Everyone is Relying on Everyone Else's Data

Everyone is Relying on Everyone Else's Data

Next week, the UNOS Transplant Management Forum takes place in Orlando. It is a remarkable environment, where administrators and other transplant leaders come together to discuss ideas, share their expertise and thoughts on best practices.

The Three Bears and Healthcare Data

The Three Bears and Healthcare Data

Many of you know the fairly tale tilted, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Upon entering the home of the Three Bears, Goldilocks sits in their chairs, eats their porridge, and falls asleep in their beds. Upon sampling each of the Bear's chairs, porridge, and beds she exclaims that one is too much, the other is not enough, but the last option is just right. What does this fairy tale have to do with Healthcare data and performing one's job, you may ask?

Do You Even Document Handler, Bro?

Do You Even Document Handler, Bro?

Most people don’t realize how heavily some industries rely on faxes. But to those of us in the know, it’s becoming cliché to mention how relevant faxing still is. With non-relenting fax volumes comes the need for businesses to hire people who can manage incoming documents. Document handling is an intense job that requires an immense amount of focus and attention to detail. 

The Document Handling Specialist

The Document Handling Specialist

In some organizations, document handling has become quite the full-time job. In fact, there are over 5,000 open Document Handling Specialist (or related) positions listed on Indeed.com. Positions are open in nearly every industry imaginable, from pharmaceuticals to manufacturers. Common responsibilities include maintaining proper organization and storage...

Lab Result Orders and How to Get Them In The EMR With Automated Order Matching

Lab Result Orders and How to Get Them In The EMR With Automated Order Matching

In most healthcare institutions, medical procedures are associated with orders or encounters.  An order (or standing order) can be defined as rules, regulations, protocols, or procedures prepared by the professional staff of a hospital or clinic and used as guidelines in the preparation and carrying out of medical and surgical procedures. An encounter can be defined as a health care contact between the patient and the provider who is responsible for diagnosing and treating the patient. 

Innovation in Transplant – You’ve come a long way baby!

Innovation in Transplant – You’ve come a long way baby!

Earlier this month, Dr. Thomas Starzl, the father of organ transplantation, died at the age of 90. In reading an article about all that he did to ultimately discover what was needed to successfully transplant organs, one cannot help but to be awed by the uncertainty and risk that he needed to “work around” in order to make progress. 

Quick, what's the good news?

Quick, what's the good news?

It’s had to find good news in the report published by Protenus Breach Barometer. Their research says there were, on average, one significant protected health information breach per day during the month of January 2017. As a company that helps prevent criminal acquisition of data, I can say that I am not surprised. If you are sensitive to the issue, you’ll regularly see this kind of news.

If you're going to Phoenix, remember to pack your labs

If you're going to Phoenix, remember to pack your labs

So, you're thinking of migrating to Epic's solid organ transplant module Phoenix? Or did you recently switch? The Phoenix product has come a long way since its initial release around 10 years ago. It is a great way to effectively manage your transplant population within the fully-integrated Epic suite of products. I helped to support the first 40 or so Phoenix go-lives during my Epic tenure and take great pride in the application.

How to Solve One Precision Medicine Obstacle

How to Solve One Precision Medicine Obstacle

The move towards precision medicine is gaining more traction though the project faces limitations. One area that we can anticipate will be influenced by precision medicine programs as healthcare IT technologies continue to spread in the healthcare market is in EMR/EHR solution integration and functionality.

The Value of Closing the Loop with CPOE

The Value of Closing the Loop with CPOE

If you are in healthcare, then you likely know what CPOE is.  In case the acronym is not familiar to you, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is a process of electronic entry of medical practitioner instructions for the treatment of patients (particularly hospitalized patients) under his or her care.

Big Data in Oncology

Big Data in Oncology

Big Data and cancer has been a hot topic for a few years and for good reason. Effectively diagnosing and treating patients as efficiently as possible could be a matter of life and death. Ensuring accurate data is accessible is a critical piece in cancer care...

How to Optimize Epic EMR Workflows and External Lab Entry

How to Optimize Epic EMR Workflows and External Lab Entry

As you likely know by now, Extract’s document handling platform can save your users time, improve accuracy, increase EMR adoption, and improve patient care. But what you may not know, is that with a few tweaks of your EMR build and workflows, Extract’s data extraction software can become even more efficient and effective.

How to Get Complete and Accurate Data in the EHR

How to Get Complete and Accurate Data in the EHR

Having access to quality data in the EHR is paramount when using the data for decision making. If clinicians have to search through the media/documents tab in the EMR or they have faxes stuck in the system, staff does not have up-to-date information to use for the decision making process. This could potentially put a patient’s safety at risk and greatly delay the treatment process. 

Electronic Health Records Will Help Customize Medical Treatments

Electronic Health Records Will Help Customize Medical Treatments

In a recent topic covered by NPR in Health News, titled Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments, expresses how healthcare is continuously uncovering the benefit of population health and the potential for a database of medical records to be mined in order to help shape an individual’s treatment.

Can Medical Record Abstraction Be Automated?

Can Medical Record Abstraction Be Automated?

Ahhh, the age old question.  Can (or should) tasks that humans can do very well, but perhaps not very efficiently, be automated with technology?  While the views on this topic would vary greatly from an abstraction service provider to a low-budget medical research project manager, there are perhaps a few things that could be defined to help one decide what is best for their particular medical record abstraction situation.  Consider these ideas: