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New Withings Wireless Internet Scale Hits the Market

Posted on November 26, 2012 I Written By

Scales sure have come a long way from the old spring-driven models that I grew up with.  I remember thinking how cool it was when I saw my first digital readout scale.  Compared to what is available now, those old digital scales are about as modern as a stone tablet.

The new Withings Wireless Internet scale offers a lot more than just a person’s weight.  It also instantaneously provides a person’s BMI and provides tracking capability with all kinds of different functions.

The scale can be synced to numerous existing mobile apps to accent fitness tracking, weight management, or even just to keep friends, family, or your doctor informed.  It also has its own app that allows the user to set goals, receive coaching, or generate historical reports.

While this is all very cool the price tag seems a little steep to me.  The Withings WS-30scale is available now from Amazonfor $129.95.  But, for someone who is serious about monitoring their weight, this could be a very useful tool.

Meaningful Use for Radiologists – Meaningful Use Monday RSNA12 Edition

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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.

This week is the enormous RSNA conference in Chicago. I almost made the trip to the event, but wasn’t able to figure out the logistics. Plus, with a wife and kids the less travel the better. One day I’ll make it to RSNA. Until then, I thought I’d dedicate this edition of Meaningful Use Monday to the radiologists out there.

In short, meaningful use stage 1 was not good for radiologists. Most radiologists saw it as a non-starter for them. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that smaller radiologists couldn’t tell you much of anything about meaningful use stage 1. Meaningful Use stage 2 has made some progress for radiologists, but is unlikely to really get them off the bench and showing meaningful use.

Healthcare IT News has a good article on radiologists and MU where they point out some image centric updates to meaningful use per RSNA:

compliance exemptions for many hospital-based providers who are not involved in their facility’s information technology decisions, a discretionary menu set objective targeted toward diagnostic image accessibility in EHRs, recommendations for radiology-relevant clinical quality measures, more flexible definitions of what constitutes justified EHR, and a consolidation of the eligible hospital and eligible professional technology certification criteria.

Although, the article also points out two other very important points. First, radiology practices will likely forgo participation in the meaningful use program and avoid the EHR financial penalties by way of an exemption. If that exemption ever runs out, then radiologists might change their tune. Although, my guess is that the meaningful use penalties will never be enforced or that there will always be exemptions that radiologists can fall back on.

The second point is even more interesting. Lineage Consulting’s Nakhle suggests that all of the other ordering physicians that are adopting EHR and showing meaningful use might be the real driver for radiologists to get on board meaningful use. I agree that ordering physicians being meaningful users of an EHR is going to change imaging facility requirements. Certainly imaging facilities are going to have to work on new tech workflows, but that doesn’t mean they have to go so far as meet meaningful use. Plus, most imaging facilities are working on these workflows already, so I don’t expect meaningful use will cause much change.

I’m sure this will be a huge topic of discussion at RSNA. If you’re there, we’d love to hear what’s being said on the show floor.

Interview with John Lynn, HealthcareScene.com and Jonathon Dreyer, Nuance Communications

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We recently caught up with John Lynn, blogger and founder of HealthcareScene.com while he was in town for Health 2.0 Boston. In part one of this three part interview series, John Lynn and Jonathon Dreyer discuss their take on the today’s top health IT trends.

 

 

Watch the video.