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…

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!…

Understanding MACRA – Part 1

Understanding MACRA  – State of United States Healthcare So I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while but I simply felt that I still didn’t know enough about it to be able to actually write something about it. I’ve always been someone against misinformation and since MACRA is a huge concept and new…

Understanding Medicare and Medicaid and how ACA Factors

Medicare/Medicaid and some examples Although this will primarily be based upon medicare, I think it’s also important to have a good understanding of medicaid as well. It’s something that I was often confused with younger and because their names sound so familiar, it’s understandable if there is often mix up. This was spurred by the following post…