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Tuesday 18th September 2018

Some Valuable Lessons from the Theranos Fiasco

Now that Theranos is kaput, a number of articles have been published that attempt to extract useful lessons from the whole experience. Here is a good one: Bad Blood: 4 lessons from Theranos for IT leaders. Below is an excerpt from it: In “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a...

Thursday 13th September 2018

Comcast Uses Web-Based Services to Support Employees and Restrain Healthcare Costs

A recent article about the cable giant Comcast made the surprising point that the often reviled company has been surprisingly innovative in terms of the health plan that it offers to its employees (see: You’ll Never Guess Which Company Is Reinventing Health Benefits). Part of the strategy of the company...

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Beaumont Health System Launches Multiple Urgent Care Centers in Metro Detroit

I have posted a number of previous notes about the growth of walk-in clinics located in retail drug stores (see: Details about CVS' MinuteClinic POCT Strategy; Details about CVS' MinuteClinic POCT Strategy) and also urgent care centers (see: Rapid Growth of Urgent Care Clinics; Cost Competition for Hospital ERs; Another...

Saturday 8th September 2018

CVS Offers Telemedicine Visits for MinuteClinic Patients

I have posted a number of previous notes about the evolution of CVS's walk-in MinuteClinics that, along with urgent care centers, are having a significant impact on the first tier of healthcare (see, for example: Details about CVS' MinuteClinic POCT Strategy). The complexity of the services offered in these walk-in...

Thursday 6th September 2018

Pathology Departments Should Consider Launching a Digital Pathology Outreach Program

For about five years, some academic pathology programs have launched surgical pathology consulting programs, often serving countries like China with a shortage of highly trained pathologists (see: China: Pathology Consults and Health Care Collaboration; China Struggling to Keep Up with Demand for Anatomic Pathologists). These initiatives were based on less...

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Health Systems Tackle Social Determinants for Patients; Is This a Suitable Strategy?

The notion of hospitals addressing "social determinants" of patients during care episodes is much in the news. A recent article described this approach as a key element in "complete care" (see: Complete care: Hospitals tackling social determinants set the course). Below is an excerpt from the article: [Health] [s]ystems adopting...unconventional...

Sunday 2nd September 2018

Faulkner Touts "Interoperability" at Annual Epic Users Conference

I have posted a number of previous notes about the need for interoperability among the various hospital and health system EHRs (see, for example: Do Hospitals Really Want Interoperable E-Health Records?; NYT Op-Ed on EHR Interoperability Blames Vendors and Greedy Hospitals). I believe that the lack of such a solution...

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Upload Your DNA to a Web Site to Generate Risk Scores for Five Diseases

I have posted a few notes about predictive diagnostic algorithms (see: An Algorithm Using Medical Record Data Predicts Risk for Parkinson's Disease; Should the Work Product of "Non-Explainable" Medical Algorithms Be Ignored) and disease risk scores (see: Genetic Risk Scores: Ready for Inclusion in the Medical Record?). Using AI techniques,...

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Ten Suggestions for Young People from Warren Buffett

In a recent tweet, Warren Buffett, the "sage of Omaha," posted the following ten points that he described as advice to young people: Read and write more. Stay healthy and fit. Networking is about giving. Practice public speaking. Stay teachable. Find a mentor. Keep in touch with friends. You are...

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Surprise Free Gift: Free Tuition at NYU Medical School

In a surprise movie, NYU School of medicine recently announced that it will cover the tuition of all its students going forward (see: Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students).This sets a very high bar for the top-ranked medical schools in the country. Undoubtedly, this news will force...

Tuesday 21st August 2018

The Quest for a Fail-Safe Patient Identification Solution in the U.S.

A recent article on the challenges posed by mistakes in patient identification was rather pessimistic about the amount of progress that has been made in the field (see: Fail-safe patient ID matching remains just out of reach patient-id). This boils down to the challenge of ensuring that the EHR record...

Thursday 16th August 2018

Ohio Medicaid Department Directed to Quit Its PBM Contracts

It seems like this has been a long time coming but at least one set of state officials is taking action regarding the excess profits and business model of their pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) (see: Ohio Medicaid to try out transparent PBM pricing model). Below are some details from the...

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Need for More "Disruptive" CEOs of Health Systems; What Does This Mean?

Some critics of the current health system CEOs assert that some of them are unprepared for what lies ahead in the field. Their primary expertise is often in revenue management and M&A. For most hospitals, however, revenue is shrinking (see: Why Major Hospitals Are Losing Money By The Millions) and...

Monday 13th August 2018

Successfully Screening for Lung Cancer Based on Predictive Analytics

I have blogged a number of times about predictive analytics (see, for example: Identifying Patients for Remote Monitoring with Predictive Analytics; Eric Schmidt Discusses the Potential Value of Predictive Analytics in the ER). Much of the hype about this technology and set of products is largely theoretical at this time...

Thursday 9th August 2018

Announcing the Second Annual API Digital Pathology and AI Workshop

On December 8-9, 2017, the Association for Pathology Informatics offered for the first time a workshop on digital pathology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. This conference was somewhat unusual in that it was located in a hospital rather than a hotel or conference center. A tour of the...

Tuesday 7th August 2018

During an EHR Crash, Don't Disturb the Worker Bees

In response to my blog note yesterday suggesting the need for frequent updates during major EHR crashes (see: Hospital Computer Crashs Show EHR Vulnerabilities; Need for Better Explanations), a reader of Lab Soft News submitted the following comment: I suspect those who desire frequent updates have never lived on the...

Monday 6th August 2018

Hospital Computer Crashs Show EHR Vulnerabilities; Need for Better Explanations

A recent EHR crash at Sutter Health was managed in about the same (ineffective) way as most of the other similar health system disruptions. Sutter disclosed little about what was happening during and after the crash. The outage was discussed in a recent article (see: How a Major Computer Crash...

Thursday 2nd August 2018

A Look Back in Time: Free Internet Access in Hospitals

This note marks the beginning of a new continuing series in which I will look back in time and quote an earlier blog note. I will then comment about how the key ideas covered earlier have changed in the ensuing years. In January, 2006, I posted a note about the...

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Toby Cosgrove Appointed as an Advisor to Google Cloud; Where Is Google Headed?

Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove who stepped down as CEO of the Cleveland Clnic in May, 2017, has been appointed as an executive advisor to the Google Cloud team (see: Toby Cosgrove joins Google Cloud). This may be mainly a ceremonial appointment or Google may be seeking to gain expertise from...

Monday 30th July 2018

Big Pharma Wants Your DNA (But What Will They Do With It?)

It's never been a secret that the consumer DNA labs like 23andMe have always intended to sell their anonymized data to other parties such as pharmaceutical companies (see: Helix Makes DNA Sequencing Available to Consumers;Where Do We Go From Here?,23andMe Customers: Suckers or Empowered Consumers?).This has always been the rationale...

Friday 27th July 2018

CMS Adds Home Monitoring Reimbursement to Home Health Payments

I have blogged previously about the growing decentralization in healthcare with an increasing number of services provided away from hospitals and with movement toward consumer homes (see: TEN MAJOR TRENDS FACING THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY IN THE AMBULATORY SPACE ON A FIVE-YEAR HORIZON; Mobile Health Teams as a Variant on the...

Wednesday 25th July 2018

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft Pursue Portability Among Web Services

I have been blogging about interoperability between hospital EHRs for nine years. Here's my first note that used this term: Do Hospitals Really Want Interoperable E-Health Records?. I believe that patients should have the right to download a copy of their EHR records and be able to provide it to...

Monday 23rd July 2018

Sunquest Announces the Integration of Its AP-LISs with Its Genetic Analysis System

The modern laboratory information system (LIS) evolved in the late 1970's and was a "turn-key" system designed to manage test results from the chemistry and hematology labs using interfaces to the analyzers in these two labs. This market need was driven by the large amount of data generated in these...

Saturday 21st July 2018

It's Time for the Integration of Virtual Health Services Based on a Timeline

I was struck by a passage in a recent article about the rapid growth of virtual health services for the majority of encounters at Kaiser Permanente, for example, falling into this category (see, for example: (see: In-Person Health Care as Option B). Below is one key passage from this article:...

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Data Breach Reported at LabCorp, One of the Two Largest Reference Labs

LabCorp, one of the nation’s two largest reference labs in the U.S., is investigating a security breach that could have put health records of millions of patients at risk (see: LabCorp Investigates a Possible Data Breach). The company, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, says it detected...

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