Biography for Gienna Shaw
Gienna Shaw, editor-in-chief of FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthIT and their related publications, has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was a senior editor for HealthLeaders Media, covering the business of healthcare, including health IT and clinical technology, social media, healthcare marketing and patient experience. She is also the author of three non-fiction books—two on hospital, health system and physician practice advertising and one on Celtic mythology. Gienna lives near the ocean just north of Boston, where her dog, a beagle-sheltie mix, enjoys tilting at seagulls. Her interests include photography, mixed media, reading and chocolate. Reach Gienna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Gienna or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Gienna Shaw
It's easy to talk about the barriers to interoperability, frankly. It's a bit tougher to offer actionable strategies for moving closer to a day when data and information flow freely across systems.
Healthcare is a fun and rewarding field, says Steven Steinhubl, M.D., director of the Digital Medicine program at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). But with pressure to see more and more patients in a fee-for service world and an abundance of new technologies that can improve care but also disrupt workflow, doctors don't always feel that way.
I recently moderated a panel discussion on one of the most intractable problems in healthcare today: the ability--or lack thereof--to seamlessly share data across organizations, systems, platforms, devices and more. The live and online event on interoperability was hosted by West Health, a research organization that focuses on technologies to reduce healthcare costs.
Interoperability is an issue that the health IT community has been talking about for so many years--and yet solutions are tantalizingly out of reach. This despite the fact that there are enormous incentives to get it done.
Meaningful Use, information exchange, patient data matching and electronic quality measurements are among the areas of focus in 2014 for the public policy arm of The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
No longer constrained by the talking points that are part and parcel of life in public office, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., took the stage at the annual CHIME CIO forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday and spoke frankly about barriers to care transformation, limits of healthcare technology and other worries he has about the healthcare system.
In his first public address since stepping down as the national coordinator for health IT, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., delivered a relatively subdued speech to attendees at the annual CHIME CIO forum in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Wednesday evening. Stay tuned for full coverage of Mostashari's CHIME13 address tomorrow on FierceHealthIT.com and in the daily FierceHealthIT newsletter.
Researchers at University of Washington have developed a non-invasive interface that allows one person to send a signal, via the Internet, that moves a part of another person's body.
It's discouraging to read that more than half of physicians say the costs of electronic health records systems outweigh the financial benefits. But it's also heartening to see that, in the survey of 1,200 employed and independent physicians, most agree the benefits to patient care do justify the investment.
Reminds me of the much-spoofed MasterCard commercial: Electronic health records system: $15,000 to $70,000. Patient safety and quality: Priceless.