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 >

Successful Virtual Medical Record Test Drive

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on July 27, 2015

The HL7 Virtual Medical Record (vMR) is a standard model for representing the data flowing into and out of clinical decision support systems. On the input side, the model represents patient data, such as diagnoses, medications, age, gender, and lab results. On the output side, the model represents proposals, such as a recommendation to perform a certain test or to prescribe a certain medication. Some time ago on this blog, I discussed the vMR in comparison to the Continuity of Care Document model. I have also described the use of the vMR in the Health eDecisions project – see my post on that topic here. Read further >

Marketing Ideas for HIPAA & HITECH Attorneys

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on July 24, 2015

I’m laser-focused on health care regulatory compliance because I am studying for a Master of Science at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, to extend my legal background. My studies focus on the obvious laws and regulations, including the Health Information Technology for Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The essence of regulatory compliance in health care is preventive law. I noticed that law firms have new competition, namely, (1) their corporate clients’ regulatory compliance departments; (2) consultants & startups offering advice and software solutions for one or more of the major health care laws and associated regulations; and (3) sophisticated free content and workflow tools from government agencies. Here are two ideas for health care regulatory compliance attorneys to market themselves in this new world: Read further >

Data Sciences Driving Recommendation Systems

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on July 17, 2015

Data Analytics, more specifically, prescriptive analytics are recommendations derived from mathematical computations. Recommendations are based on behaviors and needs in a particular context. Context is king in my book, and knowing context allows systems to produce personalized recommendations.

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