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Healthcare Social Media Happenings

Posted on October 10, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Seems like each day I’m getting more and more involved in healthcare social media. Although, as I was preparing for the social media panel at the Digital Health Conference in New York City (Final day to register for the event is Friday.) I realized that I no longer think about social media. It’s just an integral part of what I do and how I interact with the people around me. It’s a really satisfying feeling to think about social media now just being a natural part of my life and my work.

Digital Health Conference in New York City
For those of you who can’t attend the conference in New York, you can still follow along through social media at #dhc12 and during our social media session we’ll likely use #dhc12sm. For those who say they’re not on Twitter, you don’t have to be to follow the Twitter stream. Just click the links and enjoy the tweets. I did this for Health 2.0 since I couldn’t make it to San Francisco and a number of people in the #health2con twitter stream commented on how following a conference on Twitter was better than being there in person. I’d say it’s almost better, not quite better.

New York City Tweetup for Digital Health Conference
There’s still real value in face to face, but Twitter and other social media can enable the face to face as well. In fact, if you’re in or around NYC, we’re doing a Tweetup on Monday, Oct 15th from 5-7 PM at The Half King. You can see all the details and RSVP for the event here. 16 people already on the list, and certainly many more will show that learn about it at the conference or on Twitter. Everyone’s welcome to come.

Hosting #HITsm Chat
I also got an invite to host the #HITsm chat this week. What that means is that you’ll find me tweeting at Noon EST on Friday about 4 topics with some really smart people in healthcare IT. Many people like to participate using the #HITsm Tweetchat page (I usually use Hootsuite myself). I encourage readers to carve out some time on Friday morning and join in. Twitter chats are a beautiful mix of information, connection and collaboration.

As this week’s moderator, I was responsible for picking the 4 topics we discuss this week. I tried to pull the topics from a few of the major headlines and innovations I’d seen and written about recently. I expect these 4 topics are going to drive some really interesting discussion. Here they are for those who want to know what to expect from Friday’s chat:

1: A few in congress called for a halt on EHR incentives. Is this politics or something more? Are their observations founded?

For more information on the letter from the congressmen and some industry reaction, seeCongressmen Want Halt on Meaningful Use Payments.

2: Allscripts is the 2nd EHR vendor to discontinue their small practice EHR(MyWay), is this a trend and what’s the impact?

The news came out late last week that Allscripts had chosen to discontinue their popular MyWay EHR and try and transition those users to the Allscripts Professional EHR.  This is the second time an EHR vendor has sunset their small practice EHR in favor of their “enterprise” EHR.  GE Centricity Advance was the first example of a small practice EHR being sunset.

3: Is the hospital bed the ultimate medical device monitor?  What other med device monitors do you see on the horizon?

In this interview, Casey Pittock of BAM Labs makes a compelling case for the possibilities of what can be done with new smart bed technology.  The hospital bed is a unique opportunity for device monitoring.  What challenges does it have and what other device monitors have a lot of potential for healthcare?

4: What do you think of the remotoscope which allows you to diagnose ear infections at home using your iPhone?

Georgia Tech and Emory university created a clip-on attachment and app for the iPhone which turns it into an otoscope.  It is still going through clinical trials, but has the potential to avoid office visits for ear infections.  The remotoscope software includes the option to send the picture captured to your doctor for review.

I hope to see many of you on the #HITsm Twitter chat and in person in New York City!

National Patient Identifier, Allscripts Discontinues MyWay, EHR Incentive Payments Stopped, and Remotoscope — Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on October 7, 2012 I Written By

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.


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Dr. Nick, CMIO of Nuance Talks About Their Acquisition of Quantim and J.A. Thomas & Associates

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Allscripts May Sell Out To Private Equity Buyer & Allscripts to Discontinue MyWay EHR

It has been a really busy week for Allscripts. First came the news that Allscripts was considering a sell to a Private Equity Buyer. This news is harder to read since it could mean a big sell or it could just be posturing. In what I think is even bigger news is that Allscripts is discontinuing their MyWay EHR. This is a big move on Allscripts part. It’s a necessary decision by Allscripts because they have too many EHR software to manage, but it’s going to leave a lot of doctors and a lot of VARs scrambling.

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HIMSS Opposes Call for Suspension of EHR Incentive Program

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Smart Bed Technology Interview with Casey Pittock of BAM Labs 

Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bam Labs was recently interviewed over at Hospital EMR and EHR. BAM Labs created the Smart Bed, a mat that is placed under a person’s mattress that can measure heart rate, breathing rate, and motion. Pittock discusses how it was created, the accuracy of it, and how providers can interact with the data.

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Attending Health 2.0? Donate Your Old Smartphone

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The Naivete of mHealth

There are many mHealth creations coming out at a rapid pace. At first glance, these innovations seem incredible and life-changing. However, without supporting documents and proof of the effectiveness, the money and time that goes into implementing certain technologies might not be worth it. This post talks about a home monitor for CHF, and although it’s a great idea, unless a patient is really dedicated to following all the alerts, it may not be effective. Technology needs to be reliable and proven to work before it should be recommended for use.

Smart Phone Health Care

Remotoscope – Diagnose Ear Infections at Home Using Your iPhone

Many children get ear infections, and it’s no fun taking them to the doctor if the diagnosis of one is uncertain. Luckily, a new tool has been invented to help parents and physicians diagnose from home. The tool is a detachable clip that turns a smart phone into otoscope, and parents can take a picture of their child’s eardrum to send to their physician for further analysis.

Remotoscope – Diagnose Ear Infections at Home Using Your iPhone

Posted on October 4, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I found a really interesting new technology being developed by Georgia Tech and Emory University that could make every parents life easier. I’m sure most parents know how fun it is to take your child to the doctor when they have an ear infection. It’s not fun at all.

According to this article by Medical Xpress, Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD has created the Remotoscope which is a clip-on attachement and software app that turns your iPhone into an otoscope. The remotoscope lets a parent take a picture of a child’s eardrum and then send the image digitally to a physician for their review.

The device is still going through a clinical trial to see if the Remotoscope produces the same results as the otoscope.

I’m sure that many that read this will be concerned about enabling parents this way. Although, I don’t see how this is that much different than a parent using a thermometer at home. Like most things in life, they can be abused, but I expect that if used properly this good help a lot of children and save a lot of doctors visits. I hope the clinical trial is successful.

How do you feel about having a remotoscope at home where you could take a picture of your child’s eardrum at home?