No sooner had I written about the massive impact of healthcare IT—and potential pitfalls in managing essential yet private personal patient data—than a triad of bad news regarding data integrity hit my inbox. First, the Adventist Health System had a security breach that led to more than 740,000 patient records being sold to private entities, […]
Healthcare draws strange analogies sometimes. Already I have read of information technology (IT) in healthcare in the context of “Big Data” (kin to Big Oil, Big Auto and Too Big to Fail). Astronomy is not a strong suit in my scientific repertoire; however, I was always intrigued with the theories often attached to a universe: […]
Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as Cogen[erated] power, continues to become more attractive to hospitals. First, CHP offers efficiency benefits, which translate to major utility savings over time. Second, it is a proactive step toward compliance with increasingly restrictive energy initiatives already afoot. Third, we know Cogen offers superior disaster preparedness due to less […]
A myth of well-run and larger-than-life technology companies is everything they touch turns to gold. Google seems to fall into that category. However, not every Google project is a success, and Google Health is one of those unsuccessful efforts. As Google’s blog post explains in announcing the program’s demise, Google Health was initially created as a way […]
In case you missed it, 2010 was a banner year for technology in healthcare. Several new technologies took root in the industry last year, which are helping to transform and enhance care delivery right now. From iPads to electronic health records (EHRs) check out this helpful post from SearchHealthIT.com for a primer of what to expect to […]
In the past I mentioned some IT themes to prepare for on the design and business side of healthcare. Becker’s covers some myths behind Electronic Health Records (EHR) in this poignant post—especially good for administrators who have health records as their New Year’s resolution.