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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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Psychotherapist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl famously enjoyed quoting Nietzsche’s observation, “He who has a why to live for, can bear almost any how.” The more lay expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” covers similar ground. When we have a Why for doing something, the How can be cultivated. Determining how to do…

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Join ONC for one of two webinars where the Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability Final Rule will be discussed on December 7, 2016 and December 14, 2016 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET. The Enhanced Oversight Final Rule updates the ONC Health IT Certification Program by creating a focused ONC direct review regulatory framework, aligning…

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To commemorate the launch of National Health IT Week 2016 ONC has released their comprehensive Health IT Playbook with links and tools to help providers use their health IT. The Health IT Playbook also includes a new EHR contract guide called “EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print”. This guide…

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Guest Editorial What an amazing time to be alive. Not only are we mere months away from Star Trek making its vaunted return to network television, but all indications are that we are on the cusp of having one of the most iconic bits of Star Trek technology available in real life: the tricorder is…

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Electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (IT) play a critical role in improving the rate of appropriate immunizations in the United States. The Immunization Integration Program (IIP), a collaborative effort between Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. (CNI), HIMSS and ICSA Labs — takes immunization workflow mainstream, streamlining and improving overall vaccine administration and management process….

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) launched The Patient Engagement Playbook during their 2016 Annual Meeting. This tool was designed for health care providers, practice staff, hospital administrators and others who want to leverage health IT, and their electronic health record (EHR) patient portals, to further engage patients in their health and care. The Playbook…

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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 The rise of online social media and the related wave of people sharing experiences, advice and plans has had a huge impact on healthcare. Before social media, as the British Medical Journal points out, patients received advice and referrals from their private social networks — friends, family and their personal physicians. Now, robust…

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As a physician and long-time EHR user, I live and work in a world of discrete, narrative and non-narrative data. Notes that I or my colleagues have entered into the EHR, documents that have been scanned as image files or pdf documents into the document repository and discrete elements such as laboratory results. The data…

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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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