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North Shore System Adopts Medical Record Keeping

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, a 15 hospital chain in the NY area, is working with software provider Allscripts in a $400 million effort to transition 9,000 doctors to electronic medical record keeping. Although most medical electronic records systems cost doctors between $50,000 and $100,000 up front, Allscripts hopes to speed adoption by getting hospitals to pay part of the doctor's bill.

North Shore is footing about 85% of its independent doctor's costs and believes that building a state-of-the art medical records system will give the hospital a competitive advantage, making some hospital operations more efficient and producing better medical outcomes.

Read more of the article from NYConvergence.

Top Ten Considerations Prior to EMR Purchase

A lot of providers have reconciled themselves to the fact that with or without the government’s incentive to subsidize an EMR, they will need to eventually move to an EMR as healthcare IT is moving forward.  Recently, Clarity has been providing a lot of medical practice readiness assessments and business flow analysis work to help prepare practices for their EMR transitions. It is a huge investment!  One of the biggest gaps we see as we work inside the practices PRIOR to the investment, is how little they think about the workflow requirements before they select and EMR application.  As last month, the Meaningful Use Final Rules were released; many more Eligible Professionals (EP/s) are starting the process.  Although a thorough Needs Analysis and Scope of Work should be considered (and will save money) before vendor selection, here is a starting point to get you prioritizing the EMR needs of your practice.

How it will work:

1) Investigate and price a concurrent Practice Management system with the EMR.  The more interfaces the more complex the systems are to run. Consider at least one vendor that has both.

2) Determine where all you need to collect electronically and review EMR vendor connections to these (current or need development and price), i.e. lab, hospital, transcription service, PACS System.

3) Consider whether you want, can handle, have space for, have the IT resources for your own servers or whether you want to  use an ASP model and connect via the web (usually cheaper).

Read more of the article from MD&E Clarity

Health IT: New Medicaid Rules, A Race For Meaningful Use, Fraud Prevention

Instructions for state Medicaid directors to distribute some of the funding for electronic medical records through their programs beginning next year have been circulated by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Medical News reports. "The incentive program stipulates that the federal government will pay the full cost of Medicaid bonuses to eligible physicians who adopt certified EMR technology in a way that meets the government's 'meaningful use' criteria. It also will pay 90% of states' eligible administrative expenses. Read more of the article from Medical News Today

Initial EHR Certification Bodies Named

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), Chicago, Ill. and the Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), Austin, Texas, were named today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as the first technology review bodies that have been authorized to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) systems for compliance with the standards and certification criteria that were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year.

Announcement of these ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) means that EHR vendors can now begin to have their products certified as meeting criteria to support meaningful use, a key step in the national initiative to encourage adoption and effective use of EHRs by America’s health care providers. For more on the article goto BUSINESS WIRE

The New BlackBerry Torch is Out Today!!

August 12, 2010 2 Comments Mobile Integration

BlackBerry Torch 9800 will it catch Fire?


Looks and feels good. Lots of new features. Integrates social-networking well.


Browser still slower than iPhone 4. Fewer games and apps than iOS or Android. Poor Microsoft Exchange integration for consumers.

Bottom Line

The BlackBerry Torch is the very model of a modern messaging smartphone, although it doesn't beat the iPhone or Android on media and games.

View for yourself Visit

Those who already have the Torch what do you think of the device? leave comments

Multi-domain management now available in Google Apps

June 24, 2010 4 Comments Google Apps

Google Apps administrators can now manage multiple domains from one control panel in Google Apps. Users from different domains preserve their original email address, but all users are on the organization's global address list, and calendars, docs and sites can be shared throughout the entire organization.

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
US English only

How to access what's new:
Admins can now add additional domains in the Control Panel under ‘Domain Settings’ by adding the domain name in the text box. For these domains, admins will still have to verify domain ownership just like the primary domain. 

To add another domain:
1. In the Google Apps Control Panel, click ‘Domain settings’, then ‘Domain names’.
2. Click ‘Add a domain or a domain alias’.
3. Enter the domain name that you want to add in the text box.
4. If you just want to add the domain as a domain alias, enable the checkbox ‘Make this domain an alias of my primary domain’.
5. Click ‘Continue and verify domain ownership’ to verify ownership of the domain
6. Follow the instructions to verify domain ownership and set up email delivery.

- After adding a domain, when admins now create a new user, they will have the choice to create the user with or
- This feature is only available to domains using the ‘Next Generation’ version of the Control Panel. To enable this version in the control panel, click ‘Domain settings’ > ’General’ and ensure the checkbox ‘Next generation (US English only)’ is enabled.
- These changes are gradually rolling out and will happen in the next few days.

Note: It is not currently possible to merge existing Google Apps accounts. For more information on what is supported by multi-domain management, please visit the Help Center.

Joomla 1.6 Beta Now Available


The Joomla Project is proud to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 1.6 beta (download). IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a beta version and is not intended to run any type of production site. It is intended to be used for evaluation purposes only.

The following is the press release.

Joomla! 1.6 Beta Released – Download the World’s Leading PHP-based Content Management System and Easily Build Websites and Online Applications

New York, New York, May 17, 2010 –  The Joomla Project, a free, award-winning PHP-based content management system that enables users to build websites and powerful online applications, today announced the beta release of Joomla 1.6. Designed to offer enhanced site control and a more polished user experience, Joomla 1.6 will deliver a variety of new tools to improve website management and access, a more robust organizational structure for content control, and various other user-experience improvements throughout the software. Read more on Joomla announcements


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