The Hidden Cost of an EMR Implementation: 15 Things Your EMR Vendor Won’t Tell You About

Electronic Medical Record EMR implementationForgetting about planning and budgeting for the hardware components of an EMR implementation is a little like forgetting to put tires on a $20 Million Race Car. Your car may have the fastest motor, but you won’t get anywhere.

Whether your organization is small or large, before setting the budget for an EMR implementation there are “hidden costs” that need to be included to make sure your organization’s end user computing environment is ready for an EMR. Continue reading

Presenting the Ultimate in Clinician Mobility!

SegWOW: The Ultimate in Clinician MobilityAre your clinicians challenged to meet the demanding needs of patient care while having easy access to the computers they need?  Do you want more than the traditional Workstation on Wheels (WOW)?

The SegWOW might just be the solution you are looking for!   The SegWOW combines the speed and efficiency of a personal mobility solution with the latest in computing power.

Worried about patient and staff safety as your clinicians zoom through the hallways of your hospital?

No need.  The SegWOW comes with a horn to warn those in front of your staff and a built in back-up alarm for sudden changes of direction.  The optional JCAHO-certified rear-view camera can display the reverse view as a window right within your EMR, ensuring both patient and staff safety.

So look no further.  The SegWOW is here!

Patient Portals and Secure Messaging: Making Meaningful Use Meaningful for Patients

Meaningful Use Stage 2“My lab results were 5.2. What does that mean?”  That’s how my father started a recent phone call to me.  Let me preface this by explaining that I’m an English major, and while I’ve worked in the healthcare IT field for over 10 years, I have no medical training whatsoever.

“What was the test?” I asked.  My father told me.

“Never heard of that,” I said. “Let’s Google it.”

I looked up the test and found that 5.2 was right in the middle of the “normal” range.  Good news.

This conversation with my father, though, brought out the project manager in me. Under Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, physicians not only must provide online access to records and be able to exchange secure messages electronically with patients, they also must ensure that at least 5% of patients actually use both of those features. Continue reading

The State of Medical Imaging and the Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS)

Cardiovascular Information Systems StrategyHealthcare diagnostic imaging has historically been one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare. According to the American College of Radiology (ACR) “in 2003, approximately 206 million imaging services were provided to a total of 34.8 million Part B Medicare beneficiaries. By 2006, that number increased 58.4 percent to 326 million services for 35.9 million beneficiaries. In contrast, evaluation and management services, major procedures, and laboratory tests grew 5.1 percent, 16.3 percent, and 14.2 percent during that same period.” But will this growth continue? Continue reading

IT and Informatics Cooperation: A Lesson from Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches”

IT Informatics CooperationDo you remember the Dr. Seuss story “The Sneetches”? It starts with a four simple lines:

“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.”

But the stars did matter — to the Sneetches, at least. The story describes a cultural rift that emerged between the star-belly Sneetches and the plain belly Sneetches, and the arrival of a man with magical machines that could add or remove stars as needed, for a fee of course. The story is a parable for how damaging (and costly) it can be to a community when there are divisions between two groups of people – and how difficult it can be to mend those divisions.

So what, you ask, do Sneetches have to do with EMR implementations and healthcare Information Technology departments? Continue reading

Ready or Not! Counting Down to Sept 23 – Are You Ready for the HIPAA Final Rule Changes?

HIPAA Final Rule ReadinessSeptember 23rd is the deadline for Covered Entities to comply with most of the new provisions in the HIPAA Final Rule. Is your organization ready?

Read on to learn how the Final Rule is changing HIPAA’s privacy and security provisions, and review the action item list we’ve included at the end.

Key Changes in the HIPAA Final Rule Continue reading