybe with a slight twist). And then there are those times when two different technologies, models, theories, etc. end upwith the same acronym. Such is the case with Information as a Service and […]

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ACA’s Quality Rating System – An opportunity to gain market share

Starting in 2015 all issuers of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) on the Healthcare Marketplace will need to provide Quality Rating System (QRS) measurements that will be aggregated and scored to provide consumers with a star rating for each product offered. Although there are still details to be worked out by CMS, the required measures for […]

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A Blueprint for Managing Drug Shortages

In April 2014, I read a startling article that the United States was importing salt water, saline, from Norway due to a shortage in the United States1. Bags of saline solution are one of the most common items used in modern healthcare and that is why it is amazing that American doctors have been facing […]

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Information Is Your Competitive Advantage

Information has always been available to us, but never before has there been so much at our finger tips, coming at us so quickly from many different sources. We can no longer continue managing our enterprise information the same way we have for the last 30 years, it is not sufficient. With that I would […]

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How Enterprise Mobility Management Can Improve Patient Care

Healthcare is an ever-changing industry, and healthcare organizations continue to face the challenge of improving the quality of care while remaining compliant with industry standards. Depending on the diagnosis, the patient journey can include transfers between acute, post-acute, ambulatory care and home-health care organizations. As a result of these often-frequent transitions in care settings, the […]

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10 Benefits of Enterprise Information Management in Healthcare

This month, we completed an interview with our healthcare analytics strategist, Juliette Silver. We wanted to understand how enterprise information management strategies can specifically optimize business performance, reduce costs, mitigate risks and improve quality of care. From the interview, I take away at least 10 major benefits to establishing and leveraging an enterprise information management […]

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Key Components to Collaboration between Payers and Providers

There is no doubt that the relationship between payers and providers is beginning to change, evolving from challenging and adversarial interactions into more collaborative exchanges. Kurt Allman, in his article in Healthcare Payer News this week, outlines 3 components for this relationship to be successful: Data collection “Payers collect a lot of data, which can […]

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Enterprise Warehouses: The gift that keeps on giving

I read a blog post recently with references to Oracle’s Marc Perlman @marcdperlman speaking about how Healthcare entities are nearing the timeframe where they can reap the benefits of implementing electronic health records. To quote Marc, “As healthcare providers look to establish enterprise data warehouses, they should begin with a specific project that hinges on […]

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Improve care coordination with direct secure messaging #HIMSS14

Direct secure messaging (DSM) is a transmission standard promoted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that meets the Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements of electronic health records (EHRs). It works much the same way as regular email, but the message is encrypted, which prevents unintended use of the protected health […]

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Analyzing the healthcare industry tipping point using Therbligs

Do you remember therbligs from your Operations Management class? The word therblig was the creation of Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American industrial psychologists who invented the field of time and motion study. It is a reversal of the name Gilbreth, with ‘th’ transposed. Therbligs are 18 kinds of elemental motions used in […]

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Trends to Watch in the Healthcare World in 2014

What’s transforming the ways in which healthcare is provided? legislation new competition innovative incentives a call to refocus on priorities a more empowered and digitally engaged consumer, who has more and greater expectations for quality of care and convenience of care. a renewed attention on healthcare by the consumer market thanks to ongoing press about […]

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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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Massachusetts launches important next phase of HIE

Today, Masachusetts moved into phase 2 of a very important Health Information Exchange (HIE) project. It’s called Mass HIway Health Information Exchange, and it was announced at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where Healthcare CIO, John D. Halamka works. Halamka is one of my favorite people to follow in healthcare technology (@jhalamka). He blogs at […]

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Milk, Bread, Cereal…Healthcare?

Okay, show of hands, how many people have received their flu shot this year? Where did you go? If you are like me and most Americans these days you probably didn’t want schedule an appointment with your doctor. You most likely needed a few things at your local grocery store, or needed to pick up […]

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HIE: 6 Opportunities for Increased Patient Safety

In my last blog post we explored the topic of shared decision making (SDM) and its impact on patient safety. This made me think of an experience we recently had with my dad. He had a stent placed about year and a half ago to open a blocked artery in his left anterior descending artery […]

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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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Top 5 Technology Trends in Healthcare – March 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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HIMSS 2013: An Interview with ePatient Dave

Earlier this month at the HIMSS 2013 Conference, Perficient’s Liza Sisler spoke with Dave deBronkart, better known as ePatient Dave. Dave and Liza discuss the unique roles of health, care and medication in engaged healthcare and the idea that the patient is the key to bringing all three aspects together in order to provide better […]

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Health Information Exchanges: Enabling Holistic Health

My colleague, Terie McClintock, wrote a blog from HIMSS yesterday about health information exchanges. In her post, Terie discusses how health information exchanges can enable collaborative care, improve patient safety, and reduce costs, among other benefits. Missed diagnoses are common at the doc’s office. Many diseases have common symptoms … to add to that, physician […]

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