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Care Ambulance Case Study Using the Fujitsu N1800 Network Scanner

Posted on November 13, 2012 I Written By

Care Ambulance is the largest provider of ambulance services in Los Angeles and Orange counties. On scene their EMTs respond to the immediate medical needs of the patient but they are also required to fill out and collect important paperwork. Care Ambulance decided to look for a scanning solution that could be installed inside the ambulances and decided on the Fujitsu N1800 network scanner. Watch the video to learn more about their success story.

 

 

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Every Heart Beat Measured and Quantified

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. 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, we have thousands of health and fitness apps connecting us to digital “coaches” and helping us socialize with our friends, but we don’t have a medical platform. We don’t have a medical Google, or an Amazon, or a Facebook. We don’t even have an AOL of medicine. What we mostly have is a Wikipedia for medicine, which I and my fellow clinicians and colleagues quote daily. (That’s a good thing.)

We have had some big successes with digital medicine. In my field about six years ago, device companies started putting antennas into implanted devices. We now analyze data from those devices in more than 200,000 patients. We’ve collected information on 20 million device downloads, recorded 150,000 life-saving interventions, and collected millions of pieces of valuable additional data. The numbers were clear. Here is what we’ve learned:

If you open up this implanted device to the network, people live longer.

We live longer and healthier lives when our health is continuously monitored by a device and exceptions to normal health are reported by the device to our caregivers. The technology exists and is often very inexpensive. It keeps people out of hospitals; saving money and lives. We’ve proven that.
So why aren’t we doing more monitoring? It’s not a regulatory problem or a lack-of-vision problem in the medical and technology companies; it’s that there’s too much perceived risk in changing the medical structure.

What an amazing quote from an article in Venture Beat. Yes, the article was written in April, but it is just as applicable today. Go and read the whole thing since it’s well worth it.

For those who don’t read the whole thing, it’s written by a wonderful doctor named Leslie Saxon of the USC Center for Body Computing. At the end of the article she talks about their Every Heart Beat initiative and compares it to the Human Genome Project. I think the collection of health data and its use has as many potential benefits as the human genome.

I love Dr. Saxon’s call to open up the data from devices to the network. Doing so will make people live longer. What I don’t understand is why the medical world is so resistant to this idea. I love Dr. Saxon’s vision of, “Imagine your doctor calling you to schedule an appointment because she knows the condition of your body, rather than vice versa.”

What do we need to do to reach this vision?

Hospital Forced To Provide EMR Data Access By Court

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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.

A New Hampshire hospital has been forced by the state’s Superior Court to provide public health officials with access to its EMR so they can further investigate a major hepatitis C outbreak.

Exeter Hospital had been ordered by the state’s Division of Public Health Services to release patient records, but had  challenged the order, arguing that it would be violating state and federal law if it provided free access to EMR records.

The issue dates back to July, when a lab technician formerly employed by the hospital was arrested in connection of a hep C outbreak affecting more than 30 patients. The lab tech, who has hep C, allegedly stole fentanyl-filled syringes from the hospital, injected the fentanyl, then refilled the dirty syringes with another substance.

The hospital sought guidance from the courts in an effort to learn just how much access it would have to provide without running afoul of HIPAA and state privacy laws.  (If I were running Exeter Hospital I certainly would have done the same thing; otherwise, one would think  it’d be wide-open liable to suits by patients who objected to the data sharing.)

Now, it seems, the hospital is satisfied that patients involved in the outbreak are adequately protected. From its official statement on the matter:

The Court pointed out that the State needs to follow very specific, CDC-sanctioned protocols in collecting data from Exeter Hospital’s electronic medical record system and can only obtain the minimum amount of information necessary to complete its investigation. The Court has also emphasized that the information collected by the State cannot be re-published which helps to protect the privacy of patients.

For both the patients’ and Exeter’s sake, let’s hope that the public health authorities involved handle such explosive data with extreme care.  A data breach at this point would not only have devastating consequences — particularly if the hepatitis C sufferers’ names were made public — it would also plunge all involved into a legal nightmare. For their sake, I’m hoping for the best.