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Getting Scientific About Healthcare Social Media: Medicinal Sites

The journey into the (officially scientific) exploration of healthcare social media would not be complete without a look into the realm of healthcare specific networking sites that I’ll playfully call “medicinal sites.” These are closed sites that are aimed exclusively for those with either a certain designation or disease state. In today’s lineup, we will […]

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 […]

What will it take to decrease nursing home readmissions? #HIMSS14

HIE, clinical data, quality measures, financial and claims data along with healthcare analytics – what does it take to decrease readmission rates in nursing homes? There is so much attention these days on making the most of all of the clinical and financial data regarding healthcare, hospital readmission costs and reimbursement, but do we really […]

Why business intelligence isn’t the end game for health analytics

A few years ago, I transplanted my family from the south to Washington DC. I love the Capital, for its history, its influence, but we quickly realized we had left Mayberry and arrived on Jupiter. Horns honked and people moved around briskly. Maybe it was us – our naivete — or maybe it was the […]

Getting Scientific About Healthcare Social Media: Social Networks

Thus far we have covered both blogs and microblogs as we walk through the official scientific study that was completed by the University of British Columbia on the uses of social media in medicine and healthcare. Today we move into the wide world of social networks. Ask ten people in the know to define what […]

Balancing clinical effectiveness with profitability – #HIMSS14

A former boss of mine, who happened to be the CFO of a large academic medical center, used to say the phrase “no margin, no mission” all the time. I’m not sure I really took the time to understand it at that point in time, but I have since then, “grown up”. My understanding of […]

Getting Scientific About Healthcare Social Media: Microblogs

In this blog series, we are highlighting the social media categories presented in “Social Media: A Review and Tutorial of Applications in Medicine and Health Care.” This was a study conducted by the University of British Columbia, which offers an extensive digest of the vast uses of social in medicine and healthcare. Today we’re going […]

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 […]

Getting Scientific about Healthcare Social Media: Blogs

Earlier this month, I happened upon an actual scientific study of the use of social media in medicine and healthcare conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The study was fraught with terms such as “positivistic epistemologies” and “critical-interpretivist theory” to add the requisite ambiance one finds in such studies. All kidding aside, […]

A healthcare treasure map leading to a single data warehouse

I’ve waited 20 years for my Treasure Map. Yes, a map with hidden passages, remote islands and an “X” to mark the spot. As kids, some of us hunted in our yards looking for buried treasures. Kids today use smart phone apps for activities like “Geocaching” to explore public and urban spaces. What do we […]

Manage health system costs with insightful analytics – #HIMSS14

Healthcare systems must be able to provide timely and accurate financial information for decision making and planning. Many hospitals and health systems are targeting hefty reductions in their operating budgets to maintain financially viable without interrupting investments in facility, information technology and other areas needed to remain competitive. This cost management culture requires organizations to […]

Happily Ever After: The Benefits of Patient Engagement – #HIMSS14

Once upon a time last year, in a town not too far from you, there was a big hospital where a bright, young physician was providing care to a sick, old patient. Okay, let me save you some time. This fairytale, unlike those you are used to, doesn’t end simply by having Prince Charming (the […]

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