Health IT Pulse:

September, 2012


September 26, 2012  1:13 PM

AHIMA 2012 convention suddenly looks a lot more interesting

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHIMA, icd, ICD-10

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2012 convention, coming up next week in Chicago, suddenly became a much more interesting place – from a reporter's view at least – after last weekend's

September 25, 2012  11:33 AM

Patient engagement starts with insurance selection

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Blue Button, hhs, ONC, patient engagement

A new regulation in national health care law requires private insurance companies and employers to provide consumers with a description of their policy’s medical coverage called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). The law will also provide consumers with access to a glossary of medical and...


September 20, 2012  1:21 PM

Getting nurses involved in EHR implementation may pay off

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, nurses, physicians

We hear a lot about how physicians are dealing with the transition to electronic health records (EHR) and whether or not EHR implementation supports their ability to deliver care. But could it be that the focus on physicians' use of EHRs overlooks the experience of


September 19, 2012  1:43 PM

Cheesecake Factory bad for health – and the analogy bad for health care

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organizations, Atul Gawande, Cheesecake Factory, Health care reform and federal initiatives

A couple things must be said before we get into this. One: The last thing I want to do is start a blog beef with health care thought leader and Boston physician Atul Gawande, M.D. whose thought-provoking New Yorker...

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September 18, 2012  12:57 PM

Guarded optimism around health care social media use

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Health care applications and vendor organizations, hhs, social media, twitter

Public health officials can observe local health concerns via Twitter thanks to a new, free web-based technology sponsored by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The app, MappyHealth, was the winner among 33 submissions to a developers’ contest. This...


September 13, 2012  12:25 PM

MBAN rules will test idea of spectrum sharing

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
FCC, MBAN, wireless medical devices

The Federal Communication Commission announced this week its rules for the use of wireless spectrum by medical body area network (MBAN) wireless sensors. The success or failure of this initiative could prove – or disprove...


September 12, 2012  2:00 PM

If consumers can’t do it, health IT cloud far away

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Clinical IT, HIT cloud, wireless medical devices

For me, today's technical travails started with morning coffee. As in, a piping-hot pint of it dumped on my work laptop keyboard. The nightmare came with the realization that dependency on desktop-based applications almost deep-sixed a high-priority piece of content for SearchHealthIT: a podcast...


September 11, 2012  12:25 PM

FDA calls for increased cooperation in UDI regulation

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, FDA, Health IT, UDI

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health released its preliminary report calling for more widespread use of


September 7, 2012  10:53 AM

UPMC launches Big Data analytics initiative

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Analytics, Big Data

Big Data analytics is something health IT professionals talk a lot about, but it is rare to see a provider actually making use of it.


September 6, 2012  4:17 PM

J.D. Power: It’s the people in health care, not the facility

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, J.D. Power

Last year, a source wondered what it would do for health care if someone like J.D. Power and Associates ranked medical devices the way it ranks cars. This year, J.D. Power released a...


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