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Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and subsequently present that data in a manner that can be understood by a user. Typically, this exchange is thought of in terms of how one EMR or large complex system can exchange records with another. However, by limiting interoperability to this definition, we fail to realize just how much information is exchanged on platforms like secure hospital messaging engines and just how important interoperability and hospital messaging are to one another. While it might seem semantic, it is imperative that we embrace a more robust definition of interoperability. True interoperability means that we focus on the exchange of information across all sectors of healthcare. A greater unders... (more)

Hang on Healthcare; 2017 Promises to Be Another Thrill Ride of a Year | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Analytics

Hang on Healthcare; 2017 Promises to Be Another Thrill Ride of a Year By Sanjeev Agrawal, President and Chief Marketing Officer, LeanTaaS iQueue 2016 was a year of dips and dives, twists and turns. Judging by the first couple of weeks of the new year, it's reasonable to expect 2017 will be another roller coaster year for providers, patients, suppliers and payers. As president and CMO of LeanTaaS, a growth-stage innovator of cloud-based solutions for healthcare, I have a front-car seat in partnership with the 30+ leading health systems with which we work all over the country. So here's my take: 1. Investment in healthcare startups by providers will accelerate. Large healthcare providers are beginning to understand that with all their brilliant physicians, dedicated support staff, and excellent clinical and administrative leaders, the technological innovation needed to... (more)

What is So Great About Private Health Insurance?

Most significant challenges deserve objective analysis based on economic principals. Supply and demand being at the core. Things costing to much ? The explaination is usually a lack of competition or artifical restrictions among alternative options for buyers. Not enough supply ? Barriers to entry , government restrictions or diminishing prospects for profit can be at the root. Interestingly, when it comes to health care what people pay for and what they get is at the core of the problem and private insurance intermediaries are profiting from market inefficiencies. In the end the private for profit insurance industry delivers no real or sustained value and this is central to the health care crisis because they slice the pie with the main objective being their profits, not a uniform allocation of risk and costs among populations to make the cost for all lower. This r... (more)

Possibilities with Cloud Based Healthcare Records

New Possibilities with Cloud-Based Healthcare Records Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects - scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e., the largest single medical system in the United States. VistA is a collection of over 168 application packages/modules and is based on the client-server communication model operating on RPC broker. Moving VistA to a cloud platform is still in its infancy. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Shrikant Pattathil, Executive V... (more)

Healthcare Industry and Data Security By @CipherCloud | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Healthcare Industry Must Address Data Security Threats Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like HIPAA and HITECH, consumers' confidential health and personal information is still not safe enough. That's the lesson to be learned from Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems' (CHS) August 18 regulatory filing. In the filing, CHS disclosed that the names, SSNs, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers of approximately 4.5 million people across 28 states have been stolen, according to Computerworld. Those 4.5 million victims, whom Computerworld reported had either received or been referred for services to CHS-affiliated physicians, are now at risk of identity theft, thanks to the security weaknesses of their healthcare provider. This latest large-scale data breach serves to highlight just how critical data security is in today... (more)

Can Health Social Media Learn from Online Dating?

One of the frustrations cropping up on health social media sites is centered around the mechanism that caused their popularity at the outset, the message board. Perhaps health social networking sites can learn from online dating sites, Match and eHarmony, about linking mechanisms. They can also take a lesson from these websites regarding charging users. more>> ... (more)

Houston to Host It's My Heart's First Annual National Family Conference on Congenital Heart Defects

HOUSTON, May 28, 2009 - More than one million American families cope with congenital heart defects, but the enormous obstacles they face remain out of the public spotlight. The non-profit organization, It's My Heart, is working to change that, organizing a conference devoted especially to the challenges these families face and the opportunities offered by medical advances. It's My Heart's First Annual National Family Conference Weekend is scheduled June 26-28. The event's centerpiece is a day-long educational conference on Saturday, June 27th that coincides with a unique conference especially for children. The country duo O'Shea, featuring singer, song-writer and congenital heart defect survivor Mark O'Shea, will also perform at the conference Saturday. Other weekend events include a Friday night Meet & Greet for families and a day of fun at the Houston Zoo on Sunda... (more)

Inclusion Has Come A Long Way..

Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t present, so there was no initial opportunity for my classmates to ask me questions about my disability. There was no attempt at real ice-breaking back then, though the teacher tried very hard to make me feel welcome. Still, I had to deal with some teasing and bullying, both subtle and obvious. ... (more)

Fixing the UK Government’'s IT Woes

The NHS seems to think that all us journalists ever want to do is knock it. That’'s not true. When I was treated in Poole Hospital for an arm fracture the nurses asked me what I did for a living, so I told them and they immediately recoiled. I had to expla... ... (more)

Bridgehead Software Raises Bar for Healthcare Storage Virtualization

Bridgehead Software, the healthcare data management software specialist, will next week unveil interim research results from the storage virtualization portion of its Data Management Healthcheck 2010. BridgeHead spokespeople at booth 831 at World of Health IT in Barcelona will be on hand to: • discuss the urgent and growing need for integrated use and management of electronic patient records (EPR) • share interim results from the Data Management Healthcheck 2010 research on cloud technologies and storage virtualization • demonstrate BridgeHead Software's line of vendor-agnostic data management software solutions for hospitals and healthcare organisations of all sizes • describe the benefits of vendor-agnostic (i.e., not linked to a particular imaging vendor) solutions for streamlining storage and management of electronic patient records (EPR) and improving healthcare del... (more)

Crosscheck Networks Drives Business-Critical SOA

Crosscheck Networks, Inc. on Tuesday introduced the next generation of its flagship product, Forum Sentry v8.0, helping organizations seamlessly migrate their enterprise SOA deployments to the cloud while capitalizing on the cloud computing model for business and competitive advantage. The company unveiled the latest version of Forum Sentry at the International SOA & Cloud Symposium (http://soasymposium.com), the world's largest international SOA and cloud computing conference. Notably, at the show today, Crosscheck Networks (Booth # 13) CEO Mamoon Yunus will explore enterprise-to-cloud migration in the session, "Requirements for Extending Enterprise SOA to Public Clouds (http://soasymposium.com/agenda2010.php)." Additionally, company CTO Jason Macy will share best practices in SOA threat defense in "SOA Threat Modelling: Attacking and Defending REST, XML and SOAP ... (more)