HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare


In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.”  He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system.

  1. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle
  2. Improve the care of the chronically ill
  3. Align financial incentives

As I walked up and down every aisle in the HIMSS Continue reading HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare

Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?


As we welcomed in 2014, we also said ‘Hello’ to the start of Meaningful Use Stage 2. The HITECH Act is now five years old. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a deeper dive into some of the changes the 2014 criteria mandate. Note: All stage 1 certified solutions (also known as 2011 stage 1), expired  12/31/2013. This expiration requires your organization to upgrade to a 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHERT). Continue reading Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

How Big Data Relates to Another Disruptive Technology – The Microscope


Theme: Disruptive Technology

Big Data is currently one of the most covered topics in technology today.  However, in order to gain perspective on why it dominates discussions of modern IT, science, and business, it actually turns out that we can examine the innovation that opened research to aspects of our world that are not so big.

Erik Brynjolfsonn, MIT Sloan Professor and director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, views Big Data not as a fad but as a “measurement revolution” that is in the process of completely redefining executive leadership and decision making. To understand its impact on our world, he claims, we can look to the 15th century invention of the microscope.

Anton van Leeuwenhoek invented the device and kept technical letters detailing the life forms that he discovered. However, we must keep in mind how truly radical the idea of microorganisms were in such an age. It took time for the scientific establishment of the time to come to terms with the existence of life forms that were too small for the eye to see. However, the ability to view objects at this level eventually became crucial to nearly all of the scientific innovations of the last few hundred years, from medical breakthroughs to microprocessors.

Big Data, of course, operates on the macro-scale. However, it currently gives us the ability to find patterns within the complex workings of our world, too large for us to see, with a level of detail analogous to the microscope. For example, Big Data techniques have been used with demographic data to allocate medical resources for underserved populations that are at-risk for heart ailments.

Like the microscope during its early days, there is a certain incredulity given to the promises of big data. However, the insights that have already been discovered through this field, which is in relative infancy, point to a revolution as great as the one that allowed us to study the smallest of life forms.

Our CarePathways solutions are designed to go beyond the hype of big data, rather providing realization of how benchmarking, analytics and productive modeling can be used beyond just digitizing care.  While we’ve introduced solutions over the past year, much more is before as we collective work together to shape a new model of care and most important the continued evolution of how care is provided.  At our recent westExchange I had the opportunity to speak with many of our clients as they shared their dreams, connecting them to the realities and possibilities of today.  I continue to believe we find ourselves in one of the most exciting times in health care as we build tomorrows solutions today.

Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee


Recently I testified to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy committee’s certification and adoption workgroup regarding voluntary certification of electronic health records for behavioral health. Many groups were represented in the discussion including consumer advocates, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, SATVA, behavioral health providers, and methadone clinics. There were those Continue reading Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee

Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better

Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better
January 30, 2014
When electronic health records were first introduced to behavioral healthcare, there was a significant amount of skepticism about whether we could trust these machines with this important and confidential information. We adjusted to using electronic records systems but many of us believed that the servers on which the data resided had to be on-site. Now, we think nothing of storing confidential Continue reading Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better

A Knowledge Driven Approach to Care


A Knowledge Driven Approach To Care
Aug. 7, 2013

Welcome to my first blog on Clinical Corner! On August 14, I will be co-presenting a webinar as part of Netsmart’s Clinical Summer Webinar series. The webinar is called Imagining Knowledge-Driven Care: Seamless Knowledge Flow for Continuous Improvement. Continue reading A Knowledge Driven Approach to Care

The New World of Accountable Care: A visit to the University of Southern California

The New World of Accountable Care: A visit to the University of Southern California 

July 1, 2013

Southern California in general and the campus of USC in particular are beautiful this time of year. The temperature and humidity are such that registration for conferences happens outside on a green lawn under a tent. Such were the circumstances surrounding my recent visit to Los Angeles to present at the 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health on the USC campus http://www.pathways2013.com. I have done a lot of presentations and Continue reading The New World of Accountable Care: A visit to the University of Southern California

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