Daylight Savings Time change this year may cause healthcare transaction hiccups

This article was initially posted at HISTalk. However, the issue is important and I’ve received good feedback on the readiness of medical devices from Tim Gee of Medical Connectivity and I wanted to share his thoughts here as well. As we all probably know by now, this year Daylight Savings Time (DST) starts on March 11 instead of in April. Daylight-saving time has usually started on first Sunday of April and reverted to standard time on the last Sunday in October. ...

2nd Annual HIMSS Blogger Meetup taking shape

We’ve got about 20 people signed up for the New Orleans meetup (click here to register or here to see who’s signed up so far). Looks like based on all the current feedback, Sunday night before the conference starts looks like the best time. Neil and Tim are helping to come with a venue and I’ll be tracking down last year’s attendees to see if they’re interested in dropping by. Here are some other HIMSS Blogger ideas we’ve come up with: ...

My thoughts on AHIMA’s new Healthcare Privacy, Security certification

Jennifer Lubell at Modern Healthcare Online recently posted her nice article on AHIMA’s new privacy and security certification. She writes: In April, the American Health Information Management Association will offer a new certification aimed at credentialing the healthcare privacy and security industry. AHIMA essentially combined its Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Certified in Healthcare Security certifications, said a spokeswoman for the organization. The certification aims to reflect advanced competency in designing, implementing and administering comprehensive privacy and security protection programs in all types of healthcare environments and settings. ...

Recap of 3rd Nationwide Health Information Network Forum

On Thursday, Jan. 25 2007, Department of Health & Human Services hosted the 3rd Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Forum: Prototype Demonstrations and Business Models. I wasn’t able to make it, but one of our colleagues, Nainil Chheda, did attend and was kind enough to do a recap for us. Nainil (http://www.nainil.com) is a Knowledge Research Specialist at eClinicalWorks where he is responsible for ensuring the overall development of the product in compliance with the various healthcare standards (CCR, CDA) and certifications (CCHIT). ...

NIH Lecture: Computation with Information Described in Natural Language (Feb 8)

NIH’s Biomedical Computing Group is putting together a lecture on natural language computation (not to be confused with natural language processing). If you’re interested in attending, drop me a comment here and we can meet up there. The speaker, Dr. Lofti A. Zadeh, prepared the following abstract (see poster): What is meant by Computation with Information Described in Natural Language, or NL-Computation, for short? Does NL-Computation constitute a new frontier in computation? ...