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. ...

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. ...

Take new practice management technologies to the bank as patients push for online services

I was recently interviewed for a nice article on why and how private physician practices should push for new technologies. Andrea Downing Peck did a pretty good job putting together a collage of views from me and some of my well known colleagues online: Mary Pat Whaley, David Henriksen, Dr. Jaan Sidorov, Shari Crooker, Rosemarie Nelson, David Harvey, David Williams. Here are some of my favorite quotes (taken directly from the article): ...

Tips from Real Users on How to Succeed with Electronic Medical Records

There are important differences between the health care providers who truly reap the benefits of switching to EMR, and those who don’t. I’ve covered some of these differences before and I was pleased to see that Katie Matlack, Medical Analyst at Software Advice, actually went a step further and interviewed representatives of three health providers using EMRs now, identifying some key takeaways to extend the conversation. Below are four tips, and for the other four tips, you can view the entire article on her blog. ...

To make physicians more productive, focus on IT and tools for their supporting staff first

Productivity loss and workflow disruptions are commonplace as our industry gets on the Meaningful Use bandwagon and is starting to adopt EHR systems at a slightly more rapid pace than in previous years (things aren’t really as rosy as many think, but the pace is picking up). The reason we have productivity loss is that we focus changing the behaviors of our most expensive resources too early in our automation journeys – we go after doctors first. ...