Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Quality

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on September 01, 2015

A major rationale for the Meaningful Use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program in the United States is the hypothesis that widespread use of EHRs would improve healthcare quality. In fact, clinical decision support is arguably one of the most important reasons to implement an EHR. Whether EHRs truly improve quality is an ongoing research question, and in the July 2015 issue of JAMIA, the authors Ancker, Kern, Edwards, et al. report the results of an important study in this area. Read further >

Healthcare Lawyers: Learn to Read and Write the Language of Your Clients

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on August 31, 2015

Lawyers who want to help their life sciences and healthcare clients practice preventive law, in the form of quality and risk management systems and healthcare compliance teams, can benefit from learning to read and write in the language of science. My Applied Research & Writing class at Northwestern, as part of my studies for a Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare, is teaching me a way of writing that law school, a federal clerkship, and stints in a law firm did not. The instructor, who helps write proposals for clinical trials for a major research hospital, noted that learning how to write scientifically also teaches students how to read it. Writing an abstract for a healthcare journal article about clinical trials requires different skills from those needed to brief a case. Healthcare lawyers who can communicate with their clients – beyond the corporate legal department – will be more effective if they can read and write science. Read further >

Rules-Based Actionable CDS

Linda Peitzman
Written by Linda Peitzman
on August 17, 2015

In previous posts, I’ve discussed how rules-based clinical decision support (CDS) leverages electronic health record (EHR) data and the most current medical evidence to deliver patient-specific advice directly to the point of care. These tools are at the cutting edge of the healthcare IT world. But can we take this concept and go one step further? Can patient-specific CDS be delivered into the workflow of a clinician and give the physician or nurse the ability to act on that information directly, without having to change systems, search out another clinician to make the next step happen, or start another process? Read further >

Risk Management Tools for Medical Device Lawyers

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on August 14, 2015

Tort liability and federal regulation incentivize medical device manufacturers to invest in “preventive law.” Ideally, spend shifts away from litigation managed by outside law firms to quality & risk management programs and professional corporate compliance departments. Medical device lawyers in law firms can benefit from focusing on preventive law. One way for lawyers to make that shift is to understand how medical device manufacturers’ quality, risk management and corporate compliance teams manage risk. We are covering this in one class I am taking at Northwestern University, as part of my studies toward a Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare: MSRC 435 Risk and Decision Management. Its goal is to enable students to not only study what these teams do, but also do what these teams do. As a lawyer, I fully recommend that medical device lawyers consider pursuing such a degree, or at least take a similar class. Here’s why: Read further >

Goodbye Blue Sky – It’s Cloud Time

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on August 03, 2015

Growth rates in applications that are available in the cloud are impressive. Successful Big Data applications as well as Internet of Things can hardly be thought of without having cloud capabilities. But also common applications like editors or simple file shares profit directly from easy access to information across geographies and devices. So why is cloud not yet standard for any kind of application?

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A Tale of Two Cities: The Art of Digital Transformation

Peter Liang
Written by Peter Liang
on July 31, 2015

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”  Read further >

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