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Is Lack of EHR the Real HIE Problem?

Posted on July 18, 2012 I Written By

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HIE (Health Information Exchange) is a really interesting thing. It’s something we all know we want to have happen and so far millions and millions of dollars later no one has been able to crack the code on how to make an HIE a reality.

The benefits of having an HIE are real and apparent. I’ve never heard anyone argue about whether an HIE would bring benefits to healthcare. It’s simple to see that having all of your health information available to a doctor at the point of care is valuable and useful. We don’t need a study to show that. We know it’s the case. Having the information could be the difference between life or death.

We all know that if a doctor can get the lab or radiology information from the HIE, then they don’t have to order another duplicate lab or x-ray. They might still order another one (for a bunch of perverse and maybe some legitimate reasons), but in many cases they wouldn’t have to order one since they’d already have the info they need.

Why then isn’t HIE a reality today?

For the longest time I’ve argued that there are two main barriers to HIE: governance and funding. By governance I mean, “How are we going to make sure that the right people get the right information and that the wrong people don’t get the information they shouldn’t have?” Funding is really about finding a sustainable revenue model for an HIE.

While I still think that both of these issues are real challenges for HIE, I recently started to wonder if the real challenge for an HIE is that not enough doctors and hospitals are using EHR. We want HIE’s to be successful, but can an HIE be really successful for doctors and hospitals that don’t have an EHR?

The lack of EHR adoption might be the biggest impediment to HIE.

SleepRate: Improves Your Sleep by Monitoring Your Heart

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Recently, I haven’t been sleeping well.  We all go through times like this where for whatever reason you just don’t sleep well.  You may have trouble falling asleep, the sleep may not be very restful, you may not be getting enough, or you may even be getting too much.  Generally, I have no idea why I am sleeping poorly which is really frustrating because there is not a whole lot I can do about it, other than take some sleeping pills.

With all of the apps and gadgets flooding the market, there are tons of things you can buy now that will monitor your sleep and claim to help you sleep better in some way.  One of these devices takes an interesting approach at improving your sleep: it monitors your heart.

SleepRate is a cloud based mobile service that allows customers to monitor their sleep using many widely available heart-rate monitors.  Using the ECG that these monitors can detect, SleepRate can analyze your sleeping patterns, and help suggest solutions to improve your sleep.

I love that the system is “device agnostic” as they like to refer to it.  You are not tied to their one offering that may not fit your exact needs.  They simply provide a service using devices that many people already have, and their compatibility list for both iOS and Android devices is growing everyday.  They just recently announced compatibility with Zephyr, RunKeeper, Wearlink, and Wahoo ANT+.

Sleep is one of the most essential parts of our lifestyle, and it is really no surprise that your heart could provide vital information to how well you are sleeping.  Now with the SleepRate system you can have access to that information to improve the way you sleep, and help improve your overall health.