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  • ICD-10: Ready, Set, Code

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation for Nuance.]  Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for or against ICD-10. That's not going to change. Healthcare providers must be proactive ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on October 2, 2014
  • More Sample Lookback

    In 2011 I blogged about using a binary search algorithm to find a point of failure when performing a sample lookback with a large number of samples. In dealing with sample lookback and revising our own policies since then, we’ve hit a few snags: How should we account for other instrument variables e.g. scheduled maintenance? How should we ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 1, 2014
  • Virtual Keystrokes

    In my last blog I said computers are stupidly reliable. They do whatever they are told, over and over. And they don’t get bored or make mistakes. It’s easy, for example, to create little programs that send keystrokes to applications. I use a freeware program called AutoIt for Windows (there are others, such as AutoHotkey) to create simple and ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • Computers are Stupid

    Back in the day we imagined computers were smart. In a 1964 Twilight Zone episode called “The Brain Center at Whipples,” a CEO who heartlessly replaces workers with robots is himself replaced by Robby The Robot from the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet. Capek to H.A.L. to Nomad to Tron’s Master Control -- science fiction is a junkyard of them -- ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 22, 2014
  • Gamification in Healthcare

    Video games aren't just for kids anymore. The earliest gaming consoles kept players stationary and sedentary, and became an object of concern in a world of rising obesity rates, diabetes and other health scares. But then came games that required players to move - to participate with their physical bodies. That opened up a whole new world ...
  • Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical Challenges

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Toby Samo, M.D., chief medical officer, Allscripts. This is the first installment in our 5-part series focusing on Global Healthcare Megatrends]  There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • New Study Examines Gait Speed as Being Related to Future Dementia

    Dementia is a prominent concern among the older adult population. As the elderly population continues to increase, the number of those with dementia also will increase in number. Recent research on dementia and cognitive impairment in the aging has targeted a new disorder and with it, a new symptom that may be related to the likelihood of ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • Two Nursing Worlds that SHOULD Collide

    By Casey Hill, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, who is a nurse educator in Connecticut. Recently I attended a nursing orientation at a hospital, composed of both new graduates and experienced nurses. As a nurse educator, I enjoy being in this type of setting, seeing former students grow into their new role as a registered nurse.  Yet, like my ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • Using SDI

    Standard deviation index (SDI) measures bias using simple, easy to understand criteria. I also like this for daily quality control, because it works on all levels. Here’s the calculation: SDI = (Value - Target Mean) / Standard Deviation Thus, a glucose of 97 with a control range of 80-100 has an SDI of 1.4. A positive SDI indicates a value ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Market Your Computer Skills

    While working out I listen to short articles using an Android app called Umano. Many of the articles I hear claim that we have a lack of people who can write computer programs. Indeed, last year President Obama endorsed an “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week to encourage students to learn how to program computers (write code). ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
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