Together with partner BLH Psych Services, LLC we conducted a breakfast event at MedicalMime headquarters to learn about what it takes to pass a Joint Commission (JC) audit. The 7-step process overview showed how BLH Psych Services approaches accreditation and how MedicalMime’s EHR rehab system can help to obtain and maintain JCAHO accreditation. The 7 […]

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Wikipedia has a detailed and well researched article on the Opioid epidemic. The article covers a wide range of aspects, including causes, effects, demographics, and how the US federal, state and local governments reacted to the crisis. While certainly a worldwide phenomenon, the majority of opioids are consumed within the United States. Source: “Opioid Data Analysis […]

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In September 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the drug overdose crisis. We have written about this crisis which caused 72,000 deaths in 2017 and about a year ago here. It appears as if at the state level, various things have […]

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During the month of August 2018 we conducted a usability survey for our M2Select EHR (rehab) product. Any user of the system would see a link to a brief survey on their login page. This survey asked two simple questions as follows: Answers were selections on a 5-point Likert scale, ranging from Strongly Agree (5) […]

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In mid-August the Center for Disease Control has released preliminary estimates for the number of Americans killed last year by drug overdoses: 72,287. That is almost 200 people dying every day in 2017. This death toll is staggering – the equivalent of a passenger jet crashing every day for an entire year. As we wrote […]

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The New York Times published an article yesterday (30-May-2018) titled “The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About” by Dhruv Khullar. The finding of several studies is that: Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years younger than those without. One of the studies referenced in the article is a 2006 paper on […]

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The Gartner Group recently hosted its 2018 BI bake-off event, aimed at getting Business Intelligence vendors to showcase their products capabilities analyzing data as part of the Data for Good movement, using public data sets that support a social cause. After analyzing traffic fatalities, college costs and homelessness in previous years, the 2018 bake-off was […]

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At the beginning of last week’s HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas I attended the symposium on Digital & Personal Connected Health. One of the speakers, David Asch from the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care, reported on innovations in Digital Health driven by behavioral economics. Adoption of and engagement with new technologies in healthcare is […]

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In a recent article in the Hospital & Health Networks, authors John Glaser and Tanuj Gupta look at the role of data to understand patients holistically.  They point out that human health seems to be determined both by biology and genes (internal factors), as well as external factors such as: a) 20% – clinical care […]

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The cover story of this week’s edition of The Economist is titled “Doctor You – How data will transform health care”. The combination of wearable sensors, ubiquitous smartphones and Internet connectivity have led to a massive increase of data about our daily lives: Not just the digital trail we leave behind online when we are […]

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