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Going Dutch again

Now that my health is improving considerably, I’m slowly picking up pieces. Slowly, as I announced previously, so I will occupy  myself for the time being with EHRs and the (inter)national problems concerning their development and implementation.
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17 January 2014 | 1 Comment »
Categories: Blog, RA News, Record Access

Previous Entries

AHA-Erlebnis

I am not a US citizen, so I can’t officially react to the latest news from the US patient access front nor put my opinion on the “protest page“. What is going on. First see this post from the Healthcare IT News and following see the post my friend e-Patient Dave wrote about it.
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3 May 2012 | No Comments »
Categories: Blog

Guest Post: WHCC – Washington, DC, April 16-18, 2012

As a public health information technology consulting company, it seemed unusual for STC to attend the recent 9th Annual World Health Care Congress, a three-day conference supported by all major health insurance companies, clinical provider networks, and emerging Accountable Care Organizations. The attendee list reads like a who’s who of the health care industry, all working to improve patient care while tackling today’s challenges.
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20 April 2012 | No Comments »
Categories: Blog

Glad to be Dutch

This morning I had a mail in my inbox from my good friend e-patient Dave. He brought to my attention a new blog post he produced over the weekend. Dave was the one who initiated the phrase “Give me my damn data“.
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26 March 2012 | No Comments »
Categories: Blog

Help a friend!

On February 13 I received a mail from my friend Dave deBronkart, better known as @epatientdave. In that mail he informed me about his recently diagnosis with skin cancer. And that he wanted to use the powers of modern communication to find the best treatment, if possible for an affordable price (Request for Proposals).
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13 February 2012 | No Comments »
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Dr. Watson, what made me sick?

IBM and WellPoint produced a couple of weeks an infographic in their “Watson in Healthcare” series, titled What makes you sick?

How can one simplify things? An essential part of their post:
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30 January 2012 | No Comments »
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ICMCC Guest Post: 3 Implementations of RFID in Healthcare

RFID is quickly becoming a household subject in today’s technological world. You can’t seem to go anywhere without running into some form of it. Whether it is re-branded as NFC (Near Field Communication) as with the Google Wallet, passive RFID tags such as those used in many libraries, or active RFID tags being used for intruder resistant doggy doors, we are seeing more and more RFID technology in our everyday lives.
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28 October 2011 | No Comments »
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Juggling Numbers

As our regular visitors know, the ICMCC News Page provides you with recent news on Health Information Technology. And with an average of more than 2,500 unique visitors per day from over 150 countries the News Page is one of the best viewed news sources. So we provide a preview from and links to work from others. And we rarely comment. And if we do so, our blog is used.

Today I came across an article that made me somewhat uneasy. It happens sometimes when numbers are involved (see this reaction from 2 years ago).
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20 October 2011 | No Comments »
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ICMCC Guest post: Patient access to GP electronic health records

Dr. Amir Hannan is GP in the UK and one of the first who started giving his patients full access to their medical records. During the ICMCC Event 2007 he presented the concept of a “Partnership of Trust“. He published about his work, links to those articles are here. I am proud to present some of his recent thoughts and experiences in his Haughton Thornley Medical Centres practice.
Lodewijk Bos
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9 August 2011 | No Comments »
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The importance of standards

What made me so jubilant in my previous post about the fact that the NLM launched MedlinePlus Connect? A remark from my friend @epatientdave, the observation of various other news items covering the launch as well as Prof Sarkar’s blog post made me realize that I should spend some more words on it.

Standards and ontologies are recognized as the key elements for interoperability and health information exchange. Standards are seen as a tool for physicians in their use of EHRs:
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24 June 2011 | 1 Comment »
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Finally!!!!!!

Make my day!!

MedlinePlus brings together information from NIH, other federal agencies, and reputable health information providers. MedlinePlus covers a wide range of health conditions and wellness issues, and includes key resources to inform patients about their health.
MedlinePlus Connect accepts the coding standards already in the organization’s system, such as ICD-9-CM, SNOMED CT CORE Problem List Subset, RxNorm, NDC, and LOINC.
National Library of Medicine launches MedlinePlus Connect, 20 June 2011


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21 June 2011 | No Comments »
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OMG! Worse than the Dutch?

When the Dutch started creating an EHR over a decade and a half ago, primary care providers soon saw the benefits of electronic records over paper ones, resulting in the Netherlands having one of the highest adoption rated worldwide amongst PCPs. However, they did not consider the patient as en essential part of the stakeholders. So after years they had to reconsider the system to allow the patient access to their record. A major oversight.

To us at ICMCC one of the essential parts of patient’s record access is the fact that the patient can actively control the content. Already in 2007, when we created our guideline on Patient Record Access to the WHO, this was one of the clearly stated points. It is primordial that they will be able to input their information, but also, very importantly, that they can request changes and corrections. Or at least put their version of a consultation against the physician’s.
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14 June 2011 | No Comments »
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Disaster consequences – digital questions

Articles are appearing about the necessity of EHRs in disaster situations like Japan. And of course, they are right when mentioning the fact that having digital records might immensely help chronically diseased and elderly being able to continue their proper care. This is all based on the fact that a major disaster destroys paper records.
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25 March 2011 | 2 Comments »
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Observations: Q.E.D.

Over the last couple of years there have been a couple of issues I have been repeating time and again. Two articles this week showed that my emphasis and endurance were correct. As there are too many to quote here, you can run through my speeches or my blogs if you want to read my past statements.
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23 July 2010 | No Comments »
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Guest Blog: Significant Strides Occurring in Modernization of Public Health IT

At the ICMCC website we try to give space to people who have a clear opinion or vision on health information technology and might help to enhance discussions in the area of compunetics. Today I am happy to present a writing by Michael L. Popovich, CEO of STC and V-P of ICMCC. Mike and his company have a long history of involvement in public health, be it disease surveillance, the SARS crisis in Hong Kong, or immunization records; STC presented recently an iPhone app named MyIR™. (Lodewijk Bos).
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7 July 2010 | No Comments »
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ICMCC site: 65,000

On July 2 we welcomed the 65,000th visitor on the ICMCC website, that is, in 2010!!! And on July 3 we will pass the 4,500,000 hits, also just this year. I would like to thank all our visitors, you make the work worth while. And apparently you think so too, as this year’s average shows that 40% of you come back (slowly going up, in June it was 45%), you stay almost 19 minutes per visit and you are coming from ever more countries, 150+ (up from 110+ in January)!!! We add an average of 15-20 articles per day, every article being tagged appropriately. Want to know what has been published on the developments in Spain? Click the “Spain” in “Countries”. Or articles on “ICD-10“. Of course we offer an overview of all tags, countries or national EHR related articles.
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3 July 2010 | No Comments »
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Observations: Eye Opening Issues

The part on HONcode has been edited and phrased more precisely (22 June 2010).

Some published titles last week: “Public Still Pretty Clueless About Electronic Medical Records“, “Millions have online medical records ‘without knowing it’“, “esalud en España, según datos recogidos por la Fundación Telefónica” (eHealth in Spain, according to data gathered by the Fundación Telefónica), “Mobile health apps to disintermediate PHRs?“, “Informations médicales : peut-on faire confiance aux sites spécialisés sur la santé ?“(Medical information: can one trust health specialized sites?), AMA tackles health records, doc reviews. All these articles are eye openers.
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21 June 2010 | No Comments »
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A President’s thoughts

I’m preparing the President’s address for the upcoming ICMCC annual event, next week in London. Today it is 6 years ago we closed our very first event and decided to create our foundation, not knowing what, 6 years later, the consequence would be. The annual events, and the proceedings going with it, have become important scientific gatherings related to patient empowerment, with a strong emphasis on standards and digital homecare. And we are very grateful that next week we have Peter Waegemann as keynote speaker, informing us about the latest developments in mHealth and the effects on patients.
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4 June 2010 | No Comments »
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(m)e-patient

Time flies. During the last couple of years the word e-patient has become very common amongst people advertising Health 2.0. On 10 May I was invited for a tweet up (in French) by Denise Silber. I was announced as e-patient. Not as ICMCC president, but as e-patient. Friends of mine told me last week they are doing a study into the definition of the word. And Susannah Fox published a blog yesterday with questions about e-patients. And to be honest, I was thinking about writing about this phenomena for a while already. But my condition keeps me from research and writing unless it really bursts out, like now.
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12 May 2010 | 7 Comments »
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What about hospitals?

Paul Roemer, who had a contribution on the ICMCC blog on April 30, which was viewed more than 600 times, produced another great article on his blog, this time about the business model of hospitals:
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4 May 2010 | 10 Comments »
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Newsletters
Newsletter 19 has been published
(10 March 2011)

In Memoriam


I am, we are, (partially) back…..
15 January 2014

For 4 full months this site had not been updated due to serious health issues. But now I’m trying to pick up the pieces again. It will not be done as extensively as previously, for the time being the focus will be on news related to EHRs.
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STC recognized
28 August 2013

“21st Century recognized the contribution of STC and the value of applied health information technology in practice to improve population health and outcomes and recognized the value of telling one story that demonstrated what can be achieved through shared data and information between physicians and public health agencies.
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All ICMCC News

Books

Handbook of Digital Homecare
Yogesan, K.; Bos, L.; Brett, P.; Gibbons, M.C. (eds)
Springer, 2009

Medical and Care Compunetics 5
Lodewijk Bos; Bernd Blobel; Andrew Marsh; Denis Carroll (eds)
Series on Health Information Technologies 137, IOSPress, 2008

Publications

Lodewijk Bos, Andy Marsh, Denis Carroll, Sanjeev Gupta, Mike Rees,
Patient 2.0 Empowerment
in: Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Semantic Web & Web Services SWWS08, Hamid R. Arabnia, Andy Marsh (eds), pp.164-167, 2008

Lodewijk Bos, Denis Carroll, Andy Marsh,
The Impatient Patient,
in: Medical and Care Compunetics 5, L. Bos et al (eds), IOS Press 2008 (PubMed)

Lodewijk Bos,
Medical and Care Compunetics - the Future of Patient-Related Care,
in: Medical and Care Compunetics 4, L. Bos and B. Blobel (eds.), IOS Press, 2007 (PubMed)

Brian Fisher, Richard Fitton, Lodewijk Bos,
WHO recommendation on record access (draft),
in: Medical and Care Compunetics 4, L. Bos and B. Blobel (eds.), IOS Press, 2007 (PubMed)

Thierry Chaussalet and Lodewijk Bos,
The ICMCC second conference on "Medical and Care Compunetics"
, in: IJMI, Volume 75, Issue 9, September 2006, Pages vii-viii (PubMed)

Lodewijk Bos, Swamy Laxminarayan and Andy Marsh,
The Information Paradigm,
in: Medical and Care Compunetics 2, L. Bos et al (eds.), IOS Press, 2005 (PubMed)

A. Marsh, S. Laxminarayan and L. Bos,
Healthcare Compunetics,
in: Medical and Care Compunetics 1, L. Bos et al (eds.), IOS Press, 2004 (PubMed)

Blog

Going Dutch again

Now that my health is improving considerably, I’m slowly picking up pieces. Slowly, as I announced previously, so I will occupy  myself for the time being with EHRs and the (inter)national problems concerning their development and implementation.
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AHA-Erlebnis

I am not a US citizen, so I can’t officially react to the latest news from the US patient access front nor put my opinion on the “protest page“. What is going on. First see this post from the Healthcare IT News and following see the post my friend e-Patient Dave wrote about it.
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Guest Post: WHCC – Washington, DC, April 16-18, 2012

As a public health information technology consulting company, it seemed unusual for STC to attend the recent 9th Annual World Health Care Congress, a three-day conference supported by all major health insurance companies, clinical provider networks, and emerging Accountable Care Organizations. The attendee list reads like a who’s who of the health care industry, all working to improve patient care while tackling today’s challenges.
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