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David and Goliath Commentary 

David and Goliath

In his seminal book on disruptive technology, David and Goliath, business guru Malcom Gladwell points out that Goliath didn’t have a chance against David who was wielding a technology that was a precursor to modern warfare where killing could be done at a distance. While the sling was not a new technology, having been invented sometime in the Neolithic period, its art... Read More
Will Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill Your EMR? Commentary 

Will Hospital-Acquired Infections Kill Your EMR?

Recent reports of hospitals infected with computer viruses have IT managers very worried as well they should be. EMR systems typically run over the same networks as other hospital functions, often leaving the door open to malware and viruses. In two recent examples, hospitals were crippled by what is known as ransomware. Often emanating from Eastern Europe, ransomware hackers infiltrate... Read More
Meaningful Use Has Cost Taxpayers 34.7 Billion Dollars, Was it Worth it? Commentary 

Meaningful Use Has Cost Taxpayers 34.7 Billion Dollars, Was it Worth it?

According to a recent article by John Lynn, founder of HealthCareScene, “CMS has put out the latest data on meaningful use participation and payments. They broke the Medicare dollars out by meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2. Meaningful use Stage 1 cost nearly $20 billion. Meaningful use Stage 2 cost $3.4 billion. The amounts were less for Stage 2, but... Read More
Your Nurses May Hate Your Hospital’s EHR Commentary 

Your Nurses May Hate Your Hospital’s EHR

That’s the title of an article seen in Healthcare Business & Technology. The article draws from a survey of 14,000 registered nurses and covers many of the systems in place today: 94% of nurses thought that the EHR hurt communication with patients and physicians instead of helping. Among the factors nurses noted as frustrating were: • Having different interfaces for doctors and... Read More
Will the US Hospital EMR Market See Major Disruption in the Next Few Years? Commentary 

Will the US Hospital EMR Market See Major Disruption in the Next Few Years?

With HITECH rewards coming to an end, the likes of Cerner, Epic, and McKesson are looking for the next big windfall to feed their billion-dollar companies but may find that their customers are looking in the other direction to save money, not spend more. There are few who will argue that hospital profit margins will be growing in the coming years.... Read More
Gâchis significative? French 

Gâchis significative?

Depuis la première annonce que utilisation significative (MU) serait aller dans le sens des dinosaures en Janvier 2016, la CMS a été inférieure à venir dans la définition de ce que le monde pourrait ressembler pour les hôpitaux après MU. Bien que le programme MACRA a commencé à définir la façon dont les cliniciens seront payés, les hôpitaux restent en... Read More