Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use

Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use

by Fred Trotter, David Uhlman
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Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Gnorb More than 1 year ago
When I first began working in health IT, I was thrown into a pool of terms I didn't realize existed: Meaningful Use, CMS, state registries, HIPAA, ICD-9 vs ICD-10... but mostly Meaningful Use. If you're new to health IT sector--whether it's as a developer, an IT manager, or as in my case, a technical writer--this is required reading for you. Understanding this will put you way ahead in terms of being able to understand all the jargon, understand the needs of your clients (doctors, staff, and hospitals), a understand things like the back office workflow of a doctor's office. I will say, at this point it's a little outdated: MU Stage 2 is already at work, and the book focuses mostly on MU Stage 1, but the vast majority of this is still applicable for today. I can't speak for anyone in a non-technical field, other than to perhaps mention that there's not much technical jargon in this book, and what there is can generally be skipped. Just knowing that it's there will help you get a hold of what your tech folks are looking at and how they're looking at it. One of the biggest challenges in American health care these past few years has been the move to a more digitized system. A true intersection between health worker and computer technician is best described as uncommon, but this book bridges that gap quite well. And if you're working somewhere like Allscrpts, Athenahealth, Greenway, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Nextgen, McKensson, or any of the other EHR software makers, this SHOULD be required reading right from the get go. P.S. If you're a policy wonk, this book will help you understand the workings and challenges of the system without much (or any) bias, so it's a good read if you actually want to know what happens in the background, from a technical standpoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has a well prepared set of best practices and blueprints of core processes that exists in health care. I would recommend a more graphical approach for newer editions