In Cambridge, Mass., an “unconference” on #healthcare and the web #hit #healthfoo

"Unconference, " "NERD center" and "Health Foo." Find our what all that means and more in report on last weekend's  Cambridge, Massachusetts meeting on health care and the web. Or, as defined by the site "a cross-discipline, immersive, informal 'unconference' that will take advantage of a growing interest in applying Web 2.0 and open-source thinking in health care to … Continue reading In Cambridge, Mass., an “unconference” on #healthcare and the web #hit #healthfoo

The future for computers and health care

 Partners’ Kedvar asks – What is the future of The Center for Connected Health?  I was recently asked to predict what our Center would be like 10 years hence.  Stated another way, the question was: “What is your ten year vision for your Center?”  My initial reaction was, “Of course I should be able to … Continue reading The future for computers and health care

HIT: Gearing up for computerized health care

So far, the "The Huffington Post" series on health information technology has pointed out some serious problems and potential complications -- including a tech industry feeding frenzy and medical errors linked to computer or data entry glitches.   Their most recent piece focuses on the upside -- improving care. And, it offers a clear-eyed overview of intended benefits and the barriers … Continue reading HIT: Gearing up for computerized health care

HIT safety and Boston-based “dream team”

Healthcare IT News reports: WASHINGTON – If Donald Berwick, MD, is confirmed as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, he and David Blumenthal, MD, the national coordinator for health IT, would be a "dream team" in pursuing a coherent national healthcare and health IT strategy. At least that's the assessment of Kerry … Continue reading HIT safety and Boston-based “dream team”

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

ONC: “Meaningful use” for HIT will evolve

 A panel deciding what kind of computerized health information systems will get stimulus money was sent back to do some more homework yesterday, according to Healthcare IT News.  Companies that make these systems and providers who use them have been waiting for a definition of the "meaningful use" requirement  so they canplan to  get in on … Continue reading ONC: “Meaningful use” for HIT will evolve