Monthly Archives: June 2014

First Google Glass App Integration into EHR

Drchrono, a California-based EHR company, has introduced an application that seamlessly synchronizes physician documentation into the patient’s EHR.

How cool is that?!

This is just the first of several venture capital-backed health IT companies that are vying to reshape the landscape of medicine by utilizing the latest and greatest gadgets.

PA’s Medicaid Expansion Alternative Gets Interest from Health Insurers

Pennsylvania is one of 4 states that elected for Medicaid expansion but in an alternative fashion.  (Arkansas, Iowa, and Michigan are the other three).  CMS has not yet approved of this expansion, to be named Healthy Pennsylvania, that would assist beneficiaries w/subsidized premiums.  This is getting closer to reality w/private insurers ranging from Independence Blue Cross, Geisinger, and Aetna expressing interest in covering members in areas throughout the entire state.  Read more here.

Healthcare.gov to Have New CEO and CTO Positions

In a nod to having healthcare.gov run more like a private sector company, HHS Secretary Burwell announced the creation of new positions for the federally run exchange including CEO and CTO.  This is an interesting turn to solidify the once troubled exchange and into one that will provide greater stability and processing capabilities for years to come.  Read more here.

How Japanese Business Process Improvements Could Improve EHR Certification in the U.S.

There has been a lot of criticism levied at CMS for the different Meaningful Use (MU) certification stages.    Kaizen, an Asian business process analysis that is similar to Lean or Agile, may shed some insight on how to make the Meaningful Use process better so providers and vendors a like can fulfill the mission of MU.

Read more here.