When you go in for your annual exam, does your doctor enter notes on a laptop, send your prescriptions direct to the pharmacy, and make your lab results available online for your? Or does your doctor still pull out that bulging manila folder full of patient history notes, write prescriptions on paper using unintelligible handwriting, and wait days to get results for X-Rays or MRIs? There are incentives for going digital, but how many doctors do you know who have taken the plunge?
A recent national survey of healthcare workers found that adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is significantly below expected. For the uninitiated, “meaningful use” is a term indicating doctors have an electronic health record system with the capability to take specific actions with the system. Examples of these actions include sending and tracking pharmacy prescriptions, getting drug interaction warnings, and sending clinical visit summaries to other clinics.
In hard numbers, the survey found that in 2011 only 11% of physicians were both intending to apply and had an EHR system with the capabilities needed for the meaningful use designation. This is surprising as there are financial incentives to get to meaningful use. A recent case study shows that getting the right infrastructure in place can dramatically aid physicians in this goal and get them the designation in a matter of months.
I’ve had a few days back at home. I’m fully recovered from the jet-lag and general lack of sleep. The non-stop geek-fest that is Cisco Live is now over. With some time to look back at everything that happened in San Diego, I’m blown away by how this might have been one of the best events I’ve been to in 16 years and how it’s too bad that it’s going to be a whole year before we get to do it again. Here are some of the things that made a huge impression on many of the attendees I spoke to that week. Read More »
In any water cooler conversation or a fireside chat in Silicon Valley, it is impossible to avoid a conversation about technology. Unlike Real Estate, which used to share air time with Tech before the recession, Tech has weathered the storm. We love to talk Tech here in Silicon Valley and thanks to the very high standards of innovation in the neighborhood, there’s always something different to talk about.
Here’s what some of the most common discussions this week might look like…
iJill: “Did you check out the latest iPad?? Its Retina Display, packs more pixels than my HDTV”.
gJack: “Oh yeah?.. my Android tablet has far superior specs to yours, plus it gives me the freedom to root my OS and do what I want with it!”..
iJill: “But, there’s no comparison to the number of Apps I can install and your tablet apps are a joke!”
gJack:” You only get 16GB in your iPad whereas I can get 32GB or more for a lower price”
iJill: “ Yes, but your battery hardly lasts until you complete your blog post, while I am still engaging with my blog readers responding to comments via Disqus while listening to music” …..
The biggest buzzword in the network industry is Cloud: the majority of organizations have a strategy to use cloud-based services and applications, whether it be Public or Private clouds. Organizations have come a long way since ’migrating to the cloud’ discussions began . Take a look at this video recorded just a few years ago when cloud was still an enigma:
But Cloud has never been a new concept: IT professionals have been migrating applications to centralized datacenters for decades now…mainly to share recourses and save money by having less IT personnel supporting branch offices. Unfortunately, application performance as well as reliability and uptime requirements quickly became barriers to this centralization. Read More »