HIT Thought Leader Highlight: Kal Patel, Meditab Software

HIT Thought Leader Highlight: Kal Patel, Meditab Software
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Kal Patel, COO of Meditab Software, speaks about innovation in health IT, reactions from physicians and caregivers about the continuous changes in health IT, trends affecting the industry, where we are going and how we are going to get there and the qualities he thinks makes for a health IT leader.

What’s your daily motivation and what makes for innovation currently in the HIT market?

I am motivated by innovation, focusing on creating a product that’s in a league its own, not only for usability, but for the highest and best use, providing each practice the most customized solution for their specialty needs. We don’t subscribe to the notion that one size fits all.

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Some of Our Senators Just Don’t Think HIT is Currently Efficient nor Necessarily Worthwhile

Several key U.S. senators continue to be critical of the electronic health record incentive program who claim it’s a huge expenditure ($35 billion) that’s just not meeting the goals promised.

According to a piece by Ken Terry of Information Week, in which he cites a report issued by the six senators, which states: “While promoting the use of health IT is a laudable goal, a growing body of objective analysis and empirical data suggests the program needs to be recalibrated to be effective.”

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7 Things to Consider When Choosing Clinical Decision Support Software

7 Things to Consider When Choosing CDS Software
William Daniel. M.D.

Guest post by William Daniel, M.D., medical director of Quality at Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, and Chief Medical Officer for Emerge CDS.

With the new wave of healthcare reform upon us, hospitals are seeking ways to meet requirements of . With a growing number of hospitals incorporating electronic health records, health IT tools are becoming more prevalent. In fact in August 2012, a second stage of meaningful use guidelines for EHRs was set requiring physicians to use some form of clinical decision support in their practice.

The purpose of clinical decision software (CDS) software is to help the doctor?patient work process run more smoothly, however, often times, hospital staffs complain about technologies adding more time and money to the work flow. In a CompTIA’s study, 56 percent of respondents noted a need to make health IT tools easier to use, improve interoperability and increase operating speed.

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Meaningful Use Money: How the Incentive Funds are Being Spent

Since the dawn of meaningful use, questions have swirled about how the money, the incentives, are being spent by those who receive them. In fact, it’s a question I’ve asked several colleagues, practicing physicians and healthcare leaders.

The answer typically depends on the person giving it. As such, no two answers are ever really the same, but there are some general responses offered.

The most common, from my perspective have something to do with responses such as “work to ensure better patient care,” “take steps to be more efficient” and “better meet our goals.”

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How Patient-centered, Value-based Care Will Drive Innovation in Healthcare

Fauzia Khan, MD

Guest post by Fauzia Khan, MD, FCAP, is chief medical officer and co-founder of Alere Analytics.

This has been a very interesting year for the healthcare industry, which appears to be on the brink of a real sea change. Government mandates are driving transformative discussions in the C-suite circles on topics such as meeting meaningful use Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements, satisfying Accountable Care Organization (ACO) standards, care delivery models in the patient-centered medical home and much, much more.

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Beyond the Health IT Boom: the Crash Is Coming

Beyond the Health IT Boom: the Crash Is Coming