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In no other industry is having what you need when you need it more important, none-the-less many of us will be surprised at what level logistics organizations can play a part in healthcare delivery.  It goes beyond, just getting implants, medications, tests and other necessary healthcare components where they need to be.  They must be "handled with care" to the extreme.  From "chain of custody" to "cryogenic" technologies, how these healthcare related packages arrive matters.

Robin Hooker of UPS joins us to discuss how UPS implements their "It's a patient, not a package" philosophy.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

Ensuring the accurate identification of our patients is crucial, whether it be to ensure safety, enhance the patient experience or stop fraud.  Is biometric technology the answer?  Michael Trader, President and CEO of RightPatient, joins us to talk about how biometric technology can meet the specific challenges healthcare professionals face with patient identification.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

HTT Episode 28- HIMSS VCS, helping veterans find a career in Healthcare Information Technology.

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Nationally we have been made well aware of veterans support programs like Wounded Warrior and Veterans Employment and Training (VETS). Our guest for this episode, former U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Amy R. Justice, brings to light another brilliant support program being offered through the Healthcare Information and Management Services Society (HIMSS). Veterans Career Services (VCS) is a comprehensive program designed to help veterans transition from military service to gainful civilian employment in the progressive and growing field of healthcare information technology.

If you are a veteran, you can learn how to access these services or become a "V Mentor" to help fellow veterans.

If you are not a veteran, learn how your organization can take part in the worthy endeavor to help veterans bring their talents to this important career field.

HIMSS Veterans Career Services

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

Often our focus in securing patient data is on the EMR and other common Health IT systems, but that isn't the only place patient data is found.  Often patient data is entered into medical equipment that may or may not be equiped to secure that data.  Today we interview guests that are out ensuring that policies, procedures and technogy are impented to protect our patient data.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 9:02pm EST

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Robots have long been integrated into the manufacturing industry to improve efficiency, reduce error, streamline workflows, and increase safety.  Robots work tirelessly and don't create non value-added time and interruptions.  Can they be adapted to do for the healthcare industry what they have done for the manufacturing industry?  In part two of our interview with Vecna founder and CTO, Daniel Theobald, we discuss the exitsing and potential roles of robots in the healthcare setting; more specifically, directly inside the clinical space.  Intelligent, highly manueverable, totally independent robots can do great service as well as transform into a colleague.

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 7:04am EST

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In 1999, MIT graduate and philanthropist, Daniel Theobald, founded Vecna Technologies based on the belief that automation can improve quality of life.  Daniel discusses with us the philosophy that, through technology, healthcare accessibility, knowledge, and managment can be made more convenient for the consumer, and through the simple behavior modifications it inspires, actually drives thame to be more invested in their care.  Daniel presents us with his Convenient Care Model and technologies available that support this conceprt, which assist not only the healthcare consumer but the healthcare provider, as well.

www.Vecna.com

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

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In this episode we take a few minutes to update you on some new developments with the show and give a preview of some exciting things to come!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

HTT Episode 23- Healthcare technology professionals can stop asking. Yes Lean transformation includes you!

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Healthcare technology professionals have likely heard the term or Lean principles, though when they do it probably conjures up a rather incoherent concept of change that only applies to clinicians in the clinical setting. It certainly does not bring to mind a solid methodology for care delivery transformation that can and should be embraced by the technological side of the house. Mark Graban, internationally renowned leader in Lean, joins us to discuss what Lean is, why it matters, when and where it works, and how healthcare technology plays an integral role in its success.

www.MarkGraban.com

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

HTT Episode 22- The world of telemedicine continues its rapid evolution, capturing international interest

Telemedicine, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet... which is a good thing given that Telemedicine has evolved to encompass mHealth, Telehealth, eCare, connected care and more!

Jonathan Linkous, President and CEO if the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) revisits us after six months (Episode 6) to give us an update on the domestic and international happenings of the ATA. This episode includes discussion of proposed legislature and Congress movement on telemedicine, the ATAs upcoming fall forum in September, and the ATAs partnership with China for their inaugural telemedicine conference there in October!

ATA Fall Forum – Palm Desert, CA – September 6-9

ATA China – Tianjin, China – October 28-30

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:27am EST

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The goal of health information exchange (HIE) is to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care delivery by making health information readily exchangeable between key stakeholders, including patients, hospitals, providers, payers, employers, and public health.  In this episode we are joined by John Kansky, CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE).  Formed in 2004, IHIE is the one of the oldest and largest health information exchanges in the country, which has also established a model of health information exchange upon which other states base their HIE infrastructure.  John discusses how HIEs improve the health of patients through better coordination of care and gives us three secrets to IHIE’s success…

  1. Start 15 years before anyone else… The moral - be patient.  Also be clever, work hard, and realize that a well-oiled HIE doesn’t happen overnight (or per John, even in a decade).
  2. Get buy-in from key leaders in your market… CEOs of significant healthcare organizations, research organizations (Indiana is fortunate to have the Regenstrief Institute), directors of physician networks, even large businesses who would have a stake in the exchange of health information (large employers, health insurance houses, etc.).
  3. Focus on doing things that solve a problem and attracts someone to pay for that solution.

 

With regard to #3, John has kindly provided us with a couple slides that directly addresses the matter, including one he refers to as The Peanut Butter Principle, which you can review here and in our Resources section of the website.  So, join us for discussion on this and much, much more about health information exchange in this episode!

 

www.ihie.org

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:47am EST

Is this Promo too scary?  Well tis the season!

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:38pm EST

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Expanding upon our exploration of telemedicine today, in this episode we talk with Ralph Derrickson, President and CEO, and Dr. Ben Green, Medical Director, of Seattle-based company Carena.  We discuss the service gaps that can potentially be filled by telemedicine, the technological requirements of the providers and the patients to achieve meaningful engagement in telemedical care delivery, why telemedicine might be a viable career option for primary care providers, provider networks, and healthcare organizations, and the potential for increasing patient preference.

www.carenamd.com

 

 

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

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Healthcare systems increasingly rely on technology to deliver safe patient care. However, new technologies can create unique and unexpected - even unprecedented - challenges by interrupting and altering established practices, processes, workflow, and increasing clinicians’ cognitive workload. In such an environment, adverse events are often a result of a mismatch between the design of the technology and users’ intentions, or how the technology disrupts workflow, rather than simple human error. Dozens of common issues exist, such as alarm fatigue and pump programming errors for example, that demonstrate how patient safety can be seriously impacted by the complex decisions clinicians are forced to make when using new technologies.
In this episode we discuss the science of human factors engineering in the design and implementation of technology in the healthcare environment.
Our guests:
• Yuval Bitan, PhD, Cognitive technologies Laboratory at the University of Chicago and HumanEra, University Health Network
• Mark Fan, MASc, HumanEra, University Health Network
• Andrea Cassano-Piché, PEng, MASc, HumanEra, University Health Network

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Human Factor- By Kim Vicente

Around the patient bed - By Yoel Donchin

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

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Barrett Franklin, Chief of Clinical Engineering for VA New England Healthcare system and recipient of the AAMI's Young Professional of the Year award, discusses implementation of best practices for HTM, as well as navigating the first 5 years as a HTM professional.  We also get a brief from Barrett on his role in helping plan the AAMI 2014 conference.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 7:25pm EST

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Interoperability between medical equipment and HIT has been long, long, long-term goal.  Interoperable equipment will undeniably provide safer, higher quality, and more affordable care.  Most of us believe this is a technical challenge, but could it actually be a business model problem?  Is the opportunity to save more than $30 billion annually in healthcare dollars worth making interoperability a priority?  What are the risks and how can HTM professionals help manage an effective and safe implementation of interoperable technology?  Todd Cooper, from the Center for Medical Interoperability, takes time with us to discuss this paramount issue.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

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Whether you are new to the field looking at how to progress in your career, or a seasoned HTM professional wishing to explore innovative ways to utilize your knowledge and skills, the path is not always clear. AAMI is working hard to help define varying HTM career paths and opportunities, and provides a tool that can help guide your career growth and development. Karen Waninger, whose numerous accomplishments include AAMI HTM of the Year and TechNation Professional of the Year, enlightens us on AAMI's new "career ladder" for the HTM professional.

http://www.aami.org/career/

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

Many technical people, IT and HTM alike, are happy just to focus on the technology that they have mastered. And it's no wonder, as even the most complex technology is easier to navigate than many human beings. In today's high tech world, where technology permeates our environments, and has even achieved depersonalization of many of our interactions, it remains imperative that techies learn to develop and maintain strong interpersonal skills in order to truly satisfy customer needs and make them happy. Abbe Meehan, from Tec Resource Center, discusses the importance of soft skills, how to meet the demands of customers' impressions and perceptions, as well as her series of sessions at the AAMI 2014 conference.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

It is our first "on location" broadcast!  Just a quick check-in from and overview of the AAMI 2014 event in Philadelphia.  Kelley, Terry and Tim are live and in the same location for the first time since Healthcare Tech Talk's inception.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EST

A data breach in the world of healthcare information technology (HIT) comes with a three-fold tear - patient data is compromised and vulnerable, patient trust is diminished or lost, and there exists a potential for up to millions of dollars in fines and potential insurmountable hardship for an organization. It seems that the amount of issues on our security plate are endless.  Malicious hackers, unsuspecting coworkers, bumbling business partners, and conflicting data needs all pose potential pitfalls. In this episode, Brian Quick, who has spent much of the last decade working to meet these challenges, helps us navigate.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

It is estimated that 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year, and between 45-90 out of every 100 women carrying BRCA genes (of which there are hundreds of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations) will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Everyone agrees that early detection leads to more effective treatment and improved outcomes.  Often when we think of how we diagnose and chart the course for our patients, it starts by scanning the body with imaging equipment or analyzing blood or tissues. What if we told you that a SURVEY that makes meaningful use of demographics, family medical history, personal medical history, and lifestyle could help determine cancer risks and help tailor our approach to win the battle? Dr. Kevin Hughes joins us to discuss the realities and the possibilities.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Everywhere you look in a hospital, there is technology, and with these countless pieces of technology, comes the potential for countless problems. The responsibility for supporting technology falls to front line technical support staff, which is often stretched to their limits in more ways than one. In this episode we explore a new way of deploying resources to support technology which is improving customer satisfaction, technician satisfaction and reducing costs - the expedite technician.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

We are all being asked to do more with less, so is desktop virtualization an integral piece in IT efforts? Reducing support labor and disruptions to the user, as well as increased versatility, are some of the touted advantages of desktop virtualization. We all know that the healthcare environment is a challenging place for all technologies to deliever on promised value. So what are the real advantages and possible challenges to virtualizing PCs in the hospital envirnoment? Jeremy Windmiller shares his knowledge on innovating the healthcare user device environment.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

It may not be grabbing the healthcare information technology (HIT) headlines, but it certainly puts a stranglehold on healthcare delivery when your organization's network infrastructure is disrupted.  Without your network infrastructure there is no functioning electronic medical record (EMR), no telemedicine, no communication between medical devices, or any other service delivery you have come to rely on that relies on a network.  Alex Moore, network engineer, helps us explore the various networking technologies used to support the numerous applications we ae deploying to serve our clinicians and our patients, as well as the special challenges that accompany deploying network technology in the complicated 24/7-365 healthcare environment.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 5:57am EST

Episode 8 - Interview with President and CEO Mary Logan of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

Mary Logan, President and CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), stops by to discuss the past, present and future of this progressive and proactive organization.  Since 1967, AAMI has been the primary source of consensus and timely information on medical instrumentation and technology.  Mary also introduces us to the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute, an AAMI partnership with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which endeavors to tackle current and pressing issues surrounding medical instrumentation.  She then goes on to build excitement for AAMI’s upcoming annual conference, as well as imparts a surprising but important life lesson.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Well, we spoke too soon!  Congress voted for another delay and the new due date is October 1, 2015; but bookmark this episode as it seems many people will still need to listen this time next year.

ICD-10 is a major (some may say cataclysmic) milestone that will impact most all healthcare settings, systems and operations. Even given an extension from the previous deadline in 2013, many are still struggling with readiness and even pushing for yet another extension. In this episode, we talk to technical and operational ICD-10 program managers that are on the front lines of readying their organization, its partners, and its payers for the absolute ICD-10 implementation date of October 1, 2014.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

In this episode we sit down with Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association  (ATA) to look at the past, present and future of telemedicine, as well as the functions of this organization.  The ATA is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies.  The ATA has been working with technology companies, communications carriers, healthcare providers, payers, state legislatures, and government agencies since 1993 in an effort to better serve the patient by operationally advancing telemedicine presence and use both here in the U.S. and around the world.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

For decades clinicians and technologists have been seeking solutions to extend healthcare services to rural and remote locations in order to provide care that patients would otherwise have to travel substantial distances to receive, or would not receive at all.  Telemedicine, using video technology and all that it entails, is one such solution that is not only delivering healthcare over large distances, but is growing in utilization within patients' own communities.  Brad Spangler, telemedicine analyst, provides us with an introduction to telemedicine - its technologies, goals, challenges, successes, current and proposed uses, and advancements.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Over the last several years, the technology that IT departments have been responsible for has migrated from under finance and other support purposes into the clinical environment. Simultaneously, medical equipment has evolved to incorporate and leverage traditional IT technologies, forming a bridge over what has perhaps been a present and widening - yet unforeseen - service gap. In this episode, we discuss how these teams continue to meld to meet the needs of the clinicians and patients.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

Complex organizations require complex systems to meet their business needs. Healthcare systems are among the most complex business organizations today, with thousands of "users," hundreds of applications, and numerous business units, the demand for IT systems and support is extensive. Many healthcare IT departments are now utilizing the ITIL methodolgy as a framework for choosing, constructing and implementing highly reliable systems and process solutions for their organization. Wilbur McVay, DPSM, gives us an overview of this methodology and how it can be deployed to help an organization provide stable, functional, and cost effective IT services to hospitals.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

For those of you who may be new to healthcare technology or are purely IT\IS in experience, this show gives you an overview of the work being done healthcare technology management talent. We are joined by Tim Huffman, a 20 year veteran of the biomedical engineering world. Tim gives us a great overview of the history and current state of the profession, plus a glimpse into its future.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

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Healthcare Tech Talk is a show that discusses issues around each technology used in the delivery of healthcare, including Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) and Healthcare Technology Management (HTM).  Terry Baker and Kelley Hill, RN, MSN, who spend their days in the healthcare environment, sit down on both sides of the table of healthcare technology. Terry comes with 20 years of implementing and managing technology, and Kelley brings a decade of clinical user perspective on said technology. Together, with myriad guests, they will present timely and relevant topics in healthcare technology, from the latest in electronic health records to wireless enabled infusion pumps to health information exchanges to telemedicine and all matters above, below, around and in-between.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

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