Archive of: April, 2013

  • HIMSS13, Part II: Feedback from the Floor

    by Gary Hamilton

    In the whirlwind before heading to New Orleans for one of the healthcare industry’s biggest shows, we shared some thoughts around what we thought would be buzzing on the HIMSS13 floor. Now that the dust has settled (and I’ve reluctantly resumed a diet without beignets), I’d like to share some common trends I heard discussed by the nearly 35,000 conference attendees and more than 1,100 exhibitors at HIMSS13:

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  • Making Data Work for You Step 2: Aggregate and Streamline Your Data

    by Gary Hamilton

    Technology is meant to make lives and jobs easier, and it has infiltrated almost every aspect of life—for most people both personally and professionally. This assimilation of technology into everyday life brings with it learning curves and glitches that can contribute to resistance to adopting new technology. Providers often experience this disparate relationship with technology firsthand, which can have a great impact on the resources and systems they choose to implement. Technology’s impact also extends to the growing number of providers directly employed by hospitals, who have little choice or input about the systems being used, further fueling frustrations.

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  • Making Data Work for You Step 1: Standardize Your Data

    by Gary Hamilton

    It’s no secret: Electronic health records and continuity of care documents are mammoth, making them cumbersome to navigate and utilize. They are compiled over time, updated in increments, and filled with data acquired from multiple sources—including providers, staff and patients. These systems are much more literal and inflexible, making the ability to sift through data and understand its meaning challenging. For example, technology cannot recognize when clinically interchangeable terms, abbreviations, or shorthand are used, such as:

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