Free Healthcare IT Newsletter Want to receive the latest news on EMR, Meaningful Use, ARRA and Healthcare IT sent straight to your email? Get all the latest Health IT updates from Neil Versel for FREE!

My take on ‘e-patients’

This story appears this month in various editions of MDNG: “E-patients: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help Them.” Yes, I did interview Dave deBronkart, among others.

November 19, 2010 I Written By

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

AMIA scuttlebutt

I’m on my way home from the AMIA annual conference, which actually doesn’t end until tomorrow. I’ve got just a couple of short items to share. First of all, I was not the only person to notice that ONC’s Chuck Friedman was wearing a tie with elephants on it. He said it’s from Thailand, a place that actually has elephants, and in no way is meant to be a political statement. In fact, he said he had to get ethics clearance from HHS to wear it to work.
Also, I heard legendary medical informaticist Clem McDonald ask a session moderator if recorded sessions would be available for purchase on DVD. Someone like Clem McDonald shouldn’t have to pay for that. Just saying.

November 16, 2010 I Written By

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

Health Wonk Review, Veterans Day edition

I’ve submitted a post to Health Wonk Review for the first time in a while, and my submission on why healthcare should give patients financial incentives to provide data, did make the cut. It better have. It was one of my best posts in months, if not all year.

This edition of Health Wonk Review is hosted by Heather Kelley at the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) Blog. Enjoy.

And thanks to all the veterans of the U.S. military.

November 11, 2010 I Written By

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

Podcast has been fixed

There was a problem with the podcast I posted a few days ago from September’s mHealth Initiative conference. The file has been fixed and everything should be working fine at this link.

Thanks for your patience.

November 5, 2010 I Written By

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

The changing role of healthcare CIOs

I never got around to publicizing this, but in late September, I had my first article published in CIO magazine. It’s about how ARRA and health reform are giving hospital CIOs more of a role in the clinical side of healthcare. Read here.

November 4, 2010 I Written By

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

Ethics rule ends Carestream RSNA bash

For years, Carestream Health and its predecessor, the healthcare division of Eastman Kodak, has held a rather pricey bash at the Field Museum in Chicago during the annual Radiological Society of North America conference. That tradition has come to an end.

An e-mail from a Carestream publicist explains: “Given the revised Code of Ethics issued by the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA)—which our company adheres to—we will not be hosting this social event as the MITA guidelines prohibit such engagements with healthcare professionals…which made up the bulk of our guest list.”

And hey, it’s always good to save some money during an economic slump.

November 3, 2010 I Written By

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