Guest Article: OLAP remains a great healthcare analytics architecture, even in the Big Data era

I’ve been getting many questions these days about big data tools and solutions, especially their role in healthcare analytics. I think that unless you’re doing large scale analysis of biomedical data such as genomics, it’s probably best to stick with traditional tried and true analytics tools. Online Analytics Processing (OLAP) can be invaluable for medical facilities to use when interpreting data and health informatics because most of that data is in relational, key-value, or hiearchical databases (such as MUMPS). ...

What EHR/PM vendors should do as 63% of buyers look to replace existing PM solutions

Melissa McCormack, a medical researcher with EHR consultancy group Software Advice, recently published their medical practice management BuyerView research, which found that 63% of the buyers were replacing existing PM solutions, rather than making a first-time purchase. This mirrors the trend we’ve seen across medical software purchasing, where the HITECH Act may have prompted hasty first purchases of EHR solutions, followed by replacements 1-2 years later. For PM vendors, this means there’s a huge opportunity to market your products to practices as an upgrade, even if they’re already using PM software. ...

There’s no difference between mHealth & telemedicine, come to ATA May 17-20 in Baltimore to learn more

I’ll be heading to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual conference in Baltimore in a couple of weeks. To see what I might learn there I interviewed Jon Linkous, CEO of ATA. The first question I asked him was “what’s the difference between mHealth and telemedicine?” Basically nothing, he said — but, he noted that the mobile health or mHealth movement and nomenclature has been very useful to the telemedical industry and he welcomed the comparisons. ...

More practical, relevant, and actionable health IT advice to be doled out at HealthIMPACT East in NYC on Wednesday

Our vision of providing a packed one day event focused on practical, relevant, and actionable health IT advice was very well received in Houston earlier this month. We wanted to focus not on canned PowerPoint decks and promotion of tech hype but specific advice on how and where to apply IT in healthcare settings. Based on some of the feedback we got, it looks like we struck a chord: “I did enjoy the HealthIMPACT Forum in Houston and will definitely recommend attending. ...

What does it take to get beyond hype in health IT and focus on valuable, actionable, practical, relevant content?

My friend John Lynn was kind enough to cover the new HealthIMPACT Conference that I’m chairing in Houston on April 3 in his recent piece entitled “Getting Beyond the Health IT Cheerleaders, BS, and Hype Machine“. While the article was great, Beth Friedman’s comment was priceless: What are the criteria to be considered part of the cheerleader squad? This PR agency wants to be sure we are providing valuable, actionable, [practical], relevant content…. ...

Moving from paper-native to digital-native requires disciplined Healthcare Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)

We’re all familiar with the idea that medicine is, slowly but surely, going from a paper-native to a digital-native industry. Most of our processes and procedures were designed in an environment where information started on paper and then was either scanned as a PDF document or entered into a structured electronic record in some software. Our current processes assume that if our software systems ever failed, we have paper records and could continue standard medical care without the electronic versions for a period of time. ...