In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind case, two Miami class action plaintiff firms – Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL and Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton – have filed a class action lawsuit against Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. This lawsuit alleges Allscripts “misled its physician customers about the quality and functionality of MyWay” electronic health record (EHR) software which was sold to approximately 5,000 physicians across the nation from 2009 until Allscripts withdrew it from the market at the end of 2012. The cost of the software, according to the law firm’s website was “approximately $40,000 per physician to implement.” Follow John on Twitter: @buck25
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A BYOD Backlash?
This year, I had the honor of speaking at the 2013 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. The focus of my presentation was the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend that is currently sweeping healthcare. My goal was to provide healthcare IT executives with the information necessary to establish a BYOD program that caters to employee demands while ensuring that corporate assets and health data are secure.
The Rise Of mHealth
Healthcare is currently wrapped in a cloud of mobility, but what applications hold the most promise for providers and their patients, and what does the future hold?
Can Telehealth Become Mainstream Medicine?
As the healthcare industry moves toward adopting more technology, telehealth programs are popping up around the country. Two healthcare facilities explain how their telehealth systems keep patients connected and improve care quality.
Stage 2 MU Sticking Points
Patient engagement and medical image integration are the top Stage 2 Meaningful Use concerns for many providers. Learn how these four EHR early adopters plan to tackle these issues and achieve successful attestation.
FROM THE EDITOR
A Golden Lesson In Patient Care
It’s amazing to me how a television show that first aired back in 1989 (that’s 24 years ago folks) is still so relevant today. As far as the healthcare industry has come from a technology and treatment standpoint in the past two-and-a-half decades, we haven’t made much progress when it comes to how physicians interact with their patients. Many are still woefully poor performers when it comes to listening, communicating, and compassion.
New reports of electronic health data breaches seem to emerge every week. While definitely concerning, a new report suggests that these healthcare security leaks may not be that bad when compared to other industries.
There isn’t much middle ground with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. Most healthcare providers are either staunch supporters of the legislation, or they despise it. However, no matter what side of the fence you fall on regarding ACA, one thing is certain — ACA is here to stay and it will impact healthcare providers in many ways.
I had the pleasure of attending the TEDMED conference last week in Washington DC. I never experienced the event before, but I heard a lot about it. Everyone told me that TEDMED would be unlike any other conference I’ve ever attended. And it was.
Can the healthcare industry benefit from the core concepts that came out of The Industrial Revolution over a century ago, or will industrialized medicine inevitably lead to impersonalized care?
Conquering Risk Aversion In Healthcare
Looking at Fast Company’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies, I was struck by the conspicuous under-representation from an entire industry. Not just any industry, but one where the U.S. spends $2.7 trillion every year and industry costs are growing three times faster than wages: healthcare.
Healthcare Providers: Are You Providing Enough Data Security?
CIO’s and IT professionals in healthcare organizations are tasked with achieving a balance between the demand for universal access to information and the need to ensure security. As Sheranga Jayasinghe, Director, Information Technology at Canada’s Sunrise Health Region says, “By its very nature, healthcare creates a number of unique challenges, from a highly mobile workforce to government-mandated patient confidentiality requirements.” The move toward electronic health records (EHRs) and pressure from regulations like HIPAA, which restricts the number of eyes permitted to see an individual’s confidential information, will only continue to grow.
Taking The Pulse Of Mobile Health
It’s no secret the healthcare industry is going digital. Electronic health records, health information exchanges, and Web-based patient portals are becoming ubiquitous features in nearly all clinical environments. But the fastest, most widely adopted digital push, according to healthcare industry experts, has undoubtedly been in mobile health.
Scattered across Canada from St. Johns, Newfoundland, on the east coast to Vancouver, BC, on the west coast are 14 warehouses for Medis Health & Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., Canada’s leading pharmaceutical distributor. Until last year, warehouse tracking of the pharmaceutical and related items it shipped across the nation was primarily a manual chore. However, over an 18-month period, each warehouse is now being converted to an electronic tracking program. By the time all 14 are automated, Medis expects to eliminate a whole day of safety stock.
More people reportedly have access to mobile phones than to clean water, according to the nonprofit Tides Center that runs openmhealth.org. Assuming this is true, the implications of “mHealth” -- the electronic management of health care through mobile devices -- could be far reaching. Wondering what mHealth is exactly?
The influence of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media giants has spread across modern society faster than the Black Death swept across 14th century Europe. Speaking of pandemics, how does healthcare fit into the world of social media? Welcome to social health.
One trend that’s made it tougher for providers to collect the money they’re owed: an increase in patient responsibility. Thanks to higher-deductible plans, a greater number of uninsured patients, and larger co-pays, more of the money owed to providers is coming directly from patients’ pockets.
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