Saturday, November 19, 2011

Top 10 Trends

Very Interesting dated post
Top 10 Trends that will reshape healthcare in next decade
The billions of measurements of an individual patient that is leading us into the era of personalized medicine will need highly sophisticated computer databases and computational Software
Bio-Connectivity becomes the next big thing.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Know Your Healthcare Domain

Found in job posting

Healthcare Domain Knowledge Required
 • Knowledge of healthcare system interface technologies
• Knowledge of HL7, DICOM, IHE
 • Knowledge of major EMR vendor systems (Cerner, Epic, GE/IDX, McKesson, MEDITECH)
 • Knowledge of healthcare integration engines (Cloverleaf, eGate, OpenLink, etc)
• Knowledge of Enterprise Master Patient Index Implementation (Initiate, IBM, etc)
• Knowledge of ancillary hospital systems (PACS, Lab, Pharmacy, Financials, etc)
• Knowledge of eHealth applications including Patient Portals and Physician Portals

HL7

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_Level_7

HL7 is an international community of HealthCare subject matter experts and information scientists collaborating to create standards for the exchange, management and integration of electronic information.

HL7 promotes the use of such informatics standards within and among healthcare organizations to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare information delivery for the benefit of all.

HL7 specifies a number of flexible standards, guidelines and methodologies by which healthcare systems can communicate with each other.


DICOM(Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is a standard for handling, storing , printing and transmitting information in medical imaging. It includes a file format definition and a network communication protocol.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1287127/net-dicom-libraries

DICOM files can be exchanged betwen two entities that are capable of receiving image and patient data in DICOM format.
DICOm eables the integration of sanners, servers,workstation, printers and network hardware from mulitple manufacturers into a picture archiving and communication system.

IHE is an intiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer system in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the cooridianted use of established standards such as DICOm and HL7 to address clinical need in support of optimal patient care. System developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to  implement , and enable care providers to use information more effectively.

http://www.ihe.net/

eHealth is a relatively recent term for healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication, dating back to at least 1999. Usage fo the term varies : some would argue it is interchangeable with health informatics.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Life should be cheap

How China and India can help cut Western medical bills.

Nice article by Economist.
http://www.economist.com/node/17961922?story_id=17961922&CFID=160948846&CFTOKEN=78352774
Some great points
Frugal innovators in China and India are making products that are stripped to their essentials: scanners that cost $10,000 rather than $100,000; portable electrocardiographs that cost $500 instead of $5000.

Western medical-device firms are well aware of eastern innovation. Indeed , firms such as GE Healthcare, Philips and Medtronic are investing heavily in China and India: setting up research centers, hiring local talent and developing frugal inventions of their own, which they gleefully sell both locally and in the other emerging markets.

Just as the appearance of cheap, well-engineered Japanese cars disrupted Western car markets, so the rise of frugal technology could transform the market for medical devices.