Death by Webinar! Yes I know it’s interesting, I really don’t have the time…

As we all get cleverly online  and  “reaching out” is the new reality, are we already suffering from  just too many people and organisations competing for our time?

Or to put this an other way – are the “good moments of connection”. being already drowned by the mass of things we never wanted to know about anyway, or sales and PR pitches masquerading as bona fide information moments?

There is nothing wrong with a good sales pitch, but there are times and places.  What we have done here is pick out a few good ones that we heard about last week, that you might like to know about:

  1. Michelle Kennedy has written to us on behalf of NextGen Healthcare, with a list of some really useful Blogs and Podcasts, that we think are relevant. her contact details are;
  2. Interlace Health Webinars are running a very useful Webinar at 13,00 Central US Time this Wednesday 20th, on the subject of “Mobile Informed Consent” .  Legal Consent is a developing issue, and we plan to publish a deeper Post on this specific topic – but for the moment, go search, so you can get the direct links etc.
  3. Robby Deming  of the Esri company, writes to us again to say that May 28th, there is a useful Webinar where; “Speakers from Emerus and Sentara Healthcare will share their stories at an upcoming webinar, to be held on May 28, titled Optimizing Healthcare Strategy and Equity with Demographics. “
  4. And Kevin Johnson,  of the Variantyx company, raises the issue of rare children’s diseases and the sheer length of time it can tase to get proper diagnosis; this is what he says: ” Parents with children suspected of having a rare disease routinely face a “diagnostic odyssey” that typically lasts five to seven years and entails seeing an average of seven different physicians. It’s an odyssey that comes with an average cost of diagnosis reaching $21,099, more than seven times the cost of a single whole genome sequencing test (WGS).Ordering a single WGS test right off the bat eliminates the possibility of a patient enduring multiple genetic tests and gives clinicians decidedly better data for an earlier pinpoint diagnosis.Variantyx is a company that utilizes whole genome sequencing and sophisticated algorithms in a manner nobody else does. They provide the ability to zero in, identify and analyze the multitude of pathogenic variants that can influence a proper, concise early diagnosis and thus improving long term clinical management of many complicated diseases, such as epilepsy as an example. These variants, if not identified within the window of opportunity, can lead to an improper course of treatment which can cause harm.”
  5. And wrapping up…. the AHIMA trade association has sent us a more tech announcement, trying to link Coronavirus yet again, with normal healthcare, and focussing on their collaboration with Quest Diagnostics; this is a brief snapshot of what they say:   “Given the urgent need to care for and treat COVID-19 patients, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has released two query templates that will help clinical documentation integrity (CDI) professionals ensure the integrity and quality of a patient’s health record. Quest Diagnostics, the leading provider of diagnostic information services, is providing the templates as electronic forms that can be accessed through its Quanum™ Enterprise Content Solutions (formerly ChartMaxx) product line.”

Let us know which of the  above topics  is key for you to know more about, and we will get deeper info for you.



Some Healthcare Updates…

Two of the leading independent voices in European and USA healthcare have published today and in past few days, some important announcements that need sharing.

The first – from the COCIR trade association in Brussels, concerns standardisation of medical device standards; this is really key, because without this, countries cannot refer or regulate new innovations and vendors cannot offer this internationally; what they say today is:

Brussels, 25 July 2019 – In response to the European Commission’s publication of the draft standardization request for the MDR and IVDR, COCIR has developed detailed feedback and recommendations for improvement of the document. We have always underlined the importance of having harmonised standards available and cited in the Official Journal under the new Regulations. Unfortunately, the proposed draft standardisation request still includes several elements that prevent flexible harmonisation and timely reference of standards in the Official Journal. COCIR recommends to the European Standardisation Organisations to reject this request if it is adopted in the currently proposed form. COCIR is more than ready to engage in further discussions with the European Commission and member states on this topic. We specifically call upon the next Commissioner for the Internal Market to find pragmatic solutions to the current deadlockBack

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And in the USA, the AHIMA organisation based in Chicago, has two days ago announced the aim of country-wide use of a standard Patient ID; you wonder what they did before….

This is a different and expansive take on their usual technology coding and practical approach., as they move nearer to compete with HIMSS.

We will get a view shortly from our colleague Christina Roosen, who knows both organisations well – to see where this is heading.

Is AHIMA the new force in US Health Data Management?

It’s not like AHIMA ( is a new kid on the block – their Association has been around for some time. It’s just that the recent spate of emails to us about their SmartBrief facility, and the depth of the info it conveys, make us wonder why we have not recognised its presence before.

In fact we did – it’s just that AHIMA itself has started to widen its reach, and is giving its bigger brother so to say, HIMSS – a clear run for its money.

At a time when HIMSS changes in key personnel over the past twelve months, has given it a more authoritarian look and feel and dare I say, less welcoming.

So here we are… AHIMA focusses on the technical stuff, coding, courses, helping to you to understand better your patient data. And they have their annual events too, and their frequent Seminars.

Sure, HIMSS has its global footprint – and we will be at HIMSS Helsinki in just a few months – but watch out for the increasing News briefs from AHIMA and go subscribe to their service.