“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 >
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 >
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 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.
What do you think of when you hear “clinical decision support”?
Quiz healthcare professionals on their definition of CDS and one word will likely appear more than others: alerts. Some consider the two terms to be nearly synonymous. But while it’s true that pushing alerts to clinicians at the point of care is a primary component of the latest innovations in CDS, the definition of clinical decision support is much broader. Read further >
On June 11-12, 2015 I attended and presented at the Business Forecasting and Innovation Forum 2015, held in downtown Chicago. Organized by the JPK Group, the forum offered 3 tracts: (1) Financial Forecasting; (2) Demand Planning & Forecasting; and (3) Strategic Market and Competitive Intelligence. My presentation was entitled “Partnerships & Collaborative Intelligence in a Multinational Corporation,” and was part of the third tract. I covered the following points about making competitive intelligence work in a multinational corporation: Read further >
Maybe as an answer to the discussion on the right to be forgotten, the right of privacy, Google has introduced a new feature: A privacy dashboard. It is not new in the sense that it did not exist; you could find all of its features in your account below ‘Privacy’. But it is new in the sense that now all of these possibilities to control your account settings are in one view. Read further >
To be honest, I don’t know. We all know about progress in language technology, such as Google Translate or Siri or our own Wolters Kluwer technology that we use in the legal area. But we also see that – especially in Europe – we are still locked in our own language and cannot easily transcend this barrier a part from switching into English as a lingua franca. So, where is the innovation?
One of my favorite pastimes is watching Shark Tank with my son, Benjamin. For those who are not familiar with this show, Shark Tank is an American reality television series that features aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their products to a panel of investors, called “sharks.” The entrepreneur can make a deal if a “shark” is in or if the negotiation falls a part, the entrepreneur leaves empty-handed. Read further >
Telemedicine seemed promising in the beginning especially for patients in rural areas, but has slowed over the past decade. With any new innovation the rate adoption is always a factor of value to the user. In the case of telemedicine there are two users, patient and provider, however the rate of adoption seemed to be in the hands of the government and the technology providers. So who is really to blame?