The final frontier for telehealth services, end-to-end data privacy & security

As mHealthNews editor, Eric Wicklund, reported last November, the stage is set more than ever before to deliver medical and behavioral health services via telehealth. The need has existed for a very long time and today, the technology exists to bring these services into people’s homes. Payment reform is unblocking what has been a significant…

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EHR Interoperability. Let’s stop beating a dead drum.

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS where EHR interoperability (or rather the lack of interoperability) was once again a topic of much discussion, I must again…

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The wheels on the bus went round and round….. at HIMSS-15 in Chicago

I wish I could report on everything that happened at HIMSS this year. Of course, that would be impossible without writing a book (and it would be a really big book). So, as I do each year, I will only provide some high-level impressions about what I saw and heard during the big show in…

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Price transparency in healthcare? Despite reforms, still lacking. Part 2

Back in January I told you a true story about the healthcare adventures of Sally and Bob. Like all good serial adventures, it helps to read the first chapter before turning to the next installment. In Part One, Sally and Bob discovered the tyranny of what is affectionately known as the “facility fee”. It is…

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The fallacy of patient engagement

You may have noticed the absence of my usual posts to HealthBlog. Here’s why. I was preparing for an out of town business trip on Monday of last week when I learned that my adult daughter needed an emergency appendectomy. As coincidence would have it, my business trip just happened to be to a city…

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