Posts Tagged ‘EHRs’

Frost & Sullivan Analyst on the Pain Points of Electronic Health Records

6322734819_a6c9748c49_zNeil Versel of Forbes recently wrote, “Electronic health records’ usability, or lack thereof, is the big talk this year in health IT, as federal officials get ready to contemplate the rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program. While Stage 3 will not begin before 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that it will publish draft regulations in the spring. The hope is to finalize the rules before the end of 2015 so vendors can update their technology and give healthcare providers plenty of time to install and adjust to the updates before they move to Stage 3.” Read more

How Health Startups are Using Big, Open Data

2837123918_f7308483d1_zJoel Gurin of Information Week recently wrote, “Watson‘s venture into healthcare is part of a new movement to data-driven medicine. The federal government has recently released large amounts of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies. At the same time, several other trends — the use of electronic medical records, an explosion of data about the human genome, and advances in data analysis — have given us the potential for a revolution in healthcare. We can look forward to more data-driven diagnostics, treatment plans, and predictive analytics to determine the best treatments more scientifically.” Read more

Healthcare IT Needs Better Search Tools (Enter Semantic Search!)

6322734819_a6c9748c49Megan Williams of Business Solutions recently wrote, “It’s a simple fact of the current state of healthcare that most providers are not using the data they gather via EHRs as best they could. The case of missed technological opportunities is nothing new to healthcare, but in the case of search engines, not employing them to mine existing information could be costing your clients, and their patients, unnecessary tests, wasted time, and missed information that would have been helpful in achieving desired patient outcomes.”

Williams goes on, “A study published by the Journal Of The American College Of Radiology titled “Optimizing Emergency Department Imaging Utilization Through Advanced Health Record Technology” addresses the application of search functions to clinical environments, specifically the emergency department (ED). This department presents special challenges because of the nature of the work involving evaluating complex patients while under time pressure. These challenges are made worse by the incomplete medical history that typically comes with patients who enter the department.”

She adds, “The study covers QPID, which is a programmable health record intelligence system that adds semantic search and knowledge management layers to an EHR system. QPID works as an extension of its data repository, facilitating extraction from it. While most EHR systems do include databases that handle rudimentary data retrieval, QPID allows users to pull data by topic-related ‘packages’ of data and concepts in saved, operable queries that can be used on both structured and unstructured data sources.”

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Text Analytics Company Linguamatics Boosts Enterprise Search with Semantic Enrichment

Linguamatics Logo CAMBRIDGE, England and BOSTON, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Linguamatics launches I2E Semantic Enrichment to provide increased return on investment in enterprise search systems and radically improve speed to insight.   I2E Semantic Enrichment is used within an existing enterprise search deployment to enrich the current data, make it more discoverable and provide more relevant search results. The software scans millions of documents to identify and mark-up semantic entities such as genes, drugs, diseases, organizations, authors and other relevant concepts and relationships. Enterprise search engines consume this enriched metadata to provide a faster, more effective search for users. Read more

Meaningful Use and the Semantic Web

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Jennifer Bresnick of EHR Intelligence recently wrote, “No one can reasonably deny that EHR adoption and meaningful use participation have been a struggle.  From the patchwork of health IT systems that need to be wrangled and replaced to the payment reforms piggybacking on a revolution in how providers and lawmakers view quality care, the healthcare landscape is changing at a lightning pace, and it’s not always easy to keep up.  Dan Riskin, MD, CEO and Co-Founder of Health Fidelity, believes there’s a lot of work to be done in order to improve the provider experience and the patient’s outcomes, both of which rely on making better use of technology and the data it produces.” Read more