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This item is a brief post-conference analysis of the 2016 event, held recently at the Westin Hotel, Times Square in New York, New York.
The conference had several objectives. We wanted to educate our client base on the latest developments, best practices and work flows in the Sigmund EHR. We also wanted to officially announce the launch of the AURA mobile interface for the Sigmund EHR platform. And we wanted to gather feedback from those that actually use our product every day in a real-world working environment.
Check, check and check. Without tooting our own horn too loudly, we think that we succeeded on every front. And so do our clients.
We are pleased to say that it was a complete success.
The entire team here at Sigmund wishes to thank every one of our guests for their attendance at this three day event, and for the invaluable feedback provided during the training presentations, round tables and breakout sessions of the conference.
The conference, held this year at the Westin Hotel in New York's Times Square, was our opportunity to offer clients the opportunity to interact with the developers in a hands-on environment, learn new processes, ask questions, and receive answers directly from the team that actually developed the software they use each day. It was also our opportunity to gather feedback from real-world EHR users.
In progress now, come and check us out at Booth 216, at the NAATP 2016 conference in Ft. Lauderdale to discover the most adaptable EMR available, Sigmund Aura! Curious about Aura? Click here to find out more.
Sigmund Aura is the next generation of electronic medical records system.
Sigmund Software has been in the business of providing reliable, fast, and complete EHR solutions to behavioral health and addiction treatment facilities for many years. Sigmund is trusted by thousands of practitioners across the US that rely on us every hour of every day to take care of their patients and their business. Over the years, we have learned and grown. Today, we take our experience and move EHR to a whole new level.
Today, the Sigmund development team is pleased to announce the release of the next generation of Sigmund EHR - AURA.
Ransomware attacks on hospitals, small practices and clinics are an increasing problem. There are headline cases around the world, and many smaller cases of clinics and practices being compromised. Many don’t even make the news because they don’t actually get reported, for apparent reasons.
Recent headlines surrounding the spate of ransomware attacks against hospitals have highlighted again the complexity of maintaining security in any large scale technology environment. By nature, any open and interconnected system has many points of vulnerability. A permanent connection to the Internet means attackers have the chance to probe network defenses around the clock. Wi-Fi access, a great bonus for legitimate users, allows 24/7 connection via cell phones and tablets - that attacker could just as easily be sitting in your parking lot, or even in your waiting room drinking your coffee, using their own cell phone or tablet to begin that breach. It's a dangerous world, technology.
While some eating disorders have physical causes and associated treatments, it is important to realize that the majority of eating disorders are mental health issues which can best be treated by approaching them as such.
Bulimia and Anorexia are arguably the two most common disorders, or at least they are the two which are most widely known to the general public. It is common to put labels on sufferers. Common to throw out a dollar store diagnosis that 'they' have a poor body image, or that 'they’ are seeking to regain control of their lives. If it was only that simple, a couple of sessions of therapy would be enough to resolve things, and everybody would be happy. But they are not that simple. Far from it.
Back in June of 2015 the CMS announced a new policy to allow third-party access to CMS data (such as Medicare claims) as part of approved research into population health at national levels. The goal was to develop new insights from the huge pool of anonymized patient information (AKA Big Data) which would showcase health trends and potentially help develop new diagnostic techniques and treatment insights, using new tools and technology developed along the way.
January 29 marks the release of a David Bowie tribute issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Following Bowie's death on January 10, a great many artists spoke of the influence this controversial musician had made on their lives, their musical choices and their careers. That in itself is inspirational.
But it goes much deeper. Beyond the musical influence, beyond the stardom and the Fame (I had to get at least one Bowie song reference in somewhere), Bowie himself has a well-documented history of drug abuse and was well along the path to self-destruction as far back as the Ziggy Stardust days of the seventies. There are many stories of wild excesses and behaviour that follow the traditional rock star pattern. But unlike many others that were chewed up and spit out by the intensity of living their lives in the media spotlight, Bowie somehow turned it around and came out the other side, stronger than ever.
In the wake of the J.P. Morgan conference and CMS' pro tem administrator Andy Slavitt's bombshell announcement that "In 2016, MU as it has existed - with MACRA - will now be effectively over and replaced with something better", speculation has been rife. But nothing has reached my ears concerning the specifics. In fact, the CMS web site has been conspicuously silent on the subject.
Such an impactful change should not be like a magician pulling a dollar out of your ear. I for one don't want to experience the surprise of being presented with such sleight of hand. I personally would prefer to know what, where, when and how. The mechanics. Does anyone out there have anything concrete to offer on this subject, beyond guesswork? I find the silence deafening.
It is no longer breaking news that during the recent J. P. Morgan conference in San Francisco, the acting administrator of CMS, Andy Slavitt, announced that Meaningful Use (MU) is going to be replaced in 2016 with, quote, 'something better'.
The questions this raises are too many to enumerate, but I think they can be boiled down to three basic ones: When? With what? And "What about my incentive payments?"
Unfortunately, nobody has the answers.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), AKA ACA, or more commonly Obamacare, came under fire again yesterday when the House of Representatives passed another bill to repeal the controversial legislation. Since the ACA was introduced in March of 2010 it has been barraged by efforts to get it off the statute books, having faced over sixty direct challenges during the last five years. This latest challenge looks set to fail as well, as President Obama has promised to veto any bill landing on his desk which aims to derail ACA, the plan intended to overhaul and improve healthcare provision at a national level.
Obama has an Achilles heel, of course. After November he will not be able to veto anything. Whether or not to veto future bills will be a choice which falls on the shoulders of his presidential successor, making this something of a political hot potato and quite an electioneering platform.
Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays to all!
As 2015 comes to an end, we want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and hope that you will each have a healthy and a prosperous New Year.
Best wishes, from the team at Sigmund Software.
Our recent contest drew much interest and many expressions of gratitude were shared. We wish to thank everyone that participated for taking the time out of their busy days to have a little fun with us.
Of course there can only be one winner in a prize drawing, and the name drawn out on this occasion was...
Brad Cohen. Congratulations, Brad!
Brad will shortly receive the prize of a brand new Gratitude / Wishing ball, and we hope that it takes pride of place wherever it can bring the most enjoyment.
May it be a repository of happy thoughts and wishes for many years to come.
Being grateful for all that we have, instead of being ungrateful or jealous of what is missing, can have many benefits. It allows higher levels of optimism, more frequent happy moods and a higher sense of belonging (Source: The Greater Good Science Center UC Berkeley, 2011)