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  Interoperability Fatal Flaw
Health-IT Failures Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Wednesday July 15, @03:06PM
from the Health-IT Failures dept.
Another local hospital closed its doors. This points out a major flaw in interoperability schemes. They are not resistant to business failure. The very flawed assumption is that medical entities last forever. The premise is that others get these little carefully regulated squirts of information from these entities. What if that entity no longer exists? All continuity lost, all data lost. All of these laws and regulations and standards and years spent on all these schemes are built on that flawed assumption. Now what?
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  Calendar Synchronization in OpenEMR
OpenEMR Posted by ViSolve on Friday February 13, @08:32AM
from the dept.

With the advancements in technology on a day to day life, the time to search for calendar, search for a date rolling the papers and marking the dates is reduced. Nowadays, accessing a handy online calendar through electronic gadgets and scheduling the tasks for the day or planning for a whole year has become very simple. Online Calendar hence holds a major role in adding tasks, dropping appointments, arranging meeting and planning other functionality over one’s personal comfort and concern. Generally within a healthcare practice, the patient schedules an appointment in prior to the visiting date with the concerned physician and it is logged in the EMR calendar. Physician/Patient may use any one of the Calendars through iPhone, iPad, SharePoint, Msn, Google etc. and other online calendar applications. Hence, it is very essential to sync the appointments scheduled in EMR with the online calendar application for easy access and tracking.


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  Orthanc - Lightweight, RESTful DICOM Server for Medical Imaging In Hospitals
Medical Open Source Development Posted by Sebastien Jodogne on Wednesday January 07, @09:09AM
from the dept.
The amount of medical images that are generated, analyzed and exchanged by hospitals is dramatically increasing. Medical imaging is indeed the first step to the treatment of more and more illnesses, such as cancers or cardiovascular diseases.

In turn, the data management of clinical images and the administration of the computer network of a medical imaging department imply continuously growing technological challenges. Tasks such as autorouting between imaging modalities, exchanging data between clinical departments or hospitals, or anonymizing images are still hard to achieve in practice. This is a direct consequence of the lack of interoperability software that could bring technological independence to hospitals by creating low-cost gateways between proprietary ecosystems.

This medical context led in 2012 to the public release of Orthanc, an innovative free and open-source software to improve medical imaging flows in hospitals. Orthanc can turn any computer running Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, or Apple OS X into a DICOM store (in other words, a mini-PACS system). Its software architecture is lightweight and standalone, meaning that no complex database administration is required, nor the installation of third-party dependencies. Thanks to its REST API, to its plugin framework, and to its Lua scripting engine, Orthanc is primarily conceived as a versatile, robust building block to bring technological independence to clinical departments by automating their very specific imaging flows.

Homepage: http://www.orthanc-server.com/

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  OpenEMR 4.2.0 is released
OpenEMR Posted by Brady Miller on Sunday December 28, @10:45AM
from the dept.
The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.0. This new version will be 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.0 has numerous new features including 26 language translations and Patient Form improvements such as E-signing. OpenEMR 4.2.0 can be downloaded from the OpenEMR Project website at www.open-emr.org . Thanks goes to the OpenEMR community for producing this release.
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  A Modest Interoperability Challenge
Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Saturday October 25, @01:23PM
from the interoperability dept.
Demographics.

That's it. Just demographics. Copy and Paste.

Changed 10/27/2014: I'll make it even easier use the vCard standard. You don't even need to transmit them even though that would be okay. Mandate that every application generate an XML page with name, DOB, gender, address, phone that can be copied and pasted and interpreted correctly into every other medical application. Just works, nearly every time.

Surely these huge corporations and governments and lawyers and regulators with their millions and billions can manage just this one insignificant thing that is actually useful? Right? Right?

This is NOT CCR/CCD. Just demographics. No link required, no gold plating. I've settled on calling this the Dumb Demographics challenge or DUDE. DUD is an alternative. I strongly considered Simple Health Informatics Technology Demographics but expected that to be misinterpreted. I would like this to be implemented industry-wide by Christmas. This should take perhaps a day, let's just say a week of programmer time to implement this per program. If this cannot be managed then we all know what a wet kiss to proprietary vendors monopolies and what a complete shaft to everyone else ARRA is.

Positive attitude everyone!


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  Controlled Substance eRx Notes
Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Thursday October 02, @02:59PM
from the eRx dept.
So I just went to eRx last week of controlled substances in Houston, Texas. I do not want triplicate paper, I do not like triplicate paper. The postal service has lost my refill shipment of tamper proof paper in the mail. This eRX does controlled substances.
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  3 Laws of Hospital Health Information Technology Implementation.
Humor Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Saturday February 22, @02:16PM
from the Humor dept.
3 Laws of Hospital Health Information Technology (HIT) Implementation.

1) Implementers and salespeople who don't know what they are doing will always get a binding, multi-year contract first.

2) Hospital management and owners will always do the wrong thing.

3) Everyone will grossly underestimate the time, difficulty, and expense it takes to fully implement Health IT in a hospital.


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  Call for participation "FLOSS village at Med-e-Tel 2014"
International/Europe Posted by Thomas Karopka on Monday January 20, @12:36PM
from the dept.
This is an invitation to demonstrate your Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) project or organization within a dedicated village at the Med-e-Tel 2014 conference (9-11 April, Luxembourg). Either join us in Luxembourg to represent your project/organization in person or otherwise you are welcome to send in an overview in the form of a poster that will be shown at the FLOSS village.
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  OpenEMR Free Hosting
OpenEMR Posted by CapMinds Technologies on Wednesday November 06, @10:20AM
from the EMR/HEalthcare dept.
OpenEMR intro
OpenEMR is ONC-ATB Ambulatory EHR 2011-2012 certified electronic medical records software with scheduling, prescription, billing and security modules. It's free open source software (FOSS), which makes it user customizable. It is installed either on a single machine acting as a web-server in an office or on a hosted server. Either way users access OpenEMR thru a web browser. Patient and visit information is stored in a database and accessible for reporting.
OpenEMR is a mature electronic health record system. It can track patient demographics, vitals, immunizations, medications, prescriptions, conditions, risk factors, visit clinical notes, and user specified variables. The real strengths of the program are its' affordability, extensive user and support base, translation features, CCHIT certification and ability for users to customize.

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  NHS Abandons £11bn IT system
International/Europe Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Tuesday October 29, @01:01PM
from the international/Europe dept.
NHS has abandoned its effort to create "the world's largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National Health Service"
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