Posts by jprovince

Introducing Park’n’Go

Posted By on Aug 14, 2015

Introducing Park’n’Go By Jason Province             There are several apps out today that help you track down your car after parking. Many of these apps can be found on the Google Play market place for Android products and the iTunes market place for Apple products. These handy little apps help you find your car when you’ve parked and can’t remember where. Park’n’Go, like these other apps, will assist in finding your car but with fewer steps. Park’n’Go is the newest phone app from P Squared LLC and has hit the Google Play market place for $2.99. Park’n’Go is an application that assists in finding your parked vehicle. Most applications on the market today require you to mark your vehicle on a map first before it can begin the tracking process. Park’n’Go has eliminated this processes by staying connected to the Bluetooth of your car. You simply just need to connect the application to your car’s Bluetooth when you first get the app and leave it running in the background and it will track your car automatically. On the app you will find a tutorial that explains how to use it and an FAQ section to answer any questions you might have about the application itself. The simple to use interface and step by step instructions make P Squared LLC’s Park’n’Go app a worthwhile purchase for anyone....

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Meeting the P’s

Posted By on Jun 29, 2015

By Jason Province   Over the last several articles we have looked at different aspects of Healthcare IT and how it affects our daily lives. What we haven’t gone over much are the people behind the scenes making all these changes and innovations possible. In a two part interview we will be sitting down with the two P’s of P Squared LLC and take a deeper look into their roles in the Healthcare IT world and what they’ve experienced over the years. Our first P and CEO and managing partner of P Squared LLC is Raymond Province.   Q: You spent many years outside of the Health IT world and then spent many more years working, not only in a hospital, but running your own clinics. What kind of impact, if any, have you seen over your career with Healthcare IT having on the lives of not only clients but the medical staff as well?   RP: Wow. The nature of medical records has dramatically changed in my career. I began with paper charts, paper schedules for physicians, etc. Patients had no access to their medical record online. Early attempts to develop software, like IDX, were very DOS based, making use of Function keys to navigate. There were no “Windows like” gooey style interfaces for the application end user. We also lost a lot of good physicians and clinical staff who simply could not adapt to the changes when EMR’s starting rolling out.   Q: You work a lot with electronic health records and setting up systems in hospitals and medical facilities to handle these records. In your time, what kind of benefits or success have you seen with companies making the transition from paper filing to EHR?   RP: Certainly, health care has been able to significantly increase their access to their patient data. Reporting has gotten better, especially in light of initiatives around Meaning Use, Value Based Purchasing, etc. The sharing of medical data across health care institutions has also gotten better. Physicians can access patient records from virtually anywhere with cloud based applications, mobile devices, Bring Your Own Device initiatives, etc. On a different note, our efforts to create the “paperless health care record” have not happened. I believe healthcare organizations have also failed to see the reductions in staff that the coming of EMR’s touted. Electronic health records are also expensive. Period.   Q: You’ve spent many years now working with Epic Hyperspace but have you ever worked with another program over the years? If so, what differences have you noticed?   RP: Yes I have. I have worked with Cerner, IDX, Meditech, and Allscripts....

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Planning your Mobile Strategy

Posted By on May 12, 2015

Planning your Mobile Strategy By Jason Province   Business in our modern times is becoming more and more complex as new technologies and an ever-growing demand for innovation set the standard for being competitive. Innovation, although sought after by many, is rarely pulled off with the level of success needed to really drive a company forward. Mobile Strategy, innovative in theory, can be very complex if not planned correctly. So let’s take a look at a few things you should consider when planning and implementing your company’s Mobile Strategy. Mobile Strategy has many different uses in the business world and can be implemented in just as many ways. The variety of ways to implement Mobile Strategy can be overwhelming but not impossible. There are four main sections you should look at when making a Mobile Strategy plan. These four sections include demand, supply, governance, and risk. Demand in relation to Mobile Strategy is more than just your customer base. Demand in this case also refers to your business’s demand. For instance, in many hospitals doctor’s use tablets throughout the day so that they can have all their information readily available as they travel throughout the hospital. This demand for the doctors to have instant access to client files and information is equally demanded by the customer base and the employee base. So when working with demand and deciding what your demands are you should focus on two primary questions. Does our Mobile Strategy plan help us meet our company goals? Look over the goals you have developed as a company and see how installing a Mobile Strategy plan helps your company meet those goals. For example, if your company has a goal to improve productivity in the workplace, then you would look over your Mobile Strategy plan and determine if it indeed would improve productivity in the work place. Does the Mobile Strategy plan align with multichannel strategies you already have in place? What kinds of Functions are going to Mobile? In this section of demand you will need to know what exactly your Mobile Plan is going to look like. Will it resemble your online plan or offer only a select few options like videos and updates. What will your customers have access to on the Mobile plan? What will your employees have access to? Will smartphones and tablets be the same or will they vary? The supply portion of your Mobile Strategy plan covers more of the technical developments than the client and staff based approach in demand. In the supply section you should define how exactly your IT department is going to meet the demands listed...

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E-Signatures and Legality

Posted By on Apr 4, 2015

E-Signatures and Legality By Jason Province     In our modern times it isn’t abnormal to come across electronics and their ever-growing use in our daily lives. As electronics have been incorporated over the years so has the need for electronic authorization. Electronic authorization is used with purchases online, signing a electronic signature pad when receiving packages, signing legal documents online, or even just stating acknowledgment of a read article or set of instructions. Laws have been set in place over the years to legalize the use of such signatures and their use across the United States. The laws we will be looking at that pertain to electronic signatures are UETA and E-SIGN. UETA or The Uniform Electronic Transaction Act, was completed in 1999 by the Uniform Law Commissioners of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law. UETA made it possible for electronic signatures to have an equal legal status as those that involve paper. UETA allows for states to adopt the Act as a whole or just parts of the Act. So far almost every state has adopted UETA either as a whole or in part. Under UETA, an electronic signature is defined as: “an electric sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.” The definition being as broad as it is encompasses a large spectrum of electronic signature types. These types can include the signer’s typewritten name, a click to accept or reject approach, a character signing with symbols, a video clip, sound clip, a digital certificate, or even a electronic capturing of a signature used by most signature pads. The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, also known as E-SIGN, was passed into law by the U.S. Congress in June 2000. E-SIGN was designed to co-exist with UETA and it’s provisions. Just like UETA, E-SIGN holds electronic signatures in equal legal status with those on paper. E-SIGN provides a general rule of validity for electronic signatures and records for transactions in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce. The E-SIGN Act allows for the use of electronic records to satisfy any statue, rule requiring that such information be in writing, regulation, as long as the consumer has confirmed consent. The E-SIGN Act grandfathers already existing laws like UETA, however, agreements after October 1, 2000, are subject to the requirements of the E-SIGN Act. So you may be thinking, what does all this mean for consumers who more times than not are not aware of such laws and regulations being passed on a regular basis? In...

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Advances in Healthcare IT

Posted By on Feb 20, 2015

BY Jason Province            We live in a time where you can control many aspects of your life from a computer, your phone, or even the daily appliances we use. It is safe to say that in our lifetime that almost everything will be hooked up to a computer of some form and change many more aspects of our lives for better or worse. I look at the advances in technology in just the twenty-seven years of my life. Cell phones are no longer the size of shoes. Televisions have not only decreased in weight and size but can now connect to the Internet and work off of voice commands. Cars can now parallel park for you or even drive themselves – like the Google Car. We have the Internet, which has opened up communication to the world, and we can even see one another through video chats whereas when I was first born, this was impossible. It isn’t just appliances or gadgets we use in our everyday lives that have benefited from advances in technology. The various health fields have seen vast improvements in testing, prevention, and cures for many diseases and injuries. Where at one time the flu was often deadly is now simply handled by going to the doctor or the pharmacy and getting some flu medication. They even have the flu shot now, which can help in preventing the contraction of the virus. With these advances in the health fields we have seen more hospitals and specialty clinics open up and larger groups of people are getting help and taking bigger roles in their health management. Stemming from this growth came the collection of patient information in vast amounts. So came the era of the Electronic Health Record. Before EHR systems were set up, doctors kept information on paper. Doctors couldn’t just send a prescription to a pharmacy in minutes or look at test results or notes on patients from one another without a phone call or handing over files. This took time, resources, and caused preventable errors. In 2004, President George W. Bush pushed the objective for getting our health information in EHR systems. “By computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs, and improve care.” President Bush, January 20, 2004. ( He continued the push for EHR systems along with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and many others. “Third policy that’s important is to apply modern information technology to our medical system. Doctors practice 21st century medicine, they still have 19th century filing systems. And this is an important issue. One...

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