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ICD-10 : Are you Ready?

by System Administrator - Friday, 7 August 2015, 7:46 PM

ICD-10 : Are you Ready?

Loaded with all the resources, tips, and training approaches you need, prepare your practice for the ICD-10 deadline with the ICD-10 E-Book brought to you by Pulse.

Please read the attached eBook.

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ICD-10: 5 Steps to Take Now

by System Administrator - Saturday, 2 August 2014, 12:51 AM

ICD-10: 5 Steps to Take Now

In order to reflect advancements in medical knowledge and technology, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has mandated all health organizations begin use of the ICD-10 code set no later than October 1, 2014. This conversion will require tremendous effort from the health care community. The conversion to ICD-10 is daunting.

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ICD-10: Delay Surprises

by System Administrator - Thursday, 4 September 2014, 8:50 PM

Reader/CHIME survey reveals 12 ICD-10 delay surprises


by: Don Fluckinger | News Director

SearchHealthIT survey results show varied responses, and measures the financial impact of delaying ICD-10 until 2015.

As varied as one can imagine the providers in the U.S. healthcare system, so is the impact of Congress's forcing CMS to levy an ICD-10 delay. While some welcome the extra time, others find Congress's gambit onerous in cost and inconvenience, according to survey results conducted over six weeks in July and August.

The SearchHealthIT reader survey, in cooperation with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) drew 326 responses, 269 of them were IT workers at healthcare providers as well as 57 more from payers and accountable care organizations.

Some of the surprises may catch even seasoned ICD-10 experts and observers off-guard, as they reveal a healthcare system quite divided over the implementation of the diagnostic coding language:

1. More than 59% of respondents indicated they have not begun testing.

2. Of that 59%, more than three quarters have not yet completed software upgrades on their networks to support ICD-10.

3. The good news: 11% of respondents indicate they're ready for ICD-10.


ICD-10 readiness

4. The ICD-10 delay will incur additional consultant retainer costs for 41% of respondents, which will take away resources from other health ITimplementation initiatives because there was no budget for such cost runovers.

5. How much will that cost? While 10% of respondents indicated less than $10,000, 45% said more. Gauging the final tally won't happen until much later, as another 45% couldn't yet estimate what the delay will add up to in dollars.

6. Respondents are divided on whether the ICD-10 helps or hurts. Some 37% said it would help, 23% said it will worsen preparedness efforts and a full 40% said it will neither help nor hurt.


Respondents that feel positively about the ICD-10 delay will use their time making these improvements (they could select more than one).

7. Similarly, 55% said the ICD-10 delay won't allow for IT staff to implement more IT systems for better documentation, coding, etc. But 45% will.

8. For the 45% that indicated it will help them implement ICD-10 more thoroughly, half said clinical documentation systems would be improved, and half said they would be able to conduct more sophisticated ICD-10 testing.

9. Happy about the delay? Then you're with the majority of respondents -- but it's not a landslide by any means (56%-44%).

10. Two-thirds indicated the ICD-10 delay will not negatively affectmeaningful use stage 2 attestation.

11. However, 31% said they will consider skipping a year of stage 2 incentivesto make ICD-10 work, because there aren't enough resources to accomplish both.

12. Respondents were split 52%-48% as to whether or not they believe ICD-10 will be further delayed beyond 2015. The "yes it will be delayed again" camp squeaked out a slim majority.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Don Fluckinger, news director or contact @DonFluckinger on Twitter.


Hackensack CIO tells personal tale of health data interoperability woe

by: Don Fluckinger | News Director

Editor's note: This podcast and a companion interview with Michael Archuleta, director of IT and PACS administrator for Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Colorado, respond to the results of the 2014 Health IT Purchasing Intentions Survey from and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Download your copy here.

Shafiq Rab is an M.D., as well as the VP and CIO of Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. More importantly, he's a husband and father.

In the days leading up to this podcast interview, one of Rab's family members had a healthcare episode that started out looking like an emergency situation but that turned out to be nothing more than a close call.

While all's well that ends well, Rab found out firsthand about the very real health data interoperability woes in the U.S. healthcare system, as he struggled to get an EKG from one provider to another. He finally took matters into his own hands by shooting a picture of the EKG with his smartphone and texting the picture back to a Hackensack cardiologist himself. It led Rab to declare at the HealthImpact East conference that you should keep copies of your medical records on your smartphone for now, "if you want to live."

This story and some of Rab's other opinions -- informed by his recent personal foray into the nuts and bolts of health data interoperability -- feature heavily in this podcast. We discuss the many health IT requirements for meaningful use stage 2, ICD-10 implementation, the ramifications of the ICD-10 delay, and 2014 and 2015 ONC certification standards. More importantly, we also cover how a CIO can budget for all the tech transitions currently piling up for U.S. healthcare providers.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Don Fluckinger, news director, or contact @DonFluckinger on Twitter.


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ICD-10: Forget the Fear and Panic

by System Administrator - Friday, 1 August 2014, 11:48 PM

ICD-10: Forget the Fear and Panic

ICD-10 is one of the hottest topics in the electronic healthcare management industry today. As such, Pulse Systems is here to help your practice focus on the transition, not the hype.

Pulse is on a mission to de-mystify ICD-10 so that you can understand how it will impact your documentation, claims processing, and most importantly, cash flow. Pulse wants you to understand what ICD-10 means for your specific specialty (it's not 69,000 codes) and help you prepare your practice by being well educated and prepared for the big change.

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ICD-10: Key Changes for Primary Care

by System Administrator - Friday, 28 August 2015, 10:10 PM

ICD-10: Key Changes for Primary Care

By Mary Jean Sage | Physicians Practice

Transitioning successfully to the new ICD-10 code set will be particularly important for primary-care physicians. ICD-10 will allow primary-care specialists to more accurately depict chronic conditions as well as other commonly reported diagnoses.

Physicians will need to be more specific in their documentation than they likely have been in the past. Because there will be a greater number of code choices in ICD-10, physicians should have to choose an unspecified code less often. The greater specificity in diagnostic coding should help improve disease management and reporting overall.

Practices should examine their top diagnoses and compare how those codes will change once ICD-10 goes into effect: Oct. 1, 2015. Here are some diagnoses to which primary-care providers should pay close attention. This is certainly not an all-encompassing list, but is an example of some of the common diagnoses often reported by these physicians.

Converting to ICD-10 may be a challenging transition for many practices. However, it's likely that physicians will recognize its benefits over time. ICD-10 is certainly more complex than its predecessor, but in this changing world of health care economics, its increased specificity should prove beneficial to you and your practice.

To view the slideshow in PDF format, click here.

Mary Jean Sage is president and founder of The Sage Associates a leading multispecialty provider of health care management services. Sage can be contacted at

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iHealth expands its retail, connected medical device empire and looks to move into corporations, hospitals

by System Administrator - Thursday, 23 July 2015, 5:36 PM

iHealth expands its retail, connected medical device empire and looks to move into corporations, hospitals

By Stacy Lawrence

iHealth has been fast on its feet with a whole lineup of inexpensive, connected products targeting cardiovascular and diabetic health. And while the company has its roots in device manufacturing, it's angling to nab massive consumer sales and starting to look toward corporate wellness and even hospital sales.

Before the year is out, iHealth expects to announce a number of new devices and a new app, as well as additional U.S. retail and enterprise partners, the company's director of marketing, Yelena Kozlova, told FierceMedicalDevices in an interview.

iHealth was early to the party for smartphone- and cloud-connected medical devices. It was started in 2010 as a subsidiary of Chinese medical device manufacturer Andon Health ($XSHE). The main mission of the iHealth business has been to market personal mobile health devices primarily to U.S. consumers.

The company launched its first mobile-app-enabled blood pressure device in 2011, adding a wireless blood pressure monitor in 2012 and a wireless blood glucose monitor in 2013. It had the first health device sold in Apple retail stores, and its products are carried by major retailers including Walgreens ($WAG), Best Buy and Amazon.

Wireless Blood Pressure monitor--Courtesy of iHealth

iHealth now has a whole lineup of connected products that all funnel data to the cloud as well as healthcare providers, and can be viewed and analyzed in concert. They include a smartphone-connected plug-in blood glucose monitor as well as a wireless glucometer, in addition to other connected devices such as blood pressure monitors, body analysis scales, pulse oximeters and an activity and sleep tracker.

Part of the company's strategy is to clear its devices with the FDA, which will likely make it easier to expand into the hospital and corporate settings, as well as to reassure consumers and physicians relying upon the data. All of its devices are cleared already by the agency, except for the scales and the fitness tracker. Providing monitoring to patients with hypertension and diabetes, groups that tend to overlap, is core to iHealth.

Kozlova offered a recent case in point in its relationship with the Fire Department in Satellite Beach, FL. The city has a number of elderly residents, many of whom frequently resorted to 911 calls to resolve health crises. In an effort to better manage the needs of its population, the firefighters bought some of the iHealth devices at Best Buy to try them out. They then contacted the company to work with it more closely, she said.

Now, it's an "exciting collaboration focusing on telehealth and remote monitoring," Kozlova said. "They were receiving high instances of 911 calls from patients not taking their medication who were suffering from diabetes and hypertension."

Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System--Courtesy of iHealth

"The paramedics give the devices to their patients, they train them on it. The elderly population finds these devices easy to use and paramedics get daily email reports on the vitals of their patients," she said, adding that often a simple phone call with a medication reminder was all that was necessary to get patients with aberrant readings back on track.

Summed up Kozlova, "We really believe that we can get more out of technology. It's a way to help manage chronic conditions. Smartphones are enablers for that, but we do have some devices that have wireless connections directly to the cloud. … Allowing many inputs can enable better management of chronic conditions--that's the strategic vision of the company."

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Improve Patient Satisfaction

by System Administrator - Saturday, 13 September 2014, 6:11 PM

9 Things Health Care Professionals Can Do to Improve Patient Satisfaction


As more individuals require the assistance of the emergency department and hospitals in general, the increase in demand for services results in more crowded conditions, longer wait times, and physicians practicing hallway medicine.

Hospitals need to continue to show the community that they are interested in quality care and find ways to improve in order to remain competitive.

Here are nine points that hospitals and healthcare professionals should consider to stay on point for achieving the highest patient satisfaction.

1. What you put in, is what you get out.

This is a tried and proven theory that also applies to patient satisfaction. Prompt scheduling, involving the patient and family in treatment and follow-up, and having nurses get a good night’s sleep so they perform at their best seem like quick fixes but do a lot to improve outcomes.

2. Focus on, and improve, your systems.

Determine how long it will take to transfer a patient between appointments and adjust your system, by hiring industrial engineers to evaluate, to optimize performance and make patients happy.

3. Have smiling, helpful and empathetic employees.

When patients don’t fit into the systems you’ve just put in place, everyone in your organization needs to learn how to handle customer concerns and complaints. By simply delivering an apology when something goes wrong or directing patients to officials who can help answer their questions rather than just ignoring their requests changes everyone’s day.

4. Interact with your patients.

Avoiding eye contact, hurrying past patients in halls and ignoring patients simply because you’re not on the clock are all cues to indifference that need to be changed. Additional examples are opposing radios playing in two different administrative areas interfering with one another, doctors speaking loudly about personal issues in the hallway and vending machines left out of service indefinitely.  

5. Transfer to an automated system if needed.

Reduce wasted time, inefficiency and typos by moving some tasks over to automations. Patient-related forms are one example where you should make this change and patients have continued to have positive experiences with online forms.

6. Reduce system delays.

Aim to have same-day appointments for patients who call in. Do this by delaying the distribution of lab results and implement technologies that allow patients to reach nurses directly rather than waiting for someone to answer the phone.

7. Speed up your systems, but don’t rush your patients.

Doing so can lead to unnecessary frustration, noncompliance and outcome problems.

8. Step into your patients’ shoes.

By parking where they park or taking a tour with someone who doesn’t know the building and letting them guide, you are able to witness first hand where your infrastructure falls short and more importantly, where you can improve.

9. Let positive experiences overshadow negative ones.

You can’t be perfect at everything, but you can aim to do so. Your patients will take notice and their overall positive experience with your medical facility or organization will convince a patient to cut you slack in some areas that you may have fallen short in. 

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by System Administrator - Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 5:25 PM


In pursuit of its mission, The Joint Commission audits and accredits  more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs for clinical excellence and patient safety. The organization also publishes an annual list of National Patient Safety Goals highlighting specific areas of focus for improvement within the healthcare environment. Improving communications is included in the list as a high priority because communication delays and errors can have serious consequences, for patients as well as hospitals.

 "To continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value."

The Joint Commission's Mission

Please read the attached whitepaper.

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Infographic: Five Agile Data Imperatives for Healthcare Payer CIOs

by System Administrator - Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 12:50 PM

Infographic: Five Agile Data Imperatives for Healthcare Payer CIOs

Healthcare reform is transforming the US health insurance sector, creating a dynamic and competitive new market with compelling opportunities for growth. Does your IT organization have what it takes to capitalize on these opportunities? Here are 5 ways technology investment delivers the agility you need - and how.

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Infographic: Patients Want Access To Their Electronic Medical Records

by System Administrator - Thursday, 7 August 2014, 6:26 PM

Infographic: Patients Want Access To Their Electronic Medical Records


84 percent of US consumers believe they should have full access to their electronic medical records while only a third of physicians (34 percent) share this belief, according to an Accenture survey.

The survey found that 41% of consumers are willing to switch physicians to gain online access to their EMRs highlighting the growing trend towards patient engagement. The online survey included more than 9,000 people in nine countries ages 18+ to assess consumer perceptions of their medical providers’ electronic capabilities across nine countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States. The survey, which included 1,000 U.S. consumers, was fielded by Harris Interactive in July 2013.

To highlight the findings, Accenture has released an infographic that illustrates the key findings of the Accenture Consumer Survey on Patient Engagement and explores whether doctors are delivering on the growing patient demand for access to EMRs and other electronic capabilities.

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Source: Accenture

Featured image credit: Zeusandhera via cc

Infographic: Patients Want Access To Their Electronic Medical Records by Fred Pennic



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Insurers: Create compelling strategies to motivate consumers to use wearable devices

by System Administrator - Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 2:15 PM

Insurers: Create compelling strategies to motivate consumers to use wearable devices

Half of device users eventually abandon them

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Intelligent Compliance

by System Administrator - Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 9:43 PM

Intelligent Compliance

IT security and compliance have achieved a new prominence, with even mainstream news outlets reporting on issues such as the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug or the latest theft of payment card details from a retailer or a financial organization. The old ways of implementing compliance mandates are no longer acceptable, and the risk of high-profile consequences from incomplete or insufficient attention to security and compliance has never been greater. Organizations must find a way to meet organizational and legal requirements, even with the increased pressure on budgets, or face significant penalties or even criminal prosecution for the CIO, the CISO and other leaders within IT.

Source: bmcsoftware

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Interoperabilidad en la Salud

by System Administrator - Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 4:47 PM

La interoperabilidad en la salud brinda información crítica de salud en el punto de atención

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Interoperabilidad Humana

by System Administrator - Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 11:24 AM

La “interoperabilidad humana” o el mal del teléfono roto que afecta al sector de la salud


Una imperdible reflexión de Mario Chao, contribución inédita para Futuro Salud Latam, acerca de lo que pasa cuando nos transformamos en pacientes y comprobamos la distancia entre lo que podría ser y lo que en realidad todavía es, pese a los avances científicos y las soluciones de bajo costo al alcance de la mano de cualquier gestor de salud con buenas intenciones y algo de sentido común.

Por Mario Chao | Director Global de la práctica de salud de everis y ehCOS Chief Strategic Officer

El Instituto de Ingenieros Eléctricos y Electrónicos (IEEE) define interoperabilidad como la habilidad de dos o más sistemas o componentes para intercambiar información y utilizar la información intercambiada (Wikipedia)

No os preocupéis: este no es un artículo técnico. Ni mucho menos. No hablaremos de interoperabilidad técnica o semántica, ni de esquemas de interoperabilidad ni de protocolos u otros elementos que componen las bases tecnológicas para el intercambio de datos entre sistemas dispares. Hablaremos de algo muchísimo más mundano: esa maravillosaexperiencia cuando te toca poner de acuerdo a tu asegurador de salud con el prestador de servicios sanitarios (hospital, clínica, centro de especialidades).

Pongámonos en contexto. Fecha: Septiembre del 2014. Lugar: Ciudad de Mexico. Asegurador: Empresa multinacional, con base en Europa, líder en el sector de salud. Prestador: Hospital Privado, de gran prestigio y líder en el país. Mi hija acaba de salir de un episodio clínico que la mantuvo hospitalizada cuatro días. Con el alta médica en las manos nos vuelve la sonrisa a la cara: nuestra hija esta recuperada y nos vamos a casa! Voy pletórico de felicidad hacia la caja pensando “tengo un seguro de salud de primer nivel, con amplia cobertura y con una compañía seria y de alcance global. Este hospital además es de reconocido prestigio y me ha dicho desde el primer momento que tiene los acuerdos correspondientes con mi asegurador, así que esto será cosa de minutos…”.

  • Buenas tardes, vengo a liquidar la cuenta del paciente
  • Buenas tardes Sr., deberá esperar un poco porque enviamos la información a su asegurador en Europa y aun no responden
  • (Cara de “What?”) ¿Cómo? Ustedes tienen los datos de mi asegurador y el número de mi póliza desde hace cuatro días, por tanto ha tenido tiempo suficiente de comprobar las coberturas correspondientes
  • (Cara de “aquí tenemos a un sabelotodo”) – Así es señor, pero lamentablemente (lo pronuncia lenta y exageradamente, casi por silabas, como para que yo le ponga las negritas, cursivas y el subrayado en esta transcripción) su compañía no se ha molestado en responder con la pre-autorización y demás tramites.
  • (Me auto consuelo: “lo importante es que la niña esta bien, será solo unos minutos, no seas impaciente”) – Bueno, supongo que será rápido, no?
  • (Cara de “este parece que viene de Marte”) – No lo sé señor, eso nunca se sabe, depende de muchas cosas. Ya he hablado por teléfono dos veces con su asegurador y me dicen que no reciben nada nuestro.

En este punto se me disparan todas las alarmas, mi cabeza empieza a trocear el tema en un pseudo proceso lógico: de la historia clínica electrónica deben salir el diagnóstico, convenientemente codificado, los procedimientos, también codificados, los datos de consumo de medicamentos e insumos varios, etc; del sistema administrativo, la estancia en habitación y resto de servicios; del sistema de honorarios médicos la parte de recursos humanos; todo se agrupa y se prepara la factura correspondiente, que previamente formateada con un estándar de interoperabilidad debería enviarse al asegurador, cuyos sistemas automáticamente procesan y chequean los datos contra la cobertura de mi póliza usando un motor de reglas, y en caso de alguna excepción o anomalía debería comunicar a un auditor médico cualificado para verificación, pero en caso de que todo vaya bien, debería aprobarse en muy pocos segundos. Vamos, la teórica interoperabilidad que deben tener dos instituciones líderes del sector…Regreso abruptamente a la realidad.

  • (Cara de desconcierto total) Pero ¿cómo le envían ustedes la factura a mi asegurador?
  • (Se le acaba la escasa amabilidad que ha estado fingiendo y sale su autentico fastidio) Señor, hemos enviado cinco correos electrónicos y dos faxes, y he llamado dos veces!…Yo no puedo hacer mas.

Su última frase parece definitiva. Estoy a merced del teléfono. Algo no compila: Siglo XXI. Instituciones líderes en su campo, eHealth, Interoperabilidad, apps, internet de las cosas, conectividad total…y me salen con correo electrónico, fax, y teléfono con llamada de voz! Horror y espanto!

Superada mi decepción, lo tomo por el lado positivo: tengo trabajo hasta que me jubile. Respiro y me preparo para una larga espera… Una hora después, cuando ya me he tomado dos cafés, he leído todas las noticias, y me aburrí de twitter, “feis”, y whatsapp, vuelvo a la carga.

  • (Maquillo mi cara con el mejor color esperanza que puedo lograr) Hola, alguna noticia, por favor?
  • (Cara de compasión, esta vez la interpreto genuina) Ufff, acabo de colgar. No reciben nada.
  • (MODO CONSULTOR-INVESTIGADOR INFORMATICO = ON) ¿Usted sabe si su servidor de correo está realmente funcionando? ¿Tiene conexión a Internet? ¿Puede llamar a su área de soporte para que lo verifique?
  • (MODO USARIO DECEPCIONADO = ON) La verdad es que no tengo idea, a veces pasa algo así, pero es raro, yo no sabría decirle. Si quiere, pase usted mismo para que vea que sí he mandado los correos.

Me parece demasiado kafkiano entrar, como cliente que soy, en un despacho del hospital, a chequear un servidor. Apago mi modo consultor. Mejor regresar a “Modo Cliente”. Llamo a mi aseguradora en Europa.

  • Buenas, llevo mas de hora y media esperando que usted procese y autorice la cuenta y no obtenemos respuesta.
  • Hola Sr. Chao, si conocemos su caso (“faltaba mas”, pensé yo), pero no recibimos nada y sin la factura nosotros no podemos hacer nada.

Es definitivo: he caído en el agujero negro del sector salud, en las aguas turbulentas que separan las dos orillas del río. Mi asegurador en la esquina roja vs. Mi hospital en la esquina azul. Yo, el cliente, no soy el centro del sistema, soy más bien el árbitro que dictamina si el golpe fue bajo, o en este caso, soy yo quien busca desesperadamente el correo electrónico atrapado en quien sabe qué IP…

Bien, no queda mas remedio, aparca el eHealth, la interoperabilidad y cuanta tecnología existe en la faz de la tierra. Este es un tema del “teléfono roto”, un tema de comunicación humana, así que olvídate de las redes sociales y pongámonos a socializar por teléfono.

  • ¿Me espera en línea un momento?
  • Por supuesto Sr. Chao
  • (Dirigiéndome a mi ya “amiga”, la administrativa del hospital, pongo tono de complicidad, de cercanía, a ver si ponemos empatía en el asunto) Tengo en la línea a mi asegurador. Dice que no recibe su correo, entonces necesito investigar donde está el problema. ¿Que tal si usted envía el correo por sexta vez pero en esta ocasión me pone copia? ¿Me haría ese favor? Así sabremos si el correo “sale” del hospital o no…(Recibo como respuesta un dedo levantado en señal de aprobación que asumo que es un LIKE, lo que me hace sospechar que la señora también está en “Feis”.. igual podemos ser “amigos” después de esto)
  • (Dirigiéndome a la voz metálica detrás de la línea) ¿Usted está de acuerdo? No perdemos nada, y así el correo lo mando yo a usted, y entre todos resolvemos esto?
  • Si señor, no es mala idea. (Sin comentarios)

Puestos todos de acuerdo, me llega el correo, el hago un forward desde mi smartphone y el asegurador lo recibe (después de todo la tecnología funciona y vuelvo a recuperar la fe en mis tecno-creencias). Vaya éxito ha tenido mi maniobra. Me auto felicito: es un pequeño paso para mi factura pero un gran paso para la Humanidad: hemos logrado conectar a asegurador-prestador.

Finalmente, dos horas y media después del alta médica, veo el sol, y de vuelta a casa me pregunto si realmente el paciente es el centro del sistema.


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Interoperabilidad para la eSalud en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

by System Administrator - Monday, 11 April 2016, 7:23 PM

Interoperabilidad para la eSalud en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

Se encuentra disponible en el repositorio institucional de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud una “Revisión de estándares de interoperabilidad para la eSalud en Latinoamérica y el Caribe”. 

Uno de los obstáculos frecuentes para los países que buscan poner al alcance de todos sus habitantes la cobertura de salud que todos necesitan, es la posibilidad de acceder a la información clínica de los pacientes, sea cual fuere el centro de atención en el que reciben su prestación de salud.

Conocer su historia clínica, acceder a la información que los profesionales sanitarios necesitan, brindar los medicamentos y los tratamientos necesarios.

En ese sentido, esta obra explica cómo los países pueden dar acceso a la información clínica de sus habitantes, utilizando estándares de interoperabilidad

Por qué es una obra necesaria

Señalan los editores: “Las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación aplicadas en el ámbito de la salud tienen el potencial de mejorar la calidad asistencial, optimizar el gasto y contribuir a la seguridad y la equidad en la atención de los pacientes. El ámbito de la salud conlleva un alto grado de intercambio de información entre los actores involucrados, sin embargo la misma se encuentra altamente fragmentada y distribuida en múltiples silos de datos no integrados. Lograr una adecuada continuidad de cuidados requiere un flujo continuo de dicha información. Un aspecto fundamental para lograr dicho objetivo es asegurar la interoperabilidad de los sistemas de información que dan soporte al proceso asistencial. La interoperabilidad consta en el intercambio efectivo de información entre los actores y sistemas y debe lograrse por medio de la utilización de estándares. El presente reporte tiene como finalidad describir un marco conceptual sobre la interoperabilidad y los estándares en eSalud, realizar una revisión sistemática de la literatura sobre la implementación y uso efectivo de los mismos en los países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe y, por último, brindar recomendaciones para lograr dicho objetivo en la Región. “

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Interoperability is the Future

by System Administrator - Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 12:05 PM

Interoperability is the Future

 3 Questions Critical to Achieving Healthcare Interoperability

Underscored by government mandates and financial incentives, interoperability has become one of healthcare’s most urgent needs in the quest for better patient care. According to HIMSS, interoperability is defined as the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate with one another; exchange data accurately, effectively and consistently; and effectively use the data that has been exchanged.

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IoT to fuel revolution in digital healthcare

by System Administrator - Thursday, 2 July 2015, 8:05 PM

IoT to fuel revolution in digital healthcare

Could mean hundreds of billions in savings for the industry

The Internet of Things in the healthcare industry will fuel a revolution that could result in nearly $305 billion in savings for the industry in the near future, according to Business Insider, which cited a new report from Goldman Sachs.

This "first wave" of healthcare IoT is still early on in its development, states the Business Insider article on the report. However, the article says Goldman sees increasing opportunities for use of telemedicine, behavior modification and remote patient monitoring.

In addition, the number of consumers using home health technologies globally will grow from 14.3 million in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020, according to market intelligence firm Tractica.

Goldman says these tools will be especially useful for patients suffering from chronic conditions, which account for a big chunk of healthcare spending, especially when it comes to heart disease, asthma and diabetes.

In addition to the savings that will come from connected devices, the digital health market could also see revenues close to $32.4 billion, the article says.

"What has surprised us through conversations with physicians, major hospital networks, payers, and the start-up community has been the general willingness to explore digital health as a viable component in daily healthcare practice," the report says, according to Business Insider.

The IoT is creating new care models, but as it expands, there must be a balance between the promise of new tools and devices and the need for robust security and data privacy.

Hospital chief information officers must also be aware of legal issues and complexities of the technology, FierceHealthIT previously reported.

To learn more:
- here's the Business Insider article

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