Author Archives: Merle Bushkin

MedKaz® Solves Critical Problems in Delivering Connected Cancer Care

Lifetime patient-controlled record makes health data available to providers, patients and caregivers today, anytime, anywhere Brownsville, VT, November 29, 2016 (Newswire.com) - A report just released by the President’s Cancer Panel, Report to the President, Improving Cancer-Related Outcomes with Connected Health, cites … Continue reading

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Ransomware, Interoperability, Power Outages, Natural Disasters, Oh My!

This blog was initially posted on The Health Care Blog on February 25, 2016. It discusses the pressing need for a patient’s complete medical record to be available at the point of care anytime, anywhere—even in the face of ransomware, … Continue reading

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Response to ONC’s Proposed 10-Year Roadmap to Interoperability

In June 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator of Healthcare IT (ONC) released “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure. This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for … Continue reading

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Interoperability Isn’t a One-Dimensional Problem or an Intellectual Exercise

With all due respect to the thousands of earnest folks spending untold hours meeting and writing papers and blogs about how best to make patient records interoperable, they’ve got it wrong Interoperability isn’t a one-dimensional problem.  Neither is it an … Continue reading

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A Better Way to Reduce Health Insurance Costs

Last week, the New York Times ran a front-page story about Harvard reducing its health insurance costs by shifting a portion of them to its faculty and other employees. It describes Harvard’s rationale and the angry faculty response. Harvard isn’t … Continue reading

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Improving Veterans’ Medical Care Today

Today, I sent the following e-mail to The Honorable Robert McDonald, the newly named Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, offering MedKaz® as a solution to the VA’s inability to share veterans’ records with military and civilian care providers. The need to … Continue reading

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Crises at the Veteran’s Administration

Last week, Congress passed a bill that will allow veterans who have been unable to get VA appointments and live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, to see civilian providers. While we don’t know precisely how many will … Continue reading

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Open Letter to ACOs

Dear ACO Executive, If your ACO is like most others, you are struggling to meet two major challenges: how to enable your providers to exchange patient records both among themselves and with providers outside your ACO, and how to increase … Continue reading

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We’ve Got It Wrong!

Problems with the launch of HealthCare.gov have temporarily drawn Congressional attention away from our problems with healthcare IT. But you can be certain that even though this subject is “out of sight,” it definitely is not “out of mind”—nor should … Continue reading

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MedKaz Goes to Washington—A Second Time!

On October 24th, we had the pleasure of presenting MedKaz to the Department of Defense (DoD). Here are excerpts from the letter I sent our many friends and followers telling them about the DoD’s needs and how MedKaz meets them … Continue reading

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