The connected EHR, cooperative med devices, and accountable tech are the future of health IT

Earlier this week I spoke at Atlanta Healthcare IT Leadership Summit on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and what I call “accountable tech“. I was pleasantly surprised to learn most of the audience agreed that ACOs can’t succeed without the right technology but am continuously disappointed as to how little we as an industry are doing about it. Accountable tech is health IT that truly enables the slow but emerging move from fee for service (FFS) based payments to value-driven and outcomes based payments. ...

Why is there a lack of sophisticated UX, usability, and UI discipline in the current design of safety-critical apps and devices?

A friend of mine, a User Interaction (UI)/User Experience (UX) designer and a usability expert that is doing some work at a technology-based medical device client, wrote to me wondering why many medical device companies don’t have much of a UX/UI and usability focused discipline in their marketing and product design teams. The simple reason is that many device manufacturers are still following top-down monolithic processes like waterfall instead of more agile processes that allow feedback-driven requirements definition. ...

Join me next week for a free webinar where I answer “How do we get beyond Meaningful Use rhetoric and ‘disruption in healthcare’ bloviation and into actionable innovation?”

I speak at many of conferences and webinars each year and I have been hearing that attendees and audiences are starting to get tired of hearing about big data, Meaningful Use, and ‘disruption in healthcare’ topics without more actionable advice. Many entrepreneurs and speakers at the events are still focusing on why technology and IT solutions are helpful in healthcare but customers are more sophisticated these days and they want to know more about how to apply that knowledge into their daily routines. ...

Join me at the fifth annual Medical Device Connectivity Conference Nov 21-22 in DC (discount ends Monday)

Now that Meaningful Use and ICD-10 are starting generate useful clinical data, it’s clear that electronic structured data in health and medicine is here to stay. One of the major missing pieces of the EHRs puzzle is direct integration of sensor-driven medical device data that can be used for both retrospective and prospective analysis. Many people believe that medical device data, like lab data, should be directly integrated into modern electronic health record solutions but that’s not happening as fast as many of us would like. ...