One U.S. medical center recently estimated it received about 50,000 faxes a month for consults and referrals, and sent about 10,000 faxes in the same period.
While this may seem absurd to any non-medical professional in an age of email, smartphones, networked tablets, and social media, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has prevented doctors from exchanging information without “reasonable safeguards” (including via email and Facebook) since 1996.
Getting around the red tape
For doctors looking to share life-improving patient information with other medical professionals, a HIPAA-compliant, physician-only network launched a year ago by Doximity (created by a group of former Epocrates execs) called iRounds has convinced approximately 7% of all the doctors in America to create and use roughly 35,000 secure accounts to quickly share patient information
After a detailed verification process (which includes a credit check and a comparison of supplied credentials to the American Medical Association’s database) a multi-step sign-in similar to what your bank uses online lets physicians securely and legally exchange patient records, test results, and other data with specialists. In doing so, such physicians could be paving the way for a new standard, where a more efficient consultation process could make a huge difference for time-critical analysis. [click to continue…]
The Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist, or RCIS, Certification has become the industry standard for health professionals working with cardiologists or cardiac surgeons. While this certification has not always been necessary for these positions, it is becoming increasingly common for facilities to require. Previously there have been five different testing options that were determined by previous experience and education. Changes set to go into effect on July 1, 2013, will reduce testing options. What are the testing options and what does this mean for those with experience but little formal education. [click to continue…]
It’s relatively easy to implement something if you’re Belgium…not so much if you’re China. At least, that seems to be the case when launching any sort of new state-wide system: especially to replace anything that’s been running for decades or more.
In the case of efforts to adopt electronic health records (or EHRs), U.S. states, hospitals, and individuals have made progress in the last decade, but not as quickly as some other countries, whether those countries are similarly large with similarly-entrenched health records systems, or not.
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Scoff if you will at the tin-foil-hat-wearing doomsday-observers as emergency kits and inhibitions go flying off the shelves, but – assuming you’re not running for the hills as well – your workplace may soon be affected by the so-called “end of the world” on December 21, 2012.
Of course, just like Y2K, all the polar-flips, rogue phantom planets, solar storms (which will flare up soon as part of a regular 11-year cycle) and the end of the Mayan calendar (it’s actually just the end of the current Mayan calendar before the next one kicks in) are unlikely to result in anything beyond an unusually paranoid winter solstice this year.
But that may not stop the American public at-large from throwing the usual pace of healthcare use for a loop, come “apocalypse” time.
Here are a few ways “the end of the world” could affect healthcare in the U.S.: [click to continue…]
According to a recent poll…Actually who knows what the polls or voters will say in the coming months?
Come November 6, things in Washington could stay largely unchanged or shift radically, depending on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.
What Could Change? [click to continue…]
Perhaps you’re looking to start out right your first year on the conference circuit.
Perhaps you’ve got a yearly budget or allowance for professional development and want to make the most of it.
Or maybe you’re looking for a snapshot of what conferences are happening this year in a particular month or specialty.
Either way, we’ve got you covered below, with our picks for the top conferences in each of several specialties for 2012: [click to continue…]