12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

From health data pioneer John Halamka, who will be part of this panel: The new threats to information security and integrity are state sponsored cyberterrorism, hackivism and organized crime.  Every CIO I know loses sleep over these threats.  Let’s work together to identify emerging threats, implement best practices for mitigating risks and investigate promising new … Continue reading 12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

Partners’ Kvedar’s new book on “The Internet of Health Things”

Joseph  Kvedar, the VP of Partners' Connected Health Program was on to  "The Internet of Healthy Things" way before any of the rest of us.  Now he's collected his thoughts -- aimed a "business executives" -- in a new book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv_gRJw5bXQ More video from this year's connected health conference here.  

Boston voices in stories on telemedicine and hotels as hospital step-down units

Some Boston links in these story from Health Leaders Media. In a story about telemedicine, Joseph Kvedar, MD, vice president of the Partners' Center for Connected Health in Boston, says that at two recent health industry meetings "every panel and every conversation had something on telemedicine and virtual visits." Telemedicine is taking off, but there … Continue reading Boston voices in stories on telemedicine and hotels as hospital step-down units

2 Boston studies: Breast cancer costs and medical records benefits

After pushing mammograms for years, breast cancer advocates have had a hard time pulling back. Still the evidence keep piling up that message about surviving breast cancer is more complicated than early detection.  What this study by Boston researchers doesn't measure: the scores of women who say -- If there's a chance it's cancer, I … Continue reading 2 Boston studies: Breast cancer costs and medical records benefits

#Google #Glasses in the hospital: A “mixture of intrigue and skepticism. #HIT #EMR

When it comes to health information technology -- a term that encompasses everything from medical records to monitors -- John Halamka -- the chief information officer at  of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center -- is the man. Here he reports on wearable computing in the hospital. Here’s what we’ve learned thus far:   Patients have been intrigued by … Continue reading #Google #Glasses in the hospital: A “mixture of intrigue and skepticism. #HIT #EMR

Press (blue) button; get health records — Hacking health this weekend in Boston

The Blue Button "is a simple concept: give patients’ access to their own data. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) first used the Blue Button logo on its patient portal in 2010 ,By clicking on the button, individuals could download their medical records in digital form. Since then, millions of Veterans have logged onto … Continue reading Press (blue) button; get health records — Hacking health this weekend in Boston

New Mass. electronic health records grants: Wiring Healthcare for the Homeless

From Healthcare IT News: The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will give 32 collaborative projects up to $75,000 each in HIway Implementation Grants to help 80 healthcare organizations across the Commonwealth connect to the HIway, Massachusetts' statewide health information exchange. From the Massachusetts eHealth Institute Recipients were awarded grants based on their ability … Continue reading New Mass. electronic health records grants: Wiring Healthcare for the Homeless

The high ways of medical #marijuana: Not to be confused with the Massachusetts medical information highway #HIT #EMR

This funny post from BIDMC health info chief John Halamka: The Massachusetts Health Information Highway is abbreviated the MassHIway. Its phone number is 1-800-MassHIway. Unrelated to IT (or so we thought), Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana. This is an actual transcript of a call we received today Sean - “Hello, Mass HIway – how may I help you?” … Continue reading The high ways of medical #marijuana: Not to be confused with the Massachusetts medical information highway #HIT #EMR

Privacy, profiteering and other perils of computerized health records

BHN finally caught up on the ongoing series on health information technology, or HIT, running on The Huffington Post. Some of this ground has been covered elsewhere – privacy, issues with patient access and conflict of interest for former senator and quasi-lobbyist Tom Daschle. Still, take note of the recent report on the digital divide. And when … Continue reading Privacy, profiteering and other perils of computerized health records

Masschusetts to set up statewide electronic health information exchange

The idea that computers can cut health care costs seems pretty abstract at times. But, if you think of all the money wasted on claims processing, prescribing errors and questionable care, it makes sense. Computers could get at the cost of administration, medical errors and unnecessary testing and treatment.  Massachusetts is setting up a health … Continue reading Masschusetts to set up statewide electronic health information exchange