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When it comes to healthcare, the patient experience is always a top priority. Organizations must coordinate a variety of services from room cleaning to patient transport fast and efficiently. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), the largest healthcare system in Memphis, Tennessee, relies on MongoDB to make this happen. We connected with David Deas, MLH’s Corporate Director, Innovation and Knowledge Analytics, to learn more about their MongoDB-powered hospitality application. Can you tell us a little bit about your company? Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) was founded in 1918 and is the largest health care system in Memphis, consisting of six hospitals and dozens of smaller facilities and clinics, with nearly 14,000 employees. Our biggest hospital has over 400 beds and operates at near-capacity on a regular basis. Why did you start using MongoDB? Coordinating... (more)

How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management | @DevOpsSummit #Lean #Agile #DevOps

How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery By Simon King "The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value." Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean thinking views the whole, not its parts. Then it identifies and eliminates waste across value streams. Here's how you can implement Lean thinking to improve your enterprise release management: View the system as a whole, not as isolated parts. Introduce a culture shift by trusting people, tearing silos, and fixing communication. Strive for Continuous Learning and Continuous Delivery. Build quality in. Create ‘pull' - deliver only what c... (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)

IT Personnel Hit Hard by New Flu Outbreak

The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream.  The final symptom is Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down. The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community. What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point? Embedded  Content The new strain embeds video and MP3 files into seemingly innocuous engineering slides.  And in some populations where broadband is endemic, researchers have even seen streaming live web content. But the final result is the same: audience and presenter are left with an empty feeling of disappointment. How and why ... (more)

PracticeOne and SyntegraMD Announce End-to-End EHR, Management and Lab Solution for Hundreds of Doctors Over the Next 12 Months

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 09/21/09 -- PracticeOne, a leading developer of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other healthcare information technology, and SyntegraMD, a leading provider of turnkey technology and management solutions for medical practices, have announced a unique partnership to deliver end-to-end solutions to hundreds of practices over the next 12 months. By joining forces, PracticeOne and SyntegraMD will deliver true end-to-end solutions to medical practices that will integrate the PracticeOne EHR and additional components of its suite of software applications (Electronic Health Records, Practice Management, Patient Access Portal, and Electronic Prescribing) with SyntegraMD services for office and lab management. Syntegra value-added services include telephony solutions and comprehensive infrastructure and management services as well as com... (more)

US Patent and Trademark Office Grants athenahealth, Inc., Patent

Healthcare Innovation Journal athenahealth announced that on November 10, 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued athenahealth a patent entitled, ‘Practice Management and Billing Automation System’ (U.S. Patent No. 7,617,116) for its athenaNet rules engine that is part of the Company’s revenue cycle management service, athenaCollector. The patented athenahealth technology is, briefly described, a method for managing a medical practice’s insurance claims by storing and modifying claim rules based on ongoing interactions with claim messages received from payers on submitted claims, enabling the system to automatically produce cleaner and more accurate claims. A complete description of the patented technology is available through the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “Early on we designed athenaNet to act as a national utility that was ab... (more)

Has healthcare.gov Claimed “Mission Accomplished” Too Soon?

Over the weekend those in charge of Healthcare.gov have claimed "Mission Accomplished," that the site is now performing optimally, and will be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users. The healthcare.gov team also stated that if there happens to be a problem they have software in place to help get to the root cause. Any affected user will get a number in line and receive an email when they can return to the site. However, when we tried to access the site today with our Ajax Edition to see what changes have been made, we received the following error message. In fact as of this report there have been new indications that thousands of people are getting the error message. The question we have is "is this Mission really Accomplished?" Mission Accomplished? Doesn't look like it for those who want to find their health insurance It is only about the end user experience The... (more)

The Fourth Digital Wave: The Age of Application Intelligence

This post originally appeared on APM Digest Welcome to the fourth era of digital. The first three periods or ages or phases — call them what you like — were each defined clearly by transformative events. First, the dawn of the personal computer age in April 1977 with the debut of the Apple II (and validated in August 1981 with the introduction of the IBM PC). Next, the beginning of the Internet age when the Netscape browser was released in 1994, which redefined forever the way we connect. Then, on June 29, 2007 — ushered in again by Steve Jobs and Apple — the mobility era began with the unveiling of the first iPhone, which ushered in a “Mobile First” mindset for the masses. And now we’re in the fourth era. This time there’s been no single, monumental event or technology to mark its beginning, though mobility and the cloud are the primary enabling technologies. What... (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)

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)

An Introduction to My Health 2.0 Blog

As I am new to "Ulitzer" I thought perhaps before I began with writing & posting articles, I would take this opportunity to better introduce myself.  On November 6, 2007  I suffered a workplace injury that resulted in permanent disability and chronic pain 24/7. I have also been forced to fight every step of the way with WSIB, aka the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board-(the worker's comp. board) in Ontario, Canada. I was recently asked to describe what I thought of them in one sentence and this was my reply: "Straight from the depths of hell with virulent cruelty, WSIB's primary goal is to dissolve the injured worker into wretched fragments." As I am sure you can ascertain from this statement, my experience with them has not been a positive one. This injury also meant that I will never return to my most beloved job as a nurse after 20 years in the field. I loved my... (more)