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

Can a computer save you from an extra x-ray?

Two news round ups today. First, check out the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted by Boston’s own David Williams at  The Health Business Blog.  As he reports: It’s a wonderful day in the wonkerhood, with so much health care policy fodder to chomp on. Let’s jump right in. Also, here’s some local … Continue reading Can a computer save you from an extra x-ray?

The Healthtrix: Free your medical records

If BHN decides to write a screenplay based on the ongoing roll-out of health information technology, should it be a comedy, a sci-fi soap opera or corporate-feeding-frenzy thriller? The Healthtrix: (Free your medical records.) Invasion of the EMR Snatchers? Doc Hollywood Goes Digital? Start with a federal agency called “Office of the National Coordinator” and … Continue reading The Healthtrix: Free your medical records

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

Computers, Health and Boston

A couple of items of note on computers and health AKA  health information technology: Even though the federal government is spending $2 billion to wire the health system, Heathcare IT News reports that, Vish Sankaran, speaking in Boston for the federal HIT effort, said: "We don't want the federal government to be in this business … Continue reading Computers, Health and Boston

Health Wonk Review: Killer viruses and the undead public option

Killer viruses, computers that see all, and the undead public option. (Or, as Jon Stewart said last night --"It's alive!") Welcome to the haunted edition of the Health Wonk Review --  the  floating digest of posts from the health policy blogosphere. This week, we put the death back into death panels.  The health care system is an … Continue reading Health Wonk Review: Killer viruses and the undead public option

Health reform, wired and unwired

There was a State House hearing scheduled today on bill to establish  a single payer health care system in the state. BHN missed it and can't find any reports. We'll keep looking. Here's the background from Mass Care. We are going to try to hit this wired health care meeting,  which takes place tomorrow and Friday … Continue reading Health reform, wired and unwired

Wonks, Rolling Stone and Dr. Blumenthal

1) It wasn't the cover with cosmetically and electronically enhanced Megan Fox that caught my eye -- it was Rolling Stone and I was at the gym.  I should read it more. The recent issue includes a well-documented story about health reform town hall protesters by Tim Dickinson. From "The Lie Machine":    According to internal documents … Continue reading Wonks, Rolling Stone and Dr. Blumenthal

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