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Thoughts on Top #HITsm Contributor Awards

Posted on December 20, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today my inbox was flooded with people congratulating @techguy and @ehrandhit for being part of the Top #HITsm Contributors of 2011. It’s very kind of them to recognize both of my active Health IT Twitter accounts. Officially @techguy was in the Top Individual #HITsm Contributors and @ehrandhit was in the Top #HITsm Organizations. I think @ehrandhit could have gone in organizations or publications, but either way I appreciate the recognition.

I think the comment at the top of the list describes the awards quite well:

By no means is the following lists all-inclusive. It does, however, represent some fantastic #HITsm voices on Twitter who regularly participate in weekly #HITsm TweetChats and share valuable Health IT information.

I always have a bit of a challenge with “Awards.” However, I think that #HITsm made a really great choice when they decided that instead of saying that this list is the “Best” or some other sort of magnanimous statement about the authority of their list, they instead said that these are some quality and valuable voices in #HITsm. No doubt there are a lot of others out there.

For example, I’d have loved to see @nversel and @john_chilmark on the list as well. They don’t use the tag #HITsm that often, but they definitely discuss those topics often on their various social media outlets. There are quite a few others that I could include in this category as well.

One thing I loved about the Top #HITsm Contributor list was how many familiar faces made it on the list. The great part is that there are so many smart minds on the list and social media makes them completely open and available to you. Without social media I’d likely know very few of those people and would have missed out on the tremendous interactions I’ve had with them at many a conference.

Maybe next year I should work with HL7 Standards and make the announcement of the awards part of the New Media Meetup at HIMSS. Might be kind of cool to get to meet all the great people in person. Yes, social media isn’t just about online connections, but taking those connections offline as well. As I often say:

Social Media (and Twitter in particular) is about connecting people!

In true social media fashion, the list of winners is also available as an embed, so you’ll find the list of Top #HITsm Contributor Awards embedded below as well. Here’s to another great year of Social Media in Healthcare.

FREE Android Tablet: Holiday Referral Program From Nuesoft

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For anyone who feels the need to send me a present, this looks like the perfect idea:

This holiday spread the word about how much you like Nuesoft’s practice management, clinic management or transparent billing services and receive more than good tidings. Each time someone you refer signs up for one of our Internet-based solutions, Nuesoft will gift you a Motorola Xoom Android Tablet*.

Check out the Referral Program tab on your Nuesoft system dashboard or call us at 800.401.7422, ext. 1 for more details.



Watch the video here.

Flagstaff Medical Center to Send Patients Home with Smartphones

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Smartphones are amazing tools that can do amazing things to help people in need, but if the patient can’t afford one, or doesn’t see the need then it really doesn’t matter how great they are.  One hospital in Arizona is trying to overcome that stumbling block by sending patients home with all the technology they need.

Flagstaff Medical Center’s Care Beyond Walls and Wires initiative is designed to help patients in more rural areas receive the care they need without having to repeatedly come into the hospital.  Here are some of the highlights from the press release:

In collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Wireless ReachTM initiative, Zephyr Technology, Verizon Wireless, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Care Beyond Walls and Wiresuses advanced 3G wireless technology and health-monitoring devices to enhance the care of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) or other related conditions.

Care Beyond Walls and Wires uses wireless broadband tools, such as smart phones and 3G technology, to allow in-home daily monitoring of patients with CHF. These tools will collect and transfer critical data, such as weight, blood pressure, activity and other important health indicators, to nurses at FMC who are following patients enrolled in the program. Information will be sent daily for three to six months after the patient’s discharge from the hospital. This daily exchange of information enables health care providers and patients to work together to manage CHF.

According to the Federal government, 25 to 50 percent of CHF patients are rehospitalized within three to six months of a hospital discharge. The primary reasons for rehospitalization include patients not taking medications as prescribed, failure to follow a dietary plan, not knowing the early signs of CHF and lack of planned follow-up with a healthcare provider after leaving the hospital. Each of these factors can be addressed on a daily basis through Care Beyond Walls and Wires.
Each monitoring kit includes: 3G-enabled Motorola Droid X2 smart phone, provided by Verizon Wireless, with a mobile application that allows patients to rapidly record and send information to FMC via a secure Internet portal; an oxygen and pulse monitor; blood pressure cuff; and weight scale. Additional items in the kit may include an advanced Zephyr health-monitoring system to measure other vital signs such as breathing rate, skin temperature, activity and posture.
While I really like the idea, and I personally am a fan of technology in any form, I am not sure how effective this will be.  It said in the article that one of the main problems patients have is taking their medication properly and failure to follow recovery plans.  If people are unable or unwilling to do those simple things, how likely are they to use all of this new equipment, or enter the data and send it to the doctor.
It seems to me that the people who are most likely to benefit from technology like this are people who already do what they are supposed to do, but are willing to put forth more effort to take their care to the next level.  That being said, if it helps to save any lives then the effort is definitely worth it.