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Atul Butte at TEDMED 2012: Harnessing the Value of Data and Research

Posted on July 17, 2012 I Written By

I love a good thought provoking video, and TED is always a great place to go if you want to provoke some thought.  In this video from TEDMED 2012, Atul Butte, Chief of Systems Medicine at Stanford University, looks at how outsourced research and the massive amounts of data we have can help speed us through the scientific method, if we ask the right questions.



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How Integrating Medical Device Data Improves EMR Data’s Value

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Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

As we’ve noted here before, connecting medical device data to EMRs is no walk in the park.  Hospitals have to invest in next-gen devices with new capabilities — such as wireless connectivity — and across their entire campus too, if they want consistent results. Then there’s the labor involved in initiating, completing and managing an array of newly-capable devices.  This will create hiccups, or possibly worse, even under the best of circumstances.

But I’d guess most of us would agree that there’s plenty of good reasons to go ahead and install more-connected devices.  Here’s five reasons to consider, laid out in a recent article by Sue Niemeier of connectivity tech vendor Capsule:

1.  EMR data becomes more accurate. Since it’s being collected automatically, the data won’t suffer from transcription errors or omissions.

2. With connected devices, measurement data is collected in virtually real-time. Otherwise, Niemeier says, it can be anywhere from two to twelve hours in her experience before the data gets into a paper chart, which might not even go with the patient if moved.

3. EMR data comes in as a steady stream rather than “batch” fashion, making it easier to check and submit as it arrives — rather than at the end of the shift.

4.  Data delivered directly by devices is concise, making it easier to track patient progress, while nursing notes may bury the data in paragraph form.

While all of this is great, we’re not likely to see a grand switchover in the near term. Right now, integration stats are very low; for example, according to a recent KLAS hospital study, less than 10 percent of respondents had adopted connected smart infusion pumps.

Still, it’s good to be reminded of where we’re (probably) heading, rather than just carping about what bogs down today. I believe Niemeier makes a lot of sense, and vendor rep or not, her points are worth considering.

Happtique Releases Draft Standards For Certification Process

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Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Happtique, a catalog of health apps that can be found in the iTunes App Store, has been mentioned a few times here at Smart Phone Health Care. The company recently released its draft standards that will be used under its certification program for fitness, medical, and health apps. The 15 page document can be found here. Until August 15, Happtique is allowing for people to comment on these standards here.

According to this article about Happtique and its draft standards, these standards differ from the ones that were published in a draft by the FDA last year. The goal of Happtique is to list and sell apps in their catalog based on their efficiency, and standards of “operability, privacy, security, and reliability of content.” CEO of Happtique Ben Chodor recently spoke about the certification process, and its necessity because of how many medical, health, and fitness apps that are currently available and the difficulty involved in discerning the good from the bad:

We believe the certification process will lead to the identification of truly high quality apps, thereby giving healthcare professionals and consumers alike the confidence they need in the apps they are recommending or using.

The more I hear about Happtique, the more I am impressed. I think I would rather have this company certifying apps, than having the FDA regulating them. It will be interesting to see the catalog and which apps meet their standards. As I look around at different health, medical, and fitness apps, it is difficult at times to determine if an app is worth downloading or not, especially when it’s newer and there aren’t too many reviews out.