The Healthcare Blog

SoftwareAdvice.com recently posed the following questions to its readers in a survey format: "Are more doctors buying electronic medical records than before? Or, has the Stimulus bill only brought out the tire kickers?". The results of the survey are available... Read More..
I get tons of email for healthcare IT advice (which I love, so keep the questions coming) and every once in a while a question comes along that I decide to answer here since I think it will be interesting... Read More..
In June I had the privilege of chairing and keynoting the Healthcare New Media Marketing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I really liked the event because the attendees were actual practitioners from the provider space (many hospitals, health systems, etc). It... Read More..
The National Institute of Health Commercialization Program (NIH-CAP), designed to assist promising life science companies bring their technologies to market, is a nation wide program funded by NIH and managed and executed by Larta. I will be speaking at the NIH... Read More..

SOA in Healthcare

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The general hype of Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) has calmed down quite a bit which means that practicality and reality is settling in for the design pattern. With concepts like Web Oriented Architecture (WOA) and Resource Oriented Architecture (ROA) getting more... Read More..
Earlier this week Nari Kannan asked "Why is Healthcare IT slated to become a Huge Gold Rush?" His question is prudent and timely but his comparisons may not have really hit the mark. Let's look at the examples he gave... Read More..
As we all know, healthcare applications come and go but data lives on forever. We've seen that since the beginning of the computer industry; when we move from legacy systems into more "modern" architectures, we often leave behind applications but... Read More..
As a thought leader in the healthcare IT space I get a lot of emails that blame physicians for not changing their behavior and better accepting information technology. The IT solutions folks and vendors often complain "if only physicians would... Read More..
There's been plenty of discussion in both literature and general media about how most software projects fail. There are plenty of reasons for failed projects: from inadequate requirements gathering to poor project management to plain incompetence. Some of the problem... Read More..
The ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) (stimulus bill) is going to pump billions of dollars into the healthcare IT ecosystem. I'm not in complete agreement with how that money is going to be spent nor do I think it... Read More..

Shahid Shah blogs about healthcare IT with an emphasis on e-health, EMRs, data integration, and legacy modernization. .

Shahid Shah

Shahid Shah is the CEO of Netspective, a Java/.NET enterprise architect, a Microsoft Architect MVP, and SOA consultant/speaker who specializes in healthcare IT with an emphasis on e-health, EMRs, data integration, and legacy modernization. He also served as HIMSS Enterprise IT Committee Member. Over the last 15 years Shad has held healthcare IT positions including Virtual CTO for CardinalHealth's CTS unit, CTO of a Electronic Medical Records (EMR) company, a Chief System's Architect at American Red Cross, Architecture Consultant at NIH, and SVP of Healthcare Technology at COMSYS.

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