Blockchain Technology in Healthcare

Introduction to Blockchain Technology in Healthcare Understanding blockchain technologies and how Bitcoin and Ethereum are now playing a greater role in healthcare than before. While some people may recognize the usage of bitcoin in healthcare as a form of payment in ransomware cases, the technology behind it is much more and can be a pathway…

Leveraging the Value of EHRs through Research Networks (CDRNs)

CDRNs Help Improve EHR Reputation I recently had the opportunity to watch a webinar where the speaker, an associate director in the Office of Research Informatics at Duke University School of Medicine, spoke about the use of Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs). With the advent and rush of EHR adoption over the past decade or…

Interview with a Clinical Informatics Trained Physician!

The below questions and answers are from an interview that I conducted with a physician that recently finished up his clinical informatics fellowship at University of Illinois Chicago. I shadowed this physician for an extensive period of time as I learned more about how he integrated his use and growing knowledge of clinical informatics with…

Big Data Analysis Finally in Healthcare

Data Analysis in Healthcare Has Finally Arrived! Although the term “Big Data” has been around for close to a decade now, it’s no surprise that healthcare and medicine in general is finally starting to pick up on it. Having shadowed a few physicians in various healthcare systems and interacting with some of the IT department…

Overview of SMART on FHIR

SMART on FHIR Understanding SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technology) and why its use in healthcare information technology is almost a must because it hopes to integrate applications across different healthcare IT systems. As a result, SMART is attempting to be the next step after the protocols and standards for interoperability from FHIR has been…

So… what now?

I walked the walk. But now what? So just this past weekend, I had the privilege, joy, and opportunity to partake in the commencement ceremony at my university to ceremoniously complete my undergraduate education. Though I do still have a short class, one short class to take in the summer, by all means, I’ve graduated and…

FHIR and Where It Came From

Understanding FHIR and its Development! Below is an excerpt from a paper that I wrote for one of my cybersecurity and networking courses in university.             FHIR, or the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, is a data exchange standard that has recently seen much implementation and adoption within the healthcare community….

Understanding MACRA – Part 3

MACRA. Good for some. Bad for others. Although my first two posts basically focused on the pros and the benefits that MACRA should be bringing to medicine. It’s also important to understand that no law, bill, or policy is bassed with 100% satisfaction from everybody. It’s all about the opportunity cost and understanding that the…

Understanding MACRA – Part 2

More MACRA to understand! Don’t worry, I’m still just as confused but hopefully the rest of this MACRA series will not only help you understand this colossal change to our healthcare system, but also help me get a better grasp at it. I’ve always been one to learn and reinforce my understanding by teaching others!…