Investments in health information technology (HIT), particularly Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), have been significant since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. One provision of the law, known as “Meaningful Use”, requires that providers furnish online access for patients to view, download, and transmit information from their medical record. Many payers and providers have addressed this requirement through the development of enhanced functionality built into their websites, commonly referred to as “patient portals”. These systems may satisfy the Meaningful Use provision in the law, but there is some question whether this approach actually meets the needs for many of those it is intended to serve. Continue reading
Some of the world’s most familiar brands and beloved products are as well known for their corporate cultures as they are for what they do. The most obvious examples, particularly in the Tech sector are Apple, Google, and Facebook. Just the mention of these companies conjures images of cool products and services that everyone can instantly identify, and most of us interact with daily. The fact that each is as well known for the work environments behind their products is equally significant. It speaks to the reality that a great product is just the “tip of the iceberg”. Looking below the surface, at “the rest of the iceberg”, is to understand what it takes to deliver products and services that delight, amaze, and inspire; an environment that fosters creativity and encourages innovation.
In Part 1 of this pair of blog posts, I suggested that the American Healthcare system prior to 2010 could be compared to the iconic baseball film Field of Dreams, with a “build it and they will come” approach to care. That post was written just as the 2014 Major League Baseball season was getting underway. Today, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are preparing to face off in the 2014 World Series. So without further ado (from the “Better late than never” Dept.) here is Part 2 – Moneyball. Continue reading
The Halloween season is upon us. What better time for some scary stories? A recent piece in mHealth News titled “mHealth VS. Big Brother” by Eric Wicklund caught my attention and prompted a flashback to my high school days in the mid-eighties. Continue reading
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I came across an article published on the website MedicalNewsToday.com, titled “Health apps: do they do more harm than good?”.
The story questions why so little conclusive data exists to support the effectiveness of mHealth technology. This is despite an explosion in mHealth development (20,000+ apps in the iTunes App Store), and exponential growth in consumer adoption (500 million users by 2015). Continue reading
Each September marks the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year. For me, September also marks the unofficial start of the health care conference season. My colleagues and I attend several Medicaid-focused conferences each year, representing Ideomed and Abriiz.
“Hi. My name is Brian, and I’m an Ice Bucket-aholic”. – “HI BRIAN”!
Yes I admit it. I’m a fan of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and I have watched most of the videos that have appeared in my Facebook stream. Let the intervention commence!
In a recent Commonwealth Fund Report, the U.S. health care system ranked dead last for quality, compared to 10 other industrialized nations. This is the fourth consecutive time that the U.S. has landed at the bottom of this list since 2004. The report uses 2011 data, collected before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Americans can be cautiously optimistic of some performance improvement in the future. Continue reading
Today we are mourning the loss of Dr. John MacKeigan, who passed this Sunday. Dr. MacKeigan was one of the original Ideomed board members and a great advocate and adviser for us. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer at Spectrum Health before his retirement in 2013. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have known him will remember him as dedicated, smart, funny and extremely kind. He will be greatly missed by the Ideomed family. Read More.
It was a cold day in Michigan when the photographer and staff from Strayer touched down for a photo shoot with our CEO, Keith Brophy. Founded in 1892, Strayer University has successfully positioned themselves as a truly innovative higher learning institution. As early adopters of a flexible online learning model Strayer University enrolls about 38,000 students from 100 satellite campuses in 24 states. Continue reading