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Someone to read on Healthcare

I have to admit I’ve recently found Kristine Martin Anderson, from the Booz-Allen group (some name, huh?) and I like what she has to say. Here are a couple of samples. They discuss data liquidity and how IT is helpful. Check them out and let me know. Advertisements

Ever wonder why healthcare costs so much?

Pretty complicated subject. It’s why I let other people write about root causes. Fortunately, there has been a recent set of updates on this topic by the well known industry authority the Kaiser Family Foundation. Check out their set of primers (yeah, set… as in multiple articles just to do the subject justice) for a … Continue reading

Practical HIO

For many of us in the Behavioral Health field it is somewhat disturbing that physical health, at least in California, is so very far ahead of us. We are doing lots of catch up these days. Every tool we can find is an advantage. It’s with this in mind that I bring your attention to … Continue reading

CIMH Behavioral IT Conference materials

The recent California Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) Behavioral IT conference produced a wealth of resources and presentations. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I was particularly taken with Dr. Jurgen Unutzer’s presentation on collaborations between physical and behavioral health. Go have a look. These are recommended.

How is CA doing with EHR implementations?

I like to see stats. Working in the behavioral IT field I’ve known for some time that physical health is well ahead of the public behavioral sector in the implementation and use of EHR technology. Its daunting. So, it’s very welcome to see some real numbers from the California Healthcare Foundation. Check out their report. … Continue reading

Integrating Behavioral Health with Primary Care

I recently got to see a presentation by Dr. JÜRGEN UNÜTZER of the University of Washington about the practical aspects of integrating Behavioral Healthcare with Primary Care. The doctor makes a very compelling case on what works and what doesn’t. Here is a link to a synopsis article and other resources. Embedding BH in PC … Continue reading

My favorite project management quote…

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of have been, into every corner of our minds.” -John Maynard Keynes- So far as I can tell, this may be the biggest single hurdle that a project manager must overcome when … Continue reading

HIE Privacy & Security paradigms

Had the opportunity this week to attend the California Institute of Mental Health’s (CIMH) Behavioral Health Information Management conference in Anaheim. This group has put on some pretty high-powered presentations over the years. I was particularly fascinated by a discussion about Privacy and Security. Participating in the keynote session were David Nelson (privacy officer for … Continue reading

Beyond “Crossing the Quality Chasm”

I’m personally of the mind that for any large undertaking you must have a consistent and rational philosophical underpinning. The national move toward a comprehensive Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the associated Health Information Exchange (HIE) necessary to make it functional had just such an underpinning. In my mind, this philosophy was best articulated in … Continue reading

Redundant Conversations

I’ve been having an interesting couple of days with some of my colleagues discussing what products in the California market are worthy of being called EHRs (Electronic Health Records). Some really interesting opinions. One of the points I tried to make was that people don’t agree on why EHRs should exist or why doctors should use them. … Continue reading