bits & bytes

Our Take on Healthcare Tech Since 1997

The Myth of the Nines: What Happens When the System is Unavailable?

You may have the most advanced, state-of-the art technology installed, and a crack team of IT people to support it, yet downtime is inevitable. Yes, systems need to be brought down on purpose for maintenance or upgrades. But, there are the times when you-know-what happens (as Murphy’s Law ensures) and your system goes down. It could be a network or […]

Continue reading

Are You Benefiting From Your Technology Implementation for Meaningful Use?

You’re taking all the necessary steps to meet the requirements for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to improve patient care and qualify for the financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. For most of you, this has required implementing new or updating current technology. In addition, to show that you are meaningfully using your EHR […]

Continue reading

Are You Realizing the Full Value of Your Technology?

There’s been a flurry of activity to implement systems that are required for healthcare entities to meet Meaningful Use (MU) requirements. With the implicit focus on achieving MU, and avoiding the consequences of not meeting those requirements, healthcare organizations may not focus on the additional potential capabilities of these systems. Healthcare information and electronic health records systems can, if utilized […]

Continue reading

Is Epic Really That Much Better?

I’ve been in the healthcare IT industry for 30 years. I’ve seen a variety of HCIS vendors blossom and fade or enter the space and fail completely. I’ve also seen vendors move up and down in revenue. Epic, however, seems different. Epic came on the scene in 1979, created a loyal following in the outpatient space and later moved into […]

Continue reading