On September 11, 2001, I was sitting in my Harvard Clinical Research Institute office (I was CIO there from 2001-2007 as part of my Harvard Medical School CIO duties). A staff member ran into my office and told me that a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center Tower. This sounded like a horrible accident.
On September 28 2011, the HIT Standards Committee (HITSC) will officially deliver to ONC its 6 months of hard work from Standards Summer Camp. HITSC subcommittees and workgroups have met every other day since April to prepare the standards recommendations needed to support Meaningful Use Stage 2 rule making.
The S&I Framework teams have been working in parallel on important issues – Certificates, Provider Directories, Lab Result Reporting, and Transfer of Care Summaries.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A list of common medical procedures and their prices may change the way physicians deliver care and determine referrals at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.
Knowing the cost of procedures, intended to lead to reflection and conversation about what procedures are appropriate and in what situations, has some doctors concerned and even upset over some routine practices.
The August meeting of the HIT Standards Committee (the 28th meeting of this FACA) was a milestone in parsimony. As you’ll see, we approved a set of vocabulary recommendations and public health standards that represent harmony as well the fewest number of standards possible for the intended purpose.
I’m often asked why healthcare has been slow to automate its processes compared to other industries such as the airlines, shipping/logistics, or the financial services industry.
Many clinicians say that healthcare is different.
I’m going to be a bit controversial in this post and agree that healthcare has unique challenges that make it more difficult to automate than other industries.
Here’s an inventory of the issues
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is trying to make up for the exposure of more than 2,000 patients’ personal information that was hacked from a hospital computer.
The hospital told reporters that a computer repair vendor, who remains unnamed, failed to restore the computer’s security settings after servicing the machine. The computer was later found to have contracted a virus that snagged patient files and sent them to an unknown recipient.