Ramblings: My Next 2 Speaking Slots

My next two speaking slots are on the same topic: Workflow Preparation and Automation Solutions to Strengthen and Enhance Hospital Operational Efficiencies.

The two conferences are organized by MedTech Dynamics Asia and will be held at;

  1. Tokyo (Japan) on the 12th November 2009 @ Hyatt Regency Tokyo
  2. Delhi (India) on the 3rd December 2009 @ The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon

Do let me know if you are attending either conferences and want to catch up.


Ramblings: I was off on a holiday in Korea

Guess what, I was on a holiday in Korea from the 28th Oct (the day after I took the CPHIMS exam) to 3rd Nov 09 (arrived at Singapore at night-time) and it slipped my mind to update you guys of my absence.

I do have some interesting observation to share on the medical tourism sector in Korea but I’ll leave the details in a later post as I’m still a little groggy (I suspect I’m having a mild case of jet lag).


Grassley probes 10 health IT companies about software

Now this is an interesting read (food for thought).

“Ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, has sent a letter to 10 health IT companies requesting consumer complaint information about their health IT products.

The Oct. 16 letter was sent to 3M, Allscripts, Cerner, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Computer Sciences, Eclipsys, Epic Systems, McKesson, Perot Systems and Philips Healthcare and asked them for infomation about complaints received from Jan. 1, 2007 to Oct. 16, 2009.

Grassley is seeking information to conduct an oversight investigation of the manufacturers of health IT and computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems. In the letter, Grassley said he has received complaints from numerous health industry parties “regarding difficulties they have encountered with the health IT and CPOE devices in their medical facilities.” These complaints, he noted, have included “faulty software…that resulted in incorrect medication dosages.”

The senator pointed out that $19 billion have been earmarked for the development and implementation of these systems, and went on to state that he has “a special responsibility to protect the health of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and safeguard taxpayer dollars.”

“It is appropriate,” Grassley said, “that [taxpayers’] monies are appropriately spent on effective and interoperable health IT systems and devices.”

He also is requesting companies’ information on settlements relating to health IT/CPOE devices and products in the last 18 months, and whether or not they offer financial incentives to healthcare providers for purchasing their products is also being requested.

Grassley revealed in the letter that it “has been reported that IT/CPOE contracts with medical facilities may include ‘hold harmless’ provisions that absolve manufactureres…of any liability for errors that are allegedly [health] IT/CPOE system or software failtures.”

“Gag orders” may be included in these contracts, Grassley wrote, which might prohibit healthcare providers from disclosing flaws and defects in the software.

In addition to the earmarked funds and consumer complaints as reasons for the oversight process, Grassley stated that “there is no system in place to track, monitor and report the performance of these systems/devices, which could impact a healthcare provider’s ability to make informed decisions regarding the implementation of an IT/CPOE system.”

Grassley asked for appropriate responses to be submitted no later than Nov. 6.”

Source : www.CMIO.net

Report: Health IT central to healthcare debate

Health IT is taking a central role in the current healthcare debate, according to a report published by the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, George Washington University Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

The report, funded by the Princeton, N.J.-based RWJF, is a continuation of reports done in 2006 and 2008, which outlined the challenges to increasing EHR adoption. The current U.S. survey of hospitals was conducted by the HIT Adoption Initiative, in collaboration with the American Hospital Association.

According to the authors, there is broad bipartisan support to speed health IT adoption and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has made promoting a national interoperable health information system a priority, authorizing significant resources to achieve this goal.

Among the findings were:

  • Less than 2 percent of non-federal general acute-care U.S. hospitals have a comprehensive EHR, and 7.6 percent have a basic EHR.
  • The individual functionalities most commonly reported as implemented across all units of the hospital were electronic viewing of laboratory (77 percent) and radiology reports (78 percent) and radiology images (78 percent). Approximately one in five hospitals reported fully implemented computerized provider order entry and clinical decision support.
  • Given the focus on financial barriers, additional reimbursement for EHR use and financial incentives for implementation were the policy options most often cited as likely to have a positive impact on adoption.
  • Between 2005 and 2008,168 pieces of health IT legislation were passed by states.
  • Two main barriers prohibit large-scale EHR use for collecting and reporting clinical quality measures. First, the current level of EHR adoption is dismally low in virtually all clinical settings. Second, adoption of records and systems with the capability to enhance and accelerate measurement and public reporting is likely even lower still.
  • Quality measurement and reporting, combined with the potential of meaningfully applied health IT, could prove to be the necessary accelerator for rapid improvements in the quality and efficiency of care Americans receive.

Source : www.CMIO.net

IBM launches health analytics center

IBM has launched a Health Analytics Solution Center, part of a network of global centers addressing the demand for advanced analytics needed to help hospitals and medical staff improve decision making and optimal quality of care.

The company said its center, located in Dallas, will employ more than 100 health analytics experts, technical architects and specialists, with access to hundreds more IBM employees from IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization consulting organization and IBM Research.

The center will seek to address the need for advanced analytics across the healthcare industry, such as collecting and analyzing data streaming in from sensors, patient monitoring systems, medical instruments and handheld devices, as well as the volumes of data generated by hospitals every hour. Also, IBM said that analytics can be used by pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and health insurance providers to derive intelligence from their data.

Source :  www.CMIO.net