Sunday, February 25, 2007

MSSNY/ACP/RCMS Health Information Tech Seminar: Feb 28, 2007, 6 PM

I would like to extend an invitation to attend this seminar.

It will be held

at The Staaten, 697 Forest Avenue, Staten Island
6:00 Registration - 6:15 Dinner Program

To register, call Terri, at 718.442-7267

Course Objectives: Program attendees will:

. Examine the challenges presented by our current healthcare system and how those challenges have become. a driving force behind Health In formation Technology;
. Identify the architecture or strategic plan for change;
. Explore the reasons for bringing HIT into the physician’s office and the risks and benefits involved in this transition.
. Outline the path to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and the personal perspectives of those who utilize EHRs;
. Discuss the implications of HIT for the future of medicine and the provision of healthcare.

The current series of CME Seminars have been well received to date.

Use this link to check for the remaining dates:


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New tablet designed for the medical market: The Motion C5, a MCA, Mobile Clinical Assistant device

The size, weight and features look pretty good.
At 3.1 lbs, it weighs less than most of my office charts!
Please let us know of your experience using EHRs with tablet screens under 12 inches.
We plan to post a review when the device is made available. SV

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 – Motion Computing®, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, today announced its new C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) at UCSF Medical Center during a joint conference with Intel. The MCA is a new computing category, created by Intel with support from Motion to enable nurses, physicians and other clinicians to do their jobs on the move.

The Motion C5, the first product in the MCA category, integrates durable design elements with key point-of-care data and image capture technologies to simplify workflows, ease clinician workloads and improve overall quality of care. Designed based on input from thousands of clinicians worldwide, the C5 brings reliable, automated patient data management directly to the point of care. Intel and Motion conducted extensive user level, ethnographic, human factors, time/motion and clinical workflow research. This research resulted in clear requirements for a purpose-built mobile device.

* Genuine Windows® Vista™ Business or
Genuine Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition
* Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology
- Intel® Core Solo Processor U1400 (1.20GHz)
- Integrated Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 ABG network connection
* 512MB RAM (Upgradeable to 1.5GB max)
* 30GB HDD (60GB option)

Key Features and Options
- Highly durable design with magnesium-alloy internal frame
and elastomer overmolding
- Highly sealed, disinfectable chassis
- Optional integrated 1D/2D barcode scanner
- Integrated 13.56MHz RFID reader
- Integrated 13.56MHz HF passive RFID tag
- Integrated 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- One-year standard warranty
(upgradeable to two or three years)

Flash Demo

Motion Computing

Monday, February 19, 2007

CCHIT Request for Public Comment:
Final Round for Ambulatory EHR 2007

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), a voluntary, private-sector initiative to certify HIT products, welcomes comments on its Proposed Final Criteria and Test Scripts for certification of Ambulatory EHRs for 2007. Public comments must be submitted on-line between February 14 and February 28, 2007. (Please note submitted comments may be published later on our website.)

The newest materials for the Inpatient EHR domain will be published separately on February 16, 2007. Comments on that material may be submitted from February 16 through March 16, 2007.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Michigan Medical PC invests $35 Million for electronic medical records

In committing to spend $35 million in the coming years to fully implement electronic medical records, Michigan Medical PC aims to make patient data readily accessible when needed.

The new system MMPC is buying from Madison, Wisc.-based Epic Systems Inc. will significantly elevate the medical group's use of electronic medical records.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Vassar Brothers Medical Center will use a grant to update Health Information system

Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie will be undergoing major changes thanks to a large donation from the Dyson Foundation.

Foundation President Robert Dyson announced Wednesday it will donate $5 million to Health Quest Inc., the nonprofit parent corporation of the hospital, as a part of the foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The grant will go toward upgrading the information technology at Vassar Brothers, as well as at Health Quest’s other two local hospitals, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

Vassar Brothers
The Medical Society of the State of New York provides seed money for EHR collabrative projects.

This is a wonderful opportunity for primary care practices in New York.
Good luck with your applications!

Click on the link for an application. SV

The Medical Society of the State of New York has received a grant from the New York State Department of Health to be dispensed as seed funding to collaborating physicians to purchase electronic health record technology and participate in the exchange of patient health information.


This a great a great achievement by a healthcare provider organization. SV

CCHIT today announced that Marshfield Clinic is CCHIT CertifiedSM for its product – CattailsMD (Version 5) – and meets CCHIT ambulatory EHR criteria for 2006. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for clinics and physician offices where most Americans get their health care.

“This certification acknowledges the comprehensiveness of Marshfield Clinic's EHR,” said Carl Christensen, chief information officer, Marshfield Clinic.

Marshall Clinic

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Cardinal Health will provide Dossia, a PHR (personal health record) to its employees

What a novel idea: A health care company promoting health technology to improve the care of its employees and retirees, bravo! SV

Cardinal Health is first health-care company to fund development of Dossia, the personal, private, portable health record system for individuals.

Cardinal Health is the first health-care company to join Dossia, which was first announced in Washington, D.C. in December 2006. Fellow Dossia Founders Group members include Applied Materials, BP America, Inc., Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Wal-Mart. Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health ranks 19th on the Fortune 500, with more than 55,000 employees and annual sales of $81 billion.