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Happy President’s Day

Posted on February 18, 2013 I Written By

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Today is President’s Day for those not keeping track at home. My kids are out of school today and tomorrow. I’m not sure how many in healthcare IT get this day off. Certainly many in healthcare will be working today like they do every other holiday.

I’ve always found President’s Day interesting, because there are no real traditions for President’s Day like there are for so many other holidays. Maybe some people have them, but I don’t know anyone that has something they always do and there’s definitely not a cultural tradition that everyone does. I do think it’s a great thing to honor and remember our past Presidents.

I’m sure that many that read this have seen the latest movie on Lincoln that’s come out. I have yet to see it, but look forward to seeing it. Many of the previews and reviews I’ve seen paint a really interesting new way to look at a President that I think we all thought we knew. From what I’ve read and heard, Lincoln is painted as a very driven man that wouldn’t take no for an answer and had some of his own demons to deal with as well.

When I think about the bravery that Lincoln had to have to be able to change something so significant as slavery, I can’t help but think that we need someone as brave as him to make the changes that are needed in healthcare. I don’t want to take the comparison too far since in many ways what’s happening in healthcare and slavery are completely different. However, I do think the comparison applies when you think of what it will take to make changes to healthcare. A lot of people’s lives will be effected in dramatic ways by changes to healthcare, just like when slavery was ended.

Our society doesn’t seem to want to make short term sacrifices in order to achieve long term benefits. Healthcare IT is plagued with this and I don’t see any clear path to solve this problem. We need more “Lincolns” across healthcare IT that can really lead despite challenging opposition.

Just a few things on my mind this Holiday. I hope everyone has a great holiday. My wife and I got a room at a local hotel and we’re surprising our kids with a little trip. Should be fun for them.

FilmArray Delivers Test Results in An Hour

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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.

Maybe it’s because I live in Utah, so it’s easier for me to recognize the technology being created here, but it seems as if lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of medical devices created here. Last night I was reading about a device that was recently designed that can apparently detect certain diseases — and, most impressively, in under an hour.

Waiting for lab results can be excruciating. Although I have access to the patient portal for Intermountain Healthcare, and can see results as soon as they are done (which is, most of the time, much faster than waiting for the doctor to call), it still takes longer than I would like. FilmArray is a test that can detect around 20 diseases in less than an hour.

The diseases that can be detected can be viral or bacterial, and are related to upper respiratory infections. This could be pretty helpful, especially when you or your child goes to the doctor, and they can’t really tell what’s wrong just by looking at them or listening to their lungs. It can help to get treatment started quicker, and hopefully shorten the length of the symptoms.

FilmArray also eliminates the need for someone to spend a ton of time in the lab working the results, as it takes less than about five minutes of a tech’s time. It’s a machine that is easy to learn how to use, so staff can be trained fairly easily, without much disruption in the regular schedule.

This graphic from the FilmArray website shows how easily it works, from start to finish:


The device has been available since 2011, though I don’t get the impression that it’s very mainstream yet. I think this could be a great thing for doctor’s offices and hospitals to invest it, because of it’s quickly produced results, and the ease of use involved. Even with an initial investment, it seems as if the time saved will pay it off in the end.