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. ...

Guest Article: Top 5 PACS interconnectivity and interoperability issues and their solutions

Most health IT interoperability and connectivity discussions these days center around HL7, CCD, and other structured data interchange. However, the vast majority of data (in terms of size) is shared as images and documents. The DICOM and PACS standards are very successful but given the number of questions I get about them from readers it seems there’s still a lot of guidance and support needed. To help  answer some of the most common technical questions, I reached out to a fellow health IT expert, Herman Oosterwijk from OTech. ...

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. ...

Guest Article: Techniques for matching patient record data across disparate EHRs and other systems

Some of the most frequent questions I receive these days surround data interoperability and integrating multiple health IT systems. One of the biggest problems in connectivity is matching patient record data and ensuring that the same patient data in different systems is linked properly. Given how many times this topic comes up, I reached out to Cameron Thompson, Acxiom Healthcare Group Managing Director. Acxiom has an interesting method of patient data matching, called persistent links, and when I saw what they were doing for matching consumer records in non-healthcare settings (e. ...

Join me in San Francisco on Monday where I’m talking about Using Android in Safety-Critical Medical Device Platforms

The Linux Foundation has invited me to speak about how to use Android in Medical Devices on Monday, February 14 at the Android Builders Summit. If you’ll be at the Summit or are in the San Francisco area and would like to meetup at or near the event, please reach out to me via speaking@shahidshah.com. Here’s the abstract of my talk on Monday: FDA regulated medical devices are considered safety-critical systems due to their ability to affect patient lives. ...

Join me for my EHR usability webinar on November 30 at 1:00p

I met researchers from Macadamian, a global UI design and innovation studio that has been doing some great work in the health IT usability space, at the recent EHR Usability Symposium held at NIST a couple of months ago. I was immediately impressed by their work so when they asked me to work with them on presenting NIST’s new _Usability Criteria for Health IT and EHR Software_ document, I welcomed the opportunity. ...