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EHRs in the public eye

I saw this ad in Terminal 3 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last week:

It’s a simple and powerful message, but I wonder how many people truly understand it?

I don’t know when this ad went up, but it could be something left over from HIMSS in April. I see a lot of healthcare ads at O’Hare since there are so many health and medical conventions here, but many are out of date, such as from last year’s Radiological Society of North America event, generally held in late November. Few are this large or have such visibility, right between a gate and an in-terminal restaurant in the heart of a major hub for American Airlines. Perhaps Siemens is trying to influence people in town to meet with Allscripts downtown or GE Healthcare in the northwest suburbs, or maybe it’s targeted at the many Obama-ites who shuttle between Chicago and Washington? Rahm Emanuel, please give me a call.

October 19, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Telehealth at the VA

If you only follow me via this blog, I’ve been incommunicado for some time. But I’ve been extraordinarily busy the last few weeks, churning out issues of FierceHealthIT, FierceMobileHealthcare and FierceEMR each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. I’ve just returned from covering the Medical Group Management Association‘s annual conference in Denver and, just for good measure, did a piece for my favourite British health IT publication, E-Health Insider.

The E-Health Insider piece is an in-depth interview with Dr. Adam Darkins, chief consultant for care coordination and telehealth at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about the vast telehealth infrastructure and programs at the VA. Darkins is scheduled to speak remotely to an EHI conference in Birmingham, England, next month, which explains EHI’s interest in the story. I also happen to think it’s an article people here in the States will find worthwhile.

October 15, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

New ‘Fierce’ stories

For readers of FierceHealthcare, FierceEMR and FierceMobileHealthcare, there’s some good conference coverage up there right now. I submitted a story from last week’s Healthcare Facilities Symposium to FierceHealthcare and in today’s FierceMobileHealthcare, commented kind of tangentally on the Health 2.0 Conference going on now. Plus, publisher Wendy Johnson has submitted stories for FierceEMR from the annual AHIMA meeting down in Grapevine, Texas. The more someone else writes, the less I have to do!

October 6, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Top healthcare bloggers

FierceHealthcare last week published a list of nine interesting healthcare bloggers. I didn’t make the list, but I guess it would have raised some suspicion if I had, because I of course write the weekly FierceHealthIT, FierceMobileHealthcare and FierceEMR newsletters, published by the same company. As it turns out, I also contributed a story to last Friday’s FierceHealthcare from the Healthcare Facilities Symposium in Chicago.

A couple of IT blogs made the list: HIStalk (of course) and Will Weider’s Candid CIO blog.

By the way, this week’s FierceMobileHealthcare week will have a list of interesting free apps for the BlackBerry. I’m in a good mood right now because the Bears and Redskins won and the Cowboys lost. That always makes for a good Sunday.

October 4, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.