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Pills and tablets. They’re small, typically round or oval, compressed masses of medicine and there’s a lot of them on the market these days. That said, however, since there’s a finite number of shape and colour combinations several different drug compositions end up looking very similar. In fact, some pills look so alike that even…

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CES (formerly known as Consumer Electronic Show) officially kicked off yesterday, January 5th, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. For those not familiar with CES, it has blossomed since it’s inception in 1967 to become one of the largest trade shows held in Las Vegas, hosting more than 170,000 attendees. As far as conferences…

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With its world-class education, ever-expanding exhibition and exceptional networking opportunities, no other event brings the brightest minds in health and IT together like HIMSS17. We’re proud to be an endorser of HIMSS17.  Join 40,000+ like-minded peers from around the world at HIMSS17 in Orlando, where you’ll find: 300+ education programs A wide variety of topics,…

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It’s been a few years now since we’ve started hearing about the promise of 3D printing for medical applications. We’ve seen some great advances in 3D-Printed prosthetics and implants for surgeries such as knee and hip replacements. Surgeons are also now using 3D printing to create patient-specific surgical guides and tools. 3D printing is also…

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Guest Editorial I’d like to spend a moment here to take back the word “provider” in the healthcare context. It seems I can’t go a day without hearing at least one (and often more) members of a care team rebel against being lumped together not by specialty, credential, or title, but by the vague term…

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Guest Editorial There is a collision of cynicism and optimism in any discussion of Millennial healthcare workers. For those who view the intrusion of digital technology into healthcare as a negative trend, Millennials, with their overdependence on technology, are part of the problem sucking the joy out of medicine. They embrace these interloping devices and…

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Guest Editorial Interoperability is not just a set of technical hurdles, programming considerations, and communication initiatives—though it certainly entails plenty of such challenges. It is about realizing the much talked-about Continuum of Care, aligning doctors, specialists, nurses, patients, pharmacists—the many individuals and operating environments involved in delivering 21st century whole-person healthcare. Glaringly absent from popular…

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The latest release of Meaningful Use (MU) Attestation Data by HealthData.gov shows that as of Feb. 3, 2016 there had been 998,709 MU attestations. Epic Systems Corporation continues to be the market share leader amongst certified EHR systems. “EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR” is the single most attested EHR with 110,173 providers qualifying for meaningful…

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Guest Editorial The healthcare industry does not have a rich culture of innovation. While regulatory burdens, enterprise developers, and even generation gaps have taken heat for causing grief over the course of the Meaningful Use program (RIP), there is a legacy of change-resistance in medicine that goes much further than the last ten years. As…

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A January 20, 2016 Health Affairs Article by Dawn M. Heisey-Grove titled Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption And Use (Health Affairs, no.(2016): doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0861) examines the differences between different provider groups in rural vs. urban settings. According to Heisey-Grove, initial adoption levels amongst rural providers was higher than their urban counterparts. “In 2013,…

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Guest Editorial A recent survey of office-based physicians looked into the state of revenue cycle management (RCM) across various specialties, staff and locations. The RCM Survey Report called “What’s Happening Behind the Billing Office Door” evaluated several high-level metrics including first-pass clean-claim rate, net collection percentages, average days in A/R, and outstanding collections for 120+ days. The…

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