Reducing Shadow IT in healthcare by embracing “good enough for HIPAA” business-friendly SaaS tools

I’ve said repeatedly that any cloud / SaaS vendor that wants to be taken seriously in healthcare must be willing to sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) and I was happy to hear that Box.com is now willing to do so. I’m quite pleased that we’re finally seeing some serious healthcare SaaS offerings from horizontal (non-healthcare-specific) vendors. Only when we move beyond healthcare-specific offerings will we be able to unshackle ourselves from the decades old legacy health IT vendors and that’s great news. ...

Protect yourself from Shadow IT, embrace “good enough for HIPAA” secure cloud services like Box and Skydrive

It’s a common misconception that if executives at hospitals or practices don’t have time to deliver sophisticated IT solutions to their users that users will just wait patiently and hope that solutions will arrive someday. However, there is a larger Shadow IT movement in many clinical settings than senior executives are willing to admit. Given the wealth of cloud offerings available, many of which have better security in the cloud than some on-premises “clinical” solutions, Shadow IT is growing and will cause more problems in the future as we try to reign it in. ...

Essentials of telehealth and telemedicine, top Do’s and Don’ts, mHealth and other health IT advice

I recently participated in a wonderful 55 minute video interview conducted by Nirav Desai for his Hands On TeleHealth Interview show. I wanted to thank Nirav for leading an insightful discussion; you can watch the video on Nirav’s site but I wanted to capture the essence of the interview in the transcription below. Nirav: What are the essentials of Telehealth and Telemedicine? Shahid: Telehealth and Telemedicine are about extending health care from physical institutions, where it has most recently resided, to where the patients can receive care at home or other more convenient locations. ...

Guest Article: 8 Mistakes to Avoid when Securing Cloud Services

There’s solid demand these days for services like DropBox.com or Box.net that allow easy but secure file sharing to occur with proper privacy restrictions and audit tracking. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are a few companies, such as FolderGrid, trying to solve the problem of HIPAA-compliant file sharing. What FolderGrid is doing, though, is quite unique in healthcare – creating infrastructure software for other health IT developers to build on top of. ...

How to design next-generation EHR data models

Today’s reality of patient management is “disjointed care” and most of the collaborators in a patient’s care team don’t know what each other is doing for the patient in real time. Knowing all the different participants in the patient’s care team (providers, payers, family members, etc.) and coordinating and integrating their electronic activities is what successful EHRs must handle with ease as they look to graduate from basic retrospective documentation systems to modern patient collaboration platforms. ...

Join me on June 2 in Baltimore to hear me speak about mHealth, cloud, wireless life sciences, patient access to EHRs, and Connected Medical Devices

The Baltimore Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) has invited me to come and talk about mobile health, cloud, wireless life sciences, patient centered access to their electronic records, and connected medical devices. I will be presenting and moderating discussions on Saturday, June 2 at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland. You don’t need to be an IEEE member and guests are welcome to attend – please register here for the free event. ...