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In this episode we discuss the promise and reality of Interoperability and Precision Medicine and whether these are just the latest buzz words or something we can really begin to leverage to impact the treatment and care of our patients.  We talk with a 25 year veteran of Health IT, Alan Portela, about this important topic.

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

We are all unique individuals, therefore what works for one patient may not work for another. No longer is trial and error and acceptable approach to treating patients, it is time to use Big Data to help deliver the most precise medicine and most appropriate treatments to meet our patients needs.  Today we talk with Paul D'Alessandro, the Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience Practice Leader for PwC about how Big Data is enable better healthcare. For more information, check out DoubleJump Health from PwC .

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

We have been on a bit of a summer hiatus here at Healthcare Tech Talk, but we are back in the editing room and ready to begin publishing new episodes.

Today though we present to you an important episode of the AAMI Podcast. If you enjoy it please subscribe to the show.

Hospitals are under pressure to draft and implement comprehensive policies that show they have a handle on the crucial patient safety issue of alarm fatigue. There’s been an explosion in the number of medical devices with alarms and alerts, resulting in a noisy healthcare setting and desensitizing clinicians to the meaning or importance of alarms. With more alarms going off, the intended goal of alerting clinicians to true emergencies has been diminished, and patient safety has been imperiled. Ronald Wyatt, MD, the patient safety officer and medical director at The Joint Commission and Maria Cvach, DNP, CCRN, director of policy management and integration for the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD,  talk about what hospitals should be doing—and how they can make a positive difference with effective clinical alarm management. Sponsored by Spacelabs Healthcare.

Clinical Alarm Management Compendium

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

A string of recent, highly publicized "Ransomware" attacks have many healthcare organizations and their vendors scrambling to protect themselves and spurred the FBI to publish a Flash Alert.

These attacks are a fairly new paradigm for hospitals after years of protecting themselves from the theft of patient information, hospitals now must worry about the encryption and potential destruction of their data.

These attacks seem to be cruder and easier to carry out, but could be even more disruptive and damaging to a healthcare organization.

Today we talk with two experts about how organizations can begin taking the fundamental steps required to protect themselves.

  • Brad Taylor is CEO of Proficio, a leading Managed Security Services Provider. He has 20+ years’ experience in creating services that safeguard enterprise networks against cyber threats, with strong focus on healthcare environments and highly regulated industries. 

  • Adam Laub, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing, STEALTHbits Technologies. He is responsible for setting product strategy, defining future roadmap, driving strategic sales engagements, supporting demand generation activities, enabling the sales organization and all aspects of product evangelism. 

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

In 1956 the first practical implementation of a paging system was setup to pager physicians in New York.  Fast forward 60 years and pagers seem to be making healthcare their final stand.

The modern healthcare environment is much more demanding and complex than in 1956.  Alerts from clinical systems, order notifications from the EMR and messages between clinicians not only need to be routed properly, they need to be acknowledged.

Today we talk with Marc Ladin, Chief Marketing Officer of Tiger Text, about a recent study regarding the Hidden Cost of Pagers in Healthcare and the possibilities of a secure messaging platform.

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Many Healthcare organizations have had love hate relationship with Social Media given privacy concerns, the belief the that social media is what you do in your spare time and other reasons.  In fact many of us can remember when access was blocked for every computer in our organization.  You have to meet your patients where they are though and increasingly that is on Social Media.

In this episode, recorded at HIMSS16, we talk with Jan Oldenburg about various strategies that Healthcare organizations can use to get the most out of their Social Media engagement efforts.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

Cancer will affect nearly everyone, either as a patient, or as friend or family member of patient.  Fortunately very intelligent people have been working to find a cure and making some progress in treatment and prevention.

Now Cancer MoonShot 2020 brings together industry leaders from across the healthcare spectrum to work together in making the dream of a cure for cancer a reality.

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, whose is the driving force behind Cancer MoonShot 2020. He explains the key points of the initiative and how his company NantHealth will play a part.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

In this episode, we talk with Micheal Archuleta. Micheal has been acknowledged as Becker's Healthcare's top 100 CIOs and his organization, Mt. San Rafael, has been awarded "2015 Most Wired Hospitals".  Micheal provides us his thoughts on what he feels healthcare organizations need to focus on in 2016.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 3:34am EDT

Sepsis affects over 1,000,000 patients and causes 280,000 deaths per year, 82 people are affected by a Hospital Acquired Infection every hour, 217 patients are affected every hours by a preventable Adverse Drug Event, CMS fined healthcare organizations more than 420 million dollars in 2015.

In the face of these issues and many more, Healthcare organizations are starting to turn to real-time clinical intelligence to help make a serious impact on the well being of their patients.

Today we talk with Adam Klass and Tim Morin of Vigilanz about how their Enterprise Intelligence Resources Platform can help healthcare organizations in this effort.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 9:13pm EDT

The use of Big Data in healthcare is the hot topic, but experts estimate that less than 6% of all organizations have a successful implementation.  With typical implementations requiring substantial investment and challenging support requirements, many Healthcare organizations see Big Data out of their reach.  Ed Simcox, United States Healthcare Practice Leader for Logicalis, joins us to discuss how some organizations are tackling this challenge.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

Far too often Healthcare providers aren’t talking to each other – patients don’t know this. If you visit the ER, does your Primary Care Physician have a clue, does your dialysis provider? Are you sure?

In this episode we are joined by Joseph Mayer, MD. He is the co-founder and CEO of Cureatr, which provides seamless communication between doctors, streamlined workflows and real-time mobile push notifications to alert care providers when their patients are treated in any care setting within their region.

Joe's inspiration to start Cureatr came during his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Immersed in the fast-paced ER, he lived the time-delay frustration of tracking down primary care physicians to alert them about patient treatment. He knew that he could speed this communication, reduce admin work to save time, human resources and dollars.

Joe launched the pilot for Cureatr while at Mt. Sinai and his quick expansion, with a national presence on the near horizon, coincided with the seismic healthcare shift of fee-for-service to value-based. Healthcare providers, in this new landscape of risk and responsibility, need a seamless approach for better care coordination among a community of care providers.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

In this episode we talk with Bill Hudson, Chief Healthcare Strategist with VMware, about the ways we can meet the computing needs of clinicians.  Bill draws on his 25 years of experience in Health IT meeting needs of Healthcare organizations, as well as his broad exposure to organizations across the country to help us explore balancing usability and security in the demanding world of Healthcare.

Learn more about VMware in Healthcare at: http://www.vmware.com/industry/healthcare/overview.html

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Do we now have the tools to fight the effects of aging, dementia, or even Alzheimer's? In this episode we discuss Cognitive Health with Dr. Raj Kumar, Chief Medical Officer of MyCognition.

Cognition, defined briefly as the ability to think, learn, respond, and remember, is a crucial issue in healthcare today because of an increasingly aging population and diagnoses of dementia, attention disorders, learning disorders, and anxiety at all-time highs.

What is your CQ? MyCQ™, short for cognition quotient, is an assessment tool developed by UK company MyCognition for measuring cognitive functioning. It is the mission of MyCognition to measure and improve cognitive health.  In addition to its MyCQ assessment tool, MyCognition brings a range of training products that have been specifically developed to enhance the thinking, learning and memory processes.  Learn about how this exciting technology is showing cognitive health improvements in schools, workplaces, and the healthcare sector.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

From wearable technology to smart homes, the means to gather or monitor our health information is growing leaps and bounds. Connected Health is playing an increasing role in our daily health and is poised to play a major role in the future of healthcare.  How does one keep up and create a stratagy for leveraging this technology, either as an organization or as an individual? In this episode we talk with Jennifer Kent, Ph.D., Director of Research Quality and Product Development and Parks Associates about this exciting sector of health devices.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

We hope you are having a great summer!  We are on a bit of a break, but would like to present to you one of our 12 episodes from the award winning AAMI Podcast.  We hope you find it interesting, familiar and then subscribe.

Patients being treated with opioids can be at risk for respiratory depression, even resulting in death. A new national initiative spearheaded by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute advocates the continuous electronic monitoring of all patients on opioids. Frank Overdyk, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and executive director for research at North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Tim Vanderveen, vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, are co-chairs of this new coalition. They make the case for continuous electronic monitoring and address the challenges stakeholders face in trying to bring about this change.

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Patients being treated with opioids can be at risk for respiratory depression, even resulting in death. A new national initiative spearheaded by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute advocates the continuous electronic monitoring of all patients on opioids. Frank Overdyk, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and executive director for research at North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Tim Vanderveen, vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, are co-chairs of this new coalition. They make the case for continuous electronic monitoring and address the challenges stakeholders face in trying to bring about this change. - See more at: http://www.aami.org/newsviews/Podcasts.aspx?navItemNumber=791#sthash.mpbfJG2p.dpuf
Patients being treated with opioids can be at risk for respiratory depression, even resulting in death. A new national initiative spearheaded by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute advocates the continuous electronic monitoring of all patients on opioids. Frank Overdyk, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and executive director for research at North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Tim Vanderveen, vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, are co-chairs of this new coalition. They make the case for continuous electronic monitoring and address the challenges stakeholders face in trying to bring about this change. - See more at: http://www.aami.org/newsviews/Podcasts.aspx?navItemNumber=791#sthash.mpbfJG2p.dpuf
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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:44am EDT

Imagine a portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand that monitors and diagnoses your health conditions. That is the technology envisioned by this XPRIZE competition, inspired by Star Trek, and it will allow unprecedented access to personal health metrics. Today we talk with Grant Campany and Rick Valencia about how the XPRIZE process from inspiration to the awarding of the prize and what they hope to achieve with through these grand endeavors. Tricorder.xprize.org

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

With all the sophisticated technologies we are implementing, supporting or looking forward to in the future it is easy to maybe overlook the "routine". We have all learned though, complacency regarding the "routine" can often get people hurt.  In fact an entire career field was launched over concerns that thousands of patients were being harmed due to electrical shocks from the very medical equipment that was meant to help them.  Our guest Matt Baretich, author of the latest AAMI Electrical Safety Manual, joins us for an interview recorded "Live" at AAMI 2015.

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

Live from AAMI2015 we interview Pat Lynch, who has been a technical leader in the medical device maintenance and repair industry for 40 years.  There is another side of Pat though, that of a humanitarian.  Pat encourages us to give back a fraction of what we have received.  His way of doing so is with is organization, Biomeds Without Borders.  While many of us have watched out Clinical partners participate in missions to help those need, being a tech doesn't mean you cannot participate.  We encourage you to listen to this episode and then join Pat and others in their efforts.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

AAMI2015 is just around the corner, June 5-8, and in this episode we talk with AAMI President Mary Logan and Director of Education Tirza Lofgreen about what we can expect to be the hot topics at this year's conference and what they have in store for this years attendees!

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

40 episodes in 15 months!  And we're happy to be featuring Philips, who for 40 years has been providing remote patient monitoring technology.  Technology that started as the LifeAlert program and has been expanded to help deliver solutions for many of the issues and interests in healthcare today: aging in place, medical home, chronic disease management... Even big data and data analytics, as Philips has been collecting data from monitored patient populations for many years and are now able to mine that data in meaningful ways.  We are joined in this episode by those who have helped grow patient monitoring applications and give clinical significance to more than just the physiological readings monitoring systems collect.

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Sometimes we are surprised by the companies that are producing technology for healthcare; and while the brand name Rubbermaid conjures images of wastebaskets, buckets, practical items for the home or maybe commercial applications, it likely doesn't stick out in our minds as a manufacturer of healthcare devices. While at HIMSS 2015, however, we discovered just what wonderful products Rubbermaid brings to the clinical space - especially with regard to nursing tasks and workflows. Turns out that Rubbermaid is just as durable and versatile in the healthcare arena as it is in our own homes, and with this episode it becomes readily apparent just what a great fit Rubbermaid is for the clinical environment

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

During HIMSS15 we were lucky to sit down with Health IT professionals that are busy every day trying to meet the needs of their healthcare organizations. Our guest participated in the panel "IT as a Stragic Imperative for Healthcare Providers  in the Digital, Mobile age" sponsored by Citrix. 

The panel description: Join Citrix and our guest panel as we explore how some of the most innovative health systems are leveraging mobility, virtualization, and cloud services to gain the agility and efficiency needed to unleash innovation and create a more patient-centered healthcare approach in order to succeed in today’s changing healthcare landscape.

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

We ventured out on the show floor for "Day 2" of the HIMSS conference and after surviving a concert like rush at the gates to the Exhibit Hall, we caught up for a brief chat with Jeff Fountaine of Honeywell for some insight into their efforts to make life easier on clinicians.  (To Kelley's delight)

 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

When medical device-related incidents occur in the clinical environment, it's important for the healthcare organization to respond quickly and effectively.  In this episode our guest Matt Baretich discusses with us his 7 step process that will help organizations conduct an investigation that will protect its interests, comply with federal regulations and accreditation standards and improve patient safety by avoiding recurrences. 

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

2014 was a "banner year" in telemedicine, according to Jonathan Linkous, though not just for the American Telemedicine Association, and 2015 looks to be even more substantial.  Telemedicine is gaining tremendous ground, thanks to increasingly ubiquitous and powerful technology, as well as growing professional involvement.  Progress in regulations that govern healthcare delivery and reimbursement are also driving the increased adoption of telemedicine, and as ever organizations like the American Telemedicine Association is at the helm.  In this episode we welcome back Jonathan Linkous, President and CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, to discuss the latest trends and advancements in this exciting area of healthcare technology.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

At the end of episode 30 we mentioned that we would be taking a bit of a winter break.  Well we are back in the studio and wanted to say a quick hello!  Great new episodes are in productions and we will begin releasing the week of 2/23/2015.

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Category:Healthcare Technology -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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 EDT

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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.

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

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.

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

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 EDT

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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!

 

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

Is this Promo too scary?  Well tis the season!

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

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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.

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

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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 EDT

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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 EDT

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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 EDT

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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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 EDT

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