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While trying to understand what happened to the murdered doctor in Kansas today I found this Bill O'Reilly report about Dr. Tiller. I wonder if this and similar media reports such as this one contributed to the murder of the doctor. ... (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)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 26, 2014

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Audi is launching what it calls Audi Progressive Retail Experience, whereby the automaker is sending iPads to dealerships who will be instructed to use them in selling and servicing cars. Read Original Content Venture capital funding into smart grid technology companies came in at $405 million in 63 deals in 2013, compared to $434 milli... (more)

DC, Northern Virginia Enterprise Architects, Health Technology Professionals - an #NVTC Joint Committee Meeting with Former HHS CIO John Teeter - 2/18/2014

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Does the US Technology Gap Push Med Errors into the Third Leading Cause of Death? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Recent reports from the GAO indicate the US government is falling behind the technology gap, effecting everything from nuclear weaponry preparedness to an increase in medical errors that have pushed them to become the third leading cause of US deaths. We have IT solutions to solve problems such as healthcare IT interoperability, but for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic to political, nothing is done. Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio show joke contest, "Can You Top This" except that increasingly the joke is on us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks to needless deaths from medical errors, many of which are caused by preventable interoperability communication errors. According to a report released to Congress, the Government Acc... (more)

Open Letter to YouTube (and Google)

Health 2.0 Magazine Last week was a bad one for Google. There was a lot of chatter on the web regarding a Credit Suisse report estimating that Google may lose $470 million on YouTube in 2009. The AP and the Wall Street Journal also have Google (among other news aggregators) in their sights for copyright infringement as the print newspaper business has fallen off a cliff. As Google tries to find ways to make money in the health space, they seem to have devoted most of their energy on the Google Health initiative (still in BETA), which allows users to gather medical records online. Meanwhile, YouTube's main health offering appears to be limited to a partnership it has established with Health.com. YouTube's Health channel is a compendium of health videos grouped in several condition areas (ie, breast cancer, sleep disorders, etc.). The videos in these centers revolve ... (more)

Health Care Compliance with BPM

The health care industry, including hospitals, has the greatest need for sophisticated information systems because of the enormous amount of data it handles and because of its life-and-death responsibilities. Yet the implementation of large-scale and robust-enough IT systems in public healthcare institutions can be challenging as well as ineffective. We know that several large American medical centers have not been successful in attempting to execute major upgrades or overhaul their processes. Without careful preparation and agile execution, some may experience a serious, expensive, and distracting fate. With the pace of today's technological innovation and efficiency demands, health care organizations need enhanced customer service orientation, a multi-channeled marketing strategy, and an effective legal and regulatory compliance model. This article will describe ... (more)

Chris Soghoian on Privacy in the Cloud

Chris Soghoian is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called: “Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era,” based on paper he’s just written. In the interest of time, he’s not going to talk about the “miscreants in government” today. Pew says that “over 69% of Americans use webmail services, store data online, or other use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is in the cloud.” Chris’ question: Why have cloud providers failed to provide adequate security for the customers. (”Cloud computing” = users’ data is stored on a company server and the app is delivered through a browser.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling othe... (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)

Linda Fischetti on VHA Healthcare

This week pre-recording of Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum featured Linda Fischetti , Health Informatics Architect at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). During a panel discussion, her comments on VHA accomplishments and plans included: Every Veteran's Administration facility uses electronic health records today. The New England Journal of Medicine recently complimented the VA on their use of electronic health records (EHR). VHA currently has over 1400 points of care and has been using EHR for over 10 years with dramatic associated improvement in clinical health care quality. Until now, electronic health records have been provider records. The current goal is to transform that perspective into a veteran centered record. A majority of health care information is currently recorded on paper. Changing from paper to EHR represents a major challenge and ex... (more)

Video Games Meets Surgical Training in Las Vegas

With all the bad economic news coming out of Nevada, it is easy to miss a healthcare bright spot -- the emergence of virtual simulation training of future surgeons. The Virtual Skills Laboratory at University Medical Center (UMC) has been training residents since December 2008 with advanced simulators, allowing them to get hands-on training before operating on humans. ... (more)