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Category Archives: Healthcare

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service in Healthcare

The Amazon Echo and Alexa voice service have been a hit in the consumer market with skills that help you order a pizza or call an Uber. Now with the introduction of the "KidsMD" skill, the Alexa voice service is making its way into the healthcare market. Having focused on healthcare IT and stressing the possibilities of voice interaction for years, it’s great to see Alexa for healthcare finally in action. Read more

Five Criteria for Selecting a Healthcare IoT Solutions Provider

Success with IoT can be tricky. It is a constellation of complex technologies from which you need to pick, choose and customize to craft a product that can succeed. Many companies fail in their IoT initiatives because they underestimate the challenges of navigating this complexity and don’t engage a partner that can provide guidance throughout the project. Read more

Project Management in the Healthcare Industry: A Risk Based Approach

One innovative approach to governance and project management is to tailor the type and level of management to the risk assessed for each project, avoiding the costs of treating all projects as though they carried a high level of risk. Read more

Design for Medical Devices Conference Recap 2016

The conference left me with three days of inspiration and a lot of food for thought. It was good to hear academic and industry leaders confirm what I live and breath every day at Macadamian - that attention to user and patient details are good ethics as well as good business. Read more

Achieving Interoperability in your Healthcare Organization

The challenge with integrating healthcare organizations is that they are just that – separate organizations. Each organization provides a healthcare service, but they provide that service using their own process. Read more

Design Thinking: A UX Framework for Healthcare Apps

UX design has a direct correlation to user adoption, time to complete a task, reduction in errors (thereby decreasing the risk to patient safety), a decrease in support calls, and an overall increase in user satisfaction. Read more

Developing Population Health Management Software

Population Health Management software enables care teams to share PHI and to gain insight and manage health proactively. It is THE next critical step in Healthcare IT advances, and there’s no clear market leader yet. Read more

A Guide to Working with HL7: Considerations and Recommendations

In developing healthcare software, there is a high chance that you will run into an integration challenge sooner or later and will need to understand HL7 messages. Read more

CES 2015 Digital Health Summit

With more than 160,000 attendees, the equivalent of 28 football fields of exhibitor space, and an impressive contingent of healthcare experts, the experience was an exciting informational overload. Read more

Hacking for Health

Participating teams were tasked with developing solutions that demonstrated the use of sensors, data collection, and the interconnectedness of hardware and software. Read more

Why Wearables Won’t Make You Fit

What do wearables, e-learning solutions, and financial planning sites all have in common? Read more

World Usability Day 2014: Engage Now!

What are you doing to engage users in the right way – to foster a deeper connection with your application? Read more

Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014 News

Macadamian's Healthcare Interaction Designer, Francis Beaudet, recently attended the Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City. Here are some key takeaways from the conference. Read more

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians

Macadamian Healthcare Advisory Panel Member, Jeff Belden, releases "Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians" e-book Read more

The Affordable Care Act: How to Effectively Share Patient Data

The basic principle behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to enable all health-care providers to act in concert as an effective care team. Read more

Understanding Patient Engagement

Guest blogger, Elizabeth Bacon, shares her thoughts on Understanding Patient Engagement. Read more

Macadamian at the 2013 Accountable Care and HIT Strategies Summit

I’m excited to hear what other companies and individuals are doing to help align all components of health and not just the hospital-care to home-care model. Read more

Mobile Healthcare Technology: 9 Questions to Ask Before Going HTML5

Mobile devices are ascending in prominence and gaining more users by the day, and developers are under even more pressure to pick the right hardware platform, software architecture, and development framework... Read more

[Quote] Something No Physician Has Ever Said

"...I'm really excited about all the configuration options in my dictation software..." Read more

How Interruption Storyboards Improve Electronic Health Records

This is the second installment in our audio podcast mini series titled, EHRs: Secrets of Successful Usability. Read more

[VIDEO] Electronic Healthcare Records – Vitera Intergy Solution

Vitera Intergy is an iPad based electronic health record application that enables physicians to spend more time on patient care and less on paperwork. Read more

Electronic Health Records: Secrets of Successful Usability

How Great EHR User Experience Benefits Patients & Physicians Read more

EHR Usability for Meaningful Use

Electronic Health Records have to comply with Meaningful Use Stage2 usability. What's involved? How much work? Read more

What Are Patient Demographics?

The definition of patient demographics starts to get polluted with items such as patient and emergency contact information and patient medical record data. There is a very good reason for this concept drift. Read more

Developing Successful Healthcare Software: An Introduction

An introduction to our practical guide on Healthcare software design and architecture. Read more

Sample CCR and CCD XML files

You bought the official CCD standards document, you have a grasp on what the different is between a ClinicalDocument, a StructuredBody and a CCD Component, and now it's time to put it into practice in an XML file. Read more