EHR Solutions and Operations

Substance Use Treatment in a Digital Era: An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal and Modern Healthcare

The Modern Healthcare article, “Key Privacy Rule Could Fall to Accountable Care Push” (June 17), touches on important privacy issues but misses the full context. The same is true of “Drug Treatment Swept Up in Push for Medical-Records Sharing” printed in the June 4 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Far from becoming a “casualty of the push to accountable care, patient-centered medical homes and other population-oriented health plans”, the proposed rule changes update 1970s-era 42 CFR Part 2 privacy…

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Technology That Helps People Have Better Lives Is Very Cool

Healthcare initiatives like care coordination, interoperability, and CDSS all rely on the ability to reliably and quickly share information. To be certain healthcare providers are successful in the future, they must not only provide better care with less, they must also become partners with providers from treatment settings previously considered disparate.  Whether these are providers of mental health, substance use, public health, or primary care services, they must open their minds to parallel treatment paradigms while opening their systems to…

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‘Understanding what we are currently doing, a good place to start’

After delivering a fascinating view on the potential applications of big data and analytics in healthcare at the 2013 Knowledge Network event, Jeff Hammerbacher, who was responsible for conceiving, building and leading the data team at Facebook, and is now leading a team partnered with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine on a project designed to apply the power of Big Data to predicting and understanding the process and treatment of disease, was asked a simple question: What do you think…

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How Big Data Relates to Another Disruptive Technology – The Microscope

Theme: Disruptive Technology Big Data is currently one of the most covered topics in technology today.  However, in order to gain perspective on why it dominates discussions of modern IT, science, and business, it actually turns out that we can examine the innovation that opened research to aspects of our world that are not so big. Erik Brynjolfsonn, MIT Sloan Professor and director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, views Big Data not as a fad but as a…

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Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better

Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better January 30, 2014 When electronic health records were first introduced to behavioral healthcare, there was a significant amount of skepticism about whether we could trust these machines with this important and confidential information. We adjusted to using electronic records systems but many of us believed that the servers on which the data resided had to be on-site. Now, we think nothing of storing confidential

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Checklists In Complex Systems

Checklists In Complex Systems July 31, 2012 In his book The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande made a compelling case for the value of checklists in complex systems. Dr. Gawande correctly observed that checklists are routinely used in aviation to mitigate risk and improve safety. Pilots use checklists extensively for a reason. Flying an airplane is a complex endeavor and things can get missed if one relies on memory – especially when things get stressful. There is a phenomenon called…

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