Are Facebook rankings of hospitals accurate? Two studies say yes

From Health Leaders Media: In the era of the engaged patient, consumers shop around for healthcare services. When it comes to hospitals, they could consult several ratings programs for information on readmissions and hospital-acquired infection rates. But data shows they don't do so in big numbers. One reason may be that quality measures familiar to … Continue reading Are Facebook rankings of hospitals accurate? Two studies say yes

#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

Data, health, news contest draws applications from Bostonians

How to get most of the city's health writers in the same room as a bunch of app developers? A health-themed meet-up of the local Hacks and Hackers group might do it. But last week, a good number of us gathered a WBUR for a presentation on the Knight News Challenge. (WBUR has won in … Continue reading Data, health, news contest draws applications from Bostonians

What is the # for that? See the Healthcare Hashtag Project #health #boston

More wisdom from #ahcj13. Check out the "Healthcare Hashtag Project."  Web 2.0 and health 2.0 are converging to become one of the most powerful shifts in health and human behavior in the last generation.  At its heart is the fact that patients are people, and that people are social.  They want to know their healthcare … Continue reading What is the # for that? See the Healthcare Hashtag Project #health #boston

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

Rounding up the year’s health news

Theirs and ours: You can read Commonhealth's list or listen to it on Radio Boston: Or listen to Carey Goldberg on WBUR MassDevice offers : The top medical device stories of the year, Part I From sweeping regulatory changes promised, but never delivered, by the FDA, to the industry and regulatory backlash against the impending 2.3% … Continue reading Rounding up the year’s health news

Boston hospital CIO Halamka on his wife’s diagnosis: “We have cancer”

Beth Israel CIO John Halamka usually blogs about health information with posts like "The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup," and very occasionally, his life as a vegan or his plan to  retire to a small family farm to raise organic vegetables. Today he reports the disturbing news of his wife’s breast cancer. They've decided to document her treatment in real … Continue reading Boston hospital CIO Halamka on his wife’s diagnosis: “We have cancer”