Meaningful Use Status Update, ICD-10 Delay, Patient Engagement

Healthcare and Health IT News Round Up

Dr. Nick van Terheyden
Voice of the Doctor
LinkedIn Profile, Twitter: @drnic1

On Voice of the Doctor today (#VoiceoftheDr, #VotD) we begin a new segment that is a news round up of healthcare and health IT news.

Many people know we are suffering drug shortages in the area of chemotherapy drugs (Cisplatin, Doxrubicin, Methotrexate), but did you know that drug shortages in the US include some of these well known and commonly used drugs:

  • Morphine
  • Dextrose
  • Diazepam
  • Epinephrine
  • Liodcaine
  • Naloxone
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Tetracycline
  • Warfarin

The complete list is available here. In fact in a recent discussion with a practicing ED physician I heard that while they were treating a patient for a cardiac emergency (crash call/code blue) the team were informed there was a limited supply of Sodium Bicarbonate and the hospital was down to the last 40 doses and use would need to be rationed….!

We will also review the following areas:

  • Meaningful Use Status Check – report on latest statistics and experiences
  • ICD10 delay check in – what does it mean
  • Remote monitoring for patients and patient self engagement – sent for a big take off, what might it mean

There are three ways to tune in:

  • Stream the show live at 2:30 Eastern/1:30 Central – click the Listen Live Now to launch our Internet radio player.
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